Preferential Treatment Finds and Removes Corrupt Plists

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 23:57
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Preferential Treatment is an application that will check your preference files (both in your user?s preference folder and the system?s preference folder) for corruption using Apple’s ?plutil? command line tool.
Incredibly useful and cool.

If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. You may also double-click on a file in the found files table to open it in the application of your choice (you can designate the default application from the preferences). There is also an option to save the results of a scan to a text file. (Note: if you trash a file before saving a report, the report will not include information on the file you moved to the trash.)
?Preferential Treatment? is basically a GUI wrapped around the ?plutil? command line tool provided by Apple Computer, Inc. since Mac OS X 10.2 (see ?man plutil? in the Terminal). ?plutil? just checks to see if .plist files are valid XML. This application is no panacea but it does help to fix blatantly corrupt preference files.

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XM Radio Online Now Mac Compatible

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 22:38
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XM Radio OnlineIn a story last month we reported that XM Radio’s new browser-based Internet streaming service, XM Radio Online, was incompatible with Macs. Well, we’re happy to report that they fixed it and the stream now works with Mac browsers – at least with Safari 1.2.4. Read More…

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Is TiVo Turning TeVil?

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 20:24
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TeVilTiVo, the company known by its rabidly fanatical user base, made a couple of surprise announcements lately that suggest that the company may be turning evil.
First the company announced that it would limit the amount of time you can save pay-per-view and on-demand programs, kowtowing to copy-protection demands of Macrovision, then TiVo dropped the bomb that they will soon display billboards ads while you fast-forward through commericals (more on it here and here). Lovely.
I’m as big a fan as the next guy, but I’m starting to question the value of my US$13 per month (the US$300 “lifetime” plan is only good for the lifetime of your unit.) I may just build my own FreeVo out of a Mac or Linux box.
If you own a TiVo check out my friends at Weaknees.com who upgraded my hard drive. They rock!

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Acme Made Designer iPod Cases

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 16:24
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Acme Made iPod caseAcme Made, known for its ?Slim? line of PowerBook bags and cases, has introduced a line of designer iPod cases.
Like their bags, the distinctive iPod cases combine high style with practical functionality to create what the company refers to as ?designed protection.? They are made with some of the finest materials available including imported leathers, suedes, and a unique ?cashmere-finished? micro-suede lining from Japan.
The Wallet is available in blue, pink, and lime box leathers which complement the colors of the iPod mini, while the Traveler case comes in black or red leather. Both cases are available in mini and regular iPod sizes and pricing starts at US$49.99.

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PowerPage Availability Problems

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Date: Thursday, November 18th, 2004, 09:34
Category: Archive

Please Stand By...The PowerPage database has been wigging out a little over the past day or two, leading to unreliable operation. Please pardon the interruption. In addition, email to powerpage.org has been intermittent for the past week and some messages may have been lost. If you’ve written an email and haven’t received a reply, please try again.
When the PowerPage is unavailable I will attempt to post updates on my Blog. If email is bouncing you can reach me at my last name (without the punctuation) at gmail dot com.

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