RIAA Wants to Limit Digital Radio Recording

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 16:00
Category: privacy

riaa.jpgThe EFF is following the new HD Radio Content Protection Act closely and encouraging members to take action:

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has seen the future of radio. And it would prefer to live in the past…
Last week, with a coalition of copyright holders, the RIAA sent messages to members of Congress requesting that the FCC be given new powers to hobble digital radios so they perform worse than the analog radios of yesteryear.

Read more at EFF.org.

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Case Friday: Speck Shipping First Skin for iPod Video

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 15:18
Category: iPod

toughskin-video.jpgSpeck appears to be first out of the gates with a skin cover for the new iPod video. Their ToughSkin is a rubberized case for new iPods with video (US$35) that works with both 30 & 60GB models. ToughSkins in black began shipping yesterday and their clear version is available for pre-order and will be shipping soon.

“This is the best ToughSkin to date. We’ve improved the look, feel, and functionality,” said General Manager Tim Hickman. “We’ve enhanced the screen protector- adding a rubber ridge around the back to make it safe and secure, and we’ve made the 30 gig spacer out of soft rubber instead of hard plastic.”
Its one-of-a-kind design customizes the popular rubberized skin for extreme lifestyles. It’s the only skin to feature ruggedized bumpers, soft-edged screen protection, and a detachable belt clip. If you’re tough on your stuff, the ToughSkin for iPod with video is right for you. ToughSkins for iPod with video are available and shipping in black.

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The Apple Core: Macs Not Totally Immune to Sony Spyware (Update)

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 14:19
Category: The Apple Core

It looks like I may have spoken too soon in my article on the Mac being immune to the Sony Rootkit

XtemeMac TuffWraps for iPod nano

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 13:50
Category: iPod

tuffwraps_nano_3pak.jpgThe obligatory 30-day waiting period after a new Apple product announcement must have just passed because there’s a steady stream of cases for the iPod nano coming to market

PowerBook Hacks and Other Foolishness

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 13:07
Category: Hack

bezels.jpgMacDan has posted a number of Macintosh related hacks, help and other foolishness. Some of my favorite PowerBook-related pages from MacDan:
- Fried chip in a DVI TiBook – Blank white LCD on a 667 DVI ‘Book, toasted chip and a solution.
- TiBook display take-apart, re-assembly and various other related info – TiBooks break LCDs, hinges, how to get the dang things apart so’s you can fix ‘em.
- PowerBook Video Display Subsystems – from Wallstreet to Ivory
- Sandblaster! – Fun with a sandblaster
- PowerBook Wallstreet hinges – Yet another display hinge repair solution
- PowerBook Expansion Bay Module upgrades and hacks – opticals, HDs, etc.
PowerBook 5300 power jack replacement – Where I replace the crappy original power connector with a regular-style PowerBook power connector. Hey, whaddya know?!?! It works great! :-)
Nice weekend reading for the geek in you. That last 5300 article was a flashback to 1995 when I started the PowerPage because of a defective Global Village modem in my PowerBook 5300. Stay tuned for more on our tenth anniversary in the coming weeks. -Ed

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The Apple Core: Where are the dual core Xserves?

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Date: Friday, November 11th, 2005, 08:12
Category: The Apple Core

xserve-xraid-200.jpgThe announcement of Apple’s new dual-core Power Mac G5s last month was a much needed shot-in-the-arm for the company’s desktop lineup but the new chips left a gaping hole in the product line. The machines that arguably need the increased horsepower that the dual-core chips provide the most