Assuming DRM Dumpster keeps the originals high quality copies around, it may just cut the mustard for my MP3 CD project.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Update: Keith pointed out in the comments that Picasa Web added this feature awhile ago. Thanks for the tip, Keith.
I too often brood over whether to make my Flickr photos public or private. If I make photos public, I risk random creeps ogling pictures of my wife or even worse my kid. If I make the photos private, I force non-net savvy family members to sign up for a Flickr account, which they probably won't do, which means they'll never see the photos.
According to Lifehacker, I don't have to trade privacy for convenience anymore. Flickr has added the ability to share private sets via email, and they don't require the recipient to sign up!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
See, I want the fastest connection possible between my laptop connected to my TV and my desktop so I can copy video back and forth. Running Ethernet cable isn't an option, and the Ethernet over power line adapters aren't fast enough. That leaves me with 802.11n.
After discovering none of the USB or PCI 802.11n adapters have OS X drivers, I thought I'd be clever and use a second router in place of the adapter:
In theory, the router on the right would connect as a client using WDS to the router next to the TV and route traffic to the desktop computer over Gigabit Ethernet, no special drivers necessary.
Out of Netgear, Linksys, Buffalo, D-Link, and Belkin, only Buffalo's router supports WDS. To my dismay, Buffalo doesn't offer Gigabit Ethernet.
Outside of routing traffic through a Windows machine (or virtual machine) instead of the second router, I'm out of ideas. I guess I'll just have to wait a little longer.
I have to admit I'm a little surprised. Wasn't Apple an early adopter of 802.11b and g?
The Wikipedia says up to 540Mb/s, but most of the router boxes at the store today said up to 300mb/s. eWEEK says 130Mb/s, "Netgear's products proved to be the unrivaled speed champs at close distances—topping 130M bps of real throughput—but performance started to lag considerably as the client moved away from the router."
Distance concerns aside, 130Mb/s doesn't sound very fast. Then again, I'll bet my 802.11g setup gets no where near 54Mb/s.
Update: NetGear's USB 802.11n adapter does not seem to work with OS X. :(
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I knew this was coming, but I couldn't resist the convenience of the iTunes Music Store.
I'd love to load up my car's CD changer for those times when I don't have an iPod handy. Unfortunately, it seems I can't burn any of the more than 500 songs I've bought from the iTMS to an MP3 CD.
From the iTunes documentation, "if your playlist includes songs in formats other than MP3, such as songs purchased from the iTunes Store, they aren't burned to the CD." I love how they try to make it sound like a format rather than a DRM issue.
QTFairUse6 requires me to install Windows (see what you made me do, Apple?), and I think it converts in real time (i.e. at the same rate as a song plays). I guess it's worth it to rid my music collection of DRM. You could call it my penance for ignoring the EFF.
Any recommendation for where to shop from now on? I'd hate to go back to buying CDs. Is allofmp3.com technically legal? I know they don't pay labels, but do they pay artists? If so, I could get behind that.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I'm sure they spell this all out in the fine print on their site, but somehow it still doesn't feel right.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Your default gateway is determined by the order of your network interfaces in the Network pane of System Preferences. Whichever interface is at the top of the list will be the default gateway. If that interface isn't availble, the next in the list will be the default gateway, and so forth. What you want to do is be sure that the interface used for your Internet connection is above the one for PPTP.It worked for me. What a relief.
To change the order, select "Network Port Configurations" from the Show drop down menu. This will display a screen which allows you to drag and drop your interfaces into the desired order.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
If she's right, and I think she is, plan on our current crop of problems festering two more years.
Google just released a Java-based Gmail client for your mobile phone.
Compared to accessing your Gmail via POP, the new client:
- keeps read and starred status in sync between your phone and the web-based UI
- features infinite scrolling (you'll find no "click here for next 10 conversations" link)
- groups emails in conversations just like the web UI
- enables viewing attachments
- and much more.
Compared to accessing the web-based version of Gmail from your phone, the rich client feels a lot snappier because it preloads emails in the background, and it looks a lot prettier (no offense to the mobile web-based version--you can only do so much with a mobile web browser).
I can't begin to tell you what a joy it is to scroll through my Gmail using the scroll wheel on my Blackberry Pearl.