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Showing posts from May, 2006

The Evils of RIAA and Digital rights Managment

It is apparent these days that corporations are doing everything they can to turn a profit. The entertainment business is no exception. RIAA is an something like a union for recording artists. More accurately RIAA's members are recording companies in America. Over the past few years the RIAA have been fighting against piracy with such a fervor that the association has now created a huge animosity throughout the world from tech savvy people, like myself. The issue the RIAA brings up is that the Peer to Peer (P2P) networks like Kazaa and Morpheus are allowing everyone to download music created by artist and the recording company the artist is working for isn't getting compensation for it. While this is sometimes true RIAA has taken an extreme step in an attempt to stop the piracy from happening. They have submitted to judges a "Jone / Jane Doe" subpoena that requests internet providers supply customer names based on weak tracking evidence.In turn people that don't o

REVIEW: Panasonic DMR-EH50S

For almost 6 months now I have played with a great DVR (Digital Video Recorder) From Panasonic. It can record a show and play it back while it's recording or play back a previously recorded show while recording another show. It uses TV Guide to get a listing of all my channels and it can play or record DVDs. The list goes on with MP3 play back, SD card playback of pictures, and the player can record to or read from almost every type of optical media available today. It's a great player for the price I payed ($350.00) and my wife even likes it. The model I have isn't for sale any more but Panasonic is still producing similar models that look to be just as great if not better. I still have some gripes with the system though. The biggest annoyance is the live playback like option. Even if you have not experienced the TiVo way of live playback you can understand the frustration with this player's "time slip" feature. About 25% of the screen becomes the "real

Icon Sushi

It isn't often that I come across a program that I think deserves to be mentioned. So often they miss the mark. Some programs will be intuitive and easy to use but lack the power or ability to do anything effective. Other times the application is powerful and give the user limitless potential but requires classes or several books to just learn how to use. This little application is one such wonder that makes it easy to use but just misses the mark on ability. That said I still like this programme. The first thing that sets this application apart is the ability to use PSD, PNG, BMP, EXE and ICO formats. Have a picture you want to crop and make an icon? you can do it with the standard windows paint program and Icon Sushi. Have an avatar or logo you spent hours in Photo Shop with to get alpha and transparency just right? you can open it in Icon Sushi and translate the work into icon form. It has the ability to create icons without sacrificing quality. It also has the ability to add al