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Monday, April 19, 2004
 
It's cool but I'm pissed!

It never fails, I always buy something right before they bring in the next line. Today I hit Apple's web site and they have "Announcing the new 1.2 Ghz G4 iBook! With RAM expandable to 1.25 gigs!" Well, there goes my my 800 Mhz iBook with 640 MB RAM to the bargain bin. Shitter. if I'd a waited 5 weeks, I coulda bought that. Oh well, I needed one for the trip.

But for those who haven't bought one, the iBook is now at an all time high performance, it'll run circles around some of the first generation G4 Powerbooks. Still, the 12" will cost you $1449.10 with apple care and tax. I guess I can't complain about my $1206.86 educational pricing for 12" with Airport extreme and Apple Care.
Thursday, April 08, 2004
 
Finally got my RAM upgrade for my iBook. MUCH Faster now. As soon as I transfer the latest batch of photos, I'll burn 'em and load 'em onto the gallery page. Patience everyone :-).
Monday, April 05, 2004
 
iTunes Music Store DRM Format Cracked

Slashdot has a story about a new piece of software released, playfully called "PlayFair". The program circumvents the "FairPlay" encryption scheme Apple uses with its iTunes music store. The software is being hosted on SourceForge.net at http://playfair.sourceforge.net/, though who knows how long it'll stay up there before the lawyers move in with the DMCA to shut it down.

For those of us who use iTunes, expect an update probably within the week ;-).

I could care less about the whole thing really. I expected it to happen. Any DRM scheme'll inevitabley get circumvented. Besides, since you can burn the music you buy at the iTunes store, it's just a matter of re-ripping the music back to MP3 (which you can use iTunes to do). Sure there's a slight loss of quality, but to be honest, most people won't notice or care.

I just hope this doesn't give the industry more cold feet. The iTunes store has been the slap in the face the music industry has needed to realize that selling music online is a viable business. The store pretty much rocks too, I've used it to buy a few songs.

The technology to do this has been around since '96. It's about time it's finally happening.
Sunday, April 04, 2004
 
Just thought I'd let you all know that we've all been back safe and sound since Thursday. I've just been unpacking and recovering from the jet-lag and the cold I got over the trip. I've got a ton of pictures and movies to show when I get the chance.

Take it easy everyone.

P.S. embarrassingly enough I sent the wrong address for my blog to everyone. Ooops :-s. Oh well. Hope I remedied that in the last email.
Friday, April 02, 2004
 
I'm back!

Well, I'm back in the States. Sorry I didn't post sooner but I was still recovering from my cold and the jet lag and I slept about 24 hours or so ^_^. Anyway, the trip was great, and I plan to share the photos as soon as I get the chance.
Thursday, April 01, 2004
 
We're in Narita airport, just about to catch our return flight home to SFO. It's been a swell trip and I can't wait to share it all with ya'll. Take it easy everyone. We'll see you all shortly.

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