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Pioneer – The next Napster?

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Ok, so I know the title is a bit overblown, but the I believe there may be a small parrallel between the electronics manufacturer and the now deceased file-sharing twin of the new Napster 2.0. Are we going to reexamine the copyright issue, just in another light?

While I was browsing an online news source, I saw an ad for a TiVo/DVD-Burner set-top box, manufactured by the electronics giant Pioneer (who notably from what I understand has no investment in any large studios, unlike Sony). I began to think to myself, “Wait a sec, wouldn’t this break copyright?”. Now, maybe I am wrong, but lets think about something: Lets say you TiVo a movie from HBO, burn it on a disk, and then maybe give that disk to a friend. From my understanding of the law, you have just committed a felony by distributing copyrighted material. Not only that, but lets say that you just burn it for your own library. This can’t make the movie studios happy, and they are sure to have a fit.

Now lets be honest, I know there are probably plenty of people out there who are TiVo’ing there favorite shows and burning them to disk. Its pretty harmless: maybe its your favorite episode of a show, or your childs favorite cartoon. But when devices and software are developed that condsiderably lower the ‘effort’ curve, and provide near 100% original quality (aka digital), I have never seen corporate America react in a positive way. And why should they, they plan on selling you the DVD set of Season 1 of Friends for $59.95? Why should you be allowed to ‘rip’ it from your digital satellite signal, and straight to CD?

Just trying to fire up some conversation on Friday, any thoughts? Will this device stir up another round of lawsuits? In any case, I know I want one :)

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October 31st, 2003 at 2:00 pm

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My New Powerbook

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Well, I finally did it. Two days ago, I received my brand new 1.25ghz, 15.2″, w/ SuperDrive Apple Powerbook. This decision has pretty much been a year in the making. After being unhappy with my current laptop I decided, ‘Why not?’, and purchased this powerbook.

First impressions: Absolutely AMAZING. First, the laptop is silent. Let me rephrase that, ABSOLUTELY SILENT. This is a new experiance for me. My other laptop sounded like a hoover vacuum on steroids. It almost seems unnatural to be sitting here typing and be able to hear what is going on around the house.

Second, Panther is great and in general OS X is great. I was a bit worried about feeling alienated from my operating system, not being able to perform the functions I have in the past on my PC. But honestly, I am starting to realize how easy things should have been on my PC.

Third, Central looks great in OS X :)

Fourth, Expose is the greatest thing since sliced bread, not to mention it just plain looks cool. Within one click, I can see the desktop, a thumbnail of the windows for the current app, or all the windows that are open.

Fifth, battery life, although less than what I hear older TiBooks got, is still great compared to my old machine. I have been able to get 3 hours without really trying too hard. Im pretty sure I could push that to 3 1/2-4 if I tried.

Sixth, the heat issues I have heard about from other people are not as bad as I had worried about. Does it get a little warm? Yeah, what machine doesnt. But it sure isnt anything that I am worried about burning me.


Anyways, now here is for a few requests from you powerbook owners out there. Any tips or tricks you can offer a Flash Developer who is new to Apple? What do you use to code AS in? I am trying to find an app that allows me to easily have a million action script files open at once and move between them easily. (OK, big request, I know). Also, is there a ‘Alt-tab windows style’ shortcut in OS X, for jumping between windows quickly?

Second question: Does anyone know of a good CVS client for OS X?

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October 29th, 2003 at 6:39 am

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DRK 5 Released

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Today the DevNet Resource Kit, volume 5 (DRK5) was released to DevNet Subscribers. Apparently the CDs have not been completed yet, but are soon to follow. Honestly, if you are looking to get the best value for your dollar, this is the DRK to buy. You may ask why? Well, read below:

DRK5′s Flash MX 2004 Content includes:

1. A NEW Tab Bar Component
2. An updated release of the Flash UI Component Set 3, so it will be compatible with the Flash 7 Player
3. An updated release of the Flash UI Component Set 4
3. An updated release of the Flash UI Component Set 5
6. An updated release of the Bevel Components
7. An updated release of the charting components released in the last DRK (DRK4)

So, basically you are getting 5 DRKs worth of components for the price of one.

It also includes two wonderful sample applications for you to take apart:
1. A Weather Application that allows you to search for and store your local weather information.
2. A Font Browser you can use to explore that constantly enlargin font library you have.

And to top it off, there are two new extensions for Flash MX 2004, and a ton of other items for ColdFusion MX, Fireworks MX 2004, and Dreamweaver MX 2004.

One of my favorite items is Pollster v2. Pollster v2 has many new features, most notably the Flash interface allows an unlimited number of answers/options, the legend supports multiline labels, and there is a tab that allows the user to browse past polls.

This information was gathered from browsing through the DRK, and I assume that more information should come soon on Macromedia’s site, probably when the CD’s are ready to ship.

[More information via Christian Cantrell]

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October 24th, 2003 at 3:50 pm

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