1. When you import CD’s, MD5sum it to the songs on the server… too many scratches? Just give the people a clean copy of the song.

2. DVD import. Handbrake is a wonderful program, but iTunes can handle videos quite well.

3. No DRM. Come on, I just requiem my DRM’d music anyways. It’s a stupid waste of resources.

Yea, so I bought 5 tv episodes on trains yesterday, hmm, where did all the HD download options go? I could have sworn you could get things in HD on itunes before, did they downgrade? Come on, my screen is 1280×800 not 320×240 people.



My Stuff

October 5, 2008

Now that I finally got my laptop, I had to take a picture of all my computers and other random gadgets. Ok, so there isn’t that many, but for a 16 year old, more then a fair share!


Ok, so here is what I have:

  • HP Pavilion a808x – this is my first computer for myself, it really still works nice too. It has 512MiB ram (I never felt like paying $20 to upgrade), a nvidia 6200 with 128MiB ram (I only got it for ubuntu’s desktop effects…), and a single core 2.2GHZ processor by AMD. It is currently running ubuntu. My brother kind of shares this one with me, so it runs Windows XP as well.
  • Dell Inspiron 6250 – This laptop is 7 years old and S-L-O-W! My parents pretty much let it go to me. It has a 20GIB super slow hard drive to begin with, so it already has problems. Then it’s a slap in the face with 1.6GHZ single core processor, and 256MiB of ram. But on the bright side has a nvidia 2 go and an Ethernet port. So what do I do with it? Nothing. The batteries shot. It runs XP and occasionally ubuntu, if I feel like running ubuntu on 5GiB of space.
  • HP Pavilion DV6885SE – My new laptop. I love it! It has a dual core 2.1GHZ processor, 3GiB of ram, 250GiB of hard drive, a nvidia 8400, a 12 cell battery, and just plain looks awesome being a “special edition”. It has WiFi too, something I had never gotten to play with. This is my favorite and newest computer. It runs Vista, which is new as well to me. It’s what I am writing this post in right now! I highly recommend HPs now that I have two.
  • Sony Handycam DCR-HC38 – My camcorder I don’t use much. I am not really inspired to use it at the second, but it’s nice to have around, because you never know when you need to video document something without a digital camera, laptop, or phone. Yes people, a device that only records video.
  • Apple iPod Nano (3rd Gen) – Had it for a year now, 4GiB of space, it’s cool with a case, I use it every day and charge it every two weeks. I don’t have a cable for it anymore, so it has only 400 songs I am getting sick of. But I probably won’t upgrade, with a case it’s fine.
  • LG Voyager (VX10000) – My phone, and I like it! With the newest software update it’s fine. I always use it for texting, I don’t have the money to activate all the other programs. It can do it all though. With the case, I dropped it 6+ feet onto a road, and it only left a scratch. I have a train as a background! I know hacks for it because I really get sick of the locked-ness of the whole thing.

Well I have a old calculator too, It’s buried in my bookbag though. Being HP it deserves to make it to the list. As do the pile of cables I have. But as I said, I am good computer wise. I just try really hard to keep my stuff nice!

Why iTunes fails.

September 17, 2008

iTunes is fun and nice. But it’s also super bloated and slow (windows). But those two things aren’t why teenagers are ditching itunes for alternative programs.

While the iPod is a great concept, saddly to apples loss, it will never be everyones music player. It’s mine, and I like it, but some people don’t have the money, or for the most part, an interest in apples media system. Why? Because they were made for each other, and each other only! I can’t use itunes to put music on my phone! I can’t use rhapsody to put music on my ipod! So what if someone has an old computer and they receive a shiny new ipod for Christmas? They’re screwed, that’s what! Their computer doesn’t have the ability to run a program of that much usage. Right now, with my windows pc, with itunes inactive, it is hogging 60MiB of ram from me! And itunes will run in the tray and you’ll never know it too! Itunes also has a little catch called DRM from it’s store. that means that the music you buy will only ever be playable on apple’s devices. (Ahem, noone has ever got past it…) and that is stopping you from even getting Mp3 files from itunes. I mean by default it uses AAC MP4 so it’s incompatible with most programs off the bat. Well I do have one positive thing to say, itunes plus. Yep, look for the grey cross when you buy music and BAM no more drm there! 

The number one reason iTunes is failing? It doesn’t give you free music like ol’ limewire does 😀

I want a macbook! I have enough money to get one (almost if not that) and I want the newest one! Well rumors point towards new macbooks on October 14. Other rumors point to aluminum casing, and another favourite of mine, led backlights. The latter page also states “entry level price ranges”. What does this mean for me and all the other macbook fans? More bite for your buck! 

Of course, mac sales have gone up since microsoft released vista. Hmm… I wonder why?

Turns out itunes was not starting earlier. I looked around, played with some processes and noticed bittorent running. Nothing illegal. Just seeding openSUSE. After I quit that process [bittorent] itunes started. Hmm… I wonder? That’s a really ODD glitch apple? Wouldn’t want bittorent to steal your thunder [constant income].

I hope this gets fixed. Apple has no right to decide to keep their program from working if I am running an alternative program.

iTunes 8 First Impressions

September 9, 2008

Here is my take:

– No major UI update, new album viewer is a lot faster though

– Visualizer on windows kinda sucks

– Genius seems likes a way to boost apple sales. It is nothing short of amazing though.

Good way to bring on the 8oh. I am uber impressed with the new ipods too. Seems like apples trying to phase out the classic though.

edit: Music seems to run at a different process then iTunes User Interface. It’s slow (as always) but the music still is there

download: http://apple.com/itunes