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How to import your DRM CDs into iTunes

Annoying little thing that I ran across when I bought the import of Hyde’s Roentgen. I realized that it was protected by Sony Music’s Labelgate protection. Basically, it does a detection for a computer cd-burner/cdrom and then disables any access to the CD unless it’s only a CD player or uses the Labelgate player.

Labelgate CD is a copyright protected CD. It cannot be played on Macintosh operation system, nor any PC without Internet ID authentication which is only available to the residents in Japan.

The rest was pulled due to a LUX author letting me know that it was illegal to publish DRM circumvention. Friggin lame, but hey. That’s the law.

Statistics tracking on LUX

LUX is now watching stats via AWstats. One of the best things about this when you have complete control of your hosting, you can install tools like this. Thanks to ratchet for fixing some stupid apache config errors that I threw in.
What’s so good about this statistics package? I can track pretty much everything including how many times my rss feeds are being hit. SiteMeter while beautiful, just doesn’t do it justice.
Beautiful. Just beautiful.

MMORPG Dofus is now free

Dofus is now a free MMORPG after the subscriber base complained that the $7/month was too much. Support for Windows, Mac and Linux. Nice graphics in the latest fad – anime style. Schweet.
Via Digg

When a woman doesn’t cut it, send a man

G .W. Bush nominates Samuel Alito, an Appeals judge to replace Justice O’Connors position after Harriet Miers withdrew her name from the nomination last week. “Scalito” shows his true conservative colors which makes one wonder if Harriet Miers also had those hidden away since the president obviously holds true to his conservative views.
What’s interesting is that despite everything that has been said about nominating a minority or a woman into this position, and even with Laura Bush in favor of doing so, Bush goes on his merry way of nominating a white male to the bench. Not a terribly bright idea with the current standing of the administration in legal turmoil.
Of course, Ruby already knew that this would happen.
Lotusmedia < Yahoo

Google to hire coders for OpenOffice

In an effort to support open source software, Google is hiring programmers for the OpenOffice initiative.

Open-source software is good for young programmers, DiBona said, noting that it gives them real-world problems to solve and teaches them self-management skills.

Dang straight. And Google’s one of the few companies to actually hire for open source outside of the public’s scope on what their business is today. This is definitely something that makes them one of the most unique and worthwhile corporations to work for in the current software market.
Winbeta < CNet

How to upgrade your RAM in an iBook G4

Dave Winer:

A step by step guide with pictures to upgrade RAM on an iBook G4.

DaveWiner < Faqintosh

VistaDB 2.1 database for .NET has been released

Apparently it’s being redistributed to bloggers if you mention this for them. What a great way to advertise! Once I get my hands on it for testing in my labs, I’ll let you know how it goes. I’ve heard good things about it but I’m not the .NET programmer for the company.

This 2.1 update includes over 60 improvements, including new support for .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio .NET 2005. VistaDB is a small-footprint, embedded SQL database alternative to Jet/Access, MSDE and SQL Server Express 2005 that enables developers to build .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 applications. Features SQL-92 support, small 500KB embedded footprint, free 2-User VistaDB Server for remote TCP/IP data access, royalty free distribution for both embedded and server, Copy ‘n Go! deployment, managed ADO.NET Provider, data management and data migration tools. Free trial is available for download.

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– Repost this to your blog and receive a FREE copy of VistaDB 2.1!

Via Scoble

Wireless technology in Greensboro

Disclaimer: I’m the Executive Director of a nonprofit called Phoenix Networks, and am operating as a 501c3 under my fiscal agent, the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Mission of the nonprofit is to use wireless technologies to assist in educational value and economic growth. This post was in response to Ed Cone’s on local wireless.
I am part of a young professionals group called SynerG. This organization operates projects that they believe will help the community and the growth of Greensboro for young professionals and is an extension of Action Greensboro. One of my earliest involvements with this group has been the WiFi Initiative. This post should give you a glimpse of what is currently in place and what we need as a community to change.

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Bitdefender offers the Halloween linux challenge

One of the bad boys of antivirus for Linux, Bitdefender, has offered up a sweet challenge to its testers. The one that most thoroughly tests the ins-and-outs of their new beta linux server antivirus solution will win one thousand German beers, a trip to BD’s HQ in Bucharest, and hang with the bad boys in Romania. Pretty sweet deal. So go forward and stress test that sucker!
Slashdot < NetSecurity

NSA releases operating system guides to securing systems

One of the most secret hush hush organizations has released some guidelines for securing a number of operating systems including all Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris versions. Strange that linux isn’t on there when they released the SE security extensions for it. In any case, this is a good start on how to secure your systems.
Why I personally find this amusing? I’m willing to bet that there are many a government organizations that fails even these basic guidelines to securing systems.
Slashdot < NSA