Visiting Seattle

I will be in Seattle from the 23rd to the 28th of January. If you are in the area and would like to meet, have dinner, discuss free software, Mono, Gnome or debate interesting topics, drop me an email (miguel@ximian.com).

iPod and iTunes

Today a friend of mine asked me if I bought music from the Apple iTunes Store and whether she should. I explained to her that the music she purchases will be locked into the iPod and iTunes and she wont be able to play it on other MP3 players unless she hacks her music.

As for myself, I have been using FairKeys to copy the music to my Linux running laptop.

Today a timely article from the Register discusses some of the details.

As Cory Doctorow likes to point out about Digital Rights Management: Its not about what you can do today, its about they will allow you to do tomorrow.

Armed Spyware

Joe points to an article on spyware that exploits security holes to install itself on people's computers. An interesting read.

I have recommended my friends to use Macs or Linux in the past (If she can use Linux so can you). The only downside of Apple is that it creates a powerful distortion field.

Posted on 14 Jan 2005 by Miguel de Icaza
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