Tuesday 30 September 2008

Damn You Apple!

Right now I’m in a situation that I really hate.

I have an iPhone (locked to O2 [boo] and running OS 2.0.2) and I have iTunes 7.7, but I hate DRM*.

I still buy music from the iTunes Music Store in spite of the DRM, but thanks to Requiem I can strip the DRM off and then I can play the music on anything I want to.

Now there’s iPhone OS 2.1 and iTunes 8.

You can’t install OS 2.1 without iTunes 8 being installed, and Requiem is not updated for 8 yet (if it ever will be), and there are applications in the App Store that require you to have OS 2.1 installed – including 3 apps I already have installed and now cannot update them!

I am really hoping that Brahms can update Requiem to cope with iTunes 8, or else I’m stuck not being able to buy music from the Music Store any more – and I like the simplicity of the store, in spite of the majority of tracks still having DRM added to them.

* DRM (in any form) penalises PAYING customers. It NEVER stops people downloading illegally.

UPDATE: Requiem 1.8.2 is now out for Windows users!

Saturday 27 September 2008

Firefox 3 userChrome.css Tips

Here are some userChrome.css tips for Firefox 3:

Show Go Button on Firefox 3 address bar

#go-button { visibility: visible !important; }

Hide Bookmark Star on Firefox 3 address bar

.ac-type-icon, #star-button { display: none !important; }

This tip works on any version:

Replace Adblock Plus icon and replace with text

#abp-status image { display: none !important; }
#abp-status label { display: -moz-box !important; }

Friday 26 September 2008

Disable Firefox 3’s Automatic Virus Scan

The built-in virus check is there for your own protection. This advice is for expert users only!

  1. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar
  2. Now filter the following browser.download.manager.scanWhenDone
  3. Set the parameter to False
Sunday 21 September 2008

Le Band Extraordinaire

I first saw this band supporting Amanda Palmer at the ICA, and I thought they were great. So last night I travelled up to Finsbury Park to see them perform a short gig in The World’s End pub.

I recorded one of their songs, Ill At Ease, on my phone (which explains the terrible sound quality, the mic on the Nokia N95 is terrible).

Tuesday 09 September 2008

The “Who Killed Amanda Palmer” Video Series

Part 1: Intro

Part 2: Astronaut

Part 3: Ampersand

Part 4: Runs In The Family

Part 5: The Point Of It All

Part 6: Strength Through Music

Part 7: Guitar Hero

Part 8: Another Year (Credits)
Part 9: Everybody’s Gotta Live (Epilogue)

I have linked to Amanda Palmer’s videos on Vimeo above as they’re of a higher quality than YouTube, where they are also available!

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