Thursday 29 January 2009

iTunes Plus – A La Carte

No more “all or nothing”!

Until today, if you wanted to upgrade your iTunes library to iTunes Plus format songs, you either had to upgrade them all, or go without. For me that’d cost around £95, in one go.

Today, however, Apple have apparently listened to its customers and will now let you pick and choose which songs you want to upgrade to Plus.



Saturday 17 January 2009

Life’s For Sharing

Thursday 08 January 2009


I finally updated my templates to allow comments, with hierarchical threading. I was looking for a way to only allow 1 or 2 levels of threading, but I don’t think there is one. I was never able to get my AJAX script working with Movable Type 4.2x, so I’ve decided not to use it at all. I was wasting way too much time playing with it.

I also re-enabled comments on all my old entries, as spam shouldn’t be that much of a problem, and I now have a VPS that should be able to handle most things a spammer can throw at it. Unlike when I was using Fasthosts on a shared server so resources were incredibly limited!

I have also replaced the image in the header that said “does it echo?” with sIFR (which does my stylised dates), which I could never get to display the text where I wanted it. Finally I have it just how I want it.

Wednesday 07 January 2009

Strange Perl Error

I started getting a weird error on my Slice involving Perl.

LWP failed with code[500] message[Errno architecture (x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi- does not match executable architecture (x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi-2.6.24-16-server) at /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/ line 11.

Searching on Google didn’t throw up too many helpful solutions, except one. Edit the file and remove/rem out the lines throwing that error. Possibly not the best solution, but it seems to work for now.

sudo nano /usr/local/share/perl/5.8.8/

“$Config{‘archname’}-$Config{‘osvers’}” eq
“x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi-” or
        die “Errno architecture (x86_64-linux-gnu-thread-multi- does not match executable architecture ($Config{‘archname’}-$Config{‘osvers’})”;

Don’t Eat yellowsn0w

As I posted yesterday, I hadn’t been able to get yellowsn0w working on my iPhone 3G. Late last night I received an update from @iphone_dev on Twitter stating that they’d released 0.9.6.

I updated yellowsn0w to 0.9.6 from 0.9.5 and rebooted with a T-Mobile PAYG SIM inserted. It worked almost immediately!

Now I have to admit I had already turned off 3G, Wi-Fi, EDGE and SSH with BossPrefs as I was just about to try 0.9.5 again when I got notified of the new version, but I will be trying a reboot with them all enabled. Just to confirm it works without any user intervention.

I currently have the O2 SIM back in the phone as I have some credit left and also internets. Now that I’m able to use other SIMs in the iPhone, I might have to make a tough decision about swapping it for my N95.

One of the only things holding me back is the lack of push on gmail. I’m desperate for that feature. Come on Apple! Why is it only Exchange and Yahoo! that have push?

Tuesday 06 January 2009

iTunes Goes DRM-Free & iPhone Music Store Allows 3G Downloads

The news pretty much everywhere is that iTunes has finally dropped DRM from almost all of its tracks, and will be totally DRM-free* by the end of March. So that’s 8 million songs sold without DRM now, and the remaining 2 million by April. As Apple says, iTunes Plus (256Kbit AAC) is now the new standard.

Also, there will be variable price points introduced in April, as part of the agreement reached between Apple and the Big Four record labels. I’m not sure what this translates to in British Pounds, but in USD you’ll be able to buy songs at 69c, 99c and $1.29. Hopefully not too many songs will be sold at the higher price, but I’m sure the labels will be pushing for it on as many as possible!

The other great news is that the iTunes Music Store on the iPhone will now allow downloads over 3G, so you don’t have to find a Wi-Fi hotspot to buy new songs.

All we need now is a simpler way to unlock the iPhone! I’ve tried to get yellowsn0w working, but every attempt I’ve made to get it onto T-Mobile UK PAYG has failed thus far. Maybe I need a bit more patience.

* Videos will keep DRM.

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