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September 11, 2008

Oink

Almost one year after authorities shut down the private torrent tracker OiNK, the site's administrators and a few alleged uploaders have been charged, putting an end to the year-long investigation.

Alan Ellis, the administrator, was charged with "conspiracy to defraud" and the uploaders were charged with copyright infringement for the unauthorized upload of one CD. [After Dawn]

"In other semi-related news, a 26 year old man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison, three years of supervised release and a $20,000 fine for his work on the site EliteTorrents - looks like it's a bad week for torrent site admins." [TechSpot]

July 29, 2008

Red Lasso

This makes it harder to find clips of bands playing on late night TV...

Continue reading "RedLasso, RIP "

June 9, 2008

iphone

Apple Inc. cut the price of its best-selling iPhone in half Monday - to $199 - making the all-in-one smart phone, media player and Internet device more accessible than before.

Apple also said it had increased the speed for the iPhone so that it runs on the latest 3G technology, shortening the time it takes to download a Web page and access the Internet. And for the first time, it will also incorporate GPS technology so that users can track where they are as they're traveling. [SF Gate]

April 30, 2008

"With MSN Music, Microsoft has admitted just how expensive, clumsy, and unfair DRM is," McSherry said in the statement. "It's time for Microsoft to reject this sloppy technology, and for customers to demand something better." [CNET]

April 15, 2008

The Filter"The Filter is the ultimate discovery service. Tell it the movie, music and WebVideos that you like and it will find new stuff for you that match your taste - every day."

"...backed and advised by the British singer and technology evangelist Peter Gabriel, who was in San Francisco last week promoting the company in advance of its relaunch today" [NY Times]

April 11, 2008

"What is Steve Jobs doing in a boat?" (anubisconq)
Im not sure either

"Scientists at IBM say they have developed a new type of digital storage which would enable a device such as an MP3 player to store about half a million songs - or 3,500 films - and cost far less to produce." [Times Online] (thx Gilles)

January 25, 2008

TechnicsTechnics

This turntable watch is modeled after the classic Technics 1200 down to the tiniest detail, so much so that you'd swear you could spin some wax on it if only records came in such wee sizes. It's available now for $65 and a small shred of your dignity. [Gizomodo] (via)

January 11, 2008

Taser MP3 player

Have you ever been frustrated by the lack of a convenient way to electrocute people while listening to some of your favourite tunes? Well, the answer to your prayers is here. [Metro]
This might be a good accessory for a pantless subway ride.

December 20, 2007

I Steal Music

"PC users in the United States are less likely to pay to download music than Apple Mac users, who are also more likely to purchase CDs, a market research firm said Wednesday." [Information Week]

Sweatshirt available @ Jinx Clothing Company

December 10, 2007

DOWNLOAD: Ultravox - Vienna (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: C64 Radio Commercial 1 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: C64 Radio Commercial 2 (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Rob Hubbard - Commando (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Martin Galway - Street Hawk (unreleased) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Power Ups - Conan (Commodore 64) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Flvxxvm Florvm - Down in the Commodore 64 Dungeon (MP3)

Commodore 64

CNN's website has a misty-eyed feature celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64, perhaps the key home computer gaming platform of the early eighties....

Rob HubbardI'm certain a lot of the lasting appeal is down to the brilliant SID sound chip, which produced - through the talent of musicians such as Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway - the best audio of any platform at the time. Those memorable C64 soundtracks coincided with - and complimented - the rise of computerised music in popular culture, which saw the arrival (or at least mainstream success) of synth pop bands like Ultravox, Human League and Depeche Mode as well as electro pioneers like Africa Bambaataa, Man Parrish and Egyptian Lover. Unlike the Spectrum, which existed in its own nerdy ghetto, C64 felt like it connected with something larger in the 'contemporary zeitgeist' - many years before PlayStation came along and claimed to legitimise gaming. Music, like smell, is a powerful nostalgic trigger and perhaps it's the one element of the eighties home computer experience that hasn't been degraded by time. That's why people are still playing Commodore music now, mashing it up for club nights or turning it into orchestral symphonies. [Keith Stuart]