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Show Notes 284

by acedtect-20196213851867054973637995818137 / August 4, 2006 1:04 PM PDT

Episode 284

Steve's Keynote address for WWDC leaked? (Thanks Andrew!)

Anonymous Apple employee supposedly speaks out on WWDC (Thanks Joshua!)

Circuit City providing DVD-ripping service

Google pays AP for right to carry stories in Google News

5,000 AOLers find out the cost of free

AOL video launches -- not bad AOL!

ABC shares results of video player trial

How much will folks pay for online movie downloads?

Warner to sell music on DVD. Come again?

'Cider' allows Windows games to run on Macintels without Windows

Xkcd author allows world to pick where he'll go on a date

Solar-powered Wi-Fi for developing countries

Virus program accidentally targets church software


Well, it turns out that so many people were calling AOL that they had to allow us paying AOL customers to switch to the free plan online. Brilliant! Why couldn't they just do that in the first place?? As instructed by the friendly phone voice, I went to Key word: Change Plan and clicked on the Free Plan Button. Now we'll see if it's really that easy...



Albert in LA
I sent the Snakes on a Plane thing to you. You can send it from the Web. I suggest sending one to your mother. They get really confused.

I miss Veronica. iPod universe is excluding everyone else. Why doesn't Creative put a dock connector on their players. Isn't it a standard connector?

I was over on EONS and I heard about SpectacleFest. I need a new pair of spectacles.

Joel in Rochester, Minnesota
Do you really trust some soda machine to keep everything it knows about you to itself? Pretty soon your Tom Cruise in Minority Report and ads are talking to you. What if Sandra Bullock had a snack machine come after her on the Net. There's a Pepsi machine can play football. I think the A&W machine has just cracked the line. I gotta go.

About Apple being a monopoly. Microsoft was considered a monopoly because they were everywhere but because they stopped their oppoinent from going everywhere. Apple doesn't do that. They're not a monopoly.


iPod Monopoly

Ross - Sorry Tom, Molly is 100% correct. Nothing comes close to the iPod when looking at the whole landscape of accessories that can be purchased with it. Tom as a veteran tech guy I surprised that you think people buy products on price and features. They don't. They buy the same way the buy shampoo.....It is interesting to note that Apple makes money on each device that has a connector.

Craig B. - I think Molly is right about the 'iPod domination'. In fact you could call it a 'monopoly'.
What is it now? About 80% of the market. Do I remember something about Microsoft and a 'monopoly'? You never know, in a few years the EU might sue Apple and get them to release information to other manufacturers about how they make their products so cool.


iPod NOT Monopoly

Ingram - There is a huge culture here of 'trendy Mac lovers' but I think what is quite interesting is that there is also an anti-iPod culture. People refusing to use iPods because it separates them from the iPod mass.

Dave M. - I think iPod integration in cars isn't about selling iPods - it's about selling the cars! So, iPod integration in new cars isn't going to effect my next digital music player purchase, but intelligent iPod integration is likely to effect my next car purchase.

Jim in Colorado - Apple is way out in front because they put everything together first. I however don't think it is a foregone conclusion that they own the marketplace. I remember when Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer, I thought Microsoft was just too late Netscape was the browser of choice and being first to market Microsoft would never overtake them.

Lewis L. - Maybe I'm crazy but I think the iPod is getting less popular with new and better players being developed by companies such as iriver, Creative, Cowon, Archos, etc. I am also surprised at the number of people I see on Muni and Bart that have other MP3 players other than the iPod. There is just less incentive to purchase an iPod these days because of the myriad of features and low prices that a person can get by buying non-Apple brands.


Apple coming out with mammals?

Don't put much stock in the redirect to - it's been there for years. If we took it as a sign that Apple was about to release a product, then would be a clear sign that Apple was about to launch its own wildlife preserve! As you suggested briefly during the show, Apple has a number of domain registrations that exist solely because the company at one time or another thought that those domains might be useful in the future.

- Jonathan
Ottawa, Canada


Pat has a good point on WiFi security

You commented in yesterday's (8/3) show that it's no longer safe to hop on any old wifi network to casually look for free internet. Well, according to the original Washington Post article, you are vulnerable just by having your wifi card turned on, WITHOUT actually establishing a connection with any given network. Yikes!

"But according to Maynor and Ellch, this attack can be carried out whether or not a vulnerable targeted laptop connects with a local wireless network. It is, they said, enough for a vulnerable machine to have its wireless card active for such an attack to be successful."


Pat in Washington, DC


Frank on Andrew's "takedown notice" from "Apple"

I emailed Andy G after I heard the puzzling email on Thursday's Podcast regarding his "take down" email. After looking at his site, and the email, I'm with you guys-I think its a fraud-as andy says some sort of pointless phishing scam.

Just a couple of salient notes-

1.) The email address from which the email came, didn't show up on a google search-i.e. it's 99% likely not apple.

2.) Notice about these types of things generally won't come from email, but will come from real mail. Even if they did come from email, they would explicitly say what the problem was- i.e. what the offending content was. This one didn't.

3.) I doubt someone would have a federal action notice, or case number, until after they filed a complaint-so the number listed is dubious. Btw notice for such a complaint CANT come by email, so again this dubious.

4.) Most importantly in regards to copyright and content: Andy took down his "Copyright 2006 Andy G" which he didn't have to do. Copyright law (Section 401) allows for notice to be put on any work "Protected by this act" which, as well all know, is essentiall every work created. If you're doing anything copyright worthy, you get to put notice on it. You don't need to register, and no one can tell you to take it down (except a court maybe).

So, I guess be on the look out for, and be skeptical of, wonky looking copyright notices.

Have a great weekend.

PS Andy emailed apple, as outlined below. I'd suggets anyone else who gets something like this, go right to the source and ask someone you know is affiliated with the company.



Frank L.

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