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iPhone-Like Personal Website

iPhone website

6znet.com is a website built on an iPhone-like UI, basically a full-featured personal website, complete with a blog (fed from Windows Live Spaces RSS feed), photos (from a Picasa feed), Twitter, and a few other things, all with some nice animation and promising planned features. There are a lot of websites and services out there that try to do personal sites right, but this one, which doesn’t rely on Flash or anything, is just easy to use and good to look at. I hope the project gets released as something other people can use for their personal sites.
(via Digg)

July 2nd, 2007 Posted by | Apple, General | one comment



Apple Loses Contract With Universal Music

Universal Music, one of the “big 4″ RIAA music labels, has declined to renew its contract with Apple’s iTunes Music Store. While Universal’s music will not be leaving iTunes, the lack of a contract means Universal isn’t bound by anything to continue offering anything to iTunes, and can try to strong-arm Apple into things that wouldn’t be allowed by the prior agreement. Universal could yank its entire catalog from iTunes, or make demands with that as a threat, like demanding a price increase, different track bundles, pretty much anything.

It would seem like iTunes and other digital music stores are trapped, subject to demands from the music industry, but that isn’t necessarilly the case. iTunes is one of the largest sellers of music these days, digital or offline, and that means the record labels would be losing a lot of sales if they lost iTunes as a distributor. Universal can no more risk losing Apple than they can losing Best Buy, although they may try to pull a few concessions from Apple in the future.

July 2nd, 2007 Posted by | Apple, General | no comments

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Microsoft Offering Downgrade Options From Vista To XP

Microsoft has a program assisting businesses who buy PCs with Windows Vista Business (or Ultimate), but want to run XP on them until their software is fully compatible with Vista. Businesses now have downgrade rights, which allow owners of fully licensed Vista PCs to install Windows XP over Vista completely for free, without having to own an unused copy of Windows XP.

According to the program PDF, computers with licensed OEM (comes with a new PC) copies of business editions of Vista can install a copy of XP, one that they must provide themselves. Once XP is installed, the operating system will fail product activation, as it should, since it is a previously used unlicensed copy of XP. Call the Activation Support Line, explain you are downgrading, and they will give you instructions on how to activate it, apparently completely for free.

This doesn’t just work for Vista, it also works for downgrading XP to Windows 2000. In all cases, the business must provide the operating system install disks themselves, but they can be previously used versions without product keys, and only business-class versions may downgrade to other business class versions.

The downgrade paths allowed:

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According to Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is working on simplifying the process further, so businesses can submit batches of keys, instead of calling for each one.

July 2nd, 2007 Posted by | General, Vista, Windows, XP | 6 comments