Sunday, March 23, 2008

Digsby Widget - Give it a try!

Well, I really got into Digsby, it's a pretty nice IM client, and honestly might be one of the best, so I'm going to give people who read this blog, a chance to have a chat with me, ask a question or just chat! :D Enjoy!



You can download Digsby Below, and expect a full review of the multi-IM client to follow shortly.

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Downloading Music, There is a gray area?

Ah downloading music, the phrase often associated with pirates. Downloading music legally, associated with subscription users, example, iTunes, Napster, and so forth. For a long time there hasn't been much of a gray area, that little area that seems wrong, but could very well be perfectly legal. For years the RIAA and so forth have gone after pirates for sharing media with others, which is logical, share copyright material with public users, and get fined for it. However the method to their madness is a bit on the harsh side.

I'm not going to sit here and rant and rave about how the RIAA's less than legal methods, and their mafia like partner companies violate almost every privacy law in existence, as well attack, maliciously, into someone's computer to steal information, which by the way, is illegal too, and if found out, could jeopardize a case as it is a felony.

Anyway, I'm not going to tell you that there is an application called Youtube Downloader that downloads Youtube's .flv files and then can in turn convert said .flv files to .mp3. Oh wait, I am, why you ask? Well, because record labels place their music videos on Youtube, with a plethora of ads to pay the artist for it's music. Now this is where the gray area comes in, they didn't intend for their music videos to be downloaded and converted into .mp3 files, you could very well be breaking the very copyright laws your trying to avoid. Until then however, happy hunting.

 

*For the trollish little imps out there. I don't use this service myself, even though it's ingenious, never have, never will, I post this here for informational purposes, I listen to my music straight from Youtube, got a problem with that? Contact Youtube.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Windows Update Screw Up?

Sorry about the lack of updates, I really had to evaluate the blogs I had, closed a few, and made this my primary tech related blog and article thing for the next couple of years. Now, onto the main reason I've posted here today, Windows Update in Vista, had a bit of  a seizure today, and it could give some insight into what's to come in the near future.

 


As you can see, new items are available in Windows Update, primarily the inclusion of the Windows Live applications and services. I thought, NICE, now whenever I need to reinstall, I can get my Live applications from Windows Update when I update my 50+ updates for Windows Vista. (Compared to 120+ for Windows XP, plus drivers) I proceeded to install said updates, in fact, the ones marked in the screen shot, only to find that they didn't appear anywhere in my PC. I searched the installation folder (C:\Program Files\Windows Live usually), and nothing. No sign of the installation files anywhere.

 


Well, they appear as installed applications, now I wonder why they don't appear on my PC. Oh well, I guess I'll cut my losses and attempt to install Windows Live Writer so that I can continue my blog posting. Windows Live Installer picks up that I don't have writer and mail installed, so it installs and completes. Now I go back into installed updates, and it shows up twice. Alright, no harm no foul, as long as it doesn't cause any problems in the future.

 

I go back into Windows Update to notice that the updates no longer exist, save for the one coinciding with the recently installed Windows Live Writer. This makes me wonder, with the news that Service Pack 1 is coming relativly any day now, is Microsoft prepping for a bigger role in Windows Update for Vista than before? It appears so, as it looks they're working on fixing it so you can download various Windows applications straight from Windows Update itself.