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Re: Display a loading image until the page completes loading

Mon, 19 Mar 2012 07:58:35 -0000

It worked like a charm, even in IE. Thanks a lot.

Re: Text Link Ads

Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:36:40 -0000

Stumbled across this today...4 years later I'm making ~$100 a month still. Only in the last year has it been sub $100.

Re: Creating OS X Leopard Install on a USB Drive or iPod

Fri, 09 Mar 2012 10:29:03 -0000

Ok, I am in trouble and more Mac illiterate than I thought. I've never opened a disk utility. I've never made a partition. I am clueless. All I know is I'm running Tiger. I currently have no money for an upgrade and so may things on the web I want won't work for me because my OS is too old. PLEASE help me.

Re: Linux vs. Mac

Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:01:32 -0000

 But in the end, windows wins.

Re: How to install pear modules with MAMP :: MDB2

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 22:19:50 -0000

Hi:  I'm getting same msg., as Allison below:  

/Applications/MAMP/bin/php5.3/bin/pear install
and the response I get is:
/Applications/MAMP/bin/php5.3/bin/pear: command not found
though there is indeed a document titled "pear" in that directory.

what to do.

Thanks very much

Re: Sync Safari Bookmarks and History with Dropbox

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:26:17 -0000

I'm not the author of this tip, but I can tell you that this definitely won't work across different browsers (or across different platforms.)  If you just want bookmark sync, I'd recommend looking at

Re: Sync Safari Bookmarks and History with Dropbox

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:08:47 -0000

Hi Dan, in not a computer genius and really need to access my bookmarks through dropbox from any other computer.  Is following you steps the way to do this? Also can you please point me in the right direction of all the It jargon that you are talking about eg Terminal Bash? also I i am new bookmarks from my computer will they re sync straight into dropbox?  Will this allow me to add bookmarks from another computer that uses internet explorer, that I can then aces from my computer at home?

Please help and thanks :)

Re: 1and1 scams

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 01:02:26 -0000

 file complaints at both the PA Attorney Generals office at: http://www.attorneygeneral.... and at the Better Business Bureau, at
Then take a look at the BBB’s rating they give 1&1, a B! My
Question, how can they give a company with 806 closed complaints a B

Please file the complaints, as I will be contacting the local DC
media regarding the BBB’s rating of them, will make a good investigative
journalism piece.

The PA’s Office Of Attorney General will respond before the BBB, but hang in there as the BBB will have some explaining to do.
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Re: Xtorrent.

Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:36:36 -0000

xTorrent seems to have this problem when you have "too many" searches saved (not active searches, just the ones archived on the left) and active downloads and active searches going at the same time. You can force quit after a freeze but when you restart xTorrrent it will immediately reload the saved searches and the active torrents, and quickly get overloaded and hang again. The only help I've found is to not run more than a few searches at once, and to remove old unused and failed torrents from the active list. Basically if you keep xTorrent from being bogged down it will usually do very well. As soon as you cross some sort of unclear threshold, or when your drives become nearly full, you will be very likely to see xTorrent hang.

Re: Handbrake crashing

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 23:55:47 -0000

mac the ripper is garbage, once downloaded to my 2010 mac book pro 13" won't let me rip anything

Re: Splitting Content into Two Columns, e.g. Word Wrap with PHP or CSS + Javascript

Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:01:58 -0000

Dude, you saved the day.

Re: Installing Yum on CentOS 4

Sun, 29 Jan 2012 10:05:50 -0000


Re: Display a loading image until the page completes loading

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 01:49:58 -0000

Not Working Properly. Loading completed image don't hide

Re: Display a loading image until the page completes loading

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:19:47 -0000

Nice work, Thanks :)

Re: Kindle Touch

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:52:24 -0000

Kindle touch actually is much easier to operate when
held in the left hand. You can page forward and backward with tap or
swipe. Cool tablet.

Re: Linux vs. Mac

Thu, 05 Jan 2012 02:02:26 -0000

Yes, exactly. I love to tinker with my linux. Had to find drivers online for some of the hardware I have. But if I were to get a mac it wouldn't be as fun. With a linux I can say, this is mine! I'll do what I want with it! Compatable with many different pieces of hardware incase i wanted to build from components. But with a mac i couldn't do that. No tinkering, no saying this is mine. Its very draconian, they do have you locked in. Always having to go back to the mac stor for special cables...

Re: Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:53:42 -0000

Best movie review post yet

Re: Creating OS X Leopard Install on a USB Drive or iPod

Mon, 12 Dec 2011 11:00:52 -0000

Installation took 24 min. :-)

Re: Daring Fireball Linked List: The Rise in Android Malware

Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:04:53 -0000

I agree. Of course there's going to be a lot of Malware in a market that anyone can submit to. I've had my android phone for almost 2 years and never once had a problem with Malware. That being said I've also been virus free on my windows machine for 3+ years. I suppose I'm just a power user, but I definitely agree that just because people submit malware doesn't mean all android phones are infected.

Re: Holding Sway

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 00:48:20 -0000

I can't reply at the same thread level, so maybe that's a sign that it is a good idea to wrap this up. :-) I'll keep it brief.

In terms of the contradiction between their behind the scenes plans and their public positions on topics, I still believe that the video iPod and app store are relevant examples of this. Products take a while to develop, and given the timing between when the statements were made / reinforced and when the products that contradicted them were announced, it's a fairly widely held opinion (not a fringe idea of mine) that Apple would have been working on them during that time.

The independent music issue is a core one to the proof of their desire / intent to use DRM. You keep trying to wrap it in to the timeline relative to the other labels, but the important question keeps getting neglected: if they truly didn't like DRM, then why was indie music *ever* forced to have DRM? Them *eventually* allowing it to be optional (after the deal with EMI) doesn't prove much to me, since (if it were true that they didn't like DRM) they could have done that (for indie music at least) at any point in time *before* that. They didn't. Lending more credibility to the theory that their easing off on DRM was in response to external market pressure to do so, not an internal desire on their part. There's no other reason why indie music wasn't DRM-free (at least as an option) long *before* that time.

In summary -

To boil it down to the most basic point: the most compelling evidence as to whether Apple favored DRM or not is very simple: they used it, and they continue to do so. In other words, at the most basic level, *the simplest explanation for why they use DRM is because they want to*.

If they (and / or you) want to try to make a case for something more complicated (that they used / use it even though they *didn't* want to), I think the burden of proof lies with the one trying to make that case.

As evidence to *that question* (whether they wanted DRM or not), you essentially have two conflicting things to weigh: what they said (clearly anti-DRM) and what they actually did (clearly pro-DRM). I lend more weight to the "what they did" side of that argument, and that's how I draw my conclusion on this matter.

Re: Creating OS X Leopard Install on a USB Drive or iPod

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:45:09 -0000

so convert it into a dmg file on your hard drive.

Re: Holding Sway

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:20:10 -0000

I'll leave it at this:

I'm just trying to show you that the examples you use to base your _negative_ opinions on include a lot of assumption and to the point where it becomes circular. 

For example, you assumed Apple didn't try to get non-DRM in the iTunes store before Amazon but they did with EMI. Then you mention indie music as a rebut, even though indie labels were able to use DRM free music shortly after EMI had DRM-free tunes. You're biggest point is they could have renegotiated with the labels to get DRM free music long before they actually did; instead of disregarding that *perceived* non-action, since whatever they were doing wasn't public, you're using it as major point of contention. 

There's reasons behind each one of your arguments but I don't think you're giving them their due credit. A good example is how you think Jobs' letter was a marketing message to apease it's customers, something completely unfounded because it had never been done before. You're reasoning behind not believing what was said in a long letter about the topic is one response to an interview when he said "It's all about the music..." and later said "we're focused on music" after a question about an iPod that does video: the fact that a video iPod was released a year later doesn't mean they were "hard at work" on it, nor does it hold the same weight as a hundred+ public letter. Yes, the denial of an iPod video is simply good business strategy (not marketing), it's standard not to hype a future unreleased gadget while you have it's predecessor on store shelves. An open letter to the record labels complaining about DRM restrictions may be a business strategy in the long run but Apple looses nothing if they/Jobs' doesn't write a letter. Publics approval? Yeah right, the company that's said to be so idealistic they don't release products the public thinks they want. 

Another example of why don't trust that letter is how Apple pushed web apps as the iPhones SDK saying there was no SDK for native apps, only to later release a full SDK for native apps the next year. Again, I don't agree that this has the same weight as the public letter but I'm mentioning it because it's a great example of how the lack of information and the mystery Apple places on themselves creates fuel for negative opinion.

Maybe Apple should be more forthcoming in their intentions but in this case they actually were, they tried to do web apps and were later convinced to do something else[1]. It's not a matter of Apple lying, it's a matter of Apple making the right decision instead of sticking to the wrong one. 

Again, if there's no trust in Apple's publicly release intentions or beliefs on a matter (DRM, Flash, etc.) than there's no reason to assume the worst.

[1] Jobs pushed web apps because that's what he believed in, he constantly referenced Google for making web apps, it wasn't until after the launch of the iPhone and a lot of convincing by Schiller that he agreed to release an SDK and the app store was created. This is from his bio, google it.

Re: Holding Sway

Tue, 15 Nov 2011 03:34:18 -0000

[ I'm re-posting this one, since the lack of paragraph breaks made it very difficult to read. Hopefully you can delete the other one and possibly edit this part out ]I think you might be misrepresenting what I said a bit here; I never claimed that aspects of this story that were my opinion were actually "fact". What I did do was present what I feel is the most *logical conclusion* based on the evidence. I'm certainly open to other interpretations, but I haven't yet seen one that's more convincing.I do concede that the timing is more detailed than I initially remembered or described above, but it remains true that the majority of iTunes music was *forced* to have DRM (including independent, non-big-four music) until well after Amazon released their DRM-free store. It was also a fairly widely (though not universally) held opinion / observation at the time that iTunes was following Amazon's lead or responding to their move in that regard - it's not just a wild theory that I'm making up myself as an anti-Apple whacko.Again, I *do* discount statements they made publicly, because they don't line up with what they actually *did* at the time (or currently, in my opinion). The most logical explanation (*IMHO*, of course - it will get old having to clarify that every time) for why they'd release a statement *saying* that they don't like DRM is that they want to please consumers. They recognized that for the most part, anyone who is aware of the concept of DRM dislikes it, so rather than even trying to "sell" it as a good thing, they wanted to be perceived as being "on the side" of the consumer on that issue.When you compare that against what they actually did, however, it becomes clear that it doesn't line up, and reveals what is (most logically) their real feelings towards DRM. Again, if they were so against DRM, why did it take them so long to negotiate DRM free deals compared to Amazon?BTW, Apple making public statements that *directly contradict* how they're *actually running their business* behind the scenes is *nothing new*. Steve (and the company) said that no one would want video on an iPod, during a time when (in hindsight) they obviously were already hard at work developing that very product, and would soon announce it. Same goes with native apps on the iPhone. So *please* don't act like Apple making a statement that is *totally untrue or inconsistent with what they're actually doing* is such a far reach - it isn't.Even if you want to blame the DRM on the pressure from the big four labels as a part of their licensing, that doesn't explain why *all* the music, including that released from independent parties that had *nothing* to do with the labels was still forced to have DRM. That was even the case *after* they did the no-DRM deal with the big four. There is a very simple explanation for that (mine - they wanted DRM). Please feel free to offer another story that explains the facts in this paragraph.Then (assuming you attempt to make up a story that explains that away) take a step back and look at how many assumptions you have to make in order to formulate a story that fits with your desire to justify Apple's actions and reconcile them to their statements, and contrast that with the much more simple explanation that I am pointing to, based strictly on an observation of what they've done. Occam's razor.Lastly, I'll understand if you want to stick to discussing DRM only as it applies to music, and not[...]

Re: Holding Sway

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:38:02 -0000

I updated that last part a little to make it easier to understand. 

Also, I forgot to mention that you don't have to agree with what they said publicly but if you're judging their stance on DRM because of what Amazon was able to do early is silly. There's obviously more to it than that, much of which has already been hashed out but I'm curious as to what they are in brief points.

Here are mine:

* Only until recently has DRM been applied to any of their software, items that they solely control the delivery of and would not be tied to any other party's term/contract
** Apple only until Lion had DRM on their OS (when purchased through the App Store, not sure about hard copy purchases)** All of Apple's software doesn't include DRM (unless delivered through the App Store), other than their "Pro" apps like Final Cut, etc..

The whole software DRM is highly debatable because I agree with it for the most part and I'm sure all the developers in the store like it too. 

The way they implemented it shows that they continue to care about experience since their DRM isn't heavy handed (single seat restriction) and unless you're trying to steal an app you shouldn't even know it's there.