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Fairplay DRM stripped from ITunes
To Quote Engadget: Remember Hymn? You should, back in the day (like, um, 2004) it allowed you to strip the FairPlay DRM right off iTunes Music Store bought files just like that; well, it's been a long time in coming, but a new app called QTFairUse6 looks like it can now be used (with some amount of difficulty) to dump iTunes version 6.0.4 - 6.0.5 files of their chastely protection. It's not quite as slick as FairUse4WM or anything, but if you're not afraid to get your hands dirty with a little python ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 12:01 PM


New York, August 29, 2006 – - SpiralFrog, the new music download destination, has signed an agreement with Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, to make UMG's extensive catalog available for legal downloading in the US and Canada via SpiralFrog's advertising-supported service.

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:57 AM

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Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:00 AM

Vista in time for the (American) football season!
Quoted from Microsoft sources: With the last major upgrade to Windows, Windows XP, it was "not quite" two months between RC1 and the product's release to manufacturing, Wilcox said. If Microsoft releases Windows Vista RC1 on Sept. 5 or thereabouts, the release to manufacturing -- and a release to business customers -- could happen as soon as early November. Microsoft has said it will release Vista to business customers in November, but has not specified the exact date According to sources familiar ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 30, 2006 8:52 AM

Liverpool mark Kop's centrnary with win
Peter Crouch continued his rich vein of scoring form at Anfield today Two goals in the final minutes of the first half gave Liverpool victory at Anfield on the day the Kop celebrated its 100th birthday. Both goals were scored in front of one of the most famous edifices in football, the first from Daniel Agger - a cracker from 35 yards - and then Peter Crouch from a close range ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:39 PM

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Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:33 PM

BizTalk 2006 R2 - Quick reminder
Just a quick reminder of what R2 gives: Microsoft’s B2B EDI/HIPAA Solution Microsoft’s RFID Framework BizTalk Adapter for Windows Communication Foundation (formerly called Indigo) .Net Adapter Framework .Net Line-of-Business (LOB) Adapters (formerly BizTalk LOB Adapters) BizTalk Dev Environment Compatibility with Windows Vista BizTalk WSS Sharepoint Adapter Compatibility with MS Office 2007 Previously posted at ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 6:31 PM

Solidsoft News
Solidsoft CTO elected to UK Microsoft Architect Council Solidsoft announced that its Chief Technology Officer, Andy James has been elected to the UK Microsoft Architect Council. The Council's objectives are:· To provide a community where senior IT architects can meet to discuss issues relevant to their respective industries.· To provide a mechanism to feedback and influence Microsoft products, strategy and direction.· To support Microsoft initiatives in relation to the architect community.· To help ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 5:46 PM

Office 2007 -November Release
Darren Strange of MS UK blogged: An internal email from Chris Capposela (head of IW) to field sales confirms that 2007 will get added to the price list in November. This is excellent news and a strong indicator of our confidence. That said, usual caveats apply about how product performance and quality will ultimately dictate availability. Our development schedule remains on track to deliver the 2007 Microsoft Office system by the end of 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007. Feedback ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 5:22 PM

BizTalk Roundup
Over he last couple of months a number of intresting things have hit the streets around BizTalk 2006. New BPM Site Launched A new Business Process Management (BPM) site was recently launched by Microsoft at Visit this site to learn how integrated, easy to use business process management solutions from Microsoft make it possible for organizations of all sizes to increase sales, reduce costs, optimize existing customer and supplier relationships, and recognize and react quickly ......

Posted On Saturday, August 26, 2006 3:51 PM

32 bit Vista will not play commercial HD movies!
Even though Vista on a 32 bit machine will recognise and be able to use both HD DVD and Blue Ray drives it will not support commercial HD movie playback. The reason for this? To quote MS source: The surprising disclosure was made by Senior Program Manager Steve Riley during a presentation on Windows Vista security at Tech.Ed 2006 Sydney today. “Any next-generation high definition content will not play in x32 at all,” said Riley. “This is a decision that the Media Player folks made because there are ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 1:41 PM

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Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 12:23 PM

Microsofts new mouse
Well, after all the hype of yet-another-Microsoft-viral... their latest teaser site,, turned out to be a hype builder for a gaming mouse, and not for the Zune or the Xbox 360. The big news is that they've teamed up with Razer for this one, and the result is the Habu, a high-precision, 2,000 dpi laser mouse with interchangeable side button panels, high speed motion detection, and the ability to adjust DPI on the fly. Oh, and it's wired, too, doesn't sound like they're ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 12:10 PM

Visual Studio 2003 fixes

A month ago, Microsoft officials said to expect the first service pack (SP) for Visual Studio 2003 to hit around Augusut 15. And SP1 made it out this week. VS 2003 SP1 includes more than 400 bug fixes. Next up: Visual Studio 2005 SP1. An update on the whereabouts of that fix pack is coming in the next couple of weeks, company officials said

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Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 6:24 PM

Microsoft to Firefox Team: Lets show you how to port to Vista
The director of Microsoft's open source lab has invited the Mozilla development team to come to Redmond and participate in a Vista porting lab. Microsoft is interested in helping the team make sure Firefox and Thunderbird will work properly on Vista. To date, Microsoft has invited commercial software makers and large corporate customers to these kinds of labs. If the Mozilla folks participate, it will be the first time an open-source venture took part in a Windows porting lab of this nature, it seems. ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 6:22 PM

Windows Live Writer
At last Microsoft has launched a blog writing tool! Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service. Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium. Our goal in creating Writer is to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone. Writer has lots of features which we hope make for a better blogging experience. Some of the ones we are most excited about include: ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 6:07 PM

Living with Vista
I’ve had the highs and lows of living with Vista for a week now… Being of the developer breed and allows having an Administer Account I thought for this exercise I’d go with the flow and have a normal account with access to my Administration functions bubbling under…. Most of the time this is great but then there are those times you want to scream. Today has been one of those and its not 8:00 am yet. As always my Outlook mail box is over quota – happens once a week. ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 4:46 AM

Blu-ray v HD DVD
Finally, after months of apples-to-oranges comparisons between the two formats via different discs from differing studios, a direct head-to-head analysis can now be made using identical source material. As the first Warner Blu-ray titles hit stores, we at High Def Digest are proud to roll out the web's first in-depth comparisons of all three discs. Review can be found @ Round one to HD DVD ......

Posted On Sunday, August 6, 2006 3:51 AM

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