The Battle of Digital Music

RealPlayer wants to play hardball with iTunes, by marking down prices of individual songs to $.49 and full albums to $4.99. This is timed alongside the release of a new RealPlayer version that supports Harmony, Real’s way of letting you use iTunes downloaded tunes in their RealPlayer software. The digital music age is teething, it should be interesting to see how it progresses over the coming years. :)

Internet Explorer 6 To Turn 3 Years Old

This August 27th, will mark the 3 years since Internet Explorer 6.0 was made available to the public. By internet standards, that is a very long time. Since then, Internet Explorer has gone through one service pack, and a zillion security fixes, and no feature updates/additions. The best thing to happen to the browser is the Google toolbar courtesy of Google.

By contrast, Mozilla Firefox isn’t even that old (came out in late 2002), yet it has gone through changes rapidly, adding features that far exceed Internet Explorer’s capabilities, and has been the most secure browser to surf the web on. Since using Firefox, I’ve seen zero popup ads, and zero adwares injected into my system. It also has full support for web standards, which IE doesn’t, thus showing you the web the way it’s meant to be seen.

Yahoo Messenger 6.0 Hijack

I installed the new Yahoo Messenger 6.0 instant messaging client, and even though I chose custom installation, and removed the optional components to prevent Yahoo from taking over my computer, it still hijacked my computer. How, you ask? I’m glad you asked; here are a list of things Yahoo Messenger 6.0 has done to my computer without my permission:

  • Put “Email with Yahoo!” in the context menu (right click an icon to see it)
  • Put links to Yahoo and Yahoo Mail in my Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Put in my Start Menu
  • Put links in the My Photos, My Music, and My Videos folders in both my user account and shared files
  • Installed external files, Yahoo Address Autocomplete, Yahoo Messenger Toolbar, and Yahoo Mail, all which I had to remove via Add/Remove Programs

Now if I were to contact a Yahoo representative and ask him why their program hijacks my computer without my consent, he would likely respond, “Yahoo Messenger 6.0 is a revolutionary product, and it is free. To keep it free, we have to bombard you with marketting. I’m sure you understand.”

No siree, I don’t understand, and I won’t understand. The reason? Trillian – offers a free IM client that does better than Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, and ICQ all combined. No ads, no bloat, and supports everything all the other IM clients does, without hijacking my computer. Yahoo does this to outmanuever AOL and Microsoft. Don’t get caught up in their corporate tug of war and allow your computer to get hijacked.

The only reason why I installed Yahoo Messenger 6.0 was to use it’s webcam function, but since Trillian’s works just as well, I’ll just uninstall Yahoo Messenger 6.0, and I suggest you do the same and grab Trillian instead. You don’t have to thank me.

Mac OSX Tiger Preview – Spotlight

One thing that Google has taught me is that quick, easier searching is an invaluable tool in my daily web life. iTunes has also taught me that quickly, and easily searching for the tunes on my computer is an appreciative and welcome ability to have. Now Apple introduces Spotlight, for their upcoming OS X Tiger system. The one thing that Apple is proving a lot lately is that usability and attention to detail, truly pays off. Which is exactly why I love web standards, and the benefits if provides. For more on Spotlight, check the link below:

Apple – Mac OS X – Tiger Preview – Spotlight

Update: Along these same lines, I discovered this article at Adaptive Path shortly after posting this, showing how Apple even shows careful attention to detail in their Apple Stores. It’s thinking like this that should be infectious to all businesses out there, because it benefits all of us consumers tremendously.