Never again will I buy Movies off the Internet. (Part 2)

I just wanted to post my comment to the person who said I should not have used AOL: It is not just AOL, it is who ever buys a company who or goes out of business or switch to a new DRM provder. I have issues with my MSN Music WMA-DRM. But obtaining “Free” replacements in same high quality are quick and easy. Here are some WMA DRM Providers that went down: – MusicMatch bought by Yahoo! (You must install old MM software to get it to work)– MSN Music Gone. Lucky if you get it to work.– URGE by MSN … Continue reading Never again will I buy Movies off the Internet. (Part 2)

Never again will I buy Movies off the Internet.

I think one I got for free and the other one was cheap. But this goes for the same if you paid full price and use AOL Videos   Dear Eric, Thank you for being a customer of the AOL® Video store. We have an exciting update for you on our service: to continue to bring you an industry-leading purchase experience, we have partnered with Amazon.com®. Going forward, Amazon.com® will power our video download service.What does this mean for you? Videos you have already purchased from the AOL Video Store will stay on your computer, and continue to work on … Continue reading Never again will I buy Movies off the Internet.

ViewPoint Media Player now does shady spyware tatics.

I was reading the Great Lakes I.T. Report and saw a local company is doing a street level 3D map of Makinaw Island (Michigan) I installed ViewPoint to see it. This morning I un-locked my computer and saw a update for it. I did not read the update box, and trusted it. Sure enough it installed their toolbar which causes IE to crash everytime it closes, and when open suck the resources out of my PC. I went to end task IExplorer.exe cause it did not respond to the red X and it was using 128 megs or ram. I … Continue reading ViewPoint Media Player now does shady spyware tatics.

BetaNews | TiVo Fast Forward Popup Ads Return

  Customers of the DVR service TiVo began reporting over the weekend that the fast forward ads which appear during commercial breaks have reappeared. The ads appeared last in March 2005, when the company was testing new ways to generate money from the service. Source: BetaNews | TiVo Fast Forward Popup Ads Return Ok, so people pay for the box most times, and pay for the service, and now they want to show ads to paying customers? If any DVR did that I paid for I would cancel my service and go with Windows Media Center or another software PVR.

Ben’s Space: MySpace Viruses and How to Prevent Against Them (and Other Viruses)

 More reasons to be careful on MySpace and other websites. To Whom This May Concern: The MySpace website (http://www.myspace.com) is filled with thousands of viruses. Many of the viruses steal people’s passwords to post advertisements on their bulletins, wasting system resources, bandwidth, and disk space. Other viruses are not meant to advertise, but rather to harm ones system by deleting files, stealing credit card information, and doing so much as deleting ones system. Source: Ben’s Space: MySpace Viruses and How to Prevent Against Them (and Other Viruses)

Review: Toshiba GigaBeat S

I will be posting (Check back for updates) what I like and my dislikes here about this product: Likes: Pretty smooth interface, and is similar to Media Center ineterface.  Dislikes Let the device sit for a few days, plugged in headphones device locked up, needed reboot and battery was low. Rebooted, not enough juice to use. Also, seemed to charge quickly, not sure if this is normal or the power meter reader is off. Tends to crash frequently I found 2 Christmas CD’s that were not ripped, so I ripped them and added them to the “Christmas” playlist. The albums went … Continue reading Review: Toshiba GigaBeat S

Windows Live! Essentials. What is the purpose of it?

Windows Live! Essentials, is a installer to install all the Live! products. What I do not understand is why do we have an application that sits in the system tray all day and take up system resources. It would be easier to have a web page to do all this then waste the Live! teams time programming and making this useless utility. Once the beta is done, I will be removing it from my systems. There is absolutely no use for it. If they want something for someone to find out the latest Live! stuff with download links, then put it … Continue reading Windows Live! Essentials. What is the purpose of it?

Adware Offers Bogus Security Apps

Newly discovered adware in the wild tries to dupe users into installing fake security applications. According to Panda Software’s PandaLabs, the adware program, ProtectionBar, warns users that their computers are infected with malware, and they must purchase a license for the “security app” to remove the bad code… http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=99483 Always best to stick with a known good program like: Microsoft Windows Defender www.microsoft.com/spywarewww.microsoft.com/spyware (Free) Ad-Aware www.lavasoftusa.comwww.lavasoftusa.com (Free & Paid) Spybot www.safer-networking.orgwww.safer-networking.org (Free (Donations Accepted)) Spy Sweeper www.webroot.comwww.webroot.com (Paid. Can get good deal at Costco or free with MSN Premium & Dial-up, or cheap or free with promo sales.) These are … Continue reading Adware Offers Bogus Security Apps

Microsoft Installs new Coffee Machines in break rooms.

I would love to own one in my house and in my office. The thing grind the beans too. Another Picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35034363287@N01/158160261/ Sources: http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/2006/06/02/back-at-microsoft-drinking-the-starbucks/ http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/103987.asp