Microsoft-Universal deal

Some people are upset about the Microsoft-Universal deal that gives Universal $1 for each Zune sold. Some are calling for a boycott. The controversy stems from the reasoning behind the deal. Doug Morris, the CEO of Universal Music Group, has been quoted saying: These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know […]

Steve Jobs admits iTunes for Windows is a sub-standard app

In defending recent changes to the iPhone SDK agreement, Steve Jobs made a general argument about platforms: We’ve been there before, and intermediate layers between the platform and the developer ultimately produces sub-standard apps and hinders the progress of the platform. Since iTunes for Windows uses non-native APIs such as CoreFoundation and CoreGraphics, Steve Jobs […]

Think Closed

I was expecting that the iPhone firmware update would simply relock unlocked iPhones so that they could only be used with AT&T. I was wrong. As you may know by now, after an unlocked iPhone has been upgraded with the 1.1.1 firmware it will refuse to activate with any SIM. The technical evidence so far […]

iPhone Independence Day

I’ve found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to NSA AT&T. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned! Update: Magic iTunes 7.3.0.54 numbers: Offset 2048912: 33C0C3 Offset 257074: 28 Offset 257013: 33C9B1 Add “127.0.0.1 albert.apple.com” […]

JustePort

Stream audio to your AirPort Express Copyright © 2005 Jon Lech Johansen Dependencies: .NET runtime (Mono 1.1.8 or Microsoft .NET) Latest Release: Binary: JustePort.exe (MD5: 9e323d74801bd7b9a08667535948c5d4) Source Code: JustePort-0.2.tar.gz (MD5: a2afb9543905d0bfc4f29b156201551b) Syntax: JustePort.exe input ipaddress [volume] (volume range is -144 to 0, default: -30.00) Example 1 – streaming a MPEG4 Apple Lossless file: JustePort.exe ~/Music/song1.m4a […]

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Picture is Copyright (C) 2004 Per Johan Johansen. All rights reserved. Click here for press picture. History November 1983: Born in Harstad, Norway to a Polish mother and Norwegian father December 1983: First encounter with a home computer: father’s Sinclair ZX Spectrum (picture above is from 1986) 1998: Installed GNU/Linux for the first time: RedHat […]

Tumi Sucks

On a recent trip to San Francisco I bought a Tumi Vista Super Light 20″ Wheeled Carry-On. On the way back to Oslo, having completed the SF-London leg, this happened: It weighed 10 kgs (they weigh all carry-ons at Stansted) and I mostly used the wheels. I had heard good things about Tumi and their […]

Steve on licensing FairPlay

This is the 3rd and last post about Steve’s “Thoughts on Music” However, a key provision of our agreements with the music companies is that if our DRM system is compromised and their music becomes playable on unauthorized devices, we have only a small number of weeks to fix the problem or they can withdraw […]

Zune FUD II

The amount of Zune FUD is reaching staggering proportions following Microsoft’s Zune launch. C.W. Nevius has a blog post over at the S.F. Chronicle titled “Zune Reinforces Microsoft’s Dorky Image“. Nevius links to TechTree that claims: For starters, in order to download the Zune software, a user’s system has to meet certain requirements; namely, Win […]

Zune FUD

There’s an amazing amount of Zune FUD on the net these days. I’ve owned several generations of iPods and I’m looking forward to the release of Zune. It will be the first portable player to support MP3, AAC, WMA, WMV and H.264 (though apparently H.264 support will be through transcoding at launch; native support will […]