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  • Make your Windows apps DieHarder

    The popular interpretation of Moore’s Law is that computing power doubles every 18 months-ish. Happily, RAM and hard drive speeds and capacities follow a similar exponential curve. Yay tech-for-tech’s-sake! Sometimes — okay, rarely — advancements in computing power are dedicated to making the computing experience suck less (see the giant leap to the GUI, and a few…

  • Thoughts on "Thoughts on MCE beta feedback"

    Matt Goyer, a Program Manger for Microsoft’s Windows Media Center (motto: “Before we were a Vista feature, we were an _entire operating system!”)_ recently posted that he’s frustrated by people who say that Vista’s Media Center capabilities offer no compelling improvements over Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (a.k.a. MCE 2005). In response, Matt posted…

  • Welcome back to PlaybackTime

    Hey, welcome back! It’s been a while, I know. I hope you’ll join me again for daily digital media news, analysis, opinion, and interesting links.

  • An iMac epitaph

    Here lies iMac No more they’re makin’ A great design Saved Apple’s bacon iMac — 1998-2003 News.com story

  • CeBIT bites

    I just returned from a week at CeBIT. I’d hoped to be able to post regularly while I was there, but internet access where I was staying was too expensive to justify anything but critical communications, and my schedule was too packed during show hours to allow for browse-time via the open Wi-Fi base stations…

  • Interesting milestone for consumer voice-over-IP

    I recently read The Innovator’s Dilemma, which is a great book by Clayton M. Christensen about why dominant incumbents rarely continue as anything more than crumb-catchers (if they aren’t forced out of business altogether) once a disruptive technology takes hold. Voice-over-IP is a disruptive technology. VoIP used to be something that only large businesses could…

  • AOL's newest plan to get their chat on

    Sun and Java. Apple and QuickTime. AOL and instant messaging. It’s a mixed blessing when a company’s most-interesting assets don’t come with a ready-made windfall. AOL claims that about 40% of Americans from age 14 to 24 use AOL Instant Messenger (a.k.a. “AIM”). They say that 2.3 billion messages a day are sent through their…

  • Still seeking contributing editors

    Apologies for the erratic posting schedule this week — next week’s should be back to normal. (If you or someone you know is interested in sharing interesting digital media news with a couple thousand folks a day, be sure to ask me about being a PlaybackTime contributing editor.)

  • When only the very worst Mac software will do

    One of the more popular Mac sites is VersionTracker, which tracks the latest versions of most Mac software using a pleasant (albeit personality-free) newest-first list format surrounded with as much advertising as possible. It’s useful, and (like many useful things) boring. In contrast, the bitchy PerversionTracker much more entertaining. The highly trained PerversionTracker staff locates…

  • "We don't serve your kind here…"

    Dive Into Mark, a great blog whose name inevitably conjures slightly disturbing imagery when read the first few times, has a cool article on how Mark used Apache and the mod_rewrite module to stop evil spambots, spybots, and unwanted robots — by definition, those that don’t respect the Robot Exclusion Standard — from stealing his…