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A nuisance of iTunes’ library sharing feature is that songs cannot be downloaded from peers over a network, so that really the feature becomes more akin to Microsoft Zune’s ‘squirting’ than the name ‘sharing’ would suggest. Fortunately, a nice little app called OurTunes (that has been around for a long time but only recently fixed itself for iTunes 7 compliance) will provide that desired service. According to the blog and Lifehacker, it works fine on Windows but still has some problems on Macs.

If for moral reasons you’re not convinced to download the software, then download a wonderful little 170 page eBook called Free Culture that should quell any internal objections to this software and hopefully create some for the RIAA.

On a more light-hearted note, yesterday I listened to the majority of Brad Neely’s alternative audio track for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He recorded a new track for the entire movie, changing everyone’s names and portraying events in a funnier way than they were supposed to be. Snape is now an ugly old woman and Harry Potter is now a resounding Harry fucking Potter. HARRY FUCKING POTTER EVERYONE. The audio is on two CDs, so have a stereo near the TV when watching or pop the movie’s DVD into your computer’s DVD drive, or think of some other clever way to have them both play at the same time. Hilarity will ensue.

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Designs for the newest USB cable, called USB 3.0 (thankfully not USB 360), made a short showing at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Article and pictures. I’m not sure that I can accept that the new designs will allow the cables to reach a speed of 4.7 Gbps. My hard drive can’t even do that.

Here’s a hardware breakdown of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO-1 laptop. Reading this, it’s immediately clear that the laptop, which the blog’s author calls “brilliant mechanical design” was created with its intended audience (children in third-world countries) in mind.  Hardware highlights:

  • when closed, all ports are covered
  • safer Li-Fe-P battery than current Lithium-Ion technology
  • easy to disassemble (and therefore service)
  • motherboard placed behind LCD screen, minimizing cables that run through the swivel

Ars Technica previews Office 2008 for Mac. A dreadful development: it seems that the new interface elements for Word have been mangled beyond repair.