September 19, 2003

Playing through the radio

Now that I've got a hard-disk MP3 player, one of the things I do is play it in the car. I'm using a casette adapter right now ... plug it in to the line out port and slip it in to the car casette player and I've got my tunes. It's a pain, having that wire hanging out of the deck.

With that in mind, here are some reviews of wireless FM transmitters: - a review by an iPod user. - at the bottom of the page there's a comment by an iPod user favoring the AudiaX - a review of the AudiaX

Doesn't sound like the iRock performs very well. One item I'm interested in is the Arkon SF121. Haven't found a worthwhile review comparing it to others yet but the $20 price is right.

Posted by tony at 07:49 AM | Comments (0)

September 16, 2003

CNet reviews 4 DVD copy programs

In this article they review Intervideo's DVD Copy, 321 Studio's DVD Copy Plus and their DVD X Copy and Pinnacle's InstantCopy.

The same article has links to other reviews like software DVD players and DVD burning apps.

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And the PDF creation winner is ...

EDocPrinter PDF Pro from ITEKSOFT. Yeah, it came out of the back of the pack to win the crown. Until you buy it, pages 4 and beyond get watermarked.

What was wrong with the others? Well, I thought I could save my Word documents in XML format and have AurigaDoc convert it to PDF but it looks like I was wrong; that AurigaDoc has its own dialect that you use to get the appropriate formatting. And at dial-up speeds, I didn't wanna invest the time in downloading it only to be disappointed.

PDFCreator, well, I couldn't seem to find enough information online to satisfy my curiousity so I just didn't wanna install it.

Posted by tony at 05:12 PM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2003

PDF creation on the cheap

I've found what look to be two very good PDF creation packages, both Open Source and on SourceForge. AurigaDoc from AurigaLogic and PDFCreator from Sector7g. I'm gonna give both a spin and I'll let you know what I think.,

Posted by tony at 03:41 PM | Comments (0)

A VC thinks the RIAA is wrong?

Tim Oren, a venture capitalist at Pacifica Fund, thinks the RIAA is wrong in their approach to online music. Read his thoughts on the subject

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DCOM : are your safe?

MS03-039 was issued and a "fix" released by Microsoft last week. Steve Gibson ( -- of ShieldsUp, UnPlug-n-Pray, ID Serve and Wizmo fame) asks whether you really need DCOM or not. Go to his DCOMbobulator page, download his utility and disable it! It obviates any attacks through DCOM.

Posted by tony at 12:46 PM | Comments (0)