I have to admit it - I'm one of the people who uses an [URL="http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/family/apple_tv?mco=MTAyNTQzMjU"]Apple TV[/URL] occasionally. It's a very nice box and sits under my television. Apple has done uncharacteristically little with it. There is speculation, following Wal-Mart's entry into the television streaming world, that Apple might be prompted to get off its corporate backside and make this box work. It's only speculation so far, but if it happens here is my wish for the next version of the product. 1. A less jerky picture. In common with all streaming and hard disk based TV technology the picture motion …

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According to an ongoing debate over the GPL version 3, he does. How can this be, since Linus Torvalds, creator and chief architect of the Linux kernel, knows about software freedom and free software? He doesn't have a problem with what Richard Stallman refers to as "tivoization," which is the practice of using software available under the terms of a copyleft license but prevents the user/owner from modifying that code through the use of protections. Stallman believes that this is a blatant violation of your freedom. Linus disagrees. Stallman's argument: [COLOR="Green"][QUOTE]One major danger that GPLv3 will block is tivoization. Tivoization …

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If you haven't bought that special geek in your life something electronic yet for Christmas, here are 10 ideas for you. They're all Linux-based and are sure to bring a smile to any geek's face. They are in no particular order. [B]1. [URL="http://www.asus.com"]Asus[/URL] Eee PC[/B] - The new Eee PC 1000 boasts long battery life (6+ hours), a large keyboard, screen, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB SSD (Hard Drive) and 20GB of Eee Storage. Under $650USD. [B]2. [URL="http://www.chumby.com"]Chumby[/URL][/B] - I don't exactly know what it is about this thing that makes me want one so badly--but I do. At $179USD, …

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The invaluable Tech Ticker pour more gasoline on the fire we started yesterday on the historical decline of the U.S. stock market in 2008. Says TT; "Any way you slice it, the 2008 is shaping up to annus horribilis for the U.S. stock market. Heading into Friday's session, in which an early rally effort quickly faded, the S&P was down 49% year-to-date and on track for its worst year ever. Down 43% year to date, the Dow is heading for its second worst year in history, the WSJ reports, trailing only the 53% decline in 1931." An astonishing number of …

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Howdy and welcome to Crystal Ball Sunday #12: Built-In Home Entertainment and Automation . Linux is the perfect medium for set top boxes (aka Set Top Units or Personal Video Recorders (PVR)) because of its customizability, optimization features, and no cost status. Whether you know them as Set Top Boxes, Set Top Units, or PVRs; you may know these generic names better by the brand name: TiVo. These Linux-based PVRs are not TiVo but they do what TiVo does and much more. With a PVR, you can watch, record, pause, and rewind live TV, watch movies, create your own home …

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According to some online blogs, TiVo is employing a new scheme of digital rights management (DRM) which allows program sponsors (the people who provide the show, such as the network, or perhaps the syndication agency) to define when a show may be watched, and if it may be stored for later re-runs. TiVo quietly upgraded their "EULA" or End User's License Agreement" inside of an OS update that allows program suppliers to restrict how long the DVR may save recordings, or prevent the device from recording them alltogether. Of course, this was a quiet modification... I am certain that they …

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The End.