Your questions: "My lap top speakers are not working... any ideas?"

LNB asks… “My lap top speakers are not working. No sound comes out of them but when I plug in headphones, the sound works just fine. I haven’t dropped or spilled anything on my computer. I can’t remember when the last time I heard sound out of the speakers–approximately two weeks ago? (I usually use…

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Friday Humour: a comparison of iTunes old and new audio formats

Ever wonder what you get for the additional 30 cents? Gotta love Slate, and their article today “Sound to blow your mind” with a link to an in-depth audio analysis. “This week, Apple’s iTunes Music Store began selling some songs in a new audio format that the company says has two advantages over its previous…

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BusinessWeek's Wildstrom says the Sansa Connect is slick

Stephen H. Wildstrom of BusinessWeek applauds the new SanDisk Sansa Connect in this article, calling it a “slick Wi-Fi music player.” This new device integrates Yahoo’s subscription music service… “The $250 Sansa Connect is the result of a collaboration among SanDisk, Yahoo!, and Zing Systems, which is responsible for the software and network infrastructure. The Connect,…

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Of interest: The Mercury News' Podcasts online

Of interest: the Mercury News’ Podcasts online, from from San Jose Mercury News writers and guests, with a few of the latest posted: Riya founder Munjal Shah discusses the launch of Like.com Interview with JotSpot founder Joe Kraus Interview with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Interview with Eric Allman, inventor of Sendmail Sharpcast CEO discusses start-up’s…

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News: New Best Buy digital music servce, powered by RealNetworks

As previously noted, Real will launch a new Rhapsody-To-Go-DRM technology, dubbed Rhapsody DNA, on the Rhapsody music and media service.  News today from Dealerscope.com is that the big box, CE retailer Best Buy is kicking off a new music service powered by Rhapsody, optimized for SanDisk’s 2200R Rhapsody DNA-compatible digital music players. “Best Buy Co. Inc. announced a…

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On Zune: satisfying experiences should start with opening the box

First off, let me say that I remember when unpacking a Mac was an experience like opening any other consumer electronic (c. 1985). Except that it was a computer… you know, the things that at the time arrived in shipping crates on pallets. Opening up a Macintosh 128K computer was like nothing I’d ever experienced before…

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New Rhapsody To Go DRM = 40,000 terabytes of new downloads?

The PC enthusiast site ArsTechnica reports this week that RealNetworks will use their own digital rights management (DRM) technology, dubbed Rhapsody DNA, on the Rhapsody music and media service. It will be available intially on the Sansa Rhapsody music player, which is a customized Sandisk Sansa e280 8GB media player. Reports Ars Technica, “the new DRM…

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Zune pictures now online: CNET News Article

Today, CNET has has a suite of photos on the new Microsoft Zune digital media player. This is a link off of their article on “Microsoft unwraps Zune for holiday season.” “The Zune in all three of its colors: white, brown and black. With its built-in wireless connection, Zune owners can share music with one…

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Nettwerk's Terry McBride on ProTools mash ups

I got a kick out of this interview — Canada’s Killer of Major Labels in Wired — with Nettwerk’s Terry McBride. His whole approach of letting the equivalent of influencer customers play with Nettwerk’s bands original ProTools files and audio recordings is encouraging your customers to mash-up your productions. “Let’s give away the ProTools files on MySpace. Vocals,…

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Friday Humour: Star Trek Inspirational Posters

You’ve heard their renditions of “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Gentle on My Mind” on The Best of Leonard Nimoy & William Shatner. Now you can be inspired every day by these Star Trek Inspirational Posters.  “BASED ON THOSE DELIGHTFUL INSPIRATIONAL POSTERS WHICH HAVE BECOME A FIXTURE OF DENTIST’S OFFICES EVERYWHERE.” Some of these are very funny….

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