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August 2005 Entries

Windows Media De-FUD-ified

In the latest issue of SmartMoney magazine, Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg explores the relative merits of iTunes and its competitors, including Napster and Yahoo Music, in an article titled “Rent vs. Own.” Essentially the article compares the Apple AA3 format with Windows Media, with a heavy focus on Windows Media’s Plays for Sure subscription support. The article has so faulty a premise (starting with its title) and so many misleading statements, that I felt compelled to challenge ......

EVDO Service Reaches Tipping Point

I have an EVDO cell modem from Verizon Wireless, which I use primarily to get online and get work done when I'm on a train, or in some stationary position where there is no WiFi access. The EVDO service, marketed by Verizon Wireless as "Broadband Access," and officially called 1xEVDO, is a 3G successor to the 1xRTT service Verizon Wireless introduced a few years ago. 1xRTT was barely as fast as a 56K dial-up connection, and I used it as an "in a pinch" solution when I needed to get online at any ......

Fareed Zakaria Goes Digital

He’s tied together my Sunday morning and late night television viewing habits and now he’s invading my digital media world. Fareed Zakaria, who is the Editor of the International Edition of Newsweek magazine (and who is a columnist in the US Edition) now has his own show. I started watching and listening to Mr. Zakaria during his frequent appearances on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and enjoy him even more during his guest appearances on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. ......