06. October 2008 · Comments Off on Walmart tech understanding FAIL could wipe out your music collection · Categories: E-business, Technology-related blogs

I can only guess that this is a money-saving move from the bean counters at Walmart — if it is, they’ll soon have fewer beans to jiggle around…

Walmart has decided to pull the plug on their music DRM server — so anyone who bought music prior to February 2008 has a couple of days left until they can NO LONGER PLAY THEIR BOUGHT AND PAID FOR MP3s.

In a letter (that I did not receive) to those trusting suckers who did the right thing and paid for their music, Walmart suggests we burn our MP3s to CD.  But we CAN’T BURN THEM AS MP3s.  Oh no.  We have to burn them as traditional music CDs.  Ones we WON’T BE ABLE TO RIP BACK.

ATTENTION CLUELESS WALMARTIANS: I haven’t played a music CD in 3 years and guess what??? My MP3 player (my mobile phone) DOESN’T HAVE A CD PLAYER.

Here’s the thing: give me the option to replace what I’ve purchased with the new non-DRM format or CHEERFULLY REFUND MY BLOODY MONEY. Technology has moved on from CDs.

I will move on from buying music from you and hope that millions of others follow suit if you don’t make this right.

29. May 2008 · Comments Off on Telstra’s side of the story on NBN · Categories: Broadband, Issues, Technology-related blogs · Tags: , , , ,

This morning ABC Radio National Breakfast interviewed Kate McKenzie, Group Managing Director, Telstra Wholesale about their bid for the National Broadband Network.

McKenzie dismissed Terria’s bid as simply a political stunt designed to push the issue of structural separation and said that Telstra would pull out of the bidding process if that were a condition. 

She also said that there would be fair and equitable access for all providers, but said that Telstra would naturally charge for use of any infrastructure they put in place.

The interview is available in MP3 format for streaming and download from the ABC site:http://www.abc.net.au/rn/breakfast/stories/2008/2258827.htm

You can also download and listen to an interview with Michael Egan, former NSW Labor Treasurer and new chairman of TERRiA recorded on 22 May.


17. January 2008 · Comments Off on Live streaming phone video · Categories: mobile technologies, Technologies, Technology-related blogs, video