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Wal-Mart DRM-free downloads: Not for me.

Wal-Mart is offering DRM-free music downloads in MP3 format for $.94. They claim that you can “download to any player” and that may be true but I tried to buy a track from Wal-Mart and guess what? It doesn’t work on a Mac.

When I go to the Wal-Mart catalog and click “Check out MP3 music” in their flash thingy I get the following:

Wal-Mart hates Macs

Everyone claims that Wal-Mart’s new Windows-only DRM-free MP3 download service is a competitor to iTunes but I don’t see how.


Wal-Mart also seems to not play well with any browser but Internet Explorer.

Wal-Mart hates Firefox

Firefox users can still use the “original” store which, apparently, isn’t as feature-rich as their new store. I don’t know what their new store looks like or what sort of features it has because when I tried to open it in Internet Explorer 7, it just showed a blank page with the error icon in the lower-left of the window with “Done” next to it.


Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:51 am

Posted in Browsers, iTunes, Music

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Twicetab 1.3

Twicetab is a SIMBL plugin for Safari that allows you to create a new tab by double-clicking on the tab bar. The new version allows you to close tabs by option-clicking them or clicking them with your middle mouse button.

Twicetab will open either a blank tab when you double-click or it will duplicate the current tab.

I’ve not had any problems with it at all and I’ve used previous versions for a while now. The only complaint that I have is that it places a menu item in the Safari menu. It puts its preferences item there instead of putting it into Safari’s preference window like other plugins.

Twicetab is donationware.

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:17 am

Posted in Browsers, Software

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Quick rant about Safari 3

Just a quickie:

I hate how in Safari 3 the Open Page With sub-menu is at the top of the Debug menu instead of at the bottom like it was in previous versions. Every time I go to open a page in Camino I automatically jump down to the bottom of the menu and then get lost and have a freak-out for about 30 seconds while I hunt for the right item.

Debug Menu in Safari

Written by Jeff

Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 3:43 am

Posted in Apple, Browsers, Software

Internet Explorer is a piece

Why is IE (6 and 7) such a piece of shit that it doesn’t even know that ' is supposed to be an apostrophe and not just some bit of text to be rendered?

Written by Jeff

Friday, June 15, 2007 at 3:13 am

Browser homepages and validation

Interesting yet possibly completely trivial discovery: Both and validate to XHTML 1.0 Strict. The Camino homepage tries for XHTML 1.0 Transitional, but fails because someone failed to close a line break, using <br> instead of <br />.

Safari’s page does pretty good, but comes out with 3 errors when trying for HTML 4.01 Transitional. It also has a lot of warnings because of their use if &#146; in place of &apos; or apostrophes and &#151; instead of &mdash;

The IE 7 homepage doesn’t even try to come anywhere near valid and succeeds wonderfully at that with 208 errors including not even including a DOCTYPE declaration.

Written by Jeff

Friday, May 25, 2007 at 5:16 pm

Posted in Browsers, Internet, Software