requirement 1: brain interface
requirement 2: nano machines that can fly and work together to lift things thousands of times their size
In 40 years, I WILL move things with my mind.27 Oct 06 | +Permalink+ | Comments (1)
IM threads (concept)
You've been there- you're talking to someone about multiple things at once and having trouble keeping track of the topics. Enter IM threads. A way to physically separate the different things you're talking to someone about so you don't lose track and forget about them.
I'm using the term "threads" in the sense of threads in a forum. A different thread for each topic.
Normal client view:
"(2:01 PM) marv: [halloween] what are you going to be for halloween?"
"(2:04 PM) marv: [project] the four ducks need to be emphasized more."
"(2:05 PM) elephantjones: [project] why?"
"(2:05 PM) elephantjones: [halloween] I dunno"
Every "halloween" message would be in the same tab, or be color coded, or ___
Every "project" message would be in a different tab, or different color, or ____
IM threads view:
"(2:01 PM) marv: what are you going to be for halloween?"
"(2:05 PM) elephantjones: I dunno"
"(2:04 PM) marv: the four ducks need to be emphasized more."
"(2:05 PM) elephantjones: why?"
17 Oct 06 | +Permalink+ | Comments (3)
The beauty of this method of implementation is that it can be manually typed by someone without the proper plug-in. Thus the backwards compatibility.
Apple encrypts their free artwork
As of the latest iTMS update, Apple is sending encrypted copies of their artwork to iTunes when you select "Get Album Artwork". The only people who probably noticed anything happened were those who used means other than iTunes 7 to get free artwork from Apple. This seems to only apply to albums released after the October 3, 2006 iTMS update.
A path to a cover that used to look like this:
now looks like this:
After downloading the encrypted artwork, it appears that iTunes 7 decodes the image and saves it as usual to an ITC file, unencrypted. What method of encoding is used, I do not yet know.
Here are test files if anyone wants to join me in exploring this further.
A-encr.jpg - An encrypted cover
B-decr.itc - The cover after iTunes has decoded it and made it into a .ITC
The encrypted image is 20 bytes larger than the normal image.
[update 2 - 10/6]
Here is another example cover.
ex2-encr.jpg - Encrypted
ex2-decr.jpg - Decrypted
[update 3 - 10/17]
A comment reminded me of a finding I forgot to share.
Any two people's encrypted copies of the same cover will be identical. An encrypted copy of cover X will always be Y no matter who downloads it. To test this, have a friend download an encrypted cover and compare it to your copy of the same encrypted cover. The MD5 hashes should be identical.5 Oct 06 | +Permalink+ | Comments (36)