Monday, February 12, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
This is an interesting blog post from the Songbird (open source Media player based on Firefox) about struggling to support Microsoft's and Apple's DRM systems.
How does this work? We don't hack out the encryption keys or anything illegal. Songbird supports multiple playback cores so we simply use Apple's and Microsoft's own playback engines to do the decoding for us. We use VLC for playback of most file types, but now whenever you play a protected WMA or M4P file we swap in the Windows Media Player or QuickTime core. Sounds easy, right?Running the DRM Gauntlet | Songbirdnest.com
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
Saturday, February 03, 2007
An article on the BBC News website caught my eye earlier. Chris Long gives a list of people who he thinks will be interested in the launch of Windows Vista.
I've made a list of the people that the launch was really of interest to. It's not a long one.I think he's missed one important person - anyone who ever uses a PC. The majority of people I know spend a lot of time working on a PC running Microsoft Windows. The launch of a new version of Windows (the first since October 2001!) which undoubtly will be adopted on the majority of desktops over the coming years is important technology news. Another point included is related to the DRM features of Vista.
1 - people who are thinking of buying a new PC 2 - technology managers who have to install it in offices 3 - geeksAnd that's about it.
plus it doesn't let you watch High Def video for which the copyright has been broken.Windows Vista can not stop you watching High Def video for which the copyright is broken. The problem is that Windows Vista will reduce the quality of any protected media which does not follow a protected path. So if your amplifier / monitor don't have the minimum DRM capabilities, the quality of the audio or video will be degraded even if the hardware is more than capable of handing the higher quality. That DRM-less high end audio system might not sound good on Vista. That said, Chris makes a good point regarding the price of Vista in dollars being almost the same as the price of Vista in pounds. This despite the current 1:1.9 exchange rate. Vista is here. Everyone will eventually upgrade. In a few years time Microsoft will release another version of Windows. Apple will continue to gain market share.