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Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle for $99

Just noticed that BestBuy Canada has the Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle for $99 this week.

Best Buy Canada Web Store: Portable Electronics: MP3 Players: Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle

It’s listed as a “price drop” so I’m not sure if that is a sale price or a permanent drop in price. I’m guessing it’s permanent.

My guess though is this means the 512MB iPod Shuffle might be nearing the end of it’s life. BestBuy often carries items that are near the end of their life cycle. The other possibility is the 512MB shuffle isn’t selling as well anymore and Apple is just trying to move inventory. BestBuy probably got a really good deal on these iPod Shuffles.

So if you haven’t already picked up an iPod Shuffle, maybe now is the time.

Update: Well, apparently a “price drop” isn’t permanent. The price of the Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle has gone back up to the regular $129 now.

Airport Extreme Wireless Power

The wires are cut! Well, at least for my iBook. BestBuy has a sale this week on the Apple Airport Extreme Base Station so I picked one up. I’ve been wanting one for a couple months now but the price was just a little too much to justify it.

Anyhoo, spent the last hour or so trying to figure out why my receive power level was so frickin’ low on the iBook. I had been very surprised in the past at how few wireless access points were in this area (a bunch of big apartment buildings with a fair number of college aged kids). Anyhoo, I got to thinking about what could be the problem. Figured I should open up the iBook and check the simple stuff like if the antenna was connected, etc.

I pushed hard on the antenna connector to try and see if it would go in any further to the card. Not even a budge. I looked a little closer and found it odd that it seemed to be sticking out a lot. OK, one last try. Pushed even harder and presto it popped in all the way. OOOoooo. I wonder.

iBook AirPort menu with 5 other access points visible

iBook AirPort menu with 5 other access points visible

Fired up the beast and wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am I’m now seeing a full receive power on the iBook. Out of curiosity I hit the airport status drop down on my menu bar and this is what I now see:

Yup, 5 other networks.

Next I started up iStumbler and discovered that there are actually 11 or 12 access points I can see right from my comfy couch, half of which are wide open. Crazy.

Too bad I hadn’t noticed my not quite seated antenna before or I could have been, uh, borrowing access from someone else. Oh well. Now it should work better in the frickin’ airport while waiting for my flights in May. Sometimes I’m a dumbass. Maybe I should file this one under Stupid too!

k-os – Joyful Rebellion and EMI Copy Controlled Discs

Well, I finally caved in and bought k-os’ joyful Rebellion. Why caved in you ask? Well, this CD isn’t actually a CD. It’s an EMI Copy Controlled Disc which means it doesn’t conform to the Compact Disc standard. Out of curiosity I looked up the disc on BestBuy’s website.

Best Buy Canada – k-os – Joyful Rebellion

Turns out the page makes no mention of the disc being a Copy Controlled Disc.

So what’s the big deal? Well, Copy Controlled Discs don’t play in all CD players. The disc has been corrupted to make it “unreadable” by a computer, in theory, but it also can cause problems for a normal CD player. And why is that a problem? Well, if this disc didn’t work in my CD player, I can’t just take it back to BestBuy since their policy is no returns on open CDs (yeah, but this isn’t a “CD” technically). Best I could do is exchange it for another one claiming it was defective. But then I’d be stuck with another defective disc.

Anyhoo, so why am I bothering with this post at all? Well, I slid the disc into my iBook and iTunes ripped it without any problems. Oh, before you get your knickers in a knot, I live in Canada and I’m allowed to do this according to the Canadian Copyright Act. I rip my music discs so I can put them on my iPod for my personal use. But since I had to pay a $25CAD “levy” on my iPod I’m already branded as a “pirate”. Arrrr Matey!

So what’s the point EMI? You’re probably wasting loads of cash on a useless “technology” that doesn’t work.

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