Archive for March, 2007

Windows Live Hotmail M10

mail It’s been a few months since we’ve seen an update to Windows Live mail. The Windows Live Mail team offically announced on the 22nd march the roll out of Windows Live (What was Mail!!) Hotmail M10.

Some of the new features include:

– Full re-branding to Windows Live Hotmail
– Increased performance and reliability on both Full and Classic modes.
– Spell Check re-introduced to Classic mode.
– New simplified ways of switching modes
– Redesigned “Today” page
– Improved “Safety Bar”
– “Forgiving” Check boxes
– New Photo Upload Control

M10 isn’t quiet out the door yet but hopefully i shall be in the next couple of weeks 🙂

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I’m making a difference

i’m is a new initiative from Windows Live™ Messenger. Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program’s advertising revenue with some of the world’s most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We’ve set no cap on the amount we’ll donate to each organization. The sky’s the limit.

So any time you have an i’m™ conversation using Windows Live Messenger, you help address the issues you feel most passionate about, including poverty, child protection, disease, and environmental degradation. It’s simple. All you have to do is join and start an instant messaging conversation. We’ll handle the donation.

There’s no charge, so join now and put our money where your mouth is.

There’s a quote from the “i’m” website, the I’m initiative is there to help raise money for charity’s (Not Microsoft like some of my friends have been saying lol) for us to help those who need it most. It’s your voice, it’s our choice.
Make a difference by poping I'm in your display name:

Selection of Charitys to support:
*sierra – Sierra Club
*bgca – Boys and Girls Clubs of America
*9mil – ninemillion.org
*komen – Susan G. Komen for the Cure
*mssoc – National Multiple Sclerosis Society
*red+u – American Red Cross
*unicef – UNICEF
*naf – National AIDS Fund
*help – StopGlobalWarming.org

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Hamad Darwish on Vista Wallpapers

Hamad Darwish is the creator of the landscape wallpapers within Windows Vista. He has released all the wallpapers that he had done from Start to Finish of Vista. And all the ones that did not make it in the cut for RTM (Released to manufacturing) aka final release.

Wallpapers

Views them all here: Hamad Darwish | World of Photography

You can download the High Resolution Windows Vista Desktop Wallpaper Pack
( 1920×1200 ) by clicking the one of the following links:

Download (30.9MB) – Mirror #1 by http://www.istartedsomething.com

Download (30.9MB) – Mirror #2 by http://www.vista4beginners.com

Download (30.9MB) – Mirror #3 by http://www.chip.de

Save Internet Radio

As a very frequent listener of the internet radio scene, I am quite bothered by the recent developments in licensing put out by the RIAA and SoundExchange in the United States. I know a few stations make there money by Premium streams and VIP Sections etc etc but it’s still not fair on those that are doing internet radio as a hobby.

Here’s there plan:

The new rates are based on “performances” of songs. A “performance” is defined as one song being streamed to a single listener. In other words, a station with 1000 listeners is charged for 1000 performances of each song it broadcasts.

Further, the new rates, just announced today, are retroactive to 2006, and increase rapidly each year. The rates per performance are as follows:

$0.0008 in 2006
$0.0011 in 2007
$0.0014 in 2008
$0.0018 in 2009

At first glance, those seem like fairly small numbers: eight ten-thousandths of a dollar, eleven ten-thousandths of a dollar, and so on. When you actually do the math, however, you see the truth revealed. The average radio station plays 16 songs in an hour. Under this system, that would be equivalent to 16 performances.

0.0011 x 16 = 0.0176

Still a fairly small number – under two cents. But now assume this station has 1000 listeners. That means that, in one hour, the station would be billed for 16,000 performances.

0.0011 x 16000 = 17.60

That’s $17.60 an hour. Now we’re starting to see how expensive this truly is. Multiply that by 24 hours a day.

17.60 * 24 = 422.40

$422.40 a day. But there’s 365 days in a year.

422.40 * 365 = 154176

$154,176 for the year in performance royalties alone for a station with 1000 listeners. And that’s just for 2007: it gets even worse. In 2008, the cost rises to $193,536 for the year. In 2009, it goes up to $248,832. Even for a much smaller station, the royalties owed are huge.

Of course, these figures don’t include the other set of rights that Internet radio stations are required to purchase, which must be licensed separately from an agency like SESAC or ASCAP, or the cost of bandwidth and server capacity. When you add all these costs together, you can easily see why nobody, save perhaps a megacorporation like AOL or Yahoo, could afford to pay these rates.

But wait – what’s this? The new rates apply retroactively to the beginning of 2006. In other words, someone who has been happily (and legally) running their small internet radio station for the past few years is suddenly going to be hit with possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional royalties owed. These bills could easily cause a small, independent broadcaster (and his family) to go bankrupt.

Meanwhile, over-the-air radio stations are still not required to pay one dime to the record industry for public performance rights from SoundExchange or an equivalent group. They only need to pay the far more reasonable fees of BMI, ASCAP, and/or SESAC. This reads like another tactic by the recording industry and corporate powers to exert control over anyone involved with music and an attempt to destroy independent broadcasting.

Whether you don’t want to see your favorite internet radio station go off the air, whether you just hate the RIAA, whatever the reason: please, help us get this senseless, greedy policy designed to do nothing but line the pockets of the record industry overturned. Write to, or better yet call, your representative, your senators, and the Copyright Royalty Board. Tell your friends and family, write on your blog, digg this – help get the word out and help to Save Internet Radio!

If you are a webcaster, we want to hear from you! How will this affect your station? What do you plan on doing? Drop us a line at feedback@save-internet-radio.com. If you’re someone involved with setting these rates, you’re also welcome to contact us and explain why you think these rates are fair.

Save Internet Radio