Apple Responds to FCC Charges

Many iPhone users, myself included, have long complained about Apple's policies which have locked consumers into high prices for low quality service.  Arguably, they have also run the App Store like a dictatorship preventing applications that might potentially compete with products that they offer or sell. 

The Federal Communications Commission recently submitted interrogatories to Apple in its ongoing investigation of Apple's monopoly on applications and vendor lock-in with AT&T.  Below is Apple's response to those interrogatories.

Bear in mind, that after hearing from several developers, many have had issues with applications being denied without any justification from Apple.  They simply recieve a denial in the form of an email with no further information.  Examples include versions of Lyrics, Pocket God, and numerous other programs listed at this site

At the bottom of Apple's response are links to several news articles from affected developers that came out after Apple's response.  I will try to keep this list current.

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Apple's WWDC Keynote in progress

It looks like Mac is finally getting that much closer to becoming an enterprise ready choice for consumers.  The keynote is still underway, but they have already announced better CPU/GPU management to handle the vast amounts of processor resources available in modern computers as well as support for up to 8GB of RAM on their new line of MacBooks.  And Exchange 2007 integration is now a standard component of iMail, iCal and other apps thus eliminating the need to run the bulky and out-dated Microsoft Entourage.

Stay tuned for a full review after I watch the keynote.  In the meantime, you can go to to get the latest information as it becomes available.


Using a Linksys WRT54GL as a Wireless Access Point for DirecTV

They said it couldn't be done.  But I never believe Best Buy employees when they try to answer technical questions.  I knew there had to be a way to connect my DirecTV HD DVR HR23-700 to my existing 802.11n network without spending a lot of money.  DirecTV has a guide on how to use a powered access point to connect to the ethernet port of the HR23-700, but none of the big box electronics stores seem to carry access points anymore.  They mostly only carry routers.  Fortunately, there is a way to use these routers to solve the problem, but it does take some fancy work.

This guide will walk you step by step through the complete configuration from start to finish.

[Screen prints coming soon.]

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