Robert Denton

Staggering work of genius from Portland, Maine – Photographer, Designer, Taco Maker, Birder, Biker, Business Owner

Archive for the ' Product Annoyances ' Category

iTunes vs. Amazon

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

One of these things is not like the other… So I am not very interested in DRM laden music. Not because I give my music purchases away … nah, if I want to let a friend listen I let them listen but I don’t go sharing music all over “the internets” nor the “series of […]

The Grey Lady's Paywall Cracks?

Friday, March 16th, 2007

‘NYT’ Opening TimesSelect to Students and Teachers for Free NEW YORK The New York Times is opening up access permanently to TimesSelect to all students and faculty who have .edu e-mail addresses beginning on March 13. In 2005 I mentioned the forthcoming wall between some of the most excellent columnists as a loss. I still […]

Office 2008 for Mac: It's coming this year – Applications – Breaking Business and Technology News at

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Office 2008 for Mac: It’s coming this year – Applications – Breaking Business and Technology News at Microsoft’s Sheridan Jones, a group marketing manager in Redmond’s Macintosh Business Unit, said: “It’s very Mac-like. It’s not an incredibly abrupt change for our users.” You know what Microsoft? We don’t care about Office 2008 being “Mac […]

Doug Morris, Universal CEO Claims Customers are Criminals

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers, QOTSA, T.I. Rock For Zune “These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it,” UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says. “So its time to get paid for it.” So get this. I’m a criminal! Why? Apparently because I own two iPods and they are supposedly my container for […]

IE7 breaks muscle memory

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

I’m using RC1 of IE7. Bluntly put, I can barely stand the experience. Oh sure, it’s got tabs now which moves it toward tolerable. But I’m not even talking about the missed opportunities to fix CSS rendering bugs, nor the strange lack of an application menu and the trouble that brings. I’m talking about something […]

Mark Mulligan – More shots at Apple via YouTube speculation

Friday, August 18th, 2006

Mark Mulligan – More shots at Apple Another wild card that could upset the Apple cart is EMI (again) and Warner’s negotiations with YouTube over potentially having free music video content available funded by ad revenues. Apart from this being another indication that premium paid content models are still failing to make up meaningful ground […]

Score another one for the clueless! Kissing the Clueless, or how DRM killed the video star

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

The headline screams — Another movie studio offers movie downloads! What it whispers is “another movie studio offers movie downloads you can purchase and view if you have the right operating system version and are using the right web browser. Effectively rendering the service useless. Warner Bros. sells films via – Yahoo! News LOS […]

Windows Not-Live Shopping

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

Windows Live Shopping Tell me how, really, how can anyone launch something in such a way? How can a web site or web service be written today no less by the world’s largest software company and not support any browser on many platforms? What is the excuse, really for Microsoft’s Shopping Live web site? I […]

Google show us some love

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Bowdoin College Google, why can’t you include Bowdoin College in your index sooner? We had an incident whereby you deleted our entire site from your index… there was no way to cancel the operation. The remove URL function is not super friendly. We bought a Google Mini to rectify the lack of internal search engine […]