Microsoft, video games and cable TV. Yes, there's a connection, though tenuous.

Those wholike to export music from CDs have found that the latest versions most music players do not rip from the latest generation of CDs. However, one prominent music player does allow it; Microsoft's Windows Media Player 10. It is illegal for Microsoft to even manufacture such software, much less distribute it. I have found a similar example when an older version of MusicMatch had no qualms about copying an Avril Lavigne CD wholesale. Of course, the RIAA isn't going to touch Microsoft.

Speaking of market share, a rant by Kevin P. was made on the G4 show Pulse a while ago whose point was, basically, that there are too many games around the holidays. Smaller games are hidden from gamers intrest. Ratchet and Clank: Up your Arsenal and Jak 3 were released so far under the radar as to be underground, shodaowed by the sequeals to Halo, Half-Life, and Metroid Prime. The Nintendo DS itself is released on the 22nd, and might be overshadowed by Viewtiful Joe 2(Ironically, a Gamecube exclusive) and PoP:Warrior Within. It'd be a shame, though. The average gamer needs something to have in hand during the holidays while his relatives ask endless questions about his job and love life. And yes, I am talking about the DS.

Recently, G4TechTV laid off most of the staff of the Screen Savers, and if you don't know what that is, leave now. According to Alex Albrecht's blog, there are only Sarah and Kevin left. It was easy wnough to tolerate when Leo left, though I liked him. I miss Pat, though Alex wasn't bad. However, if G4 is in as bad shape as it appears to be-it seems like a Dilbert cartoon, fer cryin' out loud-then I belive that what remains of TechTV will soon be a distant memory on my cable system. Time to start tracking their blog for the inevitable folding. And Comcast will rue the day they fired Yoshi.


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