Friday, October 24, 2008

iTunes pre-order feature does not work!

This is the text I sent to Apple through their support page:
I pre-ordered "High School Musical 3: Senior Year", it never downloaded (it said it would be available 10/23/2008, yesterday), today 10/24 it is available to buy. What the heck is the pre-order feature for? I had promised my children to have the music yesterday. Thought I could trust your store, and if this is the only way I can communicate your support is also utterly inadequate. I will give all evidence of this deficiency on my blog and to all my friends and through my social networks. I hate not being able to maintain my promises and its all your store's fault.

This is th pre-oder in my account (it states music will be avialble 10/23):

I'm waiting from Apple's response and will follow up.

Update (11.47 AM) I recieve a fantastic email from Apple:
Gentile Alessandro Canepa,apple

L’ordine in anteprima "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" di "The Cast of "High School Musical"" รจ disponibile. Per scaricarlo clicca sul link qui sotto o apri iTunes e seleziona Controlla acquisti nel menu Store. Se hai impostato iTunes in modo da scaricare automaticamente il contenuto acquistato in anteprima, controlla nella tua libreria.

Hours after the album is freely available they tell me I can download it, what a service!!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Changing the look of my blog

I'm trying to change the look of my blog, it's a work in progress.
As a consequence I'm seriously hating the templating system used by blogger...
Anyway I found a base template that I like and I'm working on tweaking it to my needs.

Update: Argg! Why doesn't IE 6 support transparent PNGs?? The result really stinks! I'll start all over again..

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Really good disk encryption and much more: Truecrypt 5

I have been a long time user of Truecrypt and have used it to protect personal and business documents on hard disks and even more on USB dongles (with what is called virtual encrypted disk).
Recently the TrueCrypt foundation released version 5 of their software which includes at least a couple of great new features, entire partition with pre-boot authentication
and storage device encryption.
Another really cool feature for what they call "plausible deniability", which essentially allows you to have two passwords, one that gives access to your files and a second to use in case someone forces you to reveal it, in which case you are granted access to a set of valueless files you have previously saved.

The most recent release, 5.1a has also solved the problems related to hibernation, which was previously blocked when full disk encryption was activated (not so great for laptops).

I have encrypted my laptop's system disk and one great side-effect is a visible improvement in disk performances, evidently the new disk access drivers implemented have been so well optimized that they outperform Microsoft's native drivers even while adding the encryption layer.