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Archive for July, 2007

John Cow’s Giving Away a $500 Prize

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007 (a parody of and their web hosting provider have teamed up to offer a $500 prize. You could win a PlayStation3, XBOX 360, Wii, iPhone or anything else that you want that costs $500. If you choose the XBOX 360 or Wii, you can even get a couple of games, since they don’t cost $500! See, mad cow‘s can be friendly… sometimes. 😉

Mr. Gary Lee’s Giving Away an iPhone

Monday, July 9th, 2007

iPhoneMr. Gary Lee, who does something like internet marketing, is giving away a free 8GB iPhone!

He also has a golf equipment site and a free online coupon site.

You get 1 entry if you have a PageRank of 1-3, and 2 entries if you have a PageRank of 4 or more. Better yet (possibly worse yet, for some people), he’s going to take your PageRank after the update that should be coming sometime this month. I sure hope my PageRank won’t go down, I’m right at 2 entries right now. 😉

Of course, I live in Canada, so the iPhone isn’t going to do me much good, right? Wrong! Since the iPhone is coming to Canada through Rogers, I think I’d be able to use it at Rogers. Since Rogers and AT&T run the same technology and are almost the same company. In fact, if you go on a Blackberry here, and go to Options > Advanced > Host Routing Table it’ll say “Rogers/AT&T”. So, there’s a good chance that it would work on Rogers (that is the Network you would roam on, if you’re from the US and you’re using your AT&T phone here). And if not, the bragging rights of owning an iPhone are still valid. 😛

Anyways, this is my entry, and, well, ya…

iTunes 7.3, Can’t Save Library (Unknown Error -50)

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

After upgrading to iTunes 7.3 a few days after it came out, everytime I would open it up, I would get an error similar to this:

Can’t Save Library (Unknown Error -50)

Which means, that iTunes wasn’t able to save my Music Library to the database files. Which wouldn’t really matter to me, since I only use iTunes to sync my iPod. But, since I download podcasts (NAPPTV 😀 ) whenever the podcast would be updated and I would download it, it wouldn’t be saved to the Library. Meaning, that everytime I start up iTunes, it wouldn’t be there anymore. What a waste of bandwidth…

So, I submitted a bug report to Apple, hoping that many other people would have also reported this, and a quick iTunes 7.3.1 would be issued. Still waiting… 😛

So, I decided to make a quick search, to see how many other people were having this problem, and I came up with this Thread at the Apple Forums. So, it seems like everyone using iTunes 7.3 is having the same problem.

But, among those hundreds of replies, I found a little link. A link that would solve the problem. Apple’s article on How to Re-Create Your iTunes Library.

Really, it’s more of a “hack solution” than anything. But, it works! I no longer get that error, and everything seems to be working fine. You might want to note, that you may lose some stuff while re-creating your iTunes Library. Stuff like Ratings, Play Counts, when it was Last Played, and when it was added. But, that stuff really isn’t important.

So, that’s the simple, but effective, fix.

Do the Right Thing, Post a Comment and Donate $3 to the BC Children’s Hospital

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Stephen Fung had decided to give 3 games to the BC Children’s Hospital; so that the kids staying there have something fun to do. He’s giving them Fifa 07, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 and NBA Live 07 (non-violent games 😛 ).

But, wait, there’s more! He has decided to also give away a copy of NBA Live 07 to a random person who comments. You get 1 entry for a comment on the post, and you can get an extra entry for Blogging about the post. Also, for every unique comment, he is going to donate 1 dollar (Canadian, obviously 😛 ) to a charity of a random commenter’s choice, up to $100. But, wait, it gets even better. BlueFur and Newport Business Media are going to match that donation, dollar for dollar! That’s a possible donation of $300!

So, for simply taking 30 seconds (or less) of your time to comment, you are getting a chance to win a computer games and you’ll be giving $3 to a good cause.

So, do the right thing, and post a comment to give $3 to a good cause. Hey, you might even win a game!

New Theme Coming

Friday, July 6th, 2007

I’m currently creating a new Theme for Matt’s Blog… It’ll hopefully be much better than the current one, and much more browser compatible.

It has a much cleaner look to it, and the content will be much easier to read. It should also load much faster than the current one.

At the time of posting this, it looks the same in IE7 (for Vista), Firefox, Opera 9.20 (I need to upgrade to 9.21, though…) and Safari 3.02 Beta for Windows.

Once I shake a few bugs out of it, I’ll start making it into a WordPress Theme (right now it’s just an HTML file…) and then I’ll start adding some page-loading-time-saving AJAX and polishing it up. Expect to see it up in the coming weeks.