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+ - Skype creating new mega-supernodes->

Submitted by jbrax
jbrax writes: Peer-to-peer VoIP provider Skype is having problems staying online, and their engineers are now working hard on "creating new mega-supernodes as fast as they can." I wonder how much they possibly can remotely adjust their software to get more resources from their clients?
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+ - Amazon to Open DRM-Free MP3 Music Download Store

Submitted by mtnlion1
mtnlion1 writes: Amazon.com announced it will launch a digital music store later this year offering millions of songs in the DRM-free MP3 format from more than 12,000 record labels. EMI Music's digital catalog is the latest addition to the store. Every song and album in the Amazon.com digital music store will be available exclusively in the MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software. Amazon's DRM-free MP3s will free customers to play their music on virtually any of their personal devices — including PCs, Macs(TM), iPods(TM), Zunes(TM), Zens(TM) — and to burn songs to CDs for personal use.

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+ - Linux: A Musician's OS?

Submitted by lazyeye
lazyeye writes: Keyboard Magazine has an in-depth article about the state of music production on Linux. While it does introduce Linux to the average musician, the article does get into some of the available music applications and music-oriented Linux distributions out there. From the opening paragraph:

You might think there's no way a free operating system written by volunteers could compete when it comes to music production. But in the past couple of years, all the tools you need to make music have arrived on Linux.

+ - The End of .Mac and Google Apps?

Submitted by mattnyc99
mattnyc99 writes: In his weekly tech column for Popular Mechanics, Glenn Derene predicts that everyone will have a home server to network their house within 10 years—rendering Apple's .Mac accounts and Google's productivity software useless. As prices for products like HP's MediaSmart Server drop and as processing power becomes more pervasive, Derene says, "you'll ultimately need a centralized server—that high-powered traffic cop—to coordinate the non-stop exchange of information between your new multitude of devices." Do Slashdotters buy this trend-spotting? And would they buy one of these?

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.