Net Xpress: Looking for cheap tunes for your computer? Check out

December 28, 2003|SHEILA J. CLARK is offering a new service called Music Downloads. On this portion of their site, visitors have a chance to legally download songs for their personal use for only 88 cents per song. Songs are available for download individually or some selections offer a complete album download.

The download license of the Music Downloads service grants users the ability to download music to one computer and back up to up to two more computers. Users also can make up to 10 burns to a CD as well as make unlimited transfers to portable players. Furthermore, users are given the assurance that the music they download is virus-free and safe for their computer.

In order to download songs from the site, your computer must meet the following requirements: a system running Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP; a 233Mhz processor or higher; at least 64MB RAM; a sound card; speakers or headphones - to play the music on your computer; an Internet connection - the faster the connection, the better; Internet Explorer Web browser version 5.5 or higher; and Windows Media Player 9 installed. The Music Downloads service is not compatible with any Apple Macintosh computer.

Advertisement gives step-by-step instructions on how to download and save your music selections. It even offers a free test download so you can see how it's done. Learn more about Music Downloads at

Spinning weblogs

Advocate-Messenger online editor Kent Brown is the latest staff member at the paper with a weblog. Called "Brown Dog," the weblog is a place for people to go "When Life Gets Ruff" and is located at

"I'm just hoping to provide an occasional smile for people who need it, such as me," says Brown, who started "Brown Dog" earlier this month.

Net buzzz

* Apple has issued a patch to mend a hole in its Mac OSX operating system. The patch changes the default settings for the DHCP server to help foil hacker attempts to distribute malicious code. Read more at

* SIPphone now offers free multi-party conference calls. To do so is extremely simply. Using your SIPphone or SIPphone software, simply dial 1-222 plus seven-digits; you make it up. Everyone wanting to join conference calls dials the number and they are instantly connected. Learn more at

* founder Michael Robertson played Santa's elf by giving coupons for free LindowsCDs - a $29.95 value - to all subscribers of his mailing list.

Linux update

* Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux operating system, comes to the defense of the OS' origin. He found that some of the files SCO claims to own the copyright to were actually written by him. Read more at

* SCO is at it again. The company has issued another batch of Linux copyright notices to Fortune 1000 companies. This time around, the company sent two different letters - one asking for written certification and the other is a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) violation notice saying they violated SCO's copyright for using Linux with SCO source code in it. Learn more at

* Last Monday, Novell, a leading software company, filed for a copyright with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on some of the same Unix code that SCO is claiming rights on. Read more at and

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