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Forgive me for being self-indulgent, it's not every day I see my name and something I wrote quoted in something owned by Conde Nast...

For­give me for being self-indul­gent, it’s not every day I see my name and some­thing I wrote quot­ed in some­thing owned by Condé Nast. Espe­cial­ly some­thing like Wired News. Please keep in mind, my “pro­fes­sion­al” writ­ing career is only a year old, and before late Octo­ber, was lim­it­ed to Amer­i­can Idol analy­sis, which by the very nature of what it was and who it was for was not going to be quot­ed by anoth­er pub­li­ca­tion. Blog­ging for TUAW and Down­load Squad has tru­ly been a dream come true — hon­est­ly, all my pro­fes­sion­al endeav­ors in 2007 still don’t feel real — that I’m still pinch­ing myself that words that I write can have any reach.

So right after the Mac­world keynote, I post­ed an entry on TUAW about how the 5G iPod’s are incom­pat­i­ble with the new iTunes rentals. To be hon­est, it was kind of a shock that it got as much trac­tion (mean­ing traf­fic, com­ments, etc.) as it did, because I real­ly was­n’t expect­ing it to go any­where. But I learned ear­ly on that it is impos­si­ble to pre­dict what kind of post will take off and for what­ev­er rea­son, that one end­ed up being pret­ty big.

Cut to last night (well, ear­li­er this morn­ing), I get a link to an entry on Boing Boing about the whole 5G iPod thing and that was a link to a sto­ry on Wired about the lack on 5G rental sup­port. Well, I clicked on the link, hon­est­ly not expect­ing to see any ref­er­ence to TUAW or what I wrote. So imag­ine my shock, when towards the end of the arti­cle, I find this:

In the most recent iPod clas­sic and iPods nano mod­els, the TV-out port no longer works with old­er, third-par­ty video cables and docks — most like­ly in order to close the ana­log hole, accord­ing to The Unof­fi­cial Apple Weblog’s Christi­na War­ren.

I guess it would just be too much of a risk for Apple (and the movie stu­dios) to allow 5‑G cus­tomers (to) con­nect their iPods to a TV via an open TV-out cable so that the (stan­dard-def­i­n­i­tion) con­tent could then be cap­tured using the ana­log hole,” War­ren con­cludes in a recent post.

Holy crap! Now, I got some shit in the com­ments for the so-called ana­log hole state­ment — which was actu­al­ly part of a larg­er sar­cas­tic com­ment about the stu­pid­i­ty of Apple lock­ing out 5G sup­port, but I stand by my feel­ing that the lack of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty has SOMETHING to do with the change in video-out cable com­pat­i­bil­i­ty. I also think that movie stu­dios would be naive enough to wor­ry about a poten­tial ana­log hole method to cir­cum­vent copy-pro­tec­tion. That or it’s some sort of HDCP thing (which I feel cer­tain is what the new cables offer that the old ones did­n’t — the pur­chased con­tent might not be HDCP flagged right now, but some­thing tells me the rental con­tent is), which amounts to the same basic the­o­ry — ana­log hole aside.

Real­ly though, I was kind of floored to myself quot­ed in Wired — a site/magazine I have read reli­gious­ly for years and years. So again, excuse the self-indul­gence, but w00t!

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8 people have left comments

Nik Fletch­er - Gravatar

Nik Fletch­er said:

Con­grats on the men­tion, C‑Mac!

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 8:50 amQuote this Comment
Christi­na - Gravatar

Christi­na said:

Thanks Nik!!

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 8:54 amQuote this Comment
Randy Nichols - Gravatar

Randy Nichols said:

I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your oth­er posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed read­er. Look for­ward to read­ing more from you.

- Randy Nichols.

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 8:55 amQuote this Comment
Christi­na - Gravatar

Christi­na said:

Thank you Randy, I appre­ci­ate it!

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 8:56 amQuote this Comment
Vic­tor Agre­da Jr - Gravatar

Vic­tor Agre­da Jr said:

Yeah, pity Wired can’t fath­om the anchor tag, eh? Yet For­tune can! 2008 and we’re still fight­ing the fight… Nice work tho!

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 4:08 pmQuote this Comment
Most­ly Lisa - Gravatar

Most­ly Lisa said:

w00t indeed! that’s mas­sive. ride on the wave while peo­ple are dig­gin’ it and hope­ful­ly there will be big­ger and bet­ter things to come.

hi‑5

Posted on: January 30, 2008 at 7:29 pmQuote this Comment
James - Gravatar

James said:

Wow… I read some­thing yes­ter­day about the whole movie com­pat­i­bil­i­ty thing with iPods and it men­tioned the ‘ana­log hole’. I can’t remem­ber what pub­li­ca­tion it was though.

Posted on: January 31, 2008 at 4:21 amQuote this Comment
Danh - Gravatar

Danh said:

Con­grats. I read those sites all the time and I found you in my Twit­terif­ic.… SMALL WORLD.

Hope you’re hav­ing a good one!

Posted on: January 31, 2008 at 6:15 pmQuote this Comment