January 8, 2009

That’s hot!

All your pieces are fired to 2,350°.

Fire Kiln Dear Diary
January 6, 2009

Keep Track of DRM Protected Content in iTunes

I mentioned in my post on DRM being removed from iTunes that I track DRM content using a Smart Playlist. I’m fine with some DRM content, but I like to keep a handle on what is DRM-protected. iTunes makes this easy, just create a Smart Playlist like this.

iTunes Smart Playlist Protected DRM Content.png

DRM protected tracks have the word Protected” in their Kind description, so this will let you easily keep tabs on what content you have this is DRM restricted.

This can be a really useful playlist to subtract DRM protected content out of other playlists using this. For example, if you wanted all content added in the last 6 months, that is not DRM protected do this.

Smart Playlist Without DRM Content.png

This is particularly useful if you are trying to sync content to a device that will not play FairPlay protected tracks.

iTunes Techie
January 6, 2009

All of iTunes now DRM Free

The announcement today that all music in the iTunes store was going iTunes Plus and removing the DRM protection was one that I was expecting and looking forward to. I don’t mean that I was following recent rumors about DRM being removed, but rather that I’ve expected that DRM will be removed from music for over a year. It’s just a matter of time. I’m happy to mark this milestone on my calendar.

I came home and fired up iTunes. It found 49 albums plus some odds and ends to upgrade. I track DRM in my library with a smart playlist. It says I have around 1,800 items (including movies and TV shows) that have DRM. 728 songs takes a huge chunk out of the music and the rest will follow in coming weeks.


I’ve never had iTunes download 700+ items in one shot. It seems it can only do 250 at a time, so this will be busy downloading for a while.


I can happily say goodbye to music-related DRM now. We still have DRM for movies and TV shows, we’ll see where that road leads.

iTunes Music Techie
January 5, 2009

MobileMe Needs Time Machine

I’m frustrated with MobileMe synchronizing again. I have no idea what happened but around 10:00 am this morning my Address Book has a duplicate everything. All the groups are duplicated, and every contact is duplicated. They are identical, with one exception, the pictures. So now I have 2x the real number of entries and they are all whacky. These are all rolled down to my iPhone already too.

Now, I can get back to healthy pretty easy with Time Machine and I’ve also started doing a weekly archive of my Address Book just in case”, but I thought syncing for MobileMe was supposed to be improved in 10.5.6?


This made me think, Apple needs to implement Time Machine on MobileMe. I should be able to just login to MobileMe and go back to a few hours and make it all better! MobileMe and Time Machine would be like chocolate and peanut butter. Makes total sense.

Apple Techie
January 5, 2009

How to Remove Your Wall” on Facebook

I’ve become more of a fan of Facebook over recent months (see my profile). They have made a number of improvements that I really like, and the number of people joining the service seems to just increase more and more over time. I’m really amazed at home many people you can find on it. I think they are well on their way to being the de facto White Pages of the Internet.

With that said, I don’t like the Wall feature of Facebook at all. For whatever reason, I’m just not real hip on anybody coming to my profile and just typing away. I’ve turned my wall off for a long time, and enough people have commented to me Hey, you don’t have a wall! How did you do that?” that I thought I would share how to remove your wall.

Now, to be clear, we are not removing the wall per se. Facebook will not allow you to remove the Wall application. Instead, we are going to adjust privacy settings to hide the wall entirely. First, go to your privacy settings.

Facebook Settings Privacy Settings.png

Now click on your profile.

Facebook Privacy Overview Profile Button.png

In this screen, scroll down a ways and you will find the Wall Posts” section. Simply change your settings to look like this. Uncheck the Friends may post to my Wall” box and change the privacy option.

Facebook Profile Privacy Wall Posts.png

You could set this so that only you can write on your wall if you want. There are a couple of different options. I have it set like above which effectively removes the wall.

[Jan. 8, 2009: I’ve gotten some questions from people saying this doesn’t work. I think the challenge is catching the result. I’m adding this section to help illustrate what this does.]


Now that you have made this change you probably want to check to make sure it worked. This is a little hard on Facebook since it’s not terribly easy for you to see your profile as someone else. Facebook does have a feature that allows you to test this out, in your Profile Privacy settings, where you changed your wall privacy options, you can type the name of a friend and see your profile as they would see it. This works great for testing, particularly if you are using Facebook groups to assign privacy levels differently for various people.

Profile View As.png

You may be confused that even after these changes your profile will still have a tab called Wall”. That is impossible to remove, per my earlier comment that we cannot really remove the Wall. It’s integral to the functioning of Facebook. All we did was remove the ability for people to write stuff on it.

Before these changes this is how a friend would see your wall.

Facebook Profile With Wall Open.png

Note the option to Write on the wall. After making these changes a friend sees your wall like this.

Facebook Profile With Wall Private.png

The option of writing on your wall is gone now.

Facebook Techie
January 4, 2009

Tammy making donuts

Tammy Cooking