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Beware Country-Specific iTunes Stores

If you buy an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you happen to be a user of the iTunes Store in more than one country, take note which country's store you're viewing in iTunes when you plug in the device for the first time. This will be the country the device will register with, and you will be forever barred from purchasing or even updating free apps from anywhere else. The only way out is to delete everything on the device and do a full restore.

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Remember This! In response to my rhetorical question asking if there is anything bad about Conflict Catcher (see TidBITS-393), L. Carl Pedersen <l.carl.pedersen@dartmouth.edu> noted that it's a very bad thing that such an elaborate tool as Conflict Catcher is useful and necessary. Technology should make our lives easier, and although there's no question that technology enables us to do far more than ever before (something like TidBITS, for instance, is inconceivable without inexpensive and powerful computers, software, and communications technologies), we spend too much time on maintenance, troubleshooting, and upgrades. Those who design hardware, software, and communications systems should keep simplicity and elegance in mind at all times. [ACE]

 

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