Monday, October 29, 2012
Online music repository Jamendo has a wealth of Creative Commons-licensed music. Listening to a few tracks, I found the mix to be quite good. There are quite a few gems (listen to Legendary). About 1500 albums are on the site with the number increasing exponentially (illustrated below). Conveniently, you can download albums through Bittorrent or eMule. If you hear songs in French, don't be surprised since Jamendo was French-founded. Based on tag size and my own random sampling, electronica seems to dominate with rock, pop, and ambient a few steps behind. There's also some good relaxing music you can use to cool down at the end of the day.
Jamendo is a great resource if you want to add a track to your podcast or video you want to upload to Youtube. For one thing, you aren't going to be sued by the RIAA or have your video taken down. I've bookmarked several videos on Youtube that mysteriously vanished when I tried to go back to watch them again.
Overall, it's an awesome resource for remixing and sharing music and represents an interesting model for distributing music by bringing P2P and open licensing together. While studio released music is nice in its uniformity, Jamendo offers a nice way to access the long tail of music.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Just having text in your blog posts can be a bit dry. Photos help to liven things up, giving visitors something colorful to look at, but it's often difficult to track down a photo that matches your post. It's even more difficult sometimes to tell if you're even allowed to use the photo once you've tracked down one that you like. A good rule of thumb to follow is that images found in government sources like NASA Images are likely in the public domain since they can't copyright their work.
Luckily, Lorelle on Wordpress has done a lot of hard work and assembled a very comprehensive list of photo sites that are likely to be freely usable by anyone. Gimme sites like Flickr are listed, but there are dozens of more obscure sources as well.
Warning: Restrictions may apply in some cases so look for information about usage rights. Sometimes, you'll have to give a link back to the source where you got the image or register at the site.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
1. Go to C:->Documents and Settings->Your User Name
2. Delete the Mozilla folder.
That will wipe everything, and when you restart Firefox, it'll create a new Mozilla folder.
If you aren't able to find the Application Data folder, it is probably because it is hidden. To make it visible, open up a folder and go to Tools->Folder Options->View.
Click on Show hidden files and folders and click OK. Then go back to step 1 and complete the process.
This method is only effective against casual privacy intrusions by nosey friends or parents. The data can still be retrieved through more sophisticated methods.
If you only want to delete the cache, cookies, and web history and not your custom browser settings, go to Firefox and go to Tools-> Clear Private Data. You can tweak the settings for this tool by going to Tools-> Options-> Privacy-> Settings.
Monday, April 30, 2012
You can also convert multiple files at once although then you can only do one kind of file conversion.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Under the Bills tab, you can add personal expenses, group expenses, what's owed you, and what you owe. You can also tag your bills. A weakness is that, unlike Wesabe, you can't import your data directly from your bank. Manually entering your transactions data will probably get tiring although you can mark recurring payments as such, which reduces the burden slightly. The interface is similar to the one you use when doing e-banking (making single/recurring payments, etc.).The most helpful screen is the Dashboard where you can visualize the flow of cash in and out of your account. If you use tags carefully, you can also get a sense of the relative proportions of your spending. Do you spend a lot on haircuts? How much of your income goes to rent? There's also a half-baked six degrees-ish graphic that shows how many connections you have, how many your friends have, and so on. Maybe more social features will be added soon, and this feature will have added significance.
Once financially oriented sites start appearing, it's usually a sign that the market is maturing. I suspect we'll see several more popping up soon. Certainly, there have been a fair number of social stock-picking sites launching recently along with impressive rallies in the market.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Rihanna was interviewed on "Good Morning America" today. The 21-year-old singer spoke with Diane Sawyer about her relationship with Chris Brown, her former boyfriend who assaulted her just before the Grammy Awards in February. In the video excerpt, Rihanna explains her decision to forgive Brown, and her subsequent decision to end the relationship:
When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible for telling them, 'Go back.' Even if Chris never hit me again, who's to say that their boyfriend won't? Who's to say they won't kill these girls?
Explaining her decision to vacation with Brown only weeks after the beating, Rihanna said, "But I'm a human being, and people put me on a very unrealistic pedestal. All these expectations - I'm not perfect." The full interview with Rihanna will air on "20/20" this Friday.
For his part, Chris Brown has expressed confusion at the incident, asking himself, "What was I thinking? What is wrong with you?"
Rihanna's next album, titled "Rated R", will be released on November 23.