Buying Music

I have always been a huge fan of music. Starting with LPs and EPs I borrowed from the library as a kid, up to the multiple digital formats.

Audio cassettes were good, CDs are great and digital music files in devices are good and bad.

Obviously piracy is a bigger issue with the internet now involved, I still favor purchasing CD’s for the physical artwork and booklet.

Some albums I can easily in in iTunes, that would take me months of searching local music stores. With iTunes, you can buy only a few songs online.

Albums in iTunes can include a PDF download of the album insert, which is cool, but just not the same. iTunes also created a new interactive digital LP, which I neat, though the $10,000 submission fee is totally outrageous.

All an all, iTunes and other services are convenient, but I do still favor actual CDs.

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Netflix DVD now Qwikster

I am an avid user of Netflix Streaming and I don’t subscribe to the DVD mailing service anymore.

Netflix DVD is now Qwikster, which makes no difference to me. I was thinking of using the DVD service again the past few weeks. The name change makes no difference to me.

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Dexpot – A great Mac OS X Spaces App for Windows

I favor Mac, though in some situations I need to use a Windows machine. I really rely on the Spaces App in Mac OS X for sectioning off my different projects I am currently working on, email in one space, iTunes in another as well as any other random tasks I need to perform.

Dexpot on Windows works very similar to Mac OS X Spaces, though it is not a complete clone and some functions work a bit differently.

Overall, if you like using Spaces on the Mac, you should enjoy Dexpot.

You can download this free utility at http://www.dexpot.de

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So Google+ is Live / Public and Facebook Rolls out a New Layout (Yet Again)

Google+ going live seems a few weeks overdue. Not looking forward to another FB UI update.

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HTML 5, CSS 3 and jQuery

Here are some great resources and tools for Web Designers / Developers-
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Mac OS X Lion Upgrade

I have always pre-ordered Apple / Mac OS X so that I could install on the release date. It was exciting to get the package in the mail, fire up the Mac(s) and start the installation. With Lion, it is an all digital / online upgrade from the App Store. This is the first time Apple has offered a new OS as a download rather than a box and disc.

With the OS being an install from the internet /App store, I was very hesitant to upgrade right away. A few weeks after the release, I decided to upgrade my 5 year-old MacBook to Lion. All went smooth for the install, no freezes or issues at all. For this OS and the last, Apple has only charged $30 to upgrade, rather than $130. : )

After testing on my laptop for about a month, I was confident to upgrade my 27″iMac, which is my main work station. For the most part, Lion is a great improvement, though I do have a few complaints…

Power PC applications are no longer supported. This means I can no longer run my Microsoft Office 2003 Suite. It is probably time to upgrade my MS Office Suite anyways, and I do understand that Apple would need to drop Power PC support at some point, to keep the OS efficient. Overall this is more of an improvement and not so much a complaint, rather just and annoyance for now.

The only other issue I have with Lion is that Mission Control has replaced Expose and has not impressed me at all and in fact slowed down my work process a bit. In Expose, you could see all of your “spaces / desktops” and drag windows between any of them. Now in Mission Control, you can only drag from the last desktop you were on, to others, not from any desktop to any other desktop. This has been quite a downgrade in my opinion.

Launchpad is a nice feature, copied from iOS and also the built in Facetime App is much appreciated. Over all, I would say the $30 upgrade is worth it, though the Mission Control needs much improvement.

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Internet Explorer 9

As a web developer / designer, I have to deal with writing code that works on many different web browsers. This can cause a lot of extra work that is usually not worth the trouble.

Specifically speaking of Internet Explorer 6, which came out in 2001, has been one of the worst / hardest browsers to design for.

Most browsers follow W3 standards. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is notorious for not following standards, thus rendering broken pages and not supporting cutting edge features.

With this being said, Microsoft has actually developed a decent browser, finally following standards with IE 9.

So of the most important new CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) features are drop shadows, rounded corners and transparency, which gives designers more freedom from having to use Photoshop for these effects. IE is finally support these effects.

Below are some good IE resources-

IE Pin Site Tutorials - http://buildmypinnedsite.com
Microsoft prototypes - http://www.html5labs.com
Default for HTML 5 - http://html5boilerplate.com/
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New TV and BluRay Player

Well, as time goes on, technology always seems to amaze me. Last time I bought a TV was about 4 years ago, a Samsung 32″, 720, 60mhz. Recently my girlfriend and I picked up an Insignia TV and Samsung BluRay player. The TV is 42″, 1080 and 120mhz which looks great when watching BluRay, Netflix or while watching HD TV channels. Speaking of Netflix, the Samsumg BluRay player has an ethernet port and Netflix App which is great! I was told by that the Insignia TVs are built by Best Buy in the LG factory. My only complaint is that there is only 1 rca / component input, other than that, great TV and BluRay player for the price(s).

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New Canon SX30IS Camera

I recently picked up a new Canon camera. I got the SX30IS, which I am very happy with. The camera takes photos at 14.1 megapixels, zooms at 35x, and record 720 HD Video. I have always favored Canon cameras and will be posting photos I have taken with the new camera on future posts.

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Exposed Gaming and Application Code

I used to make games in Flash ActionScript years ago and want to get back into game making. One concern I have from working with technologies that allow a “view source” option from the user-end, is that code would then be available for any competitor to use.

I am not sure Flash is the best option these days, using jQuery seems ideal with the exception of code being readily available for anyone to inspect or “grab”. #pastemonkeys

Moving on, it may be best for me to pick up some Java and C++ (where the big boys play). I am really excited to creating a gaming concept as well as sprites, then apply it to multiple platforms and App stores such as iPhone, Android, Desktops, Web Browsers and more.

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