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I decided to do some updates to the site. I have improved the look of the site or at least I think I have. I also massively overhauled the META information in the head of the site, get the rankings up its all good.

I will hopefully finished and quashed any problems caused be me updating the theme.

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The OS Maketh the User

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This means that Mac users almost always have multiple windows and application visible. We can switch easily between them and, probably more importantly, they’re always there, reminding us of their existence, nagging us. We naturally become multi-taskers.

Mac users created, not born? – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

I find this interesting but also, how true do you find this?
I work in a mixed environment what some mac users would term a slider, I work on windows at College through the day and work on macs at home. I often find that I look for exposé features in windows but I also do find it frustrating that windows assumes you want the window full screen, when you hit maximise.
So I think I will stick with that while mac user choose mac, it makes the user more likely to multi-task because the way that the OS works. I wouldn’t say that the OS entirely makes the user.

In writing this post I learnt that pressing alt+e will let you put the little flick above letters ‘á’

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What Really Hurts the music industry

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Music My computing teacher said in a lesson the other day:

By downloading music you are reducing the money going into the music industry, so then the industry then has less money to invest in the bands, so only invests in those that they know that will make it. Then you end up with the sort of music because that is what sell

While I agree that the music industry is only investing the same mediocre bands, therefore increasing the amount of money made.

I think there is something that has been overlooked, the fact something called the internets has grown a lot and the music industry just ignored it, but what about this internets (isn’t just a series of tubes?) it gives the independent artist not the main stream a much more powerful and easier tool to get themselves heard, and get the reward for it.

I was watching some program on the BBC talking to a band (the name escapes me at the moment) and they said that they would much rather go it alone than sign up to a label, because at the end of the day they rob you blind. Lets look Simply Red cut there deal with their label and went it only and immediately started to make more money, but more importantly they could pursue the things they wanted to do, not be forced by the label to make another hit.

IODA allies independent rights-holders — labels, publishers, musicians, and songwriters — to negotiate licensing agreements with the vast array of digital music outlets, including streaming and download services such as Apple iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Music Match, etc. IODA’s collective bargaining power enables independent rights-holders to receive more favorable terms than would otherwise be possible.
– http://www.iodalliance.com/how_it_works.php

Just look at that, something that the labels just wouldn’t get, helping somebody out and make them successful without taking vital organs. This is essential what may be called ‘web 2.0’ (not my favourite phrase) community.

Community, the stuff that makes YouTube, MySpace or whatever you want to mention so popular. One person gets it, then recommends it to another and another etc. This growing web of people can quite quickly become a global fan base for an artist, could you imagine that from a Label? Here lies the power of the ‘internets’

I don’t want to conclude this but rather have it as an open post that I can keep coming back to, I feel so unbelievably strongly about this and I have ideas popping in and out of my brain all the time so I shall leave it for you to draw a conclusion, for I shall be leaving this matter open for the time being.





iTunes 7 has landed

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iTunes LogoApple dropped the latest version of iTunes today, and guess what it is better than what it says on the tin. Video support is now flawless and the overall UI is much more refined and very much like the look of a Pro App. All you information is stored in a much more structured and easy to use manner and iPod integration is just cool and gives all the information you need in one window.

There are also improvement to downloads, an extra tab will pop-up showing what is downloading and what size it is, it little things like this that make the whole app run a lot smoother and noticeably faster than iTunes 6. At some point it would be nice to get some Bit Torrent support in the mix.


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3stooges.co.ukWe are now close to launching 3stooges.co.uk, we have drupal up and ready to go we just need to sort out some content and get the other features we want installed. Bookmark it because we should be launching within a month 🙂

My Macbook is happy

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Macbook WhiteMy Macbook is back to its usual self and has stopped doing silly things. Apart from my power adapter melting my hand of course.

The Price of being an early adopter

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Apple LogoAs anyone who knows me will tell you, I love having the latests gadgets and using them and having fun until then up on my desk doing preciosu little.

We get to the intel macs and I had at that time only just purchased a iMac G5 weeks before hand, I still stuck to the G5 because thats what I wanted. I kept my eye on the transistion and decided if I got good GCSEs I would treat myself to a shiny macbook (nothing fancy my iMac does that) I just wanted a computer I could cart around with me and just pick up and start work anywhere. – Good Idea Right

So I haven’t had it replaced or anything go wrong – yet – but I have had certain unlike apple issues with my new gadget, first bad firmware; tempurate 100C not good – Apple fixed this with firmware update the day a got the macbook so problem solved. Second failed startups from cold, if I leave my macbook off for an extended ime when i came around to booting it up again it would just not boot unless i zapped the PRAM, after digging from sometime and watching the kernal kick off the boot sequence (command+V for those who are interested) and some creative googling it looks as if my problem was with BootCamp which I only installed as a toy anyway so as of this posting I have; removed boot camp, cleared all the log files, zapped the PRAM, cleared caches, and repaired disk permissions. So only time will tell if my booting problem will be fixed.

If We Can’t Innovate, Just Copy – The Musical

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myspace logoMyspace has launched its very own music service, while i do like supporting independent artists i think that Myspace is the wrong vehicle.

Whilst Myspace has a large user base this user base is mainly of the same demographic, so if I were an independent artist I wouldn’t just want to make my music available to one section of the world. This is were iTunes is a semi-solution whilst the pricing and money proportioning is absolute rubbish (at least there trying to their best with the greedy labels) but you can quite easily reach a wide set of people easily.

MySpace isn’t in it for the betterment of the music industry there in it for the money, you only have to look at its ad saturated interface.

I am going to go off on a bit of a tangent now but it is relevant.

Record Labels are suing the next generation of their consumers on a daily basis, my sister still finds it hard to grasp that just because you can get it for free doesn’t make it legal, but young people live online and consume most of there media online you only have to look at the explosion of P2P, Blogging, Podcasting etc. But the labels still insist the best way to tackle the problem get there money back.

I would much rather be able to download any music for free and then have to option to then pay the artist, I know people may abuse this but if the artist is really that good people like me would go and donate (or whatever you want to call it) to the artist.

It is no longer the labels that should make the profit it should be the artist who get the re-ward for there work.

I think this quote just highlights what is wrong (its from memory so may be slightly inaccurate) “We will sue anybody who downloads music associated with our label” Virgin Records

How Long Can Apple Keep this Up??

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Apple LogoI am a Mac user and as with any other mac user i swear by them and love every minute of using them (apart from when i break unix) but apple can no longer keep up the hype and rumor mongering that i read every day – it just simply isn’t possible.

What other company can you think of that people get all excited because there might be the off chance that a processor in a laptop may just change. As much as Apple is a market leader it cannot keep generating this much hype. On the one hand it is good at generating publicity but this publicity can be a double edged sword, Apple only has to release one bad product and it will be in trouble. Take the iPod for example if there were a new iPod to come out tomorrow and all the units didn’t work would you be put off buying another iPod for your collection??

I don’t like being negative like this and a really do hope apples success continues but at some point something has to change.