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Posted by , Jul 25 2005, 05:28 PM in Freebies

I have sold my iPod Photo for $275 to a good friend of mine. Both sides are happy, that is what you want when dealing with friends, and I am saving this money for XBOX360 (or an iPod video?).


Wheh! Glad I woke up, CRAZY night!

Posted by , Jul 15 2005, 11:00 AM in DDD (Daily Dream Digest)

I just wanted to post a phenomenon I have been experiencing...
Lately, I have been having the craziest dreams ever(for about a week). And usually, I remember them in the afternoon for some reason. I am like, "Yeah, I had this dream last night."

Last night's dream followed the same pattern; I was watching an animated presentation of how a brain hemmorage occurs, it was one of those scientific explanation too. According to my dream, 'air' (or smoke, i guess) fills the little empty part of the head. This takes a good part of your lifetime to happen and the air forces stuff (brain bits) to pop out of the head, then the FedEx man woke me up for a parcel pickup.

Lol, these are dreams I am supposed to have in my early teen years, not now tongue.gif

That was the wackiest dream I had tongue.gif . And, lately since that seems to be the pattern, I am going to keep you updated on my DDD (Daily Dream Digest) and you will be ready for your interpretion. biggrin.gif

---Looking forward to tonight's dream! turned.gif


A free iPod from Apple to me!

Posted by , Jul 13 2005, 06:21 PM in My Hour

user posted imagemmm...the Gorillaz

I have had replacement iPods from Apple being broken down, so instead of sending it for a replacement I got in touch with an Apple Customer Relations rep and withing 5 mins (verifying what I said was true, so dont try this) she said she will hook me up with a brand new color iPod. (I had a grayscale previously). I was asking for a refund but she said no afro.gif .

But, even though the refurbs have been inconsistent and very frustrating to deal with, I am very impressed with Apple's customer service and the professionalism. Microsoft and others, take heed! tongue.gif


Not for us Bloggers anymore, RSS goes Longhorn

Posted by , Jun 26 2005, 01:03 PM in Technology

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It looks like Microsoft is going to be integrating the RSS script in it's new operating system and the IE7. RSS, I believe is used by blog readers to keep them updated...
Microsoft realizes the success of blogging and is trying to do something creative.
That is all fine and dandy, I just hope it doesn't claim the format as its own by forcing their logo on it's users and give credit where it is dues... afro.gif

From: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/230002_msftrss25.html

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Microsoft bets RSS is next big thing
Basic technology to be part of Web browser in next Windows version

Saturday, June 25, 2005

By TODD BISHOP AND JOHN COOK
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTERS

Internet Explorer users accustomed to surfing the Web will be able to use a future version of the program to make waves of information come automatically to them.

Microsoft said yesterday that the Web browser in the next generation of Windows will be able to detect, display and subscribe to streams of news and information in a format called RSS, an increasingly popular method of receiving content online.

The feature, already included in rival browsers, is part of a broader push by the Redmond company to add RSS functions to the next Windows version, known as Longhorn, due out next year.

The addition of the capabilities to the widely used Microsoft Web browser and operating system could fuel the growth of RSS among mainstream computer users.

The move also could position Internet Explorer as a competitor to existing programs for reading RSS feeds. However, Microsoft says it believes the RSS function in Internet Explorer will be basic enough that it shouldn't supplant those more advanced programs.

Many news sites and other online sources already offer RSS feeds, letting people subscribe to and read information from a variety of sites in a single on-screen pane, without visiting individual sites manually.

Microsoft announced its plans yesterday morning at the Gnomedex technology conference in Seattle. Internet Explorer General Manager Dean Hachamovitch -- who appeared on stage with a T-shirt that read "Longhorn loves RSS" -- said the company is "betting big on RSS" because it wants the technology to become more widely adopted and easier to use.

"We want RSS everywhere," Hachamovitch said. "RSS is so powerful I want it in more than just the browser and the aggregator. I want it everywhere."

Gnomedex did not represent the friendliest audience for Microsoft, with some of the 400 bloggers, podcasters and other technologists openly criticizing the company's efforts to capitalize on RSS. During a question and answer session, one attendee compared Microsoft to the "Borg" -- the characters on Star Trek that attempt to dominate the universe. Others questioned Microsoft's economic incentive, security issues and commitment to working with the open-source community.

Expecting some backlash, Hachamovitch started his talk with an image of the Death Star from Star Wars. He then joked that it was a photograph of Microsoft's headquarters.

That later prompted a question from Steve Rubel, a New York public relations executive and author of the Micro Persuasion Weblog, who asked for evidence that the Death Star "has really exploded."

Hachamovitch handled the questions with style and a touch of humor, saying the company was looking forward to a dialogue with developers.

At one point during the speech, Dave Winer, a pioneer in the blogging and podcasting community, came to Microsoft's defense.

"No doubt some people are going to lay down on the tracks on this one ... some are going to be unhappy," he said. "But fundamentally this is what movement looks like."

Microsoft says that in addition to the RSS functions in Internet Explorer, it will offer technology in Longhorn to make it easier for outside software developers to create Windows-based programs that draw on RSS streams. For example, someone making a calendar program could give users the ability, within the program, to subscribe to feeds of information related to appointments or events, said Megan Kidd, a group product manager in the Windows division.

RSS capabilities will first appear in the preliminary version of Longhorn, which is due out this summer. Longhorn is scheduled to be released in final form in time for the 2006 holidays. Microsoft declined to say whether any RSS features would be added to the new Internet Explorer 7 to be made available in advance of Longhorn for the current Windows XP.

Microsoft's overall push promises to introduce many more people to the concept of RSS, in part because the company includes Internet Explorer free along with Windows.

That controversial practice was one of the central subjects of the company's U.S. antitrust dispute. The government alleged that such bundling was unfair to rival browsers not tied to the dominant PC operating system. But the ultimate settlement didn't preclude the practice.

In the same way, a variety of independent companies already offer programs known as newsreaders or news aggregators, in which computer users can subscribe to and read RSS feeds.

However, Microsoft says Internet Explorer will offer only basic capabilities for detecting, reading and subscribing to RSS feeds. Most standalone newsreaders go much further, with features for reading multiple feeds simultaneously, searching across feeds, and marking items as read or unread, among other things.

The company says that by building more RSS capabilities under the hood of Windows for independent software developers to tap into, RSS-related programs and features should proliferate on Windows, from a variety of companies.

A top executive with one newsreading-software company said this week that he would be pleased to see Microsoft add basic RSS capabilities to Internet Explorer. Such a move would tend to increase awareness of the RSS concept, said Greg Reinacker, chief technology officer and founder of NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

Reinacker pointed out that the open-source Firefox browser already includes RSS features similar to those Microsoft is planning. But NewsGator goes further, offering the ability to read RSS feeds not only in a browser but also in Microsoft Outlook, on a mobile device, or on a Media Center PC, among other capabilities.

The adoption of RSS by browser makers "creates a market," Reinacker said. "It reduces the barrier to RSS and exposes more people to it, and we think as people start using those tools, they're going to say, 'You know, I wish I could do these other things,' and discover NewsGator."

Apple Computer also added RSS capabilities to its Safari Web browser in the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system, Tiger. Michael Cherry, an analyst at research firm Directions on Microsoft, said he was familiar with RSS previously but hadn't been motivated to use it until he installed Tiger and began noticing the RSS icon in Safari as he visited Web pages.

Cherry said Microsoft's addition of RSS features to Internet Explorer could have much the same effect on Windows computers.

"I think it is just going to raise awareness," Cherry said.

ALL ABOUT RSS
RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, a method of transmitting and receiving streams of news and information online. A growing number of news sites, weblogs and other online information sources make RSS feeds available to users, generally for free. Computer users can subscribe to the feeds in programs called newsreaders, or aggregators. The selected news and information is then delivered automatically as it becomes available.

Advantages include the ability to access customized news and information within a single on-screen pane. Most newsreading programs also indicate when a particular feed has new information, typically by putting the feed's name in bold. That eliminates the need to visit each Web site individually to see if it has been updated.

For more information, and to access the Seattle P-I's RSS feeds, see: seattlepi.nwsource.com/rss/


Replacement a bust

Posted by , Jun 26 2005, 12:51 PM

The replacement iPod also had the same problem as the last one...I am starting to believe it has something to do with my computer(s). I do suspect the quality of hard drives that Apple is using nono.gif . I am requesting repair and the replacement is going straight on eBay innocent.gif .

This is too frustrating, the fact that I haven't had music the last month and a half and almost all my break! w00t.gif
Oh, well mellow.gif


Apple Comes through! Awesome Service!

Posted by , Jun 16 2005, 09:31 PM in My Hour

Well Apple said it was going to send the iPod Friday, but at 11 AM I got the ipod! That is unbelievable because yesterday at about 5PM they sent me a message that they will send me the ipod by Friday. So it took them less than one day...
I dont know why I am raving about customer service (maybe because I never had before afro.gif ), but they have been a step ahead of my expectations.

Sent in the iPod on Saturday, and on Thursday i got the new replacement.
This wont replace the old songs, but the service is awesome.


Good news straight from Apple

Posted by , Jun 15 2005, 09:34 PM in My Hour

Well, my broken iPod is going to be replaced by a new iPod from Apple.
I had sent my Ipod in for repair Saturday, Apple recieved it monday and confirmed today that they will be sending in a replacement.

I have honestly not experienced more professional service than this. Wow, very impressed....Bravo Apple thumbsup.gif

I am kind of suspicious of the quality of hard drives Apple puts in the iPod's. I have come across many people with my problem on the net. But, Apple's professionalism couldn't make me happir. Although this does not replace the hard labor that I put into my old ipod (converting., etc) it is definitely a good news...

----thinkinghe new iPod will be scratch-,mark-,scoff-,dirt- free! rolleyes.gif cool.gif


'Tis the Planet of the Apes

Posted by , Jun 15 2005, 09:26 PM in Music

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Demon Days is a newly released album of the ultra hip-hop slash Brit Pop cartoon group, the Gorillaz.
Check their music out.
From All Music Guide;

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Damon Albarn went to great pains to explain that the first Gorillaz album was a collaboration between him, cartoonist Jamie Hewlett, and producer Dan the Automator, but any sort of pretense to having the virtual pop group seem like a genuine collaborative band was thrown out the window for the group's long-awaited 2005 sequel, Demon Days. Hewlett still provides new animation for Gorillaz -- although the proposed feature-length film has long disappeared -- but Dan the Automator is gone, leaving Albarn as the unquestioned leader of the group. This isn't quite similar to Blur, a genuine band that faltered after Graham Coxon decided he had enough, leaving Damon behind to construct the muddled Think Tank largely on his own. No, Gorillaz were always designed as a collective, featuring many contributors and producers, all shepherded by Albarn, the songwriter, mastermind, and ringleader. Hiding behind Hewlett's excellent cartoons gave Albarn the freedom to indulge himself, but it also gave him focus since it tied him to a specific concept. Throughout his career, Albarn always was at his best when writing in character -- to the extent that anytime he wrote confessionals in Blur, they sounded stagy -- and Gorillaz not only gave him an ideal platform, it liberated him, giving him the opportunity to try things he couldn't within the increasingly dour confines of Blur. It wasn't just that the cartoon concept made for light music -- on the first Gorillaz album, Damon sounded as if he were having fun for the first time since Parklife. But 2005 is a much different year than 2001, and if Gorillaz exuded the heady, optimistic, future-forward vibes of the turn of the millennium, Demon Days is as theatrically foreboding as its title, one of the few pop records made since 9/11 that captures the eerie unease of living in the 21st century. Not really a cartoony feel, in other words, but Gorillaz indulged in doom and gloom from their very first single, "Clint Eastwood," so this is not unfamiliar territory, nor is it all that dissimilar from the turgid moodiness of Blur's 2003 Think Tank. But where Albarn seemed simultaneously constrained and adrift on that last Blur album -- attempting to create indie rock, yet unsure how since messiness contradicts his tightly wound artistic impulses -- he's assured and masterful on Demon Days, regaining his flair for grand gestures that served him so well at the height of Britpop, yet tempering his tendency to overreach by keeping the music lean and evocative through his enlistment of electronica maverick Danger Mouse as producer.

Demon Days is unified and purposeful in a way Albarn's music hasn't been since The Great Escape, possessing a cinematic scope and a narrative flow, as the curtain unveils to the ominous, morose "Last Living Souls" and then twists and winds through valleys, detours, and wrong paths -- some light, some teeming with dread -- before ending up at the haltingly hopeful title track. Along the way, cameos float in and out of the slipstream and Albarn relies on several familiar tricks: the Specials are a touchstone, brooding minor key melodies haunt the album, there are some singalong refrains, while a celebrity recites a lyric (this time, it's Dennis Hopper). Instead of sounding like musical crutches, this sounds like an artist who knows his strengths and uses them as an anchor so he can go off and explore new worlds. Chief among the strengths that Albarn relies upon is his ability to find collaborators who can articulate his ideas clearly and vividly. Danger Mouse, whose Grey Album mash-up of the Beatles and Jay-Z was an underground sensation in 2004, gives this music an elasticity and creeping darkness than infects even such purportedly lighthearted moments as "Feel Good Inc." It's a sense of menace that's reminiscent of prime Happy Mondays, so it shouldn't be a surprise that one of the highlights of Demon Days is Shaun Ryder's cameo on the tight, deceptively catchy "Dare." Over a tightly wound four minutes, "Dare" exploits Ryder's iconic Mancunian thug persona within territory that belongs to the Gorillaz -- its percolating beat not too far removed from "19/2000" -- and that's what makes it a perfect distillation of Demon Days: by letting other musicians take center stage and by sharing credit with Danger Mouse, Damon Albarn has created an allegedly anonymous platform whose genius ultimately and quite clearly belongs to him alone. All the themes and ideas on this album have antecedents in his previous work, but surrounded by new collaborators, he's able to present them in a fresh, exciting way. And he has created a monster album here -- not just in its size, but in its Frankenstein construction. It not only eclipses the first Gorillaz album, which in itself was a terrific record, but stands alongside the best Blur albums, providing a tonal touchstone for this decade the way Parklife did for the '90s. While it won't launch a phenomenon the way that 1994 classic did -- Albarn is too much a veteran artist for that and the music is too dark and weird -- Demon Days is still one hell of a comeback for Damon Albarn, who seemed perilously close to forever disappearing into his own ego.

I give it a 9 out of 10, the beats are just too addicting. Although, I am a bit disappointed in the absence of Del the Funkee Homosapien. They make it up with De la Soul in the catch singe; Feel Good Inc.
All in all, this is a great album and I suggest everyone tune in.