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Sat, Mar. 27th, 2004, 02:14 pm
Magnatune


I found these guys via StreamTuner's Shoutcast plugin.

I've been listening to their internet radio station for a while now, and didn't realize that they're run by a record label with rather progressive licensing terms.

While I'm on the subject of internet radio, I should point out that Pirate Cat Radio 87.9 has a webcast stream. Finally, I can listen somewhere other than from inside my Volvo in downtown Berkeley! They claim to be broadcasting under the wartime/emergency provisions of U.S. Code of Federal Regulations title 47 section 73.3542.

Sat, Mar. 27th, 2004, 02:07 pm
Wal-Mart

Here is a pretty good article on Wal-Mart's business model, and its implications:

http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/77/walmart.html

Fri, Dec. 5th, 2003, 03:49 pm
Free Music

Here's a tip lifted from one of the preview sections of O'Reilly's Spidering Hacks.

(More books of a similar spirit are at http://hacks.oreilly.com)

Apparently, some musicians have started standardizing on using m3u files to publish their music online. (Finally!) This means two things: First, you can have one click access to online music collections. Second, you can easily copy these collections to your local drive using wget, some other web-mirroring tool, or the Perl script provided in the above PDF.

It's nice to see that independent musicians can easily establish their own distribution channels these days.

Fun stuff!

I should add a bit of a disclaimer;

It's neat to see these things done in a decentralized manner, that 'just works', but currently big sites like IUMA have broader and higher quality selection, from what I can tell.

To find the files, search by mp3 playlist program (lifted from the above PDF, with links to google added for the ones that work well):


Andromeda (http://www.turnstyle.com/andromeda/)
"powered by andromeda" or "search andromeda" or "play all"

Apache::MP3 (http://www.apachemp3.com/)
"apache::mp3 was written"

Edna (http://edna.sourceforge.net/)
"powered by edna"

GNUMP3d (http://gnump3d.sourceforge.net/)
intitle:"GNUMP3d" subdirectories

The following signatures aren't applicable to the script in this hack (because they generate either ugly M3U files or som
ething entirely different), but aspiring hackers could probably modify this hack to work with them:

Ampache (http://www.ampache.org)
"welcome to ampache v"

Dynamic MP3 Lister (http://freshmeat.net/projects/dmp3lister/)
"dynamic mp3 lister - listing mp3s in"

Thu, Dec. 4th, 2003, 03:36 pm
Open Sources


OReilly.com has a free book online that explains the history of the open source movement.

It is actually a series of independent essays, and is a really good read. I'm only partially through it, but I noticed that the straw that broke the camel's back for Stallman was buggy proprietary printer drivers. That's what ultimately sold me on Linux. ;)

Here's the book:
http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/opensources/

So far, it's definitely up there with the 'Camel book.' Good job, O'Reilly!

Thu, Nov. 27th, 2003, 11:26 am
Dotmatrix printers playing christmas tunes

I'd heard of this, but hadn't been able to get a hold of real recordings until now:

http://www.computerhistory.org/exhibits/highlights/

1970, and then on a six year old printer. Wow.

I wonder if you could do this with bus noise on a modern system...Hmmm.

Sun, Nov. 16th, 2003, 01:26 pm
x2x

I've got a new favorite Linux program! It's called x2x. It lets you ssh into a Linux system, run something like:


$ x2x -to :0.0 -from $DISPLAY -south


and use the system that you're sitting at to remotely control the other computer's keyboard and mouse. You need to ssh in as the user that's currently logged into X on the Linux system. (Or, you could disable X's security...) There's also a version called x2vnc that does the same thing for windows <-> linux systems. If there's a vnc2vnc for windows <-> windows systems, it doesn't ship with Debian. ;)

It's nice if you've got two computers, since you don't need to keep two keyboards and mice around to use them both at once. In fact, if you have a laptop/wireless lan, then you get sort of a WebTV effect, except that both the wireless keyboard and the TV are 'real' computers, and you don't need a WebTV. Combine this with a DVD player, and you can toss your TV and it's remote. ;) If only high quality projectors were a bit cheaper...

Also, since 802.11 isn't IR based, you don't need a line of sight connection to make it work. Finally, it's only broadcasting the (encrypted) keyboard and mouse data over the network, so it doesn't eat too much bandwidth. (Worst case is roughly 20 kilobytes/sec, if you constantly move the mouse around.)

Sun, Nov. 16th, 2003, 01:07 pm
Why do I read tabloids?



Here's an article about using RFID to get a date:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/28/33974.html

Sun claims it's latest desktop OS will be profitable:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/61/33984.htm

Cell phone news:


Microsoft threatens to pull DRM from Windows if the EU doesn't play nice!! If this happened, everyone would have to run mplayer instead. Nope. I honestly can't see a downside.

Thu, Nov. 13th, 2003, 03:46 pm
Mushrooms


Neat! Fungus Festival!

If it was a few days later, I'd be able to go. This is the 33rd that they've held so far. Maybe next year.

This must be a Berkeley phenomonon; they include a presentation that covers native local psychoactive mushrooms.

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