Archive for September, 2006

myspace … spam 2.0

September 30th, 2006 No comments

this is a great article about the development of myspace and it’s background. with lots of informations and links. mucht to read. but worth it. LINK

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Archibald 2.5

September 28th, 2006 No comments

archibald screenshot

Archibald is a virtual drummer who adds improvisational touches to your drum patterns. As you build your rhythm in the step-sequencer, you assign Archibald a margin of interpretation from 0 to 100%. This margin allows for a more realistic sound, based upon the simple fact that no drummer plays two consecutive eighth notes with exactly the same tone and attack. Archibald may be a “machine,” but his interpretations may surprise you. The sampler engine which accompanies the step-sequencer uses 44.1 kHz resolution and an impressive set of realistic sounds.
The second sequencer, driving the first, allows the user to program sequences based on several bars. From Version 2.1 onward, Archibald may interface with your sequencer via Rewire technology, allowing you to mix the 7 individual outputs from within your favourite sequencing software. You may also export your work as audio, in stereo or multi-channel mode. Or use Archibald to drive any MIDI device.

check it out here

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September 19th, 2006 No comments

teleport is a simple utility to let you use one single mouse and keyboard to control several of your Macs. Works on Panther and Tiger.

Simply reach the edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your other Mac!

The pasteboard can be synchronized, and you can even drag & drop files between your Macs.

After a little trying i am absolutely in love with that nifty little application.

check it at abyssoft

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Hard drives turn 50 today!

September 14th, 2006 No comments

ibm ramac
Fifty years ago, all of us at Engadget weren’t even a glimmer in our mothers’ eyes — in fact, now that we think about it probably most of our parents hadn’t even met yet. By that logic, it’s hard for us to imagine a world without hard drives, which were born 50 years ago today, back on September 13, 1956. On that fateful day IBM created the original — called the RAMAC 305 — which held around 5 MB of data at the cost of $10,000 per megabyte, and was the size of two refrigerators. By 1980, Big Blue had one-upped itself with the introduction of the first one gigabyte hard drive, which was half the physical size, weighed 550 pounds, and cost only $40,000. Flash forward to 2006, where the fingernail-size microSD card kicking around in our cell phones and cameras these days (albeit not a hard drive) now costs about $10 per gigabyte — gotta love the march of technology. By that logic, we should have a new type of terabyte storage device to carry around by about 2056, probably embedded in our bodies and hard-wired to our brains.

via Engadget

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Steve Irwin

September 5th, 2006 No comments


Der Herr Dahlmann im Steve Irwin-Nachruf:

Ein irrer Australier, der in einer Art Pfadfinder Uniform durchs Unterholz stampfte und genau dass mit giftigen Tieren machte, was man laut sämtlicher auf der Welt erscheinenden Ratgeber niemals tun sollte: er zerrte die Tiere am Schwanz aus ihrem Versteck, wedelte mit ihnen vor der Kamera rum, während er erzählte, dass man so was niemals tun sollte, weil diese besondere Schlange das allergiftigste Tier sei, dass sich die Evolution in einem grimmigen Albtraum jemals ausgedacht habe und ihr Biss 10.000 Elefanten und halb Sydney töten könnte.
Das berichtete er aber nicht in einem streng wissenschaftlichen Ton, sondern er brüllte wie ein Losbudenverkäufer auf der Kirmes die nötigen Fakten dem Zuschauer ins Ohr, während er die Schlange drei Zentimeter von seinem Kopf weg hielt. Dann schmiss er die Schlange wieder weg, weil er gerade irgendwo ein Krokodil entdeckt hatte.

Ich glaube, der Grund warum er nie gebissen wurde, war einfach, dass die Tiere viel zu perplex ob der Unverschämtheit waren, die ihnen da angetan wurde. Da wappnet man sich Jahrmillionen durch fiese Signalfarben und immer giftigeres Gift, ist also eine unfassbare, tödliche Gefahr, und dann kommt ein Mann in Bermuda Short, zerrt einem am Schwanz und schreit einen an. Da kann man das Beißen schon mal vor lauter Schreck vergessen.

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MySpace gets into the music business

September 4th, 2006 No comments

Popular social networking site MySpace has announced its intentions to begin selling digital music. Unlike the established music stores, which have built their success on selling tracks from bands on the larger record labels, MySpace will concentrate on independent bands lacking record contracts.

Groups and individual users will be able to sell their own music via their MySpace and fan pages. The songs will be offered in a non-DRM-encumbered MP3 format, meaning that users will be able listen to it on any digital music player or PC client. Pricing will be left up to the bands themselves, but they will be required to give MySpace a predetermined cut off the top for distribution. Currently one of the most popular web sites around, MySpace claims to have almost 3 million bands using their service.

In launching the music service, MySpace hopes to attract music fans who are currently making their purchases from the iTunes Music Store or tuned into one of the many subscription services. “The goal is to be one of the biggest digital music stores out there,” said MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe. “Everyone we’ve spoken to definitely wants an alternative to iTunes and the iPod. MySpace could be that alternative.”

Actually, there are alternatives already. Most notable among them is eMusic, which sells variable bit-rate MP3 files via a monthly subscription model. Its lineup of artists consists primarily of bands signed to independent labels, and has proven popular enough to move eMusic into the #2 online digital music sales position behind industry behemoth iTMS.

With over 2 million unsigned bands reportedly using MySpace, there should at the very least be a wide variety of music available. Some of it may even be good. The social networking site is gambling very little by getting into the music business—much of the back-end stuff will be handled by a third party (Snocap), and payments will be handled by PayPal—but the payoff could be huge, especially if a couple of hit songs come out of it. For bands and musicians looking to get their music out to the public, MySpace’s huge user base makes for a great potential audience. If nothing else, it’s a venture that is definitely worth watching.


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