Monthly Archives: September 2007

Stream it, don’t download it!

Magnatune, a music loving website dedicated to providing access to music at low to no cost, is shifting gears from downloads to streaming.  In an interview with Creative Commons, self-proclaimed “anti-label” Magnatune CEO discusses his plans for the future of the company and the benefits it’ll have for music lovers worldwide.

My own experience with Magnatune has been mixed, but perhaps this only comes after a limited stint with experimenting with their Electronica and World selection.  I’ve found some interesting artists (who will take donations of your choice – and when you buy an album to download, you can choose friends to receive free downloads) but if you want to listen to a playlist straight through, an annoying ad comes at the end of each song, reminding you of the website you got it from for free… not the ideal for background music at parties, but good for experimenting.

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Anti-Piracy spoof

A hilarious spoof on copyright infringement.  Shown on The IT Crowd, September 7, 2007 on BBC4.

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Want to stalk people?

Good news!  You’ve got more options than just plain old Google.  Here are some of the sites I’ve found amusing:

Wink.com – This site gleans information from MySpace accounts and general websites.  Search by name, location or keyword.

Spock.com – This site also gets much of its information from MySpace accounts.  It also lets you search by tags – say you tagged yourself as “single,” “libra,” “straight,” “college graduate,” and “unemployed.”  You could find others with similar interests and traits with one click.

Pipl.com –  Search by name or location and watch Pipl go!  Contact information found is displayed across the top with webpage matches listed down the side.  I didn’t find quite as much on this one, but found it unnerving that I could find just about any of my friends’ addresses by typing in first and last names (without city or state to help, even).  Ancient ICQ profiles included, though.

yoName –  A bit smaller than the other networks – this site searches only specific social networking sites that you specify.  Good for digging up dirt from the distant past, though (remember Friendster?  Or Xanga?).  It also searches blogs.

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