I have written here before about my disdain for the open wound that is Internet Explorer. The folks at StopIE.com are doing some good work to help promote the cause for other browser usage. Pay them a visit.
I have been a devout user of Apple’s iTunes software for quite some time now. Recently, I read somewhere about LastFM, an online radio service that customizes itself based upon your musical preferences.
The cool thing is that they have a plugin for iTunes that will report to LastFM what you have been listening to. Based on that information, they do several things. First, they build a playlist of tunes you can listen to from anywhere you can log into your account, tailored to your favorite artists. Second, they build a ‘neighborhood’ of other members that have similar tastes to you. You can listen to their personalized radio streams too.
In this capacity, I continue to find a lot of new music I enjoy. The LastFM service is more or less free (they ask for a donation after a 30 day trial). It’s definitely worth a checkin’.