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Many Things

Today I shall endeavor to post a long update. I have been collecting a lot of good things to say here but haven’t had time to elaborate until now.

First, if you are one of the hundreds of people who leave comments on my posts each day, you will notice a new “captcha” that you must get by in order to submit a post. This I implemented using Gudlyf’s AuthImage plugin for WordPress. The spam bots finally got to be too much to handle, so this was necessary.

On to the world of Mozilla, the excellent email client Thunderbird was officially released this week. I have been using the Beta version for about a year, and am highly impressed with all the cool stuff version 1.0 offers. If you want to reduce spam and have a much safer email experience, download it now.

Since I know you are already using Firefox, I will throw out a handy link for the free MozBackup tool that will back up all of your Thunderbird mail and settings, as well as Firefox settings, and save them as a self-executable file for easy restoration. I use this tool weekly in case of a disastrous catastrophy. Additionally, I found the Firefox Deploy tool a great way to install Firefox on multiple machines with the exact same settings, extensions, and bookmarks.

Folks, free, reliable stuff like this is why Mozilla and the whole open source movement rule. Of course, this guy seems to have been in the bathroom when they passed out the brains.

I found an interesting article at 43 Folders called 5 Mistakes Band & Label Sites Make that lists some very common web design no-no’s. I couldn’t agree more. I learned a few things from the article that I will definitely resolve on the two band sites I have done so far, and will keep them in mind down the road.

Place The State is a fun game that tests your USA geography skills. Do you know where on the map to place the state of Delaware? I have to brag and say that the first try I got 90% with an average error of 53 miles.

For you iPod owners out there, you can now download the United States Constitution as an audio book for free. All it takes is an email address.

I was interested to read Jakob Nielsen’s recent post regarding Most Hated Advertising Techniques. I had a feeling about many of these, but now I can back up that feeling with facts when I try to convince a client that popup windows are just not cool.

While doing some research on Web Accessibility, I found HP’s site regarding the subject. I was laughing alound in my cubicle when I read their page about What to do if your screen reader says “horsepower”. Yes, it’s sad when one’s sense of humor slumps so low that jokes about screen readers are funny (but the higher geek factor is cool).

And lastly, but not leastly, Mackie, the maker of excellent sound equipment, is giving away a full-featured audio editing application called Tracktion. Again, all it takes is an email address. (link via my new favorite blog, Plastic Bugs).

whew!

MP3 Improvements

I have moved my My Music site (formerly known as www.hober.tk) to the same server as this very site, and it is now at music.willchatham.com. Not only did I fix a few errant links and typos, but the songs are now more quickly downloaded, as this server’s connection is vastly superior to that of the old one.

Please take a gander at the songs, and if you feel like it, download and listen to them.

Pressure Chief Again

As I wrote earlier, I pre-ordered the new Cake CD entitled “Pressure Chief”. Well, it arrived in my mailbox 3 days ago, and I thought I’d pass along my thoughts.

Since the last Cake album quickly made it into my all-time Top 10 list of albums, I was worried that this one might not live up to it. Honestly, I haven’t had time to listen to it more than 3 times, so I can’t say for sure whether or not it is equal, but I can say it is infectious, and that is what matters.

The 3 times I have heard it have been enough to get at least 3 tunes stuck in my head, and I find myself eager to listen to it more. This is a promising sign.

Tunes

As you already know, I am a big fan of iTunes, the legal online music service where you can buy songs for $0.99 each.

Thanks to their free 30 second sound clips of all the songs they offer, I have found some songs that I have been into a lot lately. Check em out:

  • Rilo Kiley – Portions for Foxes
  • Eliades Ochoa – Chan Chan
  • Rufus Wainwright – Oh What A World
  • Norah Jones & Dolloy Parton – Creepin’ In
  • Los Lobos – Corazon

What have you been listening to?

Crain

I received an email today from a guy that had been downloading MP3’s from my online library of tunes by bands I have played in here. I posted these tunes a while back because on rare occasions, people would email and ask if I had any material. Mind you, some of these were recorded in 1988 and 1989, and people are still wanting to hear them.

Not to toot my own horn, but the fellow that wrote me today said he had found me by a recent discussion of Crain at the Electrical Audio site. I felt kinda honored that this even happened. Maybe I should move all these tunes to a better location and remake the site.

Pressure Chief

The new album by Cake, called Pressure Chief, is due out very soon, and being on their mailing list, I was lucky enough to get a cool pre-order special. Their last album, Comfort Eagle, made it onto my All-Time Top 10 list of favorite albums without a problem. Every song on it is nothing short of excellent. It’s rare to find an album by any musician where every song is great, especially in this day and age of prefab musicians and calculated formulas for getting big hits on radio and MTV.

So how’s that for setting a high level of expectation for Pressure Chief? Somehow, I doubt I will be too disappointed, though it might not be the masterpiece that Comfort Eagle was.

Here is my All-Time Top 10 list of Best Albums (in no particular order):

Runners up:

That’s a difficult to compile, but I think back to what records, cd’s, or cassettes I wore out the most, and those would be at the top. So who is on your list?