Amon Tobin rocks my world….

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Well, just finished listening to the full ISAM release by Amon Tobin on SoundCloud. Wow, dynamite. If you like electronic music, you really should check this out. The one aspect that stood out for me was his use of SoundCloud's commenting system to create a commentary captioning "trail" throughout the performance. This got me thinking, why can't we have a system that allows music file "links" be posted to twitter and then have the backend service cull all the people listening to that piece of music and grab their comments via hash tags/RSS in real time and interleave it for all the "participants" in each of the "shared" music spaces. Neato, new term....."Shared Realtime Collaborative Music Experience". Time for someone to "make an app for that" :-). BTW, major credit…
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NAB2011 – Flying Carpets, Tufas and Castles in the desert….

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Just got back from NAB2011 in Vegas and this year lots of crazy/fun stuff happened. We setup our booth on Saturday and a bunch of us decided to go for BBQ in the desert, so we rented a car packed up our two crappy coolers and headed out to Red Rock Canyon. The Canyons were as awesome as usual. We had a late lunch/dinner and (surprisingly) ended up seeing a lot of wildlife around the place. Next, we went through NAB, which is always fun. On thursday (last day) we took off around 2:30pm and started our trip around the sierras. We had intended to get to Tonopah, NV by around 18:00'ish, but had a bit of run in with a flying carpet on I-95 North. This thing flew off…
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Apache2 mixed ssl/non-ssl name-based virtual hosting

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Ran into some problems earlier today in trying to bring up a SSL enabled virtual site along side my existing (non-ssl) name-based virtual sites. I needed the SSL enabled vsite for a installation of phpmysqladmin. I ran into a lot of documentations describing how to get the IP based setup working, but almost no info on name based setups. This how-to is geared towards Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS and higher. The very first thing you need to do is get your SSL certificate generated and setup. Without this step nothing works. I'm gonna show you self-signed certificate route. Your milage may vary.....Here is how: openssl genrsa -out server.key 1024 openssl req -new -key server.key -out server.csr openssl x509 -req -days 9999 -in server.csr -signkey server.key -out server.crt I did this…
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Tubeify…..It’s Time Machine for your cloud music

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More and more people use youtube now-a-days to get access to instant music. Be it at parties, in the office or on mobile platforms. The hard part is the constant searches you have to do. You want to listen to some 80's tunes. How do you go about creating a playlist......do you even remember the name of those one hit wonders. Well, worry not, Tubeify is here. Tubeify is a new mashup of Last.fm, Billboard and YouTube. The site allows users to search for, discover, play and queue video clips in any web browser. The advanced search capabilities and outstanding usability makes it without a doubt one of the best YouTube jukeboxes around. One of the true gems is the Billboard “timetravel” feature, allowing users to pull up the Billboard…
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Evom…Video encoding/transcoding doesn’t get any simpler…

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If you're a mac user you're gonna love this little gem. Grab a copy of Evom and prepare to be amazed at how simple video encoding can become. This little app from the "Little App Factory" is literally the definition of a OSX app....simple and powerful. Just drag a video over the drop zone, choose your output and you're off to the races. It also has advanced features such as controlling the number of threads (so you don't melt your spanking new 12 core Mac PRO :-) ). Other notable features are the ability to download your favourite internet videos with just a click and being one the only "simple" apps I've see that allows you to extract audio from a video file and save it as a separate mp3…
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