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Why I love Pandora

Posted: June 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Ask the Readers, General | 1 Comment »

I don’t know about you, but I love listening to music while I work. It really helps me to stay engaged as I work and allows me to be more productive, especially during those spots when I would rather be working on something else.

To help my love for music, I’ve tried some different playlists in iTunes to play throughout the day, but a playlists only last so long, and can be played so many times, before it gets old, and then I have to break my workflow to go find more music. Not very productive.

Enter Pandora. If you haven’t seen it, check it out at pandora.com. You type in a song, and it will analyze that song and then play music that is similar to that song, creating your own customized virtual “Radio” station that will draw from tens of thousands of songs. And the best part is, this service is free to all. Seriously, check it out.

My Favorite Three Things

1. You can listen to Tens of thousands of songs that you don’t own, legally for free!

2. Music will always being playing. Instead of creating a playlist that only last for an hour, before repeating, I now can listen to music all day without ever having to select music.

3. You can find out a lot of new good music that you were not aware.

Now, once you’ve used it for a while, you’ll notice a couple downsides about using the free version.

1. Ads. Yeah, they got to make money somehow, but they can get annoying

2. Flash. Not sure about Windows computers, but on my Mac, just having the Pandora open in a browser, slows my computer down so much. Its really annoying.

3. Hard to Control. If your like me and have a ton of tabs open in many different windows, it can be really difficult to pause or skip songs when you need to.

Thankfully, they have fixed these problems, but before I tell you about that, go check it out if you haven’t yet. If you have, what are your favorite stations?

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Epic-est Google Logo Ever

Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

If you haven’t checked out the google homepage today  yet, you must (http://google.com in case you need the link). It is a real-live-fake playable guitar. Just move your mouse over the string and make pretty music. The super cool feature it has is a record button that will allow you to record your masterpiece and send it to all your peeps. Check out this lovely renedition of “Amazing Grace” from my brother.

Now for the real kicker..instead of using your mouse, try the keyboard. It plays just like a piano with the middle set of keys functioning as the main notes, letter a = the note C, s = D,d = E, etc.  and the top and bottom as half notes. And if you cant get to this before June 9 is over , you can always check it out at http://www.google.com/logos/ as well as many other awesome Google Doodles. (Pac-man Anyone?) Thanks jmeyering for the link.

Check it out, and post back links to your masterpieces for us all to enjoy!

 

 

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… and were Back!

Posted: June 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Buying Tips, New Technology | 1 Comment »

Sorry for the delay in posts. I think my professors had a personal vendetta against me writing this blog. I mean, there is no other way to explain why they would give me so many projects and reading to work on (well, besides the fact I am in Grad school, but still). Anyway, I’m going to make a concentrated effort to post a little more regularly. We’ll see how it goes.

Free Kindle Books

and here’s your tip for this post, sent in by a long time friend of the blog (thanks Mom). Besides my iPad, my favorite tech device currently is my 3rd Generation Kindle . If you like reading and haven’t looked at an e-reader, you should check them out. Thanks to Amazon’s now Ad-supported version, you can pick up one brand new for $114. I’ve tested it out and the ads display when the reader is off (kinda oxymoronical, but it works since the Kindle is never technically “off”, just “napping”), as well as in the bottom of the menu screen, but never while your reading. (if that’s too much for you, just pay the $25 more and get the ad-free version). And if the $114 is out of your price range, well, you can get the reader program for your Mac, PC, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android device. Needless to say, if you can read this post, then you have a device that can read kindle books.

The reason I suggest looking into it so strongly, is because the wealth of books out there, that can be purchased for free or very inexpensive. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a kindle soon, you can amass a large library and those books will stay in your collection for as long as Amazon is in business (in other words, a VERY long time). No, I won’t post updates every time a new free book is up, but I’ll provide you with a few links to get you started.

http://gospelebooks.net/ – http://twitter.com/#!/gospelebooks – My favorite source, lots of Good Christian free/cheap books

http://twitter.com/#!/freekindlebook – Another Good free books listing

http://www.amazon.com/Totally-Free-kindle-Books/lm/R27UG52OAM3TFX – A list on Amazon of free books

http://freekindlebooks.org/ – Free Classics

Do you have any other good kindle book resources to share? What do you like/dislike about current E-readers? Let me know in the comments.

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