25. August 2006

DVD-Rs are Evil

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Did you ever wonder what the difference between DVD-R and DVD+R is? Each time I was buying blank DVDs I wondered… and then ignored it. Both standards are equally expensive and my DVD writer can write both.

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Keywords: blankscomparisoncopy_protectionDVDDVD+RDVD-RDVD±R

16. August 2006

Blogging is Education


By reading weblogs, you can learn stuff. So can you by reading other articles online, that’s not particularly surprising. What is special about weblogs is that you can also learn by writing articles.

Unless you are writing a stupid copycat article, writing an article requires quite a mental effort. To write a good article, you obviously have to understand what you are talking about. It requires a deeper understanding, because you have to transform your knowledge so that others can understand what you are talking about as well.

Generally, writing a blog article forces you to think a lot about your topic. Many might know this phenomenon from university. You often learn more when you have to write a paper about a topic than when you simply attain to the lectures.

So next time you want to learn something, why don’t you write an article about it? :)

Keywords: bloggingeducationwriting

13. August 2006

The Risks of Storytelling as a Blogging Technique


Some people claim that storytelling is the most powerful copywriting technique. Recently, Brian Clark extended this claim to writing blog articles and wrote an exemplary story-like article.

Being interested in movie making, I am fascinated in the power of storytelling as well. Nevertheless, you should not forget that every technique has associated risks and might not be suitable for every possible application.

So, what are the risks when you write stories to transport information?

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Keywords: bloggingcopywritingstorytellingtimewriting

7. August 2006

Your Brain Needs a Swapfile

A Swap File for Your Brain

Our brains are powerful machines, capable of things that computer engineers are still dreaming of. But just like those primitive computers, our brains need swapfiles.

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Keywords: brainlifelivingmemorynotebookorganizationorganizerproductivityselfimprovementswapfiletips

6. August 2006

Discover New Music That You Love (or at least like)

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Searching for music

Music is great. Music is manifold. Everyone has his own taste of music. What is loved by one might be refused by the next.

These different preferences make it pretty difficult to find new great music. The spectrum is – fortunately – large, but finding the music that appeals to you personally turns out to be like the search for the needle in the haystack.

Several internet services have lined up to help easing your search – time to give you an overview of the most important services of their kind.

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Keywords: discoveringgnodinternetiratelast.fmliveplasmamusicpandorarecommendationssearchservicesweb2.0

Conclusion « Discovering Music That You Love (6/6)

Besides all this fancy new technology, you should not forget those primitive methods to find great new music. You can still ask friends for recommendations, listen in your record store to an unknown CD because it has an interesting name or simply looks pretty. The success rates of these “analog” techniques are surprisingly high.

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Keywords: internetmusicrecommendations

Pandora « Discovering Music That You Love (4/6)


Similar to Last.fm, Pandora is a personalized radio system, but without community features. It does not use a separate player application, but a Flash player on its homepage.

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Keywords: internetmusicrecommendations

iRATE « Discovering Music That You Love (5/6)


Gnoosic, Last.fm and Pandora work with a wide spectrum of music, including that controlled by the music industry. iRATE, on the contrary, has a different philosophy. It only plays free music.

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Keywords: internetmusicrecommendations

Last.fm « Discovering Music That You Love (3/6)

Last.fm Logo

Last.fm calls itself a personalized radio. That expression fits Last.fm pretty well.

To receive this radio, you have to install a small application. This application receives the music directly from Last.fm’s servers. The system keeps track of the music that you are listening to – if you wish even when you’re using other software like Winamp. You can also mark tracks from the radio that you love or never want to hear again.

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Keywords: internetmusicrecommendations

Liveplasma « Discovering Music That You Love (2/6)


liveplasma is another music map application. It is flash-based and looks prettier than Gnod’s music map.

Unfortunately, it liveplasma does not know much about less popular bands. This can become very frustrating if your listening preferences aren’t very mainstream… especially because liveplasma displays Madonna’s music map each time it doesn’t find the artist you really want to see mapped.

The music coverage is especially bad in foreign languages. I have yet to find a German band in Liveplasma. Even German groups which are considered mainstream are not available.

For the bands it knows, it is a good looking tool to browse around in the musical universe.

» Read on: Last.fm

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