No need for more hot air in the cloud

Is Amazon’s new music cloud the real deal? This is what Amazon CEO and Founder, Jeff Bezos, is offering you:

“Dear Customers,

Managing a digital music collection can be a bit messy. You can buy music from your phone, but how do you transfer it to your home or work computer? Also, if you’re not regularly backing up your music collection, you can lose it with a disk drive crash.

Today, we’re introducing an important new service to give you a simple way to keep your music safe and have it with you, everywhere. It’s called Amazon Cloud Player. MP3 songs and albums you purchase from Amazon.co.uk, even those you purchased in the past, will be available in Cloud Player, which means you’ll have a secure backup copy of the MP3s you buy at Amazon, free of charge. We’ve also made it easy to get the rest of the music that’s on your computer to Cloud Player, even music purchased from iTunes or uploaded from CDs. We’ll match the songs on your computer to Amazon.co.uk’s catalogue of over 20 million songs. All songs we match are instantly made available in Cloud Player and upgraded to high-quality 256 kbps audio. Music we can’t match will be uploaded to Cloud Player, so your entire digital music collection will be available.”

Yes, managing a digital music collection can be a bit messy at times. So it might be sensible and practical with the security that amazon offers your precious music collection. Just remember its only a backup solution for the music you purchased at Amazon. For Amazon there  is no need for more hot air in the cloud. All Jeff Bezos is offering you is a link to a music file in the Amazon music archive.

Reference:  Amazon Cloud Player

last.fm – super cool social music

Last.fm has existed for some time on the Internet as an Internet radio station with lots of cool radio stations for any imaginal taste, but now something super cool as happened to Last.fmLast.fm as trancended into something entirely new – a hassle free super cool social music player. Last.fm scrubbles your favorite music from your iTunes or MP3 player (Scrobbling a song means that when you listen to it, the name of the song is sent to Last.fm and added to your music profile), learns about your music preferences from you, so you can share and receive preferences from others as you wish. Last.fm off curse integrates with your iPod and iPhone. And Last.fm integrates Firefox through the fire plugin. The design is simple, strict and slick in red, white and black – like the designers abc – exactly the way I like it. 

Check it out.. its super cool – and companies like Apple should learn from, integrate or even buy Last.fm

Links:
Last.fm
Fire.fm 1.1.3 Firefox plugin

Todays Quote

Nuclear powered vacuuum cleaners will probably be a reality within 10 years.
— Alex Lewyt (President of the Lewyt Corporation,
manufacturers of vacuum cleaners), quoted in The New York
Times, June 10, 1955.

This morning when I opened my terminal on my local computer a new tcsh shell popped up with this strange thought provoking cookie! “Fortune” is a well known little nifty Unix app that servers the cookies. You can find fortune cookie files all over the net. And you can easily write your own cookie files with your own profound sentences and make them into .dat files with “Strfile” that is readable with “Fortune”. Take a look at the man fortune and man strfile. Unfortunately not all Unix systems today comes with the fortune app out the box – but then go and hunt for it!

Btw I found some profound quotes at the goblogua yesterday that I have compiled into a goblogua.zip file for download for use with the Fortune app (Right click to download – both files are used and remember to leave the .dat part out i.e. just Fortune goblogua ).

Why should 10 stupid men rule over 1 wise man?

Because they know better! Plato was wrong.

At the moment I am reading an interesting book that makes me turn pages with an amazing ease and in the same manner do away with my preconceptions of the wise.

The argument of the book is that chasing the expert is a mistake. We should stop hunting and ask the crowd. Chances are, the crowd knows much better and is much more accurate that any individual or small group of esoteric experts. This simple fact of science is especially true in problems of cognition, coordination and cooperation.

“The best way for a group to be smart is for each person in it to think and act as independently as possible.” “Diversity and independence are important because the best collective decisions are the product of disagreement and contest, not consensus and compromise.”

Given the right circumstances this is one of the best arguments in favor the free market – stripped of all other ideological nonsense! Its one of the best praises of individuality I have ever heard. This thesis of the crowd reinforces my belief in democracy.

Book reference: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki, Randomhouse 2004