Mama’s got a Squeezebox

When I was offered a chance to review the Logitech Squeezebox Radio, I believe my exact response was ‘hell yeah!’, because this thing exemplifies a geek gadget. But wait, it looks like an appliance… …more



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Amazing iPhone playlist generator thingie

I suck at making playlists for my iPod touch. I simply can’t be bothered — and yeah, I never really got into making mix tapes back in the day either.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised that I’m starting to really rock playlists, thanks to MoodAgent, a cool iPhone app I discovered using Chomp.

Simply put, you adjust five sliders to match your mood, and MoodAgent creates a 25 song playlist of the music on your device. Yes, it’s that easy:

On first launch, Moodagent syncs your music collection with the millions of high-definition profiles we have online. We get the track profiles that match your collection, and keep them locally for faster response.

If you find that not all of your songs are synced then download the Moodagent Profiler to your Mac or PC and let it profile your library, then simply re-sync and you’ll be able to use most or all of your music collection.

Ok that’s kinda cool, but what if you’re in the mood for one song, and want to listen to more songs like it. Yes, MoodAgent can handle that too:

If you’d prefer, select a song from your collection and let Moodagent create a playlist using this song’s mood profile.

If this all sounds familiar, it’s kinda like iTunes Genius, only better. Check it out in the iTunes store — currently it’s a free download.

A tale of two coffee machines

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… …and with that I’ll end my Dickensian plagiarism and get on with it, my experience with two single cup coffee makers and the coffee they produce. …more



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Space. The final frontier.

Winter in Canada means cold winter nights — nights that, if you’re on the prairies, are usually cold, crisp and clear. Which means perfect evenings for stargazing. But if you’re temperature challenged, live on the ‘wet’ coast, or are located in much cloudier environs, then perhaps these two astronomy software applications can help. Bonus points…they’re Linux, OSX and Windows rated. …more



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On Books. Information objects of pulp, ink, leather and glue.

Lately I’ve been testing, reviewing and thinking about eBooks and eBook readers, which has got me to wondering about the value of a ‘real’ book, the dead-tree kind. …more



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7 nifty things about windows 7

Window 7 has been available at retail for a couple of weeks now, so I thought I’d use this post to explore some of the cooler features and functions, cooler to me, at least 🙂 And, of course, when you select features to profile, a nice round number is always a bonus… …more



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Going back in time with Windows 7

Ever wish you could undo a particular driver or application installation? I have, recently in fact when I installed Adobe CS3 on my wife’s Windows 7 /XP dual-boot computer. Something happened in that install that pooched the Flash plugin for Internet Explorer. It could have been a bad scene, except for a cool little feature of Windows 7, one that has been a part of the Windows OS since ME (so there was one good thing about ME). …more



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