Listentoyoutube.com

February 25, 2009

Recently Ashley and I went on an extensive road trip. Before leaving I wanted to fill up my iPod with some Tim Minchin, the Australian musical comedian. For one reason or another, Tim Minchin music doesn’t seem to exist in the US.

In my desperation to get my fix I found this really cool website that allows you to pull music directly from YouTube. The website is www.listentoyoutube.com. You simply copy a YouTube video’s URL into this site and it rips the audio from any video and then makes it available to download. The site is free and efficient.

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Flock Vs. FireFox

February 16, 2009

About a week ago I started using Flock, the social networking web browser.  If your looking to have your internet world completely changed, enhanced, improved…. Flock most likely will leave you slightly disappointed.  However, despite it not being the Jesus Christ of web browsers, I have officially moved over to it.

Online reviews ofen talk about memory usage and file sizes, these descriptions were worthless to me.  Most browsers work, which brings things down to preference.  Based upon my experience thus far, this is why I prefer Flock:

*It’s prettier version of FireFox

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*It has a neat My World home page

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*Despite the social network integration being too busy to benefit from, it creates the illusion that all the sites are one

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*It does a good job by bypassing sign-in screens for websites

Siphoning the bulk of what’s popular on the Internet into one cohesive portal is no doubt a daunting task, and I don’t believe that Flock has fully acomplished this.  However, so far, this is the most social-networking-friendly browser yet.  And of course the porn works just fine on it too.

Old People Rule the World

January 28, 2009

February 17th of this year was supposed to be the end of TV broadcasting via airwaves. So what happened? The government ran out of vouchers to give to people to obtain cable boxes. The government is delaying the digital transition by 4 months to buy time to obtain more vouchers to give away. This transition was supposed to happen back in 2006, the FCC is way to concerned about upsetting old people who are afraid of change. Way back when color TV originally came out, the FCC protected the grumpy population by demanding that all broadcasts are backwards compatible with black and white TV.

While we are waiting for digital TV to take over the world, play Barack, Paper, Scissors to pass the time.

Over the past few weeks I have been earning my soul back from the devil.   However, today, I sold my soul once again, I got the number 10 large with a coke.

I’m planning on taking my birthday money and buying the new TiVo.  The plan is the TiVo HD Series 3 DVR with the external 500GB hard drive.  Currently, we are running an old SD TiVo along with an HD Motorola DVR from Comcast.  That’s right 2 DVRs, extremely wasteful and not sleek.  Along with this, we also subscibe to NetFlix.  So at any given time we have our recorded shows randomly spread across 2 DVRs and the red envolopes sprinkled all over.  The new TiVo will hopefull solve all this mess and allow us easy TV access to YouTube.

It seems like so far TiVo doesn’t have access to Comcast’s On Demand.  I am unimpressed by this, however, the loss of Comcast’s sloppy, confusing, and finicky VOD (Video On Demand) service could be gotten over by instant access to NetFlick VOD.

House

January 10, 2009

Ashley and I have been watching a lot of House lately.  Every few days Ashley or I will fetch the big red envelope from the mail box with our next four episodes.  While in this damaged economy, I haven’t had much freelance work so we have a little extra time on our hands.  The four measly episodes on each Netflix disc isn’t enough to satisfy us.  After spending a few minutes searching online, we found every episode of house in its entirety (minus the ending credits) on this Asian version of YouTube called YouKu.com.  People say we have difficulty delaying gratification, this is why.  We have legimate access to every TV show that’s currently on DVD, streaming to us at a normal, and steady and healthy pace, but when we are hindered by the speed of the US Mail, we find other ways to get what we want.

Check out this ridiculous picture of Cameron I found online, how come every female TV star has to take such cheesy, sexy pictures:

Also be sure to check out Ashley’s new killer Frederick News Post Column: Unintended Consequences.