Pandora.com Podcast

d11Pandora.com, the internet radio site (the best one, in my opinion), has a lesser known podcast. Its not quite what you would expect though. They do a 10 minute study every two weeks on different methods of music. For example, they have meters & time Signatures, recording vocals, mixing vocals, studies on harmony, pedal point, major and minor, chords, as well as drumming. Its very much worth the listen if your at all interested in the mechanics of music or recording. Here is their main page, or you can subscribe via iTunes.

I use ubuntu for my operating system

d15I use ubuntu for my main operating system. Its like MS Windows, but in my opinion, better. Its free!

It can be downloaded here.

To make it usable for me, I had to do a few things.

  • I installed automatix2, which although a great way to mess up your system, it includes allot of helpful things that are not installed with the default O/S. Some features are codec support, ntfs file system mounter (lets you use write to ntfs partitioned drives) NDISWrapper, which allows the use of windows drivers for devices such as wifi cards.
  • I installed beryl, (aka Compiz Fusion, which will be installed by default in this coming October release of ubuntu) with the emerald theme manager. It basically adds higher quality desktop effects. Not necessary, but certainly more enjoyable. Download my personal emerald theme here. And here are my beryl settings. To install beryl, open termanal and type ” sudo synaptic” then search for “beryl” in synaptic and basically install anything that has beryl in the title, including emerald and emerald themes. No need to install the development files. You’ll also want to install the beryl-manager. To load beryl every time you login the system, go to System>Preferences>Sessions (like startup manager for windows) and add a new task called beryl, with the command “beryl-manager”, without the quotes.
  • Two good guides to Terminal (like the command or “dos” prompt in windows) are this one for learning navigation. And this one, which will teach you how to install using terminal.

Adblock Plus

d16The only firefox extension I consider indispensable (you do use firefox, dont you?) is Adblock Plus.
It will literally change the way you view the internet. It automatically updates itself to block ad images. If you do see an ad, just right click on it and select ‘Adblock image..’ and its gone forever… its kinda fun to do.
Another tip is to use “*” in place of the filename in the popup box when you right click an image.
For example : change ‘http://www.ad.com/adimages/ad.gif’
to ‘http://www.ad.com/adimages/*’