Archive for September, 2011

Ringtones from NASA!

September 23, 2011

Yowza! Want a lift-off ringtone or some beeps and clicks or how about some radio emissions from Saturn? NASA has put up a page with a bunch of sound clips — MP3s and M4Rs (for iPhone). Yep, real NASA sounds, free for the download. They’re here:

Advertisements relaunch but I still prefer Grooveshark

September 16, 2011 relaunched a few days ago allowing completely free listening — no credit card required. You can sign up for an account or connect with your Facebook account. Sounds cool, right? Yeah, well …

I have a Mog account. Is free listening available to me? Well, sorta but, apparently since I already have an account, I have to provide a credit card. Yes, I was a Mog premium subscriber before but let my account lapse because I wasn’t happy enough with the service to justify the continued expense. So, now, even though I can listen free for 14 days, they require a credit card. And there’s no indication that I’ll be able to continue listening for free after that. No, I’m not that cheap, I just don’t like getting roped into something, spending a lot of time working up laylists and such and then having to abandon it.

OK, so I created a NEW account and now I can listen for free. I created a playlist, saved it and grabbed the URL to share it to my friends. Turns out THEY have to create an account to listen to it. Not terrible. But compare it to Grooveshark.

Grooveshark doesn’t have the cool interface that Mog does. But it does let me share music with my friends who can play it (or my playlists) without a Grooveshark account and that’s pretty important to me. If my friends want to create their own Grooveshark account, they can but they don’t have to.

50% off all O’Reilly ebooks and videos thru 9/27/2011

September 15, 2011
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The great thing about O’Reilly ebooks is that they’re DRM free, you can get them in PDF as well as multiple ebook formats AND you get lifetime free updates. Works great on a tablet with your favorite ereader.

Woot off!

September 13, 2011
Today was a Woot Off! over at If you’re at all into this, you know that during a woot off, Woot sells one item until it sells out then puts another item up right away. Serious woot-afficianados, sit glued to their computer all day. Less serious ones install WootWatcher ( and turn on the beta push notification service. Yes, it has ads to defray the cost of the push infrastructure but that’s a small price to pay. Am I going to keep it installed on my phone after today? Probably not but it’s fun seeing my phone light up when another item goes up for sale.

Current devices and why I’m OFF NVidia

September 13, 2011

Motorola XOOM with Verizon. Still 3G, running 3.2 stock but rooted.

LG G2x through T-Mobile. Running CM7 nightlies

Overall, I’m happy with both devices. Was considering NOT upgrading my XOOM to 4G but I think I will when they contact me. The G2x is a nice phone with a great display and very responsive. Since I’m running a custom ROM, I don’t have A2DP which is a philosophical problem for me but that’s all.

And, that said, I think I would NOT buy another NVidia-based device until/unless they start releasing their code/drivers. The reason I don’t have A2DP on my G2x is because NVidia hasn’t made their code available to the community. And that means that the independent developers are either limited to working with the kernel that was released with the device or are reduced to guessing how to work with the drivers. That’s NOT the reason I’ve moved to Android and I WON’T make that mistake again.

Hopefully shorter means more

September 13, 2011

When it comes to blog posts, I’ve been caught between my desire to be complete and the constraints on my time. So, for now I’m going to try to eke out a few posts by making them shorter … less complete, in my opinion, without (some, many, most, all? of the) cross-links to things I’ve referred to. Hopefully this will allow me to post more, be more informative and highlight some of the things I’ve wanted to bring to my/your attention. I’ll try to be as complete as time allows so feel free to comment and provide your own cross-links.