Blowing the Dust Off

Posted January 15, 2013 by designbygravity
Categories: Social Commentary


An Appreciation of @MarcCarig

Posted August 28, 2012 by designbygravity
Categories: Baseball


For several years, starting with the 2009 baseball season when my beloved Yankees won the World Series, one of the things that has been simply great has been following Marc Carig, sports reporter for  The Star-Ledger. On Twitter, he is @MarcCarig, beat writer extraordinaire. He needles @BloggingBombers endlessly, usually coming out on the short end. He did #rollcallnyy at the bottom of the first inning, every game. Played #KYYBW (that’s Know Your Yankees Beat Writer for the uninitiated) during rain delays (the things you learn, oh my!) Read the rest of this post »

Ten Months with a Luggable Server: The Dell M6500

Posted April 3, 2011 by designbygravity
Categories: Tech, Uncategorized

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According to Dell, my Precision M6500 shipped around May 15th of 2010, which seems right to me. It has been pretty satisfying, but not without bumps.
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The iTunes Advantage: Not What You Think

Posted March 28, 2011 by designbygravity
Categories: Economics, Software, Tech

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Apple’s enormously successful iPod/iPhone/iPad line have something in common with their iPod ancestors: you can’t even get started without a computer and iTunes.

This is given Apple a huge advantage, one that Apple’s competitors have failed to do anything about. And that advantage has nothing to do with songs, videos, apps or podcasts.

No, the real advantage of iTunes is that it ensures every iDevice user, first generation Nano to Verizon iPhone 4 to iPad, is an Apple customer.
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Apple’s Goes Evil, Heads Toward Diabolical

Posted February 17, 2011 by designbygravity
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Sadly, the latest actions by Apple push them from the control-fanatics state to Lawful-Evil. No way to argue it.
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CEO Larry Page: Please Call Larry Ellison

Posted January 22, 2011 by designbygravity
Categories: Software

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Google has had extraordinary success. The king of search, created a mobile market out of thin air, spins off interesting new technologies as naturally as breathing, and generally are thought of as the apex of geek-success culture.

After ten years at the helm, Eric Schmidt is stepping aside, with co-founder Larry Page moving into the CEO seat. This will prove and interesting time for Google, no doubt.

Also interesting is Google’s current intellectual property death-match with Oracle over Android/Java issues. Feel free to read about this elsewhere.

This leads naturally to what Google really needs to do next.
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The Epic Fail of Music Syncing under Linux

Posted January 18, 2011 by designbygravity
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Ouch. Ask a silly question, get a ridiculous answer.

I have, as has been noted before, a Motorola Droid X. Mostly, I use Grooveshark, Slacker, and Pandora for my music needs, but I do have 5000+ songs on a server at home. On my desktop (wherever I might be) I access those songs via Ampache, streaming as I need them.

To sync some songs with my Droid, I turned to the wonderful Media Monkey, under Windows. The Monkey is a truly awesome piece of software; the kids and I have used it forever to sync music into various MP3 players. Always works. Edits tags with ease. Displays none of iTunes despicable bloat. Doesn’t crash. Handles a network music collection with aplomb. My oldest daughter goes to sleep to a playlist in Media Monkey!

I’ve used MM for so long, on so many different little players, of course it was where I turned first for my Droid.

Trivial. Plug in with Mass Storage mode, configure the directories for Music and Playlists, boom, works.

I promptly forgot about it. I don’t sync that often. Local content is music of last resort for me.

Until this weekend, when I was recovering from my Number One Daughter’s ten-girl sleepover. Traumatic events prompt the strangest questions.

In this case I asked, “Surely I can sync my playlists and music from Linux, right?”
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