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Archive for September 2009
In the vein of David Pogue’s crowd-sourcing of technical innovation ideas, and as an homage to his Take Back The Beep campaign, here’s a humble proposal for streaming audio players
Use the audio output to tell me when you are buffering, when you are waiting pointlessly, and when you have given up on the stream.
As a software engineer, I see a lot of Dancing Bears. All too often they are a form of technical debt that comes back to hurt you in the end.
“The important thing isn’t that the bear dances well, rather that the bear dances at all!”
— Unknown Smart Person
(I really wish I knew the source of that quote; I’ve relied on it for years.)
Both lost button control and no longer saw the mic. Sigh.
Trying some Altec BackBeat Plus Mobiles; the cord seems sturdy.
The bag of dead headphone sets is getting heavy.
Still, I can remember when my audio players were tossed while they still functioned because their earphone jacks disintegrated. So I shouldn’t complain.
Yesterday, a new update of ooTunes came out, which functions pretty much as WunderRadio does for media streams — it lets you jump to Safari and open a stream there. It doesn’t seem to be quite as stable as WunderRadio’s implemetation, but it is nice to see developers are starting to notice.
MLB AM? Pandora? Slacker? Hello?
In my post regarding the lack of iPhone multitasking, I pointed out that merely allowing for media back-grounding would alleviate a lot of the problems posed by the iPhone’s lack of multitasking. In that post I mentioned that you could-sorta-a-bit listen to streams while doing other things if you could get the Safari-encapsulated Quicktime player to play it via a web link. But it was hard, in an age of MLB At Bat 2009, Slacker, Stitcher and a plethora of other media apps, to make a case that this odd route to to multitasking was useful.
But hey, something Wunder-ful has happened!