observations from a slightly mad german-american

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

MySpace to get UK Site

It appears that Murdoch's minions will be creating a UK version of MySpace.

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MySpace User Count

I knew that MySpace had a lot of users, but I didn't realize it was that much...

Current user count: 50 Million

Current number of active users: 32 million.


That still doesn't make me any less frustrated with the reliability issues.

Wouln't it be cool? Give iTunes a Mono Button

...iTunes had a mono button?

A good many podcasters do not yet understand that FOR SPOKEN RECORDINGS, MONO IS JUST FINE. Especially when there are multiple people, or interviews, they love to pan one person hard left and the other hard right. The result is a podcast that's hard to hear if you don't hear so well in one ear or have a lot of ambient noise in your listening environment.

SO, to using the "easy" way to make the podcasts more listenable -- that is, convert them to a mono recording -- you have to...
  1. Open iTunes preferences,
  2. Select "Advanced",
  3. Click the "Importing" tab,
  4. Set Import Using to "AAC Encoder",
  5. Set Setting to "Spoken Podcast",
  6. Click OK,
  7. Right click the offending podcast
  8. Select "Convert to AAC"
  9. Let iTunes perform the conversion
  10. Go back into preferences and repeat 1 - 6, but this time changing Setting back to "High Quality".
I think it it be so much easier if I could just:
  1. Click a mono button
Which process looks easier?

Thursday, January 19, 2006


I am hard pressed to come up with a crappier application/website than MySpace. Bugs galore with new ones every day, and almost always in some key area of functionality.

Most recently it will not display incoming friend requests. But pick a feature, and it's been down recently: cannot post blog, cannot post comments, cannot edit messages, cannot get past previewing a profile change, and the list goes on....

Add to that their recent failure to play nice with Safari or Firefox (on the Mac) and it adds up to a frustrating user experience.

If only my real friends hung out somewhere else.... *sigh*