Software, whatever the media fuss, is but a means to an end, though for a while I was as interested in getting inside computers as what you can do with them.
Now that's changed -- and the "ungodily" cash-flow saga ends for good later this week -- doing great stuff with what women sing won't see me queuing up for Tiger on Friday or any time soon.
Some M$ big cheese, Jim Allchin, thinks the Mac OS X 4 operating system is "a peripheral to the iPod", a provocative remark in 'Newsweek/MSNBC,' (via 'MacMinute').
AllChin's silliness is among the Tiger -- and getting the best out of music and Macs --articles on the front page at the MacDevCenter, which offers a quick-read and more insightful look at what the new OS may mean to you and me (no really, after you) from Les Posen, who's into "clusters", pro-Tiger, unimpressed in advance, and
"a third group who are responding to Tiger. And these are those like me who see the impact Tiger will have on the general IT industry. I don't mean large enterprises locked into Microsoft's business model, nor large-scale Linux roll outs.
Yes, now we're talking.
I mean the millions of personal computer users - individuals, small businesses, home offices, schools, research and educational institutions and the creative arts industries" (Les Posen's CyberPsych Blog).
My current portable miracle, named 'kalessin's air' in a nod to Ursula Le Guin, was getting the shock of its career when I took the screen-shot after a weekend completing, for now, the arduous task of getting all I want off CD and on to the Mac.
Lots of bits of Mac have "code names" of significance to me (often related to people I like).
Half the hard work was reorganising the storage space to leave room for everything else I do, plus back-ups; that over, getting the lot on to my belt was the easy bit.
iTunes now helpfully informs me that if I played everything on the iPod from start to finish without breaking for sleep and hearing only a few score songs "playlisted" twice, my brain would be wrecked by an onslaught of sound lasting 19 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes and 23 seconds. So I won't. Of course it's not all voices of women, far from it, but a huge library I tonight declare open to friends within borrowing range, just as long as you're close enough to grab.
As for Jennifer Cardini (pop-up Flash site), a French southerner turned Parisian with an ear for what's going on in Berlin, I'll probably return to 'Lust' one day in a proper VoW piece, since she's hard to find, but her electro-dance mixes are a relaxing accompaniment to this entry.
The Jennifer to surprise me most was Lopez, whom I've considered mainly as an actress before some of the songs on her 'Rebirth' stunned me in a new iTMS-only special of February's CD (and DVD if wanted). Some are less impressed because a renaissance it isn't, but a fan I've become, happy to slip '(Can't Believe) This is Me' into an iMix in the making.
The VoWs who especially annoy me -- J-Lo and beyond are not among them, but certainly deliver! -- are those whose lyrics are so darned good, honest and subtle about the relationships in our lives they make me wonder why I bother to write anything.
You'll be hearing about plenty of them.
Here, meantime, a music Wiki well worth the while: 'Hydrogenaudio'.
Given the co-operative spirit of wikis, open source and freely shared, which is very close to my heart, I doubt anybody will protest if I show you what this one's about by lifting its
So much is already there and it can only get bigger and better.
Tiger can wait!
Now my very varied music and growing DVD libraries are open, I've got to work out the best way of letting people know what's in them, online, without inciting anyone to break copyright laws I merely want to help turn upside down.
I'm glad to join all intelligent efforts to bring about an overhaul of the music "industry", which I see as a key aspect of the Quiet Revolution.
File sharing is problematic when it exploits and rips off artists, that's for sure though sometimes I do it. But iMixes are certainly in and Apple's way of doing it is simply annoying in that they prefer to make sure you can share only (iTMS) what you've bought from them.
That's not the idea.
No doubt I'll spot or think of something more suitably subversive.
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