Last.fm Interview

I really love last.fm as my streaming music provider. Pandora has a special place in my heart as well, but rather than having a building of folks make some recommendations of music for me based upon some mathematical preferences, last.fm makes recommendations from other users near you. It’s occasionally wrong, but right now I can’t beat the sheer number of devices I can stream my music on. They’ve recently added X360 support through the dashboard, although you can’t stream the audio in the background of a game…Which is probably what you’re using your Xbox for in the first place. I’ve got my currently scrobbled tracks running in my sidebar widget here, feel free to take a peek. There’s some insane amount of music I’ve listened to in the past year.

But anyway, here’s the CNET article if you want to check it out: http://crave.cnet.co.uk/digitalmusic/0,39029432,49304380,00.htm

The Roundup

First off, my grandmother passed away on Saturday morning. She was in her 70’s but had been in hospice for the past…almost two years I guess. Unfortunately I had to fly out to LA to do a gig at Microsoft’s PDC. I’m not sure what else I should be feeling or saying about her. I’ll miss her, but I’m just not sure what to do with it yet.

Anyways, I’m down here on the floor with a Hackintosh. This is how nerdy I am: I actually flew down with an external USB keyboard for my Hackintosh, but I figured out a way to get VNC and Internet Connection Sharing working from my primary laptop so I can at least use a full size keyboard.

My grand plan was to catch up with my Stanford U ObjC/iPhone dev program, but I don’t even know what happened to my day yesterday. I really want to keep up with auditing the class, but I’m sooo far behind… I think its the first time in a long while that is actually something I’m genuinely interested in: I actually wish I know had some disposable income to just pick a school and spend the time learning. I want to keep going with it to figure out if I want to spend $40k+ on an education, but life seems to get in the way.

This wasnt what this post was supposed to be about but whatever…

Landmark Healthcare Bill…PASSES!

I had to post this because I really think it is amazing– the US House of Representatives has passed the huge healthcare bill! It now moves onto the Senate where I hope it will continue to pass.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed, but I hope my elected officials continue to do the right thing. Man..can you imagine? Healthcare for everyone? Wow.

Apple to squash the Hackintosh…

…which is totally within their right, btw. According to many Net sources (but here I reference the article on my fave site, Slashdot) Apple is apparently killing installation within the Intel Atom CPU chipsets that power many netbooks currently. I’ll be the first to admit that the only way I got started with ObjC and the iPhone SDK is by taking a Dell Mini 9 ($299) and turning it into a Hackintosh to see if I could even figure out the SDK.

I was fairly successful at it, and my little Hackintosh is my learning and dev machine right now. However, I fully plan to by a fully-loaded MacBook Pro 17″ here in January when they update the line again. Hear that Apple? I hacked, but I’m buying your most expensive product because it actually worked out well for me. Can we ease up off the other hackers for a bit?

True, I did legally acquire my copy of the OS, but I know I’m actively violating EULA– this is also why I haven’t submitted any apps to the App Store; I didn’t wanna feel dirty about it. I can’t say I’m thrilled about Apple disallowing this install method, but at least its not retroactive. You can still do Hackintosh with Snow Leopard, you just won’t get any further updates. And isn’t that the point? Just to try it all out anyway and give someone proper funding when you can?

Bah…