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Pandora01.jpgA new way to listen to streaming music "Your way - the way You like it"Pandora02small.jpgPandora is the doorway to this vast trove of musical information. With Pandora you can explore to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.Full facts are available HEREI'm hooked. Enjoy B)

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Interesting article about this at the WSJ:http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB112....html?mod=blogs

By night, Bob Coons is a jazz guitarist, playing at clubs in San Francisco. By day, he clocks in at an office, where he sits in front of a computer screen alongside other local musicians, listening to artists like Metallica and Barbra Streisand through a pair of bulky headphones and filling out a computerized scorecard detailing the musical nuances of each song.Mr. Coons, 45 years old, is contributing to what Oakland, Calif.-based Pandora Media Inc. calls the Music Genome Project -- an ambitious effort to create DNA-like blueprints for songs and then use them to make music recommendations based not on opinion, but on science. The company believes its music recommendations are so accurate that users will pay $36 a year for them.
It has also been /dotted a couple times as well:http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/29/151229&from=rsshttp://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/0...tid=141&tid=187Here's more info on the Project:
The Music Genome ProjectOn January 6, 2000 a group of musicians and music-loving technologists came together with the idea of creating the most comprehensive analysis of music ever.Together we set out to capture the essence of music at the most fundamental level. We ended up assembling literally hundreds of musical attributes or "genes" into a very large Music Genome. Taken together these genes capture the unique and magical musical identity of a song - everything from melody, harmony and rhythm, to instrumentation, orchestration, arrangement, lyrics, and of course the rich world of singing and vocal harmony. It's not about what a band looks like, or what genre they supposedly belong to, or about who buys their records - it's about what each individual song sounds like.Over the past 5 years, we've carefully listened to the songs of over 10,000 different artists - ranging from popular to obscure - and analyzed the musical qualities of each song one attribute at a time. This work continues each and every day as we endeavor to include all the great new stuff coming out of studios, clubs and garages around the world.It has been quite an adventure, you could say a little crazy - but now that we've created this extraordinary collection of music analysis, we think we can help be your guide as you explore your favorite parts of the music universe.We hope you enjoy the journey.Tim WestergrenFounderThe Music Genome Project
http://www.pandora.com/mgp.shtmlIt is a pay to play project:
How much does it cost?Pandora is available in two forms. Both versions have exactly the same features.The first form is an advertising-supported version which is entirely free. Over time we'll be incorporating ads into this version of Pandora.For those who want to steer clear of advertising, subscriptions are available in two different flavors: ANNUAL: 12 months of unlimited use for $36 QUARTERLY: 3 months of unlimited use for $12
Interesting concept but it's good to know from the get go that it's not a free service.And be sure to read the full Privacy policy:http://www.pandora.com/legal.shtml#privacy

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WinAuditWinAuditSmall.gifThis program allows you to perform a detailed audit of the hardware and software configuration of your computer. The resulting audit report contains details on installed software, license information, peripherals, memory usage, processor model, network settings, startup programs and more. It can be viewed from within the application, or optionally exported to text, nicely formatted web page, XML and spreadsheet formats, or sent by email. WinAudit also supports ODBC connections and can export audit data to an existing database. Very small, standalone program that works well.Download it from here:http://www.snapfiles.com/dlnow/dlnow.dll?Inc=No&ID=107817 The program is also available at:http://mysharedfiles.no-ip.org/ Enjoy :thumbsup:

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More like blogs than Web pages, but it still might be useful to those who don't yet have a Web presence. It certainly is an easy way to get yourself on the Internet.

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Yes, it is more kinda like a blog in some ways, but you are right Jeber, it is a nice and easy way for folks to get a web presence.I was wondering about it when I heard about that new Google project.Looks nice Bob.

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However, it does have provisions for using straight HTML.Just wish they had a direct FTP upload. Guess that's still in the works.

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They are also either being hit hard or they are still working out the kinks too with this new beta project:Capture_02262006_204253_sm.jpgBut as we have all seen, that's not unusual for new services.

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XYplorer01.jpg XYplorer.jpgClick this image for a full size view.XYplorer is an Advanced Tabbed File System Explorer (Win98/NT/ME/2000/XP) Targeting everybody who is looking for a real alternative to the Windows Explorer. Enjoy :)

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Pandora01.jpgA new way to listen to streaming music "Your way - the way You like it"Pandora02small.jpgPandora is the doorway to this vast trove of musical information. With Pandora you can explore to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and let the Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. Then sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for you.
Very cool......... THANKS :hysterical:

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Very cool......... THANKS B)
Agreed, killer-quality cool. OK, here's a starting seed I'm enjoying at the moment; start it with Manhattan Transfer, then The Nylons -- and kill Prince when that comes up. Doing Bobby McFerrin right now. Thanks for the hit! .

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UploadExpress 1.0.2 Build 41uploadexpress026ru.jpg uploadexpress0tt.jpg Upload Express was designed to make uploading a file to a particular location easy! Upload Express currently supports uploading to YouSendIt, ImageShack, and any FTP Server you desire. Upload Express is a Windows Explorer plugin that sits in the context menu. You can select a file, and then right click and Upload!Full details and download link available HEREThe file can also be downloaded from MySharedFilesThe pictures in here where uploaded to ImageShack using this great new utility.The way I have it set up, it saves the URL to the picture in the clipboard all you have to do is insert it in the image prompt or, between code and your picture will be displayed.Enjoy :)

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PXN801.jpgIf you take lots of pictures like I do, then you know not all of them are perfect.To dark, to light, red-eye, wrong size, etc. etc.PXN8 can even fix the photos you have stored on-line.Now you don't need Photoshop or another expensive program to turn these rejects into masterpieces. Just do it On-Line.PXN802.jpgPXN803.jpgOnce your photos are all fixed, you can save them to your computer or, send them off to flickr.You'll find everything you need to get started at:http://www.pxn8.com/ Enjoy :thumbsup:

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Loki for FireFox and Loki for IE========================LokiFF.jpg LokiIE.jpgNote: Requires Wi-Fi Adapter For any one on the road, this is a fabulous tool.

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AutoStreamerAutoPatcher's little brother, has finally gone final! At its current state, AutoStreamer works as a slipstreamer-only. Basically, all it really needs is a source (that being an original Windows CD or a local share) and a Service Pack file.Screenshots: Main screen, Using CD, Picking Service Pack file, Skiping slipstreaming, ISO options, Working! Requirements1. Windows 2000/XP/2003 (Windows 9x/Me won't do)2. The latest (complete) version of AutoStreamer3. Administrative privileges4. A CD recorder and a blank CDSupported Service Pack files:- Windows 2000: SP3 onwards (meaning you can't select a SP1/SP2 file as a service pack)- Windows XP: Any- Windows 2003: AnyRunning AutoStreamerHere's an example of Windows XP SP2 slipstreaming by Powerless: GuideDownload:AutoStreamer 1.0.33 (Installer) [844KB]Credits:Brought to you by SteelTrepid and RaptorI've provided a new and faster download link for the Installer.Have fun :)

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Thanks Bob and our best to Alice!Here is the direct download link from the AutoStreamer developer's website:http://mhtools.knoware.nl/raptor/autostrea...utoStreamer.exeNOTE: When downloading files, particularly executables, it is always recommended to download direct from a developer's site when possible or their authorized alternate download locations.

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Thanks LilBambi for the good wishes. :)

NOTE: When downloading files, particularly executables, it is always recommended to download direct from a developer's site when possible or their authorized alternate download locations.
Agreed. It also insures that you receive the latest version.I provided the alternate link because Comcast's server is a lot faster than the ones I had to work with. :D Edited by bob3160

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You are very welcome Bob! Some additional information on Autostreamer is available and some caveats on it's use here at NeoWin which has a thread that would be very helpful for anyone who is interested in trying it out:http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=223562And according to that thread, alternate download locations for the executable also include:http://www.megaupload.com/?d=3JVTEQX3BTW: NeoWin itself is also hosting the file:http://neowin.hurmoth.com/apps/AutoStreamer.exeThere is also a Zipfile that is available noted on page one of that thread as well:http://mhtools.knoware.nl/raptor/autostrea...utoStreamer.zip (549KB)

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Also very useful for tweaking windows installers is nLite Windows Installation CustomizernLite Features- Service Pack Integration- Component Removal- Unattended Setup- Driver Integration *- Hotfixes Integration **- Tweaks- Patches ***- Bootable ISO creationI used it to make a WinLite installer of 212Mb, including SP2 and 36 more recent updates. The unattended setup is brilliant, especially if you reinstall regularly, like me (usually break something after a few months) :) :rolleyes: Oh, and it's free! :hysterical:

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EULAlyzer - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzer.html eulalyzer0ao.gifNo one puts End User License Agreements at the top of their reading list. Failing to read these, though, can results in privacy risks, unwanted software, and other nasty surprises. You should always read EULAs from end to end, but EULAlyzer makes it easier to home in on the important parts. To start, click the plus-sign button in EULAlyzer and drag it to the text requiring analysis. You'll see the text appear in the program's window. When you click "analyze," EULAlyzer searches the document for what it calls "words of interest" (reminiscent of a "person of interest" in a police investigation). EULAlyzer than assigns its Interest Rating to the program. You can then search the entire EULA for keywords--"trial," for instance--and pull up further data on the product. Of course, EULAlyzer is no substitute for reading the EULA. Whenever you want to install software, you should read the EULA first, period. But EULAlyzer does save you time and effort. You can also save EULAs in EULAlyzer, so you can check back later if you think a program's not treating your PC (or your privacy) as kindly as it promised it would. Download EULAlyzer - http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/eulalyzerdl.html Enjoy :thumbsup:

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A new toy for a growing boy!!!PortoPage01.pngFull information available at the following web site:http://www.protopage.com/v2 Here's my current lay-out (Subject to change) MyNewPortopageSmall.pngTo see the full size image, please go to the following:http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v190/bob...ewPortopage.pngIf you go to my personal Start Page ( http://www.protopage.com/bob3160 ), page one will be missing. You are able to lock each page which means it's private (which is what I've done to page one) or,unlock the page to make it public for all to enjoy. :w00t: Locked-Unlocked.pngIf you're wondering how I got Pandora ( http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=168...64026#msg164026onto my new Starting Page,Just go to Add a new Widget, select Website and use the followingweb address:

http://www.pandora.com/?cmd=tunermini

The name you assign this or any other widget is up to you. ;) This is one of those things that happens to work best if you're usingFireFox or in my case, Bon Echo.It also work on IE but FireFox is recommended.Enjoy B)

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Shrink Pic==========Automatic image resizing:Shrink01.png Shrink02.pngShrink Pic can automatically resize images that you are sending by email, instant message, or upload via your browser to your blog account. The program resizes the images on-the-fly, so there is no additional dialog or interface to deal with. http://www.onthegosoft.com/shrink_pic.htm

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Nice program Bob for those who like automation.For those who prefer a little more control, or might need various types of settings depending upon the application, or do not wish to have all their pictures that are sent in email reduced automatically (ie when you want images to be large to family members for printing), or one wishes to work with the images directly for other purposes besides email and blogs, or need batching capabilities, and be able to choose sizing specific to project on the fly, etc. ... there are at least two other free alternatives:Image Resizer (MS Power Tool)This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click. (and has a great setting for downsizing specific to PDAs).EZ thumbnails aka Easy Thumbnails (Fookes software)Easy Thumbnails - Produce thumbnails the easy way, quickly, and for free!Easy Thumbnails is a popular free utility for creating accurate thumbnail images and scaled-down/up copies from a wide range of popular picture formats. An elegant interface makes it a snap to find your images and select them for processing individually, in groups, or in whole folders, using a simple file selector and built-in image viewer. You can use slider controls to rotate images and adjust their contrast, brightness, sharpness and quality, and check out the results with the built-in viewer. Key Features * Scale images up or down in batches * Eleven resampling filters, including Lanczos3 * Sharpen soft images from digital cameras * Real-time preview of target image * Supports the new JPEG 2000 image format * Preserves EXIF data in JPEG images * Supports lossless JPEG rotation * Free software producing quality results

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