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Hey there. Didn’t have time to find some free music this week. Will get some foe next week.

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Okay, so label me an idiot, please.  I barely just finished going through the “A’s” on the SXSW torrents – there’s no way I’m listening through all of this music in a timely manner and picking out favourites.  Thus far, the two I can think of off the top of my head (because the ipod touch doesn’t have a decent way of checking song ratings without playing the song first…thanks apple!), The Arkells “Oh, The Boss is Coming!” and Arts the Beatdoctor.  Well I don’t know the song from him but it’s fun.

There are a lot of songs that I haven’t listened to yet, but I strongly encourage you to check them out.  I think I’m going to have to actually look at the list of artists and make decisions based on what other people have said about them.

6 gigs of music is a lot :(

A lot of people are bashing Facebook for “fixing what ain’t broke” (or even less verbose versions of the same thing).  In short, Facebook took what was working perfectly fine and fine-tuned it into a format that more closely resembles Twitter.  At first, I didn’t like the new Facebook changes either – but I didn’t really speak out against it, I sort of just quietly complained and just went about to continue using it.

Facebook definitely is a lot more like Twitter than it used to be – even though Twitter is just Facebook’s status updates without the convoluted mess (i.e. applications, quizzes, notes, etc. etc.).  Twitter is seen by many as very popular, but not something that will last.  I disagree, but my thoughts on Twitter are destined for another post.  There are big problems with Facebook becoming Twitter-like, however.

The biggest problem is that Facebook is way too complicated.  There are too many different features to Facebook to try and reduce it to a single news feed.  On the surface, this is what they’ve done – but if you dig a little deeper, you can filter out news feeds for different items and see only what you want to see.  For instance, if I just want to read people’s notes, I click on “notes” – but by default, my news feed doesn’t show them unless I’ve been tagged in it.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized this change makes sense – for Facebook, that is.  I’m no genius web marketer, but this change strikes me as being designed with the thought of getting people to spend more time on the website.  From what little I know about web marketing, time spent on a website is a pretty important number for selling ads.

Even the amount of people complaining about the new design has dropped off since the initial change.  I just see people posting things the way they used to, and not worrying too much about the change in design.  This is what happened with the last Facebook change – people complained about it, but ultimately forgot that there was anything wrong and got used to the new design.

I really don’t see Facebook reverting to its previous design at all.

SXSW'09

SXSW'09

All the buzz this week has been about SXSW, the music festival down in Austin, Texas.  It blows me away how many Canadians are attending this thing, but unfortunately I’m not one of them.  Oh well – not all is lost.  I have a link to 6GB of music from SXSW, provided free of charge via torrent.  And it’s legally free, not “torrent free”.  It’s all music provided by SXSW, compiled into a torrent.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but it’s split up into three different parts.  I will listen to part one first and pick out some favourites.

And remember, this is a torrent download – so please remember to keep seeding once you’ve finished downloading.  It took me a ridiculously long time to get these songs because not enough people are seeding.

Get 6GB of Free Music from SXSW ’09 (Lifehacker)

Just thought I’d get this out here quickly. In less than thirty minutes, Microsoft will be releasing Internet Explorer 8 (final). Here are the details:

http://lifehacker.com/5174369/internet-explorer-8-officially-released-at-noon-est

Just testing out the iPhone wordpress application. Works great!

Gizmodo has a live blog covering the iPhone 3.0 software announcement.  I’m not really a big fan of live blogging so I’m going to check out the summary of the details later.  So far though, push notification and a new way of charging for applications seems to be the biggest change.