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Switchfoot @ Six Flags St. Louis

September 11, 2011

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The Switchfoot concert I attended yesterday was fantastic. – Maybe it was fantastic because of the weather: I was blown away when it was raining and sunny and a rainbow spread across the park. We are so blessed by this beautiful world. May we treat this precious gift with the dignity that His generosity demands. […]

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A Very Samsung Summer

September 3, 2011

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It’s been a Samsung kind of month here at the castle. First it was the Galaxy Tab. Then we added a Samsung refrigerator. Finally, we ended up buying a second Samsung TV. Why did we need another TV? Well, our second daughter has started a job in Chanute, Kansas as an assistant basketball coach. She […]

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Spotify @ Home

July 18, 2011

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The social networks have been aglow with the news that Spotify has jumped the pond.  It is being hailed as the closest thing to the second coming of the musical messiah.  Indeed, some predict that Spotify will finally bring profitability to an otherwise flagging digital music market. I don’t know about all of that.  I […]

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Platform Pivot Possibilities

June 11, 2011

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Anyone who has read my musings before already knows that I have loved technology for a very long time. You are also aware that I’ve used many different forms and flavors of technology. The list of operating systems is quite long. On the server side, I’ve used: Univac Exec 8, IBM MVS, IBM VM/ESA, IBM […]

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A Welcome (And Unexpected) Resolution

June 4, 2011

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Last weekend, I tried to get my Android phone to scrobble the songs that I listened to via Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player.  I tried the Last.fm Android client.  I loaded the ScrobbleDroid client (which did work with the Android Music app).  But I had no success.  So I set the problem aside for […]

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Which One Will I Choose?

May 30, 2011

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent time and money on assessing a variety of streaming audio solutions. My assessment has considered many factors. But chief among those factors was the mobile experience. When I was at home, I used iTunes. It’s not that iTunes is necessarily the best. Indeed, I’ve used dozens of tools […]

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ScrobbleDroid – Closer, But Not Quite There Yet

May 28, 2011

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For many music fans, a key to their listening experience is scrobbling to Last.fm.  For those not familiar with the term, it refers to recording the songs that you play.  Last.fm has built its unique offering based on the ability to record when and how you listen to music.  The process of recording is called […]

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Google Music Is A Real Beta

May 28, 2011

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I have spent a great deal of time this week working with the new Google Music Beta.  And I am finally at a point where I can speak with a degree of confidence.  What do I think of the new Google service?  I think it is a real beta.  It has some very rough edges. […]

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Quick Takes on Music Beta (by Google)

May 22, 2011

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After spending quite a bit of time (and devoting a little coin of the realm) to the Amazon Cloud Drive, I received an email informing me that Google has requested me to participate in the private beta of their new music service.  I am more than a little surprised that I was included.  But who […]

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Amazon Cloud Drive Musings

April 2, 2011

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After uploading all of my Amazon MP3 purchases to my Amazon Cloud Drive, I used almost all of the 5GB that Amazon provided.  I felt a little cheated because I made these purchases through Amazon.  Amazon is even making you offers of additional storage for new MP3 purchases.  Since I can see the record of […]

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