Monthly Archives: February 2008

MediaMaster – Your Music, Anywhere: Now with Open API

I don’t think I’ve mentioned MediaMaster here yet, but it’s about time I do. I use it quite a bit, and love it! I have all my music uploaded to my free account, which, despite being free, has unlimited storage! I’ve also uploaded my own picture to give make my profile (note: all songs are limited to 30-second previews for legal reasons) be my own, and give me that warm fuzzy feeling all backgrounds should give you when you look at ’em. *wink*

The interface itself is awesome.  They have 17 different columns, and you can decide which ones you want, and where each one goes. You can view your collection through one giant list of songs, albums, or artists. You can change the artist or album view to list, thumb, or tile (hybrid of thumb and list) views. There’s also a quick search that helps you filter out songs until you find the one you want. All these features and more are a result of MediaMaster listening to their users, and writing in most of the requested features within months! This is almost unheard of in the Web 2.0 world, where small companies can’t handle (or don’t want to handle) the amounts of feedback they receive.

If you’ve been moving from one music player to the next, you know how much of a pain it is to move your ratings and playlists and whatnot from place to place. MediaMaster hopes to be an end to those troubles my providing you one location to store all your music. If you don’t want to use their Flash client, you can write your own using their Open API they just released. I’m writing up a quick console-like application to help developers (and myself) figure out how the API works faster by giving them (and myself) a tool to play around with without coding anything.

Fastest Linux OS Yet!

I’m not the kind of person who likes to get the most speed from his hard-drive and whatnot. When I switched to Gentoo, it wasn’t for the speed. It was for the ability to upgrade to whatever version I wanted, SVN or latest stable, and not have to deal with compiles that failed or package systems that didn’t install correctly because I had compiled something it didn’t like. In fact, whenever someone on the #ubuntu support channel talks about some software or other that required compiling and running “make install”, I almost immediately say that “make install” can cause issues. (ndiswrapper is an exception – Ubuntu’s copy is outdated in the extreme, and the compiled version slips right in, with no problems now or in the long term.)

So, here I am, happily checking out BZFlag SVN and so on and such forth and etc., and I realize (as I boot my newly-compiled copy of Eclipse) that Gentoo really does blaze through this stuff like no other OS I’ve tried.

Needless to say, I’m as happy as could be in Gentoo, with a full desktop at my commmand, and the ability to customize to whatever I want it to be.

(P.S. Gentoo is not for the faint of heart: you build your system from near-scratch. If you don’t know what “ln” and “fdisk” are, you should use the beautifully-prepackaged Ubuntu.)