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I had some spare time today, so I spent it by re-configuring my EyeTV. If you don’t know what EyeTV is, it’s probably the best DVB-T client in the world!

So, after having realized, that you need a huge antenna here in the UK to actually get some signal, I set that back up. Now, turns out you also need to tilt that in the correct angle to get any signal. But once that is done:

Screen shot 2009-11-22 at 18.43.46Woop woop! 392 channels!

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A few days ago, I saw this coming on XKCD.

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A laptop battery contains roughly the stored energy of a hand grenade, and if shorted it … hey! You can’t arrest me if I prove your rules inconsistent!

It’s so annoying that you always have to get everything out of your pockets, and your bag, for “security reasons”. There is no added security. If I really were to blow up the plane, I would have tons of options that wouldn’t be detected. It’s just a matter to let people think they’re secure, at the expense of travel comfort.

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SpotifyIn 1944, Russ Morgan, Larry Stock, and James Cavanaugh wrote the song, “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You”.

That’s the start of the E-mail I got on the 11th of September 2008. Back then, Spotify was still in private alpha, and I was still a big fan of Winamp. That day, all changed. The E-mail was my sneak preview invite to Spotify.

Since then, Spotify was launched to the public, and found it’s place in many people’s lives. I would even go as far as saying that Spotify changed the way people consume music. Before Spotify, I used Last.fm for my scrobbling and discovering of new Music. But there was always this thing, it wasn’t a real Music player. It was a streaming service.

But Spotify! Spotify was a music player. Yes, it played music you didn’t own, but it felt and sounded just like your local music. No buffering, skipping in the song, etc… the same as with your local Winamp / iTunes. I was amazed. It was amazing, and quickly became my favorite music player. It allowed me to listen to all, or at least most, of the music I love, and it was legal!

In the last year or so, everyone I showed Spotify to, has started using it. It’s amazing to see, how everyone instantly likes an application like Spotify. I have handed out invites in Belgium, France, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, US and also the UK.

I’m convinced that Spotify has struck the perfect mix between Free and Paid content. 6 months ago, I thought: 10€ / month for higher quality streams only and ad-free music? No way! I personally like the ads, as they were different. Yes, they got boring after the fifth time hearing them (“Hi, I’m Roberta from Spotify. We hope you love Spotify as much as we do….” – That’s from memory!), but they weren’t as bad as the TV ads, and come on, 1 ad every 30 minutes, that’s fine.

But with the new additions, like Offline-Syncing and Mobile support, it’s actually worth getting Spotify Premium. I’ve got no iPhone (an S60v3 tester needed?), but offline-syncing is great for someone like me who’s always on the go.

It’s inspiring to see how a small startup like Spotify came along and single-handed innovated the industry. The Evil Giants have actually taken a shine to the Spotify Freemium idea, and aren’t suing the shit out of them. It’s a pity that my Various Goodness list has a lot of unplayable tracks after the pull of quite a large amount of music, but it’s slowly coming back.

The Music industry should finally realize that they are in a global society. Geo-restrictions, deferred releases, all that is just stupid nowadays, and until they change this, piracy will not drastically decrease.

But it seems like there’s still hope. Spotify seems to have quite a good relationship with the Industry giants, and maybe they can convince them to finally enter the 21st century with their licensing laws.

Spotify has changed the way people consume music. The world is changing, and Spotify is a big part of that change.

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After Jizz In My Pants, there’s ‘Wrong Hole’. Very entertaining song, not by the SNL Crew though.

This one’s written and performed by DJ Lubel, together with Taryn Southern and Scott Baio.

Enjoy.

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I have to say Taryn Southern has a great voice.

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I finally did it!

I found a cool WordPress Plugin that does URL shortening. So now I have finally got a use for my short domain 🙂

So my question is … should I make this URL shortener public? I somehow need to pay for the renewal of fj.nu, and I’d love to make fj.nu accessible to the public if I can get some donations in order to pay for the 300€ renewal 🙂

An example: This post’s short URL: fj.nu/d

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The best book ever’s movie is about to be launched US wide. Here are most of the facts (if you know the other ones, please tell me :))

  1. Midgets have shallow vaginas.
  2. Drunk Mexicans are not your “amigos.”
  3. Fat girls are not real people.
  4. Scott Peterson killed his pregnant wife. But not in a funny way.
  5. AIDS isn’t funny. Until it happens to someone you hate.
  6. Deaf girls never hear you coming.
  7. Blind girls never see you coming.
  8. It’s not misogyny if you hate EVERYONE.
  9. If it has sugar in it, it’s not a real shot.
  10. There’s at least one slut in every bachelorette party.
  11. Midget jokes are beneath us.
  12. Strippers will not tolerate disrespect (HAHA, just kidding!)
  13. Blind people hate electric cars.
  14. Midgets do not have night vision.
  15. Deaf people hate the Verizon Guy.
  16. Every women has her price.
  17. The best thing about fat girls is heart disease.
  18. Bums will fuck anything.
  19. Whores fuck for money, sluts fuck for free.
  20. Sexism isn’t the same as misogyny, you stupid bitch.
  21. Girls Night Out = Bathroom BJ
  22. Weddings are gay.
  23. Ever heard a deaf girl come? Neither has she.
  24. Pooping on yourself is really shitty.
  25. Bitches are cunts.
  26. Bros Before Hos: Unless she’s deaf.
  27. Bros Before Hos: Unless she’s blind.
  28. Bros Before Hos: Unless she’s a midget.
  29. Ever heard a deaf girl come? Neither has she

They’re just awesome 🙂

So, what about London? Any chance of getting it here?

PS: Read the book! It’s awesome!

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So, I stumbled upon this little Video from Nokia World

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If this is a bit more than just a fancy video, this might just be the next thing. Would this explain that Nokia hasn’t really worked on Multitouch for their mobile devices?

I am convinced that Augmented Reality is the next big step, and looking at this Video, Nokia has figured it out!

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e71First off, I have to say that I love my E71. I think it’s a great phone. The 2 year old design still kicks most of the new phones’ asses. It’s just stylish, beautiful, slim … just great. But like with all good things, there’s drawbacks. The E71’s bigget drawback is Symbian. It’s not too bad, since the E71 is not a touch screen device, but I was thinking about getting the N97 as a follow up.

The N97 looks amazing. Again, very very stylish. I love the slightly tilted screen when the keyboard is showing, it’s just great. But while testing the phone, I noticed that Symbian is just not good enough for the phone. The hardware is amazing. The design is amazing. The OS is shit.

So what’s next? The N900!

Nokia finally realized that it’s time to move on.

The N900 looks amazing. It has nearly everything that a phone needs to compete with the HTC Hero and iPhone.

First of all: No more Symbian. The N900 is Maemo powered. Maemo is Nokia’s Linux Distribution, based on Debian and Gnome. Maemo was a great OS for the N800/N810 for geeks to hack around on. You could literally run nearly anything on it. The formfactor of the N800 series wasn’t great though. It was more a Tablet PC, than a Smartphone. But now Nokia is back, with Maemo 5!

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All I can say about that video: Wow! The UI looks very slick. It looks extremely fast and like something people would want in 2009. The OS has a lot of Web Integration and being Linux, it would allow to be extended to whatever you want by using apt.

There is one thing missing though: Multi-Touch. All the competition has Multi Touch. Why not add that to the N900 too?

Design wise, I would prefer a more N97 look, especially with the tilting screen. But I guess, the N900 will be the first of many Touchscreen phones by Nokia.

But to say the least, it looks like a very promising phone. So if anyone from Nokia is reading this, pleeease give me a test device 🙂

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Now this comes as a surprise.

A few days ago I was talking to Cedric, a friend of mine, about Keri Hilson’s recent success, and I mentioned that I knew her from a track she made years ago, “Energy”.

About 3 years ago, a friend of mine played me that song, which I found surprisingly good. I have to say, she has a great taste in music.

So today, I was watching some 4Music, and I see this:

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Interesting I thought. A nice old song. But a few seconds later:

EyeTVSnapshotNew Video?! This song is extremely old?! How can it not have made it across the Channel, if it has made it across the Atlantic to Belgium?!

Weird country, the UK.

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Hey,

I guess you all heard of Diggnation and Tekzilla. Well, now there’s a third show from Rev3 which you can’t miss!

FilmRiot!

But don’t take my word for it….

Would be fun to see the FilmRiot crew also at FOWA in London this year. Pleeeeease Jim 🙂

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