Google has joined the OpenID crowd, but just like Microsoft and Yahoo, you can't use the OpenID on Google, but you can use Google credentials other places. Unlike Microsoft and Yahoo though, Google has decided to tweak the OpenID implementation a little to make it better. That means that it's nonstandard and won't work for all standards-compliant OpenID servers. Bullies. We also admire the new DRM-free music store from clothing retailer, Hot Topic. Really.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 842
When you're wedged next to someone at a conference, you can't help noticing their business from the corner of your eye. That's how I saw that my seat mate at last week's BlackBerry Developer Conference was using FreeMind (for Windows and Mac) to take notes on the talk.
I've looked at the freeware application FreeMind before, but had never seen it in the wild. I have to admit, compared with my two pages of linear notes organized primarily by bold text and a lot of paragraph spaces, my neighbor's mind map looked elegant and … Read more
Of course it isn't, you dolts.
Well, Techdirt tried to be more diplomatic than that, but it does a good job of ripping into those that criticize free distribution of music as a viable business model. The problem with such critiques, as Techdirt notes, is that no one is arguing that "free" is THE business model. As in music and open-source software, the argument is simply that free makes a great component of a killer … Read more
Gordon Lee Weaver proves that even a home-recording artist can reach the same epic heights as some of rock's most adventurous artists. With a flare for theatrical '70s hard rock, his song "Point of View" builds into a flurry of guitar wails but not before dancing through some challenging, lofty prog that would make Queen proud.
When New York's DFA Records came barreling down the hipster pipeline in the early 00's, it seemed as though none of its artists could top founder James Murphy's snotty electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem. But if anything, the Juan Maclean (which is one guy) easily rolls in a close second. This comes as a bit of a surprise because, unlike LCD, TJM's jerky Krautrock-inspired electro gets pretty abstract. The story goes that Murphy, who'd previously produced Maclean as Six Finger Satellite, convinced the rehabilitated and recently relocated artist to make music again after a long bout … Read more
The glacial gloom of contemporary Canadian post-rock, the arty noiseology of the Pixies, the shrill, tenuous revelations of Modest Mouse--all are channeled in this Alberta indie rocker's weary marchers. And if things can get a bit sludgy, or loose around the fringe, consider how far Chad and Co. have come from their start playing "improvised stoner rock."