Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

Apple is finding that its influence over labels is slipping as YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and other streaming services gather momentum. One independent label said that iTunes’s share of the label’s revenue has eroded from more than 70% in 2012 to about 50% today.

I think the main reason I stick with iTunes is because I can listen to whatever I want, not just whatever jumped through all the hoops to get on Spotify.

Even with Spotify’s addition of Collections (which hasn’t rolled out to me yet) I still use iTunes/iTunes Match. Maybe that will change.

What to do about the Heartbleed Bug

Times like this are when I’m glad I use 1Password.

The Real Beauty of Twitter’s New Profile Page

SplatF makes me see it as more than ripping off Facebook:

Twitter’s new profile page — more photos, featuring your best tweets, etc. — isn’t really about copying Facebook or making a simple service more cumbersome. Rather, it seems to be about establishing your Twitter page as your main profile page on the entire Internet. And that I’m excited about.

Why People Still Use Windows XP

After talking to a number of current XP users, we’ve reached one major conclusion: For many of them, PCs aren’t snazzy tech gadgets, but home appliances that still work just fine. Beyond that there’s suspicion toward Windows 8, migration hassles and costs, personal preference, and a heavy dose of skepticism about the fundamental insecurity of Windows XP.

Also of note is that Outlook Express doesn’t come with newer versions of Windows. People who use Outlook Express probably set it up with POP years ago, so the migration would be a pain.

What is the stock mail program on Windows these days? Does it even have one?

RIP Warrior

The Ultimate Guide To Solving iOS Battery Drain

The best tip here is to get rid of the Facebook iPhone app.1 I struggle with this one all the time.

Also, this one about regularly quitting apps – which people STILL do in 2014.

By closing the app, you take the app out of the phone’s RAM . While you think this may be what you want to do, it’s not. When you open that same app again the next time you need it, your device has to load it back into memory all over again. All of that loading and unloading puts more stress on your device than just leaving it alone. Plus, iOS closes apps automatically as it needs more memory, so you’re doing something your device is already doing for you. You are meant to be the user of your device, not the janitor.

  1. Ok – he says to disable background updates for the Facebook app. 

Smells like we’re about to call this meeting to order spirit

Organizing requires submission to a group, not subversion. Remember that another term for “band” is “group”: The band works together to make its sound. With political association, instead of drums and guitars, the group elects officers and passes action resolutions, all while following the rules of Robert’s Rules of Order. In Let’s Talk About Love, Carl Wilson makes the point that you can’t think you’re a hipster in politics, because it is about human lives. The truth is that someone with a self-image as a subversive needs to work with a mainstreamer Céline Dion fan to meet reform goals. That doesn’t mean you have to listen to Dion’s songs or that they need to embrace your own subculture. But you do have to listen and work with others – just like a good band does.

Explain Like I’m 5: Stock Stuff

I like to believe I’m a smart man, but when my company started talking about its benefits packages, I think they just assumed I knew what all of these things were. I don’t even remember what I agreed to, cause I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.

Although I’m not sure a 5-year old would understand this, you could do worse than reading through this reddit thread if you want to understand the difference between investment accounts.

Morgana – Ready For Love

Sometimes Italo Disco is the ripoff iPhone of pop music.

…then again, a lot of music sounded like this. Eighth-note octave bass pattern, MIDI brass, muted guitar licks.

Maybe the ’80s hit Eastern Europe just as hard as it hit the states.


“Sexy baby voice,” or SBV, was showing up in television and films as an instrument of sexual manipulation, a way of exploiting our culture’s fetish for adult sexuality wrapped in adolescent packages. Grantland posited that SBV “portrays the speaker as a submissive 12-year-old trying to be a sex object.” Tina Fey mocked it in an episode of 30 Rock. Actress and director Lake Bell launched her own takedown of SBV while promoting her film In a World.

…I had no idea that there were sexy babies.

Generation Like

Watching this you begin to see that the Internet is 85% manipulating teenage girls.

Can’t We Just do This Over Email?

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Why haven’t you accepted my Outlook invite for “sex night”? We can’t expect to be productive if we can’t even start on time.

Let’s just say she’s probably on Ok Cupid a lot


Your Body Doesn’t Care If Eating Meat Is Unethical

The argument I’ve heard is that vegetarian diets aren’t healthy, but they attract people who are the most health conscious, skewing the observational data (so-and-so doesn’t eat meat and HE’S healthy!)

I tried it for a a while. It was a very long day.

Matt Mullenweg’s iPhone

Notice that he doesn’t have Facebook installed on his iPhone, or at the very least it’s not on his first page of the home screen.