Legally stream (almost) all the music you want in Australia – for free.

December 16, 2010

We all like music, right? I mean, some of us profess to enjoy it more properly, appropriately or adequately than others – this here Superior Hipster for example:

…but when you get down to it, pretty much everybody likes it.

So, we all want more of it, right? Thus the dawn and success of the iPod, and various other MP3 players. We could carry our thousands of tunes with us everywhere we went, beautiful.

Read on through my rambles to find out what I think the best music streaming service available to Australians is (so far). Read the rest of this entry »

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Criticker is the social thinking man’s IMDB.

October 5, 2010

The IMDB business is almost 20 years old (true, just 10 days to go) and although we all love it the site hasn’t changed much or matured beyond its web 1.0 status. Yes it has 57 million visitors every month but it’s not without flaws. Indeed I think there are some interesting lessons to be learned in how to utilise social and crowdsourcing from the little movie recommendations site Criticker.com especially when it comes to movie rankings – read on:

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Aliens – only 8.5/10 ? Pffft come on it’s a 9.1 easy!

So here’s the problem (and I will bet this has happened to you at some point): You watch a movie, love it only to find IMDB users gave it a crummy 6.5 out of 10 (or vice versa – a crap movie gets a good score on IMDB). The issue of course is that movies are rated by everyone INCLUDING people who also hate the sort of movies you love. In short IMDB does nothing more than merely aggregate the mass opinion of everyone. In the real world we make many choices based on trusted opinions, not just those of the many.

Enter Criticker…
Criticker calls itself a ‘movie recommendation engine’. How does it work? It calculates ratings by analysing movies that YOU like/dislike then it finds OTHER PEOPLE with the same likes/dislikes and then gives you a Probable Score Indicator (PSI) based on the result. In short it ranks movies based on scores from people just like you.

The outcome is that when you search for a movie, your Criticker predicted score is much more likely to be the score you would actually give it. Here’s an example: The film I searched for here is Clockwork Orange. My PSI (probable score) on Cricketer is adjusted to 79/100 (that rating is based on other ratings of people like me). On IMDB it is rated en masse at 8.5/10. The reality here is that Cricketer is much closer than IMDB (I’d probably give it a 75).

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Social web 2.0
I’ve been using Criticker for 18 months, I’ve scored about 230 movies and I find the more data I give it, the better it becomes at predicting my scores. Bottom line – this is a truly intelligent and useful crowdsourcing tool and it works. I love it.

BTW: Here’s my profile on Criticker… feel free to hate the movies I ❤ 😉
http://www.criticker.com/profile/eunmac

Oh PS: If you like it, pop them a donation – this is a startup run by a couple of movie buffs and they need support.


The Designer Energy Saving Light Bulb

September 13, 2010

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Plumen is the antithesis of low energy light bulbs as we know them. Rather than hide the unappealing traditional compact fluorescent light behind boring utility, Plumen 001 is a bulb you’ll want on show.

The Plumen bulb uses 80% less energy and lasts 8 times longer than incandescent bulbs, giving you the opportunity to purchase an ecological product with style. It works just like any low energy bulb but it has a lot more presence.

 

@danKrause


Thoughts on Silverlight

January 22, 2010

Great article and helpful insight about Big Spaceship’s experience working with Silverlight.

“I had the pleasure of diving headfirst into Silverlight in building the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. I walked in with the same sort of attitude that I believe is prevelant across the industry at the moment — Silverlight is an inferior platform, that we were working with a Flash wananbe and that this would be to the project’s detriment. Why use Silverlight when I can already know Flash so well? It does the same things as Flash anyway, right?…”

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Read the full article…

via Big Spaceship

@dankrause


Pepsi powered mobile phone

January 22, 2010

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My iphone ran out of battery last night … pesky thing. I’m too impatient to wait and see if Steve has a solution to this problem so I started searching. Anyway, I stumbled across this piece of innovation: a phone that runs on pepsi … well any fizzy pop.

This little beauty is made possible thanks to a bio battery:

Bio battery has the potential to operate three to four times longer on a single charge than conventional lithium batteries and it could be fully biodegradable. Meanwhile, it brings a whole new perception to batteries and afternoon tea.

Genius. More here

@handypearce


The Internet Built My Cable Organiser

January 19, 2010

Something that has always bothered me about my MacBook Pro is the power cable. Sure, it has those nice little hook things to wrap the “small” end around, but what if you use the extra long power cable? You know, the other that it actually EARTHED so you don’t DIE? That can only be wrapped loosely around the power pack so it can later uncoil and suffocate the contents of your laptop bag.

Happily, I saw the PowerCurl on an Apple blog the other day and ordered it immediately.

Even more interesting than the product itself is the site that birthed it.

Quirky is a “social product development” community. Users can pay to submit an idea for a product which is then evaulated and refined by a larger community. If the product gets enough love, then it goes into manufacture with a percentage of profits going to all the users involved.

Check out  the “quirky in 30 seconds” video:

So I’d like to thank Jeff Scholen of Atlanta, Georgia (and a cast of several dozen others) for the PowerCurl.


List of Australian Domain Name Disputes 2002-2009

November 25, 2009

Since 2002 auDA have been handling disputes over domain names (brands and individuals who believe they have the right to a domain/URL but are not the registered owner). Whilst some disputes appear to be clear cases of cybersquatting, others are just co-incidental making for an interesting debate.

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Above: It’s not always cyber squatting. But if it is, auDA is here to save you* 🙂

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In all about 160 cases are in the system which is not many considering this covers the last seven years. Although it’s a cost effective option (usually between $2000 and $4500 AUD) many companies still use a below the counter/direct approach and simply buy out a domain direct. Having been involved with quite a few of these direct URL ‘transfers’ there are sometimes good reasons to go direct – for instance if you lose the case at auDA, you may end up having to pay a LOT more as a result – so it pays to do your homework first to decide which route will work best.

Some interesting brands in the list below that have used auDAdrp: Facebook, Neilsen, BT, WhitePages, IBM, Telstra, Calvin Klein, Virgin, True Local, Hey Hey it’s Saturday (to name just a few). Current records show that roughly two thirds of cases were won by the complainant.

List of Domain Names that auDA have handled and resolved 2002-2009:

adra.com.au
globalcentre.com.au
globalcentre.net.au
cigarettes.com.au
tobacco.com.au
discover-tasmania
paconsulting.com.au
gatekeeper.com.au
esat.com.au
esat.net.au
petsmegastore.com.au
singaporeairlines.com.au
abebooks.com.au
partymob.com.au
bluechip.com.au
internet.com.au
mgm.com.au
bt.com.au
people.com.au
abclearningcentres
abclearningcenters
quiznos.com.au
overture.com.au
swin.com.au
campertrailerswa
unimelb.com.au
carecredit.com.au
supre.com.au
lampeberger.com.au
netratings.com.au
13flowers.com.au
billiingbureau.com.au
justcars.com.au
rnbsuperclub.com.au
flowerfast.com.au
fastflower.com.au
jaccuzispas.com.au
jaccuzi.com.au
premierfire.com.au
premierfire.net.au
archicad.com.au
justcarfinance.com.au
bigbanger.com.au
luxilon.com.au
aru.com.au
sellbuyyourself.com.au
sellbyyourself.com.au
jjdavies.com.au
hytorc.com.au
startcorp.com.au
zte.com.au
hia.com.au
airtowel.com.au
espn.com.au
jasham.com.au
velocityrewards.com.au
migrationsolutions
countrykithomes.com.au
partymob.com.au
truelocal.com.au
truelocal.net.au
trulocal.com.au
flowersonly.com.au
newcars.com.au
melways.com.au
cairnsskyrail.com.au
kurandaskyrail.com.au
yellowbook.com.au
yellowbook.net.au
spiegelau.com.au
buyaustralian.com.au
whitepage.com.au
astonmartin.com.au
australianpenthouse.com.au
freeparking.com.au
pfd.com.au
freetv.com.au
australianmedicalinstitute
advancedmedicalinstitute
impotencyanonymous
healthservicesformen
sydneynewyearseve.com.au
seekbusiness.com.au
adjustit.com.au
adjustit.net.au
doteasy.com.au
sandisk.com.au
napoleonperdis.com.au
clubjenna.com.au
seekfinance.net.au
seekhouse.com.au
seekinsurance.com.au
seekproperty.com.au
seekrealestate.com.au
seeksuper.com.au
zillow.com.au
mapquest.com.au
tinaarena.com.au
australiantooling.com.au
toolingaustralia.com.au
autronic.com.au
questacon.com.au
inventhelpaustralia.com.au
jjj.com.au
lullabyconceptions.com.au
3mlittmann.com.au
littmannstethoscopes
wow.com.au
princessyachts.com.au
googlebay.com.au
ecohort.com.au
darwindaytours.com.au
factoryseconds.com.au
gloriajeans.com.au
propertysecrets.com.au
databank.com.au
hmssydney.com.au
unitedenergy.com.au
greenmobile.com.au
barawards.com.au
bartender.com.au
netstarit.com.au
swarovski.com.au
tkl.com.au
whitepagesaustralia
yellowpagesaustralia
aastra.com.au
emirates.com.au
topfield.com.au
topfield-australia.com.au
topfield.net.au
i-topfield.com.au
i-topfield.net.au
facebook.com.au
clearvision.com.au
ivfsunshinecoast.com.au
scriptlogic.com.au
marinebusiness.com.au
channelweb.com.au
silvasspitroastcatering
justbikeinsurance.com.au
freelife.com.au
googler.com.au
vectorworks.com.au
holdenastra.com.au
justbikes.com.au
insureandgo.com.au
perthairport.com.au
calvinklein.com.au
domuslift.com.au
sitecore.com.au
sitecore.net.au
alphakids.com.au
13cars.com.au
(66 domain names)
telstraonline.com.au
earthmove.com.au
1300homeloan.com.au
1300accountant.com.au
1300electrical.com.au
1300fencing.com.au
1300hampers.com.au
1300plumbing.com.au
1300printing.com.au
1300sparky.com.au
1300weddings.com.au
1800locksmith.com.au
engineer.com.au
navico.com.au
ibuypower.com.au
lufthansa.com.au
greenerydesign.com.au
heyheyitssaturday.com.au
heyheyitssaturday.net.au
adelaidecasino.com.au
transportworkersunion
tonysheldon.com.au
twunsw.com.au
twunsw.net.au
wayneforno.com.au
perpetualhomeloans

You can do a search here and see who won what and why:
http://www.auda.org.au/audrp/search/

Post by:
~@eunmac

* UPDATE:
Since posting this article I’ve had several people contact me complaining about auDA and its process. One person explained to me that they were told by auDA that their case (their registered business name taken) had been “investigated” and denied even though the domain had not been used in seven years, no trademarks, no business name, noe events etc. This person also claimed to have discovered a direct connection between the board of auDA and the holder of the domain. The following article “auDA a Law unto Themselves” goes into other issues with auDA.

http://www.domainnews.com/en/auda-a-law-unto-themselves.html

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