Category Archives: Internet

Browse is not the button your are searching for if you want to add stuff

Views.fm

Views.fm is a site which allows you to share stuff from your Dropbox. I believe that the USP (Unique Selling Point) is that it offers a web views for shared files. Although I do not see an immediate need for such a tool I wanted to try it out by creating a private view. If you look at the screenshot above the big question is: How can I create a new view?

Look at the screenshot. How the fuck can I create a new view?

Solution: The button you are searching for is the link labeled Browse in the top navigation. Seriously?

Pro-Tip: If you found a startup or create a project or some other website make it easy for your users to use your service by labeling stuff accordingly.

Start Listening to Music directly from Facebook

Facebook Listen-Button

Facebook today has added a Listen-Button to all artist pages. The buttons opens Spotify, MOG or Rdio depending on which service you have previously used with Facebook (via The Verge).

Innovator’s Patent Agreement →

Adam Messinger:

The IPA is a new way to do patent assignment that keeps control in the hands of engineers and designers. It is a commitment from Twitter to our employees that patents can only be used for defensive purposes. We will not use the patents from employees’ inventions in offensive litigation without their permission. What’s more, this control flows with the patents, so if we sold them to others, they could only use them as the inventor intended.

Twitter just introduced the Innovator’s Patent Agreement. With this agreement the company guarantees its engineers and designers that they will use patents only for defense purposes. This is great news. Now we have to hope that more companies are going to implement the IPA and that they do not become Yahoo.

The text of the IPA can be found on Github.

Push to Add Drama

Spotify Play Button

Finally it is possible to embed a Spotify song in a website. You can use the generator on Spotify Developer to generate the HTML code.

I have a busy week and weekend, but I will probably incorporate this feature into Similar.fm as soon as possible.

New Google+ Layout

Maybe we will end up using Google+.

Koding is a Cloud-based Development Environment

Koding

Koding provides a cloud-based development environment (via UARRR). It is currently in private beta and I hadn’t had a chance to try it out, but I’m thinking a lot about moving my development environment into the cloud.

However, I do not mean to move the actual editing part to the cloud, but rather I want to store my code on a server, which also runs my development server. The server is, of course, private and only I can access it and I want to use it solely as a development environment. When I want to work on a project, I want to ssh into that server, mount the servers file system in my local system and continue to use Sublime Text 2. If I’m finished coding I still would push it to another Git server and I would also deploy it to another server.

The main advantage I see in this approach is that I would be able to access my development environment from nearly every computer in the world. Even from an iPad or an iPhone. I probably would still need my notebook for the main development, but then I would at least be able to do a quick bug fix when I don’t have my notebook with me.

We have seen some incredible amazing stuff you can do with JavaScript nowadays, but I don’t believe that a web-based editor can replace a desktop editor any time soon. Please proof me wrong, but I think there are some fundamental flaws in web-based editors. First of all, my screen is not that big, I don’t want to waste space in my editor for browser chrome. I want to have the chrome when I’m browsing, but I don’t need to have when I’m sitting in front of the same window for several hours. The second big problem are shortcuts. If your editor is browser-based you loose a lot of easy to activate shortcuts. You would not be able to press Cmd+S to save the document (if you do not want to override the browser default) or duplicate a line using Cmd+D. I hate it when I’m writing an article in WordPress and want to save it by pressing Cmd+S but that doesn’t work. That would be even worse when I’m writing code. Browsers were made for browsing the web, not for writing long texts or code.

If you should be able to create a web-based editor that is comparable to Sublime Text 2 or TextMate and put it in a custom browser chrome (no waste of screen space, no useless shortcuts) sign me up. I definitely want to see that.

Is Spotify fair?

Ever since Spotify started there is a lot of discussion wether it is fair or not. I just found an article (German), that claims Spotify pays 0,41 cents per streamed song to the music industry. According to my last.fm profile I have listened to 218,380 songs since March 18 2006. If I would have listened to all these songs in the last six years on Spotify, Spotify would have paid 895.36 Euros to the music industry. That would be approximately 12 Euros per month.

At first sight this number seems quite low, but when we talk about All You Can Listen services we can not compare it with the number I would have spent if I had bought all the records I listened to in the last years, but rather how much I actually spent on buying music records. (How much money did the restaurant industry loose because we cook at home most of the time?) If I quickly look at my CD and record collection, I think that I probably spent 20 Euros per month on buying music. Of course, in some month I spent 100 and then there were times where I didn’t buy a record for six months. I think it is safe to assume that I spend a little less on buying records since I started subscribing to Spotify. In the firsts three month of 2012 I spent about 25 Euros on music. When I add the Spotify subscription fee 10 Euros/month that would be about 20 Euros per month.

You maybe think 20 Euros per month for music is low, however you should consider that for the most of the last six years I was a student. If you add budgets for concerts, apps, cloth, books and movies you quickly reach the amount I can spend per month on fun stuff. Sure, I could cut back on beer and cigarettes, but, …. Nevermind.

Microsoft employees seize Zeus botnet servers with the help of US Marshals →

Jeff Blagdon:

Accompanied by US marshals, Microsoft employees raided office buildings in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Lombard, Illinois on Friday; seizing servers believed to be running botnets used for identity theft. The botnets are infected with the Zeus family of malware, which uses keylogging to go after a user’s financial information. Microsoft is reporting 13 million suspected Zeus infections worldwide since 2007, with more than three million just in the US.

Am I the only one who finds it scary that a private company is able to raid a building and seize servers?

Similar.fm

Similar.fm

Da ich es hasse wenn Musik plötzlich aufhört und es dann still ist, habe ich grundsätzlich immer Repeat aktiviert. Ich habe meistens kein Problem damit, wenn ein Album 1,5 oder 2 Mal läuft und ich mich dafür nicht um die Musikauswahl kümmern, wenn ein Album oder eine Playlist aus ist, sondern wenn ich Zeit dafür habe oder wenn ich das Bedürfnis habe einen bestimmten Interpreten, ein bestimmtes Album oder eine bestimmte Playlist zu hören. Läuft ein Album mit zehn Titeln allerdings zum dritten Mal werde ich auch leicht genervt. Ich möchte dann zwar etwas anderes hören, aber meistens etwas ähnliches. In Spotify am Mac geht das recht gut, man kann auf den Künstler klicken und sieht dort ähnliche Künstler. Im Büro höre ich allerdings meistens über die iPhone-App von Spotify Musik und die hat diese Funktion nicht. Wenn ich etwas ähnliches hören will, musste ich bislang immer Last.fm aufrufen, den Namen des aktuellen Künstlers eingeben bis zur Liste mit den ähnlichen Interpreten hinunterscrollen, mir einen aussuchen, in die Spotify-App wechseln und dort nach dem Künstler suchen. Das ist ziemlich umständlich. Darum habe ich Similar.fm programmiert.

Die richtige Verwendung davon ist folgende: Similar.fm am iPhone (oder einem anderen mobilen Gerät) aufrufen, seinen Last.fm-Benutzernamen eingeben und auf “Go” klicken. Die Seite zum Home-Bildschirm hinzufügen. Jedes Mal wenn man dann eine andere Musik hören möchte, diese aber ähnlich sein soll die Similar.fm App anklicken und über den “Open in Spotify”-Link sofort hören. Funktioniert super.

Im nächsten Schritt wird Similar.fm mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit auch einen Playlistgenerator bekommen. Dazu muss ich allerdings noch einen passenden Algorithmus entwickeln, den die bisherigen Spotify-Playlist-Generatoren sind eher scheiße.

Similar.fm hat im übrigen auch einen Twitter-Account und einen Facebook-Seite. Folgen und liken und so.

Es gibt zwar auch die Möglichkeit den Namen eines Künstlers einzugeben, aber wirklich Sinn macht Similar.fm nur, wenn man einen Last.fm-Account besitzt. Da ein solcher Account Musik hören um einiges besser macht, kann ich jedem nur empfehlen sich so einen Account zuzulegen.