Always love it when I stumble across a thing like this…
Always love it when I stumble across a thing like this…
At DellWorld 2012, the evening event was at Austin City Limits and the description was very odd and read only “Camp Freddy and featured guests from Linkin Park”. I’d never heard of Camp Freddy before, so like many, was in for a big surprise treat!
While the “core band” consists of Dave Navarro (guitar. Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers), Billy Morrison (guitar. Billy Idol), Matt Sorum (drums. Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch, Jr. (vocals) and Chris Chaney (bass. Jane’s Addiction/Alanis Morissette). We were also treated to Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Sully Erna (Godsmack), Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) , Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction/Porno for Pyros) and finally Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). Unbelievable. I wasn’t so close and only had my phone but I was in the front row of the balcony which made it easy for me to hold pretty steady for some video. Some full songs and some partials, this is what I got…
- Relax (Donovan)
- Killing in the Name of (Mark McGrath)
- Rocky Mountain Way (Sully Erna)
- Man In the Box (Sully Erna)
- Enter Sandman (Sully Erna)
- Sweet Emotion (Fred Durst)
- You Really Got Me (Fred Durst) Clip 1, Clip 2
- Mountain Song (Perry Farrell)
- Sympathy for the Devil (Perry Farrell)
- Whole Lot of Love (Perry Farrell)
- Walk This Way (Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington)
- Fight 4 Ur Right (Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington)
- Sex Type Thing (Chester Bennington)
- One Step Closer (Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington)
- Paradise City (All)
Update: Amy Price took some amazing pictures of the show and posted them here on Flickr.
DirecTV to AppleTV. It’s not as complicated as it sounds and may be obvious to someone who has all the parts, but here’s how I pulled it off.
I’ve got an old SlingBox hooked up to my DirecTV box in Virginia. Then in South Carolina, where I had good Internet download speeds but no TV service, I used my MacBook Pro’s mirroring over AirPlay feature to show the picture on my television. I was very impressed with how it looked. There was some pixelation only when there as a lot of fast movement on the screen at once. It only got stuck every half hour or so and corrected itself in 15 seconds or so with no intervention.
Would be even better if it were in HD, but this is a great in-studio concert by the Black Keys– an awesome set…
Virgin Mobile FreeFest is on its way this October 6th. I’ve gone the last couple of years and it is always an awesome time. This year, I’m most excited to see Jack White, Ben Folds Five and Skrillex. A few other bands on the list are interesting too, but most I’d not heard of. As a Spotify user, I’ve created a collaborative playlist containing the top few songs by each band in an effort to make sure I don’t regret making my way over to one of the smaller stages to catch a future favorite. Check out the playlist here!
- Future Islands
- Alabama Shakes
- Skrillex *
- Dismemberment Plan
- Justin Jones
- Above & Beyond
- Penguin Prison
- Alvin Risk
- Portugal. The Man
- Jack White *
- Ben Folds Five *
- Das Racist
- Allen Stone
- Trampled By Turtles
- Thomas Gold
- Porter Robinson
* = What to see/record
In year’s past I’ve taken lots of photos and video. (Nine Inch Nails, 2008 Show). I’ll be doing the same again this year (may need a third batter, I always seem to run out of juice).
I love my gadgets. I’ve been buying up the latest toys for some time and am the target audience when it comes to products by Apple and now Microsoft. However, Apple has been doing this for a while and I’m invested now. What would it take for me to jump on a new platform (and what that really means is to invest in another set of applications)?
You tossed your records and cassettes for CDs. You tossed those VHS tapes and Laser Discs for DVDs. It’s tough to swallow and most don’t jump on such change without hesitation. Lately it’s been easier—you can get all your music in a digital format for your favorite player. You can play your old DVDs in your new 3D Blu-ray player. Media formats are one thing but applications are quite another.
I’m interested in Android, but being very happy with my iPhone and iPad have kept me from jumping in here. I’ve invested thousands in media and applications since I waited in that first line for the first iPhone. Unless Apple blew a couple of releases and let comparable devices get noticeably far ahead (which seems extremely unlikely) I just don’t see how I (or the millions like me) could seriously consider abandoning that investment for something completely new. I know the very same can be said for the millions of Android users—everyone is building a library of applications that serve to further solidify their mobile device choice on a regular basis.
The Microsoft Surface tablet looks awesome. I definitely want it, but what will I do with it? Maybe if there were a category of applications I could dedicate to it, I could convince myself there was some value in owning one. Even if you are a heavy Windows user with tons of Windows applications, Surface runs a new operating system that will mean building a completely new and separate library of applications. Microsoft intentionally lost money on the hardware that made up Xbox game consoles when they were first released in order to get its foot in the door of an established market. It worked, so I’m very much expecting them to play a similar game here. The only way to really suck people in will be to make it super cool AND cheap. And even then what they will be sucking up are new users entering the market as opposed to turning those that made the decision years ago. As a company, Microsoft is definitely in the game for the long haul and it may be years before they get a meaningful share of this space. I can see a day when there are millions of people using Windows 8 at work and are familiar enough with the Metro interface to be compelled to “stick with they know” and choose Microsoft. But that day seems both far away and uncertain.
Do you have an iPad or Android Tablet and an interest in Surface? I’d love to hear what others are thinking. Will you get one anyway? What role do you plan to assign this new device—another media player, game system or productivity device?
After seeing the dreaded “VMware Fusion internal monitor error” (NOT_IMPLEMENTED report) from VMWare, a quick look around pointed me to VirtualBox as the way to go and I can confirm it was a simple process to get it up and running. Below are what I used, the steps I took and some things I learned along the way installing Windows 8 on my MacBook Pro with VirtualBox.
Get VirtualBox (VirtualBox 4.1.2 for OS X hosts) from:
Download Windows 8 (for my 64bit MacBook Pro, I chose Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64)) from:
I won’t pretend to know the actual requirements here, but here is what I did:
- Install VirtualBox (straightforward)
- Click “New” in the upper right
- Give the VM a name and specify Windows 7 64bit as the Windows version
- On the next wizard screen I jacked the memory from the 512 default to 1024
- For Virtual Hard Disk, I kept the default selection to create a new hard disk
- For the type of hard disk, I again kept the default selection of VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image)
- I let the storage details default too (Dynamically allocated)
- And for the drive size, once more: default (20gb)
- On the Summary Page, hit “Create” and your done creating your VM
- With that new VM selected, click the Start icon on the top
- A First Run Wizard appears which will guide you through selecting a media source where you will choose the ISO file you downloaded from Microsoft at the link above
- Installation of Windows 8 is very straightforward and surprisingly fast. You should be aware that your account to log in is a Windows Live account which you’ll need to provide (or create if you don’t have one already)
I initially found navigating the Metro interface to be a bit of a challenge. A single-click on a tile does the job of launching it, but it may take a second or two so be patient. I’ve also seen it necessary to move the cursor away from the tile a bit once clicking before the launch takes place. To leave any application you launch the magic keystroke you are looking for on the Mac is CTRL-Esc. This will take you back and forth between the menu and the last application launched each time you hit those keys. If you right-click on a tile it will become checked and options to uninstall or unpin will appear at the bottom of the screen.
One of the first things I found I wanted to do was update the screen resolution. The Control Panel menu off the main page is too simple and I couldn’t find screen resolution. I could swear I found an option to launch the full control panel applet from there initially, but after I realized I wanted to reduce my resolution and went back I couldn’t find it again. So I did this:
Choose “Desktop” to get a more familiar Windows Desktop. The first thing you’ll want to do is hit what you think is the “Start” menu button on the bottom left to see a menu, but resist: that just brings the metro menu up again. Instead launch File Explorer, Click “Computer” on the left and the ribbon menu on top will update to include a “Open Control Panel” button. Hit that and you’ll be back in familiar territory (“adjust screen resolution” is on the right side under “Appearance and Personalization”).
You can also run Internet Explorer from the desktop to get a more familiar interface to IE. When you launch it from the “Internet Explorer” tile on the main metro menu, you get a very simple view with the URL bar on the bottom of the screen. With a touch interface, I’m sure this would be preferable, but not in a VM.
To edit most applications running in the new metro interface, just right-click while the application is running and you’ll see options (in case of stocks the options that appear are “Add Stock”, “Delete Stock” and “Pin Stock”). You can drag and drop the tiles around to re-arrange them.
The two-finger gesture for scrolling works vertically but not horizontally. To scroll horizontally look to the bottom of the screen for a scroll bar. However on the main menu screen (above) two finger scrolling up and down actually results in a left to right scrolling action so that can be helpful.
UPDATE: I recorded a new video and posted a new blog to update this for the latest Windows 8 Preview on ITNinja: http://www.itninja.com/blog/view/test-driving-windows-8