How To: Tag Your Music with Lyrics

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Lyrics are funny things. There are so many websites out there that specifically deal in a song’s lyrics. I mean, there are an intimidating amount of them, all with slightly different lyrics, sign-up options, advertising in the middle of lyrics, etc.

They also run into trouble with the law fairly often, and for a silly reasons. The user-contributed lyrics can break copyright/plagiarism laws apparently. I feel that user-contribution lyrics are Fair-Use, until you start making money off those lyrics. Hosting them is a different deal.

But anyway, it’s quite nice to look at your favourite song lyrics every now and then, as seeing something in text is easier to understand than purely sound. However, it’s inconvenient to fire up a web browser, search lyrics, then finally get the songs lyrics, but only on a screen, because you usually can’t/won’t print it out, and why would you anyway?, and then you only have it for as long as you keep the page open. Inconvenient, and slow. In comes tagging your mp3’s with lyrics.

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DRM – Damn Right it’s Mine!

DRM – Digital Rights Management. The latest in war against Piracy. Well, not the latest, but the current trend. DRM, put loosely, is a way for a company, or publisher, to make sure that a piece of their digital product gets used by a purchaser, and only that purchaser. To stop copying and and thus, stop the loss of revenue. I think. It could be used to piss us off.

There have been many different ways of implementing DRM, from the very subtle, to the very intrusive, in your face methods, some of which can hurt your PC’s performance. (Please note, for Gaming, a console never gets these issues. Eat it PC fanboys)
DRM is different to other anti-piracy methods, as Wikipedia explains. “The term (DRM) is used to describe any technology which inhibits uses (legitimate or otherwise) of digital content that was not desired or foreseen by the content provider”. So in layman, DRM restricts the way something is used by the user, whether legal or not. It’s a double-edged sword. The company protects itself, but it hurts legitimate users. So they look elsewhere, or simply pirate. And the pirate version does not feature these restrictions, so the DRM only ever affects the legal user. WTF?? That’s arresting someone for being capable of murder. You know, they do have hands! It’s targeting the wrong people.

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Browse Even Quicker (and Safer) with FireFox

Bet you think I’m talking about FireFox, hey? Well, only loosely. I’m going to quickly mention a few things FOR FireFox, but not FF directly. There should be a button on the right of this post, ’bout half way through, my Spread FireFox button, because I love it, and if you don’t already use it, you’re doing yourself a injustice as well as the rest of the world. Because Mozilla want to make the web a better place.

OK, now that you have FireFox, you need to start customizing it. IE, give it a new skin, a new persona (the little fox-head in the bottom right left corner), make it yours! And after all that, get FlashBlock. This blocks any flash based media on any webpage. Like when you visit a new webpage, and you then get to see some lovely adverts eating away at your data, flashing, playing noises and the like.
Easier to just get rid of them. FlashBlock blocks these, and replaces them with a little silver icon and frame to let you know something DOES go there, in case it was something you actually wanted.

Very useful, and easy. Once its installed, it needs no more instructions. Just right click the icon for more options, like to never block again, etc. I’ll keep listing my favourite add-ons in coming months

Why I Love Opera (Mini)

Opera Mini. Just this single app has changed the main purpose of my phone. Most people use their phone for trivial stuff, like phoning someone, to sending messages. Well, not I!

I discovered Opera Mini a few years back, can’t remember how I came across it, but somehow I downloaded it and gave it a try. That’s when the mobile internet revolution happened for me. Opera Mini is for normal cellphones. There is Opera Mobile for smartphones, but I’ve never used it, but I hear it’s good, and there is on available for iPhone.
The simple reason why I love Opera Mini, is that I can now browse the full web, with almost full functionality, just everywhere I go. Previously, if I wanted some info, I would have to navigate through my phones built-in browser. Or just wait until I was at a PC. Usually, I just waited for a PC, as phone browsers are not friendly, look terrible, and suck data so fast you’d think it was getting paid.
No, with Opera, I can very easily Google something, and have it displayed to me in a phone friendly format, while still having the entire web-page at my fingertips. No restriction to the mobile website, you have full access.

I only have my phone on me all the time for that reason. I can access the internet. I facebook through it, twitter via (best client I’ve found), look up movies, hell, I can even run my blog through it!
The only real limitation to Opera is actually the biggest. JavaScript. These days, most websites run a little JavaScript, and as a result, you don’t get the real deal. You do have basic access to the script, what little your phone can handle, but I guess that a Java based mini-web browser just does not have the processing power behind it. Pity, but I don’t think there is an alternative without upgrading you phone to a smartphone.

The latest version of Opera Mini is 5.0 beta 2. It supports tabs, so you can access multiple websites at once, has a password save function, download manager, advanced web-page compression and if you use a PC version of Opera, you can synchronize your bookmarks between your phone and mobile. It also supports almost all modern mobile phones, ie. colour.
Opera sits with only 3 other mobile applications on my phone. GMail, Google Maps, and 2go, an IM client I’ll explain another day. I love my Opera, and once you try it out, you’ll never be stuck in the DVD store, wondering what you should rent. It’s only a quick Google away, on your mobile phone.

Here’s a direct link for your mobile phone HERE

Update Me, Seymour!

    “There is an update available. Would you like to update now?”

    These messages are irritating. In fact, they are down right repulsive and as a result, any new piece of software I install gets dragged through the mud until I can find a setting to tell it to NOT tell me that there is a new version. However, I do like old software to be refreshed, and made useful again.
    Now, I’m not going to be searching the internet for updates to software that may, or may not be available. But I sure as hell am not going to be enabling any Auto-Updates. So, off I went to search for more software! (which also wants to auto-update)

    Now this software, Update Checker, is far from perfect. However, it is TINY in the way that only tiny can be. There is even a portable version (No install). This makes Matthew happy. Matthew likes freeware, prefers Open Source, but I did say its not perfect. All right, to the review!!
    FHUpChck, my personal shorthand (rhymes with Phupchuck), is a tiny freeware by It quickly scans software installed on the PC and returns a webpage with links to the updated installs of those programs. It does have a custom location scan, as it does not scan every single folder on the drive, which would be very slow.
    The webpage it returns shows the programs with updates, what version you have, and what is the latest. All the updates are hosted on their servers. I would have liked a link to a changelog, but that’s too bad. I’m still going to use it.
    I checked (Awesome site for, well, alternatives to software you currently use) and FHUpChck gets 45 likes versus 14 from Update Notifier. Seems others also like it. So go get it.
    Here’s the links Update Checker – Installer (112kb) Update Checker – Portable