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Nonny's fundraiser went so big that she was able to snag a ginormous incredible sweet little Asus on sale $300 off - with an i7 processor, 750gig hard drive, 8 gig ram - it is super incredible compared to the ones it replaced. It makes the one I used to play Diablo 3 on look like junk and it wasn't that bad for running D3 or videos. Plus a year's extended warranty and a 7 port USB hub to go on the Mac because the backup Mac has only 2 USB ports. I can either charge my iPhone or put my USB key drive on, not both at the same time or add webcam or anything.

It's coming FAST too! It'll probably be here Wednesday! WOW!

I am going to be setting them up in tandem like I did when I had the Linux desktop and a PC at the same time (that was on a really huge desk). Both are laptops and the Asus is a 14" one so it's not super wide. They might fit next to each other on the little black table. Or I'll find another place for the printer and use the other folding table. That would let me work on writing or graphics and be online at the same time easily. This ALWAYS is a good thing if I have two working machines. I write much more and better if I'm hanging out online while I do. Same thing art, except for art it'd be going online on one and stare at reference photo on the other. Whichever one has the nicer screen.

Which might be the Mac, because Macs are legend for graphics.

I am overjoyed and thrilled! THANK YOU! to cattraine for the Mac and everybody for the Asus! This is incredible! From bottom of pits without hope, to being kitted up with the best I've ever had. PURRRRR thank you!

Ari thanks you and purrs loud at you too, he knows my lap is a happier place now. He's been getting cuddly lately. Also rowdy and playing a lot with his mice and a towel and chasing his tail on the bed. Our bed is his trampoline!
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stormerider
Jun. 10th, 2013 08:22 pm (UTC)
Btw... now that bandwidth isn't an issue... check out Spotify :)
robertsloan2
Jun. 10th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
What is Spotify? Sounds interesting.
robertsloan2
Jun. 10th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Purr thank you! I might give it a try. Especially to try to find more of the techno stuff I've been getting into. Next Saturday night I will start taking notes on bands and song titles. Thanks!
stormerider
Jun. 11th, 2013 12:25 am (UTC)
You can look for stuff you know you like and build playlists, and you can also take a playlist of stuff that you like and tell it to go into radio mode where it plays recommendations and you can thumbs up / thumbs down what it comes up with.

It's pretty sweet. Free accounts have ads between songs, but that's kind of like radio these days anyways :P
robertsloan2
Jun. 11th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm more into the finding stuff I know I like and download. My radio station doesn't do ads every song. That'd be way too much. What I love, love, love is Radio Rivendell. No ads and it IS writing music, all of it, more like if I had spending money I would be buying albums off things I hear on it.
stormerider
Jun. 11th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
Oh, it's not between every song-- gods, noone would try it long enough to bother upgrading, hah. I meant more every... 10 songs or so. Not sure exactly, I've had a pro account for a long time so that I can use it on my phone, too.
robertsloan2
Jun. 11th, 2013 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh that's no big deal then. My problem with most "Recommendations" is that they are based on instruments or styles rather than on theme and lyrics. I can love a song for being something deep and interesting in theme, then get hit with 15 more that have similar sound and lyrics that set me red-eyed with rage.

I finally realized that the topics were why music recomendations just don't work for me. My taste in music is actually eclectic but I don't want any monotheist content or conservative themes or racism, sexism, heterosexism, and if I go just on type of music it won't sort that way. There is a LOT that is consumerist.

Every time I tried to explain what I choose music on, people looked at me funny like I was crazy to care about the content of the lyrics. But I do and it's worse if they're hard to understand because I might start to like it and then realize I am grooving along with ideas that turn my stomach.

This makes more sense now that I live out here in San Francisco. Do you know of any way to search on content using Spotify? The other one I tried like that totally sucked, my liiking a heavy metal song about quests and dragons turned into a spate of white supremacy material and a lot of random metal about sex that was all hetero. No more dragons and things for about 40 songs. Then I couldn't start a new string on something I liked without similar results and still a lot of the heavy metal but creepy stuff because I clicked like on the not obnoxious ones.
stormerider
Jun. 11th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Nonny does more of the radio searching than I do, but it is customizeable, and learns from your reactions to the recommendations.
robertsloan2
Jun. 11th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
That was what the one I had problems with did. It learned from my reactions to the recommendations but I got nowhere in about 200 tries. There just wasn't enough TO like on theme and I did like some on inoffensive topics but my likes had nothing in common. They were still serving just as many scary songs. I'll have to check out how they can customize and what the customize criteria are. I can't choose on genre because it no longer seems to correlate with theme. Very frustrating. It's a simple idea to communicate to a human being and almost impossible to a machine. I am not sure if lyrics content even has any filter other than "adult" or "censorship-friendly."

Eh, I'll give it a try but the recommendations thing might be a hurdle, unless I can find a name and artist for strong pagan content and gay content and feed those in at the top. Trying to start with "dragons" sure didn't work.
stormerider
Jun. 11th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
My recommendation (and Nonny may have better, I'd suggest pinging her) is to make some playlists based on music that you already have in MP3 form. From there, see what it recognizes and what it doesn't (the more popular it is, the more likely they'll have it-- but they started overseas so it's not as biased as say Pandora was towards the US music industry), and generate a radio station based off of what it does recognize once you have a playlist with enough recognized items. It can serve as a fully functional player for your local MP3s, like Winamp/MediaMonkey, and it actually replaced that for Nonny and myself. Being able to catch new albums after release without having to drop $$ for them was a big bonus.
robertsloan2
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Yay! The player thing may wait till Thursday when the ASUS is here, but this will work now. Also I'm getting a link to a good starter playlist of fantasy and metal, though we just realized the Norse pagan opens up all the racist viking groove too. It's still hard sometimes.
stormerider
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
... sometimes I really hate humanity *sigh*
robertsloan2
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
This is why if Spotify or any service set up a "Sort on themes" with human beings process they might get tons of people making them the most favorite. A theme filter that let you separate glow in the dark Jesus satire songs from actual hymns or Viking conservative from Norse pagan liberal would be totally brilliant, but you can't do it on keyword either. You might be able to get it on certain combinations and patterns from short strong on theme playlists.

I might have to start doing that from the outset. Set up my playlists on themes and never just like something without putting it in a personal category.
robertsloan2
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC)
And yeah, sometimes I have that same feeling.
stormerider
Jun. 12th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
The other cool thing about Spotify is that you can share links to songs on FB (just right click and go into sharing), and follow friends from FB who also use Spotify, so you can check out what they're listening to, and auto-update FB with what you're listening to (and easily turn it off if don't feel like being social).

It hits all my Web 2.0 media needs/wants :)
robertsloan2
Jun. 12th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Does sound better than Pandora! Purr!
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