★ On gaming consoles.

From The Official Microsoft Blog

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of the hit digital entertainment system, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday.

Very impressive.

I’ve been thinking about getting a new console lately. I used to own an XBOX 360 but it went belly up on me a about a year ago. (the famous red ring of death, about 5 months after the warranty expired) and now I’m doubting wether I should get an XBOX again or give the Playstation 3 a try?I haven’t done any online gaming on consoles so I’m not sure wether I’ll want to use XBOX Live (which is payed) or not.

All arguments for one or the other are welcome 🙂

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★ Less music, more listening.

If you’ve spent 2 minutes on Facebook over the last week, you’ll probably have noticed that Spotify is now available in Belgium. Sweet.
Since I’ve been trying to get Spotify working (and been trying to pay for it) for over a year, I was very happy to seem them arrive in Belgium.

With Spotify, we now have an absolute abundance of music at our fingertips and discovering new bands has never been so easy (use Spotify’s radio or artist radio function for that). And with all that music readily available, did I really need to keep my iTunes library on MacBook’s hard drive? Moving it to an external drive would free up about 40 gigs of hard drive space, which is a lot considering the 120gb drive I’m using in this machine. Next thought in line: with all the music Spotify offers, did I really need to keep all this other music?

So, the plan was to create a new iTunes library and only import of selection of the music I previously had. But (here it comes)?In an attempt to make an extra backup of my current library, I overwrote the first backup with an empty folder. Smart move jackass. And since I performed these steps with a couple of hours/days in between them, downloading a backup wasn’t an option because the changes had already synced to the cloud.

Hold on, I’m getting to what this post is actually about.

In a final attempt to get my music back, I connected my iPod classic and threw several tools at it, all without avail. The only thing iTunes would let me do, was transfer my purchases and do a format. Which I did.

So now I only have the music I purchased through iTunes, not the stuff I ripped from cd and acquired elsewhere. 450 sings.
When I got home from work today (a day later), I was getting ready so spend the entire evening importing and ripping cps when I realized something. I hadn’t listened 95% of those 450 songs for a very very long time and by adding tons of other music, I was just going to forget about them again.

So. The plan is to listening to each song at least once. Off course, I’ll still use Spotify, but my iPod is synced to iTunes, so that’s the only music I’ll have on the go. (don’t use my iPhone for music) And when I’m tired of this limited amount of songs, then I’ll start ripping cd’s again.

★ De Heideroosjes.

After months of not doing much photography, I finally got my drive back and emailed the lovely people at Het Depot to ask if I could shoot a couple of concert for them. They happily accepted and I replied with 4 concerts I would like to do.

The first one was last Wednesday, De Heideroosjes. Talk about a blast from the past?When I was 17/18 years old, I listened to these guys a lot and saw them live on a number of occasions (7 different concert as memory servers, probably more) and I own all their albums on cd. Now, 7 years later, the band it calling it quits and it doing a goodbye tour through The Netherlands and Belgium. First stop: Het Depot. And I was there.

The concert sold out, the hall was packed and the atmosphere was great. Personally, I didn’t like the pre show at all, but they only played 4 or 5 songs so?(If you have to ask the crowd to do a circle pit or give away a t-shirt for someone to start crowd surfing, you’re forcing it.)

The main course however, was delicious. While the guys have gotten a lot older, they’re still just as explosive and in your face as they were 7 years ago. I was in the front row, just left of stage center and had an absolute blast. It was loud, hot, sweaty and I made some nice images. You can find the full set here.

Heideroosjes

Heideroosjes

Heideroosjes

★ Favoriting tweets

A little ramble on favorite-ing tweets:

When I want to read something later, when something’s funny and/or when I want to remember something, I give it a star. (still looking for a better system for this, a place to save them all or something like that because Twitter sometimes kills the old ones?)

As of late, Twitter has added a function that emails you when someone gives one of your tweets a star. And that has somewhat made me a little conscious about staring things. Do I want that person to I know that I liked what they just wrote? On the one hand, why not right? It feels a bit like a confession between me and the tweet’s writer. But it’s also a little bit of a secret.

★ The cost of not buying good software.

Good software is virtually free, regardless of its purchase price, because the payback dwarfs the investment. If your time is worth something, you?d be rational to pay hundreds of dollars for applications you use every day.

An interesting and usual point of view, but one that’s spot on none the less: “good software pays for itself”.

Apps like 1password, Alfred, Sparrow, TextExpander, Adobe Lightroom come to mind. Think about how much you use these and how much time they save you (or how much easier they make certain tasks).