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(image) Librivox.org has produced over 7,000 free audio books which have been downloaded over 100 million times. All of this produced by volunteers on a show string. The organization counts some 40,000 registered volunteers who produce audio versions of books that are in the public domain. Some of these productions are really excellent.
It is a valuable resource to everyone who enjoys listening to books and learning how to product audiobooks.
It takes a lot of infrastructure to keep an organization like this up and running. They don't often ask for help or for donations, but right now they are. They have a target of $50,000. And they need your help to make it happen.
Like you, I enjoy podcasts and I know I have enjoyed free audio all over the internet and this is one of the real treasures. If you want to take a listen to one of their audiobooks, here is a podcast version of Tom Sawyer audiobook produced by LibriVox.
Please donate whatever you can. Here's a link to the donation page.
Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:53:58 +0000(image) This is a podcast review of the Amazon Kindle HD 7 inch model which goes for $199 at Amazon.com. This is the base model HD edition with 16 GB memory and Wi-Fi. The old Kindle’s screen broke, and this was what seemed like the next best thing to buy as a replacement. This was a replacement for a Kindle that with a broken screen. The Kindle Fire HD promised a lot of extra functionality in addition to being able to use the old Kindle functionality. Let me start by saying, that overall we are very pleased with the device, especially for the price. And for anybody looking for a device in the 7 inch tablet size then this would be a good choice for most people. Read more and listen to the podcast...
Mon, 27 Aug 2012 23:10:46 +0000
(image) Now that the summer is drawing to a close, I thought I would post about my three favorite movies from the summer movie season. Top of the list was The Dark Knight Rises. While the movie was not as good as The Dark Knight, it was well worth watching. The story held your attention and made you care about what was going on and Tom Hardy was a great Bane. The Dark Knight was a really great movie and this installment was not in that league, but if you haven't seen it make sure you do. It's a good idea to catch up on Batman by watching Batman Begins and The Dark Knight before you see it so that you're all caught up.
Second on my list was The Bourne Legacy. This was another action packed film in the Bourne series. You really need to watch the first three movies before seeing this one. This movie and the last one overlap in timelines so you will miss a lot if you haven't seen the last movie before seeing this one. I liked the action a lot, but didn't really care for the idea that these special agents were special due to taking drugs to amp up their performance. It wasn't a part of the books or a part of the original movies. I wish they had made up something better as the central plot line. But in any case, the movie delivers on the action front with lots of chase scenes and fights. The last chase scene seemed to remind me of Terminator 2 or 3 where the first gen terminator must battle a more advance Terminator model. They should have brought this out earlier as it would have given the movie more direct conflict earlier on. Bottom line is that if you liked the first three Bourne movies, you'll like this one too.
The last movie on my list is The Hunger Games. I put this on the list mostly because the story line is pretty good and they did a nice job with showing what they could in the compressed timeline of a movie version of a book. It's worth seeing, but a much better performance of the book is the audiobook book version of The Hunger Games. I loved the audiobook version and couldn't wait to listen to the last two books in the series. If you have to choose between seeing the movie and listening to the audiobook, get the audiobook - it's just better.
The last one I want to mention, is the trailer for Les Miserables. That looks really good, but we will have to wait for Christmas for that release.
That's my short list. What were your favorite movies of the summer?
Mon, 16 Jul 2012 04:09:10 +0000The old site had become, well, old and inflexible and lots of other problematic things, so I decided that after 7 years it was time to do a complete makeover. What you see today is just the beginning. Things work differently than they used to and I'm sorry if that's a problem for you, but change was needed and given that I am the sole designer, programmer of this little project I did what I thought would be good for me and for other users.
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Fri, 06 Jan 2012 18:39:27 +0000(image) Exhausting:)
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Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:49:19 +0000(image) A couple of years ago, I wrote about Fake Blogs being used to promote marketing scams. It seems that the fake bloggers have moved on to become Fake News sites.
Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:42:54 +0000Senator Ron Wyden is one of the few politicians anywhere who seems to really understands the Internet and the implications of Government intrusions into our privacy. He stands up to the Media industry and it's attack on the rights of innovators.
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 16:17:35 +0000It is being widely reported that Amazon and the state legislature have declared truce in the ongoing effort to get Amazon to collect sales taxes. In the deal that passed the legislature last Friday, Amazon and other online retailers get to delay collecting sales taxes until September 2012 so that they may try to lobby for a federal solution to the tax issue. In exchange, Amazon is going to drop its proposed initiative to block the law.
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:39:30 +0000The Sacramento Bee published an article describing Amazon's new offer to California's Governor Brown and the Legislature. Amazon is apparently offering to spend tens of millions of dollars on new distribution centers in California and hire 7,000 people in exchange for the state delaying until 2014 a law requiring out of state retailers to collect sales tax for the state.
Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:08:17 +0000My time with Steve Jobs happened a very long time ago. It was early 1980, or perhaps late 1979, and I was a freshman at Stanford. I heard that Steve Jobs was coming to talk to some students in a small group session. I don't actually recall why it caught my attention. I had probably heard of Apple computers back then, but I had never seen one. The only computers I had ever seen where in huge boxes behind thick glass windows.
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 19:20:59 +0000(image) I was recently invited to sign up for Spotify, an online music service that has been big in Europe for a number of years and is just now coming to America.
Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:34:22 +0000Amazon filed a petition with the California Attorney General to suspend the law recently passed by the State Legislature that attempts force out of state retailers with affiliates in state to collect sales tax. The petition was approved by the Attorney General and Amazon can now go on to collect signatures to try and get it on the ballet.
Thu, 30 Jun 2011 20:16:36 +0000The new job killiing California law that claims that affiliates (independent businesses that advertise products on a pay for performance basis) create sales tax nexus for out of state retailers and therefore subjects them to collecting sales tax, continues to claim victims.
Wed, 29 Jun 2011 20:04:30 +0000Jobs are being lost at 25,000 small businesses in California today due to a new law passed by the California Legislature. The new legislation is part of the budget package recently approved by the California Assembly and Senate. The legislation is an attempt to get Amazon to collect sales taxes by claiming that independent affiliates who choose to promote Amazon on a pay for performance basis create nexus for Amazon.
Wed, 11 May 2011 17:21:51 +0000I just read about Google's new Music Beta which seems to be their response to Amazon's recent announcement of Cloud Drive. I downloaded the app on my Droid phone, but all I got was some random podcast I had on my phone. So I next went to the Music Beta site to get that set up, but all I could do was request an invitation to join. Just like everyone else, I'm waiting to see how good it is. If you want more details right now, Engadget has a nice comparison chart of the two services. In the mean time, here's Google's video showing off what it looks like.
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 23:40:15 +0000Amazon introduced a new service called Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive acts as a personal cloud based server. That means you store your music, videos, documents on the web and listen to/watch/use it via downloads/streaming. You get 5 GB of storage for free and can buy more if you need it.
Amazon Cloud Drive is your hard drive in the cloud. Store your music, videos, photos, and documents on Amazon's secure servers. All you need is a web browser to upload, download, and access your files from any computer.
Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:34:42 +0000(image) I was checking Podcasting News this morning and came across their post announcing Soundcloud will now provide rss feeds that can be used for your podcast.
SoundCloud is an audio platform that enables anyone to upload, record, promote and share their originally-created sounds across the internet, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. From sample to symphony and soundbite to soliloquy, SoundCloud allows sound creators anywhere to instantly record audio on the site or via mobile applications and share them publicly or privately; to embed sound across websites, social networks and blogs and receive feedback from the community.
SoundCloud's open platform also supports a wide range of applications built on the SoundCloud API, enabling everything from mobile voice recording, online mastering, digital distribution to Facebook artist profiles and iPad music making. SoundCloud offers free accounts to amateur creators, with more advanced users able to upgrade to premium accounts for advanced features like statistics, controlled distribution and custom branding.
Sun, 12 Dec 2010 19:16:38 +0000Amazon is giving away free holiday song mp3s everyday until Christmas. They have already release 12 mp3s and have 13 more to go. Go ahead and get your Free Holiday MP3s(image) .
Sun, 12 Dec 2010 01:09:16 +0000Dave Kaminsky, of Web Video Univerisity, just released what looks like an interesting course called "How to Screencast Like a Pro". How To Screencast Like a Pro contains over 3 hours of step by step video based lessons and costs just $198. I'm posting Dave's video short on the course below. If you're interested here's the link to the sign up page: How to Screencast Like a Pro (aff)
Tue, 17 Aug 2010 17:35:43 +0000(image) My music is a mess. It seems that I have accumlated lots and lots of music and it isn't pretty. So, I need to find a way to organize my music.
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Wed, 28 Jul 2010 07:37:34 +0000(image) I'm not sure anyone else noticed, but I was stunned by a PSA run tonight by USA Network in association with its new show Covert Affairs.
Wed, 07 Jul 2010 21:02:54 +0000(image) A couple of students from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, Michael Koerbel and Anna Elizabeth James, have written and directed an entire movie - well a short film called "Apple of My Eye" using the iPhone as the camera and editing device. They did it all in 48 hours.