links for 2008-12-08

  • Canon EOS Rebel XS (a.k.a. 1000D) SLR Digital Camera Kit (Black) with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens * 10 Megapixel * 2.5" LCD Monitor * Live View Function * 3.0 fps Continuous Shooting * High Sensitivity (ISO 1600) * Picture Style Settings * Uses Canon EF & EF-S Lenses * Integrated Cleaning System
  • Because if you don't stand up for the stuff you don't like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you've already lost.
  • "Beneath the burning rays of the crimson sun of Athas, a Mul gladiator; daughter of a human and a dwarf, fights for her life in the Arena against a lizard-like beast of the desert wastes." During my active years of playing Dungeons and Dragons, the world of the Dark Sun setting (called Athas) really appealed to me. It was kind of like "Lord of the Rings" meets "Dune" ^_^
  • Songbird turned 1.0 this week, and aims to do to iTunes what Firefox did to Internet Explorer. That is, it aims to take the basic design of something closed and proprietary, and turn it into something open and extensible and fun. Songbird aims to give the power back to the people. Appearing in February 2006, Songbird is five years younger than Apple’s iTunes, and does not yet match it feature for feature. iPod support, album artwork, podcast support and stability are considered beta features and need improving. CD ripping, watching folders for changes and video support are all still coming. However, Songbird’s unique features make it a great media player in the Web 2.0 world. It is a flexible tool that belongs in the toolkit of any musician who explores new music online. In particular, the way it works with music-related websites and blogs greatly interests me. Songbird has completely changed the way I think about discovering and playing music online.
  • The past ten years have completely changed the way we listen to music, watch movies and television, and take photos, and one thing is abundantly clear: The future of your media lies undeniably in the digital realm. Now you just need to find the perfect media center application to pull it all together. Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite media center applications, and today we're back with the five most popular answers. Keep reading for a closer look at the favorites, then cast your vote for the media center app you count on to manage your digital media life.
  • Access to Google contacts and synchronize them with Thunderbird address books.
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