My Favorite Things (take 2)

Here it is again, a brief round-up of a few things that I’m digging right now.


1. Dropbox

I’ve been using Dropbox for awhile now and it is an amazing tool. Here’s how it works: you install the program on to your computer and it adds a folder to your Documents folder (you can move it anywhere you like). Once the folder is installed, anything that you save to this folder (or subfolders you create) will be automatically backed up to your Dropbox account (the free account initially gives you 2gigs of space). The really cool thing is that you can install the program on multiple computers (i.e. work and home) and Dropbox automatically syncs the content of the folders across computers so that the most recent version of a file saved at work will be there when you get home or vice versa. Another very cool feature is ability to share folders. I use this feature to share large files with friends, but it’s also helpful for projects with multiple people. Even without the super cool stuff, the peace of mind that comes with automatic backups is a priceless. Of course, we know that we should back up regularly, but who actually does it as often as they should. Dropbox FTW. If you’re interested, feel free to use my referral link for a space bonus.

2. Spotify

I knew it was a possibility, but yeah. Spotify is the real deal. In case you’re wondering what Spotify is, it is a Swedish music service that has been around in Europe since about 2006. How does it work? Well, Spotify allows you to play music from both your library and theirs (their library clocks in at about 15 million songs). You can also create playlists and share them via Facebook or just links. It’s a really great way to discover new music and find music you may have forgotten about. There are three pricing levels for Spotify: Free, Unlimited and Premium. A Free account currently offers unlimited streaming but will probably be capped at 10 hours per month and contains ads. A Unlimited account cost $4.99 per month, will continue to offer unlimited streaming and eliminates ads. A Premium account eliminates ads, offers unlimited streaming, offline abilities and mobile apps for iPhone and Android for $9.99 a month. Currently, the free accounts are invitation only, but BMI still has some invites to give away and going through this way should speed up the process.

3. How Did This Get Made

HDTGM is essentially Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas and a weekly special guest, “making sense of the movies that make no sense”. Every other week, the HDTGM crew watches a bad movie and talks about what makes it so bad. If this doesn’t seem like a good idea for a bi-weekly podcast, you’ve never seen Battlefield Earth, Old Dogs or Mac & Me. Always a good time.

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