17 nov 2012, 14:30As from Yesterday I am no longer gainfully employed by Last FM. After a lot of soul searching I have decided to move on. This decision was made in part because I feel I'd gone about as far as I could and in part because the vision of the future for the MIR team is one that I couldn't really see myself being part of.
16 nov 2012, 23:38The perceptive among you may have noticed that I no longer have a staff badge against my avatar. There's a good reason for this - as from today I am no longer gainfully employed by Last FM. I've decided to take some time out to pursue other things and take a well deserved rest.
I am going to keep my Global Mod privs and although I probably won't be as active as a lot of the other moderators I will be happy to assist with any moderator type things if you need help. Please note that this doesn't include requests for support, which should be posted in the support forums.
So, it's goodbye from evilrix Staff and hello from evilrix Alumna.
7 aug 2012, 14:51I decided to make a Last FM web app for Google Chrome. I use Chrome all the time (it's the only browser worth my time) and so I decided it was about time there was a simple App shortcut for Last FM.
You are free to use this but please note that it is NOT an official Last FM product.
16 dec 2011, 11:55We had our Last FM office xmas party last night. We played a number of games based on Nevermind The Buzzcocks. One of the games was for each quiz team to go and re-make a famous video.
This was my teams effort.
This is what the original one looks like.
Uncanny how accurate we got it, eh? In case you're wandering, I'm the rather cute middle guitarist with the massive fake boobs :)
29 aug 2010, 01:49My current favourite plug-in for my favourite browser (Google Chrome) is the most excellent Last.fm free music player
Now, if the author would be kind enough to add radio support I will be one very happy Scrobble Overlord :)
8 jun 2010, 12:45
8 jun 2010, 12:39Ok, I don't mean to make everyone jealous but there are some really cool benefits to working for last.fm. For example, today I decided to give the lastest last.fm official desktop scrobbler a whirl. I tried a much earlier version a while ago and whilst it looked promising it wasn't quite stable enough for every day use.
Well, I am happy to report the latest alpha drop is stunning and runs like a dream!!!
Read more about the forthcoming client here.
Big Kudos to jonocole and the rest of the client development team for doing such a fantastic job. I can't wait for the release version :)
1 jun 2010, 06:52All,
We'd like to announce a small tool we've written for the playground that allows you to restore any artist or track you may have deleted from your library by accident.
It's not all bells and whistles, but it might be useful if you've ever removed something from your library only to have that gut wrenching feeling when you realize you've deleted more that you intended.
Here is the blog post announcing it formally.
Hopefully you'll find this useful but if you do find any issues of have any feedback please do let us know by posting on the blog.
All the best.
22 maj 2010, 17:11I've been typing since I was about 5 (well over 30 years) and in all that time I never bothered to learn to type properly. Like many people I was a "hunt and peck" typist and the technique has served be well. My reason for not bothering to learn the correct, touch type way -- or rather my excuse, because the truth is it was really just down to laziness -- is that as software engineer it really doesn't matter if I can't touch type.
Well, a few weeks ago I decided enough was enough... everyone around me can touch type and I was starting to feel a little bit like a leaper. Where I work all communication is via IRC and my inability to touch type was starting to be a bit of a disability. You see, as a hunt and peck typist you can generally only type too ways, slow but accurate or fast but in accurate. The problem being that you don't see what's been typed until you look up from the keyboard. Then you see the errors you've made and either correct them or choose to live with them. This causes lots of frustrating conversations with my co-workers on IRC. Like I said, most of them can already type properly so I am the problem!
So Anyway, I did it... I made up my mind and from that moment on decided I would no longer look at the keyboard. Hell, I've been typing for 30+ years so how hard can it be? Well, as it turned out it was bloody hard. Firstly, it turned out that looking at the keyboard when I type had almost become an involuntary action. I just couldn't stop myself. Gah! Ok, so after about a day of forcing myself not to look at the keyboard I was finally able to type and keep my focus on the screen. When I say type what I really mean is make a mess of random letters on the screen. How can it be I have been typing for so long and I still have no idea where any of the keys are?
So, I did plenty of Google searching and found plenty of online touch typing courses (free of course, I'm far too tight to spend money) and started learning to type all over again. Oh boy this was so frustrating. On a good day my hunt and peck style could see me bang out about 40 Words Per Minute (WPM) and yet with my new touch typing skills I could barely manage 8 WPM! There is one word that sums up what I was feeling... FRUSTRATED!!!
Anyway, I've stuck with it and I am now up to about 24 WPM. I'm still pretty slow and I still make plenty of mistake; however, I see them now as soon as they happen so I can correct them immediately. This means I can keep a train of thought going without having to pause to correct my error. It's still frustrating, especially as I spend most of my time using a laptop and I've gotten pretty good on that but when I revert to a full size keyboard I regress a little. I am still unable to type numbers properly without looking but I am slowly improving there too. My worse letters are z and p as they are tricky little beggers and some of the lesser used punctuation still throws me.
All in all I am happy that I decided to take the plunge into the world of touch typing... I would never go back to my hunt and peck method. Although it's still frustrating that I make plenty of mistakes I am confident (and have been reassured) that over time these will become less and less and in about 12 months I'll be able to bang out these pointless blog posts by the dozen with no effort what-so-ever.
If you don't touch type -- you really should think about giving it a go. Yes it's hard but it's quite fun and definitely worth while.
21 maj 2010, 18:10Listening to a track and you want to sing along but don't know the words? Having trouble trying to figure out what your favourite artist is slurring?
Try this wicked tool that shows the lyrics to the track you're currently scrobbling!