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  1. heist pic eh...sounds pretty sweet to me

    Since you are a music man, check out this cool 80s french movie in the video bins:

    Diva (I prefer the subtitled version)... Its sort of a heist movie with a twist, very cool cinematography, and an operatic score and one of my favorite movies

  2. Re: Ladder Theory

    Criticism:I have lots of male friends who would never think of me that way blah blah blah.

    Answer:Your friend doesn't find you attractive, or he's currently doing better, or he's gay or you're wrong.

    Criticism:That's not true

    Answer:Yes it is.

    :rofl: :frog:

  3. State of the Art: Hand-Helds That Offer Video to Go

    March 11, 2004


    IF you hadn't noticed, audio inventions are inevitably followed by corresponding video versions. Radio begat TV; audio tape begat videotape; CD's begat DVD's.

    It was only a matter of time, then, before it occurred to somebody to invent, for want of a better term, the video iPod: a hand-held personal-entertainment gizmo with a color

    screen capable of playing movies.

    That idea has certainly occurred to Microsoft. At the

    Consumer Electronics Show in January, Bill Gates

    demonstrated prototypes of something un-catchily named the

    Microsoft Portable Media Center. Creative Labs, iRiver,

    Samsung, Sanyo and ViewSonic all intend to unveil

    Microsoft-based video players by year's end.

    But you don't have to wait. Two hand-held video players are

    already on the market, each marching to its own

    non-Microsoft drummer: the Archos AV320 and the RCA Lyra

    RD2780. You can find them online for $336 and $420,

    respectively, not bad considering that music-only players

    with the same capacity (20 gigabytes) cost about $300.

    Now, video players will never be quite the smash hit that

    audio players have been. One significant difference is that

    there aren't as many times and places for using one. For

    example, it's O.K. to listen to music as you drive, jog or

    perform surgery, but probably not such a great idea to

    watch movies. You have to load your player with video a lot

    more often, too; you might listen to a favorite song 100

    times in your life, but you probably have a lower tolerance

    for repeated viewings of, say, "2 Fast 2 Furious."

    Still, the video pod concept has much to offer. Such a

    device can turn any airline into JetBlue, with its personal

    seat-back TV screens, except that you control what's

    available and you don't miss the ending of "Friends" when

    the guy in front of you reclines into your lap. When you

    finally get to your secluded vacation cabin, you can hook

    the video pod up to a TV for a whole weekend of VHS-quality

    movie viewing. The Lyra even has a Compact Flash card slot,

    so when you've filled up your digital camera with nature

    photos, you can empty out the memory card onto the player

    and return to the field, ready for more shooting.

    In many ways, the Archos and the Lyra video players are two

    peas in an electronics store. Each is an 11- or 12-ounce

    rectangular slab too big and too heavy for a pocket. The

    Lyra is thinner but longer (5.4 inches by 3.1 inches by 1

    inch); the Archos is smaller but thicker (4.4 by 3.2 by


    The bright, clear color screen measures 3.5 inches (Lyra)

    or 3.8 inches diagonally (the Archos). A permanent

    rechargeable battery plays video for a little over three

    hours; the Archos provides 10 hours of music playback by

    shutting off its screen (a feature RCA plans to add to the

    Lyra in a software update later this month). Inside, a

    20-gigabyte hard drive holds about 20 movies, 5,000 songs,

    or 200,000 photos. (The Archos is available in 40- and

    80-gigabyte models for those who feel constrained by that

    repressive 200,000-picture limit.)

    A home screen shows icons for the player's contents: Video,

    Audio, Photos, and Files, for example. (Oh, that's right -

    you can use a video pod as an external hard drive for

    transporting Mac or PC files back and forth.) Using a

    cheap-feeling, often-exasperating plastic joystick next to

    the screen, you open the "folder" you want, choose a song,

    picture or movie, and then press Play.

    So how did those songs, pictures and movies get onto the

    machine to begin with?

    When you hook the player up to a Mac or PC with a U.S.B.

    2.0 cable, the player appears on the screen as though it's

    a hard drive; you drag your pictures and music into the

    corresponding folders. (The Archos can also use a special

    FireWire cable, although the company has the gall to charge

    $60 for it.)

    Getting video onto the player is a more complicated story.

    The easiest way is to use the video pod as a glorified VCR,

    using its Record button. As your VCR, camcorder or TiVo

    plays, the player records its video feed in real time. The

    Archos can even record from commercial tapes and DVD's.

    (The RCA is designed to prevent that sort of lawyer bait,

    although the Web is full of workarounds.)

    If you prefer to transfer video directly from your Mac or

    PC - a movie you've made, for example, or one you've

    downloaded - buckle your seat belts; it's going to be a

    geeky ride. These machines require something called

    MPEG-4-encoded Divx 4 or 5 files. Converting movie files

    into this special format requires special software - Archos

    provides it, RCA does not - and a good deal of technical


    Nobody ever said that 1.0 versions of anything are perfect,

    but that's especially true of the Lyra, whose software is

    appallingly half-baked. Many actions - trying to adjust the

    brightness of a photo, change the graphic equalizer or push

    the joystick up or down - produce only a message that says:

    "Feature will be available in future upgrades. Visit

    rca.com/lyra for details." RCA has indeed released several

    software upgrades since the machine's debut in November,

    but Lyra owners online (including some of those posting

    reviews at Amazon.com) grumble that they've paid for the

    privilege of doing RCA's beta-testing.

    Apparently trying to compensate, RCA includes an especially

    generous assortment of accessories right in the box: a

    carrying case, cigarette-lighter adapter, and even an

    adapter that plays the music or soundtrack through your

    car's cassette player. You feel as though you've just

    bought a car with the most expensive options package and

    then, when you step on the brake at 65 miles an hour, a

    message says, "Feature will be available in future


    Nor is that the only surprising lapse in the Lyra's design.

    The whole operating system is, to use the technical term,

    dog slow; you'll practically spend as much time looking at

    the hourglass icon as at your movies. Dark scenes in movies

    frequently fall apart into bursts of pixel crumbs. There's

    no Back button, so if you want to change songs or movies,

    you must return to the main menu screen and begin drilling

    down again. You don't get an instruction book, not even on

    a CD. (You're told to download the electronic manual from

    the Web.)

    In short, Lyra self-help groups are surely forming in

    church basements all around the country.

    The Archos player lacks those particular inanities, and

    even offers perks like a remote control and a built-in

    microphone for voice notes, but it's not perfect, either.

    It could really use something like the Lyra's kickstand to

    hold it upright on a table. The various input and output

    jacks on the player's edges are labeled, but on a different

    face of the device; more than once, you'll inadvertently

    stick the headphones into the identical-looking microphone

    jack. Similarly, onscreen labels often appear to identify

    the changing functions of the three vertically stacked

    physical control buttons, but the labels are arrayed across

    the bottom of the screen, rather than vertically beside the

    buttons themselves.

    Make no mistake: it's quite a technical feat to build a

    personal video player that does so much and costs so

    little. And compared with, say, personal DVD players, these

    early players cost less and take up a lot less space; they

    also offer recording features and play a lot more than just

    Hollywood movies.

    Apparently, adding polish and coherence to this seething

    mass of features is an even greater feat, however. RCA

    ought to send the young Lyra to its room without supper, so

    that it can think about what it means to be a well-behaved

    video pod. Archos, on the other hand, has the first truly

    usable video pod on its hands - a little rough in spots,

    but otherwise ready for prime time.

    Alas, that prime time may be only a short time. You know

    how, near the end of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of

    the King," Aragorn and his tiny band take a hopeless,

    desperate stand against the vast Orc armies that pour from

    evil Sauron's gates? As RCA and Archos watch Microsoft's

    own video-pod armies amassing behind a different sort of

    Gates, they probably know exactly how Aragorn felt.


  4. Off the top of my head, alot of these guys put some of the guys above to shame!

    Stephen Hunter (Lou Reed's Rock & Roll Animal/Detroit)

    Pat Metheney (Jazz/Rock)

    BBKing/Albert King/Chuck Berry/John Hammond/Albert Collins/John Lee Hooker,etc.

    Dave Edmunds (early days)

    Mick Taylor


    Funkadelic Guitar Player

    Martin Barre

    Steve Miller

    Bruce Springsteen

    Tom Petty

    Robin Trower

    Robbie Robertson

    Dave Navarro

    I'll be back to add more...

  5. Here's their list (Thanx, Reg)... Who are they missing?

    1. Jimi Hendrix

    2 Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band

    3 B.B. King

    4 Eric Clapton

    5 Robert Johnson

    6 Chuck Berry

    7 Stevie Ray Vaughan

    8 Ry Cooder

    9 Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

    10 Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones

    11Kirk Hammett of Metallica

    12 Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

    13 Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead

    14 Jeff Beck

    15 Carlos Santana

    16 Johnny Ramone of the Ramones

    17 Jack White of the White Stripes

    18 John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

    19 Richard Thompson

    20 James Burton

    21 George Harrison

    22 Mike Bloomfield

    23 Warren Haynes

    24 The Edge of U2

    25 Freddy King

    26 Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave

    27 Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits

    28 Stephen Stills

    29 Ron Asheton of the Stooges

    30 Buddy Guy

    31 Dick Dale

    32 John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service

    33 & 34 Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth

    35 John Fahey

    36 Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's

    37 Bo Diddley

    38 Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac

    39 Brian May of Qeen

    40 John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival

    41 Clarence White of the Byrds

    42 Robert Fripp of King Crimson

    43 Eddie Hazel of Funkadelic

    44 Scotty Moore

    45 Frank Zappa

    46 Les Paul

    47 T-Bone Walker

    48 Joe Perry of Aerosmith

    49 John McLaughlin

    50 Pete Townshend

    51 Paul Kossoff of Free

    52 Lou Reed

    53 Mickey Baker

    54 Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane

    55 Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple

    56 Tom Verlaine of Television

    57 Roy Buchanan

    58 Dickey Betts

    59 & 60 Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien of Radiohead

    61 Ike Turner

    62 Zoot Horn Rollo of the Magic Band

    63 Danny Gatton

    64 Mick Ronson

    65 Hubert Sumlin

    66 Vernon Reid of Living Colour

    67 Link Wray

    68 Jerry Miller of Moby Grape

    69 Steve Howe of Yes

    70 Eddie Van Halen

    71 Lightnin' Hopkins

    72 Joni Mitchell

    73 Trey Anastasio of Phish

    74 Johnny Winter

    75 Adam Jones of Tool

    76 Ali Farka Toure

    77 Henry Vestine of Canned Heat

    78 Robbie Robertson of the Band

    79 Cliff Gallup of the Blue Caps (1997)

    80 Robert Quine of the Voidoids

    81 Derek Trucks

    82 David Gilmour of Pink Floyd

    83 Neil Young

    84 Eddie Cochran

    85 Randy Rhoads

    86 Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath

    87 Joan Jett

    88 Dave Davies of the Kinks

    89 D. Boon of the Minutemen

    90 Glen Buxton of Alice Cooper

    91 Robby Krieger of the Doors

    92 & 93 Fred "Sonic" Smith, Wayne Kramer of the MC5

    94 Bert Jansch

    95 Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine

    96 Angus Young of AC/DC

    97 Robert Randolph

    98 Leigh Stephens of Blue Cheer

    99 Greg Ginn of Black Flag

    100 Kim Thayil of Soundgarden

  6. The Copyright Office, under Marybeth Peters, after input from lawyers hired by one of the "Big 5" of the RIAA, found that digital music files, ought not to be governed by the limitation of first sale doctrine....

        Actually, Marybeth Peters, judging from her statements, must live in a make believe fairy tale world of absolutes where digital data, like some sleeping beauty, lies pristine for centuries, eons, millenia...without wrinkles...like someone who has way too much botox...where all copies are perfect and never change. It's a world in which hard drives never crash, cross linking of files never occurs, files never get corrupted, CRCs always match perfectly...and on and on reductio ad absurdum....


  7. Sunnyvale-Based Yahoo Teams with Top ISPs to Sue Spammers

    Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Several prominent Internet service providers, including Sunnyvale-based Yahoo, America Online, Earthlink and Microsoft, have teamed to file lawsuits against hundreds of habitual Internet spammers. The companies say they have shared information and resources in targeting several hundred defendants, who they say collectively sent out millions of unwanted commercial e-mails to their subscribers in violation of the new U.S. "Can Spam" Act. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, allows for harsh new penalties against large-scale spammers that use fraud, deceit and evasion to try to send junk e-mail to consumers. "Congress gave us the necessary tools to pursue spammers with stiff penalties, and we in the industry didn't waste a moment," said Randall Boe, AOL's executive vice president and general counsel. The suits have been filed in California, Georgia, Virginia and Washington state.



  8. Part II

    Does javascript Affect Ranking?

    by Jon Ricerca


    Almost all SEO's agree that using too much javascript

    can harm your rankings and might confuse the search

    engines. Is it true? We decided to answer this extremely

    simple question for the two leading search engines using

    a simple statistical analysis.

    The methodology: I gathered the results of the queries

    that were naturally performed last month by myself and

    three associates using the two leading search engines and

    analyzed them. I had to visit each page and check the HTML

    source code to see if javascript was being used. I counted

    the number of pages found that utilized javascript for the

    first 8 rankings. The results for each of the two leading

    search engines were kept separate so that we could

    discover any differences between the two leading search

    engines for this factor.

    The resulting graphs show the number of pages utilizing

    javascript for each ranking. The Y-axis shows the number

    of pages found utilizing javascript, while the X-axis

    shows rankings 1 through 8. Here are the graphs for each

    of the two leading search engines:



    The result is very conclusive and very surprising. Both

    leading search engines rank pages that utilize javascript

    higher than pages that do not utilize javascript. This is

    another example of how the guesses of the SEO community

    are often just that... guesses... They have a 50% chance

    of being correct on any particular factor. In this case,

    the majority of the SEO community guessed wrong.


    1. There was no exercise to attempt to isolate different

    keywords. I merely took a random sampling of the queries

    performed by myself and three associates during the month.


    Pages which utilize javascript rank higher than pages that

    do not utilize javascript on both of the leading search


    This is merely a correlation study, so it cannot be

    determined from this study whether the leading search

    engines purposefully entertain this factor or not. The

    actual factors used may be far distant from the factor we

    studied, but the end result is that these search engines

    do, in fact, rank pages with javascript higher than pages

    without javascript in the study.

    Jon Ricerca is one of the leading researchers and authors

    of the Search Engine Ranking Factor (SERF) reports at

    SearchEngineGeek.com. For access to the other SERF

    reports, please visit:


  9. Search Engine Optimization

    by Scott F. Geld


    Search engines match the words or phrases used in a

    search request with those used in Website text. You want

    to make sure that your Website is optimized to come up

    high on the returned search list when potential customers

    are looking for products or services that your company

    offers. That means that copy on your Website must be rich

    in keywords or keyword phrases.


    So what is a keyword? Keywords are those words (or

    phrases) that most people use to search the Web for a

    particular product or service, or information.  For

    example, if you want to find a place that fixes cars, you

    might do a search on 'auto repairs'.

    Better Keywords

    When you choose keywords for your Web content, don't use

    words that are too broad. For example, if you sell floor

    cleaners for hardwood, you might be tempted to

    use 'floors' as a keyword in your copy. People could be

    searching for information about all kinds of topics

    related to floors...tile floors, granite floors, carpeted

    floors, unfinished floors and so on. But, you want to

    attract visitors who are looking for information

    specifically about 'hardwood floor cleaners'. To get

    qualified visitors to your site, you have use keywords or

    keyword phrases that will hone in on your business.

    Relevant Keywords

    Make sure that the keywords you use are relevant to the

    page that they are on. There's no point in using words or

    phrases that don't relate to the information on the page.

    It doesn't make sense to use a keyword or phrase just

    because it gives you an opportunity to be highly ranked.

    Once your visitor gets to a page, the content should make

    sense, or you loose credibility and they don't stick



    But what kind of traffic do you want? The kind of traffic

    you want at your Website, is traffic that stays. Just

    because you have a large volume of traffic, doesn't mean

    your Internet marketing efforts are going to pay off.

    What's important is that you get 'targeted' traffic...

    visitors that have found what they are looking. It's

    better to have fewer visitors, but more targeted prospects

    that are more likely to buy.

    Target Keywords

    Be sure to use keywords that accurately reflect your

    business. You may end up with fewer visitors, but you will

    have better qualified visitors and in the end that means

    higher revenue.

    Scott F. Geld is the Director of Marketing for

    MarketingBlaster.com, a company providing targeted traffic

    and direct links starting at just $5.  For more info: 


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