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Hello there! Welcome to the first App of the Week. This part of the site showcasing great applications that we have found for any platform. App of the Week posts will be a single post with all of the apps for that week in it. We could do app of the day, but we figure it would be better to give a more thorough explanation of the apps and include setup and use guides rather than just a little blurb on the app. If you have any suggestions for next week’s post, please let us know by either leaving a comment or by contacting us (check the contact box off to the side) directly. This week, we will be featuring two applications: the Chromium browser and CustoPack Tools. Let’s get started!
From checking the data in Google Analytics, I know Google Chrome is the most popular browser among our visitors. I’ve used Chrome for a few years now across three of my own computers (and on my current desktop, I have not one, but two Chrome builds– Developer and Canary) and have also installed Chrome on my grandfather’s computers, my mom & dad’s, and even my sisters. It’s that good. Not only is it fast, but it is slick, lightweight, and minimalistic. The elegant, yet bare-bones design of Chrome started a revolution. We aren’t using browsers with fifty toolbars anymore. No longer do we have distracting clutter in our web-browsing experience. Other browsers have only just made their browsers look modern. It’s taken Firefox, a browser released before Chrome nearly 3 years to even approach what Chrome looked like in 2008. Sorry about that slightly off-topic bit, but do you see what I’m getting at? It’s that Chrome is a great browser. And even if only 28% of our readers use it, I know that at least 60% of our readers use what they believe is the best browser (that’s the Chrome users plus the FireFox users). This first application is for you guys.
I run Ubuntu on my horrible laptop for two reasons (1) I LOVE LINUX! (2) It can’t run anything else. There’s no Linux version of Google Chrome, so I found Chromium and downloaded it. I didn’t really see many differences between it and Google’s re-branded version, so I explored it a little. In the end, there really aren’t that many differences, but Google does add some features to Chrome that aren’t available in Chromium (due to licencing restrictions); including an auto-updater (I’ll show you why this is almost a non-issue later), an integrated Flash player and PDF viewer, support for the MP3 and AAC codecs in HTML5, and, obviously, the Google branding. Wait! Don’t leave yet! Despite these missing features, the switch to Chromium is worth it, especially if you are coming from another completely open-source (as in GPL, GNU, or Mozilla licensed) browser because those browsers cannot include the features Google adds (they are proprietary and these licenses disallow proprietary code).
So anyways, on to the benefits! First off, Chromium is the most up-to-date version of the project, often times getting updated more than once per hour! Obviously, you can’t keep up to date with all of these updates (most of them are bug fixes, anyways), but if you update daily or even twice a week, you will always have new features before your Chrome-using buddies, even if they are on the Canary or Dev builds of Chrome (the project update tree goes something like this: developed by user –> sometimes tested and fixed –> introduction in Chromium –> tested –> bug fixes –> tested –> available in Chrome Canary –> tested –> fixed –>available in Chrome Dev –> testing, etc. –> Chrome Beta –> Stable after usually more than 6 months). So yeah, you get the updates first. Second: there’s absolutely no tracking of any sort by Google. You probably don’t have anything to hide, but this does give a little peace of mind. Third: it’s faster. That’s almost entirely because of the more frequent updates, which allows a lot of different options in the about:flags page. The fourth reason, the biggest for some and the weakest for others is the fact that Chromium is completely open sourced and is released under 6 different open-source licenses. Using Chromium support open-source development and by using Chromium you are also a valuable tester who is helping both Chromium and Chrome.
I see you are now interested in using Chromium (or you’re bored or just reading this [you're weird and/or want to be a know-it-all] )… well then, lets get you set up. First thing’s first; download the browser! You can get Chromium the way developers are supposed to (that involves building Chromium– I don’t recommend it) , or you can just get it from Softpedia in a nice and simple package. I’m going to give instructions for settting up the latter option, as only crazy/uber1337-pro-baws people will go with the former option (and even for those who do, there are instructions provided by the authors of Chromium). So anyways, you will get a .zip from the Softpedia download. You should know what to do: unzip it. Once unzipped, you should see an application called Chrome (with the blue Chromium logo next to it). It’s weird, yes, but that actually is Chromium. So just run that sucker and you’ll be in Chromium.
You’ll want to get it set up and synced like you do with a normal first-run of a browser. After that, we can get the missing features back. First up: updates. There’s an app in the Chrome Web Store called Chromium Updater that will let you download updates (which are really patches that apply themselves upon being executed). It’s not quite automatic updating, but automatic updates would mean closing the browser every hour, so this does work a little better.
Now, there’s also missing Flash. If you don’t already have Flash for non IE browsers, you can get it from here.
Next is an ad blocker. We here fully support ad blocking for the security, speed, and less clutter that it brings. Ad blocking on Chromium is a little bit of trial and error. Some ad blockers will work on my computer, but not on the next guy’s. They all crashed the first time I used them, but after a restart or two (maybe it was an update), a few started to work. I use AdBlock and Adblock Plus in tandem at the moment (I just realized while writing this). The other options are AdBlock Chromium and almost anything else on this page. Try those first three first and if they don’t work, you can try another one from the search page or learn about modifying the HOSTS file to create an OS integrated ad blocker (although that is more complicated… maybe I’ll do a tutorial for that later).
One more thing before we wrap this up: search engines. I recently started using DuckDuckGo over Google as my primary search. DDG is a power-user oriented search engine with lots of awesome features (so many that the calculation features alone require two pages: Goodies and Tech Goodies). You can learn more about them from the about page. It’s a little slower than Google, but it is a very powerful search tool because of its zero-click search results (the red box) and stuff like this. Chromium and Chrome allow for easy installation of search engines into the Omnibar. All you have to do is use the engine once, right click on the Omnibar –> select Edit search engines –>find DDG (or other search engine) –> click make default. Done! You have a new search engine built into the Omnibar (it seems as though this disables Instant for web pages, though).
Anyways, that’s that. Enjoy rocking the latest and greatest advancements in browsing.
The official Chromium website: chromium.org
This app is one that simplifies a long and hard process (that was inten tional :D). It allows you to easily theme Windows. And no, I’m not talking about the built in Aero color scheme changer. This is something not too many people know how to do, and it can include editing DLLs, the Start Menu + Orb, the lock screen, and the cursor. A full theme will add a dock, backgrounds, fonts, among others to the already large list. Basically, it allows for an entirely new look for your system. If you’re into Android, it’s like installing a theme (the .zip kind, not a launcher theme). There are a good number of themes that will make Windows 7 look like OSX Lion (or XP/Vista look like OSX), or make XP or Vista look like Win7.
The famous Gaia 10 theme is available to download, along with something similar, but cleaner and better designed: Elune. I used Elune for a little bit, but the nature feel wasn’t for me (not that I don’t appreciate the outdoors), so I browsed a little and found my current theme: dEEP 7. I’m a guy who’s into minimalistic design, especially in white, and this is mostly white (it has some silver elements) and SUPER minimalistic. The close, restore, and minimize buttons are only a few pixels vertically, the scroll bar actually looks good while being just a solid gray shade (MY EYES AREN’T BLEEDING ANYMORE!!!), the Start Menu is completely white , and the system icons are all redone beautifully. I just love this whole theme and it barely scratches the surface of a CustoPack theme’s capabilities (3 out of 11 of the possible types of modifications), yet it has made my computer look completely different. Have at the gallery and see if there are any themes you like.
At this point you’ve found your dream theme (or something close enough), right? Well, then, we had better get installing! Step one: cut a hole in the box. Step two: put your–Oh wait, that’s for later tonight…
Step one: download CustoPack Tools from any of the servers.
Step two: install CPT. Watch out for the Ask Toolbar!
Step three : follow the official guide over at CPT.
There you go, enjoy the sexiness of your computer. No, it wasn’t sexy before. Even if you thought it was.
When you want a new theme, just repeat the process of theme installation. If you want to switch between previously/currently installed themes, open CPT itself and click “Choose a CustoPack”, mouse-over the theme you want to switch to and hit install. It’s really quite simple.
Official CustoPack website: custopack.com
If you need help with any of this, please leave a comment below. I’d be more than happy to help you out. Leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
The app of the week section of the website will be dedicated to showcasing great applications that we have found for any platform. App of the week posts will be a single post with all of the apps for that week in it. We could do app of the day, but we figure it would be better to give a more thorough explanation of the apps and include setup and use guides.
App of the week will launch after June 9th (maybe on it). The first apps will include the Chromium browser (why and how to use it & the differences between Chromium and Chrome) and Custopack (how to theme Windows beyond the simple Aero tweaks). If you have any other apps you want explained and explored, leave a comment below.
We’ve come up with some new rules for Revenge of the PC. This weekend, I will devote as much time as I can to improving the site, hopefully with a new theme, removing the ads, and getting rid of clutter (including unnecessary menu entries and posts).
Speaking of posts, all articles written will have to pass through our new content approval system which will kill any uninteresting, irrelevant, or poorly written posts. We are hoping to feature our better articles with this method and push less significant posts back, maybe to the second page.
We’ve noticed that Jordan’s Minecraft Gun Mod suggestion has gotten on the first page of Google search results for “Minecraft Gun Mod” and is attracting a lot of page views. In addition, my Android articles have gathered quite a few hits, so we will continue writing articles on these two topics and continue to explore similar subjects.
Anyways, you will hopefully be looking at a brand new Revenge of the PC next week.
Do you want to make the most of your Android device? Lucky for you, you’ve found a guide on how to do just that! In this post, I’m going to tell you how to customize your device to your liking, increase your battery life, and bump up your performance all at the same time (you’re going to have to be rooted for some of these). I’m going to try to keep this post up-to-date, so remember to check again once in awhile.
If you want to root your phone, there are a few options. Z4Root is an app (apk) that roots your phone without a computer and will work for many phones (check to see if yours is compatible). If not, then SuperOneClick is for you! This one requires a computer. If you have an HTC phone, unrevoked is probably what you need. No? Find your phone in Lifehacker’s guide to rooting. Disclaimer: anything you do to your phone (including bricking, breaking, making it unusable, or making it into a hat-weight, etc.) is solely your fault. We will however try to help you fix your phone and do whatever we can to help. Always make a backup before modifying the Android system (or any other part of your phone).
You want your phone to be yours, right? Well, it isn’t that difficult to change the appearance of your device to be unique and extremely personal, while also being easy to use. Let’s get started on customization.
The first thing you’re going to want to do is to get a 3rd party launcher, such as ADW or Launcher Pro. The list of launchers is pretty long, so I’m just going to name a few of the best and give their intended use.
The best launchers all focus on customization and performance. ADW.Launcher, Launcher Pro, and Go Launcher EX are all extremely similar, with very minor differences (ADW and Launcher Pro have paid versions: ADW EX and LPP, respectively). Then there’s also Zeam, which is meant to be extremely lightweight and to use minimal resources. If you like Sense, Blur, or Touchwiz, then HeLauncher is for you. HeLauncher, like Zeam, is also extremely minimalistic. Looking for eye-candy? Try out Regina 3D Launcher or SPB Shell 3D. These launchers are great for showing off, if you’re into that.
I personally use ADW EX, but ADW has nearly all of the features. I think (and many will agree) that Go Launcher EX is easily the best free launcher, and had I found it earlier, I wouldn’t have bought ADW EX. You should explore the launchers I’ve listed, find some reviews for the paid ones, and try the free ones out. Choose what you like the most, because that’s what’s really important.
Once you’ve picked your launcher, go get some themes for it. You can find them in the Market by searching “[LAUNCHER OF CHOICE HERE] themes”. It’s pretty simple. After that, go explore the settings and really dig down deep. If you’ve realized you don’t like what you picked, try a different launcher. I guarantee that you will find something you like.
Obviously, I can’t tell you which widget’s you would like, but I can tell you which ones I (among with millions of other people) like. These are all standalone widgets; there are a lot of great widgets that come with other apps, but they won’t be included here.
My favorite widget has to be Widgetsoid. It’s like the stock Power Widget on steroids (really, really strong steroids for widgets–that exists, right?). You can put nearly any control in the widget, plus a whole bunch of other ones for rooted users. You can alter the appearance by changing the colors, transparency, etc. I always have 2 Widgetsoid widgets on my secondary home screen.
A great set of widgets is Beautiful Widgets. It replicates the famous Sense flip clock, and gives a few other widgets such as the “Super Clock”, weather, and some toggle widgets. Everything can be themed with one of the hundreds of great themes downloadable in the widget itself. It is a paid app, so you should definitely make sure you want it before you get it. But I highly recommend it.
Minimalistic Text is well, a minimalistic widget that displays text. It is actually really sexy. Many great Android desktops feature this widget because it looks so great. It’s a clock, battery level display, weather, and custom text display widget all in one. It’s super customizable, which means you can make it match any color scheme.
Similarly great looking and minimalistic, SiMi Clock Widget does many of the same things. Again, you can customize it to your liking, and I’m sure you’ve seen it on other’s desktops.
If you like custom launchers (especially ADW/ADW EX), then you’re going to love this. It’s basically a custom launcher for your lockscreen! WidgetLocker can use all of those widgets we talked about (hey look, they used BW, Minimalistic Text, and Widgetsoid in the featured screenshots) and can also use custom sliders. You can even put application shortcuts on the lockscreen! You know that WP7 commercial where the guys are skydiving and one guy whips his phone out and takes a picture in seconds? Well, that scenario applies to WidgetLocker, because instead of unlocking your phone, then finding the camera app, you can just hit the camera shortcut on the lockscreen and take a picture. There are tons of themes available on XDA.
Zedge is hands-down the best way to get (non-live) wallpapers, ringtones, and notification sounds on to your phone. Just get it.
Change your boot animation (tedious without root).
Well, that’s about it for customization for the non-rooted user. If you are not rooted, skip to battery life. If you are rooted, or are willing to root, then keep on reading!
If you have a ROM, get a theme for it. Look in the Performance section for ROMs.
Get yourself some new fonts. Type Fresh is an app that will let you download compatible fonts right from your phone. In addition to Type Fresh, a lot of ROMs, like Liberty, have font selection built into their toolboxes. Look around and see if your ROM does.
Change your boot animation and boot logo. A guide can be found over at GizmoNinja.
It’s great to have a powerful and personal phone, but if it doesn’t last, what’s the point?
First off, YOU SHOULD NOT use task killers such as ATK. Android automatically manages running apps. It is okay to have an app to kill single bad apps, but you should never mass kill your apps. Running ATK or similar will drain your battery because your apps will constantly have to re-open after being force closed. Remember, not using RAM drains battery just as much as using it.
1) If you aren’t in a 3G area (or 4G, if applicable), then turn 3G/4G off. When your phone is constantly searching for a faster data connection, your battery life drains pretty quickly.
2) Use WiFi over a cell connection when possible, but remember to turn WiFi off after!
3) Keep the brightness setting as low as possible. Using the automatic setting is convenient, but it usually makes your backlight 20%-30% stronger than it needs to be. It isn’t that big a problem, but its a good thing to keep in mind.
4) Turn Bluetooth, GPS, etc. off when you don’t need them. When you open Maps (or a similar app), Android will automatically turn GPS on while using the app, so remember to close Maps or Navigation when you’re finished.
5) Use a static wallpaper. Live wallpapers are great for showing off, but they do suck up a lot of battery.
6) Dump unnecessary widgets. Keep your power control widget, maybe a clock, and even a music player, but not much else. Even if they don’t sync data, they use a good portion of your battery life.
7) Make your data fetching apps sync less often. Do you really need Twitter updates every 5 minutes, or Facebook every 7.5? Unless you’re in the middle of a conversation with me, the answer is clearly no. So change the sync interval to 15 or 20 minutes. I understand that some do need constant syncing for work. If that’s the case, then do what you gotta do!
8) *root* Undervolt your phone (look in the Performance section below).
8) Monitor your battery usage page (Settings>About Phone>Battery or Settings>Battery & data manager>Battery usage) and act accordingly.
There are many apps that have been developed for the sole purpose of saving battery, but many of them fall short of their claims. However, there is one that stands out above the rest. JuiceDefender is its name, and juice defending is its game (no duh). JuiceDefender will actually automate many of the tips I listed above. It comes with 3 presets: Balanced, Aggressive, and Extreme. In addition, you can make a custom profile for ultimate battery saving goodness. I use the Balanced preset (haven’t had the time to set up a custom profile) and it actually seems to really be helping. JuiceDefender claims that it has increased my battery life by 114%. I don’t know if that’s entirely true, but it seems pretty accurate. JuiceDefender comes in four variants: stable (free), beta (free), Plus (~$1.44), and Ultimate (~$5.08).
While JuiceDefender takes care of nearly everything, it doesn’t do screen brightness. But as I said automatic brightness settings don’t really work as well as they are advertised to. So what’s so special about this app if it doesn’t automatically manage brightness? AdjBrightness can make your backlight level go lower than the stock settings. In addition to saving battery, it can save your eyes at night. You can even change settings for the hardware buttons and make your screen time out setting whatever you want. It really is an app worth rooting for.
In addition to what I’ve listed, I’d highly recommend reading this post by elnator on Android Forums. It’s pretty thick, but elnator does a nice job of thoroughly explaining why things eat up your battery.
It’s all about the power. By now you’ve customized the hell out of your phone and quintupled your battery life, but now your phone has slowed to a crawl. No problem, I’ve got it under control!
For the non-rooted user, there aren’t that many things to do, but the options will make a difference.
One of the simplest tweaks is turning off animations. To turn off window animations, go to Settings>Display>Animation and select “No Animations”. In addition to getting rid of Android’s animations, you can turn off animations in your launcher to increase the snappiness a little more. If you see other animation settings, feel free to disable them. Your apps should launch and close really quickly now.
Another way to get more performance (and battery life) is getting rid of widgets, icons, and extra homescreens. You don’t need 10 homescreens each filled with a 4*4 widget and 5 screens with 16 icons per screen. Besides the battery consumption, they use a lot of memory, which means that the phone will be more sluggish. I recommend using less than 5 screens with not too many widgets (I use 3 screens with power control on one, my favorite apps on another, and a music control on the next).
Manage your apps. Uninstall apps you don’t use and, if you have space, move your apps to your internal memory. For example, the Droid X has 8GB of internal memory, so all of the apps should be stored on the internal memory. For a phone with 4GB, move your favorite/most used apps to the internal memory. The reason I promote moving apps to the internal memory is because it is simply a lot faster than an SD card, unless you have a Class 10 card.
Speaking of Class 10 cards, if you have a slow SD card, getting a higher class card will drastically improve the performance of your phone. Here is a 32GB Class 10 microSD card for $90 on Newegg. It’s expensive, but it’s fast and spacious.
Finally, if your phone is still slow, properly set up a task manager using Android Central’s guide. I know I said that you shouldn’t use task killers, but if you use one properly, it will help you. Some of the information is is old, so I’d only recommend using a task killer as a last resort.
That’s really all you can do to make your phone faster if you aren’t rooted. If you are rooted (or are considering it), then let’s continue maximizing our performance.
Get a custom ROM, such as Cyanogen, MIUI, or Ultimate Driod (these ROMs are available for most devices). For the un-supported devices, such as Droid X, Droid 2, or the Thunderbolt, click the device names to see a list of available ROMs. You can also find ROMs in ROM Manager (which is probably the best way to get them).
Overclock and undervolt your device. I use QuickClock Advanced and Droid Overclock to do both. QCA automatically finds the lowest VSEL (best battery life) possible for your phone and the highest frequency the CPU can go to on that voltage. However, a select few devices are supported. For un-supported devices, get SetCPU. It’s a little more difficult, but it’s more powerful at the same time. No matter what you use, you’ll have better battery life and a faster phone.
Make your SD card faster by flashing a fix from XDA. The pictures in my Gallery load in a second now! WOW! Then get SD Maid and run it. It will clean up your SD card by removing “corpses” from your “basement”. How’d the dev find out about my corpse collection?!?!
Whew! That was a lot! I hope that you enjoyed this feature on Android. I hope to post a list of essential Android apps and a guide on how to make your Droid X (maybe Droid 2) look, feel, and run like mine before summer. Leave feedback in the comments and feel free to share the article with friends.
READ THE ENTIRE POST!DISCLAIMER: By downloading the attached file, you agree that you Revenge Of The PC is not responsible if your phone magically commits suicide due to your cruelty and abuse.But hey, you would then have a hatweight. Do not download the update if you do not know what you are doing OR if you are DRUNK/TIRED because it is highly probable that you will have a free hatweight. In all seriousness, take caution and be prepared. Read the entire post before beginning. If you don’t know what something means, ASK before proceding! Note: You may want to do step 4 first, as it may take a few minutes (if you SBF it can take more than half an hour).
A few days ago we posted our mirror for Gingerbread build 4.5.588. Today, we will post the rooted version of the same build with a clear and concise guide to getting it properly installed. Just a warning: if you do skip any data wipes or any steps, I can guarantee you a soft brick. To un-brick, SBF back to stock (see Step 4 or end of post).
1) Download Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, then verify the checksums here using this tool, which may come in handy in the future. If the codes match, move them to the root of your SD card. You will use them later. If the codes don’t match, try to download them again. If that still doesn’t work, get them from one of the mirrors on MDW. The same goes for the rest of the downloads.
2) Optional: Back up data, apps, etc. via Titanium Backup (or whatever app you chose to use).
3) Make a backup of your current setup just incase anything goes wrong in ClockworkMod (Bootstrapper).
4) Download and flash (through Bootstrapper) DX-Monster 2.3.340.zip from TeamBlackHat app (which was pulled from the Market recently), maderstock.zip from here , SBFing to 2.3.340 (I use this to SBF: http://goo.gl/SVU7l– you can do it with a bricked phone, too, with no setup required), or restoring a 2.3.340 backup. Just get to STOCK 2.3.340 somehow. This means you need the bloat (root is okay though). Once here, WIPE DATA.
5) Now that you are on stock Froyo, you want to download the Droid 2 Bootstrapper (yes, the Droid 2 Bootstrapper) from either the Market or from Mediafire (it’s opensource) Also, download Z4Root from XDA-Devolopers.
6) Run Z4Root and get permanent root. Upon rebooting, run Droid 2 Bootstrapper. Click “Bootstrap Recovery” and then after seeing the success dialog, click “Reboot Recovery”.
7) Once in Clockwork WIPE DATA! Then install Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 without doing anything in-between. You need to install them all in that order before leaving recovery. After installing them, WIPE DATA once more, then reboot.
8) You should see a red Motorola logo, and eventually the Droid eye. If you get a bootloader error screen (with Err: A5…. can’t remember the rest), go back to Step 4 and SBF (then try again if you want to, but start from the beginning again). If all went correctly, you should now see “Touch the Android to Begin”. You can now restore your apps or do whatever you want.
I’ll post this one more time: this tool is a life saver. Even if you don’t need it, you should download it and burn it to a CD just in case you need it. It takes less than half an hour to use.
Official support thread (it’s the same link from step 1)
Feel free to ask questions here for clarification, but the guys over at MDW know a lot more than I do.
Credit goes to P3Droid, CellZealot, and the rest of Team Black Hat for this one!
For a complete installation guide of the rooted version, go here.
DISCLAIMER: By downloading the attached file, you agree that you Revenge Of The PC is not responsible if your phone magically commits suicide due to your cruelty and abuse. But hey, you would then have a hatweight. Do not download the update if you do not know what you are doing OR if you are DRUNK/TIRED because it is highly probable that you will have a free hatweight (I insist on them being hatweights, specifically top hat weights, because we all wear top hats, right?). In all seriousness, take caution and be prepared. Make a backup before hand, and read the ENTIRE post at DXF. If you have questions or need help, go to the thread and ask for help. Follow the installation guide and you should be good to go.
Now let’s get started with the real stuff…
We decided to host our own mirror because so many of the mirrors have been shutdown. We are dedicated to keeping this file alive not only to have it available for download, but also to prove to Motorola that the Android community is STRONG and will not rest until the job is done. So, without further delay by means of text to be read, I present to you Gingerbread. <— If you didn’t take the hint, that’s the download link. CLICK IT!
WE WILL NOT CLOSE THIS LINK, even if Motorola comes knocking on the door with threats. I will take the blow, and make Motorola realize that they have to back off. Spread the word and mimic my potential actions. Our website may crash from stress, but the link will remain up. I PROMISE THAT I WILL NOT TAKE IT DOWN!!
Note that you can root this (my guide) and even flash back to Froyo. Hit up the source link for up-to date information on this.
DroidXForums Thread: http://goo.gl/KHtXI
You can find information on the update there and an installation guide. Note that you I decided not to post anything else here because you should read their thread, and I don’t want to be stealing credit.
Lots of love for the Android Community, and a special thanks to HarleyDude and Team Black Hat,
PS Spread this mirror to help people get a always-available download link.
I would just like to say that you should head over to rdio.com and sign up for a free trial right this second if you haven’t already signed up. I’ve just started using it today, and I’ve realized that it actually has Grooveshark beat in a lot of ways. And it’s legal (although nobody’s gone against Grooveshark, it is a sort of P2P network). The only thing I dislike about it is the price ($10 a month for Unlimited isn’t bad, but $5 would be more reasonable) and the fact that you can’t play all the top songs at once, like you can in Grooveshark. Also, there aren’t any “radio stations”, but I guess it really is a different approach. Until I have more time, I’ll leave you with this: Get Rdio right now and try it out. You get a 7-day free trial, which isn’t too short to get a good feeling about how it works.
Battle of the Streamers coming soon!
This isn’t exactly a review. It’s more me telling you why you need to get OmmWriter right this instant. OmmWriter is a super-lightweight text editor that eliminates distractions while managing to keep you ultra-relaxed. It does this by combining a simple and elegant UI with few features and a relaxing environment. With every few keystrokes, a typing noise (you can pick from 3) is produced. While you type your novel, you can imagine that you are in the snow-covered flats of the background. Personally speaking, the best part of the whole package is the music. I use the music and a few notes to keep focused while doing my homework. Last night, I even used the music to help me gently fall asleep. The stuff is bomb. Today I figured out that the best function of OmmWriter while doing homework is keeping track of my agenda for the night. I can write down my homework, assign a time-period for each homework assignment, and then tear through the homework distraction free. If I throw the .txt or .omm file into my DropBox account, I can update my homework from school so everything is ready when I get home. You know what? I’ll try that tomorrow!
Obviously, OmmWriter is not intended to be a homework manager. But it does this job well. The question is, does it fulfill it’s destiny at keeping us human writers concentrated and productive? Yes. To be honest, I can’t wait until I can write a long essay my new-found piece of Heaven.
If I were to give OmmWriter a score, it would be a 11/10. No joke.
“Dāna is the new version of OmmWriter. If you are already an OmmWriter user, you will realize that very little has changed. Fortunately.
A wise man once said “We are all at the mercy of our wild monkey minds. Incessantly swinging from branch to branch.” With multiple windows and applications all vying for our attention, we have sadly adapted our working habits to that of the computer and not the other way around.
OmmWriter Dana is a humble attempt to recapture what technology has snatched away from us today: our capacity to concentrate.
If you are a scriptwriter, blogger, journalist, copywriter, poet or just someone who enjoys writing, welcome back to concentrating.”
OmmWriter is available for PC, Mac, and iPad from ommwriter.com
When we started the website, we managed to get the legendary Matt Sorum (drummer of The Cult, Guns n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Camp Freddy) to do an interview with us. The first video is the interview, while the second is a drum lesson from one of the greatest drummers of all time! If you drum you should definitely learn all of the fills taught in the second video–I have and I see so many possibilities with them! Enjoy!
Here’s part one:
And the lesson:
Don’t forget to like the videos so that they can gain some popularity!