web 2.0

Pandora.com, My favorite internet music station

Pandora is an automated music recommendation service based on previous users selection and free Internet music radio service created by The Music Genome Project.

Pandora is Music discovery service uses an open-source development platform to connect users to the songs they love. Listening to music in Pandora is much easier; trust me. It will just ask you to enter the name of artist or song title. Pandora service will instantly creates a radio station that plays songs that share musical characteristics associated with the artist or song provided. You can tell them your taste using their Feedback system on each played songs. You can also skip from hearing the particular song if you dislike.

The site stats says,

“A user can make up to 100 unique stations that play all kinds of music — pop, rock, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, old and new — from a library of more than 300,000 songs from over 10,000 artists.”

This is amazing! Isn’t? Do you like to Explore Pandora, read a good O’Reilly article; Inside Pandora: Web Radio That Listens to You.

The coolest part is Pandora is completely web-based and you need not install any software to start listening to music. Conrad says, “Lots of other people have already done that. We wanted to build something that was really, really simple — sort of a one-click radio [station].” Conrad is Chief Technical Officer at Pandora.

Out of curiosity about this uncommon name Pandora, I just researched on the same. In ancient Greek mythology, Pandora, whose name means “all gifted,” received many gifts from the gods, including the gift of music from Apollo. She was also very curious. Unlike those gods of old, who were displeased with Pandora’s curiosity, the developers of Pandora.com say they celebrate that trait and have made it their mission to reward the musically curious with a never-ending experience of musical discovery. If you like to know more about the Greek Pandora read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandora. This Wiki page turned out interesting in finding more other stuff with name Pandora.

Bottom line, Pandora.com is a free and ease to use internet radio service that can play my favorite music.

Next time if you’re looking to play music online, go to Pandora.com

Update : Pandora is not available outside the US

Yahoo Time Capsule :: One World Many Voices

Yahoo Time Capsule :: One World Many Voices

From October 10 until November 8, Yahoo users can contribute to an amazing project called Yahoo Time Capsule by submitting photos, writings, videos, audio that define your world today.

The Time Capsule is organized around ten themes, chosen to illuminate different corners of the human experience. The ten themes are: Love, Sorrow, Anger, Faith, Beauty, Fun, Past, Hope, Now, and You. Each theme harbors an open-ended question: What do you love? What makes you sad? What makes you angry? What do you believe in? What’s beautiful? What’s fun? What do you remember? What is your wish? Describe your world. Who are you? People respond to these questions in five simple ways – with words, pictures, videos, sounds, and drawings.So if you have something special to share with the future, a message in a bottle, a prediction, a list of important things for you, send it to the time capsule. The site is almost an work of art, and if you don’t send anything, exploring the site will make your day.

The man behind this project is Jonathan Harris, a very talented Internet artist.

Live.com :: Good bye MSN, Hello Live

Windows Live Search is the new buzz name for MSN search.

Live Search was out of beta few days back in US and UK, still awaiting the local search features made available for India. Live Search has started powering MSN homepage. There is no much talk about the new Live. I tried the new search features couple of days back.

The results were far better than last time I tried MSN Search. There is been lot improvements happening I guess 🙂

The new Windows Live Search allows for far more customization, control and accuracy than ever before and is now a lean mean searching machine with many new features such as the ability to determine how much information you want displayed on your query results and the new in-site search.

Microsoft Search has improved lot in feature-wise and is trying to capture the search engine market which is today lead by search engine giants Google and Yahoo!

StumbleUpon.com, Smarter way to discover sites

Don’t Search… Just Stumble!!! A new promising way to discover

Thanks to StumbleUpon.com for bringing in lot of visitors to my blog site in the recent past; which made me write this post 🙂

StumbleUponIn recent weeks, I have been watching a steady increase in the number of referrers being sent from the site StumbleUpon. Moreover I got similar referral hits on my other site ExpertsHeaven.com. Initially I was under the assumption that StumbleUpon is some kind of SPAM site and sucking my bandwidth (Even I was thinking to ban the site IP :(). Lucky I didn’t do so since I really learned what StumbleUpon is…!! Hence I though to write about StumbleUpon, so that webmasters and other can be kept informed about the traffic 🙂 and usage as well!!

According to WikiPedia,

StumbleUpon is a commercial web discovery service which integrates peer and social networking principles with one-click blogging. StumbleUpon is a social book marking site that adhere Web 2.0 StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites

StumbleUpon uses the ratings from the users to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like-minded stumblers have liked. Unlike search engines or static directories, this allows for a true “democracy of the web” – all members have a say (or) as to whether a page should be passed on. These ratings connect you to more like-minded members who then show you better pages (a kind of social networking)

StumbleUpon is a Canadian start-up that recently re-located to San Francisco. It was started by Garrett Camp, Geoff Smith, and Justin LaFrance, who bootstrapped the company for much of its early life. You must the read the Interview with Justin LaFrance of StumbleUpon.

Just don’t wait try out the StumbleUpon tool bar which is compatible with both IE and Firefox. Membership is free, and the database is accessed through a no-spyware tool-bar you add to your Firefox or IE browser. You take 2 minutes to join the free network, and then you tell it what your personal interests and start Stumbling!!!

Happy Stumbling!!!

YouOS, a new kind of computing platform

YouOS is a kind of web-based operating system. Web-based OS is still at the idea level and YouOs is still in its Alpha stage.

I came across this site recently. YouOS is an experiment in a new kind of computing platform. YouOS allows you to run a virtual computer through a web browser. YouOS keeps your data saved and when you log back in again the ‘computer’ is the same as you left it. It’s a platform for web application development that’s hosted online with an online IDE and online execution. All the apps in there run in JavaScript with AJAX. Developing YouOS apps are quite simple. With YouOS you can run small applications like sticky notes or clocks; Large applications like word processing, mp3 players, and instant messaging. Even better, it’s very easy to tweak an existing application or write your own. Read their manifesto here.

YouOS ScreenShot

Why use YouOS?

  • Persist: Do some work. Log out. Log in later from another computer. It’s like you never left.
  • Centralize: Manage all your web services, files, and accounts in one secure place.
  • Collaborate: Share files and apps through a simple, intuitive buddy list.
  • Customize: Install apps written by friends or write your own.

The above snippets were provided in their manifesto.

Don’t miss to Try a demo

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