The best 8Tracks.com mixes for March, and why digital music is the future social media.

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Some writers like to write in silence, just pounding away at the keyboard in silence with the only sound being that of the fans in the computer and the click of the keys of the keyboard. Some writers are like me, always having music playing in the background. I am always  listing to music, at home writing, at the gym and at the airport waiting for a flight.

Music is a big part of my life, and as a result I am always looking for new music to listen to. The music industry knows that there are many people who are like me – always listing to music and always searching out new music.

Worldwide Digital Music Revenues in 2006 was $2.9 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $14.8 billion. Growth = 486%

Worldwide Music Industry Revenues in 2006 was $60.7 billion. Six years (2011) later it is $67.6 billion. Growth = 11%

It is clear to see that digital music is the strongest growing segment of the music industry, and is the future of music.

Even though Pandora and other ‘digital radio’ are a good way to listen to music, people still like to buy music, have collections and share them with their friends. For me, the best way to do this is with 8tracks.com

I listen to it, like I would to a digital radio, but I get to also have the social media experience by putting up my own mixes. This allows me to contribute my own ‘digital radio’ station. For me, this is the future of music, collect, share, discover – social music.

Since 8Tracks.com has iPhone and Android apps, I can listen anywhere on my phone, and I can even make mixes right off the music on my phone. The future is truly here.

As you can tell, I am ‘sold’ on 8tracks.com and can’t not say enough positive things about it.

So, to help share (and to make it easier for me to listen to these on the fly), below you will find my latest mix, as well as some of my favorite mix from other members of 8track.com

Enjoy:

aNILESation Alternative Rap Fuck My Head Up Mix – mix by pusz4frog

alternative rap

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Havin’ gr8 fun goin’ to Heaven and Hell – mix by iyamdman

indie rock, pop and swingy rock

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Fun at the Office #1 – mix by RickyRoll

indie

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True Love for the Heartless – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative, techno, hip hop

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Sweet dreams are made of these – mix by Missyem Savannah

dubstep, electronic, dance, tance

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Alternative music for alternative people – mix by silent-alarmm

indie, alternative, rock, folk

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Wha wha wha WHAT IS Duh duh duh DUBSTEP? – mix by iyamdman

dubstep, dance

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Just keep going – mix by BrockUgirl

indie, hip hop, rock, dance

 

Slushbox Hellcat – mix by myopenshirt

rock, alternative rock, indie, dance

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feelgood – mix by muzik3

rock, dance, techno

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Clap Hands For Spaced Out Music – mix by sonic schmidt

indie, dance, rock, rap and house

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Island Tunes – mix by michellebda27

reggae, island music

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SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, Cheezburger, Moveon.org and a host of other websites are staging a protest today against two ambitious anti-piracy bills, SOPA and PIPA.

The soundtrack for this protest and this post is here:

http://8tracks.com/pusz4frog/sopa-internet-protest-the-day-the-internet-went-semi-dark-to-save-liberty-freedom-of-speech-and-capi

On Wednesday, January 18th, Google, Reddit, Wikipedia, WordPress, MoveOn.org, and hundreds more, will participate in an online protest—a strike, no less—that aims to call attention to two bills snaking their way through Capitol Hill.

Some of the sites will shut down, and others will black out, redirecting users to a landing page with resources to learn more about the bills and contact an elected representative. Google, for its part, smacked a big black bar over its logo on the U.S. homepage.

These websites are hoping to send a clear message to the millions of users who rely on them every day. The goal is to show how SOPA and PIPA could impact their rights and free speech, and how this is going to kill jobs in one of the few bright spots on the economy, which is the Internet.

The Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), have raised the ire of the tech community for what’s being criticized as their broad, irresponsible language written by politicians hoping to please deep-pocketed copyright holders.

Please see my post on Getting the Money out of Politics:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/get-the-money-out-of-politics-with-getmoneyout-com-dylan-ratigan-tries-to-do-something-to-get-money-out-of-politics-and-solve-the-us-politician-whore-crisis/

THE SMOKING GUN

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) initially introduced the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate in May 2011, which would give the Justice Department the power to take down copyright-infringing websites. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) then followed that up with SOPA on Oct. 26, 2011, for the House, also introducing sweeping anti-piracy legislation intended to empower the U.S. Department of Justice (and copyright holders) to fully crack down on websites that are suspected of hosting their copyrighted material.

Google said in its statement opposing the legislation: “The two bills’ various provisions, however, have since become lightning rods for critics who claim they ultimately would provide the tools for corporations to censor the Web. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet.”

Gizmodo.com provides the following example: “If Warner Bros., for example, says that a site in Italy is [illegally sharing] a copy of The Dark Knight, the studio could demand that Google remove that site from its search results, that PayPal no longer accept payments to or from that site, that ad services pull all ads and finances from it, and—most dangerously—that the site’s ISP prevent people from even going there,” the tech blog explains. A full-on blackout.

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

What if the government feels that a site the criticizes the government has a photo on it that may be violating a copyright – then it can shut it down. IT can shut down the site, and shut down the Freedom of Speech.

This is not the first time, nor the last time that Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism on the Internet are under attack.

Please see my post on Net Neutrality:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/net-neutrality-large-telcom-companies-out-to-rape-the-common-people-and-their-crappy-little-websites-%E2%80%93-working-with-prostituting-politicians-selling-out-the-rights-of-the-citizen-they-repre/

Corporations, Governments and Capitalists really don’t like freedom of speech, and especially don’t like the uncontrolled and unpoliced Internet. This freedom of information spread makes it difficult to squeeze every last drop of profit from the consumers of the world if information is not checked and controlled.

WHY NOW

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) defended his SOPA bill by saying: “To enact legislation that protects consumers, businesses and jobs from foreign thieves who steal America’s intellectual property, we will continue to bring together industry representatives and members to find ways to combat online piracy, and I am committed to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate to send a bipartisan bill to the White House that saves American jobs and protects intellectual property.”

I am sorry, but this Job Creators Saves American job bullshit is too much. We live in a global economy. 14 hours in an airplane will get you to pretty much any place in the world, and communication is now instantaneous.

There are no American jobs, there are only jobs. You can buy and sell something made and sold from any country on Earth, the boarder are falling faster then the old people in governments can comprehend.

WHAT TO DO

So what can we do about these ignoent assholes in Washington who are trying to control the Internet so that they can shut down the Freedom of Speech and lure in more campaign donations from corporations who want to benefit by controlling the Internet?

1)      Go to https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ and sign the petition.

2)      Use www.dearpolitician.org to write your politicians to have them vote NO on SOPA and PIPA

For more information on www.dearpolitician.org:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/dearpolitician-org/

3)      Learn to use a pen and paper again, since that might be the only way you will be able to freely express yourself, once the government has shut down your website/blog for “copyright infringement”.

Good Luck America… and the World.

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

SOPA Internet Protest – The day the Internet went semi-dark to save Liberty, Freedom of Speech and Capitalism

Net Neutrality = Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality =  Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality = Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality – It is a phase I have heard thrown around lately, but not really thought much about it until I read a short blurb about it:

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100930/D9IHUT9O0.html

Net Neutrality is kind of what we have today for Internet users by default and current ‘information services’ regulation practices by the FCC.

Telco’s (telecommunication companies) currently give everyone similar internet connection speeds, but now the Telco’s want to earn more money by charging different rates for different speeds.

So, let’s say you are eBay.com. Right now your internet connection speed for broadband is the same speed as the speed for this blog.

What the Telco’s would like to do, is say to eBay.com and Pusz4Frog – The speed you are currently getting, will cost you $500 a month. If you don’t pay, then your speed will be throttled back so it takes people longer to access your site.

Now, between eBay and myself, who do you think has the $500 a month to keep their current internet speed?

Imagine all the extreme left wing and extreme right wing bloggers who will lose traffic and viewers due to the slow access time on their sites, while the large conglomerate news companies have good speed and keep their readers.

Public interest groups and many Internet companies say regulations are needed to prevent phone and cable operators from slowing or blocking Internet phone calls, online video and other Web services that compete with their core businesses.

These groups (and myself included) want rules to ensure that broadband companies cannot favor their own online traffic or the traffic of business partners that can pay for priority access.

Weak Politicians Acting like Prostitutes for the Telco’s

The FCC is currently deadlocked on redefine broadband as a telecommunication service subject to “common carrier” obligations which would permanently force the Telco’s to treat all traffic equally.

The current situation is that broadband is a lightly regulated “information service”, and the FCC has argued that this approach gave it ample jurisdiction to mandate net neutrality.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently rejected that argument when it it ruled that the FCC had overstepped its authority when it ordered Comcast to stop blocking subscribers from using an online file-sharing service called BitTorrent to swap movies and other big files.

Now everything is in limbo. House Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., had proposed “network neutrality” rules which were intended to prevent broadband providers from becoming online gatekeepers by playing favorites with traffic.

The Republicans have blocked it of course, even though this legislation would allow crazy right wing extremists and tea partiers to continue their diatribes on their blogs without a loss of viewership.

Of course, the Telco’s have paid millions of dollars to lobbyists to block any kind of Net Neutrality legislation, and of course they have contributed to many Republican candidates to help continue to block it as well.

What to do?

Currently, Henry Waxman has abandoned his legislation in the face of Republican opposition.

So, what can we do:

1. Vote for a Democrat or Independent who supports Net Neutrality

2. Write the FCC, asking that they redefine broadband as a telecommunications service subject to “common carrier” obligations to treat all traffic equally – http://www.fcc.gov/contacts.html

3. Use www.dearpolitician.org to write your politicians to have the FCC redefine broadband as a telecommunications service subject to “common carrier” obligations to treat all traffic equally

4. Save up your money. That way when the Telco’s have paid off enough politicians to vote to allow them to charge whatever they want for broadband connectivity – you will have the extra money pay for decent Internet speed.

For more information on www.dearpolitician.org:

https://pusz4frog.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/dearpolitician-org/

Good Luck America.

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Net Neutrality =  Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality = Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality =  Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Net Neutrality = Large Telcom companies out to rape the common people and their crappy little websites – working with prostituting politicians selling out the rights of the citizen they represent so that can put money in their pockets to stay in office.

Cyberdefender releases their EDC 3.0 Cyberdefender AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology that offers customers Zero Day Gap updates.

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

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About a year ago, I bought Cyberdefender Antivirus software, and even wrote some posts about some of the viruses that it deals with in their EDC 2.0 version.

Recently, I got an email about their new EDC 3.0 version, and I decided to revisit the Cyberdefender EDC antivirus software and Cyberdefender as a company.

What is EDC?

The new Cyberdefender antivirus software is called EDC which stands for Early Detection Center – and is the basic protection technology that Cyberdefender uses to stop all types of Malware. Malware is any type of programs that do malicious things to your computer, such as viruses, trojans, spyware, cookies, rogueware and other nasty things. Antivirus software is focused on viruses, but like Cyberdefender, antivirus now really means antimalware.

The EDC technology is simple, but effective – it takes every new file and runs it through two distinct scanning engines.

In addition to this, the EDC incorporates Cyberdefenders earlyNETWORK, which uses the power of the Cyberdefender EDC community through a proprietary peer-to-peer relay network protecting users against Internet threats faster than most competing technologies.

When one Cyberdefender customer’s computer gets attacked by a new virus, it contacts the EDC Cyberdefender malware team. The team then quickly develops what is known as the malware signature – which is the filter that the Cyberdefender EDC software uses to detect the virus. This signature is then quickly pushed out to all Cyberdefender customers through the earlyNETWORK.

Captures 10x the Previous Number of Threats

In tests, the company’s Peer-to-Peer network, which has no equal in the PC security marketplace, is showing a capture rate of 10 times the number of phishing attacks against home PCs over its previous version, as well as increased malware search capabilities.

CyberDefender EDC 3.0’s earlyNETWORK system collects threat information from the company’s more than five million active users, instantly sending all suspicious data to be tested. The information is evaluated by a sophisticated, automated system, reinforced by manual review, and elevated for even further research, if the data does not pass inspection. Mitigating pattern files are then distributed back to users through P2P and cloud computing server downloads, creating the fastest malware protection on the market for home and small business PC users.

The new Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 is able to issue signatures (or malware signatures) are issued as soon as 30 seconds or less, as opposed to several hours or often days for other competitive Internet security systems.

“CyberDefender offers consumers a unique advantage — what we call the ‘Zero Day Gap’ — the combination of both early threat detection and rapid updates,” says Brian Yoder, VP engineering, CyberDefender. “We do this by constantly adding multi-source data feeds, targeted crawls of suspicious websites, user feedback, cloud computing infrastructure and real-time monitoring of the web. The result is that we offer the fastest response and broadest protection to our users.”

Cyberdefender’s Early Detection Center with earlyNETWORK, provides one of the most effective malware protection technologies available.

For more details, check out:

http://cyberdefender.com/antivirus-technology/tech-overview.html

Who is Cyberdefender?

As I was doing some research for this article, I decided to take a closer look at Cyberdefender. They just released their version of 3.0, and I thought I would look at how it is improved, and the Googleizer brought me to several hardcore computer sites. I started reading and I was surprised by some of the negative comments and other ‘information’ about cyberdefender and it’s other products. These comments didn’t match up with my experience, so I did some research and decided to post it on here on my blog.

OK, now some facts.

First, who is Cyberdefender?

Cyberdefender is an American NASDAQ company (CYDE)

Corporate site:

http://www.Cyberdefendercorp.com

Software site:

http://Cyberdefender.com

CYDE makes antivirus software called Cyberdefender, and sell it by using a free trial, with an upgrade to repair any issues it may find. This is now a typical format for selling software today.

The company has a BBB rating of B+

http://los-angeles.bbb.org/Business-Report/Cyberdefender-13196224

They claim about 10 million users.

They are West Coast Labs Checkmark certified and tested:

http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/productList/?vendorID=123

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=495235

They have a phone number you can call them at if you have any questions:

(866) 793-0453

They have a 225 person call center in Los Angeles:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=498727

They have several Vice Presidents from Symantec:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=486063

This includes one of Symantec’s people who developed Norton.

They also have a Registry Cleaner product, which they sell under the following sites:

http://www.Antispywarefordummies.com
http://www.Doublemyspeed.com
http://www.Maxmyspeed.com
http://www.Mycleanpc.com

They don’t hide this, and it seems to be the way they market on TV.

They drive people to the sites with TV and radio, and people download the free trail and it usually it finds some kinds of security issues, since it will even recognize cookies as a security threat. I can not find any proof that the software actually finds false positives. I did install it on a ‘fresh’ computer and it found 7 threats, which were all browser cookies. No false positives that I could find.

This video backs up that it only finds valid malware with no ‘false positive’:

When you buy the Cyberdefender antivirus software or registry cleaner, they try to sell you other services as well. This is normal for many companies. A good example is amazon.com for products or godaddy.com for domains.

Both Cyberdefender software programs are designed and developed for non-technical computer users. One of the most appealing features is that of their 24/7 computer help line, which can be a very secure thing for a non-technical user to have, and probably sell a lot of services through that service.

There is nothing here that is bad or evil, but most technical computer users will probably think this is not something worth much, and that is probably why they think it is a scam. The fact is that it is not a scam, but it is really only of value to non-technical users – which is who they are marketing to.

If you have any qiestions, just call them at (866) 793-0453 or visit Cyberdefender.com

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Note: I did not recieve compensation for this article.

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