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Free Software that Works…Download anyone…??

Posted by Dresonic on July 26, 2007

 Media

First let me say we all have needs regardless of the situation we are in and by situation I mean rich or poor. Like the famous song writer Jr Gong puts it “there is something for you”, he is so right because for all you poor people like my self who finds it very upsurd to by software I have a few FREE recommendations for some of your basic needs. For example converting video/music there is a great free software known as MediaCoder that will convert supported formats what ever device you may want to use it one. For me I use it to convert my Video podcasts  like DL.TV so i can watch on my 20 inch tv with my Divx player, it works great.

 Downloading

Downloading from the net can be asstle especially when yu have to keep track of numerous files and if you are a video junky like me from site like youtube and gametrailers then yu will agree that this next free software is totally a saver. FlashGet is one of if not the best free download manager, due to my high level of download sometimes I get slow speeds from sites (or it could be that im being throttled by my internet provider…suspiciouos:-) flash get solve that problem by making several connections to the same file thus increasing download. I have tried this and proved it right.

 Security

Of course everyone is concerned about protecting their computers from virus and worms, well there is a solution. Even though in the end everything comes down to behavior of the user because if you have AV on your system but still continue to bootleg countless software then you are willingly putting yourself in the line of fire ( trust me  I know:).One of the best free AV of course is Avast Free Edition, its really effective plus who wouldn’t like a program that tells you when the virus database is updated ” your virus database has been updated” I love Avast. May i add that AVG is also a worthy competition but heh who cares they are all free right.  

 Organization

Organization is key with having less headaches caused by clustered desktops, need is say more…? Ok I will but not much on this topic. Have you ever had a clustered desktop? Of course you have unless you’re not human, so here is my recommendation : Folder2MyPc. its real simple to use, basically the things you don’t really need on your desktop but would still want to have quick access to them can be moved to My Computer and in the case of Vista Computer. It works great for me and I have had no problems with it the only thing is if you don’t control yourself My Computer can get crowded but hey better and crowded My Computer than and crowded Desktop…exactly I thought so too.

MediaCoderFlashGet

Avast Free Edition

Folder2MyPc

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Sony’s new PSP is slimmer, includes video output

Posted by Dresonic on July 24, 2007

It’s not quite the PSP 2 some might’ve hoped for, but Sony is giving its handheld console a serious refresh in the form of a slimmer, lighter and faster “updated” PSP. The new unit still includes the 4.3-inch LCD and UMD, but is 33 percent lighter, 19 percent slimmer, has sped up game load times and improved battery life. The only real “new” features is a video output capability to allow you to play your PSP games on a big screen TV. You can score one in September in the original Piano Black, a new Ice Silver color, and a Star Wars Battlefront special edition. The latter two PSPs come in $199 bundles with related games and a 1GB Memory Stick in the case of Ice Silver. More pics after the break.

Update: Also worth noting is the fact that this new model “is equipped with enhanced feature to temporarily store game data from UMD, reducing load time during game play.” No complaints about that!

 


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Beenie entertained, Cham was truly brilliant

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night on Thursday attracted the largest audience since its 15-year inception – perhaps an indication that dancehall is not entirely dead but has merely evolved, becoming more mainstream.

Cham gets into his act. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

“We cannot fight dancehall,” said MC Richard ‘Richie B’ Burgess, “it’s relevant. It’s gonna be around a long time to come,” he added, noting that show organisers had declared the gathering “the largest crowd in the festival’s 15-year run”.

The at least 20,000-strong throng consisted of both Jamaican and international dancehall aficionados who went to the Catherine Hall venue to see their favourite acts at the height of their game. And what a game it was since several top acts managed to thoroughly entertain even as they indicted the island’s politicians and lobbied for peace during the weeks leading up to elections.

Ever the consummate performer, top act Beenie Man, proved to Jamaica, once again, why he was worthy of his self-professed title ‘King of the Dancehall’. Donned in his trademark trench and matching black, green and gold suit, Beenie was a picture of patriotic perfection, rendering hit after hit punctuated by his political opinions.

“All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” the deejay said, the audience readily and unanimously responding. The audience showed their appreciation for the artiste’s comment with mock gun salutes, raised lighters and blow torches even as he continued to speak of the nation’s leaders. The artiste, who was the last act for the morning, exited with his latest hit Back It Up.

But if Beenie Man is ‘King of the Dancehall’, then, judging from crowd response, Mavado must be its prince.
The turbulent, vocally gripping character that is Mavado entered the stage on the brink of daybreak to celebratory screams and fireworks. Seeming totally at ease, he delivered with precision his brutally chilling discourse Weh Dem A Say, Gangsta for Life and Badman Place, et al. Read the rest of this entry »

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Greensleeves releases 12-Inch Rulers compilation

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Twelve-Inch Rulers is the first in a series of compilations which have been released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Greensleeves Records.

The series concentrates on those classic 12-inch singles that Greensleeves has released over the years and those that have never been released on compact disc. The series will be spilt into producer and genre selections such as Dub, DJ, Vocal and Dancehall.

This first selection zooms in on the talents of the late Henry Junjo Lawes, a producer who had a very special relationship with Greensleeves which dates back to 1979. Back then, Lawes had scored big with Barrington Levy’s Englishman.

Kingston-based Lawes continued to supply Greensleeves with sparse and heavy productions that were to dominate reggae’s emergent dancehall culture for the next few years. Lawes was to later discover a wealth of newcomers, including Scientist, Yellowman, Eek-A-Mouse, Josey Wales, Wailing Souls, Ranking Toyan and Frankie Paul, all of whom released breakthrough albums on Greensleeves.

All tracks on the 12-inch Rulers compilation were recorded at Channel One and mixed by Scientist, Soljie and Barnabas at King Tubby’s studio. Most of the tracks featured here have never appeared on compact disc before. The Wailing Souls single Firehouse Rock is exclusive to this release. Read the rest of this entry »

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Deejays plead for peaceful election

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Montego Bay, St James – Dancehall heavyweights used their musical platform at the just concluded Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest to appeal for a peaceful election, putting to rest fears by the local police that utterances by the artistes would have stirred political tension.

Chuck Fender. led the way in calling for a peaceful election.

“It’s quite refreshing to see them taking that stance,” said St James commanding officer Superintendent Steve McGregor, who warned last week that any such utterances would have been dealt with sternly. “You could see that they were really making an effort and it augurs well for Reggae, which is an integral part of our culture.”

Prior to the start of the four-day festival, McGregor said he had met with Sumfest organisers and warned that inflammatory political utterances by artistes would not be tolerated.
In response, chairman of Summerfest Productions, Robert Russell, pledged to support the police in ensuring that the artistes refrained from negative political statements, but noted that it was unusual for them to get involved in politics in any negative way.

True to form, several artistes made good on this and on Thursday, as Reggae music exploded on the Catherine Hall stage, Chuck Fender led the way in calling for a peaceful election, set for August 27, 2007.
Several others of the genre’s leading lights followed suit, including the hard-hitting Anthony B.
“Mi a beg oonu, duh, nuh kill off none a yuh bredda dem dis election,” he pleaded.

Deejay Cham, who lashes out against vicious criminals in his latest single Conscience, also spoke out against election violence. “Election a come, please, mi a beg oonu, it a affect the yout dem, it a affect old people,” he said.

Deejays Idonia and Assassin also added their pleas, while dancehall’s arch rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer found common ground on the issue. “All who bun dutty JLP and dutty PNP put up oonu hand,” Beenie Man instructed during his closing set Friday morning, while Bounty declared, “mi nuh waah hear who say dem a go do dis and do dat, mi waah hear when minimum wage a go rise and how dem a go help poor people”.

And in what was the only broadside directed at any one party Ninja Man, the dancehall’s ‘Don Gorgon’, scolded, “dem have whole holiday fi run dem dutty election and a wait til di pickni dem fi go back a school”.

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US singer gives emotion-filled performance at Sumfest

Posted by Dresonic on July 23, 2007

Mary J Blige is one of those performers who, through music, relates her own experiences, moving the most stoic of listeners to catharsis. “I was going through hell, and when you went out and bought my album, I was your therapist. and when you listened we both began to heal,” said the emotional singer during her Saturday night performance at Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s final instalment, The Zenith.

Blue lights flashed as the thud of piano keys heralded the favourite No More Drama, which alludes to her past struggles with abusive relationships and an alleged drug problem.
The life lessons continued, as the diva’s voice soared, meandering through difficult rifts even as she contorted her slim frame as if each word jabbed her body.

 

“Don’t let the naysayers kill your dreams. keep kickin’ ’em to the curve. Be happy with who you are,” the R&B queen declared, her fans endorsing her statement by way of applause. And after a long sigh, she proceeded with the love song Be Without You from her late 2005 album Breakthrough.

“I got sick and tired of people’s opinions and how I let that rule my life. as long as I love who I am that’s cool,” she said, apt lines for the introduction to Take Me As I Am, followed by the bluesy I’m Going Down. The audience, however, seemed to have ‘first dibs’ on the latter track, nearly completing the song before the singer could utter a note.
The ghetto soprano’s four-inch heels proved no impediment for her since she glided across the stage, dancing, stooping and jumping during the other renditions: Real Love (her 1994 debut single), Enough Cryin’ – produced by famous R&B producer Rodney ‘Dark Child’ Jerkins, featuring her rapping alter ego Brooklyn – and Baggage, among others.

Showcasing her impressive repertoire aside, Blige was the consummate performer, possessing what seemed like an innate ability to connect with her mostly female fan base – many of whom were also stirred to emotion. Her set was well-organised and perfectly executed, which easily made her the best performer of the three-day festival.
The singer, who appeared midway through the show, closed with her ‘crunk’ track Dance For Me.

It seemed emotion – albeit of a different and perhaps a more tongue-in-cheek variety – was also on homegrown star Tanya Stephens’ agenda. Her trademark ‘sunglasses-at-night’ paired with jeans, furry boots and a simple tank made for a simple appearance, but this lyrical maven’s songs were anything but. In fact, the whole arrangement was quite complex, one that could sit in any of the world’s major music festivals.

Taurus Riley is at ease with his guitar during his performance on Saturday night at Reggae Sumfest.

Releasing hit after enthralling hit, the rebel reggae-rocker sang It’s A Pity and Way Back, the track that served as a segue into her older material like Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, Don’t Goggle and Handle The Ride. The musical time machine was fast forward to present day when she performed the sexually charged Boom Wuk, Good Ride and Tek Him Back, all from her penultimate project Gangsta Blues. The artiste, who weeks prior to Sumfest declared in a Splash interview that “the other woman” is often her muse, didn’t disappoint with bitter-break-up-songs After You, Damn You and Can’t Live Without Me.

The biggest applause, however, came for the artiste’s latest single These Streets from her 2006 Rebelution album.
Tessanne Chin, who was among the smaller acts to grace the Sumfest stage, also showed brilliantly with her rock-meets-reggae vocals, especially on tracks like Black Books, One Night Stand and the tres popular Hideaway.

Though the ladies gave the strongest showing, reggae-rock steady crooners Beres Hammond and newcomer Taurus Riley were simply refreshing – especially the latter, whose raspy, breezy lilt resounded through the Catherine Hall venue.
Think John Legend’s rough-cut tremolos paired with the lyrical poignancy of Bob Marley to understand the genius that local music lovers know as Taurus Riley.

Performing choice tracks from his 2006 album Parables, including Microchip, Lion Paw and a cover of John Legend’s Stay With You, the singer soared. It was his closer, the ‘rootsy’ reggae ballad She’s Royal, that sent screams through the audience and the singer had to pause his rendition due to the loud noise.

Veteran balladeer Beres Hammond gave an inspiring performance, charming with his hits and making an impromptu call for audience member Beenie Man to join him on stage. The deejay obliged and the results were simply entertaining.
This reporter left the venue during the tribute to veteran musicians Lloyd Parks and his We The People band.

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3D MAIL!?!

Posted by Dresonic on July 19, 2007

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