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4/20/2014


My Quest for a Pop Song from China…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 3:10 am

I’m honestly not sure how I can properly explain all this, and I honestly don’t know, dear reader, if you’re going to really care, since this quest seems to be a pretty personal thing, but I’m going to give it a shot and see where it takes us.

As some of you know, I’m “collecting” free cloud storage services. I have a Dropbox account, one from SpiderOak, Tresorit, and others. The one I use the most is Copy.com, since they provide 15G of data for free (Dropbox is only 2G), and if you follow that link back there and sign-up, you get an extra 5G for a total of 20 gigabytes. Add to that the customizable file-sharing system, and it’s my clear favorite - it’s the one I use to allow the Internet OTR Digest to include binary files. But even that won’t stop me from “collecting” others.

Someone pointed me to QQ, a company in China that is supposedly providing stupid-large storage accounts…10T, in fact. Yep, ten terabytes, or 10,240 gigabytes! As a collector, I couldn’t possibly turn this down, so I applied for an account. It wasn’t quite that simple, since there are a bunch of hoops to jump through, but I finally got an account on their system. (Is it really 10T? Dunno, since it would take me forever to upload that much with my aDSL. Haven’t put anything other than a few test files up there so far.)

(And for those of you who think I’d be crazy to post anything to a Chinese cloud-storage service, I have three letters for you: NSA. I mean, c’mon, truly personal data shouldn’t be uploaded to any cloud storage service, since after 180 days it is considered by American law to be “abandoned” and can be retrieved by a simple letter instead of a court order signed by a judge. I’m betting a Chinese cloud storage server is no less intrusive than anything in the United States.)

As most services, this service provides a few example files. QQ/Tencent provides a spreadsheet, a Word file, and an MP3 music file. It’s that last file that caused all the time and trouble…or rather my downloading and playing it, anyway. It’s a bouncy pop song called Be the Best with those words repeated throughout the song in English, while the rest is in Chinese. I really, really like the song, but I can’t sing to it, since I can’t speak or understand Chinese.

The quest was to discover information about the song, and hopefully find English lyrics for it. After a few hours, and with the help of Bing Translate, I have a general idea what’s going on. (Ok, look…the only translation software on the Net is from one of the “big boys” or another, so it was either the evil Google, the evil Microsoft, the evil AOL, or some other evil corporation bent on tracking, monitoring, and monetizing me. I picked Bing. So shoot me.) The album cover and more info after the jump.
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4/6/2014


SummersTime for the week of 11/04/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:04 am

This week, Kate joins Gale Storm for My Little Margie, I play an episode of the Maxwell House Coffee Time, she votes for the Mayor of the Town, and I run an episode of the short-lived series Honest Harold!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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4/3/2014


SummersTime for the week of 10/21/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:41 pm

I’m flying solo this week; first up, Charlie Russell plays Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, we listen to the most famous news broadcast in radio with Here It Now, and I finish it out with an NBC Short Story!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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Microsoft makes Windows 8.1 mouse-friendly

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 10:42 am

From CNN: Microsoft makes Windows 8.1 mouse-friendly

Am I the only one saying, “What the devil took you so long?”

(FWIW, I will never buy a smartphone or tablet with Windows on it. Who needs the blue screen of death on a mobile device?)

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4/2/2014


Why Gmail and other e-mail services aren’t really free

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 2:11 pm

From CNN: Why Gmail and other e-mail services aren’t really free

From the article: “One group of plaintiffs in a recent class-action lawsuit were non-Gmail users who sent messages to Gmail accounts. Google responded that non-Gmail customers had no expectations of privacy when sending e-mails to people who did use the service.”

Which means Google believes it’s ok to profile people who have not agreed to the terms and conditions, simply because they send mail to those who have. Sending email to a Gmail account is allowing Google to violate your privacy, which it maintains you don’t have in the first place. Yipe.

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