Tuesday's music tip - Katy Perry - "One Of The Boys"

"One of the boys" from Katy Perry is hardly anything new. And I think you already heard at least one of her songs: "I kissed a girl". Nice, catchy and overall totally OK, but nothing intellectually challenging.

Katy Perry fits nicely into a genre of outspoken female singer/songwriters such as Lilly Allen and Kate Nash, but that's about it. Nevertheless, give it a try.

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Tuesday's music tip - Diana Krall, "from this moment on"

From This Moment On is the tenth and latest album by Canadian jazz pianist and vocalist Diana Krall. It was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Krall's secret of success is the combination of great lyrics and the skills in terms of timing of a great piano-player. You can feel that every syllable is in the right place at the right time, all the time.

My personal favorite, although a bit slow, is "Little Girl Blue". The lyrics are great and the delicate whispering with a classic track just make me want to listen to it again and again.
If you ever had the chance to see her live, you'd know the almost intriguing intimacy of her performance that makes you feel like you are the only listener in the whole room.

But there are also faster tracks like "Day In and Day Out" which feel lighthearted and remind me of the late Count Basie with a piano tinkling over a chugging guitar.


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Finally, AppleJack compatible with Leopard

I hope you never run into a situation where your Mac does not boot fully into the finder, but when you are, you can be assured of not having a bootdisk handy...

So here's the solution: "Applejack" by Kristofer Widholm

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AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use.

You can use it to repair your disk, permissions, validate and fix the system's preference files and clear your (possibly corrupted) cache.

Just download it, install it onto your system disk and the next time you're running into trouble, just fire up the Single-User Mode of your MAC by holding command + s on bootup. Type "applejack" or "applejack auto" and let the magic begin.

I used it on my Tiger System quite a few times and everything turned out A-OK afterwards.

If you don' trust me, here's a list of user experiences with AppleJack.

If you need an in-depth article about troubleshooting your MAC with AppleJack, MacFixIt has a nice article on it.

Tuesday's music tip - Fatboy Slim, "Palookaville"

Most of the time Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) hates his albums once they are finished. But with this one, there are rumors he has been quoted "I'm quite comfortable with this album".

And that's exactly what I think about it too. It makes ME feel quite comfortable.

You'll find more instruments, more vocals and some celebrity collaborators on this album which makes it a bit less rough on the edges and has a feelgood-factor to it, but... lacks a little bit of the excitement of some of the older tracks.

One exception to make: "Slash dot dash". This song is just.. weird.

Personal favorite and must-hear:

"The Joker" with vocals by Bootsie Collin.
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Tuesday's music tip - Silje Nergaard, "at first light"

Silje Nergaard is a norwegian jazz musician. My first contact with her music was in 2001 with this album, "at first light".

It's a really nice combination of jazz with some singer/songwriter influences, all backed up by her beautiful and a bit childlike sounded voice.

What's really remarkable is the growing complexity of each song. Most of them start with a simple melody that unfolds into a mixture of surprises and, sometimes, loose ends.

My favorite song on this album is "Japanese Blue". It's easy, fresh and airy and shows what a great voice she has.

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iPhone 2.0 Rechtschreibkorrektur

Ich hab ja in meinem Leben schon viel Scheiss gesehen, aber die Rechtschreibkorrektur des iPhones schiesst echt den Vogel ab.

Gottlob schreib ich fast nur englisch, da schlägts nicht so durch oder ich mach die Korrektur aus (was natürlich auch nur geht nachdem man das Telefon jailbraked :)





Hier mal meine kleine Liste der total bescheuerten Vorschläge, beziehungsweise... was heisst Vorschläge? Einen Vorschlag sollte man annehmen dürfen, die hier muss ich ja aktiv ablehnen :)





stunden = stündem
Stunde=stünde
freund = freünd
Hunden = hinden
genau = genaü
Blau = blaü

So ein Scheissdreck. Echt :)




Wer wisssen will wie man die Korrektur deaktiviert, dem wird hier geholfen.

Tracking your packages

I don't know why I never mentioned it before, but as I just downloaded an update, I'm taking my chance right now.



Some of you may know, I don't like going to town for my shopping needs. There are.. those... other people... and It's way more convenient to shop online. So, that said, you can imagine I'm receiving a minimum of one package a day.



To keep track of what will when arrive, i'm using "Delivery Status".



A nice, free widget for OSX. You can track nearly every delivery service. And best of all, it can track orders from the Apple-Store, Amazon, Nintendo etc. Give it a try, it's free.




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iPhone Firmware 2.0.2 update and the 3G reception

I just ran the update to 2.0.2 of the iPhone 3G firmware.



Process went smoothly and as far as I can tell, the 3G reception is better. Not even do I get 4 instead of 1 bar of reception quality now, but I can make calls in a part of the house I couldn't before.



I know, this is not a scientific approach... jadajada... but hey, it works for me.



All my apps were still on the phone, all settings in place. Contacts, mail and SMS is much snappier than before and loads almost instantly.



I just have to wait for the jailbreak to get my Intelliscreen back :)



Update:



According to an AP-article the update was targeted to fix the poor reception quality on a 3G network. But there are a lot of people out there claiming it didn't fix anything. Some even say, it made 3G calls entirely impossible. So... back to square one :)