Chris Randall: Musician, Writer, User Interface Designer, Inventor, Photographer, Complainer. Not necessarily in that order.

Archives: January 2007

January 28, 2007


by Chris Randall

Bounte sent me back my HP laptop today, my road dog that I use for live performance, and I thought, since I had the afternoon free, I would try out the pure:dyne Linux distro, largely based upon Peter Kirn's repeated schilling, but also because I'm something of a masochist, apparently.

The main thing I learned is that there's something to be said for spending a bit of money. While it's fun to get all this jank for free and all, quite frankly, there isn't enough time in the day. I probably spent two hours trying to figure out how to make it so the mouse pointer didn't go across the entire screen when I moved my finger, say, a centimeter. (For what it's worth, I wasn't actually able to figure this out. I just gave up.) Then another hour spent trying to figure out where the example patches for PD are stored. I was finally able to get sound to come out of the computer, but by that time, I simply didn't care any more.

No offense to the FLOSS banner-wavers, but Jesus Christ, by the end of the process, I was willing to press "accept" on any damned EULA you put in front of me just to have a help file that said something besides "todo: write help file." Now, all that said, this is a fairly comprehensive package, and it's non-invasive. You just download the ISO, drag one of the folders to your hard drive, boot from the CD, and you're golden. No partitioning nightmares or configuration hell. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's true. After 15 years, Linux is almost to the point where you can, like, do something. But not really.

January 26, 2007

Indie promoters...

by Chris Randall

Does anyone here have any experience with an indie promoter that's worth a shit? I'm thinking 30-50 college stations, no more. The genre would be whatever is loosely defined as "alternative" these days.

January 26, 2007

Pigs Fly, Hell Freezes. Film at eleven.

by Chris Randall

Sweet baby Jesus, has it come to this? The Grey Lady isn't usually in the habit of reprinting press releases and calling them news, so I have to labor on the assumption that this is actual fact. Read then discuss. I'm going to try an A/B comparison with an album I know really well, like, say, "Lust For Life," and try to get to the bottom of this shit.

January 24, 2007

Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water...

by Chris Randall

So Elle and I are on a brief vacation (because I'm not out of the office enough already) to celebrate our 12th anniversary of marriage, and I'm on the hotel wi-fi cruising through Zicos, and this little blurb catches my eye:

METALIEN iAXE629-MA USB GUITAR plugs straight into your PC or Mac computer without the need for any other hardware. The package includes "Guitar Combos BEHRINGER Edition" modeling software from Native Instruments, which turns your computer into a guitar amp.

Now, I can certainly understand the need to make a dollar or two. That makes perfect sense to me. Especially if you're broke. But there's this little thing called "pride," and quite frankly, I'm wondering how bad Native Instruments needs to make money at this point. I mean, really, now. Come on, guys.

January 23, 2007


by Chris Randall

Urs Heckman (U-He) just released a public beta of the 2.0 remake of his original flagship product, More Feedback Machine. I haven't played with it yet, as I'm swamped right now. However, if UI quality is indicative of sound quality, this is the best delay ever. I'm a huge fan of Urs' UI work (far beyond my design skills) and this one is certainly up to his normal standards. Free to try the beta out, $79.00 to pre-order the real deal.


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