How To: Use Spotify Outside of Supported Locations

18 09 2009

Background

[Windows/Mac] For those who don’t know, Spotify is a new music streaming service based out of Sweden currently making waves around the world. It allows for instant access to Spotify’s database of 4.5 million tracks through searching for artists, songs, albums, labels and genres for no cost and completely legally. Of course with something this good, there’s always a hitch. Currently, Spotify only supports access in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the United Kingdom, France and Spain – some of which require an invite.

Spotify interface.

Spotify interface.

Not in a supported country?

Not to fear! Thanks to my super-incredible Google-fu (not really), I found a posting on a forum detailing how to set up an account online and download the program. All that’s needed is a proxy to set up our account and once that’s set up, the proxy is no longer required and you’re home free. Quoted below is the original forum posting found here.

TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THIS DOES NOT WORK IN THE US. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM THIS FOR ME, FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW AND LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS.

“Step 1. Find a good UK proxy. Easiest will be web-based, since you’ll only have to use it to register. I used this one.

Step 2. Through the proxy, visit https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Step 3. Register. You’re going to need a UK postal code, the one I used is LS18 5AZ, but you might find another one on Google.

Step 4. Download the installer. It should give you a link, otherwise use this one.

Step 5. Install it and enjoy your music. No need for any proxies or anything, you’re just enjoying free music. One extra pro here is that if you listen to it through an unsupported country there are no ads!

Step 6. Set your country to your actual country in the settings.

So, there you go, enjoy.

Oh, and once you have it, you can try it out with this link.”

Happy loophole-ing!

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DropBox Now In Public Beta!

11 09 2008

As of today, the once invite-only service DropBox is now available without a special beta code. DropBox provides you with 2Gb of free online storage that syncs with a DropBox folder on your computer. DropBox is available for Windows, OS X and Linux users. Sign up and check it out for yourself here.





Congrats to Mozilla!

3 07 2008

Firefox officially now holds the world record for the most downloads of a particular item in a 24 hour period. The total number stated by Mozilla is a whopping 8,002,530 downloads – along with 21,114,091 more downloads spanning betweeng the then of the Official Firefox Download Day and today as of 1:13 PM ET. That brings the total of downloads of Firefox 3 to an incredible 29,116,621 downloads in total.

In my experiences, Firefox 3 was leaps and bounds above the previous incarnations, with the “awesome bar”, brilliant favoriting system and new look. Couple these features with some of your favorite plug-ins (Better Gmail 2, PicLens, CyberSearch, etc.) and you have one killer web-browser that is tough to beat under any circumstances.

If you havent been one of the 29,116,621 people who have downloaded it as of yet, you can grab it from here. Happy browsing.





Adding More Entries To Your Opera Speed-Dial

14 06 2008

Most people are content with the given nine speed dial possibilities, but I found an interesting tip that allows you to add more. All you need to do is follow a few basic steps and it’s all done – virtually pain-free.

Step One:
Open Opera and type “about:opera” in the location bar, without the quotations.

Step Two:
Note the Preferences Path and go there in your file browser.

Step Three:
Close Opera (mandatory) and find the file called speeddial.ini. Open this in your favorite text editor.
Insert the following into the code, around the top. (P.S. Columns are vertical and rows are horizontal):
[Size]
Rows=5
Columns=5
Adjust however many rows and columns you want based on your needs. I personally only used a row amount of 3 and a column amount of 5. Also you may need to play around with it to see what works best, formatted on your screen. Finally save the file.

That’s all there is to it. Just fire up Opera once again and you’re ready to start surfin’ the net with a customized web browser.





Why I Chose Opera Over Firefox, Safari

14 06 2008

Ever since I bought my iMac, I’ve debated between what browser was the best. At first I thought the choice was obvious and decided to go with Safari. I soon realized that it was not my favorite though, as the new Firefox 3 rolled into town and I gave that a whirl. I also tried Camino, based on some recommendations from friends, but I wasn’t very happy with it (I didn’t like the bookmarking system). Finally I thought Flock was the answer to my prayers – my favorite Web 2.0 sites built right in, but the interface soon became clunky and over-complicated. Yesterday, I read about the new Opera release, 9.5, and decided to try it out. To my amazement, it was almost perfect. Below are listed some of my favorite things about Opera 9.5 and some reasons why you might want to consider it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Firefox is incredible and I’m not surprised in the least that many people use it as their primary browser. I personally used to think this before I tested out Opera 9.5. The main things I’ve noticed in Opera are the sleek blending into the OS X interface, the minimalist look, and the incredible speed.

Firefox 3 has tried to blend their browser into the OS X and Windows Vista interfaces and have done a fairly good job of that – more specifically with OS X. I personally just feel that Firefox can get a little chunky at the top which may sound surprising, but just wait until you check out Opera’s sleek user interface. This is a similar point to it being very “minimalist”. And when I say minimalist, I mean it. Since there is no Bookmarks Toolbar in Opera, that space is eliminated. Also, the main header, which contains the main controls and address bar is extremely small and can fit two times over inside of Firefox’s. It is pretty much equivalent to Safari’s but once again, has no Bookmarks Toolbar. Now this feature may shock some of you, because I know it shocked me. Instead, Opera has opted to go with a “speed-dial” which basically places your favorite sites in thumbnails that are clickable when a new tab is opened. The initial amount of programmable sites is nine, but is easily modified to larger numbers (I will be covering this in a later article).

Finally, this brings me to my final point, which is speed; one of the most important aspects of a successful browser. Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker did some testing with the leading web browsers and came up with some great results that point to Opera. In every test that he conducted, Opera came in either first or second, which none of the other browsers can tote.

Now on to the favorite features!

As I previously mentioned, the Speed-Dial feature in Opera is really nice, though it does take some getting used to. It also gives each site a keyboard shortcut depending on which spot it is placed in, ranging from Cmd+1 to how ever high you set it to. Another feature which is great is the trash can, located on the right of the tab bar. This allows you to go through and find tabs that you may have closed accidentally and wanted to re-open – very handy. And yes I know Firefox has this capability as well, but its not as neat and welcoming as the Opera version. Finally, built into the browser are things called widgets, which are simply put, almost identical to Dashboard widgets – just from Opera. They are free-floating mini applications that handle everything from the weather to your to-do’s and they sit neatly on your desktop.

After reading this article, I hope you consider giving Opera 9.5 a chance, and it’s definitely far from last place in the browser war. You can check out there web site here and it will run on OS X, Windows and Linux. Happy browsing.





Windows 7 Preview at ATD

27 05 2008
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This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for…except, not really. Both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have decided to showcase their upcoming OS, nicknamed Windows 7, at All Things Digital this evening. Its not exactly as clear as stating “This is Windows 7”, although I wish it was. Its more of a preview of what to expect on Windows 7. What’s been detailed so far is that the new OS will have multi-touch capabilities, presumably acting like the Microsoft Surface table. So far, it looks like a tablet PC with multi-touch; nothing too awe-inducing, unfortunately. Also noted, is that Windows 7 will not be a completely new operating system, but it will use the same base as Vista, so when the upgrade takes place next time around, it will hopefully go smoother than the previous one. The timetable for Windows 7’s release is somewhere around 2010, with both 32-bit and 64-bit. Previous quotes by people within Microsoft have hinted at the touch-controlling abilities in the new system. Hilton Locke, who worked on the Tablet PC team at Microsoft mentioned the features in an interview in December.

“I will say that if you are impressed by the “touch features” in the iPhone, you’ll be blown away by what’s coming in Windows 7. Now if only we could convince more OEMs that Windows Touch Technology is going to drive their sales.”

Also, Bill Gates stated that it will be “a big step forward” for speech technology and handwriting recognition.

Gizmodo’s following the entire thing minute-by-minute, but I’ve added some photos at the bottom to show what they’re exactly demoing. (Pictures from Gizmodo)

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Boot Camp & Parallels Together

9 05 2008

Recently I found myself installing my Windows Vista on Boot camp but I didn’t want to have to reboot every tome I wanted to do something simple. Through some playing around, I found a very easy way to use your Boot Camp partition in Parallels.

First install your Windows operating system through Boot Camp. Once that is completed, Open Parallels and follow this path:

File > New… > Custom > Choose your OS > Allocate RAM used > Use Boot Camp.

And that’s about it. It’s pretty straight forward after that, but if you have any trouble, feel free to comment below.








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