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Free eBook – ‘Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing’ by J.D. Lasica

Just recently I've discovered the The Aspen Institute and it's website. The Institute's mission is to foster creative thinking & leadership for the good of our society and for the past 60 years it's members have been organizing seminars, public conferences and policy programs to spread great ideas and learn from each other. One of the most recent publications from the Institute is the "Identity in the Age of Cloud Computing: The next-generation Internet’s impact on business, governance and social interaction" by J.D. Lasica, who is a long time blogger for Socialmedia.biz, a strategist, journalist & entrepreneur.

Pod to PC or Pod to Mac

If you've ever held gigs worth of content on your iPod or iPhone and lost the originals on your computer - you will love this app. You might know by now that if you connect your fully loaded iPod to your freshly wipped computer, iTunes will automatically want to erase everything on your mp3 player and start fresh. iTunes will also not allow you to transfer music or videos from your iPod back to your computer if you've erased the original file from your desktop. Pod to PC or Pod to Mac will let you do it all! The applications are built to allow you to transfer music and videos from your iPod or iPhone into your Mac or PC directly into iTunes.

Momus: Multiple Albums

Nick Currie aka Momus released six albums from 1987 to 1993 on the now defunct Creation Records. Since they are no longer in print and unlikely ever to be re-issued, the Scottish singer/songwriter made a momentous decision to release them himself as free and legal online albums.

EnoughRecords: Retork

"Retork" is one of the first releases of a Portuguese netlabel called EnoughRecords. The label concentrates on promoting electronica, IDM, postrock, industrial, noise, glitch, drone and dark ambient music, but they say they won't limit themselfs to any particular genre or guideline. Their plan is "simply release soothing sounds, emerging landscapes, from Portugal, Europe, World, into the cyberspace for whomever will listen", for free. "Retork" is a compilation album put together in response some ignorant people claiming that "netlabel artists aren't real artists. netlabel music isn't real music" and it featuring tracks by Mosaik, Aisth, Kilowatts, Sense, Makunouchi Bento, Duncan Avoid, Xhale, Julien Neto, Kschzt, Khonnor, Quobe, Fyzix, Sinespree and Nullsleep.
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Audacity

Audacity is an user-friendly, free & open source audio editor. It is currently available for almost all operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and others. The software gets great reviews and ranks up there with some of the best in it's genre because of it's "clean interface, excellent features, and support for 32-bit floating-point audio" (and a great price - FREE! - if I may add). With Audacity, you can easily record/import audio, edit the files, add effects, and export to your desired file format.

R&D TV: Episode 1

R&D TV is a monthly technology programme made up of interviews from knowledgeable BBC developers, BBC project experts and external experts from around the world. This first episode includes interviews with The Digg guys, Nicholas Negroponte of OLPC as well as Graham Thomas, Ant Miller and George Auckland talking about their work for BBC R&D & Learning Innovation.

Los Sundayers: Eterno domingo

I came across Los Sundayers searching Jamendo for Latin music and I found myself listening to the whole album with great pleasure. One of the albums reviewers, nanito, wrote they've done "a great work indeed blending reggae, dub and ska with elegant cuts and tempo switching, all wrapped around a quite colorful interpretation" and I couldn't agree more.

Dynamoe: In the Wake of Time

Dynamoe is a quite unique electronica/rock band from Denmark. They've met almost by accident in 1997, when both Giovanni Campagna and Dennis Lee were signed by the same label. After a log chat, they've discovered they have so many ideas in common that working together is almost a given... "In the Wake of Time" is the band's third full album, preceded by "Coming Home" in 2004 and "Jump Start" in 2001 - all are available for donation/free download at www.dynamoe.com.