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Propellerhead Software is a privately owned company based in Stockholm, Sweden. Formed in 1994, Propellerhead has created some of the most innovative new music software (ReBirth, ReCycle and Reason) and technology standards, including ReWire and the REX file format, which are used extensively in all kinds of music production. Propellerheads’ ReBirth program was the first virtual emulation of vintage analog gear – a trend that now dominates the music software arena.


Ira Glass is the host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life.

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DaisyDisk UI Demo

July 17, 2011 — Leave a comment

“DaisyDisk scans your disks and presents their content as interactive maps where you can easily spot unusually large files and remove them to get more free space. The map gives you an overview of your data, so you always know what your hard disks are filled with.”

The video above displays this applications impressive and intuitive functional info-graphics.

DaisyDisk is priced at $19.95 and can be purchased via their site.


[ via SwissMiss ]

Over 500 humans have been in outer space, of which, over 75% road a Shuttle.

A Blast From The Past: Shuttle Through The Decades – NPR takes a look back at the most momentous footage in the history of NASA’s Space Shuttle program. Second only to this extraordinary homage narrated by William Shatner.

On content heavy websites, the most frequently used design element is the search box.

Widely considered to be best in class, LinkedIn’s Search Box has always managed to push the limits of their Quick Search functionality just enough to not blur the line between their Advanced Search option.

Linkedin’s Quick Search Box has included filters for:

* People
* Updates
* Jobs
* Companies
* Answers
* Inbox
* Groups

Recently, I just noticed the following functionality:

* Turn on/off suggestions (aka Auto Complete)

Late in 2010, LinkedIn also introduced a visual grouping of their auto results that includes the categories of the basic filters along with the introduction of:

* Skills (pulling from the users profiles)

As well as:
* Features (being LinkedIn’s site features)
* Polls (if no Poll exists, it prompts you to create one)

LinkedIn’s Learning Center needs to be updated, but here’s a link to the Search functionality section.

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When traveling for business, there’s a need — in fact, a sense of urgency — to quickly connect once you arrive at your destination. Connect with the car rental company, hotel, colleagues, the office, clients and of course, your loved ones at home.

Today, on my 3rd day of a business trip to Jacksonville, Florida, I bridged the distance of my trip and reconnected with my fiancé, mother, sister, brothers, brother-in-law, niece, nephews, cousins, colleagues, co-workers, and several friends. I used many methods to reconnect: telephone, cell phone, conference call, email (through three different accounts), SMS, MSN, Communicator, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare.

I also consider myself fortunate to have made some new connections today with several clients, colleagues, and some strangers. These new connections were in person, sans technology, and I look forward to reconnecting in the future.

I also received a long distance call today from someone trying to connect by selling me something. Honestly, I didn’t listen long before I choose to disconnect.

Sometimes making a connection is more about connecting the dots. These can be sentimental connections. As a child the only connection I had with the state of Florida was that I knew that this is where the Space missions originated. From the Apollo missions, which saw the first man step foot on the moon, to the Space Shuttle missions which sadly will soon will be finished. These historic and optimistic endeavours all made a profound connection with me. Also, watching these missions was a shared interest and connection my mother and I have. 

There are geographical connections; when travelling to and from Jacksonville this week, I will use connecting flights.

Then there are also poor, broken, bad and lost connections. Some by distance, others by time constraints, some by choice, and luckily, only a few by life’s final destination. For these, theirs will be a lasting connection.

There’s a saying that your happiness is determined by the connections you make in your life. Today, I find my life richer, more informed, more connected… happier, by making the choice to stay connected with the people in my life no matter where I am. And yeah, the technology helps. 

P.S. Happy birthday, Mr. Armstrong.
This post was originally created for the the3six5’s posterous project.

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