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[#] Thu Mar 18 2021 10:23:08 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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The Platinum Collection by Queen on Amazon Music - Amazon.com
W
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Just search the track then it links to the album. 
  

Thu Mar 18 2021 01:35:33 MST from TheDave

 

Wed Mar 17 2021 21:47:51 MST from ParanoidDelusions

I tried Amazon - but I couldn't find that they still offered music in this format anymore. It all seemed to be streaming. 

 

Wed Mar 17 2021 19:25:46 MST from TheDave

I refuse for any reason to let iTunes into my house on any machine period.  When I buy MP3s I usually use Amazon. DRM free, no hassle MP3s you can download to any device at any time.



 



It's still possible, but they did make it a little harder to figure out how.  Try buying tracks on amazon without going to amazon music to do it.  That might work out.  There's also a download method for your purchased music in their music app.



 



[#] Fri Mar 19 2021 23:05:44 MST from TheDave

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Thu Mar 18 2021 10:23:08 MST from ParanoidDelusions

Sweet, glad that helped.  Fun fact: now that CDs are less common it's really easy to just buy the CD for like 3 bucks when the MP3 albums are full price, I got like 7 albums for $20 that way



[#] Sat Mar 20 2021 14:49:03 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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I noticed that. Super stupid. A lot of times, you get the MP3s "instant ripped" when you buy the physical media, too. 

 

Fri Mar 19 2021 23:05:44 MST from TheDave

 

Thu Mar 18 2021 10:23:08 MST from ParanoidDelusions

Sweet, glad that helped.  Fun fact: now that CDs are less common it's really easy to just buy the CD for like 3 bucks when the MP3 albums are full price, I got like 7 albums for $20 that way



 



[#] Sun Mar 28 2021 14:05:39 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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Whoa, that's awesome. 



[#] Sun Mar 28 2021 21:06:00 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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It is - and Amazon will even point out what albums are on sale that come with an Instant MP3 rip. 

It seems like a no brainer. Sell the customer the physical media, and they're licensed - rip it FOR them. When they put the physical media on sale - the labels undercut themselves. 

 

Sun Mar 28 2021 14:05:39 MST from Wangiss

Whoa, that's awesome. 



 



[#] Sun Oct 10 2021 22:09:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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My wife has been on such a spending spree - with 3 and 4 packages arriving from Amazon daily, most days of the week - today she went to the mall, and I was like, "You're buying me a Magic Mouse for my Mac." 

The multi-gestures on the touchpad on a MBP are pretty awesome - but regular mouse functions are like any other trackpad - kind of cumbersome. The Magic Mouse is a regular mouse with a built in touchpad that does multi-gestures, basically. 

It is also $80. For a fricking mouse. 

But... it is also pretty fricking *awesome*. It arrived tonight. I hate buying Apple products. The Mac will die, and I'll have an expensive accessory that only works with Macs. 

But I shouldn't have wasted my time with a $20 BT knock off mouse. I should have just dropped the $80 on the Magic Mouse in the first place. It seriously gives you the best of both worlds. I hate Apple for that. 

 



[#] Thu Oct 14 2021 16:00:26 MST from TheDave

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It's annoying that windows doesn't get on the interface train.  It wouldn't be that hard to make decent touch interface items that are different enough to avoid patents.  Apple has always had a leg up, there.



Sun Oct 10 2021 22:09:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

My wife has been on such a spending spree - with 3 and 4 packages arriving from Amazon daily, most days of the week - today she went to the mall, and I was like, "You're buying me a Magic Mouse for my Mac." 
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The multi-gestures on the touchpad on a MBP are pretty awesome - but regular mouse functions are like any other trackpad - kind of cumbersome. The Magic Mouse is a regular mouse with a built in touchpad that does multi-gestures, basically. 

It is also $80. For a fricking mouse. 

But... it is also pretty fricking *awesome*. It arrived tonight. I hate buying Apple products. The Mac will die, and I'll have an expensive accessory that only works with Macs. 

But I shouldn't have wasted my time with a $20 BT knock off mouse. I should have just dropped the $80 on the Magic Mouse in the first place. It seriously gives you the best of both worlds. I hate Apple for that. 

 



 



[#] Thu Oct 14 2021 17:14:29 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Some thoughts along these lines. I post at Uncensored - because this place is such a ghost town... 


Here is the thing about Apple. The Magic Mouse is awesome - it does exactly what it needs to... 

But you honestly *need* it with a Macintosh - to really utilize the OS to its maximum. It shouldn't be an optional luxury accessory - it should be included as part of the base package. 

Windows has multi-touch gestures that add value to the desktop experience if you want to take the time to learn them - but the OS is designed around a base productivity paradigm that pretty much... well... I guess the solution with a PC is to buy a dual monitor configuration. That is where you get optimal productivity from a PC running Windows. But the OS itself is designed for a traditional two button mouse with a scroll wheel. 

 

OS X really WANTS a multi-gesture pointing device, trackpad or mouse - and it wants a dual button mouse - Apple has cheated on the Magic Mouse in that a click on the right side of the mouse is a right-click, a click on the left is a left click, but there aren't two physical buttons - so they can claim the *aesthetics* of a single button mouse while getting the features of a dual button one. To be fair, my Razer gaming mouse has 7 buttons. Left, Right, two side, two additional smaller mouse buttons, and a wheel click button. That is kind of going in the exact opposite direction of what Jobs wanted from a mouse and does illustrate the difference between Apple's approach and Microsoft's to user experience. 

 

You can navigate around OS X with a traditional mouse fine, in a very traditional MS-Windows sort of way. But adding a Magic Mouse - you see what Apple really *wants* for OS X - and how this makes the 2nd screen MOSTLY unnecessary. I still think not having to page between virtual screens is superior - but - it certainly saves on screen real estate. The problem is - for what they want for the Magic Mouse - you can get a very nice second screen. 

 

But... the extra productivity of a dual monitor doesn't *feel* magic. It doesn't have a lot of WOW factor. The Magic Mouse is kind of a distraction... "Look at this, with this device, you don't NEED the second monitor!" But even with the Magic Mouse and a second screen, the second screen is going to add more productivity value than the Mouse and a single screen. 

 

 

They *are* good at gimmicks. I bet I'd learn to love that little bar on the new MBPs too, if I had one of those... because it feels *fancy*... doing what a PC can do already, but doing it in an expensive, showy way instead of in a very practical, plain manner. 

 
 

So far, what I've seen of the Magic Mouse - just brings a limited feature set of the touchpad gestures to the mouse - and adds virtualized iPhone style scrolling and page swiping and features like this. Oh. You're talking about the "bar"! 


I mean... I *liked* the Compiz Cube... so... flashy sparkly things... I dig 'em. I think I'd probably like it. 


So... here is another thing about Apple/Mac. Every time I start using this 2012 i7... it frustrates me that I can't really *use* it because of Radeongate. So, being a PC guy, I think... "Surely some Chinese vendor has made a replacement bottom with big heat sinks and heavy duty fans designed JUST to solve THIS particular problem. If it were a PC - someone would have made something like this. 

There aren't even DIY solutions - really. People just went, "Yup, these Macs cook themselves, and there is nothing to be done about it but use them until they die and then buy another, new Mac and hope they didn't make the same mistake again. 

I've considered taking it apart and basically building it into a case - because I don't NEED a laptop. 

The frustrating thing too - is that the 2015 model - which still suffers from premature thermal death - is still going for $400 for the i5 model. It isn't as prone to thermal death as the 2012 models. 

I *should* really just take it apart, put some Arctic Silver on it after sanding the surface of the GPU and CPU - and then running it until it does die. That isn't bad advice. But... taking the whole thing apart to that level and rebuilding it again is a chore. 

 

It just really pisses me off. 

 

Thu Oct 14 2021 16:00:26 MST from TheDave

It's annoying that windows doesn't get on the interface train.  It wouldn't be that hard to make decent touch interface items that are different enough to avoid patents.  Apple has always had a leg up, there.



Sun Oct 10 2021 22:09:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

My wife has been on such a spending spree - with 3 and 4 packages arriving from Amazon daily, most days of the week - today she went to the mall, and I was like, "You're buying me a Magic Mouse for my Mac." 
Post message   
The multi-gestures on the touchpad on a MBP are pretty awesome - but regular mouse functions are like any other trackpad - kind of cumbersome. The Magic Mouse is a regular mouse with a built in touchpad that does multi-gestures, basically. 

It is also $80. For a fricking mouse. 

But... it is also pretty fricking *awesome*. It arrived tonight. I hate buying Apple products. The Mac will die, and I'll have an expensive accessory that only works with Macs. 

But I shouldn't have wasted my time with a $20 BT knock off mouse. I should have just dropped the $80 on the Magic Mouse in the first place. It seriously gives you the best of both worlds. I hate Apple for that. 

 



 



 



[#] Thu Oct 14 2021 17:16:32 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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In a nutshell - The Surface has awesome multi-touch gestures on the touchpad, too. Like on the MBP, I don't use them, because the mouse doesn't support them. 

You're right, there needs to be a Surface Mouse that operates like the Magic Mouse. 

Maybe there is. I'll look into it. 

 



[#] Fri Oct 15 2021 02:23:57 MST from TheDave

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Thu Oct 14 2021 17:16:32 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

In a nutshell - The Surface has awesome multi-touch gestures on the touchpad, too. Like on the MBP, I don't use them, because the mouse doesn't support them. 

You're right, there needs to be a Surface Mouse that operates like the Magic Mouse. 

Maybe there is. I'll look into it. 

I don't have a surface but if windows can use a mouse like this I would definitely want to give it a try.  I have a 5 mutton vertical mouse now, and I really like it, but I'd be willing to risk the carpal tunnel for fancy new features.



[#] Fri Oct 15 2021 07:54:56 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/touch-gestures-for-windows-a9d28305-4818-a5df-4e2b-e5590f850741

Multitouch gestures on Windows

 

Fri Oct 15 2021 02:23:57 MST from TheDave

 

Thu Oct 14 2021 17:16:32 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

In a nutshell - The Surface has awesome multi-touch gestures on the touchpad, too. Like on the MBP, I don't use them, because the mouse doesn't support them. 

You're right, there needs to be a Surface Mouse that operates like the Magic Mouse. 

Maybe there is. I'll look into it. 

I don't have a surface but if windows can use a mouse like this I would definitely want to give it a try.  I have a 5 mutton vertical mouse now, and I really like it, but I'd be willing to risk the carpal tunnel for fancy new features.



 



[#] Fri Oct 15 2021 22:41:02 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

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I think I'm about to buy another gaming laptop. Obviously it won't be a Mac. 



[#] Sat Oct 16 2021 11:42:04 MST from ParanoidDelusions <paranoiddelusions@wallofhate.com>

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Macs really aren't designed to game - they're designed to do Facetime and Garage band. :) 

 

Fri Oct 15 2021 22:41:02 MST from Wangiss <wangiss@wallofhate.com>

I think I'm about to buy another gaming laptop. Obviously it won't be a Mac.