yahoo, hello, where is musicmatch jukebox?

So today I decided I was going to break down and buy the upgrade for musicmatch jukebox. I had been holding off from this for years, since I bought a version some time ago before yahoo bought it and ruined it. I still a little miffed that I did not get free plus upgrades, and after having a version with dell’s musicmatch and such, I just refused to upgrade it.

After years of not buying it again, today I decided to go ahead and buy the upgrade, or full version, whatever. Well I can’t find it anywhere except for some sponsored results page. This is quite funny actually.musicmatch jukebox logo

First thing I did was go to musicmatch.com – it redirects me to yahoo music (http://new.music.yahoo.com/ )with no info about musicmatch anywhere. Next I do a google search for it, which takes to me to a page the redirects again to yahoo music. Ugh. On the yahoo music page I do a search for musicmatch – no results, but there are two sponsored results with a link to it(one is http://2008-new.com/musicmatch/ which asks for my email info in step one of the download) – lol!

So I open my musicmatch jukebox by dell and click the upgrade now link – that should work… no. 404 not found. This is unbelievable.

So I go to yahoo.com and search for musicmatch. Certainly their own search engine will find the right page for it right? The first two results tell me no. In fact the second result even shows the 404 error I had seen earlier in it’s description. This is funny.

So I go to snapfiles.com and look for free mp3 ripping software instead. I Choose audiograbber which sounds great. I download it, go ot settings, and find out that Ineed to download the LAME encoder in order tog et mp3 files at a btter bitrate than 56k (which is crazy) – it takes me a while to find the lame encoder, but I find it, download it, unzip it, copy the lame.dll over to the directory where audiograbber was installed. Close and then reopen audiograbber twice, adjust the setting, get the track lists from cd-text (since free db can’t find the listings for this cd) – and off I go. It’s fast, it’s simple to use, not as simple to set up, but hey it’s working. It’s free.

*update – after getting a few CDs ripped I went through and started closing tabs on my browser, taking onelast look at the yahoo music page I do another search onpage (ctrl+F) and look for the word musicmatch in case I missed it; no not found. So I look at the page mad as can be, then hover over “downloads” thinking maybe, just maybe it is there. Well it doesn’t say anything about musicmatch, but it does have a clickable submenu link for “free music player” – so I’m thinking, maybe yahoo has killed muiscmatch and is replacing it with some kind of new fangled generic “free music player”. After clicking, I find a page talking about none other than “music match jukebox” – woo hoo! I found it, and there is a premium version to buy! Wow!

So you can find it here: http://www.musicmatch.com/jukebox/ but why does musicmatch.com redirect to yahoo music?

update – Nov 1 2008 – I was telling a friend about using musicmatch to rip cds, and revisited this post in order to show her where to actually find it, but now it appears to be gone – the download sub-menu now has some rhapsody download instead. This is horrible – they have killed on the best cd ripping / mp3 playing jukeboxes – the old favorite musicmatch jukebox seemed to be gone. Yahoo really screwed the pooch with this deal, I wish they had never bought musicmatch.

So I had to recommend audio grabber to Debbie, she commented that it was downloaded, installed and ripping her CD in about 30 seconds – it is great for that. And winamp is really great for playing mp3s. I have yet to see anything as cool as musicmatch 7.5 – but who knows – maybe someone will step up and release a skin for winamp with the ripping plugins to make it work on that level. Maybe someone already has and I just haven’t seen it yet. I remember using winamp with the crossfade plugin years ago and I was in heaven for the first time with my music listening at home.

how to know if it is time to get rid of your current job

I saw an article via yahoo hot jobs that asked how you know it’s time to find a new job, here are the 5 things to consider:job stress

  1. The Magic is Gone
  2. “I Hate My Boss” Syndrome
  3. “I Think My Boss Hates Me” Syndrome
  4. The Titanic Is Sinking
  5. Your Health Is Failing

After reading these things (and the associated paragraphs that go along with them) I knew it was time to get the resume out and start to look around for something that I might enjoy, get some more experience and get away from the failing titanic with my not so great supervisor.

Job stress has given me ulcers, kept me tired and ruined my love life. I need to accept that sticking with this position hoping it will get better is not in my best interest. I wonder if I will stick with my current career path or do something entirely different just to get a change of pace. Perhaps something outdoors.

Enemy list instead of friends list for facebook

This would be funny to see how many people have more enemies than hatebook dudefriends. Perhaps it would start more online drama than you already have within the social networks. I mean geeze, you can already hear people bitching about being taken off the top friends, or not being put on the top 4, or getting their #2 position changed out with another friend. Sometimes boyfriends and girlfriends have major issues about who is on their friends list, imagine the drama that could be started by everyone having enemy lists.

And the online social network drama continues.

From the wired campus blog:

Enemybook, that allows users to tag people as “enemies.” Those who use the application make available on their Facebook page their list of foes as well as friends. A photograph of the enemy is depicted along with a list of reasons why the person is despised: He/she hooked up with my ex, insulted my honor, or killed my family, are among the possible explanations.

Enemybook is not the only Web application to mock Facebook. Snubster allows Facebook users to list adversaries. And then there’s Hatebook.com and Hatebook.org.

monkeys pay for sex by grooming

Found a funny article talking about how one researcher believes that monkeys pay for sex by grooming female monkeys. I can’t believe that this researcher considers grooming payment. I could see if there was some kind of exchange of material good for sex, like maybe if a monkey brought bananas and then got laid, but I agree with this newsvine commenter who says that if you consider giving attention as payment for sexual relations, then everyone in world is paying for sex.

macaque monkeys

I believe it is a bad tag line for this story and the associated research, and I myself do not consider grooming someone as payment.

Carson Kressley Teaches Women to ‘Look Good Naked’

Carson Kressley Teaches Women to ‘Look Good Naked’
His New Makeover Mantra: How You Carry Yourself Means More Than Having a Perfect Body

This is really interesting, if we can all learn from this we can not only look better, but feel better too.

In the first clip Kressley showed the audience three different images of women, and asked them to vote on which woman they thought weighed the most.

Each photo was actually of the same woman, but without knowing that the audience chose woman B as the winner.

His point? “We use [the clip] to show some of the women we’re making over that it’s all about how you carry yourself. It’s not only how we see you, but how you see you.”

read more about this cool makeover psychology, I think the idea of the tv show is kind of lame, but the psychology and real world examples will hopefully help many women develop a better posture and attitude, which in turn should make people respond better to them and help create a better self esteem.