Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mystery of the unknown songs is solved!

Okay, none of you are going to remember this, but in the interest of closure --

Many years ago I asked on a blog post to help me identify 7 songs that I got in 1995 in Portoviejo, Ecuador, on a copy of a tape from E. Nielsen, who got it from E. Brinegar. Nobody knew where the songs came from (and I'm pretty sure nobody cared). A couple are elevator music, the others are cheesy new age songs. But they bring back a lot of memories so I wanted to find and own them.

Well, the first few were identified a few years ago, but the remaining 4 were a mystery until today. The latest version of Shazam (iOS app) on my iPhone picked the correct album in < 5 seconds. Previous versions hadn't worked, so something recently has changed. Hooray!

If you're interested:

BeforeSong TitleAlbum (click to view in iTunes)
Unknown_1Through the Wall
Enchantment - Chris Spheeris and Paul Voudouris - 1991
Unknown_2Pura Vida
Unknown_3Golden Days
Inside the Sky - Steve Haun - 1988
Unknown_5Beginning Again
Unknown_6Can't Look Back
Unknown_7Inside the Sky


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Dear Google

Today I realized how much I use Google Docs, and started to get scared. Your servers might crash, or corrupt my documents, or you might shut down your service. So I decided to download copies of all my documents off of Google Docs so I'll at least have something should that day come.

So I went to, and clicked the box above my list of documents, then I looked for something like a "Download" option. I quickly found it under the "More" menu, and immediately it offered to convert all of my documents to the new Office format, and .zip them all up and download them to my computer. It also gave me the option of converting them to PDF files.

The .zip file is 3 MB, and contains 88 files. The ones I opened look fine. Suddenly I love Google Docs way more than ever before. Flexibility of formats? No lock in? Ease of use? You are amazing.

Thank you for a terrific service. I hope the relatively few times I click on your ads is somehow worth all the value you give to me.

Warmest regards,


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