On Monday I announced that 100% of my revenue from FeedDemon and TopStyle this week will go to disaster relief, but I'm far from the only software developer making a contribution. Here's a list of other developers who are donating from their earnings:
"This is the right time to stop what you normally do, get out of your little digital world that you assume is all-defining and all-encompassing (it’s not, really) and come back to reality...Very real people are experiencing very real pain, and you can do your part to help them recover."
This morning I received an email from Radek Gontarek alerting me to a mistake I made in beta 4 which will cause it to expire next week (ouch!). Since I'm planning to take a day or two off for xmas, I wanted to make sure to fix this as soon as possible. So...if you're running beta 4, please stop by the FeedDemon beta page and download beta 4a. The release notes are here.
Boing Boing points to the The Beastles, a mash-up of The Beastie Boys and The Beatles (yes, it actually works - esp. "Tripper Trouble" and "Word to the Mic").
Don't want to click every MP3 link then manually sync the downloaded files with your iPod? Then let FeedDemon's FeedStation do the work for you. Just download the FSQUEUE file linked below, then start FeedStation and select File > Open Queue:
FeedDemon 1.5 Beta 4 is now available. Before installing it, you might want to check out the release notes to find out what's new. As with previous beta releases, beta 4 should be installed directly on top of your existing version.
I've been playing around with my new iPod lately trying to figure out what all the fuss is about, and I have to admit that the hype is justified. I've been attached to Windows Media Player for quite a while and it wasn't easy to give it up, but the combination of iTunes + iPod is very slick and the user interface is extremely simple (note to self: you could learn a lot from Apple's UI work).
What's interesting is how using iTunes has changed my music buying habits. In the past I've always bought complete CDs, but now I'm purchasing individual songs via iTunes instead. In the last few weeks I've bought a ton of songs - but no albums. I now have an eclectic assortment of songs that I'm trying to figure out how to best arrange into playlists.