Metafilter on Steve Gadd

Great post on Steve Gadd on MetaFilter. He’s one of the reasons I wanted to start drumming, after hearing him on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Concert in Central Park”. When I started browsing through the Steve Gadd Grooves and Fills, I discovered that he was also responsible for “Chuck E’s In Love” (Rickie Lee Jones) and “Stuff Like That” (Quincy Jones). Tunes that got stuck in my head. He’s probably on more of my CDs than I can imagine. Janis Ian, Michael Franks, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, …

A Pentium 4 is not necessarily a Pentium 4

I was throwing my DAW system together, first time I actually ‘built’ my own PC, and I thought it went kind of smooth. But my PC did not want to boot every other time. It just started beeping ee-oo-ee-oo, which indicated a CPU problem. I upgraded to the newest BIOS posted on the Aopen site, and then I got the real culprit:

No life without CURLs

If you’re a web server administrator – as I am – every now and then, someone yells at you “The site is down, fix it!”.
A tool you should always keep handy is CURL. It’s a command-line web client (multi-platform – I use it on Win2K), that allows you to see the conversation between a web server and a client (like e.g. your browser).
Let’s say if you check out a page like this: curl -I, you could get

Portable audio & copy protection

Dear Record Company,

Moodlex & Ableton Live

I saw a gig some weeks ago by Moodlex: just one guy with a portable PC, mixing his music live.
It was awesome, terribly funky. I just had to know what he was using for software, that made it so easy and intuitive to do live mixing/composing.
I think there ‘s a fair chance he was using Ableton Live. I’ve downloaded the trial version and hope to test it out soon on my new DAW system.

waCluster: newest sibling in the waUtils/WinAdmin family

I’ve just finished waCluster.wsf 1.0, a Windows script for managing Network Load Balancing on Win2K servers.
It takes care of stopping/starting load-balanced ports, related services.