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Windows Live Writer Beta 2 – New version of Windows Live Writer, my favorite blogging tool. Overall a very nice update. Page editing and category adding aren’t working for me though. [via Scoble]

Posted on - May 31, 2007 [at] 8:13 am by Brad
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If you’re a blogger and a Firefox user, Performancing for Firefox is worth checking out. It’s a nice little blogging extension. You hit F8 in Firefox when you’re on a page and it splits the screen into the page you’re viewing and a blog editor. So far I’m impressed with it and I’ve stayed with it for longer than any other blogging tool (three posts now!) We’ll see.

Posted on - May 12, 2006 [at] 6:15 am by Brad
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This site’s been getting overloaded with spam bots lately, to the point it’s creating some intense load on the server. I’ve installed Bad Behavior which will hopefully redirect some of the worst offenders. If you find yourself being blocked even though you’re not a dirty spammer, feel free to email me and I’ll whitelist you. I’m looking into other alternatives that hopefully won’t lock anyone out.

Posted on - April 26, 2006 [at] 3:05 pm by Brad
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Winner of the “most unexpected award I’ve been given this year”: Brad Sucks was the Small Business Blog of the Day over at Pajama Market the other day and there’s a nice little write-up. Crazy stuff.

Update: I answered some follow-up questions that are now posted here.

Posted on - April 24, 2006 [at] 10:30 pm by Brad
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Thomas Dolby’s got a blog going on and it’s a real good read. Particularly I liked the entry about his shed slash recording studio and how he likes it more than the swanky studio he had at the peak of his music career. [via Aaron]

Update: gearheads out there might be interested in reading a list of what gear Thomas Dolby uses. [via]

Posted on - April 9, 2006 [at] 11:12 am by Brad
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After extensive help from RedChina and MarkJaquith on the #wordpress channel, I think my WordPress 2.0 install is now fully functional. I have to say upgrading was not very pleasant. There’s some some serious weirdness involving url rewriting. I don’t even want to think about it anymore.

The only real side effect should be that the full text RSS feed URL has changed. You can now get that here. There’s a redirect in place so hopefully it won’t be a big deal to folks who are already subscribed.

Posted on - January 5, 2006 [at] 11:46 pm by Brad
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We’re well into the new year now but I’m still technically on vacation. I’m trying to get caught up on email and a lot of things I’ve been putting off forever. Also my WordPress 2.0 upgrade is still breaking in places (such as the full text RSS feed).

2005 was a pretty big one for me, a lot more action-packed than usual. A lot of life developments as well as a remix album as well as starting to play live (which has gone nicely so far thanks to the help of Bruce, Richard and Rob.)

I’m not generally into New Years resolutions, but I have a few music-related goals this year:

1. Finish my next album. I’ve been a bit paralyzed by even the minor expectations that it not completely blow. When I started doing music I was totally alone and there was little to no risk. Now there’s a bit more and I guess I’m a huge baby who can’t handle anything. Anyhow, this year I’ll try to plow ahead regardless. And when people tell me my old stuff was better I’ll become a Scientologist.

2. Blog better. I was blogging a lot about the music industry (particularly the online aspect) but in the past year I’ve become completely exhausted by it. I find most anti-RIAA and anti-DRM rants depressing these days and any time I go to blog one I eventually wind up quitting half way through. I’ll try to find something else to fill the void but it may all be about Katamari Damacy.

3. Try to make some actual money. Through being a scaredy-cat and doing everything on my own and maybe some decent planning along the way, I’m not in the hole like a lot of my musician friends, but trying to justify spending the amount of time I do on this is getting more and more hilarious. In 2006 I would like Brad Sucks to be bought by Google or Yahoo! or even Ask Jeeves as the first ever Search Engine House Band. Which would be the true start of Music Industry 2.0.

Anyway, hope you all have a great 2006.

Posted on - January 5, 2006 [at] 2:54 pm by Brad
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I had a chance to play with WordPress 2.0 RC3 today. It’s not tremendously different from 1.5.2 but the improvements are fantastic. The main thing I love is the new posting page, which adds WYSIWYG support, easy image uploading and the quick addition of new categories.

Rumor is 2.0 final will be out on the 26th. Here’s a list of the new features. Looking forward to it.

Posted on - December 21, 2005 [at] 7:24 pm by Brad
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Interesting musicians who weblog – cool Metafilter thread listing blogs by musicians. Also nicwolff scored Brad Sucks a first post, sweet! Now for best answer…

Posted on - October 5, 2005 [at] 2:49 pm by Brad
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After a few people told me to do it, my album I Don’t Know What I’m Doing is “Podsafe” now. You can find it here.

Complaint #1: there seems to be basically an unlimited number of sites for musicians to upload their music to and they rarely, if ever, allow you to specify URLs. You have to upload each song individually off your hard drive like a chump. I’d like a meta-submitting/uploading service. Like an automated street team. Or sites should make it less annoying. I have MP3s on my fast website with neatly labeled ID3 tags. Please take advantage of that.

My other complaint is that these sites all have blogging services with no option to syndicate your own blog from somewhere else. I’m not going to start blogging on Myspace or Podsafe or whatever. There’s no way. But if you were to syndicate my RSS feed, you’d have the illusion that I was participating and I would possibly build readers on your service (tying me to it, which is what you want) rather than just having a big empty blog there.

Posted on - September 26, 2005 [at] 11:30 am by Brad
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