Sleep Better with FLUX

Flux is a cool program that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.

Download f.lux

Songza

Songza is how I have listened to music for the last 6 months. This streaming music provider offers a fresh new approach to matching music to your current activity. Upon logging into Songza the “concierge” is displayed which uses the date and time to propose relevant activities each of which are mapped to a set of playlists that are developed and updated by professional DJs. In two or three clicks you can match your current activity, mood, etc. to a set of songs that match.

Check it out. I recommend Songza to anyone looking for a different experience than what Spotify, Pandora and Last.fm offer. Songza is available on the web, iOS, Android, and Kindle however as with all streaming audio services you’ll need to stick to your mp3 library when flying (most of the time) or are without an Internet connection and use a wireless provider who meters and bills for heavy data usage.

How to Block Online Advertising

Ad blocking is an emerging trend in the online advertising industry.

I recently figured out how to block most online ads using a combination of two Google Chrome web browser extensions. All display ads have been eliminated from any website I visit and I am also blocking all Facebook ads and YouTube video ads.

Thanks to Adblock and Adblock Plus over 16 million Chrome users are now blocking most online advertising. That’s more than 5% of Chrome’s 310 million users.

The ad free experience has been refreshing and I highly recommend it. It will be interesting to see how this trend impacts the delivery and performance of display, facebook, and youtube ads.

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