Good morning!

“Are you going to design something today?”

Answer is inside of the article by Luke Wroblewski.

And yes, I’ve heard this question few times IRL.

Songbird does some singing

And it does it very well, in fact. Songbird is a fine replacement for the well known music players like WinAmp or iTunes which are still usable and being developed but sometimes it seems that this process has taken them too close to the perfectionism. There is still no stable, I mean 1.0 version of the Songbird but Release Candidate is running smoothly on my MacBook.

Songbird has been built on the XULRunner platform, which makes it running on Windows, OS X and Linux as well. Basically it’s a Firefox for music.

There is a one small problem as well. Once in a while I listen to my iPod Shuffle (2nd gen) and there has been no problems while transfering the songs via iTunes. Songbird (0.7 and even 1.0RC1) don’t see device, although when I try to quit the program, it warns me about the connected device.

I did some searching (Google, as usual) and find quite easy hack for repairing situation. All I need to do is to delete one directory (iPod_Control), unmount the iPod and mount it again. It works!

Fixing the Atom feed issue in Pageflakes

It seems that widely used blogging platform Blogger and feed aggregator Pageflakes are not co-operating so good by default. Blogger blogs are offering their feeds in two format, Atom and RSS. Atom, which is not so widely known as RSS is set to be default and RSS feed is set to be the second option.

Here’s a small BUT: Pageflakes doesn’t like this particular Atom feed offered by Blogger. In fact, Pageflakes recognises Blogger blog posts Atom feed as comments feed. I’m still able to see the feeds in Pageflakes but I’m not able to click them in order to follow the full story or entry.

Quick fix for the problem is simple: change the default Atom feed to the RSS feed in Pageflakes aggregator. To do this, click on the edit button of the blog widget and locate the feed address (something like blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default) and add this line to the end:

?alt=rss

So the final result should be seen something like this:

blogname.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss

Save your changes and the feeds are working as they should be in a first place.