Digitizing CDs and the cure to my musical madness

Since I’ve started using Spotify, its made me want to discover music again. Whatever the music, new or old, I wanted to hear it. I’ve always really loved music, but over the past few years, work and hobbies have taken over and I have been unable to really go searching. Spotify has allowed me to to find some tracks from artists I liked that but never heard of, also helping me find tracks from artists I’ve never heard of.

The one thing I noticed was that I found myself going back to artists I used to listen to, used to love. I have over 100 CDs of various artists. Anything from soft rock, rap, hip hop, rock, punk… I seem to be all over the place. The only thing I seem to dislike is country, unless of course its Taylor Swift. Spotify guarantees 320kbps bitrate and my library is mostly lossless. The music sounds awesome on my Onkyo system.

One thing about me, is that music opens up my mind and makes me more productive. Now having over 8000 tracks locally and access to likely hundreds of thousands more with Spotify, my music cravings are now satisfied. I can’t say I need to listen to a song more than twice anymore! I guess this means the next few months may turn out to be interesting… I think it will be.

And if you were wondering, I am currently listening to the Blue Man Group’s I Feel Love. I love this band’s innovative instruments and sounds. Mind you they are more entertaining to watch, but their music still sounds great!

The Email Authority

It’s been a while since I’ve tinkered with sending authenticated emails.  Recently, I’ve been tasked with doing just that in order to decrease chances of emails landing into spam box.  Integrating DKIM has become surprisingly easy to what I have done some 5 years ago with cy-Mall.  What has surprised me even more are the tools available to validate the authentication of the emails sent.  I was able to validate my emails’ spf, domainkeys, and dkim with some detailed information to help me debug.

I am very happy to report that all my emails going out are DKIM and SPF validated, where I have found DomainKey to be reduntant.  DomainKeys do not seem to be supported by the majority of top email providers, their signature being nearly identical to DKIM (except that only headers are signed).  Email providers are now reporting my emails to be whitelisted and have followed up with those email providers to ensure everything was done to remain on their whitelists.

With all that said and done, one lingering question remains.  Why does ICANN not provide more options to cut down on spam and ensure the validaty of emails.  Its been said that the majority of emails going through the internet today are spam.  After going through setting up DNS entries for DomainKeys, DKIM and SPF, makes me wonder why they aren’t setup by default.  Beyond that, provide additional settings to force signed emails from that domain or have email providers reject non-signed emails.  This could very well help with cutting down phishing, who like to send emails (or make it seem like they do) from other domains.

Perhaps a crazy idea, but wonder what stops them from doing it.