(Ed. Photo now links to the Flickr page and yeah, that’s the number) I signed up for Sirius today. Not the satellite service, just the internet streaming for $12.99 a month. Ad free, good music is a prerequisite for working at home on code. Compared to the local stations it’s absolutely incredible, like HBO for the radio. Sure it’s not free but then how exactly were radio stations supposed to charge for their signals back in the dark ages? They couldn’t, hence ads.
I could buy a satellite receiver to lug around but at some point cell phones will have unlimited internet access built in and I can just stream it over the internet without the expense of a satellite capable receiver.
To listen over the internet you need windows media player. Why? Probably because they don’t want Sirius on your cell phone. So Sirius keeps up this nonsense until they go under because they love their shiny orbiting birds.
In ten years radio stations might look a lot like Digg. Except instead of a list of articles you get a customized play-list. Maybe artists will even wise up and realize that they’re only going to make money off of concerts and merchandising so it might even be free of charge, and ads.
I recently quit my cushy job to pursue world domination as a web startup, working from home. I’ve been at it for about a week and a half and here are the things I’ve learned:
- Cooking is hard
- Doing something you like makes “work” a misnomer
- Capitalism is no longer an abstract concept bantered about while arguing with Socialists
- Fear of competition creeps into dreams
- Competitive juices are chicken soup for the soul
- Laundry duties shrink by roughly half
- Sleep is a necessary evil
- Knowing in the back of your mind that you’re trying to start a business in the land of opportunity has an accompanying warm, fuzzy feeling
The photo is called Naan sellers of Bukhara and was uploaded to Flickr by kippefinger