Rescue Remedy website launched

I developed a website for the Australian Rescue Remedy a while back and the website recently went live at www.rescueremedy.com.au The purpose of the website is to market their products and provide information to potential customers and to provide support and inf... Read More

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Bobux Online Strategy

An 3-year online strategy and roadmap for Bobux’s web presence has recently been completed. The strategy is vital to keep in line with the overall business strategy and to keep long term focus for the company. The online strategy has been developed through inf... Read More

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NZSBA website

NZ Scandinavia Business Association needed to update their 4 year old website. The choice fell on Joomla CMS and customised templates and extensive use of search engine optimisation components. The site includes: file and document library survey system ... Read More

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SKY City Cinemas web traffic reports

Through .99 Enterprises I have provided SKY City Cinemas (SCC) with monthly web traffic reports, visitor analysis and advise on how to search engine optimise the skycitycinemas.co.nz website from April to Decemper 2008. The work included analysis web traffic dat... Read More

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Mazda online survey

Through .99 Enterprises I set up an online survey platform for Mazda. The first online survey was the annual Mazda Dealer Survey in November 08 where I delivered survey design, distribution, response management and the final survey report (everything but the stylin... Read More

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Norwegian band Vamp copies Malvina Reynolds’ Little boxes but gives her no credit

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the members of Vamp

I was listening to Norwegian radio station P3 today, and heard the band Vamp’s new single “Liten fuggel”. I immediately recognized it as “Little boxes” by Malvina Reynolds. The two were so close that I had to look up both songs online. Again, the similarity was striking! So I got curious how Vamp recognized this fact, and I did a little checking around:

What I found was several news articles (like this one from local newspaper Haugesund Avis, English translation here) about the band and the single. But even though Vamp pretty much has copied the melody straight off the original, and based the (Norwegian) lyrics on the song, they claim to have written text and melody themselves, and there is not mention of Malvina Reynolds.

I have made a video that compare the two songs:

Unfortunately, due to copyright law I could only use a short sample of each song, so the similarities in this video are not that obvious. But you can check out the full songs here:

I am a believer in copying and combining old music to create something new, as long as the original artist is given credit. But Vamp does nothing to that sort. Quite the contrary, they claim they are the original. And that’s pretty shitty.

The orginal song is now most known as the title song for the TV-series Weeds, where a multitude of artists made their own versions of the song, all of which gave credit to Malvina Reynolds. Check out a compilation of the versions.

Same text as above, in Norwegian:

Hørte akkurat Vamp’s “Liten fuggel” på P3 og kjente den umiddelbart igjen som Melvina Reynolds’ “Little boxes”. Sjekka sidene og albumet til Vamp, og flere avisartikler om det, men Melvina Reynolds og Little boxes er ikke nevnt med et ord. Er alltid for deling, kopiering og remixing, men da bør orginal-artisten krediteres. Vamp påstår selv at de har skrevet både melodi og tekst, og det har åpenbart ikke. Dårlige greier.

Hør selv:

Vamp – Liten fuggel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE7RmeC9Ftc

Melvina Reynolds – Little boxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs

Little boxes er forøvrig mes kjent som kjenningsmelodien til TV-serien Weeds, der mange artister har laget sin egen versjon av låten: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVyVp0qMpOk&feature=fvwrel


Get Spotify from anywhere in the world

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SpotifySo you have noticed how cool Spotify is? You want to try it too but can’t because it is not available in your country? Well now you can get access from anywhere in the world. Just follow this step-by-step guide to create a Spotify account without needing an invite and start listening to the worlds largest music database. Instantly. For free.

Because Spotify is currently only available in certain European countries, you need to make your computer appear as it is in one of these countries (called virtual private networking (VPN) or using a proxy). After the account has been registered you can turn your computer appear as back to normal.  So this is what I will guide you through; we will make your computer appear as in the UK, get you registered, download your version of Spotify, and get you listening to music!

The steps take take about 10 minutes and are as follows:

  1. Click this link
  2. A page with a form field appears (if you only see an ad click skip ad in the top right corner).unlocker
  3. Enter https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ in the field and click Go
  4. Spotify’s user registration page will appear
    spotify-regform
  5. Enter your account details. The following fields are required:
    • Username
    • Password
    • Confirm password
    • Email
    • Country: Select United Kingdom (It should be the only choice. If you see another country in the list then you don’t need to follow this guide)
    • Postal code: Any UK postal code will work. Use BT48 0PW if you don’t know any UK postcodes.
    • Gender
    • Date of birth
    • Letters. Enter the letters in the image above.
    • Check “I agree with the Spotify end user agreement”
  6. Click Create account and proceed
  7. If you have done everything right you should see a page saying that your account has been created. A new page with the download link will then appear. Don’t download from that page!
  8. Download Spotify using this link
  9. Install Spotify
  10. Log in with the username and password you created above.
    spotify-login

Thats it!

You should now be able to access and use one of the largest music databases in the world. Instant music for free :)

spotify-ui

Enjoy!


Qualified company logo

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I took my Adwords exam some months back but due to a hickup in the Google certification system I didn’t receive my logo until today. But here it is: Adwords logoYou can also see the full certification on the Google Qualified profile page.