Empire Avenue becomes Empire.Kred

11 Sep

Empirical Leanings

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This month marks the six-year anniversary of when two friends (Niall Brown, Mike Mannion) and I started a company called Empire Avenue. In those days we had multiple names for the code base, Project Venice being the most used due to the Merchant of Venice. Very quickly our small threesome filled out with many more wonderful people in no particular order: Craig Miller, Aaron White, Mike Grills, Ric Williams, Brad Grier, Robert Kallir, Niketh Pareek, Todd Derechey, Brent Knowles, Narsimham Chelluri, Dmitri Didorenko, Nour Kawa, Nithum Thain, Ray Lambe, Nicholas Hovencamp and Tom Ohle. We were supported by a whole cast of wonderful investors, a great Board of Directors, our friends and family and of course last, and certainly not least: the community and customers that we built from people around the world.

It’s not exactly been private news, but I wanted to wait on the the visible changes that I knew were…

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What was my go-to song last Christmas?

13 Jan

I’m a big fan of Mashups. You know, where you take the beat, baseline or other melodic components to a song and mix it together with different lyrics? So the one song last Christmas that kept me from being stabby and follow through with other homicidal tenancies was Counting Crow’s “Einstein on the Beach,” but instead of singing about the great fuzzy genius, I replaced his character with a more notable character for the season: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. It went something like this:

“Rudolph On The Beach” ( Sing Along: http://youtu.be/6wOFg4G-GK8 )

Rudolph’s always sincere, he’s a sensitive type

His intentions are clear, he wanna be well-liked

If everything is nothing, then are we anything?
Is it better to be better than to be anything?
And Rudolph’s nose is glowing uncontrolled
All his dreams are slowly sinking
The world begins to disappear
The worst things come from inside here
All the reindeer reappear
For a reindeer, on and off the roof
Who’ll never be together again
Rudolph’s up on the roof staring over the land
Cause everything he believes in is shattered
What you fear in the night in the day comes to call anyway-ay
We all get burned as:
One more sun comes sliding down the sky
One more shadow leans against the wall
The world begins to disappear
The worst things come from inside here
And the reindeer reappear
For a reindeer, on and off the roof
Who’ll never be together again
Rudolph’s waiting in the snow
On a field Canadian
For the cause of some deflated form of hit and run
One more sun comes sliding down the sky
One more shadow leans against the wall
The world begins to disappear
The worst things come from inside here
And the reindeer reappear
For a reindeer, flyin’ off the wall
Will never be together again
Rudolph’s sailing off the roof
Cranked his nose wide open
The world begins to reappear
The best things come from inside here
And all the reindeer reappear
For a reindeer, flying, flying
The world begins to reappear
The best things come from inside here
Even the reindeers gotta cheer
For a reindeer, flyin’ for the Claus
Will never be embarrassed again
No never be embarrassed again
No no never never never again, uh huh
What you fear in the night in the day comes to call anyway

Paper or plastic? What happened to the first amendment?!

13 Jan

Now *that* is a very enlightening perspective…

Political Fireball

Usefulness of plastic bags

Around my house there are always uses for plastic and paper bags picked up from the grocery store.  After their initial use, plastic are used for a myriad of things, and unless torn, they’ll be saved for trash bags, wet shoes, lunch bag liner in a backpack, doggie-bags and who knows what else.  One interesting thing I’ve found the last few years is that plastic bags are actually more reliable for carrying candy in parades than those “reusable” plastic or fabric bags (and I walk my share on election years).  Half the time the handles fall of those other “reusable” bags…but I digress.  I recycle plastic bags.  And a lot of people I know do recycle their plastic bags too.  Actually most people I know recycle them.  In my home they’re called “Walmart bags” because of the advertisement on the side.

But, the environmentalist legalists have…

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So there’s this Jamberry party going on this week on Instagram…

9 Nov

What are Jamberry Nails

Lady patriots: A good friend of mine is having a Instagram party this week: — Would appreciate a look

‘Evocative shape’: Is Vladimir Putin trolling the world with his motorcade formation?

9 Nov

It looks like a giant…

0x80040ca0 error attempting to install OneDrive (Skydrive) on Windows 7 64bit

27 Oct

Pete's Place

This error has driven me crazy for weeks and has cost me about 12 hours in diagnostic effort.

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When trying to install the OneDrive (formerly Skydrive) desktop client in a Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit machine I was getting a 0x80040ca0.

The following article offers advice that it is caused by a registry permissions issue and offers a process to fix the permissions issue but on its own it did not fix the problem.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/onedrive/forum/sdoptions-sdother/hi-cannot-install-skydrive-on-my-laptop/ad1a360f-ede8-4297-afbf-1324ae564a88

After making the registry permission changes suggested in the article above it still wouldn’t work.

Running the install when logged in as local admin seemed to work ok but when I then re-logged on as a normal user I still had to rerun the install program for that user to get access to the client and again it failed.

I tried adding the normal user to the local admins group and even turning off UAC but…

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Shoutcast relaunches with new hosted streaming service

28 Jul

Gigaom

Pioneering online radio service Shoutcast relaunched Wednesday with a new hosted plan that offers webcasters a way to stream online radio at no cost, and even monetize their streams through advertising. Shoutcast was acquired by French online radio startup Radionomy in January. As part of the relaunch, Radionomy also pledged to continue to support the Shoutcast server software.

Shoutcast was originally created in 1999 by Nullsoft, which is better known as maker of the pioneering MP3 player software Winamp. Since then, it has been based on servers run by individual webcasters that use Shoutcast’s protocol to distribute their programming to listeners. Shoutcast syndicates all of its programming on its website as well as through a directory that is available via other audio applications, including iTunes (S AAPL) as well as the original Winamp player. AOL acquired Nullsoft and its Winamp and Shoutcast products in 1999, and didn’t do…

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