Ordering international SIM card

Today I placed an order for an international SIM card on LycaMobile, to be able to run my phone in roaming mode if I want. Just not to call with but being able to use it as a secondary MP3 unit during Offline Hours with the exotic feeling…

I hope to have the SIM-card by the next week.

It was free to order the SIM card. Another reason is that will be able to test roaming on real devices when developing android apps in a later stage.

 

Should obesity defence go obsessive?

I have a question that is driving me nut since some days ago since I read an article in swedish newspaper ‘Aftonbladet’. The inquery goes here. The case is based on a protoholium profile.

Suppose we have an individual who have an excellent success in music and computer industry as programmer. He get his dream job. He has talent and so.

But there is a clue. This individual suffer from bad genes which easy make he put fat on his belly, and training at the most of his spare time and effort to healthy eating doesn’t reduce the problem and still is risking to be very ill, and get diabetes soon.

He can’t change more aspects of his life, because he is maxing his exercise and dietry on his spare time, but it doesn’t help to resolve his health in the way it should be. We suppose he do aquatic aerobics or gym training, and has built strength but the stomach doesn’t reduce.

The genes are trying to kill him, and we also suppose he has some meds that also prevent him to get healthy.

Now comes a problem. Suppose his doctor say he need to change his job to from a the sedentary computer career to something that inguest physical effort, such construction site or forest work. But following this recommendation means he must giving up his interest and thus would drain the meaning of his life. 

If he does it, he will become better healthy in body but his mind will blow up psychically. I believe we need an ethical aspect of weight loss.

But choosing to retain his sedentary occupation and interest would void his insurance and soon even his benefit the day he gets sick.

Should it mean that people with ‘bad genes’ should not live as we do, and be forced to work with something they are’nt healthy to do, sand not what they want to do? Should these people be judged to not live as they want, because the efforts beside their career can’t help them due to their bad genes.

Life is not fair, and some people must accept they can’t get everything so great as some other,I’ve learned, but this does feel to harsh way to defend obesity. It’s inethical I would say. I would say, rather I do what I love in my life, and try to do so much I can, and instead accept that I might get an heart disease, Rather live 70 years and doing what I want than are forced to changer my life entirely and make the situation what I call the ‘obesity jail’.  I know that I might miss the benefit or even loose my insurance rights, but I better die young from a diesase than have an hellish life I don’t like. We must not only consider our long life as a priority, rather the meaning of our time here. Rather live semi-healthy in 70 years and do something enjoyable during that time than living 100 years as a slave under the obesity genetics.

Conclusion, there must be a limit of how far obesity reduction have to impact on an indivuduals ability to do what he want.

For me I decide the first way, I know I will get sick when older, but the psychic goes first. I choose to continue on the medication and prioritize what I love to do, both in my career and hobby, but I will take the best measures I can on improving the health, but must keep my career path and life interests prioritized to get a proper life than living 100 years of a hell life in the ‘obesity jail’ only because the society nowmore thinks it’s a ‘social crime’ to not be 100% healthy.

 

Visiting the shoddy world

Before I sleep I read about parallel world, so it might have influenced the story I was experience this night.

It all begin with the bolar cost, that had increased a lot, and I got in conflict with my father regarding the electricity bill my computer work caused. This took me to the subway to the shoddy world.

This dark and shoddy copy of this world was like the 1960 soviet. I was entering the subway and was informed that the country had been divided in left and right parts. The right part was governed by the ultra right government. At that side, the capitalism were ruling and children with wrong genetics were burned alived. On the left side, it was a society worth living in. I had to leave a token on the right society, but going far more there, I could risk being stuck in the dark world of right politics. It is election soon here in sweden and it was war between these two sides, where I had to help the left wing party.

I was informed there was a spotify hackday event in the left wing area, so I too the train to the left and get to the spotify department. But it was not as it would be. First I had to pay with my credit card, which had shrunk in size and were metallic instead of plastic. I stuck it into a shoddy, broken reader that gave electricity shocks due to the crappy wiring, and then have to go up for a stair.

When going up for the stairs, the stairs become an elevator where I was chrowded together with some thai guys, and the elevator shut up to the hack day evening. After about three minutes transfer up to the platform where the hackdahy were, I seen that in this dark world, this was 1960 electricity expriments with making sound from electricity with low power powered third rails and mystical microphones. I didn’t want to play that lethal game, so I got back to the elevator, and requested to get back to the platform so soon as possibilty. I called the elevator to plummet down, because it was no time to loose, because the platform was instable. We did an amazing journy plummeting down several realms back to the left wing party, and got back, and needed to get home. I wished to get back to the Light world, not this shoddy copy of 1960 realm.

Back to business, I found a swedish flag, and told I wanted to get home to Sweden, and first I had to get to some code by bypassing my mobile phone roaming feature as well, because joy were there for me. And with joy my phone is roaming, at least qi-cally due to exotics I explained in my previous post.

The exotic aspect of international roaming

It all began when I watched a television show, 30 Grader i Februari made by the national television show “30 Grader i Februari” aired by the Swedish National Television (Sveriges Television). The story is about three familys who emigrate to Thailand in order to flee stress and begin a new life.

I got crush on Joy, the big sister in the family who brough Happiness. A traumatic event when a bungalow were put on fire due to a child’s rage, caused me to retire from a Spotify recruitment process in April 2012. I fell in love with Joy because it revived some memories from my past visit on Leros in 2001, and totally reprogrammed my brain operating system.

At the summer at the summer 2012, I went to Finland together with my family. When I woke up on the boat when we were in Finland, my data connection were lost (“You’ve lost the data connection because you left your home networ”), and a tiny R appeared in the signal indicator.

This little icon become a symbol for my exotic feeling of being offline and with Joy love, and keep the next thing I love after having to quit Spotify last month because I rolled out music wihile Aqua Jogging.

So here comes the point. When we were in Gran Canaria, I get the same feeling as in the television show with Joy, being offline due to travel, and swimming a lot, just like in the television show. So the technical aspect, International Roaming icon seems to become a symbol of the exotic feeling – you know you’re on the road when your phone leaves the home network and goes into international roaming.

It’s just a delicious thing. I went offline on my phone when coming to Gran Canaria, and I had some occurances running on my career in the background through my life protocol ‘Bungalow Doctrine’. The roaming icon together with the picture of Joy on the phone is true delicious, like being in the ‘Joy’ state. So sweet I began to roll up my arms and coded an simple app that could accomplish this manner in a controlled way. I called the app ‘Bungalow Mode’ and is my internal project besides other stuff.

I created Bungalow Mode in spring 2013, and used Samsung Galaxy S Plus until winter 2013. The Bungalow Mode app is designed to help you disconnect and focus on something else, I created a similar apporoach to the roaming offline ‘bungalow mode’, with an icon of a palm with a B instead of R.

Then I switched to a new phone, and some of the features didn’t not longer work on Ice Cream Sandwitch, and I began a redesign of the ‘Bungalow Mode’. Now, I began creating a facility to emulate the fancy feeling of International Roaming icon.

So I took the image from the screenshot of Joy with the Roaming icon, vectorized it in Gimp and put it into two resources, one roaming and non-roaming. Then I put it as a first priority icon on the left side (Notfication), like a second signal meter. I called this ‘Qi-roaming’ since it’s like switching to another way mentally, and ability to choose if the icon should show roaming or not.

The up and down of international roaming fees

We’ve heard lot of stories through the recent years about people who get enormous bills after their trip abroad, as they surf mobile during international roaming. People has got to pay over thousands of dollar because the price per megabyte could be over 100 SEK. But I feel I had another aspect, the one I felt when being in Finland or Gran Canaria.

The fact, that when you’re on that kind of vacation (unless you’re a business man), the whole intention of this costly vacation is to have a break from the everyday life. So not being able to surf and receive emails on your smartphone when going on your trip is not always bad. It could be good in some time, because it’s what the trip it meant to do – rest from everyday life. This is one reason why I felt it were so exotic when my phone is roaming internationally and is not longer accessing the internet.

But with this I don’t say it’s OK to overcharge people for data traffic. The prices are so crude high. But thats a different discussion.

 

 

 

The Legend of Joy

This night I had an intriguing dream. It is about the love to Joy and the eteric love symbol “Roaming indicate” that I had when went to Gran Canaria.

I was between two parallelle worlds. Joy were in another country, and I was close to the border to the another country. I had to help her to get to hospital, since she was close to get Diabetes.

The problem was that, once I get into Joy world, my mobile phone would loose it contact with my home network and begin to roam. This also mean that no longer could access my mobile data service, since it was another country. But I was needed to get to the internet in order to recover Joy. So I had two choices, try to get Joy home and incurr high data trafifc cost, or stay with here forever in her new country and we both suffer from diabetes…

But when I got there, we were on a boat, and it was a dimension to the Dark World. Joy were occasionally lost in Dark World since the interpol had brough there there as she was suspected to transmit illegal data. I was needed to save her, and walked into the Dark world, where she were living. It was like a computer game, I had to get past some enemies, and then get Joy, and bring her back to Light world. Here comes the tradback, my phone was now in roaming mode, and I needed the passcode back, which I needed the internet data plan for, which now was to expensive to enable.

But then I found a wifi connection, and was able to open the door and get back to Light world. But I forgot to close the door and the evil forces gone to the Light World…

But we stayed forever and keep the world Light. But my phone was locked into Roaming mode so long I was with her, since she lived in another country. So the love had to force me to be more offline…

 

Welcome to the new page!

Today I launch my brand new site and blog!

I’m pleased to tell that the recent time has been really busy. I’ve been signed by the ambient division of the Gothenburg-based label Substream “Mareld”, and released my first signed release “Sounds from Future”, which got a great attention on the internet.

 

601′s Music Promotion #1

Are you looking for a fast and effective way to increase the number of pins enlighted in the pop bar in Spotify? The bad thing is that there is no way that will fix millions of plays over one single night. However the good news is that there is several method that can speed up your promotional sucess. In the first episode will will walk through a powerful technique that can help a lot - content matching

This technique has a simple concept, choose the target scope rarely where to introduce your songs. When are about to promote your new release, take aspect of the theme of the content. What potential fans would appriciate the songs that are included? And secondly, in which situation would the potential fanbase appriciate the songs at most? What kind of emotions are the content being raised? If the song has lyrics, what sense will it make to the listener?

Associative listening habits

The target environment where the listener gets in touch with your content can have a big impact of the appriciation you got. With environment, I mean the situation or place where the target listener will hear the song for their first time. If your garage hard rock song are introduced to a new listener when he/she is sitting on the workplace, the user may get a bad association of the song. From my personal experiences, association of the song and the situation you hear it is more beneficial than you ever can belive. I got crush on several styles of songs because they where played together with a clip on TV that reviewed things i love.

For example, let say your boss wants you to meet him in the office. At the same time the boss says you’re fired from your nice work the radio plays a bad song you never heard before, you will probably remember this terrible thing every time you hear the song again, making the song very disturbing. In the real world, I heard that a girl listened to ABBA – Mamma Mia in the car when the engine catched fire and released smoke, causing her to always remember the potential accident when hearing the song, causing she never wants to hear it again, remembering her of the incident.

And the thing can be opposite. In school, when the girl you’ve a crush on, choose a song I never heard before on the music lession, the chance that I will remember the feelings for her when it plays may be big. Additionally, this aren’t only for music content. The case happened spontanely when one of my lovers in my school introduced the music service and software ‘Spotify’, causing me to raise strong association with the service brand, giving me thoughs of them. They also gived me the requested invite to the service.

This can even be userful in the manner of inducing taste for bitter sensationfull foods such Brocolli in health aspects. I wont deal with this now.

Another case was when I had a wet dream when the clock radio occasionally rang, and played a previously foregein song when I was slumbering, causing me to connect the song’s theme to the sensual parts of the dreaming, causing me to spend a LOT of time to catch up the track.

So when introducing your music to your fans, do a little analyzis of the situations where your music could get a great association. Playlists has this role.

Playlist injections

So how should we attempt the theories to practise? Well, playlists on Spotify (and other service off course) is a much great way to goo. A nice thing with Spotify is the possibility of collaborative playlists which allows non-owners to contribute their own songs to their lists. The collaborative playlists are a fantastic way to get your songs heard in the right context.

I will tell you a far effective way to get my song ‘Cosmosphere’ introduced to potential fans. I lookup a playlist with chillout music, and put my songs there. Then I promote the playlist to users. This has an big advantage townwards promoting your own albums barely, since the playlist contains many known songs, the chance that you get notice for ‘self promotion’ lowers, your shares would be more appriciated. Since there is far known brands on the list, the list has already their fans, and putting your songs between some of the first make people occasionally fall on your songs. And be sure the position is right, each song shares a great deal.

Let say your theme makes you feel love. Lookup a song that contains similar theme and put it as the next. As the correct listener chooses the song, this will cause he is more prepared for theme, causing the chance to be bigger that your song will actually make sence for he/she as the previous was choosen for that, where a big brand makes it easier to find. This is also a very cheap (free) solution that even can be compared with computer-generated listening campaign on last.fm you have to pay $ 30 for only one song! The chance is even far that he/she is so impresse he/she shares it or the playlist away on their social networks.

The ontology of ‘free’ web

 

 

The legalization proccess of the comsumption of music, games, videos on-demond by Voddler shows a brilliant and exciting development of the new, hyper and transnational area, which in personal space can be told as a new, electronical dimension, to be compared with the reality and the theoretical ‘Astral’ space. The communication has been told as a speech for democracy, creativity, innovation and being a alternate world for teenagers.

 

But as with every thing in the reality, there is some darker side of this. The new ‘reality’ that removes all limits and physical boundaries hides some dangerous traps. The top of them is:

 

  1. Distribution Conflict, the unlimited space distribution of the entities (concepts, ideas, stuff) in conflict with the fundamental rules of existence (work, money and effort)
  2. Dependence of energy, economical resources. Living in the digital world charges the earth of its resources.

This is the core things that brings hidden traps into the further situation.

 Distribution Conflict

 

Now, I’m a little cryptic. But I want to bring a new viewpoint of the situation.

 

In the physical world, there is a relation between avalibilty, production factors and employers to produce the item/service. But for digital content, the avability is infinite, which cuts the link between the avability and price. It creates a conflict in the economical system, the content creation is worth nothing in money, but not the original. The whole thing can be described as a relationship between units and the manufaction of each. A unit can be a entity of any kind, book, music, video etc.

 

For all units, this rule apply:

 

c = u

 

where a unit  (u) is equal to a manufaction or creation (c).

 

 

u * p = b

 

where  u stands for  Unit and p for Price and gets the b (business). The ontology relation can be described as following:

 

ux = x  (u unit per x creation)

 

 

Means that the amount of creation of unit always limit the amount of the copys. Therefore it can be sold and retrive.

 

But in the digital age, the thing is broken:

 

1u = 0 < x

 

This means that once one unit has been created, it can be duplicated in a unlimited amount without the need to reproduce the actual stuff again. But this isn’t true, each time it are created, it are created from the receip of the first product, and persistance of the virtual ‘ontology’ requires energy.

 

But until now, a musical work could be described as this:

 

ux = x

 

with 1 means a cover unit for each, such a CD booklet or compact disc. But in the digital age, the actual issue is:

 

ux = x is not equal to 1u = 0 < x

 

The certin amount of copies of a physical unit (a chair) is always a deal with the same amount of creation. In the digital world, the amount of copies can only be went to one. If a track only was sold one time per internet, it would cost approximately 10,000 dollar each, and would be removed from the server. It’s so close to the physical world. The short answer,  one unit is equal to unlimited amount of creations.

 

Why does this work? It’s because the all kind of digital content is built by the same thing as the ontology – binary digits. 1 and 0. This means that the reality only exists so long the ontology (program code) is running by the power ontage.

This means also that the objects never exists in reality, it’s only a difrerence in a set of 1 and 0 structures and are translated to human-interpretable things such audio, text or visual stuff. In the digital world, the digital items is actually only existing when the digital ontology is powred on.

 

In the thing that we call reality, all stuff is done by atoms and it’s part (so much as we far) or the metareality. The stuff exists so long as we can prove it’s abstractions meet of our expection of the thing.

With this, we mean that a chair is a chair, because the actual stuff has been manufactored, customized and then promoted on the marked as a chair. But there is no law which says it’s always true. You can buy a chair on IKEA, and then break it apart to build a table, even this wasn’t the meaning.

 

To conclude, digital units lacks it relationship between x and u, and we can even take step further. Because we have full control over the digital ontology, the fundamental laws of reality can be overriden and therefore the stuff can be reproduced infinite by only one creation. If we’re able to know everything about the “reality” ontology, how to make atoms and energy, we could do the same thing there. The relationship betwen units and production here could be description as a lack of control over the underlying structure of the storage ontology by the user.

 

 

The economical problem

 

This was the thing that caused heache in the former unit-based music distribution companies. Because we have control over the ontology of the digital context, there can only be one existence of a given unit, then all it’s successors are actually the same thing. This is what is makes the abstract business of trading credit card payments for receiving a digital download problematic.

Because we ‘own’ the ontology of the digital world, there can not be any impossibilities there. Therefore, the whole digital world, from your local hard driveto all hard discs with same content existing on this earthconsidered as a one, single huge unit of digital content. There is no units of digital content.

 

But the big problem is that the authoring of the first implementation of each content must be done by humans, who are in constant need money for a house to live in, electricity, food and other life resource.

If digital information couldn’t be copied at all, programmers had to written the application from scratch for each device to work on. This would make each copy a program worth over 1 000 billion dollar, in consideration of all costs accompaining to the programming. Earlier time, this could be done by a additional abstraction level in the unit ontology – program boxes and installation discs. But this obsolute.

 

The new economic business around digital units or content is also to create a virtual relationship between the unit and the creation. As the unit can be copied, a direct relationship between the unit and the copy is impossible. Instead, micropayments and subscription becomes the new relationship.

It can be described in this way:

 

ux = x not equal to 1u = 0 < x but can be soluted in this:

 

ux = xp where p stands for payment, if a payment hasn’t been done, the product will be unvailable for usage.

 

Credit card debts

 

But the digital world hides some serious traps. Althrough the information can be copied in unlimited whays, charges must be done in any way. But the ease access of items can get some bitter tasting consequences.

 

On the 20th century, if you wanted a new movie, you had to cross the outdoor way to the video shop and back. You had the time to take a additional decide (are I’m really needing that). And the fact that you needed to meet a expeditor and push physical money or card to get the physical products in your hands, you could be more insightsful in what you’re going to do.

But in the digital world, the situation signs are low. One click and funds are debited on your card. It feels almost free, and in the latest applications, you can choose to not get a additional warning before a purchase is done, since you logged in. The 1st click and buy concept is really dangerous.

 

The thing that the computer cannot see who’re actually response for the confirmation of purchase, in the case of children. In modern broadband television systems, one press on your remote control bills your account and gives you access to a new movie in some few seconds. The threat of a increase of consumption debts is not to

 

How I believe digital distribution works

Wondered how Spotify put their content in the spotify player?

 

My theory about this is following:

 

Spotify, is a file sharing service (legal) where music is streamed between the clients. New songs are streamed from the service and then stored in a local cache. When other peoples plays that song, your spotify transfer your part of the file to him. This will broad the stability of the main server.

 

When an artist or label submits their content to Spotify and other music streaming service, they must do some important steps. The music must come in raw format, and have a album and a code called ISRC (International Recording C) applied to it. The code are generated from a vendor, which charges the publisher a fee for letting them provide their recordings within a specified number range. The album must also have code to, in this case a UPC (Universal Product Code). Similar to ISRC, they must be purchased or subscribed from a certin organisation.

 

Unsigned bands or artists usually don’t have the possibility to assign their own works with those codes. This is the main reasons why artists themselves can’t get their music on music stories or service if they aren’t bound by a recording contract. But there is a additional option – the artist aggregators.

 

A Artist aggregator can be the bridge between the bedroom and the industry. A Artist Agreggrator differs from labels in the case that they don’t claim exclusive rights to music submitted to them. However, they often requires that the product hasn’t been released by another distributor to not confuse web services.

 

The artist agreggator works on the way in the mean that it has a system and a database with releases. In the database, all recordings storied in it has a unique ISRC and albums belonging to it with their UPC. When the aggregator publishes new releases, those entries are sent to the service system, in this example Spotify. Spotify receive the releases into their incoming system. In this system, the releases are encoded to fit the requirements of the service. The DRM (Digita Right Management) are also applied to the works, causing them to be encrypted or watermarked when it comes to the end user’s computer.

All new releases are coming in a “release window”. It means that when a release is published in the release system, it usually takes some time before you can find it through it’s public interface (web or application). It’s because all new entries are collected together into the incoming collection of the system.

 

When the limitation of the current import is done, the inbox are closed. The coversation proccess takes apart. When it’s done, the metadata and DRM applies to it. When this is finished, it’s time for indexing. When indexing, the service makes a huge amount of possible search queries that makes the new content visible. This is to speed up the time to show the result for the user. The indexing will take some time, and are never done. It’s something that the end user won’t see or have any control of, but is very important to enasure decent performance in the system.

 

When the service, in this case Spotify, feels ready with the importation, they finalize it. It’s done by clicking a button in the interface, and deletes the “progressing” tag from the entries and quires, which hide them from the system when it was non-ready. It’s preventing the users to hit content which aren’t complete converted and added to the service.

Now, the new content will be available for enjoyment in the service.

In this case Spotify, the whole progress can take up to three days, depending on the size of the chunk imported, the current deals and finally how well the importation process are done.

 

By the UPC code, the economical benefit can be connected into this situation. In the stores economical part of the system (which handles purchases or royalities), all UPC codes represents a release. The UPC code are then bounded to the apporiate aggregator or label who delivered them. The songs are also involved in this part in a similar manner by their ISRC code which is similar to UPC.

When a user gets intrested by a certin track or release and buy or stream it, the application sends a message to the service. The message contains the track ISRC, the album UPC and the ID of the users. It then sends a message to the economical system, to add a royality for the apporiate album, called a transaction.

When the transaction is done, the store sends back a message, which tell the player that the purchase or stream has correctly been revenued. Now will the song be transferred by either the P2P model or the ad-hoc model.

 

After a certin interval, it’s time for the Payout. This means that the service will collect all the royalities bounded by their UPC and ISRC that has generated them. The system will summarize it, witdraw the fees that the storie charge for them and then pay out the rest to the aggregator.

 

On the aggregator, their system will now receive a invoice, containing the expediture for all their ISRCs and UPCs! The royalities that are summarized to the releases are then assigned to the user or label who are owning the release on the site. The money are then shown up on their account pages.

 

Because most money are international, US dollar are wide used for all transactions. This means that artists will see their incomes measured in dollars.

The real funds are stored on a account set up by the aggregator. The aggregator stores them there until the artist request their witdraw. Some stories has a policy where you can witdraw money once they have exceeded a certin amount.

 

On those aggregators who works with individuals or small companys, the payout proccess has been simplified by a service called PayPal. This service is a bank for the internet, where you can transfer money securely. You can connect a credit card to your paypal account and pay with it on millions mercants over the internet. The mercant will never see your account or credit card number, making the security very strong.

 

When you request a payout in this manner, the funds are transfered to the pay pal account you have specified for them on their settings form. The funds can then be moved to your local bank account by another witdraw request on their site. Also, if you do purchases with your paypal account, the existing funds will be taken for that transactions.

 

For aggregators whose customers are companies, hence labels, the system is usually more complex. The payout model can either be traditional credit invoice system including a physical mail to your company’s mail box, and be a conventional bank transaction.

 

For individuals, the case is good when using paypal for witdraw. Paypal has deals with millions of local banks, enasuring that the “internet funds” can be converted to regular funds to credit your regular accounts, solely the same money funds you use to pay your bills and buy food for a example.

 

When transfering funds to your home account from the internet, the currency rate may change. In my case, my funds will go from Dollar to SEK and because diffrent currency has variable rate, you can loose or earn funds. In this case, you will loose funds if the rate has going done. This is the same business as what the actually talking on the economic news on the tv!

 

That was all!