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YouTube’s Coachella Live is how I can only dream all festivals could be

Destroyer’s Kaputt was my favourite album of 2011. I’d given up hope of ever seeing them live, as I doubt they’d ever tour Australia. The Vaccines’ What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? was a close second for album of the year. I got to see them both today. Live, back to back.

Oh, and did I mention the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Black Keys, M83, Yuck, We Were Promised Jetpacks, St. Vincent, Bon Iver and Radiohead.

I’ve had the best two days of Coachella! It’s just that I’m 12,000km away, and have the wonders of streaming technology, social media, YouTube and State Farm to thank.

Yes, it’s not the same as being there, but it’s a darn close second!

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You can test your streaming video speeds on YouTube now?!

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Since when did this get introduced?! Maybe it was part of the new video player that started showing up a month ago? I accidentally right-clicked the YouTube video [Gym Class Heroes – On My Own Time [great song, btw]] I was watching and one of the options was ‘Take speed test’. Who am I to refuse The Google? I took the test and was then directed to a page with some funky graphs and benchmarks of how my speed holds up against the average speed of my ISP, city, state, country and globally! Not sure how big the sample size is for the comparison data or anything, but nifty nonetheless.

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You can even click ‘Show Test Video’ and see your streaming information in real time. If that’s your thing, that is… /shrug

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Anyway, it was geeky and cool to see, and between this and the interactive Pac-Man Google logo, my love for Google continues to increase. Take the test and let me know what you get!

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April Fools 2010: A tech roundup

I think it’s safe to say that for me, April Fools day is purely about what tech sites / companies will do to try and entertain us geeks. I sure spent some time yesterday chuckling away at most people’s efforts, and in some cases being completely underwhelmed [but overhyped] , but god damn, it was a pleasant change from the other gazillion articles I saw yesterday; watered-down, I-want-to-have-iPad-babies reviews from Pogue, Mossberg and co.

ANYWAY, back to matters at hand after that impromptu rant, below is a list of some of the stuff I saw yesterday that I thought was pretty cool.

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