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02/12

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Key

22:50 by akylas. Filed under: Software

Did you download Windows 8 Consumer Preview, burn it to a disk, and then get presented with the “Enter the product key to activate Windows” screen when installing and not sure what to do? Ran into that myself just now and according to the Windows 8 FAQ:

If you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program, you won’t need to enter a product key—the setup program automatically provides the product key. If you create installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview. You’ll need to enter this product key: NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8.

There you have it. Enjoy the show.

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08/11

Google Music Beta

00:23 by akylas. Filed under: Software

About two months I was accepted into the Google Music Beta. I signed up while on my Chromebook, and while I like to think Google gives preference to those who sign up for their betas on Chrome OS machines, I doubt that’s really the case. One would think that would be the case, right?

Once you’re accepted into the Beta, you’re given access to the web portal and the desktop application.

Google Music Beta User Interface

Google Music Beta User Interface

All the desktop application is responsible for is uploading your music back into the Google cloud. You simply specify the location to find your music and if it detects any in there (of a certain format), it’ll upload them. It really does nothing else, and that’s not really saying a bad thing. Also of note, I would expect Google would do a checksum of your song and correlate that to the same song someone else might’ve uploaded, but that’s not the case. All your music has to be individually uploaded. It does take quite some time, even if you’re on Cable/DSL.

As far as the web interface is concerned, it looks and works great. It’s pretty simplistic on what you would expect for a media manager: It simply just lets you listen to your music, and does not offer much else as far services, which I like. It does not shove recommended music in your face, or populated your library with music that’s not really yours. The website works on all the web browsers I’ve tried thus far (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox) without a hitch, although I would expect this from Google.

Google also has produced applications for their Android devices that allow you to listen to the same library, over 3G or over WiFi. I tested it out on a Samsung Galaxy S II, and despite it’s choppy interface, it works pretty well! It’s a bit heard to navigate and occasionally gets hung up, but this is their beta of course.

Overall it has helped me in many circumstances where I found oddly myself without a device that has my music library on it, or if those devices are dead. I only have approximately 130 songs in my online library at the moment. I hope to add more, but I probably won’t until I find myself sick of my selections on there at the moment. Whether or not I’d pay for this service, I’m not sure. It certainly comes in handy when using my Chromebook, but for all other situations I usually have my Zune on me.