BBC radio on the mac via widgets

3/07/2009
Phantomgorilla.com BBC radio widget

Phantomgorilla.com BBC radio widget

Since getting my mac, I am loving itunes.
I know that it was available for windows, but was always quite happy with windows player so never really looked at itunes.

However, one thing has been bugging me, not with itunes itself, but with the BBC’s lack of support for radio streaming via itunes.
Living outside the UK I have been listening to BBC radio over the internet for years. However I found it rather tedious having to open up the bbc web site everytime I wanted to boot up the radio and, worse still, having to repeat the process everytime the browser crashed (interestingly more often now with Firefox 3.5) so have tried endless “tricks” to get it streamed via itunes with no luck.

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“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…” switching to Mac

2/07/2009

Well, maybe not so long ago and well, to be honest not really that far way, but, back in the UK when I started at Cumbria College of Art and Design (now part of the University of Cumbria) in 1989 my first dabblings with computers was with a Macintosh.

I remember that the college had 4 of them to share between c.400 students.  An unthinkable ratio nowadays no doubt.  But back then few people used them (or even knew what they were for I suspect) and I had one of them pretty much all to myself.  As I was studying graphic design at the time, I spent endless hours learning and working with probably some of the earliest versions of Adobe Pagemaker, Freehand and Photoshop.  All in black & white of course and probably on some ridiculously small screen by modern terms.
Unbelievably I still have some of the work that I did on those macs all those years ago 🙂

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