The Uncanny Valley of Consent - when advertising gets creepy


A spotify advertising poster which read - Dear 3,749 people who streamed "It's the end of the world as we know it" on the day of the Bexit vote... hang in there

Music streaming service Spotify has launched a new range of adverts which have gathered mixed reactions. On the surface, they seem like the usual bland corporate attempts at chumming down - trying to cynically pass off advertising as friendship. It's kinda funny, right? At least a funny way to display the privacy we're allowing companies […] Read More

Linux Spotify Keybindings


A cute penguin - the official mascot of Linux

Hurrah! Spotify have released a native Linux player which works with free accounts! These notes show (which are mostly for my benefit) show you how to install it and configure your multimedia keyboard so the play/pause key controls the music on Spotify. Download Spotify for Linux. It's available in 32bit or 64bit. Double click on […] Read More

Fixing Spotify In Wine - Remove Facebook


A cute penguin - the official mascot of Linux

For the last few weeks I've been unable to run Spotify in Linux using WINE. I was continually getting a crash with this error message: Unhandled page fault on read access to 0x00000068 at address 0x7bc34e57 After lots of fruitless digging around, I discovered that the issue is with the Facebook integration! The fix is […] Read More