The group test of Linux desktop products I did for ZDNet was quoted in Slashdot. ZDNet was pleased and got lots of traffic, but I saw the review ripped apart and myself described as a "trained Windows monkey" (wrong about the training, guys!). So, I'm feeling a little bruised.
But last Friday, Alison said "I'm leading a quiet day for St Matthews, and I need O Come O come Emmanuel. Will they have it in the rocord shop?" Record shop? I'm on the Internet right away.
A Google Search finds a ton of links and I start sifting. There's
- a free folk version from the Burns Sisters at Amazon
- a crisp, brisk choral version at the excellent Center for Church Music
- An arrangement for four horns
- a sample of an irritating evangelical style version
- A nice solo version on a site infested with yucky pop-ups
- A cool version from the Jazz Protagonists, who (it says here) are "San Antonio's No.1 Jazz Band"
- A very dignified and peaceful plainsong version from the robed chaps of the North American College Music Chapel Choir
- various sites offering tracks for 99c
- Lots of MIDI versions, of course
And within a week, I get a friendly email from the Protagonists' pianist Barry Brake, offering me a three-for-two offer on the CD, and sharing memories of Brixton (I declare, everyone has been to Brixton!).
See what I mean? The Internet is just as good as it ever was!