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Digital Music Innovation at Flip

Flip’s own Head of Delivery, Paul A. Zwarts (aka Paz) has been a DJ and producer since the early 1990s. Having lived and played in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai, Paz now has teamed up with partner in crime Marko Ben-Aicha, aka Smokingroove. The dynamic duo have started their own record label called Mixtura Records which looks towards supporting a very small scene in Dubai which is oriented around genres like Chicago House and Drum & Bass.

Paz and Smokingroove Mixtura is derived between the word “Mix” and the Portuguese word “Mistura” which also means mixed. Paz & Smokingroove are making headway in their industry for their themed releases which have so far covered infused styles like 40’s Swing and Latino/Brazilian sounds.

Having already released two Eps which are Ethnic/Brasilian oriented, these two music makers are teaming up with several artists including Flip’s own Mazen Abou Hatab (aka Meezus).

The future is looking bright for these guys as they aim to create music, sell online and get into new and interesting markets like video games and television scores.

“Our music is not for the masses. Although we are very open to all types of music, we are very much aware that Dubai is about pop culture. There happens to be a lot of people here who dont agree with this. Our job is to meet that in ways that compliment our own tastes and experiences.” says Paz.

“There are places opening up in Dubai that are thinking about format and music more than fancy display and expensive budgets. This kind of thing is dying with the credit crunch and we can no longer treat music as pure vanity and wastah. Our music definitely reflects this attitude.”

Recently Hive, a very chic yet down to earth bar, restaurant opened in Souk Al Bahar. Mixtura’s Smokingroove is a resident there, supported by Paz.

“You’ll find us playing our own wares and styles similar at places like Hive and Alphaclub which appreciate that music is about mood and format, rather than yet another place to listen to top 10 hits which are found on your car’s radio.”

All in all, niche thinking is the way to survive in the present economy and idealizing where specific markets exist will ensure longevity. Flip Media, prided in it’s thinking towards web-based business objectives is proud to know that this kind of mentality is transcended into a Flipper’s way of life rather than just a job.

You can listen and find out where to buy all digitally released music on

Compile and install PHP 5.2.8 on Mac OS X 10.5.6 (Leopard)

Due to some limitation I faced with Xampp I finally decided to compile PHP5 native on my mac. Entropy was a best option for mac till Leopard was released. Since Leopard came with php built in entropy was no more available. After Googling for a long time and breaking my head with errors for 7 long hours I finally got it working perfectly like how I wanted it. These are some of the steps I followed to compile the same. I tested the same steps in 2 macs and it was working fine. I cannot guarantee that these steps would work for everyone.

Step 1

You need to have Xcode installed on your mac. In my case I had Xcode 3.1.2 installed. You can install from your Leopard DVD or you can install iPhone SDK.

Step 2

Download and install the latest Mysql database server.

Step 3

Install Fink. You can download the version 0.9.0 which I used for compiling from here. Once you have installed open terminal and issue the following commands.

# sudo fink selfupdate
# sudo fink update-all

The above two commands will update the needed files for fink library to work properly. Once this is done you can install needed libraries for php by issuing the following command

# sudo fink install libjpeg libtiff libpng3 libxml t1lib5 libmcrypt libmhash mysql15-dev curl wget

Step 4

Install FrontBase if it is needed for you. It is installer file you can download it from here. If you don’t want to use this database system you can remove the option ‘–with-fbsql’ from the php configure command.

Step 5

Install Freetds if you want use MS-SQL in PHP5.

# sudo su
# curl -O
# tar xvzf freetds-stable.tgz
# cd freetds-0.82/
# ./configure && make && sudo make install

Incase if you feel this is not needed for your installation you can remove the option ‘–with-mssql’ and ‘–enable-dbase’ from the php configure command.

Step 6

Install Imap Client libraries files. You need this lib to be installed if you wish to compile imap. If you don’t want you can remove the option ‘–with-imap’ and ‘–with-imap-ssl’. Further reading on this topic visit here.

# sudo su
# curl -O
# tar xvzf c-client.tar.Z
# cd imap-2007e/
# make oxp
# cd c-client/
# cp *.h /usr/local/include
# cp *.c /usr/local/lib
# cp c-client.a /usr/local/lib/libc-client.a

Step 7

Install gettext. This is a must for lot of open source projects and for localization.

# sudo su
# curl -O
# tar xvzf gettext-0.17.tar.gz
# cd gettext-0.17
# cd gettext-tools/
# ./configure
# make
# make install

Step 8

Install freetype. You need if you wish to load free type fonts in GD.

#sudo su
# wget
# tar xvzf freetype-2.3.8.tar.gz
# cd freetype-2.3.8
# ./configure
# make
# make install

Step 9

I think we are pretty there and now it is time to compile the big boss the PHP itself.

# sudo su
# wget
# tar xvzf php-5.2.8.tar.gz
# cd php-5.2.8
# ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/php5.2.8 --with-apxs2 --with-config-file-scan-dir=/usr/local/php5.2.8/php.d --with-openssl=/usr --with-zlib=/usr --with-gd --enable-gd-native-ttf --with-jpeg-dir=/sw --with-jpeg-dir=/sw --with-png-dir=/sw --with-zlib-dir=/usr --with-ldap --with-xmlrpc --with-iconv-dir=/usr --with-snmp=/usr --enable-exif --enable-soap --enable-ftp --enable-sockets --enable-mbstring --enable-calendar --enable-bcmath --with-bz2=/usr --with-curl --with-kerberos=/usr --with-libxml-dir=/sw --with-xsl --with-t1lib=/sw --with-mcrypt=/sw --with-mhash=/sw --with-mysql=/sw --with-mysqli --with-pdo-mysql=/sw --enable-zip --with-imap --with-imap-ssl --with-gettext --with-curl=/sw --with-pear --with-regex --with-freetype-dir=/usr/local --enable-gd-native-ttf --with-iconv=shared,/opt/local --enable-dbase --enable-sqlite-utf8 --with-fbsql
# make
# make install

If you have completed till the above step without any error means that you have successfully installed PHP5. If you restart your apache server from system settings the server might not work for you. Since it might conflict a bit due to various architecture problems in apache and php build. To over come this issue you need to re-compile apache. You can do it by issuing the following commands. Further reading on this issue.

Step 10

Recompile Apache 2.

# sudo su
# wget
# tar xvzf httpd-2.2.11.tar.gz
# cd httpd-2.2.11/
# ./configure --enable-layout=Darwin --enable-mods-shared=all
# make
# make install


Once everything is done you should be able to run PHP. Have fun compiling your own native PHP on your mac 😉 .!!!

Flip Media launched it’s own portal for mumbaikars !!!

Flip Media Dubai launched a new portal for mumbaikars. The site was launched in beta stage and we are updating the functionality and features of every day.

Mumbaikar is the Marathi word to signify a resident of Mumbai. Even though the term has been in use for quite some time it gained popularity after the formal renaming of the city to its original name Mumbai[citation needed]. The renaming and rise in the popularity of the term led to common adoption of the term Mumbaikar. Generally speaking, the term encompasses a whole range of ethnicities and cultures of which Mumbai is a melting pot.

Its a general practice in Marathi language speakers to add the verb kar (which means do or does) to the end of individuals native village/place of residence and refer the person using it. So based on this general rule natives of Pune city are called as Punekar, Nashik city as Nashikkar and so on using. It is also fairly common to find people who have their last name based on this rule, so some natives of Goregaon do have their last name as Goregaonkar, similarly Chiplunkar from Chiplun and so on. Similar surnames based on profession with a kar at the end are also very common.

– Source Wikipedia

iPhone / iPod Car Stereo – Kenwood KDC BT7539U

Kenwood  KDC BT7539U
Past few weeks I was hunting for a good car stereo / receiver which has good compatibility with iPhone / iPod. I checked out the model Kenwood KDC BT7539U at Carrefour Deira Dubai and I was really happy to see the features mentioned in the box. I read couple of reviews online and I was so happy to see everything was working 100% perfectly with iPhone.

The above video is not exactly for the my model but it has the same features for iPod connectivity. So I bought this unit and I am 100% happy customer. iPod connectivity / control and iPhone blue tooth connectivity – 100%. Some features listed below

General Features

  • TDF(Preset Key-less & Large Display & Attractive Illumination Design)
  • 3 Line Mono Full dot FL Display
  • Security Code function
  • Rotary Encoder & Multi Control Wheel for Easy Operation
  • Key Illumination (Blue)
  • Manual Dimmer Function (Sub Illumination ,3step)
  • Demo Mode
  • Digital Clock (24H)
  • Display Off mode function
  • Supplied with Remote Control Unit (RC-547)
  • 2-way Telephone/Navigation Mute
  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Emotional Illumination Effect
  • Auto Dimmer Function (Display, on/off)


Audio Features

  • Maximum Output Power : 50W x 4 (MOSFET Power IC)
  • 2.5V 3 Preouts
  • AUX Input (Rear)
  • Subwoofer Level & Low Pass Filter Adjustable
  • Built In Amp Mute Function
  • System E’s(HPF & LPF)
  • System Q:Sound Control with Pre-programmed Tone Curves
  • Separate Bass/Mid range/Treble Control & Source Tone Memory
  • AUX Input with Optional Unit (CA-C1AX or KCA-S220A)
  • Fader & Loudness Control
  • Attenuator (-20dB) with Smooth Volume Return
  • Dual Zone Source & Volume Control


Single CD Features

  • AAC (Advanced Audio Codec) Files Playback created by ex. Apple iTunesTM for Windows
  • WMA (Windows Media Audio) & MP3 Files Playback with ID-3 Tag Display
  • Multi-session Disc Playback
  • Folder Name Manual Search Function without Stopping Audio-play
  • 24bit D/A Converter
  • 0-bit Mute
  • CD Text Ready
  • CD-R/CD-RW Compatible
  • Supreme
  • Random/Repeat/Scan Play


USB Features

  • USB (Universal Serial Bus) Interface Ready
  • iPod 1 wire Direct Connection with Optional cable External Media Control Features
  • Dual External Media Control Capability (with Optional KCA-S220A)
  • DNPS (Disc Name Presets) with Compatible CD Changers
  • CD Text Ready with Compatible CD Changers
  • Direct Access with Remote
  • Random/Repeat/Scan Play (Disc/Track)
  • Optional Apple iPod Interface Ready (KCA-iP500)
  • Bluetooth Built-in (Hands-Free Profile /Audio Profile)
  • OEM Remote Interface


FM/AM Tuner Features

  • FM/AM 24 Station Presets (18FM, 6AM)
  • AME (Automatic Memory Entry)
  • Up/Down Seek Tuning
  • SNPS (Station Name Presets)
  • Selectable Channel Spacing


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