Apple introduces keyboardless laptop

January 18, 2009
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NSFW: artistic nude

January 14, 2009

Today I stumbled upon this photo weblog of Michael Zelbel. The photos are mostly nude or barely dressed women, which is always nice to see in my opinion. Most of them are not erotic, though I must say he has some quite good looking models and some are a bit freaky, like his skin an nylon series, but I guess I like that.

Picard – automatic mp3 tagging

January 8, 2009

You probably know the problem. You’ve got mp3’s from all kind of sources, some are tagged nicely some terribly. There are some good programs to do it by hand or semi-automatic, but it’s quite a laborious process.

Musicbrainz has a far bether solution though: Picard. You can either use the tags you have to search in their database or create a fingerprint and look it up in their database. This means that even if you have no tags at all you can still retreive the correct ID3 tags. It’s semi-automatic, so if your results are not correct, you can easily correct it (like if there are 3 different versions of the same cd, you can easily choose the version you have). And it has a huge database. It even found several of my more obscure albums.

It’s available both for linux, mac and windows. So you m$-fanboys and apple-fans can use it too.

the google tutorial – part 1

December 19, 2008

The web was made for SHARING, not for hoarding and not for selling. It’s very STRUCTURE will deliver searchers whatever they are looking for… Fravia

Today I’m going to start teaching you how to use google and I’ll start with the vary basics.

AND/OR

Let’s begin with the basics. You know ofcourse that you can enter several words in the search field. Google defaults to the logical AND operator. Translated into human language that means it will search for all the words in your search. If you want to look for either this or that then you have to use the OR operator. Take to use uppercase for the OR operator. Otherwise google will search for the word or.

parentheses

Since you most probably want to combine AND and OR, you will have to use parentheses for that. Let’s say you own a travelmate 8100 and you are looking for a manual, either in english or in your native language, which in my case is dutch. The dutch word for manual is “gebruiksaanwijzing.” The abbreviation tm8100 is quite common,  so I also want to include that. To achieve that I would put the following in the google search field:

(manual OR gebruiksaanwijzing) (tm8100 OR (travelmate 8100))

quotes and wildcards.

Everything between “quotes” is a literal string. To google yourself, you can simply enter your first name and last name and put the whole between quotes. If you’re looking for an exact phrase,  and you’re not exactly sure about one or two of the words in between you can use the asterisk (*). Suppose you are looking for a Frank Zappa song and you remember there was a phrase in it, like “watch out where the … go”. You know it was a certain dog, you just can’t remember the species. Then just type in google:

“watch out where the * go”

refining your search with + and/or –

Google will filter out common words from your search, like I, is, a, the etc. Suppose you’re looking for the first part of a sequel. In that case you want to include the I in your search. To do this you simply put a + in front of it. When you put – in front of the word, no results with that word are shown. for example: -price -buy -store -ebay -amazon, removes a lot of  commercial clutter from your results.

Let’s look at an example, to combine most of what we’ve learned so far:

Suppose you are looking for music an artist who uses several names. Let’s take Matthew Herbert aka Herbert,  Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy, Mr. Vertigo, Transformer  and Wishmountain. You want to try several types for the music let’s say mp3, ogg, flac and wma. And you want an immediate download without to much fuss. So you want a download from rapidhare, megaupload or depositfiles. We then end up with the following phrase:

(Matthew Herbert OR Herbert OR ” Doctor Rockit” OR  Radio Boy OR “Mr. Vertigo” OR  Transformer OR Wishmountain) (mp3 OR ogg OR flac OR wma) (rapidshare.com OR megaupload.com OR depositfiels.com)

Nice, the first result is a direct hit. 😀

google help: basic operators

boom sha laka laka

December 18, 2008

A couple of days ago I happened to stumble upon this song, downloaded it and put it in my playlist. And it’s kind of catchy. So I decided to share it:  Go check out Anjulie on Blender and download the mp3.

e – extract any archive (commandline)

December 18, 2008

If you like the cli, this little ruby-script is ideal: e

Just type:

e archive [ archive archive …]

and it will extract the arhive(s)

23 Seconds – a Netlabel

December 17, 2008

The internet is just great. You can legally check out music, and download it. If you are open to new music, and don’t mind if it sometimes is a bit experimental, 23 seconds is there for you. It’s a netlabel, presenting their music for downloading under a version of the creative commons license. They have different genres, but it’s mainly electronical. And if you don’t like it, you can always delete it after listening to it. One thing you can be quite sure of, is that none of your friends will have it ;-). So surprise them if they come by or if you don’t like them and are affraid to tell them, there is also some music on there, which can definately be used to chase off almost everybody.

iTunes doesn’t like me

December 17, 2008

I have this weird notion of computers that I want them to perform the tasks I have in mind. I’m reasonable,  I know what they can and can’t do. I mean, I don’t want them to drink coffee.  It’s not good for them, so I can handle that. But when they can do it, they should or I get pissed off. That’s the main reason I don’t use xp, xp doesn’t like me either.

But yesterday I had to do the unavoidable. I had to boot the one computer that’s normally never used, the one running xp. Because I wanted to buy something on iTunes and I just couldn’t get it to run under wine. Probably because I messed to much with it. Since it ought to work with certain versions of iTunes if you patch wine. Anyhow I installed it and turned of the virusscanner, since iTunes needs all the resources it can get to run on windows. And virusscanners are for noobs. I used to run a virusscanner once a year when I still had windows installed and I never had a virus. Just once I’ve had a virus on it, when I did something really really stupid, but that’s a different story. And I never needed a virusscanner to clean it. I did it myself.

The installation went like a charm. I logged into iTunes and the credits I got for my birthday from a good friend of mine, were still there. I had tried iTunes in februar when I got the credits, but I just couldn’t decide what to buy. But now I knew. I wanted blueprint from Suphala, since I haven’t found a place to download it from the internet. I bought the album, downloaded it and that’s when the fun began.

I wanted to be able to listen to the album on my laptop, with xubuntu installed. It has windows networking. So I opened the network and copied the album to my laptop. But alas it has no support for m4p. No problem, I thought, let’s find a program to convert it. I used my friend google and it told me that apple had banned these programs from existence on the public internet. Everybody who mentioned where to find them, was threatened with a lawsuit. I know this is a bit oversimplified, but after hours and hours of trying to be able to listen to the album I bought, I just feel a bit simple. And I don’t think it’s that far from the truth.

I also know that if I would have read a bit more before I installed iTunes and I would have downloaded an older version, there would have been working solutions. But I didn’t because that’s not how I work on my own computer. I just start, try something, get frustrated, do some stupid radical actions, break the system, then I stop, calm myself down, think and I fix the problem. And in the end every computer almost always does what I want. I just prefer it to do it immediately. He is my humble servant and should obey my commands.

But I still had the windows computer, with the music on it. Then google showed me a windows solution, a virtual burner. That’s fine, the windows pc has the files on it anyway. Download, install and burn the iTunes-songs to the virtual burner, which in it’s turn would convert the audio to mp3. O joy, it seemed to work like a charm. I copied the files and they played, O happy me. That was, until I saw, that all the songs where 3 minutes long, hmmm that couldn’t be right, could it now. Ah, it’s a trial version. It just doesn’t show it anywhere when installing, neither was it posted in the how-to on the internet, which was probably posted by the people of tuneclone themselves. Maybe I should have checked that before, me stupid.

Ok different solution, just burn it to a cd. We happen to have a whole pile of them, just standing there. Wait 15 minutes, for iTunes to burn the CD. And then I can just pop the CD in my linux PC and rip the CD. That should work. I put the CD in the stereo, and yes, it played. Perfect. Let’s just listen. Electronics with tabla-drums, lovely combination. The only thing missing is Suphala herself,  I mean she’s jummy. But suddenly I woke from my dream. Hey, that’s a strange sound. That shouldn’t be in it, and again … and again. Just great, the burner is broken.

Let’s try tuneclone again and find me a serial. Bit hard to find, but found one, just one. But one’s enough. It should be for the version I have installed, but it doesn’t work. But I just happened to have downloaded an older version, which should be a full version, according to the description. But it’s a trial too. Let’s try the serial there and yes, yes yes! After hours and hours of trying this and that and this again in a bit different way, it works. Right now I am finally listening to the music I bought and I love it.

I could say that iTunes sucks, which is actually what I still think, but that’s personal. But that’s not really fair. iTunes is great if you have a mac, it integrates seamlessly in the OS and no huge extra systemload there. Or if you’ve got a standalone PC which you want to use for the sole purpose of playing music, while not using it for anything else at the same time. You can also burn a CD or buy an iPod. iTunes presents plenty of solutions for you to listen to your music and it offers it for a pretty fair price. It just hasn’t got the solutions I want. Or maybe it does, it can also burn a mp3-cd’s. I could probably listen to those, I haven’t tried it though, not much use with a broken burner. And while downloading I agreed with their terms, which I haven’t read and probably have broken now, by doing what I did. But I don’t care I can listen to it, and that’s the most important part. Me happy 🙂

Infected Mushroom

December 17, 2008

One of the best psychedelic trance duo’s around. I could dance on this all night without taking any drugs. What’s more to tell about it. Just go visit their official website or their myspace account, their youtube channel and listen to it. And if you like it, you can always buy it. Don’t forget to take your pills. 😉

Paris DJ’s – Let’s get funky

December 17, 2008

It you like funk, and other groovy music, like jazz,  African or Latin-American, dancehall etc, go check out this site and the mp3-podcasts. Every podcast is a mix of about half an hour with a playlist and usually some extra info and even album covers  (like if anybody would burn a CD to listen to nowadays). There are some rare pearls in the list. Anyway, nothing left to say, just go there, download a mix and get into the groove.

Paris DJ’s