New Website

As you may have noticed, the homepage has changed drastically. I decided to make it much simpler, as well as move the media to automatically generated galleries (more on that soon.) I just started college, so I wanted my site to be more professional looking and easier to navigate, as well as get rid of old irrelevant pages. I have moved pictures to Picasa Web because I don’t have time to hand-code galleries anymore. Picasa Web is owned by Google, a very cool company. I can also upload pictures directly from iPhoto. The video gallery is still being worked on as I slowly learn CSS and PHP. The video gallery will be hosted on my server, so I will have more control over it than the picture gallery (and I like controlling my own stuff, one reason for installing WordPress here.) I need to work out some problems, figure out how to do some things, and just get it functioning. Only then will I be able to add CSS to change colors and the like. Be patient. The old video site is still up here, but it will not be maintained. ALT5Productions.com is still up, along with all the videos there. Stay tuned.

iTunes file management

You’d think that database management wouldn’t be that hard. Not in the digital age, right? Wrong. When it comes down to it, iTunes is a database application. And not a very complete one. I recently had to organize over 13,000 music files in iTunes. All I have to say is, iTunes needs better management tools for large databases. Luckily there is a developer out there who makes some of the tools I needed. Actually it’s a whole group of developers. Doug’s AppleScripts is a collection of scripts for iTunes that automate lots of tasks. One of my favorites is Proper English Title Capitalization. Somehow lots of the music was titled without any capitals. A simple script would just make the first letter capital. This takes it a step further and doesn’t capitalize the, a, an, at, and, etc. The user can also edit the script with words that have special rules, like USA, or McCartney. There are a bunch of others on the site, most are an invaluable tool for anyone trying to organize their iTunes database.

1/2 off Logitech Speakers!

Circuit City and Logitech both have rebates for Logitech’s x-540 5.1 surround sound speakers. The rebates total $50, and the speakers sell for $99.99, which means you get 1/2 off! These rebates only lat till 8/9/08, so buy them before the 10th! I highly recommend these speakers even if you don’t have a 5.1 sound card in your computer. I’m not going to quote a bunch of specs here, all you need to know is that the sound quality is amazing, and I couldn’t get the sub to max out. The speakers connect with standard RCA cables, so extension cables are not hard to find. The sub has all the connectors except the headphone jack, which is on the wired remote control. The only thing I don’t like about these speakers is that the remote is hard-wired to the sub, so you can’t unplug it to route the cable. A minor complaint for $50 speakers.

GrowlMail + Lots of Emails = Epic Fail

Yes, I said epic fail. Only because I suggested Growl (and consequently, GorwlMail which comes bundled) I figured I needed to write this. I just switched Gmail from POP to IMAP. IMAP allows multiple computers (or PDAs, etc.) to check the mail and sync it with the other devices. With POP the email is downloaded, and that’s it. With IMAP, for example, if I moved a message to another folder on my BlackBerry, it would be moved to that folder on my computer when I got home. With POP the message on my computer and on the internet would be where it was originally. Continue reading