East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Lunch time

Filed under: OS X — Erwin @ 3:56 pm

Well, somewhat past that now, as I ended up debugging some code instead of blogging.

Feeling quite tired because I didn’t get into bed until around 1am last night and still got up at 6:30-7:00am. Going over the news items nothing stood out as can’t be missed, although I’m sure there are some interesting things going on. Go find ’em yourself today. πŸ˜‰

I finished moving my podcasts from NetNewsWire to iTunes and cleared out the previously downloaded podcasts. Many of which I hadn’t listened to yet and probably never would because I’d gotten quite back-logged at some point. I somewhat hope that the iTunes interface will allow me to better manage that.

Finally taking the time to RTFM on iTunes, I found that Option + Delete would allow me to delete marked tracks from the main Library even when browsing them in smartlists/playlists, where until now I would go and find the matching track in the Library and delete it there. Live and learn, I suppose.

Now playing: The Killers – Midnight Show (from Hot Fuss)


Zoom zoom zoom… (2)

Filed under: Family,Technology — Erwin @ 8:56 pm

[Kid with fish]
Back! Thankfully we didn’t have to leave the car there overnight, we got to drive it back home and just got to spend a few hours in town with a rental (that we drove a grand total of… 10 miles, good thing that one was a special deal through the garage).

Most of that time we spent in the local Bass Pro Shop, where we spent some money on silly things like a wind chime, a sheriff badge for A, etc.

A also bought himself a huge fish from his birthday money! The kid cracks me up. πŸ™‚ To give you an idea of the size, I’ve included a picture from their website, although A is taller than that kid.

So long and thanks for all the…

Now playing: Raul Midon – State of Mind (who we happened to see on Letterman last night and impressed us quite a bit, enough to go and buy the track via iTunes).


Zoom zoom zoom…

Filed under: Technology — Erwin @ 10:24 pm

Tomorrow we’re off to get the car to the nearest Mazda garage. Our luck is that it’s a 2 hour drive from where we live. That probably explains why we don’t see very many vehicles around here of that particular brand. The fact that we have one is a longer story than you’d think or I want to explain. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, basically a heads-up you won’t see much content from me tomorrow, or Thursday, when we hope to be able to drive back up to the same place to pick it back up.

Now playing: Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning

iTunes 4.9 & Podcasts (2)

Filed under: OS X,Software — Erwin @ 3:40 pm

Some notes:

  • It seems that iTunes doesn’t like to subscribe to a feed while a download is in progress. That, or the iTMS was overloaded while I was attempting this. Can’t explain the 502 error I got, otherwise.
  • The Coverville feed does not work, when I click on the exclamation point I get:

    “Coverville” does not seem to be a valid Podcast URL.

    Please check that you have entered the correct URL and try again.

    Err, except that I didn’t enter any URL, and I’d love to be able to but simply haven’t ran into any place that lets me (I certainly hope I’m not totally blind to it somehow).

  • I couldn’t find the Tartan Podcast, so now I’m wondering if that is because nobody has bothered to add his feed yet, or if Apple considered his content problematic for whatever reason.
  • I very much like that iTunes uses bookmarks for the podcasts so you can interrupt them, play something else, and resume without having to search for the point where you left off.

Oh. Good. Grief. I just found it. Under Advanced select Subscribe to Podcast and off you go. *blush* Putting in the correct Coverville RSS feed and adding the Tartan Podcast right now and I’m a much happier camper already. Carry on, nothing to see here. πŸ˜‰

iTunes 4.9 & Podcasts

Filed under: OS X,Software — Erwin @ 1:04 pm

It would appear that the iTunes podcast subscription list is kept elsewhere. At least I did not find it when grep-ing through my home-directory. So there are two options:

  1. Apple is 100% dictating what podcasts you are or are not allowed to subscribe to, by forcing you to go through their podcast directory and storing your subscription lists on their server, associated to your iTunes account.
  2. I missed something because the data is stored in something other than plain text.

I’m leaning towards option 2 because I was never prompted for my iTunes account password, but then where is it hiding?

No doubt others will do similar checks, so I’ll keep an eye out for that and update this post when I see something useful. You’re also welcome to comment with additional info if you have it. πŸ™‚

Now playing: Simple Minds – Careful Career

Awake yet? (3)

Filed under: News,OS X,Software — Erwin @ 10:30 am

It would appear that vitamin C isn’t the cold cure (NewScientist.com) that I grew up thinking it was:

Regular doses of vitamin C will not prevent a cold in most people – though they might reduce its duration slightly, according to a major new review of existing research.

The idea that the vitamin can prevent and treat a cold became popular following the 1970 publication of Nobel laureate Linus Pauling’s book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold. “Pauling’s book was very influential. But I’m confident that the general population doesn’t stand to gain any great benefit in terms of colds from taking regular doses,” says Robert Douglas of the Australian National University in Canberra, who co-authored the review.

I’m going to assume that orange juice still is a fairly healthy substance and keep on drinking it, though (and yes, I realize OJ isn’t the only thing containing vitamin C).

Apple released iTunes 4.9 (Playlistmag.com), now with podcast support:

Apple on Tuesday released iTunes 4.9, a new version of their digital music jukebox and music download store software for Mac OS X and Windows. The new release features the ability to browse and subscribe to β€œpodcasts” β€” radio-style shows that you can download over the Internet and listen to either in iTunes or using an Apple iPod.

I’ll be downloading that shortly and see if I like their approach. Right now I’m using NetNewsWire‘s support for downloading enclosures but I’m not 100% happy with its cooperation with iTunes even if part of the problem is my own, using an NFS mount to store its tracks (which works fine when playing tracks but when adding new ones it seems to be fairly unhappy).

Ah, it’s summer (concordmonitor.com):

A flammable liquid accidentally thrown on an outdoor fireplace grill caused a backyard explosion that sent five people, including an 8-year-old boy, to the hospital, fire officials said. The injuries were not serious.

*rolls eyes at the world*

Now playing: Slipknot – The Nameless

New Royalty (2)

Filed under: Dutch,News — Erwin @ 9:32 am

The latest addition to the Dutch royal family now has a name: Alexia Juliana Marcela Laurentien.


Filed under: Site — Erwin @ 8:10 am

Got to the computer this morning and found (after reloading the pages) a few unhappy WordPress pages, apparently caused by one of the (harddisk) partitions filling up a bit too far. This same partition filling up also caused email to be held back, but only on the firewall mailserver, nothing bounced as far as I know.

Sadly I have no idea how long this has been going on, but I guess between 4-12 hours somewhere.

Sorry if it inconvenienced anyone out there. πŸ™‚

Now playing: Nickelback – Figured you out


Been busy?

Filed under: News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 10:34 am

It looks like the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States) has been busy, there are at least 3 news items that they’re involved in:


A split Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses today, ruling that two exhibits in Kentucky cross the line between separation of church and state because they promote a religious message. Justices left legal wiggle room, saying that some displays — like their own courtroom frieze — would be permissible if they’re portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation’s legal history.


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned a prior ruling that required cable operators to open up their high-speed Internet lines to rivals.

At issue in the case, FCC v. Brand X, was whether cable operators should be required under federal law to lease their cable lines to competitors, much the way local phone companies were forced years ago to open up their lines to long-distance phone companies.

And three:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that companies that sell file-sharing software can be held liable for copyright infringement.

The decision handed the entertainment industry a crucial victory in its battle to curb Internet piracy — and was a big blow to technology companies.

An acquaintance — who also happens to be a lawyer — pointed out that they’re this busy because today is the last day of the current term, so they’re wrapping up various cases. It certainly gives the news outfits of the world enough material to fill a couple of pages with reports and opinions in the days to come.


Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 9:04 am

A has taken a liking to the Scissor Sisters track Laura, asking me to play it again and again and again and … I don’t mind too much as the reason that he knows it is because it’s on a mixed tracks CD that I created to listen to in the car. It is a bit odd to see him (a seven year old) lipsync those lyrics, though. πŸ™‚

Now playing: Scissor Sisters

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