East of the Sun, West of the Moon


iTunes Genius Thoughts

Filed under: OS X — Erwin @ 3:52 pm

Some thoughts on the new iTunes Genius feature:

  • If there are tracks that the Genius feature is never going to select, I’d like to know.
  • I’ve got tracks that I’d like to avoid in certain company but there is no way to limit the tracks it selects from.
  • Similarly it would be nice to not select tracks I played within the last hour/day/week/month or so.
  • I’ve worked around that by creating a smart list that uses the Genius playlist and limits it, but that’s far from optimal.
  • Does it select from (music) podcasts?
  • I wouldn’t mind creating lists of more than 100, since 100 tracks is typically under 8 hours (100 tracks of 4 minutes on average gives you 6.7 hours) and being able to refresh the list in the morning and not worry about it for the rest of the day would be quite nice.
  • I don’t see any way to control it through AppleScript.
  • When you delete a track from the list you created it doesn’t automatically fill it back up to 100.
  • I can live with it if some of these things can be done through hidden preferences.



Filed under: Technology — Erwin @ 4:44 pm

2A0661C0-19F4-41D2-8109-4C7A3C47D3A5.jpgThat was so completely worth it. After nearly two years of putting up with an overly warm/hot laptop even after using the Fan Control software that lets the fans kick in faster/earlier than Apple would do by default, I gave in and bought what Belkin calls a CushTop.

During the cooler months when I wear jeans it’s less of a problem but during the warmer summer months when it makes sense to wander around the house in shorts made of thinner fabric, skin would often feel like it was sunburned. No longer!


Has it really been that long? (continued)

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 6:55 pm

And now we’re back. Unpacked. And resting. πŸ˜‰ More later, or at least that’s my intention.


Has it really been that long?

Filed under: Family — Erwin @ 6:38 pm

The last time I visited the Netherlands was when I went back to clean out my apartment, cancelled the rent, and stuffed all the important things like clothes, CDs, books and computers into a few suitcases to take with me to the US. So that would’ve been, oh, Fall of 2002.


In the years since then my parents have visited us here twice but because I kept postponing a visit back home because I really wanted to do that with all 4 of us. That wasn’t as easy as it could be, with no time of the year really being very convenient to go except the summer, and several summers in a row other events took the time needed either because they were more important or were planned before there was a chance to do otherwise.

This year my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary and for the past 12 months we’ve basically been telling everybody, friends and family, not to try and plan anything for us or the boys until we bloody well had our tickets and we would know when we would leave and return.

That seems to have worked, although now the summer vacation feels extra double packed with activities for the boys and we’ll have to fight to make sure they get some down-time in it as well.

So tomorrow we drive to a hotel near the airport, Saturday we fly, with only one layover (I thought the extra money was worth it) to Amsterdam where we’ll arrive on Sunday morning. Three and a half weeks later we do the same in reverse order, so to speak.

I’ve made myself a promise not to wait another (almost) 6 years until the next return visit, even if that means that (for financial or practical reasons) I’ll be making that visit by myself or only with M.

Wish us luck, we’re going to need it. πŸ˜‰


That time of the year again

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage — Erwin @ 1:24 pm

Adding more as I run into them. Certainly The Register has enough today, more than I’m going to link. πŸ™‚

Updated: Added entries for GMail, Google Calendar, The Register, The Pirate Bay, The Daily WTF/WTH and Times Online.


Too cute!

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 12:10 am



Yes We Can

Filed under: Linkage,News — Erwin @ 2:33 am

I couldn’t resist. The more people see this, the better.


Note to self

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Software — Erwin @ 2:56 am

When upgrading the kernel to a newer or different version, be sure to also get the appropriate version of the ivtv kernel modules, otherwise MythTV will cheerfully start up and pretend nothing is wrong, but meanwhile it’ll be running with 0 capture cards and no recordings will be scheduled!

I’m glad ABC will repeat tonight’s Lost episode, otherwise I would’ve missed that and would have had to resort to bittorrents or something, and that’s just a PITA. πŸ˜‰


Quote of the day

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Music — Erwin @ 11:58 pm

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister:

If we go, β€˜This one’s from our new album!’ you see hundreds of people standing up and walking out of the room.

From RollingStone.com.


My new best friend

Filed under: Software — Erwin @ 10:05 pm

Is a Thunderbird extension called Nostalgy which gives me back a couple of things that I’d been missing ever since I switched away from Mutt, a host of keyboard shortcuts:

  • To change folder, move or copy messages, with folder name auto-completion.
  • To change focus to the folder, thread, or message panes.
  • To hide/show the folder pane.

And there is more, like user definable rulesets depending on what sub-folder is in focus and what text matches the sender, recipient or subject of the current message(s).

If you used to use pine or mutt then you will probably appreciate these features.

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