Archive for November 29th, 2005

Tagging music via Wired

Wired is running a great article on the basics of tagging digital music files:

Tagging song files makes it easier to manage a library. Want to see every song that was released in 1986? No problem. Want to sort your collection by song genre? That’s easy, too. Tags also make it possible to manage how music files are named on a PC, and where on the hard drive they will be stored. It’s simpler to store the 11 files that make up The Replacements’ Let it Be in a folder bearing that album’s title, rather than storing all 30,000 tracks in a single folder. I also prefer verbose file names that show a lot of information about the track (The Replacements—Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash—10—Johnny’s Gonna Die.mp3 is a lot more descriptive than Johnny’s Gonna Die.mp3). The renaming features in both programs are essential.

I second the suggestion for Tag&Rename for Windows users. For Linux, I recommend Easytag. Either way, tagging programs are absolutely necessary for anything but the smallest digital music collections.

Truly friggin’ awesome: video games emulated in your browser

Well, to be more precise, these are video games which are emulated in Java, with a web-based front-end to find and launch games. But the end result is that one finds and plays video games directly from your browser!

Theoretically, this is browser- and platform-independent: as long as your platform can run a jvm and your browser supports a java plugin, you’re golden. I’m playing these in Ubuntu via Firefox 1.0.7 without any problems. Roc-n-Rope. Awesome!

Out with smbfs, in with cifs?

I tell you, I learn something new every day. Apparently, smbfs is out and cifs is in for mounting remote Windoze shares.

The problem is that SMBFS is basically screwed up & orphaned. The guy who was the maintainer – Urban Widmark – has basically dropped off the face of the earth, is no longer taking emails, & has evidently essentially said “screw you guys” to all the people who were using & depending upon SMBFS (ya know, I’d understand if something came up, but just to vanish without apology or explanation is pretty crappy behavior). So what do we use instead? CIFS. Which is supported. Which is in the kernel. Which is what you should be using NOW.

And I’ll be damned if changing the filesystem type from smbfs to cifs, then remounting, didn’t work flawlessly for the shares from my wife’s WinXP machine. Very cool!

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