Happy Bad Poetry

Happy Bad Poetry

Once furled, today we awake
The dark days take a turn into Spring
Here comes the sun, sparkling in the lake
Unfolding our hearts and make us sing

People walking, talking, running around
Dogs bark and chase imaginary game
The ice cracks, snow makes way for ground
The melted water overflows the drain

In between I am running and burning fat
With Mr. Lazy lurking me back to bed
Saying hello to each one, but feeling sad
I’m contemplating this bad poetry in my head

iPhoto ’09 is disappointing..

The two, new features in iPhoto ’09 I was interested in turned out to be uninteresting, for now..

  • Places: Only works if the camera has GPS tracking. My Canon 450D and 30D don’t have that. You can put a photo on the map, but you can’t move the pin to the exact location.
  • Flickr Uploader: Really, really lame! FlickrExport for iPhoto is much more superior!

I’m wondering with the Faces feature: if I’m splitting up my iPhoto library into years, can I share the Faces information between libraries? Faces is also not really worth it BTW. Nice toy though.

I’m unimpressed with iPhoto ’09 .. They should have put more work in it. Wasted 79 EUR. I should have waited for the ’10 version or so.

And you still can’t make a smart album with a filter saying ‘Event IS <name here>’! Grrr.. ‘Contains’ is not good enough!

Time Machine unreliable?

Yesterday I restored my iTune library from a backup after an external drive gave failures. The only thing that changed is the firewire drive is now 1Tb instead of 250Gb. At the moment of restore I could still see old backups from months ago.
Today, Time Machine complained about it not having enough space. So, I opened up the Time Machine interface to remove some very old stuff.. Surprise! All backups are gone! Only a full backup from yesterday night is there, from which I restored my tunes..
Very, very annoying. Looking around, I can’t find anything back in Finder or in the Terminal. My Air’s sparse bundle is still there (backed up through network), but before 2009-02-21 it’s all gone. Did I say this was annoying? I’m not trusting it to much anymore (you should never trust any backup anyway).

Restoring backup to new external drive using Time Machine

Waking up this morning I found my external rugged, firewire Lacie drive giving an error. It said: “The disk ” was not repairable by this computer. …” Did I panic? Of course not, I have Time Machine backing up my stuff! The problem: I had no room to restore it and it failed to restore on the external driving giving a weird ‘Error 0′. I bought a new external Western Digital 1TB drive, but how to restore from Time Machine on this new disk?
Well, it’s a simple trick really.

  1. Note the name you gave the failing disk and eject it.
  2. Plug in your new disk, format if needed, and give it the name of your old disk.
  3. In Finder, select the new drive and open Time Machine (should bein your dock, otherwise go to Applications.
  4. Once in Time Machine, just select what you want to restore, and restore it!
  5. After a while (which could be long), it should be there!

I had to restore my iTunes library!
BACKUP! MAKE BACKUPS! BUT! MAKE SURE YOU CAN RESTORE THEM! Test your Time Machine, or whatever solution you use, restoring old files from time to time.

Importing iTunes library into Last.fm (on Mac)

Yesterday I started playing around with Last.fm (bit late maybe..) and tried out the Last.fm Mac application. It’s updating or scrobbling what I’m playing in iTunes to my account on Last.fm.
Now, there is a feature which imports your playing history from iTunes. After digging a bit, I followed a tip clearing my Listening Data. This, however, didn’t help.
After looking around in the application I found Diagnostics which allows you to view the log of the application. That made it all clear:

Could not open iTunes Library
"/Users/geert/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml"

I’m storing my iTunes library on an external drive so I can move it around easily.
To make the Last.fm application import my history I just made (or recreated) the /Users/geert/Music/iTunes directory and copied over the iTunes Library XML file naming it iTunes Music Library.xml. Starting the Last.fm application again, it asked me if I would like to import the history data: that worked perfectly now! If it doesn’t work for you, check out the logs in the Diagnostics.
I’m not sure if you can scrobble the iTunes history without cleaning up your listening data first. I’ll leave that to the reader to find out.