Duplicate iTunes Smart Playlists

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I have a smart playlist in iTunes called “new (1 week)”. It should be a simple playlist, but because I want to filter out podcasts, audiobooks and comedy this simple playlist requires multiple rules. After i created this playlist, I found that I wanted more playlists like this, but for “new (2 weeks)” and “new (1 month)”. I could create a new playlist and add all the same rules but change the “Date Added” rule to “2 weeks” and “1 month”, but there is an easier way.

  1. Select the playlist you wish to duplicate.
  2. Click File -> Export.
  3. Save the playlist. Be sure to select .xml as the format.
  4. Click File -> Import and choose the file you exported.
  5. You can now select your newly imported smart playlist and edit the rules to suit your new criteria.
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My MacBook Was Cracked By Itself

Why it cracked

I’ve had my Macbook for 6 months. I saved a lot of money because it was the last of the first generation available and it was a floor model.

I’d like to say I haven’t had any problems with my MacBook, but in June I had to replace the hard drive and today I found the third crack to the case. I felt bad that my relatively new MacBook is cracked in three places because i I keep it on the coffee table or have it in a padded laptop bag and handled it carefully. I felt bad because I thought it was somehow my fault, that is until I searched flickr for macbook + crack and found many other computers with the exact same cracks.

There is even a flickr group called My MacBook Was Cracked By Itself

Turns out after looking around a bit that two of the cracks are cause by the magnets pressing the small ridges into the plastic and cracking the case.

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Baja Baked Black Beans

This makes a large batch of beans, but they can be used as a side dish, in burritos and I’ve made some very good quesadilla s with the beans, fresh tomatoes and cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups black beans, soaked overnight
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, coursely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cumin seed
  • 2 tbsp pure chile powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp chiplotle puree
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

Procedure

  1. In a large pot, place the soaked beans, cilantro, cumin, chile powder, dried oregano, garlic, and onion. Cover with cold water by one inch. bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until beans are tender (about one hour). Add more water to keep beans covered if necessary. Add 2 tsp (10 ml) salt in the final 15 minutes of cooking.
  2. Next, pre-heat the oven to 350F. Stir the remaining ingredients onto pot. Taste the sauce and season if necessary. Carefully ladle the beans into a large glass baking dish. Place in a large baking tray (to catch spills) cover with foil and bake. After one hour, remove foil and check liquid content. If the beans are still very runny, leave them baking in the oven, and check them every 15 minutes until they reach desired consistency. Let the beans rest for 10 minutes before serving, or refrigerate and reheat as needed.

Source: Rebar Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanwicz

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Sync Sunbird Calendars with Your iPod

I’ve started to use Mozilla Sunbird for my windows calendar application because I can share ical calendars between Windows and Mac on my webDAV. The problem was there was no way of automatically sharing my calendar with my iPod. With a little searching, I was able to find an extension called Automatic Backup that will enable you to copy your calendar to other applications (like your iPod) as well as save multiple dated copies for backup.

After installing the extension and restarting Sunbird, you need to open the options for Automatic Backup and set the folder location which should be the calendar folder on your iPod. You just need to ensure that you have the “enable disk use” option checked in iTunes, so that you can access the calendar folder through Windows Explorer.

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How to Convert Video for your iPod

There is an endless supply of video converters to choose form, some are free and others are not. I’ve tried many different programs and most are almost identical except for your choice of ugly interfaces. One that I have chosen for its simplicity is Free iPod Video Converter from Jodix. With a title like that it’s pretty clear what this program will do.

After installing the program and opening it the process is pretty simple. Like I said there are a lot of software choices, but if you need a simple program with limited options, this is your best bet.

  1. Click add files
  2. Navigate your computer to find the video file you wish to convert. (You can select mulitple files if you hold down the control key while selecting). Click open.
  3. In the second window you can choose a destination folder for your files, as well as video and audio setting that will give you the desired quality and file size and click next. (View Image)
  4. Enter your desired tags and click okay. (View Image)
  5. You will now be brought back to the main program window where you can choose to choose to convert your video, or if you need to make changes you can select the video you wish to edit and click edit to go through the wizard to make your desired changes.
  6. After clicking the convert button, you will see a preview of your file as it is converted. (View Image)

The conversion is going to take a while so you might want to queue a few files so you can convert them overnight. When the conversion is done, you can drag them into iTunes and they will transfer to your iPod next time you sync up.

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Tomato Chutney

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs unripe tomatoes (6 medium, the greener the better)
  • 2 tbs minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • cayenne to taste
  • 2 tbs minced garlic

Procedure

  • Dice the tomatoes, and place them in a medium-sized saucepan with all remaining ingredients, except the garlic
  • Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes or until everything is well mingled and very soft. Add garlic during the last 5 to 10 minutes of cooking. Cool, then transfer to a sterile jar with a lid, and chill.

This is a really simple recipe and and a great way to use your tomatoes you’ve harvested form the garden. the best part is that it requires unripe tomatoes, so you don’t get stuck with boxes of ripe tomatoes.

Source: The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen (pg. 98)

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CBC: Search Engine

Search Engine is another new program on CBC with, as the name suggests a more technological theme. The topics in the first two episodes have included Internet privacy, blogging in China and an essay about digital rights by Cory Doctorow. Search Engine also tries to do something a little different than other CBC shows in that they want user to contribute content.Years ago CBC tried a show like Search Engine hosted by To Maffin called TodRadio. I enjoyed the show at the time, but I don’t think cbc listeners were ready for it

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Start Fresh and Stop Hiding

I’ve had many websites in the past ten years, but always tried to stay anonymous. I didn’t hide the site from friends and family, but as a teacher I always worried about students and co-workers finding my site. I’m not sure why I worried because it’s just a fact that if you post something online, it’s there for anyone that wants to find it and I always posted with that in mind. This may be the reason my previous site became so neglected that even my wife removed her bookmark to my old site.

So, After many years of writing about things that happen to me, I’ve decided to change things a bit and start with a clean slate. I’m always helping friends and family with their technology problems and have recently started using a mac most of the time, so I have lots of advice for myself and others that I can share and post for future reference. I had recently added a podcast to share great songs and interesting snippets of other podcasts. I will definitely continue to post audio, but it will take some time before I set things up and workout an efficient workflow. Finally, what website would be complete without links to all the popular daily links.

I’m hoping that a fresh start will give me the push to start posting again and that this won’t be the first and last entry.

Scott Woods-Fehr

P.S. expect to see the site go through temporary changes as I set things up and find the right theme.

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CBC: Spark

Spark, hosted by Nora Young, is a new weekly podcast from CBC that takes a look at the way technology, tends and he way they affect our lives. It may be a podcast, but it also airs on the radio, but it’s interesting to see that the CBC is offering their new shows in a downloadable format.Though the show is described as a show about technology, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have something for most people and doesn’t delve too deep in to the world of nerds. The first episode included a story about people raising chickens in the city. Two people mentioned this segment to me since my neighbour has recently acquired four chickens for his backyard.So if you enjoy DNTO, Nora Young’s former show, you will likely find a few interesting stories if you subscribe to this podcast.

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Plagerism and Sodomy

Last week in Arts class I demonstrated different shading techniques and wanted my students to use hatching, cross-hatching and stippling to make a value scale of 10 progressively darker boxes. Some students needed to see my sample up close so I photocopied my sample and distributed the pages to students that needed them.

After I handed them out, I realized that unless I looked closely, the photocopy looked like an original and I wished I had added a watermark. I wasn’t the only one to think this because within minutes a student jokingly tried to pass it off as his. He told me he was kidding and said he knew that would be cheating. He struggled to find the right word for it and started out saying, “plag… plager no that doesn’t sound right. Sod… sodo”. I then tried to help him and said, “are you thinking of plagiarism?” he said, “no isn’t it sodomy?”

I tried to hold back a laugh while having to convince him that it wasn’t sodomy, but plagiarism.

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