iTunes – Copying ID3 Tags in your MP3s from ID3v1 to ID3v2 in Perl

Written by max on May 2, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

MP3’s have been around almost 15 years now. In the beginning there was a slot in the top of the MP3 file where you could hold the Artist, Album Name, Title, Track Number, etc. This is called the ID3 tag, and is part of every MP3 file. Fast forward some years and the ID3 standard has changed a number of times from

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iTunes – Setting the Compilation Flag on MP3’s using Perl

Written by max on May 2, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

If you have an album that’s a compilation or DJ mix, then Cover Flow gets confused and does not group all the tracks together into an album because there is a different “Artist” for each track.

iTunes gets around this by setting it’s own custom flag in the ID3 tag : the TCMP frame in ID3v2 to be specific.

The Script

The following script uses MP3::Tag to set the TCMP flag on

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ITunes – Embedding Folder.jpg into your MP3s for Cover Flow

Written by max on April 29, 2009

Update

I’ve consolidated this script into a new one. GO HERE : http://warped.org/blog/2009/05/03/itunes-fixing-id3-tags-in-mp3s-take-two/

Overview

Let’s say that you have a well organized MP3 collection that you previously used with something like nAMP / Apache::MP3 that already has album art in each directory. Or better yet, you have a friend who does!

You may have collected album art for every album that you have, but good old Itunes will not recognize that. It will only find album art based on the

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ch0wned Part 2 – GTK+ and GLIB in your own home directory

Written by max on March 4, 2009

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access.

For today’s installment we go over getting some basic libraries up to shape. If your Linux distro is old enough, you can’t use 3rd party binaries like Adobe Acrobat Reader (acroread), Firefox, and Flash because the GTI+ and GLIB libraries that they are compiled against are just too damned old. So we have to both install local copies, and

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ch0wned – A Linux distro in your home directory

Written by max on March 4, 2009

I’m coining a new term here : ch0wned (or ch0wn3d depending on how l33t you are).   

ch0wned. adj. This is the state when you are a linux user and don’t have root access. 

This is the case for a lot of people working Corporate jobs as engineers, including me.   I realized chr00ted is a more appropriate term, but then I couldn’t work 0wned into it.

So this post is the first in a serious of HOWTOs about maintaining a Linux distro out

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The free one-handed keyboard

Written by max on October 6, 2008

One Handed Typing

After a recent mountain biking accident I found myself typing with my left hand only.   Well, not just typing but doing everything else really.

Figuring that there are plenty of people in this world who are in the same boat permanently or temporarily  I googled around for “the” solution.    The ironically long-named domain www.aboutonehandtyping.com seems to be the Google-elected source on the subject followed shortly by www.onehandedkeyboard.com, half-qwerty.com, and www.bltt.org.  There seems to be a number of hardware solutions

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