Sunday, December 16, 2007

ITunes Tag Helper

Version (aiming low) of the ITunes Tag Helper is now available to download here. Two new features:
  • Remove files from the ITunes library which have been deleted from the HDD.
  • Add missing .mp3 files to the library from the HDD.
Usually disclaimer that this was built in a very short space of time and will probably crash on your system. It's only been run on Windows Vista and ITunes Backup your ITunes library before running some random code against it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

ITunes Tag Helper

While messing around trying to fix-up some song tags in ITunes at the weekend I threw (kinda literally) together a little project which makes use of the ITunes COM API - the ITunes Tag Helper. At the moment this pathetic little application has only 1 feature. It can look at the artist tag against all your tracks and if they are in the format QUEENS OF THE STONEAGE, will change them to Queens Of The Stoneage. Win32 binaries (version can be downloaded here. The source code (available under GPL3) can be found as part of the Google Code Project. If you have any ideas for the project then feel free to drop me an E-mail or raise a Type-Enhancement issue over at Google Code. Usually disclaimer that this was built in a very short space of time and will probably crash on your system. It's only been run on Windows Vista and ITunes Backup your ITunes library before running some random code against it.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Downloading now... :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Orange Box Review

Watch this video

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Party likes it 198Something. Bionic Commando

I was very happy to learn today that there will be a new Bionic Commando game. This was one of my favourite games on the C64 in which I couldn't get passed the second level. Yay for games Iain finds very hard.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Inbox Zero

Anyone who gets a lot of E-mail should watch this video.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007


I had to stop watching this after 60 seconds.

Friday, June 01, 2007


Some photos from our recent trip to Rome.

Interview with Steven and Bill

The following videos are a recent joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. If the embedded videos don't work then you can view the videos here.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007

Monday, February 12, 2007

Web 2.0 Video

Found via Dani, good video about web 2.0.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Running the DRM Gauntlet |

This is an interesting blog post from the Songbird (open source Media player based on Firefox) about struggling to support Microsoft's and Apple's DRM systems.
How does this work? We don't hack out the encryption keys or anything illegal. Songbird supports multiple playback cores so we simply use Apple's and Microsoft's own playback engines to do the decoding for us. We use VLC for playback of most file types, but now whenever you play a protected WMA or M4P file we swap in the Windows Media Player or QuickTime core. Sounds easy, right?
Running the DRM Gauntlet |

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Wii Code

Wii Me 4765 2327 0757 9490

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Chris Long comments on Vista

An article on the BBC News website caught my eye earlier. Chris Long gives a list of people who he thinks will be interested in the launch of Windows Vista.
I've made a list of the people that the launch was really of interest to. It's not a long one.
  • 1 - people who are thinking of buying a new PC
  • 2 - technology managers who have to install it in offices
  • 3 - geeks
  • And that's about it.
    I think he's missed one important person - anyone who ever uses a PC. The majority of people I know spend a lot of time working on a PC running Microsoft Windows. The launch of a new version of Windows (the first since October 2001!) which undoubtly will be adopted on the majority of desktops over the coming years is important technology news. Another point included is related to the DRM features of Vista.
    plus it doesn't let you watch High Def video for which the copyright has been broken.
    Windows Vista can not stop you watching High Def video for which the copyright is broken. The problem is that Windows Vista will reduce the quality of any protected media which does not follow a protected path. So if your amplifier / monitor don't have the minimum DRM capabilities, the quality of the audio or video will be degraded even if the hardware is more than capable of handing the higher quality. That DRM-less high end audio system might not sound good on Vista. That said, Chris makes a good point regarding the price of Vista in dollars being almost the same as the price of Vista in pounds. This despite the current 1:1.9 exchange rate. Vista is here. Everyone will eventually upgrade. In a few years time Microsoft will release another version of Windows. Apple will continue to gain market share.

    Thursday, February 01, 2007

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    And so it starts again

    Aha! The addiction resumes. After not playing since August, Azeroth beckons once again with the promise of new lands and greater glories. Below I present 3 screenshots from the Draenai home city - Exodar. Screenshot one features "niaiPaladin" - a fresh-faced Draenai Paladin exploring the new lands. We can be found on Outlands (Alliance) and Bloodfeather (Horde). (If the images are broken, it might be because the facebook / multiply / whatever importer hasn't picked up the images. See the original here).