Digitizing Vinyl Revisited

The past few days has seen me revisit an old project.  This has mostly been due my decision to stop streaming music and to actually buy my music on vinyl and CD’s (has a second option). Why?  You may ask.  Well for two reasons, both are equally important. The first is due to recent issues with security of various websites and my wish to depend less on the web as whole and keep things off line if possible. The second is control,  basically, I want to control what I listen to and when.  It also means that in some cases no one knows what I  am listening  too unless I  login into lastfm which seems to be not a lot unless it on my phone (too lazy to login most of the time). Back to what I control what I listen to, by this I mean I don’t rely on stupid digital rights saying that I cann’t listen or download music in one country and not another and don’t have to pay for several steaming services just to listen to my favourite bands because of exclusive deals.

Anyway, I installed the software that I was using before and it hasn’t changed much and the only thing I had to do was make sure that the correct device was selected (have to check this each time you have a digitizing session it does not keep your settings in the instance).  The other thing that I found and I am strongly suspecting that its due to memory size is that I was unable to play the record while I was recording as it stopped after a couple of minutes.

Once the music was successfully recorded, I split the tracks up as they need to be using wikipedia or the CD/album listing for timings but if you use wikipedia then you get to copy and paste the track title. So much easier than guessing the timings by looking at the recording and typing the song title. Once each track was done I saved as otherwise it was saved as audacity file but I was saved mine as ogg-vorbis files. Making sure each file had .ogg at the end or it will not show in Amarok or anything else for that matter. Also make sure album title are the same or you get stuff listed twice.



Does Microsoft really love Linux?

Just recently I have started to wonder if Microsoft really does love Linux or whether it’s got something going on behind the scenes which would enable it to take it and destroy or totally control it.

Let’s start with the recent announcements regarding red hat,  etc.  Do they really need to partner up for the stated reason or are they just trying to inch their way in to these Linux companies with the aim of eventually squashing them so that companies and the home users has to use Microsoft crappy products? Let’s face it,  they are still spreading  lies about litre office in Europe.  I have read articles stating that Microsoft actually blackmailing those with power or influence to get companies and government departments to use their rubbish bloated office applications. Even where I work seems to have changed over to more Microsoft stuff, I think this come from outside of the IT department because one or two staff aren’t impressed.

Another example is with Android. What’s with the likes of Samsung putting Microsoft apps on their devices ?  This only gives users another excuse to root and remove software that they don’t want,  including me!  Thankfully I got a phone last year before this blackmail by Microsoft kicked but when the time comes for a new device then it is likely that I  will be going for a nexus phone. I am strongly suspecting that the scum bags at microsoft are using patents to get their way. Personally I think that software patents are bad for the user and the advancement of technology and should be out right BANNED!

So where will this lead? I think a majority of the population don’t care enough to do anything but those of us who do will find ways to control what we have and not use what we believe to be to be products that are inferior and bloated.


Two things I learnt today

This post is more for my benefit than any ones but you may learn.

The first thing I learnt was that the Ubuntu install will transfer or keep the home folder of the previous version that you are replacing.

The second thing that I found was after I tried to open a pdf that I had transferred to my laptop using kdekennet had some issues.  It appears that the transfer messed up the file somewhere along the line which basically made it unreadable.

Dealing with the first, I kept that snippet of information ready for Kubuntu 15.10 to rear its head. When it came to the time to upgrade I started of with a system upgrade but this went wrong, badly. All was going well until the install stopped…no obvious reason. I did some checking and a reboot, I found that the system had a kernel panic and the way I could get to my stuff was to select an earlier kernel and boot up as normal. Yes, I should have backed up before but I was not paying attention and went head long into the update like a crazed maniac. Don’t do this, think before you do something important. In the end I downloaded the new release and totally reinstalled the system, I made the choice of not having a separate home partition for the simple reason that I have decide that I don’t really need to. i have instead decided to get a second external harddrive and keep my photos and music and that and have it permanently connected. Back up will be the drive I have now and hopefully in the near future a home server that is not connected to the outside web.

With the second issue, I found the solution to transferring PDF to android devices to be easier with Airdroid which I think I have mentioned before. This solution though, does not work very easy at all when transferring music. To do this it is best to connect the phone via a usb cable. I am sure that the PDF transfer was affected when I sent it to the laptop via the bluetooth connection. The KDE connect thing though is really useful for control music and using the phone as a touch pad thingy and does work well for transferring photographs


What Goes Around Comes Around

It all started a couple of months or so ago when Spotify wanted more permissions to my phone than I thought acceptable, and so others thought as well. Many articles appeared on line concerning the matter, some bloke from the company did a blog post, news thing on the Spotify site to try to calm things down people still cancelled their accounts, many deleting altogether. This happened at a time I was trying to justify keeping my subscription for the amount of use I was getting out off it. Needless to say I cancelled, keeping it for the sole reason of still getting the emails to tell me when my favourite bands released new stuff but I haven’t used it for streaming since.

I thought I would try google music, same price but why? I haven’t used it any more so what is the point? So after 6 weeks of trial time that went as well. I have mostly been playing vinyl at home and podcasts in the car. I haven’t really had time to turn my laptop on so not much playing that music. I actually found my mind toying with the idea of downloads once again but I am not really keen on MP3’s (ogg is my my preferred format). I have been using Bandcamp but alot of what I want ain’t there so there seems to be one site that I could think off…Emusic!

I was slightly happy to return and get downloads and actually found a more refined way of installing and using the emusic downloader. (found here ). It seems similar to mine that I posted a long time ago but easier. However, after the recent attacks on various sites I have decided to remove my card details from all sites such as emusic.com. The result is that once again I am going to have to get my music via CD’s and other sources until emusic buck their ideas up and allow paypal in the UK. But there again, at least with CD’s I will always have a hard copy back up.