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2016.03.06 Merging M4V files (with chapters) on a Mac

Merging M4V files (with chapters) on a Mac

I was in the middle of doing the exact same thing as this guy (copying all of my movies to my computer so they would be accessible via AppleTV... instead of having my kids scratch the discs), and I got to a movie he mentioned - Lord of the Rings (and Dances with Wolves... though my kids don't watch either of those movies). I love named chapters in movies, and wanted to have both a combined file, and have chapters. Simple walk-through right here. The added bonus is him pointing the way to iDentify, since MetaX has become abandonware. #

2016.03.05 OpenEmu

OpenEmu

I know this came out a while ago, but I was just reminded of it (in my massive browser tab clean-up and conversion). I love old video games. I only wish there was a way to legally purchase the ROMs of the games I like the most. Still, this is super cool. #

2015.02.21 QLMarkdown

QLMarkdown

If you use OS X, and a lot of markdown files, you'll probably benefit from this handy quick look extension. Don't just see the markdown as a text file, but see it as the nicely formatted document your markdown turns into. I've had it on my computer for a couple years, but I never thought to link to it (and feared that I'd forget it if I ever changed computers). #

2012.06.12 Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

Merge MP3 Files with the "cat" Unix Command

I enjoy listening to audio books, and wanted a way to mash all of those three-minute tracks together. It's a multi-step process, but worth it to narrow down the number of files. Here are the steps I take:

  1. I organize all of my MP3s into nicely named folders, like "Chapter 1". Tricky, I know.
  2. Now, you should remove all the ID3 tags (the meta data inside each MP3 that has the Title, Artist, etc). I use my favorite ID3 tag editor - Media Rage. In the Data Remover tool, just set the MP3 ID3v2 and ID3v1 tag to "None", and process all of your nicely named/organized MP3s.
  3. Now go through the step explained on this page. Basically, cd into each directory, and then run that happy "cat" command. If I continue our example, I'd go with "cat * Chapter01.mp3". Avoid spaces in the file name (I don't want to go into escaping spaces). Do that with each folder you want combined.
  4. You're done, but I'd go through and move each of your new files into a folder, and go back and re-add ID3 tags. Again, use Media Rage. It's awesome (especially at this point, where it can read the file names, and put them into the ID3 tags automagically. Yes. It's magic.)

Or, you could do it a different, super simple way, and pay $6 for the great OS X application Audiobook Builder. I admit I like to have the combined MP3s in addition to the nicely formatted M4B file. So, after I go through the above steps, I throw them into Audiobook Builder, and get that iTunes/iOS-friendly file (so I can play the files at double-speed). #

2010.06.04 Poison Apple

Poison Apple

This would have been an entertaining t-shirt, except few people would have understood it. (Let's just say, Adobe's Flash and Apple's mobile products don't get along, and there's been more of a stink about it lately.) #

2010.06.01 Ashes - Fever App for iPad

Ashes - Fever App for iPad

A native iPad app for reading your Fever feeds. It's been my one desire about Fever, is that something like Byline (which works with Google Reader) was available for it. There soon will be. Another point in iPad's favor (for me). #

2010.04.29 Steve Jobs - Thoughts on Flash

Undoubtedly you'll see another link to this one, but Steve Jobs publicly defends Apple's position on Flash. It's a well constructed piece, and finishes even better: "New open standards created in the mobile era, such as HTML5, will win on mobile devices (and PCs too). Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind." #

2010.04.27 Transmit 4.0

Transmit 4.0

I've been beta testing it for the past few months. If you own a Mac, and ever do any sort of FTP, you should buy this software. I love the new Transmit Disk they added in this version. Hot stuff. Great work by a great company. #

2010.03.16 Junecloud Automator Actions

I was looking for a quick way to make sure not to include those annoying .ds_store files and _MACOSX hidden folder when creating a zipped file to share. These simple actions came to the rescue. #

2009.07.05 Frontrow on Secondary Display (Leopard) - Mac - Apple

My main computer is a MacBook, but I wanted to use the built-in Frontrow application on the secondary monitor (while still having the laptop on/open). This little bit of code made it possible.

defaults write com.apple.frontrow FrontRowUsePreferredDisplayID ?

Just find the display ID, with the displaysInfo utility (RapidShare link). Geeky, and inapplicable to most, but helpful to me. #

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