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What Doctors Don’t Tell You

September 24, 2013

After a blogging absence of literally just over a year, in which time the world has failed to end, no-one has sent out a search party to ascertain whether I still breathe, and I’ve received the distinct impression that I have not made one iota of difference to the lot of mankind, I have got my letter-writing hat on to add my voice to the merry throng of skeptics upset at the magazine “What Doctors Don’t Tell You”. Specifically, we are objecting to the fact that Tesco stock this magazine, which is a repository of bad and wrong health advice.

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My epic MP3 conversion quest – part 3: Mr T ate my metadata

October 4, 2011

If you’re new to this craziness, start by reading part 1. If that doesn’t leave you feeling faintly nauseous, try part 2. If you’re still a glutton for punishment, continue and at least you’ll have some idea what’s going on.

After a brief flurry of activity in which I actually ripped all of the CDs I had at the time into WAVs, the project languished while I tried to figure out a way of getting all of the XML files into shape. The thing which restarted my interest in the project, and gave me a way out of the murky darkness was Subversion.

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My epic MP3 conversion quest – part 2: I made you some metadata but I eated it

July 25, 2010

Those of you not keen or demented enough to have read the first blogpost in this series may wish to do so now, otherwise this may seem even more incomprehensible than it actually is. At the end of that post, I had many of my CDs in convenient MP3 form, but the situation wasn’t entirely satisfactory and my way of going about it quite convoluted, so inevitably it didn’t get used for new CDs. Thus a backlog developed.

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My epic MP3 conversion quest – part 1: All your metadata are belong to us

July 2, 2010

This is the first of three posts in which I explain my quest to convert all of my CDs into MP3s, mostly in the hope that it will dissuade others from following in my footsteps. So far, the MP3 conversion 2.0 project (the second run-through of it, details will be revealed) has been running for about three years, in which time absolutely no MP3s have been output. It has, however, resulted in large number of XML files being generated, and used up large chunks of my free time.  This post describes the background to the project, which is basically MP3 conversion 1.0. The second post will describe the initial phases of conversion 2.0. The final post, hopefully, will be written once MP3s are being generated and will cover the events leading up to this (supposed) happy state of affairs.

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