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Things I Have Learned #5432

// October 10th, 2011 // 3,925 Comments » // Computers, Kids, Life

Never leave Find My iPhone open on a web browser with Archie around.

My MP3 Dilemma

// September 29th, 2010 // 294 Comments » // Computers, Geekery, Music, Obsessions

I’ve been an avid collector of music files since the late 90′s and never delete anything, but rather file it all for posterity. The end result, 14 years later, is an external hard drive with 306GB of MP3 files on it (around 50,000 in all), carefully filed in folders by artist and album.

When I was on Windows, I had everything in Advanced MP3 Catalog Pro so I could search the entire collection for specific artists. Eventually with the purchase of my first iPod, I switched over to iTunes, but didn’t add everything to the library – only what I wanted to sync with my iPod. I can just choose “sync all”. So I’ve only got around 2,000 songs in iTunes.

Now I’m on Mac, I can’t seem to find a simple cataloguing program that will index my MP3 files by metatag so I can easily search them. I’m considering putting everything into iTunes, but will it cope with 50,000 tracks, or will it just run like a dog? MediaMonkey seems great but it is Windows only.

I’m beginning to think that the answer is obvious – CULL MY COLLECTION and get rid of all those albums that I have never and will (probably) never listen to. It’s the logical thing to do. Yet it fills me with heartbreak!

Oh what to do?

Moving Mail From An Outlook PST To Mac Mail

// March 4th, 2010 // 150 Comments » // Computers

I recently installed Mac OSX 10.6 aka Snow Leopard onto my PC in a valiant feat of crazy nerdiness. Just to see if I could. I was an instant convert to the world of OSX – luckily, because I haven’t got round to trying to get my dual boot working back into my Windows 7 installation (I think I’ll just stick with Parallels Pro).

Anyway I wanted to get my old mail from Outlook on the Windows 7 system disk into my Mac Mail program. What a drama! Explored paid software, crazy “export it all to Gmail and then import it all again” schemes (1.5GB of mail! Not!) and various other schemes. I spent quite a bit of time figuring this out. Here’s what eventually worked, for my own records.

1) Install demo version of Parallels Pro and use Windows 7 disk to set up a virtual install
2) Install Thunderbird on the virtual Windows 7 machine and import Outlook PST file into it
3) Install Thunderbird on OSX
4) Copy Windows Thunderbird profile folder over the OSX Thunderbird profile folder
5) Open Thunderbird, delete any unwanted email (could be done at step 2) and then compact the folders
6) Install an incredibly useful FREE utility, Eudora Mailbox Cleaner
7) Close all mail apps and drag OSX Thunderbird profile folder over the Eudora Mailbox Cleaner icon
8) Once it’s finished, open Mail and rebuild each of the imported mailboxes (Mailbox — Rebuild)

Voila! All the Outlook mail will now appear in Mail. Do yourself a favour and get Eudora Mailbox Cleaner if you’re trying to get mail from anything into Mail on OSX. I highly recommend it.