All entries for April 2005

April 19, 2005

Something for iPod Shuffle owners..

Writing about web page http://shuffle-db.sourceforge.net/

I came back from holiday in Amsterdam this weekend, and on my way through Schipol before catching my flight I noticed they had 512MB iPod Shuffles on offer @ 95. I already have a regular iPod but i've been thinking about getting one of these since they came out.. and when I realised I had almost exactly 95 left I decided it had to be destiny and bought it :)

I was exceptionally dissapointed to realise last night as I tried to get it working at home that you need use the iTunes library facility and either have it sync a random chunk of your tunes to the Shuffle or drag and drop from the library.. great, as long as you actually use the library feature of iTunes.. which I don't!

So a quick Google found me the utility at the above website. Simply drag and drop the MP3's you want onto the Shuffle (as if it were a regular USB pen drive), copy the very small database building executable to the root of that drive, and then run it. Because of the simple technology behind the Shuffle, the little app can rebuild the index without the need for iTunes at all. I tried it last night, dropped about 40 tunes onto my Shuffle and away I went.. works like a charm :)


April 13, 2005

Bye bye Corrado…

Well in my bid to cut my costs, and to get something that doesn't have quite as much of a thirst for petrol, I decided to sell my car.

I tentatively put it up for sale on the Corrado Forum I help moderate on, and I also stuck an advert in the Autotrader.. two weeks passed, I got a few calls about the car but no viewers, and that was the end of that.

Then last week a lad in Bradford emailed me and asked for some more information on the car – I told him everything about it, and he arranged to come down and view it on Saturday afternoon. To be honest I figured this would be just someone who came to kick the tyres a bit and go out for a test drive.

In the end it was the opposite to that.. the guy and his brother came down. His brother was a a VW fan so he knew what he was looking for.. they looked around the car a bit, tested the electrics, I took em for a test drive, and then we went over the history. And then the deal was made, I took the cash, and they drove the car back to Bradford!

Its kind of strange to be honest. I felt sad for a short time.. i've had two Corrado's now and I really like them – they just look and go so much better than so many modern cars, and because so few people know anything about them, it makes it a bit of fun owning one. But you wouldn't believe how frustrating they can be. Because they are sporty, and because they've all been driven hard, there really aren't many unmolested examples out there.. and as a result a lot of people end up with knackered cars needing lots of stuff repairing on them. Couple that with expensive parts, a dealer network that actually knows nothing about the cars (Corrado went out of production in 1995) nor really wants anything to do with them..

Typical temptation now though.. one of the 2.9 litre VR6 versions has popped up through for the forum for sale in Nottingham at a real steal of a price.. i'm soooo tempted! The money is in the bank!! :(


April 01, 2005

GMail (and the top secret Infinity+1 storage plan)

Writing about web page http://gmail.google.com/

I don't know if any other GMail owners out there have noticed the new 'feature' on the GMail homepage which is a small counter that is very gradually incrementing the storage space for every GMail user 1MB at a time. Its currently up to 1,127MB and having just logged in to check my mail, I can confirm that I do now have an extra 127MB of storage space. Ok.. so thats a bit of an April Fools gag by Google… BUT… a spokesperson has said that they are going to, with immediate effect, look at bumping all accounts up to 2GB but would not like to consider that the maximum available for users and look at offering more for heavier users if they need it!

Its funny – I can't help but laugh how Google effective play with storage space and features which make the other 'free' email providers sweat as they try and work out how to offer the same features.. keep it up Google.. its entertaining :)


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