Archive for August, 2007

Adjusting MP3 default volume and rearranging the music

August 25, 2007 Leave a comment

A quick update on some freeware tools I’ve been using with great satisfaction.

If you’ve ever been annoyed by MP3 files that come with different default volumes, screwing up your listening pleasure, and/or you’ve always wanted to divide a specific mp3 file because it’s either a mega mix kind of thing, an album or some other type that you just want to slice and dice, please consider the following tools:

MP3Gain analyzes and adjusts mp3 files so that they have the same volume.

Mp3Splt-project is a utility to split mp3 and ogg files selecting a begin and an end time position, without decoding.

Trust me when I say that these are great tools, work fast and generally just get the job done!

I was using something else to split the files, I believe another program called mp3 ripper, but mp3 split just does it so much faster and more accurately. Thanks open source community!

Categories: Software

Accessibility with GPT type Drives on Win XP?

August 24, 2007 Leave a comment

A quicky: when you encounter accessibility issues with GPT Drives (something to do with Windows Vista) on other systems, you have to somehow “clean” them before you can even format them (which is useful or even mandatory for new drives etc).

In Windows XP, you have to do the following:

  1. Go to command prompt >Start > Run
  2. Type: “diskpart”
  3. Type: “list disk” (Here you’ll see all the disks with their drive numbers)
  4. Type: “select disk 1” (or disk 0, of 2 of 3 etc. Just select the GPT type of hard drive in question)
  5. Type: “clean” (GPT partition will be erased)

Now you can format it and use it! Mwhahaha, am I not smart? Am I not brilliant? Yes I am!

“Ehm dude, you found this on the GOT board. Stop patting yourself on the back for something like copying someone’s solution!”

Geez alright, I was just going to address that! A big thank you to a GOT poster called Undertaker2!

Securing Gmail!

August 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Never really noticed, but I’ve been using GMail without SSL all this time! Now that is embarrassing!

“Wow, you ignorant newbie. And to think I’m your alter ego, how do you think that makes me feel?”

Anyway, this problem is easily solved by just changing it from http to https: so the URL is then and bookmark that instead!

And if you don’t know what SSL is, then let me just simply tell you that it’s a widely accepted standard that secures online communications (including the sending of files and stuff).

Categories: IT Security

WotD: Omniscient

August 2, 2007 Leave a comment

Today’s Word of the Day is: Omniscient!

Omniscient: having complete or unlimited knowledge, awareness, or understanding; perceiving all things.

If you read the previous WoTD, then there’s no need for me to repeat the whole paradox issue with this concept.

However, there’s something insanely funny, or better said, ironic about the concept of having unlimited knowledge: Those who have unlimited knowledge, can never actually KNOW they have unlimited knowledge. Since if they KNEW they somehow had unlimited knowledge, it wouldn’t be unlimited anymore!

“Blasphemy! How dare you rebel against me!”

Anyway, that’s an ironic paradox for you!

Categories: WOTD