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So I started buying music again…

I had a pretty large music collection – about 50GB. I honestly don’t even know how I got some of it, and there are undoubtedly songs I have and have never heard.

Over the course of several years, I have tried to rate all of the songs in my collection. Sometimes this was so I knew what to sync to my mp3 player with less storage than the full collection. Sometimes it was because I wanted to actually try to listen to all of it, and rating it as I went was the best way. Sometimes it was because I actually wanted to weed out the collection; deleting the stuff I had but didn’t actually like.
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More Fun with Pidgin and Dropbox

I explained how I use Dropbox and Pidgin in combination in the Synchronicity post. That works pretty well, but the trouble is that it syncs EVERYTHING. There are some things I don’t want want to sync. For example, when I am at work, I filter all of my browser traffic and IM connections through an SSH tunnel, so my knuckle-head IT guy can’t see what I am doing. This means that the global proxy setting in Pidgin is set to use SOCKS v5. I don’t want that at home. Also, I have Pidgin configured with my company’s IM server, which I DEFINITELY don’t want at home. I have actually gotten stuck working on a weekend before, because I opened up Pidgin on my home PC, it auto-logged me in to the work IM server and my boss was online.

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Batch script to open most recent file

I receive an issues list 2 to 5 times per week from one of my clients. For a while I was deleting the previous version, saving the new one, and renaming it. This way, the list was always up to date. That was a pain. Then I started dumping the files into one folder, and worrying about which was the correct one whenever I actually had to open it. That was better when saving the file, but worse when opening it. Then I sorted the folder by date modified, and it worked, but I never trust Windows explorer to work as anticipated, so I double-checked it every time.

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