Moved My iTunes Library

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Took me a while but thanks to Spotify I had time to ignore my damn iTunes since I really hated it and it was basically killing my machine. And thankfully a lot of syncing is done wirelessly and you don’t have to sync new devices to iTunes to get them working like you had to previously, so I ignored this as long as possible. But at this stage my machine was literally on its last leg so I had to move my iTunes to a different machine.

The Steps:

  • Before the move, choose “Keep iTunes Media folder Organized” & “Copy files to iTunes Media folder”
  • Then chose a new location, on the network storage device. In my case the Synology unit I use for my Media
  • Then click “Consolidate Library” under “Library”, give it about a day for the whole move to be done and let it settle
  • The move is done
  • On the new machine make sure your iTunes library is pointed to the same folder on the network which in my case is in the Synology Unit
  • Copy the iTuneLibrary.itl file from inside the iTunes folder in my machine to the iTunes Folder in the new machine but be sure iTunes is off on the new machine
  • Then when you start the machine it will have the same counts and details on the new machine, and test everything out. The Music Videos took a minute to find since it didn’t find it the first place, then it started finding them automatically
  • The move is done and the old machine is gone

Diablo III – Impressions

In 1996 Diablo was released, then in 2000 Diablo 2 was released and both of them were at the top of the list during their release. I have been waiting over a Decade for Activition/Blizzard to release Diablo 3, honestly its taken so long and they are bit slow but it was worth the wait. And a lot of people went nuts, in the last 72 hours I managed to get an average of 4 to 8 hours of gaming a day, I mean I would be online if I wasn’t doing something major. At one point on Wednesday I totally forgot to eat or do anything else, pretty much felt like a Zombie and playing nonstop, I don’t think I have clicked my mouse as many times in the last 72 hours as I have the past two years, and I’m loving every moment of it.

The game itself is nice and smooth, they kept everything that was great about it and made it better, exactly what they said they would do. It’s smooth, and fun, you can play coop missions with your friends online up to four people. I chose the Monk because of his capabilities and I like the guy that I built up, and if the monk wasn’t available I would have been a Barbarian, I do love jumping in the middle between monsters and going crazy, that is always a lot of fun. I haven’t been obsessed with a game as much as I have as this one, I try to think of myself as a gamer, but time isn’t on my side but this case I forgot to do everything else and pretty much just gamed online nonstop with Diablo 3. Reading in forums some people finished the game in 72 hours, they pretty much put real life on hold to play this game, I wish I had that kind of free time, but I will have to make do and level up as fast as I can. If you have any inclination to Diablo then you will seriously love this game.

Diablo III – Nothing Left Until Its Released

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, 15th of May 2012 is the release date of one of the most anticipated games in PC Gaming History. I don’t think there is any person who hasn’t had heard of Diablo over the last Decade and a half, and Diablo II was amazing. I remember spending so many hours and nights playing that gaming and loving every moment, I’m going to do a little research for this game to figure out the best characters for me to work on because you are going to have to invest your time and work on them. So in less then two months I will have this game and hopefully I will be playing it.

Organizing Your Books

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At some point in time I used to know a large amount of the books I have, but now I have piles of them sitting on different parts of the room and some of them getting dangerously high. When I go through a few piles, I realize there were some books I wanted to read and follow up on at a later stage. I know the books that I read but the ones that go unread sometimes disappear and I forget to follow up on them, until I find them later hidden inside a cabinet or the back of a shelf. So to organize this large mess of items there are two softwares that I have been looking at, one is the usually awesome Delicious Library which has advanced greatly but there is one other very viable option which is Collectorz Home Library, two options to choose from.

Delicious Library 2
Price: $35

Pros:

  • Can categorize anything: Books, Movies, Music, Electronics, Toys, Tools, & Video Games
  • Scanning through the computer Camera
  • Smart Shelf to Organize your Items

Cons:

  • Mac Only
  • No App for the iPad, iPhone, or Android, Just exporting to the iPhone

Collectorz Home Library
Price: $49
Pros:

  • Works on Both Mac & Windows
  • App for iPad, iPhone, & Android
  • Very good categorizing

Cons:

  • Only for Books (If you just want it for books then this doesn’t matter to you)
  • You have to enter the ISBN number or enter it through a scanner, not through the computer camera
  • There are other versions from Collectorz but have to be purchased individually

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer

StarCraft II’s Heart of the Swarm trailer is everything I would want from this latest step forward in Blizzard’s real-time strategy game. I haven’t had the time I want to play StarCraft II, but I know I am going to put the time in to finish the single player game before the launch of this Expansion Pack, new units, new maps, and it does modify the game play. Damn the trailer looks good!

OCZ: 100GB SSD + 1TB Drive Combined On PCI-E

Sounds like something made by Dr. Frankenstein yet it is very very interesting what OCZ has put together. Combining an SSD Drive with a normal HD on a board connected to a PCI-E, giving you theorectical speeds up to 910MB/s which is above and beyond what can be attained from a usual Sata connection. So you get the benefits of both SSD and HD on one board, and OCZ have their special algorithim which learns the way you use your machine so it keeps the hot data on the SSD and the cold data on the HD so it can be faster then any other normal hard drive. I like the way OCZ is thinking and the possibilities of this machine and it can be in your PC just for $499. Its an interesting concept but I don’t think I would install at the moment, but still I wouldn’t mind seeing the tested results of this fusion of technology.

“The RevoDrive Hybrid leverages the best attributes of both solid state drives and traditional hard drive technology to deliver dynamic data-tiering on a single easy to deploy PCIe storage drive,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. “Leveraging Dataplex software to efficiently manage frequently accessed data delivers superior performance and capacity, making the RevoDrive Hybrid the ideal solution for high performance computing and media content creation.”

Link: OCZ

Archos G9 80 & 101

I have been looking an Android Tablets for a while now and waiting for Honeycomb to come out with them. There have been a lot of options for the past few months but nothing that really struck my eye. There were a few tablets but then I wasn’t sure, one turned out too heavy, or not powerful enough, or the design just didn’t click with me. At some point I know that I will be getting one and after seeing what Archos is coming out with I am very tempted to get their tablet, there are two versions and you can get a light one or the 250 GB tablet. $279 for the G9 80 with 16GB or $349 for the 250GB G9 101 which is very reasonable and you can get the 3G stick for an extra $49, overall its a very good tablet and lower priced with good specifications, and its supposed to be coming out at the end of September.

Specifications:

  • Available in 8″ and 10.1″ models
  • G9 tablets have a dual core 1.5GHz OMAP4 CPU
  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • USB port
  • HDMI out
  • Either 16GB flash storage (plus microSD slot) or a 250GB hard drive
  • 3G Ready

Link: Archos


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2010 Games in Human History

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Human history based on the top games of 2010, it really shows where we are planning on going. From “a long time ago” to the distant, unknown future of 2552. Below you’ll find a timeline of some of last year’s biggest games, showing where in humanity’s grand story they fit in. When looking at this list I’m really disappointed in myself, I haven’t finished one game of the games that I have purchased for 2010 which is a disaster, and I only picked up a few games. 2011 will be the year I finish the games I bought in 2010, I will play until my hands go numb!

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GeForce GT 430

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Now this is the perfect graphics card for an HTPC, simple, small, powerful, and cheap. Now you can play everything you wan’t through your Home Theater PC without worrying about the machine’s capabilities. NVidia have really made the perfect graphics card with it’s capabilities, 1080p movies without any effort and now in small forms. A few years ago you needed a real powerful graphics card to handle HD movies, and now they can offload the processing to graphics card since its more powerful

Important Bits:

  • 1 GB DDR3 Ram
  • Blu-Ray 3D Playback (HDMI 1.4a)
  • Loss-Less Audio
  • HDMI Audio Playback
  • Small Form Factor
  • $60

Server Build – HAZRACK

I have had this server case sitting on my floor for months on end now and not really getting around to it except a couple of days ago. 4U Rackmount case, the plan was to install two drives, and have a simple setup to use it as a fileserver for all the downloads, sort of a distribution center and on top of that I didn’t mind putting the machine together.

I took the graphics card, one Seagate 750GB HD, one Seagate 1TB HD, a CD-Rom Drive, and two 2GB DDR2 sticks from my old Bunker Server. There are only two new items which I had to purchase:

  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 Quad-Core Processor, 2.66 GHz, 12M L2 Cache
  • ASUS P5Q WS (Same Motherboard as my main WHS Server, HAZMAT)
  • Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

Putting it together didn’t take too long, but I just found out that my rack is a little smaller then expected. I knew it was network rack because I managed to get a cheap one but instead of being 800mm deep it turned out to be 600mm, that was my mistake but the server is still rack mountable since its really short but the rack kit for it won’t really fit so its just going to sit on of the rack mounted UPS.

We put it together and installed the OS, didn’t take too long but the configuration was going to take some time since I had to download all the different software and make sure it all works together. Then I faced a problem of the machine not starting up, I tried everything but it would only power on and not show anything on the screen, I check the error code on the board which said FF and that means the motherboard is fried. I was stumped, I couldn’t figure out what happened, next day K took a look and saw a loose screw which was touching the board and the PSU so it was shorting it out and when that was removed it booted normally which was fantastic. So its now mounted to the rack, ready to go for all my needs, nothing better then building a new machine.

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