December 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Blog | No comment

In root on my dedi, I’m normally well behaved. Then I slipped up. Though a normal set of circumstances, I end up deleting *everything* in /usr/bin (the unix equivalent of deleting all executables in system32).

All I was doing was upgrading transmission on my server. To make this happen I needed to delete the old bin files off my server. Found them in /usr/bin, but instead of rm transmission-* I ended up doing rm *. Then you wonder why nothing works, oh wait I just deleted every core unix application on my dedicated server of course nothing will work.

So yeah, stupid me. How did I get out of this situation. Thankfully I know people running Arch x64, got in contact with him, he sent me his /usr/bin folder. Then just to make sure, found a script online to reinstall every single package. All 600 of them (apart from arch key manager, that rubbish always hangs when updating).

Disaster averted, lesson learnt, I’m an idiot.

December 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Blog | No comment

May 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Blog | No comment

Don’t ask. I still don’t know why.

May 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Blog | No comment

March 31, 2012 at 8:02 am | Blog | No comment

You would have thought Apple would give you some way of sharing your iTunes library easily between Mac and Windows… or was that me being a bit optimistic there.

Anyway, quick search on the internet to see if people had ways of sharing iTunes libraries between operating systems. Answer wasn’t really much.

However, I’ve stumbled upon this nice little tool called Link Shell Extension (free) which has allowed me to symbolically link the iTunes folder on my Mac partition, onto my Windows partition.

Easy enough to do. Once you’ve installed LSE, right click the iTunes folder on your mac partition, and select ‘Pick Link Source’. Then in the Music folder on Windows, right click, select ‘Drop as’, then ‘Hardlink’. A voila.

Pretty much working near flawlessly so far for me, as you can see, my full library along with playlists. Seems to have synced my apple ID as well, but wouldn’t count on it working properly.

Only issue I’ve come across is iTunes can’t write to the database. Not sure why, since I’ve got Paragon HFS installed so I can write to the disk. Like I said, minor issue. I want to listen to my music on Windows, not really add stuff.

So, there you go. I’m now listening to my iTunes library on windows on my macbook on a megabus going to Leeds. It’s now a shame I didn’t charge my mac up fully last night, but I can live with that.

March 31, 2012 at 8:02 am | Blog | No comment

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