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Entering into the world of iMac

February 19, 2012 Leave a comment

8.35am on a Sunday morning. I’m up and fooling around with my new toy: iMac.

Having been a PC user all my life, I must admit that the Mac OS X interface took some getting used too. However, any concerns I had were easily addressed after an hour of flipping through “Mac OS for dummies” and surfing the web for specific information that I needed. Looking back, I must say that Mac OS user experience is truly intuitive and if I were a Mac User going on to Windows, it might not have been so easy for me.  #justsaying

This iMac came to me by chance as a 4th generation hand me down. If I’m not wrong, it is 4/5 years old (2007) and was resold as a refurbished unit. Since then it has changed hands at least 2 more times before the “last” owner finally released it to my custody. Reason: He wanted to buy a faster machine more suitable for coding….okay so I figured….what the heck! Its free, ain’t it? Let me take it over, fool around with the Mac OS and find out what the fuss is all about. I must say….LUCKY LUCKY ME!

The first thing I realized when I placed it on my table was….damn…doesn’t the iMac make my trusted PC look rather shoddy. Like an excited child during christmas, I plugged in the power cord and the iMac purred to life. I didn’t really know how to operate a Mac so I deftly clicked on any button I could find and quickly realised that the Mac was *gasps* indeed rather laggy. I was a tad bit disappointed but being a seasoned PC user, accustomed to Window’s legendary lagginess, I would say that I was not completely unfazed by the whole experience. Further checking of the specs proved my suspicion that the iMac was indeed running on, what I would consider, rather modest hardware, namely: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 duo processor, 1GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB drive.

Okay, Operation “save the iMac” starts. Here goes:

I plugged in the Mac OS X CD and proceeded to do a complete  reformat and reinstall of Snow Leopard. It took about 45 minutes and when I was done, the iMac blared to LIFE. No issues with drivers whatsoever…and the computer started running noticeably faster.

Next up, I did a little more research and then went out to buy a 2GB RAM (since this iMac tops at 3GB). The RAM cost me about SGD 45 dollars. Good price for a completely free iMac. Yup, I’m not complaining. 😀

After turning my iMac upside down, I finally managed to find the right place to insert the RAM. I am not the most careful person when it comes to hardware so I had my fingers crossed when I proceeded to switch the Mac back on. iMac proves itself to be idiot proof! The Mac correctly registered the new memory as 3GB. I gleefully started downloading more apps from the Mac App store.

Since then, I’ve went out to invest in the Magic touchpad. It cost me SGD 90 dollars but I’m so in love with it. Totally worth it. Upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion would help me make better use of my trackpad and I considered the option for a while but Apple has just announced the upcoming release of Mac OS X Mountain Lion in summer and since it seems like I can upgrade directly from Snow Leopard to this new platform, I guess I better wait.

I am a MAC convert 😀

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Removing Dead Links from iTunes

January 23, 2012 3 comments

Having duplicates or deadlinks in my iTunes is akin to having a little thorn in the flesh. It definitely won’t kill you and you probably can live with it but it sure is helluva annoying!

I’ve tried a couple of times to sort through my massive collection of tunes which I’ve painstakingly amassed over the last 20 years but I always gave up in the end. #Epic Fail. Bottom line: Without the proper methods, one would need an impressive amount of patience which as you probably know, I clearly do not have.

A couple of days ago, however, during one of my moments of idle surfing, I happen to chance upon a post which talked about using smart playlist in itunes to help remove deadlinks. Smart playlist?? Really??? I was a little sceptical at first but since the instructions looked rather straightforward (and I didn’t have much to do that night), I decided to give it a shot. And what can I say: Bloody hell!!! It WORKED!

So I’m going to put the general instructions in this blog post but also post a link to the original post to show just how appreciative I am of the great suggestions.

Note: I used Option 1 for no other reason then I got a little confused by the numerous updates that the author appended towards the end of the post. Go ahead and use Option 2 though….It should work fine.

Here we go:

Option 1 (Using 2 Smart Play List and 1 Static Playlist):

1. Make a smart playlist called “All Files” with this rule: “Artist” is not “123456789″ (or any nonsense name that won’t be in your library).

2. Make a static playlist called “All Live Files”.

3. Make a smart playlist called “Missing Files” with these rules: Match all of the following rules, Playlist is “All Files”, Playlist is not “All Live Files”

4. Select all the files from “All Files” and drag them into “All Live Files”. The dead files marked (!) will not copy over.

5. “Missing Files” will contain all of your dead files. Select all and delete. Voila, a nice clean iTunes library.

I have these three playlists in their own folder. Whenever I gather more than a couple dead tracks for whatever reason, I delete all the tracks in “All Live Files” and repeat steps 4 and 5.

Option 2  (Using 1 Smart Play List and 1 Static Playlist)

1) Make a static playlist called “All Live Files” and copy your entire library into it.
2) Make a smart playlist called “Missing Files” with the rules set as ” ‘Playlist’ ‘is’ ‘Music’ ” and another rule set as ” ‘Playlist’ ‘is not’ ‘All Live Files’ ”
3) As stated in your blog, the broken songs will not transfer and “Missing Files” will contain all those broken songs.

How to Delete a file from a playlist:

Windows: SHIFT + DEL

Note: At the time of this writing, I haven’t found an easy way to get rid of duplicates. The rather time consuming way is still to use the “Show Duplicates” options provided by iTunes and then manually selecting and deleting those duplicates. Will update if I get anything.


Link to original post:  Paul Mayne

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