Thursday, 20 December 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
- ITIL Service Management is all about doing what the business needs, not slavishly following process for the hell of it.
- If nothing else, in an operations role, you need to have a really good grasp of Incident vs. Problem management and why separating them is helpful.
- Only manage stuff at a level of detail where the benefits exceed the cost of managing at that level.
- Question the value in everything (see points 1 and 3).
- Learn to think in terms of Services, not just products and technologies.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Sunday, 3 June 2012
*Those who know me would say I'm more beak and claws than pink feathers anyway. But you get the idea.
Thursday, 31 May 2012
It’s not polite to ask a techiebird her age, but I’ll tell you that I’m old enough that most of the music I’ve listened to has been albums, not singles. And many of my albums sound better as albums, i.e. played from start to finish in the order the artist intended.
Sometimes I don’t want to have to decide what to listen to. I just want to hear something good and I want to hear all of it. Or sometimes I just like the familiarity of a compilation playing the tracks in the order I expect. So it’s a shame there isn’t a “shuffle albums” feature in any media player hardware I’ve come across, or any of the major software media players.
However, we have PowerShell, Windows Media Player has an object model, and how hard can it be to create a playlist of complete albums anyway?
Actually, harder than I expected. But, helpfully, James O’Neill wrote about the quirks of the WMP Object Model some time ago, which helped a lot. (Definitely read his two posts on scripting for WMP if you’re thinking of doing something similar. They’re written for PowerShell v1 but everything works much the same.)
Anyway, here’s what I came up with (usual disclaimer applies):
Most of the work is done by the function Shuffle-Albums, which takes the following parameters:
|NumberOfAlbums||How many albums to add to the playlist|
|MinTracks||The minimum number of tracks for an album to be considered ‘complete’. (I have singles and other miscellaneous tracks which have album information in WMP, and the database doesn’t have anything to distinguish these from complete albums. This seemed like the easiest way to avoid having one-track ‘albums’ in my playlist.|
|MinStars||Counter to my argument for having an album shuffler in the first place, some albums have one or two sucky tracks I prefer to skip over. This parameter gives me the option of giving those tracks a low rating and having them missed out from my playlist. Most of my tracks are unrated, so those always get included.|
I’d quite like to put a UI on this but realistically I may never get round to it. If anyone else wants to have a go then I’m very happy for you to use my code as long as you share the results for free :)
And as always, please let me know in the comments if you spot anything I could fix to make the code better.
Monday, 30 April 2012
A few months ago I switched my old Kindle 3 (the one with 3G and a keyboard) for a new, smaller Wi-fi Kindle. Mostly I don’t miss the 3G, but for the odd occasion where I’m impatient to download a book and I’m not near a wi-fi hotspot, it’s nice to have the option of tethering to my mobile phone for a few minutes.
Kindle is all picky about where it gets its Wi-fi, and will only connect to a hotspot in Infrastructure mode. Most tethering apps for mobile phones work in Peer-to-peer mode, which is no use for connecting a Kindle, so it took me a while to find anything that worked.
Here’s what I’m using on my rooted HTC Desire (GSM) running CyanogenMod 7.
Software: Android WiFi Tether
- Device Profile: Google NexusOne
- Setup Method: Netd (master)
- WiFi driver reload: on
If you have a similar setup, hopefully this will save you some trial and error.
|This work by TechieBird is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.|