Using the Automator. Thanks to Lifehacker, for bringing me this link. I will study it tomorrow, as I can really use a simple version control system and don’t feel like mastering Subversion just yet.
Yesterday Apple introduced in iTunes music from EMI sampled at a higher rate than the iTunes usual for higher audio quality; this music is also offered without digital-rights management (DRM), which means that a purchaser of it can play it in just about any gadget that can play an MP3. I downloaded the Brahms German Requiem under this deal yesterday, and it was a nice purchase for the price (Berlin Philharmonic, Simon Rattle conducting, Dorothea Roschmann, soprano, and Thomas Quasthoff, bass-baritone). I played it through BOSE earphones and a BOSE docking station, and it sounded very good (talking sound quality here, not musical interpretation, though that is very good too).
I am not sure that I would be able to identify the new-style offerings from the old style ones in a “blind” test (wait, shouldn’t that be a “deaf” test?) but I did find this link on the point, courtesy of slashdot.org. Visit it to see what happened when somebody performed a “blind” test. (Hurray for people over 40 for this; despite our deteriorating ears, we seem to do better in discerning audio quality.)
Update: the site I linked to is now slashdotted… That was quick. I hope it will be back up soon.
From today I will be keeping this blog on wordpress, at this address. I wanted to check out their blogging community and their features. I promise I’m not planning to change addresses all the time.
I’ve uploaded an avatar, a smaller version of the photo in the About me. It says it will start showing up soon.
But there is work to do, and I am procrastinating here!
The main reason I migrated the blog to WordPress is that I can post to it from my mobile phone, which Blogger did not let me do. So look forward to posts from me written on the train or on trips, to, say, Bermuda this coming week.
On a quick trip to Washington, DC, I visited Kramer Books (of course). Apart for some loot for M, I got a delightful book on the history of the square root of -1 by Paul J. Nahin. I simply had to devour the first three chapters as fast as I could and am looking forward to finding the time to swallow the rest of the book real soon. I also have Dr. Euler’s Fabulous Formula by Nahin waiting to be finished; the two go together quite well, although I started with the Euler one, rather anachronistically. Apart from having massive amounts of fun reading this stuff, I am learning a good deal that I ought to already know about complex numbers. Really fabulous stuff.