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Why iTunes Match matches some while uploading others

by on Jul.12, 2013, under Uncategorized

iTunes match has this bad habit of matching most of the songs on an album, but leaving a few that then get uploaded. This seems to happen most often on older albums, and I think I’ve determined a big part of why it happens. Song length. I had an Alan Parsons Project CD, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” that I ripped into my collection. I’m aware that there have been original and remastered versions of this album in years past. What I’ve discovered is that the 3 songs from that album that uploaded to iTunes Match instead of being matched are all several seconds different in length from the versions in the iTunes store. From 4 to 22 seconds different. Editing the lengths of those songs with a sound file editor fixed the problem and they matched.

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Gutter Stuff review (2 years in place)

by on Jul.08, 2013, under Uncategorized

Two years ago I saw a product at Sam’s Club called Gutter Stuff.  It was a wedge shaped piece of black foam that was to be placed in a gutter and claimed to keep debris out of the gutter while allowing water to flow through nearly unimpeded.  I recall it running about $2 a foot in a 24′ box of 3′ lengths, so did a section of my gutter and was please enough with it’s performance that I went back and got enough to do the whole house.  I’ve since seen it available online and at Home Depot.  It’s been two years, and the stuff isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty good.  Here’s my review. (continue reading…)

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