Trouble syncing iTunes Videos

by Eoghan Uttley
by Eoghan Uttley

One of the main reason I purchased my iPod Touch was to watch videos on the train on the way to work. And this has been work out great for me. One of the small problems I had was there seemed to be certain show that it didn’t want to sync properly.
I have the TV Shows set to sync the “5 least recent unwatched”, and this works OK for most TV shows that I add to iTunes myself. However for one particular show, it seemed to be choosing episode 10 onwards, instead of episode 1 onwards. I couldn’t for the life of me work out why. All the files had the same date, the same time. There was no reason.
Then I found The Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos at the iLounge.
In their guide I found that “when dealing with the various ‘recent’ settings, iTunes bases this on the date the episode was added to iTunes, not on the episode number, episode ID, or release date.”
After reading that I removed all the episodes from my library, added them again all at once, and tried sync’ing again.
It works!
Thank you iLounge.

“Optimize” Option in Media Center 7?

Image by cleverswine
Image by cleverswine

If you’ve had the chance to try the new Media Center in Windows 7 you may have noticed that there is a new Optimize  option ‘hidden’ on one of the menus.
I turned the option on, but wondered what it did. After a little digging I how a post on Ed Bott’s Media Central blog“ that explains it. It basically just restarts Media Center.

Multiple Profiles in Firefox

by cassidydr
by cassidydr

I was recently reading an LifeHacker blog post about how to setup an SSH proxy for ‘secure’ web browsing from a non secure location. While this was interesting, I don’t really need it. One thing it didn’t mention that peaked my interest was that you can use multiple Firefox profiles.
I hadn’t realized this. It’s not too hard to setup, but you do need to do some command line trickery. I thought it might be useful to setup on my work laptop. At work I need to use a proxy, but if I take my laptop home, I don’t use a proxy. So a quick way to swap between proxy and no-proxy would be very handy.

iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode

by akosikenet
by akosikenet

I had a weird problem with my wife’s iPod recently. When I connected it I got and error saying “iTunes has detected an iPod in recovery mode – Use iTunes to restore” but if I logged into the PC as myself it worked fine.
It turns out that it was a drive mapping problem. My wife had a network drive connect to E: and the iPod was trying to use the same letter. I guess I don’t have that letter mapped when i log on. I simply remapped the drive and it started working OK.

Media Center Thumbnail Image Size

by Arlo Bates
by Arlo Bates

Although Windows 7 media center does a very good job of creating thumbnails for all the videos, sometimes they’re just not good enough.
Luckly there is a simple answer. Simply put a JPG file in the same location as the movie file, with the same name (but different extension of course) and media center will use that image as a thumbnail.
However, if you’re looking for good thumbnails you can’t use just any image. It has to be the right dimensions. The actual image size appears to be 320×420, but if you use an image that is 1024×768 it gets scaled down nicely as well.
If you don’t have ready access to an image for your movie, heres a tip for using google to find the right image size.
If the search field type groundhog day imagesize:1024x768
That will return all images relating to “groundhog day” of the size 1024×768

Source : How to add thumbnail images to Media Center video library files « Media Serve.

Adding Second IDE Hard Drive into a Sun Server

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Image by isdky

I had to add an IDE hard drive into a Solaris server the other day and couldn’t remember all the commands you need to use to get the system to see the new drive, partition it and format it.
But luckly I found a very helpful page over at http://www. called Adding Second IDE Hard Drive into a Blade 100/150
As it turns out I wasn’t adding a drive into a Blade 100 server, but all the commands i needed were there and I got it going.