Posts Tagged ‘tech issues’

15th September
2010
written by Steph

One of my favourite books that I read last year was Generation A by Douglas Coupland. From the very first pages I was hooked by the fluid, mellifluous prose, and I really loved the way Coupland explored the ways stories can unite people, while also looking at the way the barrage of technology can actually make us feel more isolated than ever before. I thought Generation A was clever but also emotionally sound, never sacrificing the heart of its narrative in order to show off. I was so excited by the book that I couldn’t help gushing about it to a friend who I knew to be a big Coupland fan. She said that my next read should definitely be Microserfs, as that was one of her very favourite books that he’s written. Microserfs takes the form of a diary written by a young debugger named Daniel who works at Microsoft. Initially his writing is meant to help him combat his insomnia and the odd dreams he’s been having, but it mostly winds up chronicling his daily life along with those of his friends/coworkers/housemates as they struggle through the quotidian slog of working at Microsoft much at the expense of any of them having successful/functional personal lives. That is until they are offered the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new startup company a former coworker has been working on out in California, and suddenly life gets a little more interesting… (more…)
21st December
2008
written by Steph
I am a big Apple fan (some might even say pusher), but as with any genuine loving relationship based on trust and mutual respect, I do not view Apple products through rose-tinted lenses.  I have plenty of reasons for being a diehard Mac fan, but there are plenty of things that bear the Apple logo that I am more than happy to point out as being less than awesome (ahem, Macbook Air, I am looking at you).  For instance, one of the pieces of Apple software that I most routinely find underwhelming is iTunes. Now, some of the things that I find lackluster about iTunes, I fully chalk up to my own geekish proclivities and realize that while *I* might wish for the ability to display mean album ratings (because yes, I do obsessively rate my music collection) based on the individual ratings of the constituent songs, not everyone else even thinks about numbers nearly as much as I do or would care about applying them in this way even if they did.  Then again, that calculation is dead simple to do, and there’s no reason why Apple couldn’t do this given that they’re now really into their whole coverflow thing where you browse through your collection by individual album. But something so geeky is not really the focal complaint point of this post.  No, instead, I’m going to discuss something that could legitimately affect many people of various nerdish walks of life.  Recently I attempted to move my music library from an external hard drive back onto my laptop proper (the reasons for this are the subject of another post… ooh, suspense!), only to find myself thwarted.  Despite following all of the steps on various websites, I opened up my iTunes application today only to find myself staring at an empty library.  No amount of fiddling or tweaking or redirecting paths would help me and rectify the situation, and even redirecting the settings to my external hard drive and rebooting my computer failed to improve matters.  In the end, I just had to reimport all of my music all over again.  And look, that’s not hard at all.  The problem is that in so doing, I lost all of my original import dates along with my ratings playcounts and playlists.  And that my friends, truly sucks (see above re: obsessive music cataloguing ). Why all the automatically generated .xml files and .itl and various other database files iTunes?  And why when I follow your walkthrough and consolidate my library and do all that good stuff do you maybe work until I close iTunes tricking me into thinking that I am the winner only to then find myself with a big sucking void where my music should be?  I will point out that the last time I tried to export my music off of the laptop onto the external hard drive, the EXACT same thing happened, so I really shouldn’t be surprised, but come on!  It shouldn’t have to be this hard. Sigh.  I guess my only consolation is that I hadn’t really fully recovered from the last time iTunes failed to work in an intuitive and awesome way, so most of my music was frustratingly unrated and I had few new playlists to lose anyhow.  Still, as far as comfort goes, that’s all fairly empty.