Monthly Archives: March 2012

MTB conversion

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In my quest for a better street bike I can either spend a few hundred on a used better model bike or a new low end model bike. Or I can convert my aging, better model MTB, a 19″ 1992 Trek 930 hardtail.

Tires were 1.95 knobbed, now 1.5 road tires. Makes for a noticeably stiffer ride. Though it actually seems harder to pedal. Since I’m as out of shape as I’ve ever been I cannot rely on this assessment.

Chainrings (110BCD) can be replaced with some slightly larger ones. Outer chainring is already 48t, but I can fit a 54t on it. They really do need to be replaced as it is, so why not go a little more road worthy? Sugino makes a set that will increase the outer and granny gear, letting me keep my crank and derailer.

Handlebar (upright) will likely not be replaced with a drop bar since I would need to replace the stem as it’s a one-piece high rise, but an aerobar might help.

In the end I’m still torn because I’d be making a workable tank of an MTB into a Frankenstein road bike that never will be one. At this point, I think stopping at tires is enough.

iTunes Content Rating strings

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United States (01)

    Not Rated    mpaa||0|

    G            mpaa|G|100|

    PG           mpaa|PG|200|

    PG-13        mpaa|PG-13|300|

    R            mpaa|R|400|

    NC-17        mpaa|NC-17|500|

    Unrated      mpaa|UNRATED|900|

    Not Rated    us-tv||0|

    TV-Y         us-tv|TV-Y|100|

    TV-Y7        us-tv|TV-Y7|200|

    TV-G         us-tv|TV-G|300|

    TV-PG        us-tv|TV-PG|400|

    TV-14        us-tv|TV-14|500|

    TV-MA        us-tv|TV-MA|600|

    Unrated      us-tv|UNRATED|900|

These alone (added using a hex editor) are not enough by themselves to get iTunes to see the rating. Not sure at all what is missing.

iPhoto ’11 is a PITA to use

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Photo metadata. Keywords, description / caption:

ExifRenamer (have)

Straight-up iPhoto competitors: [This has gone the way of the cloud. Boo!]

[added 2015-01-23]

Too bad UPnP / DLNA is such a shambles. Network photo streaming is where iPhoto has [had] them all beat… so long as you connect via OS X, iOS, or TV. [Sharing iPhoto to iPhoto has been removed. You’re supposed to rely on iCloud photostream sharing. This “solution” is ass.]

Save list of folder contents

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This AppleScript will create a file containing a tree style list of all files inside the chosen directory and save that list in a file created in that directory. The list file will include the path of the listed directory as well as the date and time it was saved.

The default directory in the choose dialog is the folder of the Finder’s frontmost window unless there are no Finder windows. In which case the default is the Desktop folder.

It does not follow aliases (not sure about symlinks) and will indicate an alias by placing ” [alias]” behind the file name.

This is actually a modified version of a script that’s been around the web for years.

global fileList

on listFolder(f, s)
  list folder f
  repeat with i in the result
    if folder of (info for alias (f & i)) then
      set fileList to fileList & s & i & "/" & return
      listFolder(f & i & ":", s & "    ")
      if alias of (info for alias (f & i)) then
        set fileList to fileList & s & i & " [alias]" & return
        if first character of i is not "." then
          set fileList to fileList & s & i & return
        end if
      end if
    end if
  end repeat
  return fileList
end listFolder

  tell application "Finder" to set cwd to (POSIX path of (folder of window 1 as string)) as POSIX file
on error
  set cwd to path to desktop folder
end try
set theFolder to (choose folder "Select a folder to list:" default location cwd) as string

--This will get the name of the folder for use in the name of the generated file
set folderName to name of (info for (theFolder as alias))

--This will get the Unix style path of the folder for info purposes inside the file itself
set folderPath to POSIX path of theFolder

set fileList to "# File list of: " & folderPath & " on " & (current date) & return & return
set fileList to listFolder(theFolder, "")

set listFile to ((theFolder) as text) & "File list of " & folderName & (do shell script "date \"+ %Y-%m-%d %H%M\"") & ".txt"

tell application "Finder"
  set newFile to (open for access file listFile with write permission)
  set eof newFile to 0
  write fileList to newFile
  close access newFile
  open listFile as alias
end tell