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Weekly Tech Roundup for November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Weekly Tech Roundup

This week’s Tech Roundup includes upgrading to Windows 8, Google Easter Eggs, and an iTunes adventure.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8? – I could certainly handle a 6-second boot-up. Worth a read if you are considering upgrading to Windows 8 when it comes out.

10 Nifty Google Easter Eggs That Will Amuse You – These are fun! Take a couple of minutes to take a look.

Adobe Abandons Flash on Mobile Devices – I’m all for more HTML5 and less Flash. Glad to see this move by Adobe.

If you know me personally you know I’ve struggled with my iTunes library since I upgraded my machine to Windows 7 a few months ago. OMG. That was a nightmare! I wasn’t really without my music but I kinda was. And I didn’t feel like I could buy anything new because I knew I had a huge mess I needed to fix. I tried just about everything I could think of and research online and finally I decided I was just going to need to take a few hours and do a whole bunch of manual work. I had music files in 2 different places before the OS upgrade and each time I tried to fix my library before I’d end up with 3-6 duplicates of almost everything. Anyway… I finally fixed it! Here’s what I did:

  • Closed iTunes
  • Removed iTunes folder (where the library files live)
  • Removed all of my music folders
  • Fired up my external drive with my backed up music on it
  • Copied over one set of music directories
  • With the second set of directories, I went through each one and compared it to the one I had just copied. If there were duplicates I either didn’t copy them or I fixed them in some way (some weren’t in an album directory, for example).
  • With everything copied to my music directory, I fired up iTunes and added my music folder to the library. It worked for quite a while (almost 5500 songs, not to mention videos and podcasts) and then I imported my playlists.
  • I had iTunes show my all my duplicates and I removed the ones that were legit (I have some songs multiple times on different albums – think Christmas music). There were way fewer duplicates than even pre-upgrade.
  • I wiped and synced my iPod for the first time in months.
  • Finally, I squealed with joy and did a little dance. A huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I happily started the Christmas music up. :)

That was my “geek” project for the week. Did you do anything geeky-fun this week?

Have a great weekend!