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About Ginamos

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  1. iTunes won't sync everything SOLVED

    Re-convert the files. Open iTunes preferences, change "import settings" to use the same encoder (mp3/aac etc) and a bit rate/sample rate similar to the original file. Select the files that don't sync then from the Advanced menu "Convert mp3/aac Version". You always lose a little quality transcoding, but you should at least be able to sync the files.
  2. iTunes won't sync everything SOLVED

    The only way around this problem I found, was to transcode the files that refused to sync.
  3. Audiobook vs Podcast behavior

    Audiobook Builder will take your input files and join them into bookmarkable AAC files with chapters. The number of output files created depends on how you set the options, the default is to break the files if they exceed 12 hours play length. So a 14 hour audio book will result in 2 files, regardless of how many input files there were. If you want to ensure continuous playback of the whole book, you can just change the default playback length so that one file is created. I'd thoroughly recommend Audiobook Builder, I've tried several solutions, including the Doug's Applescripts app, AB is by far the best.
  4. Need a recommendation, team management software

    Basecamp from 37signals could be your answer. Of course you'd need to get everyone else using it, it's not clear whether your looking for a team solution or something for personal use.
  5. iPhone Database?

    SQLite comes with iPhone OS, but you'd need to get into Xcode programming as it doesn't include an integrated forms builder like Bento/Filemaker.
  6. CSS apps

    Yep, totally agree CSSEdit. If I remember correctly, it has a 30-day trial download.
  7. new ipod touch

    I don't hold much credence to rumours either, mostly I read rumours for the "what if" fun. However, it seems likely that a new iPhone will be announced soon, and therefore to expect some changes to spill over to the Touch, as the Touch is the iPhone's cousin without the telephony options. A faster CPU would be attractive upgrade, as even when using a wifi connection, page rendering can be slow on the iPhone/Touch. This is definitely not because of connection speed, as iPhone users frequently comment on the fast speeds they've experienced on their Macs when using the iPhone's untethered 3G connection. You've probably already seen this article, but if not have a read of Gruber's article The Next iPhone. If indeed a CPU upgrade happens it will be interesting to see if there is any negative impact on battery life.
  8. new ipod touch

    Unless you're absolutely desperate, why not wait a few weeks? There's a high probability that new models will be announced soon. Old stock 2nd Gen Touches will be discounted even more when the 3rd Gen comes out. Plus, maybe you'll want one of the new models, because of the features. According to rumours, Apple may well add a camera and increase the CPU speed. At least give yourself the chance to make the decision to buy one.
  9. Coda or Espresso?

    If I was looking for an all-in-one solution I'd probably go with Coda, primarily because it's more developed. What I use is a combination of TextMate to edit HTML and MacRabbit's CSSEdit. I spend most of the time editing CSS, so the most important tool for me is a good CSS editor. TextMate or BBEdit are worth purchasing, not just for writing HTML but as general purpose text editors. I'd recommend downloading a few of these tools and trying them yourself, most of them can be used on 30 day trial. You'll work out well before the trial period expires which ones you like.
  10. Lyrics On iPod

    Assuming you've installed the other two. Start up "Needle Drop" at the beginning of the "No Lyrics" playlist, it's a while since I used it, but I think you specify a number of seconds to play each song. Select around 15-20 seconds and let Needle Drop go down the "no lyrics" list. Harmonic should kick in in the background and search the internet for available lyrics, whilst each song is playing. It's the type of task to set up before you go to bed, and just leave running overnight, with the volume down.
  11. Lyrics On iPod

    It's actually pretty easy to get lyrics automatically updated in iTunes. Download and install these two scripts from Doug's Applescripts "No Lyrics to Playlist" and "Needle Drop", plus a widget called "Harmonic", that searches for lyrics if a song playing in iTunes doesn't have any. I'd suggest PearLyrics, but it's not been updated for years and still has a PowerPc binary. Run "No Lyrics to Playlist", then run "Needle Drop" against the new playlist, "Harmonic" will automatically update the mp3 info if lyrics are found.
  12. Refutb Macbook! Good or Bad?

    If you buy at the right time, when a new model has recently superseded an older one, refurbs are often new machines, they're just old stock. When I bought my 2nd gen Macbook, I received a new machine, it was old stock that Apple was trying to clear after the 3rd gen had come out.
  13. How do you clean your computer?

    Isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) + absorbent cotton (aka cotton wool). Both products are available in your local pharmacy or supermarket, no need to use brand products.
  14. Convert ogg to mp3 for iTunes

    I normally use Max, a GUI that supports a number of encoders such as LAME and Ogg Vorbis. It's a useful app.
  15. iTunes Error Codes

    I'm not aware of a list, there may be one. Normally I go to the Apple Support Forum and search by the error code. Searching for "3260 error code" brings up this description in this thread: ""The shared music library "<Music Library Name>" is not accessible for an unknown reason. (-3260) Check that any firewall software running on either the shared computer or this computer has been set to allow communication on port <Port Number>" As for finding a meaning (as in a solution), you just have to hope that the particular thread was resolved and that you can deduce what the meaning of the code was. This thread "itunes 7.2 for mac: error using shared mediaserver 3260" has a solution. As it's a network error, your solution could be different, depending on your network configuration. It's difficult to offer a precise answer as there are too many variables. Often by their very nature the error codes are quite generic. If you have other specific error code numbers I'd suggest trying a similar search.