1. Ab sofort kostet der “Audioheilemachonlinedienst” Auphonic etwas Geld.

    Mich wunderts nicht. Man kann nicht sowas großartiges bauen und es dann verschenken. Das war uns allen doch von Anfang an klar, oder?

    Und plötzlich wird auf Twitter gejammert, dass sich kleine Podcasts das nicht leisten können, weil die kostenfreien 2 Stunden nicht reichen werden.

    Kleine Podcaster haben also nicht 100€ aufwärts für Mikros, Ständer, Mischpulte, Kopfhörer, Webspace, usw ausgegeben? Nein, natürlich alles mit dem internen Mikro des 35€ Chromebooks aufgenommen. Is klar.

    Wir halten also fest: Für Hardware viel Geld ausgeben ist voll okay. ~60€ im Jahr ausgeben für einen Dienst, der euch die Arbeit leichter macht und eure Produktion für den Hörer angenehmer zu Hören ist nicht okay. Ihr widert mich an. Ernsthaft. Dieselbe Einstellung warum eine App nur noch 1€ maximal kosten darf, für ein beliebiges Stück Plastik mit Batterie drin sind 99€ aber voll okay.

    Ggf haben es aber ein paar auch einfach nicht geschnallt. Man braucht kein Monthly Pack. Angenommen man produziert 4h Audio im Monat. Dann bleibt man bei dem “2h / Monat for free” Plan und kauft sich 25h One-Time Credits für 37€ dazu. Die werden dann erst ab dem erreichen der monatlichen 2h genutzt. Reichen für ein Jahr und wir sind damit bei 3€ pro Monat. Wem das zu teuer ist, der hätte ggf das Geld für Hardware in einen Finanzberater stecken sollen oder verzichtet einmal im Monat auf einen Tall Chocolate Chip Frappuchino mit Maple Syrup Shot und Sojamilch.

  2. So my Mail started hanging after the 10.9.2 OS X update. Thankfully enough, jollyjinx had the solution on Twitter. It’s a corrupt mail account.

    First open /Applications/utilities/Console.app and in the top right corner, search for “Mail”.

    You’ll probably find something like this: 

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    The part blurred in my screenshot tells you which account causes the issue. There could also be more than just one account.

    Now force quit Mail if you haven’t already.

    Go to System Preferences > Internet Accounts. And find the account(s) in question. Select it and uncheck “Mail”.

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    Now start Apple Mail again. It should start up just fine.

    Here comes the part some might not like: Remove the account from Internet accounts, and re-add it. If it is a POP3 Account, there might be some way to save the Emails but this is a good moment to pick up the call from the 90ies, because they want their POP3 back. Switch to IMAP right here, right now.

    Update: If that doesn’t help, jollyjinx has us covered again. The account in question is probably a Gmail account, right? Of course it is. The combination of Gmails weird IMAP handling and Apples inability to make a decent Mail client lets things explode.

    Log into your Gmail webmail. Go to Settings > Labels and find this: 

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    Some weird Labels with Slashes in them. Rename them and remove the Slashes. Rename them to something completely different. This structure doesn’t make sense at all. 

    After you have done so, quit Mail, move your ~/Library/Mail folder to your Desktop and reopen Mail. That “should” solve the issue for good. It’ll take a while for Mail to re-download your messages but it’ll work after that.

    Thanks to Patrick for the help!

  3. In meiner Timeline schreit man nach einem 120 km/h Tempolimit auf deutschen Autobahnen, weil das ja ganz offensichtlich Unfälle mit Todesfolge reduzieren würde. Wie wir ja alle wissen, verursachen nur Menschen, die schnell fahren Unfälle und ein Unfall mit 120 km/h ist nicht tödlich (*Sarkasmus*).

    Dieses Argument habe ich bisher immer für Unsinn gehalten, jedoch nie hinterfragt, dank Wolfram Alpha ist das aber eigentlich sehr einfach. Wer hat denn ein Tempolimit und ähnliche Fahrzeuge und Menschen? Bingo: Österreich, mal sehen was Wolfram Alpha sagt: 

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    (Als Jahr habe ich 2006 genommen, da das letzte Jahr ist für das Wolfram Alpha Daten für Deutschland hat)

    Moment, das würde ja bedeuten, im Verhältnis zur Einwohnerzahl hat Österreich mehr Unfälle als Deutschland, trotz maximal Tempo 130.

    Na gut, Österreich ist seeeehr klein und hat sehr viele Berge im Vergleich zur Fläche, schauen wir uns also lieber etwas vergleichbareres an: Frankreich.

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    Hmm, auch Frankreich hat mehr Unfälle im Vergleich zur Einwohnerzahl und das trotz Tempolimit von 130 km/h. MOOOMENT! 130!! Gefordert wurde 120!! Vielleicht machen es die 10 km/h aus.

    Wer hat ein Tempolimit von 120? Bspw Finnland und wie wir wissen machen die Skandinavier eh alles besser, was sagt uns als hier der Herr Wolfram?

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    Hmm, auch hier mehr Unfälle im Vergleich zur Bevölkerung. Seltsam. 

    Zugegeben, es gibt bsw. die Schweiz, welche weniger Unfälle im Vergleich zu Einwohnern hat, allerdings liegen die Zahlen schon sehr nah zusammen.

    Völlig aus dem Raster fällt nur die USA, die wirklich um Welten besser da steht.

    Noch schlechter steht die USA da, die 10 mal mehr Tote im Vergleich hat als wir (danke an @macguru17)

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    Ich glaube allerdings dass das wenn dann hier direkt mit der Anzahl der Menschen pro Quadratkilometer zusammenhängt.

    Und das trotz der extrem viel geringeren Bevölkerungsdichte.

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    Um es vereinfacht zu sagen, in den USA kenne ich entweder kompletten Stau oder kein weiteres Auto auf 500 Meter Dutzend Yards Unzen Cups furlong per hogshead, mal abgesehen davon dass dort jedes Auto einen Tempomaten hat (was ich als Verpflichtung für Deutschland für weit sinnvoller halten würde als ein Tempolimit). @obreidenbach merkt hier noch an, dass eine Automatikpflicht noch sinnvoller wäre als eine Tempomatpflicht, auch dieses Argument unterschreibe ich so. Weniger/nicht schalten => mehr Aufmerksamkeit für den Verkehr.

    Vielleicht habe ich ja einen ganz wichtigen Punkt übersehen, das Killerargument warum wir mit einem Tempolimit plötzlich wirklich keine tödlichen Unfälle mehr haben. Den Daten zufolge kann ich da aber leider keins finden.

    Wem 120+ km/h zu schnell sind, der kann sich gerne ein 120 km/h Limit auf der rechten Spur ausdenken und einfach dort fahren. 

    Fahre ich gerne schnell? Naja, ich fahre ungern langsam, wenns nicht sein muss. Mein Auto ist ein Hyundai i20 mit 1.4L Motor und 85 PS, wie schnell diese “Höllenmaschine” geht könnt ihr euch denken.

  4. Schwatch .Beat-Time ScreensaverYou probably always wanted a Swatch .Beat screensaver for your Mac, right? I did, so I created one in Quartz Composer.You can download it at: http://cloud.schlingel.net/441O1g0a1f2k and copy the file to ~/Library/Screen Savers. Now make sure you completely quit System Preferences (if it is running), and re-open it. Now you’ll find it at the very bottom of the Screen Savers list.  Enjoy!

    Schwatch .Beat-Time Screensaver

    You probably always wanted a Swatch .Beat screensaver for your Mac, right? I did, so I created one in Quartz Composer.
    You can download it at: http://cloud.schlingel.net/441O1g0a1f2k and copy the file to ~/Library/Screen Savers. Now make sure you completely quit System Preferences (if it is running), and re-open it. Now you’ll find it at the very bottom of the Screen Savers list. 

    Enjoy!
  5. For my wedding in August 2012, I wanted something geeky, yet easy enough for everyone to take part. As I always liked the idea of putting disposable cameras on tables, but hated the turnaround times for films to be developed, I decided to bring that part to the 21st century.

    The plan was a projection screen, that displayed photos, just seconds after they were shot. And to cut the right to the conclusion: It worked absolutely great. To do the same on your party or wedding you need the following ingredients:

    • As many Eye-Fi Cards as you can afford/acquire
    • (optional) cheap point & shoot cameras
    • A Mac
    • A projector
    • A wireless base station, that can handle a lot of Wifi Clients and covers the entire area your guests will be in (an Apple Airport Extreme will do just fine)
    • RemoteSnap on as many guest iPhones as possible
    • RemoteSnap Server on your Mac
    • Eye-Fi Center2 on your Mac
    • A slideshow app with “hot folder” capabilities like Toucan

    At first you want to configure your Wifi. I recommend setting up a WPA2 protected Wifi, even though you know all the people that are around. You never know if some douche stumbles by, joins the Wifi, figures out what’s going on and takes pictures of his tiny wiener to be displayed on your projector right away. If you are into that kind of stuff, omit the password ;)

    Now configure your Eye-Fi Cards to join this Wifi and set up Eye-Fi Center so it saves the pictures to the same folder. To make sure, people never run out of space, configure the card to delete successfully transmitted photos if running low on space (not all cards have this feature). Note: With the latest firmware Eye-Fi cards don’t require an Internet connection any more and transmit directly to the Eye-Fi center application on the same Wifi.

    What I did, asking attendees in advance if they plan to bring a camera with an SD-Card slot or rather bring an iPhone as their camera. Like this I was able to hand pre-configured Eye-Fi Cards to guests with cameras, and also bought a few cheap point & shoot cameras to place on desks without cameras.

    Now install RemoteSnap Server on the Mac and configure it to save images to the same folder as Eye-Fi Center. It is very important, that all images end up in the same folder.

    For the “hot folder” slideshow, the bad news first: You can’t have the fancy eye-candy-ish software that I used, as it was specifically built for me by my colleague Achim at Boinx Software. But there is other software that does the same thing, just not as pretty. For example Toucan. Set the application to monitor the folder, where all the images end up. Make sure you have at least one image in there from the beginning, as for example Toucan might get upset otherwise.

    Install RemoteSnap on your iPhone and have your guests install it as well. If on the same Wifi, the app will find the server automatically and the moment you snap a picture in the app, it will be transmitted in the background. Make sure to use the paid version of the app, and request the same thing from your guests. If you use this for a wedding or other important event, you might want to consider gifting the app to the guests. You don’t want cheapskates to use the free version to save 2 bucks and end up with images that have irremovable watermarks in them.
    Keep in mind: This setup doesn’t only create an instant slideshow but also collects all the photos made at the event without you having to run around collecting them afterwards, so investing a few euros here is worth it.

    So if everything is set up correctly, taking a picture with either RemoteSnap or an Eye-Fi Camera will transmit it to the Mac and a few seconds later it will show up in the slideshow.

    I have found nothing like RemoteSnap for Android phones. But as Android users are used to a bit of pain, they could install the Eye-Fi Android app and then transmit photos they took with it. If anyone has an alternative, please let me know.

    That’s how I did it and if you follow the instructions, you should be able to make it work as well.

    Have Fun!

  6. If the video is also supposed to have multiple audio tracks, first add the audio tracks to the movie using QuickTime 7 Pro. Make sure you have the movie and each audio track you want to add open in QuickTime 7 Pro, and furthermore ensure they all have the exact same length and that the playhead is set to the very beginning.

    Now go to the first audio track, hit CMD+A to select the entire audio track and switch to your video. Here, click Edit >Add to movie. That adds it as it’s own audio track.

    By hitting CMD+J the properties for the movie open up and you can select the appropriate language for the track. You can even rename the track by double clicking the name in the “Name” column.

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    Repeat this until you added all the necessary audio tracks. Now go to File > Save as and save it under a new name, making sure you select “Save as self contained movie”.

    For creating the subtitles, use the horrible Java application Jubler, it’s ugly but gets the job done. To have preview playback, you’ll need a mplayer binary. Use this version of the MPlayerOSX binary. No substitutions here. It still works on OS X 10.8. Extract it, right click it once and chose “Open” to tell GateKeeper it is cool.

    Now in Jubler go to Jubler Preferences (CMD+,) and select the binary using the wizard in manual mode and you should be good.

    In the blank Jubler window first click the “New” button on the very top left to create the first subtitle, then click the preview button to load a movie to match to.

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    Click browse to choose a file.

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    Beware: Clicking “Browse” will open a window behind all the other popups, so you first have to move two windows aside to see the actual file chooser. After beating your head against the wall, choose your movie and click OK.

    Now you can type your first subtitle in the grey area, once you press CMD+Enter, a new subtitle will be created. Finally adjust the start and end times. By clicking the Play button on the top right you can check the timing. Repeat until your are insane or until your work is done. Whatever happens first.

    When you are done save your subtitle files as SubRip .srt files and head on to iSubtitle. I found the free Subler doesn’t work anymore for me, so I had to go with the 18€ iSubtitle. Open your video file with iSubtitle and drag all the .srt files you created in the sidebar. Now assign the correct language to each of them, save and you’re done.

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  7. It’s very easy to change the language of individual apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with two free apps, and without the need of a jailbreak.

    Just download iExplorer from http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/ and PrefSetter from http://www.nightproductions.net/prefsetter.html

    Now follow the tutorial and you’re done.

  8. It’s very easy to change the language of individual apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with two free apps, and without the need of a jailbreak.

    Just download iExplorer from http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/ and PrefSetter from http://www.nightproductions.net/prefsetter.html

    Now follow the tutorial and you’re done.

  9. On the interwebs, everyone seems to make fun or ridicule conservatives. Not that I find that a bad thing most of the time. For example:

    Conservatives: We want to control and censor the Internet!
    Us: 
    These idiots don’t understand the web, change/new is good!

    Conservatives: We don’t think gay people should be allowed to get married!
    Us:
    These idiots are afraid of things being different.

    And so on. 

    But the second something in our holy internet world changes, we become conservatives right away. Whining and bitching about something to change like our lives would depend on it.

    Most recent example: Twitter

    It seems Twitter found a way to move on. To monetize their platform and to make it more appealing to the general public. They release a new version of their iPhone app, and refresh the Web site, and again we idiots start crying like babies. We start to yell at them, because we don’t think DMs are as accessible as we want them to be, we whine because we don’t see a need for a “Discover” tab. As before with #fixreplies we moan about the change and want things to be the old way (yes I moaned too). And of course, the user interface of the app is different. How dare they?!

    For fucks sake, wake up. Change happens! We are changing the world every day and require others to embrace the change we come up with, but are unable to cope with DMs moving to another spot or the fact that Twitter tries to focus more on stories?

    Face it: Twitter offered us a great service for years, free of charge without a business model, but still paying their people, servers and bandwidth. Now with “Discover” they might have found a way to inject sponsored messages into your Twitter experience. So what? TV does it. Youtube does it. And your favorite blog probably does it as well. Why for heavens sake is Twitter not allowed to change and start to generate revenue?

    Take a closer look at “Discover” for a while. I already found bits of interesting stuff and new interesting people to follow. Now think about people new to Twitter, suddenly they have easier access to trending/popular topics.
    For me, Twitter always was about getting information and comunicating with people, and while the communication part didn’t change, getting information just got easier.

    Oh and in case you are just whining about the new look, functions or whatever of the new Twitter iPhone app, there are tons of developers standing there with open arms, ready to welcome you to a world of a Twitter client that might just do exactly what you want.

    So please stop whining, stop being conservative and live the future (also in technology), because the future begins. Right. Now.

  10. Many of you might have noticed that TuneSwitch doesn’t work on OS X Lion any more. That is because the method I used to access the keychain doesn’t work any more on Lion. I had plans to port it over but then I came across an app that does the same thing as TuneSwitch, but from the menubar and it it Lion compatible. It is also free if you were wondering. The only downside is that it doesn’t use the keychain but its own (probably proprietary) storage format (maybe it is just CoreData), but there is no saving passwords in plain text if you were worried.

    So without further ado, I announce TuneSwitch to be discontinued and refer you to http://www.appletips.nl/itunes-account-switcher/

    Thanks to Alex from http://www.iphoneblog.de for telling me about iAS.

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