iTunes vexes me. For better or for worse, we’re an Apple household and own an Apple TV, so I’m kind of stuck with iTunes for managing my media files.
My wife and I have also purchased a significant amount of DVDs over the years, which I ripped to iTunes using the trusty old Handbrake (love you, Handbrake!). These DVDs include a lot of TV shows, such as Doctor Who and Magnum PI.
My workflow has always been: rip via Handbrake, then import into iTunes by dragging the m4v files onto the iTunes window. By default, the TV shows don’t have any metadata (no proper titles, descriptions, episode numbers, or artwork), and iTunes automatically files them under Movies. This means they’ll show up in Apple TV with no description, no preview picture (such as DVD box art), and no sequence information.
I recently changed jobs (Hello, FireEye!) and was issued a new MacBook Air. I spend a lot of time looking at the screen and was getting bored with the supplied desktop pictures. I also start work very early most days (7am-ish), and thought it would be nice to have a desktop picture that matches the … Continue reading “Setting OS X Desktop Picture Based on Time of Day”
I signed up for the new iCloud service, and wanted to sync my Google contacts so they will show up on my various Apple devices. MobileMe, iCloud’s predecessor, had built-in support for syncing with Google accounts, so I assumed iCloud would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, it turns out iCloud does not auto-sync with Google. Here are some instructions for manually syncing your contacts.
Comparing my recent experience with Lion Server to my experience with Snow Leopard Server.
50GB+ iTunes library. Multiple Macs. How can you share the iTunes library between Macs?
Neither of you are choir boys, and I’m fed up with your bickering.
I had a hard time sorting this out, so I figured I’d post it in case anyone else needs to know.
Assumptions: You have Parallels v4 for Mac, and have already created an Ubuntu 8.10 image.
The transition is almost complete: I have ditched my Windows-based PC for a MacBook Pro.
A computer is born, and another computer dies (“I’m not quite dead!” he says in his best Eric Idle imitation).
(Mac) Hi, I’m a Mac.
(PC) And I’m a PC.