Friday, 11 February 2011

Corrupted Podcasts on iPhone/iPod Touch

I’ve had a few times now when something has happened while I’ve been copying podcasts to my iPod Touch from iTunes and it’s got corrupted and doesn’t show up on the device.  Each time this has happened, I’ve spent ages trying to get it fixed, so this is a guide to myself for the next time it happens and to try and save anybody else pulling their hair out. Note: this only applies if you’re managing your podcasts and music manually.

  1. In iTunes, find the file in your Podcasts section that isn’t appearing on the device. Right-click it, select “Get Info” and select the Options tab.  Set the “Media Kind” to be “Music”
  2. The file will now move from the Podcasts section in iTunes to the Music section.  Find it again and drag it over the iPod/iPhone.  The file won’t be copied, but its meta-data should be updated
  3. Go to the Music section on your device and find the file (where it should now appear!) and delete it
  4. Back in iTunes, change the Media Kind back to Podcast, find the file in your Podcasts and drag it to your device.

With a bit of luck, that should have fixed it and the file should appear correctly under the right podcast.

Have I mentioned lately how much I hate iTunes and the whole locked Apple ecosystem?

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Forestry Privatisation Concerns

Whilst I share many of the concerns about the Government’s plan to sell or lease many of England’s forests to private companies and charities, there’s another question that’s been bouncing around in my head ever since I heard it and which I haven’t heard answered yet.  If forests are sold, leased or donated to private companies or charities, will this bring them within reach of Freedom of Information laws?  And if not, then how will they be accountable for managing a fairly major public asset, and one that protests have shown that the public seem awfully protective of?

It’s a truism to say that the (Tory part of the) current government is ideologically in favour of the State not actually doing very much and getting the private sector involved in everything, but they have never satisfactorily answered questions of accountability.  Public companies are accountable only to their shareholders, and their only goal is to enrich those shareholders with no obligation to wider society.  I find this deeply concerning, both in this instance and more generally.  The “Big Society” is all about getting private companies and charities involved in public work.  Once they are, how do we as a society hold them to account, and punish them if they are greedy, incompetent or malevolent?  Democracy might not be perfect, but we can at least, in theory, vote out people we don’t like.  What will we be able to do in the (admittedly unlikely) case that a private company starts cutting down the New Forest for toilet paper?

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Officially a twit now

I’ve been pondering joining Twitter for some time now and now that I think that I’m starting to get an idea of what the heck it’s actually for, I’m finally taking the plunge.  Some git had already taken @lordofthemoon, so you can find me @1ordofthemoon.  Go ahead and follow me, and let me know if there’s someone that you think I should follow.  I may get bored of the whole thing and just give up, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.

Also, does anyone use a particular desktop application for Twitter, or do you all use it exclusively from your smartphones?

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