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Podcasts in iTunes packen – Fick dich Apple! Und Google, du dich auch.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017 | Insights, Linux, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Ausgangslage: Ich mache Podcasts. Ich arbeite mit Linux. Ich möchte gerne in das iTunes Podcast Verzeichnis. (Eigentlich will ich ja nix außer meinen RSS Feed in ein Verzeichnis pushen…)

Kollege: “Um bei iTunes deinen Podcast ins Verzeichnis zu bringen brauchst du kein iTunes auf deinem Rechner, nur ‘ne Apple-ID.” (Source)

Na gut, prima, ich lege also eine Apple ID an (im Web) und versuche es.
https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/

Ich werde mit einer Fehlermeldung abgewatscht:
“Podcasts Connect erfordert einen iTunes Store-Account.”
Darunter ein Link: Zum iTunes Store

Ich klicke auf den Link, der schlicht auf itunes.apple.com verweist und kann mich – oh Wunder – mit meiner Apple ID dort anmelden. WTF? Also habe ich doch einen iTunes Store-Account?! Apple, ich bin verwirrt.

Ich google also die Fehlermeldung. Dort lese ich, dass man sich in iTunes und nich auf der iTunes Seite anmelden muss. Geil, wie dass die Fehlermeldung “Podcasts Connect erfordert einen iTunes Store-Account.” offenbart.

In iTunes soll man sich anmelden und dann dort ein zwei Informationen zu seinem Account hinterlegen. Nun gut.

Meine Nerven liegen also bereits leicht blank als ich zu einem Kollegen mit Mac gehe und mich in iTunes anmelde. Super. Der Wizard zur Anmeldung will dann direkt eine Zahlungsmethode von mir. Es gibt keine direkte Möglichkeit das zu umgehen. WTF again?! Ich fühle mich ins Jahr 2009 zurück versetzt, als ich schlicht einen iPod Touch in Betrieb nehmen wollte, was, ohne Kreditkarte, nicht möglich war. Dürfen Menschen ohne Kreditkarte keine iPod nutzen?

Fick dich Apple! Mir geht deine Philosophie in vielen Bereichen so gegen den Strich, dass ich im Strahl kotzen könnte. Ich mag keinen Zwang, vor allem nicht, wenn jemand meine Kreditkarteninformationen haben will. Dann spiele ich halt wieder mit den Open Source Schmuddelkindern. Da fühl ich mich sowieso wohler. Und sag nicht ich würde es nicht alle Jubeljahre mit dir versuchen, aber wir zwei passen anscheinend einfach nicht zusammen.

Wer jetzt meint, dass ich selber schuld bin und dass das bei Apple halt so ist: ich habe vor einiger Zeit einen YouTube Kanal aufgemacht (icanplaystayshun), einfach mal so zum Spaß. Mit einem Google Konto. Schnell, kostenlos, unkompliziert.

Hat Google ein Podcast Verzeichnis? Scheiße! Wieso bin ich da nicht vorher drauf gekommen!? Das guck ich mir mal an!

Edit 1: 30.08.2017

https://support.google.com/googleplay/podcasts/answer/6260341

“Podcasts are not available in your country
Podcasts are coming soon to Google Play Music, but unfortunately, they’re not yet available in your country.”

Und Google Play Music kann man auch in der kostenlosen Variante nicht ohne Zahlungsinformaitonen nutzen.
“Our music deals require that you have a form of payment on file to confirm your country of residence as music rights vary by country”

Also auch nicht besser. Schade. Wenigstens geben die einen “guten Grund” an. Auch wenn mein freier Podcast mal nix mit “music rights in my country” zu tun hat. Hallo? Podcast! Selbst produziert! Ich will doch nur ins Verzeichnis! 🙂

Edit 2: 30.08.2017

Werde mir jetzt noch Stitcher ansehen. Dann habe ich aber die Schnauze voll 😀

So, das scheint geklappt zu haben. Die wollten auch recht viele Infos (Adresse) und die Terms und Conditions haben es auch in sich. Garagen Sprech ist nun dort in der Approval Phase und Dennis tötet mich beim nächsten Cast weil ich wieder in Anglizismen versinke.

Was ein Kack, nur um mal so ‘nen RSS Feed publik zu machen…

Edit 3: 31.08.2017

Wir sind online! 😀 Stitcher hat den RSS Feed nun in sein Directory aufgenommen.

Findbar über:
✔ copy/paste des RSS Feeds in deine App 😉
Stitcher (natürlich)
Podcast Addict (Android)
– Podcast.app (iOS)
– Overcast (iOS)
– iTunes
– Spotify

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OMG! I’ve got pwnd. By the interwebz.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 | Gadgets, Insights, Misc | 1 Comment

I saw this random add on Facebook, some 5 piece Star Wars canvas depicting Lord Vader. Loved it. Honestly, I love personalized ads, as they show me stuff I really like.

Lord Vader Canvas

This time I fell for a fraud. It seemed legit, I guess, there was PayPal to pay, free worldwide shipping (this should have rung a bell already) and 32.99 USD seemed a good deal.

Bought and paid October 1st.

PayPal

Contacted seller November 6th.

Hi there, I am still waiting for my “STARWARS 5 PIECE CANVAS LIMITED EDITION”. Purchased at first of October.

Is there anything wrong?

Cheers
Nick

Never got a reply.

Double checked the website November 16th.

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Offline.

Okay, seems I was to naive to trust in this bargain. Contacted PayPal, hope I will get my money back.

So, please, if the offer looks the least dodgy think twice. It can happen, even to old online veterans. When in doubt use a service like PayPal who might give you another layer of buyer protection.

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HDMI colour space – a crooked bastard!

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 | Gadgets, Insights, Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

One would think that hooking up a device to a TV using a HDMI cable would automagically result in a perfect picture. Digital, 1080p full HD, state of the art, out-of-the-box. That’s not true. I recently encountered shitty display quality problems that originated from a faulty HDMI setup.

First, the problem: sometimes black was more like a gray matter, sometimes dark details simply vanished into sludge. I did hate my telly so much for its shitty display quality that I sold it for a few dimes and got myself a new one. But guess what, the problem persisted…

After more investigation on the matter I came across the fact, that there are different colour ranges in different HDMI standards and one handles the range from e.g. black to white from 0 to 255, the other from 16 to 235. This made me think. In case I had a mismatch of these standards, and let’s say my media player sends a lot of dark gray values that range from 0 to 16 and the receiver simply omits all these information and starts with pure black at 16, it’s natural my dark details got lost. Or, the other way around, my media player starts at 16 with pure black while my telly thinks that 16 already is a dark gray, as it starts with black being 0.

So, sending full range and displaying limited range will result in dark areas that are to light and light areas that are to dark.

Sending limited range and displaying full range will underexpose blacks and overexpose whites.

Here is an example (I simply altered the source and target colour ranges with Gimp):

Nature LimitedFull Nature Original Nature FullLimited

The differences may seem subtle (or YOUR display isn’t properly calibrated), but believe me, I love to crawl in dark dungeons on my PS3 or watch horror flicks that make heavy use of the darker parts of the colour palette. My telly looked like the picture to the right all the time and it drove me to sell it for “bad black levels” (just compare the tree’s trunk in the pictures and you will see the difference). Silly me. A perfect gradient illustrates the problem even more:

Gradient LimitedFull Gradient Original Gradient FullLimited

Now, that I have my systems set up right I enjoy using it so much more than before. So, give setting up your expensive home cinema a try, it doesn’t make sense to spend thousands of bucks on the equip and not setting it up properly.

As far as I understand the problem, as long as you have the sending and the receiving device configured the same you are good to go.

One last thought: I hate all the fancy tech shit becoming more and more “easy” to set up yet the problems that come along constantly increase. I never experienced problems with an old VCR or a Super Nintendo – that’s what I call “plug’n’play” 🙂 To set up a modern home entertainment system you need to really dig into it to do it right. Maybe I should look at it from a Dark Souls perspective. It’s a pain in the arse, but as soon as you’re done it’s very very rewarding.

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Drumming like Animal!!
(This time multiple exclamation marks are just fine)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Activities, Misc, Music | No Comments

Tonight, my drum-kit got the worst beating so far. Animal would have approved.

I broke a stick on my mesh head snare for heaven’s sake! It was worth it though. (Guess I hit the rim at some point?!)

Props go to The Machine’s “Caterpillar’s Mushroom“. Dim the light, lean back and enjoy a pretty intense roller-coaster ride.

The take-off at 13:00 just blows my mind!

If you need a lift home after that I suggest you try Hills’ Master Sleeps. Farewell!

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Everyday Life’s Insights I – Cold Blow-Drying

Monday, September 10th, 2012 | Insights, Misc | No Comments


Kommt man verschwitzt nach Hause ist es angenehm den Föhn auf “kalt” zu stellen und auf sich zu richten. Klingt komisch? Ist aber so. Duschen *könnte* man auch, jedoch schwitzt man nach Ausdauersport auch nach, soll heißen direkt Duschen bringt nur bedingt was. Wenn ich nicht mehr transpiriere geh ich duschen … versprochen.

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Goodbye Mint, Hello Fedora

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 | Misc | No Comments

Seems Mint 13 finally finished me. I have to say that Mint 10 was the last “flawless” version of Mint (I’ve been there since Mint 4 “Daryna”). Right now I am still using Mint 12 on my home machine, tried 13 on my business laptop – and decided that I don’t want to take part in the desktop environment wars any more. Again, the multi-monitor setup in Mint was a pain and trying to preserve the Gnome 2 / XP way of working is a huge step back IMHO. I am okay with Gnome 3 (didn’t try Unity yet) and I was looking for a “pure” unfiddled Linux experience. After checking some major distros I decided to give Fedora 17 a more serious go and I have to say I did not regret it. “Mint” Linux, no clutter, bleeding edge (wow, finally including a mulit-monitor setup that seems to work). You could argue that setting up the system takes longer, because Fedora does not ship with things like proper multimedia support or propitiatory software like Flash, VirtualBox or Skype. I think that’s pretty kewl. You should understand why mp3 playback is not available out-of-the-box and that you have to explicitly install it at your own will.

Anyway, right now I am compiling a few Fedora 17 post installation tasks that will show there’s a bit more to do (no Gnome 3 extension installed by default – very pure indeed 🙂 ), stay tuned.

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Five toys I’d like to call my own

Monday, February 27th, 2012 | Gadgets, Misc, Tech-savvy | 5 Comments

“Honey, we pretty much have everything now …”

I just have to share my thoughts on things I’d like to have yet cannot purchase for reasons such as money, time, sanity and the like. › Continue reading

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A Studio Ghibli homage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 | Activities, Misc, Movies | 1 Comment

Today I invited Totoro to stay.

Ever since we moved into our “new” flat a few years ago we could not decide what to do with our living room walls. I suggested that we could try to draw the Studio Ghibli logo – namely Totoro – next to the TV. The other side of the telly got decorated with the beautiful postcards that come with the German Blu-ray edition of Arietty and Laputa. Now I feel like a true fanboy 🙂

And this is how I will enjoy my films from now on:

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Official announcement: midlife crisis

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 | Misc | No Comments

Yesterday I had lunch with my wife and talked to her about how the things I do on a daily basis seem to make (no) sense, and that people should dare to do what they really want more often than what they think other people expect of them. Looked like a bad case of the Mondays, but it felt like my (first) midlife crisis to me! 😯

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The mind is a miraculous thing indeed

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 | Misc, Tech-savvy | No Comments

Sometimes you wake up from a dream and wonder where the mind is getting all these crazy ideas from. A few days ago I experienced something even more freaky – subconscious ideas surfacing! What? Well, just imagine telling yourself a joke and still laughing at the punch line. Doesn’t make sense, because if you tell the joke you should know the outcome, right? Okay, here is the story:

A colleague of mine brought some Google Android give-away stickers from W-JAX. I took the black one with the woman, man, and Android:

As if dreaming about that sticker is not freaky enough I dreamt that I wanted to present this sticker as a present to a friend of mine, let’s call him Moe:

“Here Moe, I got a sticker for you”
“Oh, that’s nice, but unfortunately the LEDs on my keyboard don’t work”

And I was like “What?” and then I realized, that if applied to a keyboard the LEDs of Num, Caps and Scroll lock are supposed to illuminate the eyes of these little buggers. What a neat idea. Only problem: these stickers are not supposed to work as keyboard LED attire in the real world. My mind made it up without telling my consciousness. This still sounds paradox to me. Anybody reading this experienced in fixing minds?! 😉

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