Archive | July, 2008

LaCie Ethernet Disk and iTunes

A couple of months ago I got myself a LaCie Ethernet Disk for home usage and sharing my photos, videos and of course music files. The goal was to make the Ethernet Disk available to all laptops and stream music, with Airport Express, to my home sound system.

Well, all works quite well and I have to say that Airport Express is such a useful gadget. Be it at home or on the road, it is worth every penny.

But the problem I had lately was that music files I put on the Ethernet Disk did not show up anymore within iTunes. I thought it was because I still had an older version of the firmware and thus updates to 1.1.2.1. Still, my music files did not show up in iTunes.

Further searching I found this blog post which described the same problem. I downloaded the fix (iTunes Server patch) and applied it to my Ethernet Disk. After updating the Disk you will have to rebuild the media database, but I am happy to report that the fix solved the problem.

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Updates on Razuna – open source Digital Asset Management

Just a short notice that a version 1.1 of Razuna – open source Digital Asset Management (DAM) with integrated Content Management (CMS) – is coming in about two weeks.

The major change for version 1.1 will be that it will feature an embedded database, meaning you won’t need to install any additional database. The embedded database performs very well and holds up in production environments as well. This just brings down the installation of Razuna to 2 minutes (downloading Razuna, unzip it and run the server)! Of course, support for the existing Oracle database is still available.

Also we ironed out a couple of bugs that sneaked in after the 1.0 release.

Razuna is a professional digital asset management/media asset management with an integrated web content management that delivers and makes management of your digital assets a simple task. Razuna is licensed under a dual-license (AGPL and commercial) and can be downloaded at http://www.razuna.com.

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Linus Torvalds interview on open source, GPL and other issues

This interview with Linus Torvalds is probably one of the best interviews in a long time on open source, GPL and Linux. He gives a very personal view on all topics and says it “as it is”. Especially the answers he gives on the different licenses are good and are interesting to people who think that one CFML engine is superior to another because of a license.

Here is one of my favorite quotes and also the last answer of the interview;

“Of course open source grows aggressively: what’s not to like? Low cost, great quality, and a lack of being shackled to some commercial company that you can’t really trust further than the fact that they’ll happily continue to take your money. Sure, it grows.

And yes, it does grow at the cost of Microsoft, but that’s called ’competition’. It doesn’t make it ‘cancer’ any more than it ever made it ‘un-American’.”

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OpenBD website re-design

OpenBD, the open source CFML server, just got a new website re-design.

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