Linux finally gets a great audio tagger
As someone that loves music, listens constantly and is always adding to my collection by purchasing and then ripping CDs, a decent tag editor is an essential tool. I've been using Linux for the past seven years or so and the only drawback that I was constantly faced with was the lack of a great audio tag editor - basically a Linux based equivalent to mp3tag. After trying every Linux tagger I could get my hands on (Ex Falso, EasyTag, Pinkytagger, Jaikoz, Picard, etc. etc.) I finally settled on running mp3tag under Wine. Whilst it works, it's still a compromise because it cannot handle case sensitivity, cannot rename folders and filenames and path lengths are limited to Windows file system restrictions. In addition, there were a number of functional enhancements and additions I wanted to see in mp3tag, but didn't seem like they'd see the light of day.
In December 2009 after again being frustrated with mp3tag's restrictions whilst tagging some albums I'd ripped I fired up Google and searched again for a Linux tagger. To cut a long story short I stumbled on puddletag...open source, coded in Python and as luck would have it, loosely based on mp3tag. Since then puddletag's been very actively developed to not only incorporate mp3tag's functionality, but also to add a host of features the author and I wanted to see in a tagger of choice. Today, I'd go as far as to say that puddletag's probably the best tag editor out there, regardless of operating system.
How is puddletag different from other Linux taggers?
Well, for starters, if you're familiar with mp3tag, you're going to be right at home with puddletag...from the user interface, through to Extended Tags, Actions, regular expressions, Tag Sources etc. In addition, puddletag offers a host of functionality you're not likely to find in a single tagger, including:
Why should you have to process each album manually or be tied to your keyboard when most of the work can be automated for your later review and approval? A fundamentally different approach to using Tag Sources based on convenience, speed, accuracy, flexibility and ease of use:
I could go on and on about all the great features you'll find in puddletag, but the best way to appreciate it is to experience it. puddletag's homepage is http://puddletag.sourceforge.net/, download the latest build from http://sourceforge.net/projects/puddletag/files/puddletag_0.9.6-1_all.deb and refer to its documentation at http://puddletag.sourceforge.net/docs.html.
If you're in need of any assistance or have suggestions, please post them on the puddletag forum: http://sourceforge.net/apps/phpbb/puddletag/
Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
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One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
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