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Starting audio over

November 6, 2013 — 2 Comments

Rhythmbox, either from the last version, or a new buggy version, rewrote all the tags in my music collection. It appears to have pushed the album name down to the album below it… at any rate, I am starting over and doing something else.

First of all, I am now using cmus. That means I no longer care about album art, which means I really am admitting that I am addicted to complete sets of data, and have never cared about album art.

I keep all my music in high-definition (meaning FLAC in my case) on an external drive, so I started creating a collection of Opus files. Well, although cmus supports Opus, I can’t get the version in Ubuntu Gnome to play them (and it isn’t listed as a plugin). While I don’t think it would be an issue to compile my own version, I don’t doing that if I can avoid it. VLC plays them fine, but I’ve never been able to get the Media Library feature working, and am not even sure what it does when it does work.

I am falling back on Vorbis. And with the .ogg extension; cmus won’t recognize .oga. Meh.

Something that I found handy, which I am surprised I never searched for before: Audio Tag Tool (that site is almost completely useless).


I prefer all my files to be in lowercase with hyphens separating words. For music I normally apply this pattern to directories, but it is too tedious for me to figure out how to batch write it to all the files. And I have a lot of kana in my music library, so that makes it even more complex. tagtool basically does that, along with some light tag editing (my music was tagged correctly a long time ago).

Something I found out is that ownCloud has a bug that will delete certain files if it can’t read the name properly. I don’t think they’ve figured it out, but it has affected a few folks, and it deleted an entire album that was in Japanese. I know this, because the sync client told me it removed it in a notification.

Until I can figure that out, I probably won’t sync my music, but I’ve found that I don’t listen to music except when I am near my laptop, either at home or at the hub. As a pedestrian in a new city, I find listening to music isn’t as fun as listening and observing more fully.

Book review spam

August 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

Someone from Packt Publishing contacted me to review a book on ownCloud. I agreed, thinking it a learning experience. They replied they would add it to my Packt account, and would be sending me my credentials. They also asked where I would be reviewing it: “Website / Blog / Amazon / Goodreads”

I turned down the offer. If they were familiar with the topic of the book, and actually thought that I had “vast knowledge in this technology”, they would know that I am not going to create accounts on third party sites without great incentive. Writing reviews to drive traffic to corporate sites is not an incentive for me.

But of course they are just cold-calling people that hit their Google Alerts with keywords. I guess it was a learning experience for both of us.

All the files! FAQ

March 4, 2013 — Leave a comment

Here are some answers to common questions about ownCloud and personal clouds (ha, I used that term!) in general, and All the files! in particular.

Just to clarify, you are providing an ownCloud front end which I can use with the backend storage in my own Rackspace account?

How it plays out is that I am hosting an ownCloud instance, and you get a gig of space. Then you can mount your own storage as a directory. I point that out, because it means that your storage is at least one directory in.

I have the same setup, and I mount multiple containers in Cloud Files (Rackspace’s branded Swift service), for different things like photos and music. In case you were wondering how serious I am about running the site, I share my photos directory with Susan through ownCloud so she has access to all our babby photos. ^_^

I would like to host ownCloud on a Raspberry Pi. Is that possible?

It certainly seems like it is possible. If you want to try that out, make sure to check out Pagekite, for putting it on the web.

I am thinking of dropping Flickr for ownCloud. Advisable?

That depends on what you are using Flickr for, but there is only really one scenario that ownCloud replaces Flickr: if you are sharing private photos with a small group of folks.

If you want to share photos with folks on the public web, you want MediaGoblin. I run an instance for my family (soon to include our tribe), and I use Rackspace Cloud Files for storage.

If you are looking for a backup solution for your photos, then I recommend using your operating system’s preferred backup software. I use Duplicity (found in many GNU systems) to backup my files to a local server at my house, which I backup to a Rackspace container. I do that because we also backup other computers, and it is easier to have those backups at home for our setup. Before that I just backed up my computer directly to Cloud Files.

Check the next question for more on backups and ownCloud.

I have a ton of photos! Can I back them up on

Nope! ^_^

You should not use my instance of ownCloud for backing up files; it isn’t a great way to do it. ownCloud is great for sharing files between private groups, and even has some features that let you publish it publicly. However, there should be a backup system under it, and I do only the basic amount of that, in part because my files are already backed up elsewhere. If you want to use ownCloud as part of a backup system, you should set that up, or you can pay me to do so.

There is another reason that you shouldn’t use All the files! for uploading a huge amount of files to your own mounted storage backend: I pay for the bandwidth. If you upload 40 gigs of photos and then sync that to another machine, then I end up paying for 160GB of bandwidth (40 to my server, 40 to your backend, and then again the other way). I would prefer not to do that. I don’t think it will be a problem, and if anyone uses so much bandwidth that it catches my attention, I will just ask them to stop. Not a huge deal.

I am looking into how exactly the backend storage system works, to see if we can get around that, but that is how it stands at the moment.

If you have any other questions, please contact me or leave it in a comment. ^_^

All the files!

February 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

All the files! On the web! And other places!

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ownCloud + large backups

February 11, 2013 — Leave a comment

I am using ownCloud as a means to get large backups to my clients.

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I want to stop using Basecamp, but it fulfills my simple use case of storing passwords for clients.

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Cloud Block Storage

October 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

Rackspace adds block storage.

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October 9, 2011 — 1 Comment

I stumbled upon ownCloud last night and immediately had to set it up. The project is amazing, and the stuff that works, right now, is going to make you want to set it up.

Out of the box, it offers:

  • File-sharing (similar to DropBox or UbuntuOne)
  • Music-streaming (I think it incorporates ampache)
  • Contact syncing (via CardDAV)
  • Calendaring (via CalDAV)

That is just the functionality that is turned on, there are some other plugins, like providing webfinger IDs to users, as well as an OpenID stack.

Development is active on it, so it is only going to get better. I am going to play with it a bit more before getting into specifics, but you can install it yourself. More to come.