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#1 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » What Music Manager Do You Guys Use? » 2013-01-30 14:55:25

hhh wrote:
ivanovnegro wrote:

CLI apps/tools exist for sure but I will let others recommend them as I do not use any of them.

I use Perl Audio Converter (pacpl)...

Usage example, say I have a folder named "The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta" and it's all in .wma format. Change to that directory...

cd Music/'The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta'

... and run pacpl with the following switches, in this case converting to a bitrate of 192...

pacpl -t mp3 --delete --bitrate 192 *.wma

That will convert all .wma files in that folder, deleting the .wma files after converting them, remove "--delete" if you want to keep the originals. You can do the same with flac, wav, etc... by changing *.wma to *.flac, etc... Use any available bitrate equal to or lower than the original (--bitrate 320, --bitrate 128, etc...).

To change the bitrate of MP3s use the following, in this case reducing to 192 from, say, 320...

pacpl -t mp3 --overwrite --bitrate 192 *.mp3

Again, remove "--overwrite" if you want to keep the originals.

pacpl won't output to VBR, AFAIK, but will accept a VBR original and convert it to a fixed bitrate. As always, see man pacpl for more info.

hashbanger wrote:

So? This is "general chat", right?

Nonetheless, your arrogance behooves you not. Take it from one who is well steeped in the teapot of arrogance.

Damn, I've been wanting something like this for a while. Knew it was a good idea to come back to this place. Thank you.

As for music players I run Banshee because it works best for me. Since I have a netbook with a limited amount of space I tend to carry all my music on a portable HDD. Banshee doesn't care about the music being there. Some music players have a tendency to want to go and rescan every time I start it. Banshee also works with my Sansa Clip and my Galaxy Nexus so that's a plus. It even will convert from FLAC to mp3 when putting music on the Sansa Clip. The Clip does support FLAC but I really would rather have more music than the better sound quality on a portable device.  Yes, Banshee does tend to crash and yes, it has the "evil" mono. Pretty sad that I run KDE on my desktop but cannot stand Amarok.

#2 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Just switched to Iceweasel and I'm really happy! » 2013-01-30 14:48:26

I've never been impressed enough by Chrome to see a reason to use it instead of Firefox/Iceweasel. Besides, Firefox/Iceweasel follows whatever theme I happen to be running. Plus I have all my bookmarks synced across three computers. Now if they would just make the Android version work better.

#3 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Anyone buy one of these yet or thinking of buying one? » 2013-01-30 14:45:16

Looked at them, seemed like a decent idea, but way too overpriced. Would rather just buy a decent laptop, wipe Windows, and install some Linux distro. Be cheaper.

#4 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » January 2013 Screenshot Thread » 2013-01-30 14:41:17

Wow. I haven't posted here in forever. Since Philip was wonderful enough to retweet my desktop I figured I post it here. Try to be more active too. Basically I got really bored and went all "Moebuntu" on my desktop.


#5 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » July 2011 Screenshot Thread » 2011-07-03 06:28:23

muzieca wrote:

Sunshine the Werewolf
nice setups, and i really like the font on the conky, looks very nice. smile

The font I used is called Cranberry Gin. I have no idea where I found it. Also, I like your desktop. Nice set-up.

Sector11 wrote:

@ Sunshine the Werewolf - maybe not fancy - but it has an elegance in it's simplicity. Me, I'm more into the "fill-er up" type.

Thank you. I have noticed that you really go all out with conky. They really are impressive, such as, the DS9 set-up.

aaro wrote:

I don't know if fancy, but it looks very artistic... beautiful!

Thank you. I try to match all the colours in conky and tint2 to the wallpaper. Nice set-up you have. I like seeing the various WM out there. Some just look amazing.

@rstrcogburn: I like the Duke ascii art.

#7 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Suggestion on a good twitter client that works » 2011-07-03 06:00:26

chaanakya wrote:

Sunshine: worst case, you could always move the sound file wink

Trust me, I've thought about it.

#9 Re: CrunchBang Talk » How do you backup your computers? » 2011-07-01 08:07:31

I use Deja-dup on my desktop. Basically simplifies the process. My netbook I back-up manually.

#10 CrunchBang Talk » #! and /g/ » 2011-07-01 08:03:59

It seems that any time someone brings up a minimalist, or netbook, or lightweight distro on /g/ #! always gets mentioned. Usually someone will mention ArchBang as well. Recently I read someone talking about the forum here and how friendly it is. Seems that people are noticing how great #! is.

Oh and for those that don't know, /g/ is the technology board on 4chan.

#11 Re: Help & Support (Crunchbang 11 "Waldorf") » Suggestion on a good twitter client that works » 2011-07-01 08:00:33

I currently use Turpial. The only complaint I have is that it "tweets" every time there is a new tweet. Gets to be annoying after awhile. Maybe I'm missing something, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make it not "tweet". Other than that, it works like a charm.

#12 Re: Feedback & Suggestions » Opinion on CrunchBang 9.04 and CrunchBang 10 » 2011-06-14 20:34:47

I like Plymouth, especially on my netbook. Makes the whole boot process look more "modern".

#13 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Readers's Post: What BOOKS are you reading, if your hardware is OFF? » 2011-06-04 19:14:18

merelyjim wrote:
Sunshine the Werewolf wrote:

Currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Typically I read the classics.

If it's a classic, I usually download an read it from H. G. Wells rocks.

Thanks for the heads up on the site. Now I just need to get an e-reader or something. Mostly I just read actual books.

#14 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Readers's Post: What BOOKS are you reading, if your hardware is OFF? » 2011-06-04 02:40:27

Currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Typically I read the classics.

#15 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Possible new base distro for #! ? » 2011-06-04 02:33:37

I just want to make a My Little Pony Linux. Just think of the themes. The pinks. The purples. The rainbows.

#16 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » June 2011 Screenshot Thread » 2011-06-04 02:17:44

Unia wrote:

Nice one! I like how all the colors match

gcolor2. It a great little color picker that helps me match the colours.

#17 Re: Introductions » tell me why should i change from ubuntu natty » 2011-06-04 02:14:22

Well, I feel bad for being late to the party. I would have suggested Kubuntu. Oh well.

#18 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Linux 3.0 is coming! » 2011-06-03 07:49:37

3.0? But Windows was at 3.1 twenty years ago.

Okay, I'll leave the jokes for people that are actually funny. For me, for the most part, I don't pay much attention to the numbering system. About the only thing this would really effect is those that show the Kernel in their Conky setups.

#19 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » Zenix OS? » 2011-06-03 07:39:27

A Buddhist themed distro?

Okay, for many other reasons I am going to download this give it a test run. I guess that means I need to hack out another partition and triple boot. I've got #! and Bodhi on here already.

#21 Re: WM/DE Talk » Ubuntu DE goes OS-x style » 2011-06-03 07:09:39

I'm still mixed on how I feel about Unity. Time will tell how successful Unity will be. I have stated before, I'm a KDE fanboy. I rode out the transition to KDE 4 and now, many releases later, KDE is the best DE out there. Will Unity become something great?

I can't really hate Ubuntu for trying to make Linux more accessible. Far too often we, in a community, tend to hate something once it becomes popular. As if, its popularity now gives us a reason to hate the one thing we once loved. Most people I know came to Linux through Ubuntu. If more people come to Linux through Ubuntu and Unity so be it. There will be those that drift out to find better distros to suit their needs.

#22 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » June 2011 Screenshot Thread » 2011-06-03 06:35:23

Here's my latest. Still need to change a few things on tint2, mostly the opacity and maybe making it a bit darker.


#23 Re: Off Topic / General Chat » How to explain Linux without sounding nerdy? » 2011-05-11 06:25:07

All this talk and people forgot about BSD? And no love for the "others" out there, Plan 9, Haiku, Solaris?

But back to the point, yeah, I have yet to figure out a way to successful explain Linux without sounding like a nerd. Oh well. I usually tell people that by running Linux I actually own my computer.

#24 Re: Artwork & Screenshots » May 2011 Screenshot Thread » 2011-05-11 06:03:06

Sector11 wrote:

@ Sunshine the Werewolf & hardran3

RE the "word clock" in conky:

All those ${if_match ...} statements chew up CPU cycles........
mobilediesel made a bash script to do the same: WordClock


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