FLAC/CUE

Posted on February 10, 2017 by quashnsa

Ever since I found the Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC) I have been saving my audio files in this format. There are CD albums that are not suited to this type of treatment. One of these albums that should not be separated into tracks is Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. This album should be saved as a single file from start to finish. But, you ask, doesn't that make searching for a single track difficult? Well, yes it does make it like listening to the cassette tape. However, there is a solution that I have only tried recently. Using a CUE sheet (a small text document that defines the tracks and times) will allow the single album file to be treated like individual tracks.

I am using FOOBAR2000 to "play" the CUE files for the album FLAC files.

Here is the command line program in BSD that will rip a single file from a disc and create a CUE sheet.

abcde -1 -o flac -a default,cue

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Posted on August 20, 2014 by quashnsa

1 Hooked on a Feeling - Blue Swede
2 Go All the Way - The Raspberries
3 Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
4 Moonage Daydream - David Bowie
5 Fooled Around And Fell In Love - Elvin Bishop
6 I'm Not in Love - 10cc
7 I Want You Back - Jackson 5
8 Come and Get Your Love - Redbone
9 Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
10 Escape (The Piña Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
11 O-O-H Child - The Five Stairsteps
12 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Tammi Terrell

Albums that Changed My World

Posted on July 08, 2014 by quashnsa

I will begin here a list of albums that influenced me in some way. The albums are not listed in any particular order. This list will contain music from many genres.

I highly recommend that these albums be heard and felt. Take the time to enjoy music and make it part of your life.


Ten Years at Quashnick.net

Posted on August 26, 2013 by quashnsa

I missed the actual anniversary, but back on February 4th 2003 I started this website (http://quashnick.net/). I started out on the internet by using Tripod to host my site for free (http://quashnick.tripod.com/) in 1997. I then moved my site around a little to other free sites, but I was not satisfied. When I realized that I was into this share-your-shit kind of idea, I bought my domain name (quashnick.net) and then moved my site here to Hurricane Electric (http://he.net).

Well here I am ten years later. I enjoy having my own website and the freedom it brings me to put my ideas out into the æther of the internet.

Homemade Bubble Wands

Posted on April 22, 2013 by quashnsa

After looking over the DIY bubble wand options that are available online, I had to find a better way. The other DIY wands were either very large circles (six-pack rings) or rope hoops. I needed something with a fixed diameter and/or rigid design. I finally found two ways to make cheap, household, rigid (slightly flexible) bubble wands.

Ebooks on IRC

Posted on January 06, 2013 by quashnsa

Certain servers have some ebook channels for sharing epubs and other formats.

Unix Script (Bourne) to Remove Spaces in File Names

Posted on December 26, 2012 by quashnsa

#!/bin/sh
find . -name '* *' | while read file;
do
target=`echo "$file" | sed "s/ /_/g"`;
if [ -f $target ]
then
echo "File Exists: $target";
else
echo "Renaming '$file' to '$target'";
mv "$file" "$target";
fi
done;

Paragraph CSS for EPUB

Posted on January 24, 2012 by quashnsa

I have been converting most of my electronic books from PDF to EPUB. Using Sigil makes editing the EPUB files very easy. One trick I have experimented with in the EPUB is paragraph spacing and indentation. What appeals to me in a book is a slightly room feel with paragraph indentaiton. I personally don't like non-indented paragraphs even if there is space added between paragraphs.


p {text-indent:15px;
margin-left:0px;
margin-right:0px;
margin-top:0px;
margin-bottom:5px;
text-align: justify; }


The 15px; indentation is enough to set-off new paragraphs visually, but adding a small amount of space (5px) below each paragraph makes the book seem not too cramped and a bit roomy.

Kindle Fire and TOR

Posted on January 16, 2012 by quashnsa

There is an Android app for the Kindle Fire to use the TOR network. I stole this from the following website:
https://guardianproject.info/2011/11/16/dont-get-burned-anonymize-your-fire/

Installation Instructions

1) Under the settings section labeled “Device,” there is an option that says “Allow Installation of Applications From Unknown Sources.” Enable this!

2) Then download these files directly via the Fire’s browser, or side-load them from the desktop using the Android SDK “adb” tool.

Orbot: https://www.torproject.org/dist/android/Orbot-1.0.6-Tor-0.2.3.7-alpha-FINAL.apk

Orweb: https://github.com/downloads/guardianproject/Orweb/Orwebv2-20010809-0.2.2.apk



3) Start Orbot, follow the wizard, and press the power up button to connect to Tor.

4) Start Orweb to connect to the Tor Check page to verify your connection, then browse away to your (private) heart’s content.

5) Do a happy dance because your Kindle Fire just got way more l33t and slightly less p0wn3d.

Kindle Fire and Windows 7

Posted on January 02, 2012 by quashnsa

The Windows 7 box didn't completely recognize the Kindle Fire. After some research, it turns out that the Fire has to be "on" and not in "sleep" or off for the drivers to be loaded completely.