Apr. 24th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Mr. Rogers)
So. I knew it was bound to happen. JRiver Media Center, which I'd regarded as the best media jukebox/center/player combination on the planet, proved to me today that it was too good to be true. No, it didn't delete any of my mp3 files or anything seriously destructive like that...it just stopped working.

First, it decided it couldn't find a number of random different albums on my jukebox drive. There was no rhyme or reason as to why it suddenly couldn't find the new Dresden Dolls album that I'd just imported the night before, especially since it still listed the files' folder addresses properly and I sure as hell hadn't moved them to a different folder. At first, I damnear panicked, thinking that this was a sign that my mp3 drive had decided to fail again--but then I remembered that its contents wwere backed up in multiple places, so I wouldn't ultimately lose any data or another $2500 in recovery costs. I ran some diagnostics on the disk, though, and they came back A-OK, right across the board. Long story short...after investigating what could be happening, it just turned out that JRiver Media Center was randomly forgetting that certain files in its library were still exactly right where they belonged.

Annoying, yes--and puzzling...but I figured I could just wipe the library and re-import all the files, right? Nope. Everytime I imported them, the fucking program crashed. I removed it, reinstalled it. Crashed. Removed it, rebooted my computer, wiped every trace of it from my HD, and reinstalled it again. Tried to import the 78K+ files on my mp3 drive and...you guessed it: crashed. The fucking thing just won't work on my machine anymore. And I have no idea why.

I'm going to post a query about this on their tech support forums tomorrow to see if this is just some kind of crazy bug or what...but, quite frankly, I don't have much hope of ever using the thing again, as much as I like it. As I was searching through the forums for a possible answer to my problem before asking about it, I discovered that JRiver Media Center 11.x.xxx has a list of strange bugs, software and hardware conflicts, and "unresolved issues" forty miles long. Even when I was researching crash problems with iTunes I didn't see so many problems. Even considering that 1) many of the "problems" reported on the JRiver forums were obviously caused by dumnshit users; and 2) many of the remaining problems were pretty simple and easily fixed, the number of actual, serious problems that couldn't be resolved--or hadn't even been addressed--was still a marathon-league in length.

I feel bad now that I actually shelled out money for this termite-riddled piece of shit. Fortunately, it was only $10...so I can live with that. It really was a fine-ass piece of software, though. Maybe I or one of the company's tech-support wankers will figure out what the hell is going on here so I can go back to using it. In the meantime, I've been using bloated, clunky, stupid-ass iTunes again and gleefully observing how a fucking media player than can only handle mp3s sucks up almost 100mb of memory when playing The Handsome Family.

Fuck it. I'm going to bed. One of these goddamned days, I swear I'm going to teach myself C++ or VisualBasic or whatever the hell you can use to write Windows programs and I'm going to creae my own fucking media player that will be able to manage a library of several billion songs, play any kind of compressed audio format known to man, and ONLY DO THAT. No skins. No stupid visualizations. Nothing. Just a damned player.
oneirophrenia: (South Pegritz!)
This is weird: High court stays out of student's Jesus poster.

The gist of it is: a New York kindergarten student, Antonio Peck, drew a poster for an assignment depicting ways to save the environment via trash collection and conservation efforts. Apparently, he drew Jesus on his--though in what context the article does not say. The poster was displayed folded in half so the Jesus-figure wasn't displayed. Seems pretty cut-n'-dried, right? Kid drew a picture of JC helping out with conservation and the school panicked, as most schools do, when faced with religious content and screwed up by, in essence, censoring the boy's artwork. Right? Nope.

First of all, the legal wranglings here are arcane at best....Why? Because the boy's mother prettymuch did all the work. In fact, she gave him "considerable help" on a previous effort that was rejected because "it did depict any conservation efforts to save the environment." Methinks the woman has been drawing scenes of Jesus coming down and saving the world so we don't have to ever do anything for ourselves. Which just makes everything that much more complicated.

I guess this is what happen when mommy decides to turn your kindergarten Earth Day project into an opportunity for evangelism.
oneirophrenia: (Girl I Like Bear 2)
Hi,

Do you buy books online, use Google, or download to an Ipod? Theseactivities will be hurt if Congress passes a radical law that givesgiant corporations more control over the Internet.

Internet providers like AT&T and Verizon are lobbying Congress hardto gut Network Neutrality, the Internet's First Amendment. NetNeutrality prevents AT&T from choosing which websites open mosteasily for you based on which site pays AT&T more. Amazon.com doesn't have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to work more properly on your computer.

Politicians don't think we are paying attention to this issue. Many ofthem take campaign checks from big telecom companies and are on theverge of selling out to people like AT&T's CEO, who openly says,"The internet can't be free."

The free and open Internet is under seige--can you sign this petitionletting your member of Congress know you support preserving NetworkNeutrality? Click here:

http://www.civic.moveon.org/save_the_internet

A list of all the ways you might be affected by Net Neutrality is located on the bottom of this link:http://civic.moveon.org/alerts/savetheinternet.html

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I've signed the petition, of course, and as a member of the EFF I've been following this (and the ridiculous DMCA extension bullshit) for the past few days. If nothing else, at least sign the petition to show your support for network neutrality.

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