February 1st, 2014 by ToolTrainer
OK here’s something that is truly on a lark, and intended for those with some time and “fun money”.
You’ve probably heard about Bitcoin recently. If you haven’t, well you probably will soon as it’s blowing up EVERYWHERE. I literally saw a billboard appear at the side of a nearby expressway a few weeks back, that is pure & simply a promotion for Bitcoin. No call to action, just a “branding” campaign. So someone is spending some money on making sure the public at large knows about it.
Anyway, Bitcoin and its variants (AKA Litecoin and others…) are “alternative currencies”. They’re quite complicated IMO and frankly, I’m still only scratching the surface of what they’re all about. But the thing I discovered that is most fascinating to me, is that there’s an entire trading sub-culture that is growing up around these things. Like with stocks, options, forex, and commodities – you can trade cryptocurrencies too!
Not for the faint of heart, I suggest only those who have a pre-existing understanding of trading, marketplaces, currency pairs, etc. should look into this. But if this intrigues you… by all means check it out. I’m actively trading now – very small $ amounts just to play around and get a feel for it. Will it make you ultra rich? Who knows… if you buy a coin for fractions of a penny each (which many altcoins are currently selling for) and it blows up to even just a few pennies each… those are massive gains. So I think it’s worth it to take a “gamble” on a few of these and see what happens over the next year or two. I do believe that SOMETHING is going to happen, I just don’t know what.
December 4th, 2013 by ToolTrainer
I was so completely frustrated by this that when I found an absolutely fantastic solution, I felt I had to share it with the world!
So if you’ve used iTunes for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve noticed that each song can only have a single genre associated with it. The problem is, so many songs these days fail to fit neatly into a single obvious genre! Is that song progressive house or techno? Is that 80′s pop or new wave? Modern or Alternative rock? Dubstep or Drumstep? Etc. etc. etc. There are many frustrated threads about this limitation all over the Google – especially on Apple’s own forums. But nobody seemed to have a really elegant solution, at least not that I saw.
Until I found this instructable.
HOLY $#!* how did I not notice this before?!?!?
Check out the link but basically, there’s a second category called “grouping” that you can arbitrarily define as anything you want – just like genre. You can even enable it in the column browser and sort it, filter by it, create smart playlists from it, etc. just like the genre field. This means it can act as a sub-genre or sub-category! Combine this if you wish with the ability to add multiple genres/labels in the comments field, and you’re pretty damn well covered.
Personally my current approach is going to be to use genre as the “primary category” since it’s already set for a large number of my tracks, and most of the time will fit “well enough”. And I’m going to be adding the grouping label as a sub-category in order to more accurately niche it down.
This is an absolute godsend for those of us who are a bit more obsessed with organizing our music/files. Let me know if this is helpful to you or better yet – if you have an even better or more clever-er approach to using it (or anything else in iTunes)!
October 9th, 2013 by ToolTrainer
For those who were on our webinar earlier today – I hope you got a lot out of it! Judging from the comments that came in afterwords and during, it sounds like you did.
Now for everyone else – or anyone who just wants a refresher – here’s the replay! It’s pretty much audio-only until about 30 minutes in when Paul fires up a browser and shows us a few tricks.