Recently I found myself in possession of some music where the entire album was a single FLAC file. Each FLAC file came along with a cue file (also known as a cue sheet), which simply defines when, in seconds from the start, each individual track begins. This is fine for archival purposes, when you just want a backup of an existing CD, but it makes it awkward if you just want to listen to a single song off an album. Luckily, the Ubuntu repositories contain some tools that make splitting the file into individual tracks incredibly simple. Continue reading
I’ve been a bit light on new posts lately, but that’s been because I’ve had a stack of new games to play through. The pre-Christmas period seemed to have a lot more good deals on games than usual, especially the daily deals on Xbox Live, from which I’ve bought Joe Danger 2, Spelunky, Trials Evolution and all five episodes of The Walking Dead. So it must be said my “stack” of games is mainly virtual, so is more a few extra entries on a list somewhere. I did get some retail games too though; a few days before Christmas, GAME had Far Cry 3 for a mere £22.49, a great price considering it had only been out for a few weeks. I really recommend it, though I must admit I was left a bit disappointed by the ending. I also bought the Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year edition, and that was pretty good too, though I think I preferred Arkham Asylum. I hope to write a bit more in-depth about some of these games if I get the chance, but in the meantime, happy new year!
I’m a few weeks late on this, but, at the risk of sounding like that guy on the Fast Show, wasn’t the Olympics brilliant? From the first day to the last, I spent way longer than I want to admit watching the various events (which is one of the reasons for my lack of posts). I was helped by the excellent BBC coverage, which, because I’m lucky enough to have Sky HD, gave me the choice of 24 live HD channels. I was often flicking between several of them, to follow the progress of the British athletes in action at the given moment.
I think I’m right in saying I watched every one of Team GB’s 29 gold medals being won, but I may be wrong. Either way, it was great to watch. I think I suffered from a bit of post-Olympics depression when it was over, everyday had felt like a momentous occasion, it was hard to go back to normal where medals weren’t being handed out and world records weren’t being broken.
Being a big cricket fan though, the post-Olympics blues wasn’t helped by England losing their number one ranking in test match cricket. They were beaten 2-0 by South Africa in a three match series, a scoreline which I think is a little unfair to England. They were routed in the first match, but the other two were very close; I’d have fancied their chances of winning the second if less time were taken out of the game by the weather, and I don’t think they’d have lost the third if they could have played for a draw. England have managed to keep the number one one-day ranking though, so that’s some consolation.
June seems to have absolutely flown by. So I haven’t had the time to write one of my usual insightful posts. Usually I would blame this on spending too long playing a new game, but this month I blame it on all the sport that’s been on, I’ve been watching Euro 2012, cricket, and, over this last week, Wimbledon too. And with more cricket, the Tour de France, and the Olympics coming up soon, the next couple of months are going to be just as bad!
The football is the first thing I’ve been able to watch live in HD, via a new TV with built-in Freeview HD. It looks pretty good! The TV has a good standard definition picture, but switching between the SD and HD channels the difference is clear, as you’d expect. Wimbledon has looked good in HD too, and I’m definitely looking forward to the Olympics. There’s an extra red button HD channel being added for that too. If the recent somewhat crazy weather continues, watching it at home will probably be better than being there!
I haven’t had a new post for a while, which is an excuse to write a new post. What have I been doing? Well, I had a job interview. I didn’t get it though. Which is a shame, that would have been a good excuse for not posting anything new. I also finally got round to playing Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. It was pretty good. I probably won’t bother writing one of my reviews for it though, as it’s been out for 18 months or so now and it’s only about £10, so I think anyone who’s going to buy it probably already has.
While I may not have had good news on the job front, I have had a few ideas for a bit of a solo project. I’ve had a couple of (what I think are) decent ideas for iPhone games, which I’m thinking about attempting to make. There are many stumbling blocks with this though. For starters I don’t have an iPhone. Or an iMac, which is required to do the programming on. And, as long time reader will know, I hate Apple! Why would I choose their platform? Simply because I think there’s more money to be made there!
I’m still in the early stages though. It may never happen. It will require a lot of work and I’ll need to learn a few more skills too. But those skills are desirable to employers, so even if the whole thing’s a complete failure I’ll be a bit better off than when I started. Except I might be down the price of a iMac. That’s not good. Though if I’m moderately successful, I may be able to recoup the costs of the iMac, and maybe even make some money. That’s very good! So we’ll see…