Category Archives: Technology

Google Music Auto-match Not Working Again!

This came up last year, but it seems that the Auto-matching service for Google Music uploading is down again.  I tried uploading 22 albums yesterday and not a single song was matched.  Same thing happened today.  These were all FLAC files which generally have a much higher match rate.  They were also fairly popular artists like The Weeknd & Radiohead.

I guess I will have to try again after a couple of days.  Last year it took at least 3 days to get it running again.

 

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OneDrive Randomly Deleted over 26 000 Files!

OneDriveThis morning I noticed that OneDrive was feverishly working away while I worked.  I hadn’t made any changes to my OneDrive folder, so it didn’t make much sense.  I stupidly let it be thinking it was just doing some maintenance.

Well, at the end of the day I went to retrieve a file and found that several folders were missing.  Upon closer inspection I found that most of my files were gone!

I looked online (https://onedrive.live.com) and they were all still there, just not on my local computer.  That’s when I checked my Recycle Bin and found over 26 000 files had been deleted from my OneDrive folder.

The files are mostly small and only make up about 3.5 GB.  Anyway, I was able to restore them from the Recycle Bin and all is well.

Makes me a little concerned about what the hell OneDrive was thinking.

 

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Google Music Auto-match: Update

Google MusicIt appears as though the music uploading auto-matching feature of Google Music is working again.  Yesterday I re-uploaded 5 albums that previously didn’t have a single match.  This time all but a couple of songs were matched.

I didn’t think they would go too long without getting that fixed.

 

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Google Music Auto-match Not Working?

Google Music ManagerIt seems like the auto-matching functionality of Google Music hasn’t been working for the last few days.  I tried to upload 4 albums that I ripped to FLAC, but not one song got a match.  I find the system is better at matching FLAC files than it is at matching MP3 files.  I’m guessing because it doesn’t sample the music and instead just goes by the ID3 tag and song length.

All 4 albums are available for sale on Google Music, so I know Google has a copy.  I converted them to MP3 files just in case, but they still didn’t match.  Traditionally, I get a match ~99% of the time (with FLAC files), so I know something is up.

I will try again in a few days to see if the issue has been corrected.

 

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Redbox is leaving Canada!

RedBox

Wow, I just recieved word that Redbox is leaving Canada!

Was it really that expensive to maintain service?

The last day to rent will be Feb 13th.

 

With Blockbuster and Rogers Video gone, there is basically no place in my area to rent movies.

If what I want to watch is not on Netflix, that doesn’t really leave many legal options.

 

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Update: The Toronto Star now has an article about it as well…..

Movie rental company Redbox shutting down Canadian operation, pulling kiosks

TigerDirect.ca $30 off $125 plus Free Shipping – Awesome? Not Really

TD SaleTigerDirect.ca is often having weekly sales, whether it’s $15 off $100, $10 off $50 or like right now, $30 off $125.

Combined with the Free Shipping promo that they have right now, you would think that you could grab a pretty sweet deal.

Well maybe on some stuff, but not video cards (or CPUs or SSDs….).  After the $30 discount, you might save $5 or $10 off of competitor prices, but that’s hardly very exciting.

I want to get something that is on sale.  Something that is already a good price and then knock off $30, that’s customer appreciation!

Looking to Upgrade Video Card, Not Much has Changed.

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850I was thinking that the Sapphire HD 5850 Xtreme 1GB GDDR5 video card that I purchased for my HTPC 3 years ago was getting a little old and that it was time to upgrade.

I was able to pick it up for $140 back then and it’s been a great card.

So what can you get for $140 today?  Well, without mail-in-rebates, you are looking at something in the Radeon R7 260X range.  Is that an upgrade?  BARELY!.

In fact, looking at the numbers, the difference probably wouldn’t even be that noticeable.

With mail-in-rebates and sales, you can often find a R9 270/270X for that price, which is a bit of an upgrade, but considering my card is 3 years old, that’s kinda sad.

With Black Friday around the corner, I’m hoping to get a good deal on a R9 280/285/280X, which would be a definite improvement.

My 2nd Alienware 14 is also defective!!

Alienware 14

Alienware 14

So, I sent back the first Alienware 14 that Dell sent me because the rubber coating on the palm rest started to peal off.

It was only a couple of weeks old, so I figured I might as well have them replace the whole thing… just in case.

Rather than send me a replacement first, I had to send mine back and then they sent the replacement.  It took almost a month, but I finally received the replacement last Friday.

The first laptop worked perfectly fine.  It only had the issue with the palm rest.

The replacement I just received has a defective screen.  🙁

Rather than have them replace the whole thing again, I’m going to let them send a tech out and just replace the screen.

I probably should have just let them replace the palm rest last time.  Karma I guess.

 

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A New Alienware 14 Is On The Way

Alienware 14 (2013)

Alienware 14 (2013)

Well, after humming and hawing for two weeks I finally decided on the 2013 Alienware 14 from Dell.

The Inspiron 17R Special Edition (7720) I ordered back in May just didn’t cut it.

I sent back the Latitude E6540 without opening it.

I almost went with the Latitude 3540, but a few things just didn’t work for me. Read more »

Dell Advantage Loyalty Program Now in Canada

Dell Advantage US Promo ImageAfter being available for years in the US, Dell has finally launched the Advantage Loyalty Program here in Canada.

http://www.dell.com/learn/ca/en/cadhs1/campaigns/advantage-cards

We don’t get the free 2nd day shipping like they do in the US, but we do get the 5% cash back (via gift card) offer.  I suppose it’s not really cash back as much as a discount towards your next purchase that expires in 90 days, but it’s better than nothing.  🙂

 

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