One more reason to love Songbird

My personal favorite music player, Songbird, looks pretty much similar to the Mac’s native one, iTunes. But that’s only by a default, because tens of add-ons makes it as personal as I need. Without extra installable applications.

I’m an average music listener, last.fm claims that I’ve listened 4000 tracks during the last two years, which isn’t too much. But these are the track i’ve listened not heard and probably I don’t have time for bigger number.

Back to the headline. Cover art for the track i listen to is crucial. It can be compared to the visual aesthetics of the records shelf above my desk where unlabeled CDs hidden for the publicity and CDs with the covers are sitting in the most noticeable area.

Managing cover arts in the iTunes is pain, even when I used additional software for finding and downloading them. Too much work is needed there where there’s shouldn’t. Solution that is provided by the Songbird and one small add-on called Last.fm Album Art is much more comfortable. It simply displays album cover art whenever its available on the last.fm database or is described in the metadata of the mp3 file. And that’s it.

That is the reason I love Songbird :]

Christmas trip to Riga

I’ve been growing up with the knowledge that all the countries which are located in south are warmer than those which are in the north. For example Latvia. Or Turkey.

A week ago I packed my family into our car and started to move towards Baltic’s capital, Riga. Almost traditional Christmas trip couldn’t be canceled at any chance but as our smallest part of the family is too small for flying, we decided to try something more comfortable for her – traveling by car.

It’s almost 400 km driving to Riga from our home, which means, that no stops are needed and we maneged to arrive to the hotel just before the darkness. Luckyly we choosed a hotel which is located next to the main street and there was no troubles for finding it.

I can’t talk about Riga while not comparing it to the Tallinn. It’s bigger, there’s more noise, more people, more shops, more snow (at least on those two days) and bigger shopping centers. Short walk in the older part of the town convinced us that Tallinn beats Riga in this point. Old town in the Riga is expensive, full on construction works and cars which makes decent walking in there really challenging.

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On the way back from the Latvia next day, we forgot to turn away from the highway A2 on the correct place and soon found ourselves in beautiful Sigulda and Turaida.

So do I return to the Riga for spending a holiday, for example? Rather not. Haapsalu sounds more tempting in this context.

Further reading: Latvija @ dodo.com

Elgg, showing more latest updates (discussions) on group page

By default, Elgg’s group page shows 4 latest discussions from the group forum. For getting better overview about actions in forum it might be good idea to increase the number from 4 to…50, for example:

Navigate to Elgg installation folder / mod / groups / views / default / groups / forum_latest.php on line 5, where stands:
[php]
$forum = get_entities_from_annotations("object", "groupforumtopic", "group_topic_post", "", 0, $vars[‘entity’]->guid, 50, 0, "asc", false);[/php]

Number 50 is the one.