Ripping to FLAC in Linux

  • Posted on: 12 December 2016
  • By: Lee
Screenshot of sound apps on Linux Mint

For years I've had most of my music in a collection as MP3s. Some years ago I bought a set of Motorola SF600 bluetooth headphones that produce hi-fi sound on a wireless headset, and, when London traffic wasn't overpowering all I began to notice the lower quality MP3s just didn't sound that great. Given the clear quality advantages I wanted to re-rip everything to FLAC.

Google spams itself

  • Posted on: 9 December 2016
  • By: Lee

It seems when trouble comes it comes in spades. Some of my favorite service providers are having trouble all at once. Skype, which has worked flawlessly for 2 years (3 maybe?) has had problems seeing its own peer-to-peer (P2P) network today making logins interminable, and now Google, whose Gmail is one of the nicest free apps on the net, has fallen foul of its own spam filter! Trawling through the Gmail spambox looking for mail that shouldn’t be there I found an e-mail sent me from, of all places, the Google Adsense folks.