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Aug 14 2009

Today I am going to talk about a handy dandy little command available to us from the Windows Command Prompt.

If you are like myself and work in the IT world your computer and the applications, tools and configuration of it mean the world. Sometimes, as in my case, you have a set of applications and tools that are constantly open on your machine, from the time you flick it on until the time you shut down for the day. Instead of having to start each application individually each time you boot up, wouldn’t it be nice to have them all start as part of the computer booting up? Take for example myself. I ALWAYS have TOAD, OUTLOOK, a Browser, and AutoSys open on my work laptop. So I created a simple batch file that uses the START command to open all these tools for me when my computer starts up. That way I can boot my computer, then go get some coffee, chat with a colleague or get some breakfast, and when I get back all those applications are loaded and ready for use.

I know half of you are saying, “Chace, why don’t you just add these items to your Start Up directory?” That is a good question, but I have found with different versions of Windows and depending upon the application, they don’t always start up as desired. Aside from that this gives you one place to add, subtract and adjust what you want to start, just simply by editing the Batch File. Read the entire post…


Nov 17 2008

Remove Duplicates from iTunes

Posted by: Chace in Categories: Code, VBScript.
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A lot of times when we are adding songs to our beloved iTunes, we don’t have time or patience to load songs individually so we just add the whole music folder, causing iTunes to load duplicates of the same song. Several friends have asked me if there is a way to removed duplicate tracks from an iTunes library. Jeff Story of treeratfishing.com thankfully already had a script made that does this job for us.

To do this, simply download the Visual Basic Script from here and save it first, then run it from your machine. The original script would not let you know it was running until it finished. One way to be sure or to check on it is to navigate to your iTunes main music library and watch the statistical information at the bottom of the window. If this script is still running you will see the total songs decrease. Once the script has finished it will give you a pop-up alert telling you it is finished. I have also modified the version downloaded from my site to alert you that the script is starting to make life easier.

I usually run this two or three times just to make sure it gets all the duplicates and even triplicates (is this a word?).

Another issue with iTunes is that when we download music from an application other than iTunes, a lot of times we have to manually add the music to our iTunes library. I am in the process of creating a script that will add any new songs found in a specified folder to the iTunes music library, and this will also help make life easier as well as stop us from loading all these duplicates. In addition I also have a SourceForge project open for this script which you can find here. There isn’t much there now since it isn’t finished but just FYI.