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Create free ringtones for the iPhone – Using iTunes

Posted: July 21st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

I haven’t seen any “clean” write-ups for creating free ringtones for your iPhone yet, so here goes.
Note: This is done on my Mac, if you notice any differences please let me know and I can make an updated PC-guide.

-Open up iTunes on the Mac/PC that you use to sync with your iPhone.
-Make sure that AAC is the import format. If not, change it by: iTunes, Preferences, Import Settings, Import using: AAC Encoder, Setting: iTunes Plus, then click OK.

You should notice that if you right-click on any song in your library, it will have a “create AAC version” option.
It is a good practice to make your ringtones 30 seconds in duration.

-Locate the song you wish to make in to a ringtone.
-Preview and note the point in the song that you want the ringtone to start
-Right-click on the song, Get Info
-Go to the options tab, put in your start time and end time for the song, click OK

-Double-click the song to play the 30-second clip you just set, adjust start and end time if necessary
-Once you have the 30 seconds of ringtone goodness, right-click on the song and create AAC version

After the song is converted you should see a duplicate song below the original with a duration of 30 seconds. Left-click and drag this new song to your desktop. The ringtone will be copied to your desktop as a .m4a file. Left-click and rename to .m4r extension. You will get a prompt that says, “Are you sure you want to change the extension from “.m4a” to “.m4r”? Choose “Use .m4r”

Left-click the ringtones folder in iTunes and drag your new .m4r file to it, you now have your new ringtone! Make sure it will be copied by editing your sync settings to copy all ringtones! Voila!

Note: Make sure to cleanup and remove the start and end times from your songs that you made ringtones. It will be annoying whenever you play them and they will only play for 30 seconds.

2010 – No More Ads…Resolutions

Posted: January 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Asterisk VoIP, Linux, Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I decided to start off 2010 with a few changes:
1. Choose a new theme for the site…done

2. Remove Ads…done(With the exception of the sweet animation my buddy did)

3. I’m studying AGI scripting with Asterisk and want to share my findings along the way. I hope to have a lot of posts soon for you guys.

4. I hope to have bi-monthly updates to the site at a minimum. Topics include but are not limited to: Asterisk, AGI, PHP, Linux, and anything else I find interesting. 2010 is going to be the year of knowledge.

5. I put a link on the right column, and I’m only going to say it once. If you want to buy me a beer, or contribute to my escapades with a small donation. Then I will smile knowing that someone appreciated the info enough to help me out.

Fastest Route to Single Booting Linux on the new 2009 Mac Mini

Posted: March 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

See IMPORTANT NOTES section below… there’s currently a catch with rebooting….
If you find a fix for the reboot issue, please leave a comment (that will email me)..

Special thanks to Victor Costan

Step 1 – Get your linux on the HD
-Power On / Insert Linux Install Disk With Kernel 2.6.26 or higher / Power Off
-Power On / Wait 4 Seconds / Hold “c” key to boot from DVD drive
-I couldn’t get linux to work after deleting the EFI partition, so don’t.
-Get to your distro’s partitioning utility and delete the main MAC partition
-After deleting the big partition, create your linux partitions
-If you delete the EFI partition on accident, the Leopard install will fix it
-Direct the installer to put GRUB on the first sector of your /boot partition
-Install whatever other options you want and let installer run
-Remove Linux Install Disk / Insert MAC OSX Install Disk / Reboot

Step 2 – Tell MAC‘s Open Firmware What To Do
-Power On / Wait 4 Seconds / Hold “c” key to boot from DVD drive
-Get to “Terminal” under “Utilities” on MAC Installation Setup
-Type the following command to determine how your /boot partition was identified
diskutil list
-Type the following command to set that partition as bootable (mine was disk0s2)
bless –device /dev/disk0s2 –setboot –legacy –verbose

-After these steps, linux will boots fine but when trying to reload it will hangs (more likely the shutdown process hangs).  It appears to require a hard reset at this time…bummer.
-Earlier Kernels (Such as 2.6.18 in Centos 5.2 and lower) may install successfully but do not properly load drivers for all the hardware once installed.

Hold “c” key to boot from DVD drive
Hold “F12” key to eject the DVD drive
Hold “ALT” to emulate the option key (not used in this procedure)


Debian Success Documented here (by Thomas Glanzmann):

Discussion and bless command from Veiho in Ubuntuforums :

Status on reload problem being worked by ubuntu developers:

The home computer timeline. What say you?

Posted: January 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

I recently built a high-performance media-center/gaming PC and it got me thinking.  I think it’d be cool to document the timeline of our desktop/home computers.
Here is mine, please leave a comment with your timeline (what you can remember anyways), as I’m curious to see what the readers are/have been using.

~1996  -Acer Familiy Computer – 100Mhz, 16 MB RAM, 1 GB Hard Drive
~1999 -HP Pavilion (My first computer) – 500Mhz Celeron, 196 MB RAM, 10 GB Hard Drive, Geforce 400 MX
~2002 -Alienware Area 51M Gaming Laptop – 2.4GHz P4, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, Radeo 7500 64MB
~2003 -Custom Built Desktop to replace HP, AMD Athlon XP 2200+, 512 MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, Geforce 5200FX 128MB
~2006 -Macbook 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB Ram, 160GB Hard Drive
~2007 -Custom Built Desktop to replace last custom – 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, 2x – 320GB Hard Drives, 2x Geforce 7600 GT OC
~2008 -Mac Mini 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo, 1GB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive
~2008 -Custome Built Desktop for media center/Gaming – 3.33GHz Core 2 Duo running at 4GHz 24/7, 8GB RAM, 320GB Hard Drive, 3x Geforce GTX260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB RAM/each

The evolution is great to look at, please follow the same format as I am interested to see the evolution for the readers of this blog.


I’m in Japan…

Posted: November 13th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Asterisk VoIP, Linux, Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for a while now, its just that I haven’t gotten any of my friends to really commit to going.  So about 6 months ago, I decided that I was going to go by myself.  After thinking about it, it really is the best way to visit Japan for the first time.  I can allow myself to be totally immersed without having someone from my country bring me back to ‘feeling American’ every 5 minutes.  I am really glad that I have this opportunity to visit this great country.  I’ve been here 5 days now, and I almost feel like I live here.

To share my experiences, I’ve documented everything possible (mostly food) so future prospective-visitors can learn from my time here.

Check for the daily journal, pictures, and video updates.

1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, Multiple Computers

Posted: July 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, Mac, Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Most tech-folk know that desktop real-estate is key to optimizing efficiency. Adding a second monitor can increase your work output/efficiency by almost half. So if you are like most people and have a desktop and a laptop, get ready for the best FREE upgrade you can make to your setup.
This article is also for those of you who are using multiple keyboards/mice on your desk for more than one computer. The solution to this cumbersome setup is Synergy. Synergy works by first defining where the computer screens are arranged (macbook to left of desktop, desktop to right of macbook…etc). The program can act as a client or host. The main computer with the keyboard and mouse is the host. The client computers consist of every other computer you want to use. I currently have a desktop as my host with 4 LCDs. To the right I have a mac mini on a 19″ LCD, to the left of the desktop is a macbook, to the left of the macbook is another laptop. I can control all of these with one keyboard and mouse seamlessly dragging from monitor to monitor. Synergy works by sending all of the mouse information over the local network to each defined host. It’s worth noting that the clipboard carries over too! From Mac, to Linux, to Windows!

What you need:
1. For mac users the gui wrapper for synergy is fantastic. Get it here – SynergyKM.
2. For *NUX and Windows users, get it here –

By the way, Synergy is open source (most things on this site are).

Here is a great example of synergy freeing up desk space: