Nothing to see here, move along

I haven’t been doing much MusicBrainz stuff the last week besides finally getting my test server up and running .. I’ll explain with two words. Xbox. Halo. ‘Nuff said. Some media blips I thought others might find interesting: John Peel, a UK radio DJ luminary who has brought many a budding artist into the limelight … Continue reading “Nothing to see here, move along”

I haven’t been doing much MusicBrainz stuff the last week besides finally getting my test server up and running .. I’ll explain with two words. Xbox. Halo. ‘Nuff said.

Some media blips I thought others might find interesting:

John Peel, a UK radio DJ luminary who has brought many a budding artist into the limelight through his “Peel Sessions”, has died of a heart attack at age 65. It is a sad day. Details.

Hilary Rosen, the former CEO of the RIAA has, in a Wired article, had some promising words to say about Lawrence Lessig and the Creative Commons license. Details.

That is all.

Annotations – final testing?

I’ve made what I hope will be the final series of changes to the annotations work (at least, for its first release) – please see this posting on mb-users for details. Please test it, and let me know what you think. Thanks!

I’ve made what I hope will be the final series of changes to the annotations work (at least, for its first release) – please see this posting on mb-users for details. Please test it, and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Duplicate Artist/Album Reports Updated (expect delays)

The raw data feeding into the duplicate artist/album reports has been updated. These are available under Edit The Data/Suggestions as the last two entries: “Albums that might need merging” and “More possibly duplicate artists”. The last time this report was generated (July) we had 1703 possible album duplicates and 1872 possible artist duplicates. We now … Continue reading “Duplicate Artist/Album Reports Updated (expect delays)”

The raw data feeding into the duplicate artist/album reports has been updated. These are available under Edit The Data/Suggestions as the last two entries: “Albums that might need merging” and
“More possibly duplicate artists”. The last time this report was generated (July) we had 1703 possible album duplicates and 1872 possible artist duplicates. We now have 2714 possible album duplicates and 2424 possible artist duplicates.

Note that there is a delay between when I upload the raw data and it is reflected on the server – I think this was set up to happen once a day, but it may be only once a week.

As always, if anyone is looking at these, and there is a confirmed false positive, let me know and I will (a) make sure it doesn’t show up in the next report, and (b) see if I can improve the overall reporting. So far very few people have submitted false positives.

Hard disks – progress!

The faulty disk has gone back (no refund so far though). I ordered a new disk from a different supplier, got it within 24 hrs, and it’s now in my machine and humming along nicely. So now I’ve finally got the RAID 5 working.

The faulty disk has gone back (no refund so far though). I ordered a new disk from a different supplier, got it within 24 hrs, and it’s now in my machine and humming along nicely. So now I’ve finally got the RAID 5 working.

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MusicBrainz Pub Night

I’d like to announce a MusicBrainz Pub Night in London Nov 30th at 6:30pm. If you’d like to meet Dave Evans and myself in person, chat about MusicBrainz and have a pint, please come join us. Right now I haven’t picked out a pub yet, so if you have a suggestion for a good pub … Continue reading “MusicBrainz Pub Night”

I’d like to announce a MusicBrainz Pub Night in London Nov 30th at 6:30pm.

If you’d like to meet Dave Evans and myself in person, chat about MusicBrainz and have a pint, please come join us. Right now I haven’t picked out a pub yet, so if you have a suggestion for a good pub (should be a classic pub, large enough to handle 6 – 10 of us, not too noisy), please leave a comment.

So, who can make it?

Lucene enabled Picard

In the last couple of days I’ve stuffed Lucene into Picard and it has given me some quite amazing results. I’ve opened a collection of untagged files and watched it open the right albums and populate it with tags automatically. Mind you, none of the tags were previously tagged with MB ids. Plain amazing! I … Continue reading “Lucene enabled Picard”

In the last couple of days I’ve stuffed Lucene into Picard and it has given me some quite amazing results. I’ve opened a collection of untagged files and watched it open the right albums and populate it with tags automatically. Mind you, none of the tags were previously tagged with MB ids. Plain amazing!

I have this hip-hop compilation that my friend put together and its utter crap — duplicates, many files without tags, crappy spelling and mostly from greatest hits albums. Ick. The original tagger identified less than 15% of the tracks. The new tagger identifies 50% – 60% of the tracks — that’s a really good rate for this crappy collection.

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Annotations – please try it out!

The annotations work I’ve been talking about over the last few days is now live on the test server. Please have a play and let me know what you think. Is it too limited? Does the page layout need tweaking? Maybe the way the moderations work isn’t quite right? All feedback gratefully received.

The annotations work I’ve been talking about over the last few days is now live on the test server. Please have a play and let me know what you think. Is it too limited? Does the page layout need tweaking? Maybe the way the moderations work isn’t quite right? All feedback gratefully received.

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I did mention that Lucene rocks, right?

I decided that I wanted to put together a comprehensive test of Lucene so I could show how powerful, fast and accurate Lucene is. This is just a simple Python script that is not integrated to the rest of MusicBrainz — it doesn’t even touch the Postgres DB! My little test is hosted in the … Continue reading “I did mention that Lucene rocks, right?”

I decided that I wanted to put together a comprehensive test of Lucene so I could show how powerful, fast and accurate Lucene is. This is just a simple Python script that is not integrated to the rest of MusicBrainz — it doesn’t even touch the Postgres DB!

My little test is hosted in the staging server — the DNS should’ve propagated by now. Come check it out:

http://search.musicbrainz.org

Annotations, part II

Following on the Annotations work, I’ve now got it automatically handling artist / album merges and deletes, which was one of my main concerns before. I think this makes it just about ready to test. It’s a very simple feature, which is possibly one reason why I think it will work – I’m not sure … Continue reading “Annotations, part II”

Following on the Annotations work, I’ve now got it automatically handling artist / album merges and deletes, which was one of my main concerns before. I think this makes it just about ready to test. It’s a very simple feature, which is possibly one reason why I think it will work – I’m not sure it needs to be any more complex – not for the first release anyway.

Update: see the Wiki for documentation.

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Trod trod trod

I have Picard starting up on Gentoo linux! Finally sorted out some permission problems and got the last of the requirements installed, and it runs! Well, almost. I can’t actually do anything; dragging files has no effect, the application complains a bit and won’t shut down properly; but still, progress! On the Mac, I’ve managed … Continue reading “Trod trod trod”

I have Picard starting up on Gentoo linux! Finally sorted out some permission problems and got the last of the requirements installed, and it runs! Well, almost. I can’t actually do anything; dragging files has no effect, the application complains a bit and won’t shut down properly; but still, progress! On the Mac, I’ve managed to work around some Python issues with respect to case insensitive filesystems, but now wxPython won’t compile, so I’ve taken a break from that and turned to the Windows front: I’m installing Windows XP into a VirtualPC as I write.

As an aside, I’ve almost got the my MusicBrainz test server up and running again, having some issues with the database import though. I forgot how many perl modules you need to install to get this thing running, but it only has to happen once.