Organizing The Organizing
As the recent discovery of a duplicate Ani DiFranco album (purchased on this trip to Taranna) has highlighted, my have/want list of albums is woefully out of date. And the Ani was only one example – further digging proves that my master list is definitely not current. It surprises me a little, considering that it feels like I just updated it not that long ago… Anyway.
I’m going to need to get my shit together. First, I have to make sure everything is in order in the man cave. I have had all of my CDs and DVDs in boxes, recently, as I upgraded the shelving and made some (fairly) major changes in my music room. So it’s entirely possibly that things have gotten out of hand, with all the reorganization in the room, and I’ll need to sort it all out once and for all.
I also intend to cull through, as I go, and see if there are any lingering CDs I can purge. This will add to the time, of course.
I also need to make sure I have every disc in my iTunes and, if not, rip it post-haste!
Then, I need to make sure it’s all up to date on my typed list. And all of this will hopefully be done before we go back to Taranna. I have a deadline (June 10). I can do deadlines!
It’s a very good thing I have a couple of weeks to do all of this, as it’s likely going to be a fairly large undertaking.
Another thing I noticed was that my cell phone (an HTC One S with android) was having trouble opening the larger text file and scrolling through the list. It kept saying there wasn’t enough memory, but the phone had plenty of memory available. This baffles me, because a .txt file isn’t very large in size (it’s an RTF .txt file that’s 201KB. Seriously, the phone is choking on kilobytes?… Whoa). And for the sake of information, it was created using Mac’s free text editor named, appropriately, TextEdit. It’s the same as Windows’ Wordpad, I’d wager.
One thought I had was that maybe I need to make it a plain text file instead of rich text file, see if that made it smaller… and it did, bringing it down from 201KB to 143KB. But this is quibbling over friggin’ KB. This is 2015, not 1985, it should blast that little file open so friggin’ fast…
So, if the phone is still choking on that (!?), I thought maybe I need to break things up alphabetically, like separate files for #ABCD, and EFGHI, and so on. The smaller files might open and run more easily, and it’d be a simple enough matter to close and open the appropriate files as I go through the bins alphabetically in the shops.
One of our friends, visiting for the long weekend, suggested turning the file into a .pdf file. They’re generally compressed, and it’d only need to be read-only anyway. Now, it is true that my phone has a .pdf viewer, but I exported the file as a .pdf and it sits at 323KB, so it’s larger!
At any rate, the first step is going to be getting into the (recently upgraded) man cave, making sure everything is in order, item by item, making all of that jive with what I have in my iTunes, and updating my list for our June trip to the city. It’s going to be fun going back through everything, of course, and I can jam along with the some sweet, sweet tunes as I do the work… my component stereo, with the gorgeous Rega turntable, is in there… It’s actually easy to lose hours in that room… But this project will still eat up quite a bit of free time over the next couple of weeks.
I’ll gladly accept any advice you guys have about opening files on an Android phone (it uses Polaris Office, or PDF Viewer for .pdfs). Perhaps I’ve missed something. I still can’t fathom how a file so small could require more memory to open, but this was the error I was getting on the phone, even when I completely shut it down and restarted it.
Anyway, let’s give ‘er!