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GMail No Longer Accepted for Forum Registration

Due to the ever-growing number of spam posts on my forum from GMail accounts, I've had to disable the ability to use GMail addresses when registering for a new account on this site. If you're a (legitimate) GMail user trying to register for this site, I'm afraid you'll need to use an alternate e-mail address from now on. Existing accounts are not affected.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

Update 11/03/2009:
Apparently this was affecting existing accounts. I was just notified of this problem and removed the block. I'll need to find another way to address this. If you were having trouble logging in recently and received the error message, "The name username is registered using a reserved e-mail address and therefore could not be logged in," you should now be able to login again. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.

Miscellaneous Scripts Section Added to Site

I justed added a section for miscellaneous script section to my Software page. These are various scripts that I've written over the years for my own use, but I'd like to share them with others that may be able to benefit from them. Please note, however, that unlike the other applications I've released on my site (UniExtract, Convert to FLAC, etc.), these scripts are much less polished and robust. Please keep this in mind and review source code running any of them.

Right now there are only a handful of scripts there, but there are plenty of more that I'd like to add when I get the time (some require a little more cleanup than others).

To review and download the scripts:
Miscellaneous Scripts

Feedback and Support

Small Convert to FLAC Update

In the 2.0 update for Convert to FLAC I added support for converting from Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) files. Part of the process of converting formats involves copying existing tags and metadata wherever possible, and in order to do this with ALAC files I use a separate utility called mp4info. This utility originally came from the MPEG4IP project, but unfortunately that project now seems to be defunct. As a result, I've switched over to the libmp4v2 project, which is still active and provides its own mp4info utility.

Unfortunately, the output from the two versions of mp4info is slightly different. As a result, I had to modify Convert to FLAC to support the new syntax. This change will only affect you if you're trying to convert ALAC files to FLAC. If that's the case, please note the following:

  • You must use the libmp4v2 version of mp4info with convtoflac 2.0.2 and newer
  • If you cannot, or do not want to, switch away from MPEG4IP, you must continue to use convtoflac 2.0.1
  • convtoflac offers no error checking for this beyond verifying that the mp4info binary exists; if you do not follow the advice above, your files will be transcoded, but any metadata will be lost

Sorry for the inconvenience. To download the new version:
Convert to FLAC home page and downloads
Convert to FLAC ChangeLog

Feedback and Support

Convert to FLAC Updated (again)

I just pushed out an important bugfix release for Convert to FLAC. When testing the new multiple input file support, I apparently never bothered testing it on files with spaces in their names. Oops. Version 2.0.1 fixes this oversight.

Relevant links below. If you've already upgraded to v2.0, please download this new version ASAP. Sorry for the inconvenience.

For more information:
Convert to FLAC home page and downloads
Convert to FLAC ChangeLog

Feedback and Support

Convert to FLAC and apeinfo Updated

I just posted updates for apeinfo and Convert to FLAC, which is the first update in quite some time for both of them.

The apeinfo update was mostly to address compatibility issues. It's been updated to properly support GCC 4.x (which almost all Linux distributions ship with today), and I've also included a 64-bit binary for those of you running 64-bit Linux distributions. The older 32-bit still works fine if you'd prefer to use it, but using it on a 64-bit distro will require installation of 32-bit compatibility libraries.

Convert to FLAC received a much more significant update, and has been bumped up to version 2.0 as a result. The highlights include the ability to accept and process multiple input files, support for Apple Lossless (ALAC) and True Audio (TTA) input files, dynamic path setting for "helper" binaries (so you no longer need to edit paths in the script), and a rather import bug fix to ensure that both the decode and encode steps in the transcoding process are completed successfully. Anyone using Convert to FLAC is strongly encouraged to update to this new version.

For more information:
apeinfo home page and downloads
apeinfo ChangeLog

Convert to FLAC home page and downloads
Convert to FLAC ChangeLog

Feedback and Support

Enjoy!

AutoFLAC Download Links Fixed

Someone recently e-mailed me about the about being unable to download AutoFLAC. It turns out that some changes I made about a week ago broke some of the download links for software on this website, which I had not noticed in my testing. As far as I can tell, only AutoFLAC was affected. I just fixed that issue, so AutoFLAC can be downloaded once again.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

New LegRoom Certificates

This post is only relevent to users of the SSL (https) site and LegRoom.net e-mail users.

As part of the server rebuild process that I mentioned in my last post, I've created new certificates for my web server and mail server. Accessing these services will likely cause various security warnings to be displayed in your browser or mail client. This is expected. To resolve this issue, please perform the following steps.

The new LegRoom CA certificate can be found here: http://www.legroom.net/legroom_ca.crt

Firefox

  1. Click on the CA certificate link above
  2. When prompted, check the "web sites" and "email users" options, then click OK

Internet Explorer

  1. Click on the CA certificate link above
  2. Click Open
  3. Click Install Certificate
  4. Click Next, Next, Finish
  5. Click Yes
  6. Click OK
  7. Click OK

Thunderbird
If you use Thunderbird to check your LegRoom.net e-mail, you will be shown a "Website Certified by an Unknown Authority" message when you next attempt to login. Select "Accept this certificate permanently" and click OK.