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Synchronize your Foobar2000 playlists with your Android device (or any other MP3 player)

I recently decided I wanted to synchronize some of my music with my Nexus One. I quickly discovered that the Nexus One didn't support WMA audio files. I also discovered there weren't any out-of-the-box solutions for syncing audio files and playlists with the flexibility I required. So I decided to write my own between two World Cup matches. I felt the script might be useful to other people and I couldn't find a suitable place to put it. So I am dumping it here.
You will need the following software installed to use this script.Foobar2000Com Automation Server for Foobar2000Python 2.6.*Win32 Extensions for PythonFFmpegAll my music files are currently in WMA format. This will change in the future but until then the script converts the files into MP3 using FFmpeg. This can be changed if you need by adjusting the function "convert_file".Copy and paste the code below into a file called syncplayer.py. You may need to edit some of the settings at the top of the file. If y…
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Recently, I have grown fond of Powershell. As someone who is also responsible for a little administration from time to time it quickly caught my eye as a language that could solve many mundane problems quickly and succinctly. Having originally come from a UNIX background I could see the Powershell Development Team had taken the best features from Korn Shell and Perl then combined them with the .NET framework to provide a very powerful tool.However, it's not all a bed of roses and this will become clear as you read on.I have recently been analysing various files containing financial tick data. Typically there are around two million lines in a file and each contains a comma delimited string with a date, time, price and amount traded of a particular stock. For this analysis I needed to extract a single column from this file and save it in a new file. The new file actually being used as input for GNU Octave.The ProblemThis task is typical and can easily be done with a tool such as Per…