trace file access on OSX

OSX contains some tools for system level analysis originally developed for Solaris – one of them is opensnoop.
The tools’ descriptions can be found here:

using python to set mp4 tags from a csv file

using python to create the lengthy AtomicParsley calls described in the last post:

import csv
import pipes
import StringIO

#metadata.csv has to contain the following rows:
#filename, show, season, episode, title, artwork, description
csvreader = csv.reader(open(csvfile, 'rbU'), delimiter=',', quotechar='"')

class Command:
	def __init__(self, file):
		self.command = StringIO.StringIO()
		self.command.write('AtomicParsley ')
	def addParam(self, key, value):
		self.command.write(' --')
		self.command.write(' ')
	def toString(self):
		return self.command.getvalue()
	def close(self):

def handleFile(row):
	m4vfile = row[0]
	show = row[1]
	season = row[2]
	episode = row[3]
	title = row[4]
	artwork = row[5]
	description = row[6]
	episodeCode = season + '' + str(episode).zfill(2) ##leading zeroes

	command = Command(m4vfile)
	command.addParam('artist', show)
	command.addParam('title', title)
	command.addParam('album', show + ', Season ' + season)
	command.addParam('artwork', artwork)
	command.addParam('stik', 'TV Show')
	command.addParam('description', description)
	command.addParam('TVShowName', show)
	command.addParam('TVEpisode', episodeCode)
	command.addParam('TVEpisodeNum', episode)
	command.addParam('TVSeasonNum', season)

	print command.toString()

for row in csvreader:

set meta data in MP4 (m4v) files

you can use AtomicParsley, a command line based open source tool to add metadata and artwork to your MPEG-4 files. On OS X you can use macports to install the tool.

example for an AtomicParsley call:
AtomicParsley 'Simpsons - Chili.m4v' --artist Simpsons --title 'Homer and the Chili' --album 'Simpsons, Season 6' --artwork Simpsons.jpg --stik 'TV Show' --TVShowName Simpsons --TVEpisode 605 --TVEpisodeNum 6 --TVSeasonNum 5 --description 'Homer attends a hot chili competition.'

convert from AVI to MP4 (M4V)

M4V is just an alias for MP4.
So you can use ffmpeg to copy the audio/video streams in your AVI file to a more recent MP4 container:

ffmpeg -i source.avi -f mp4 -vcodec copy -acodec copy destination.mp4

install Sun Java on Ubuntu

add-apt-repository "deb lucid partner"
apt-get update
apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
update-alternatives --config java

new Java Decompiler

Everybody working with Java has met JAD some time sooner or later.
Unfortunately JAD is pretty old, has no GUI and cannot handle Java 5/6 bytecode.

Now there’s a new player in town – you can directly open JAR archives in its nice GUI:

Audi/ on CES 2011, Las Vegas

There are many articles about Audi on CES, I think this is one of the best: (german)

By the way: is Audi’s joint venture to develop the new MMI infotainment system for the next A3 in 2012.

Xmas holiday project: PowerNap

I’ve wanted to implement a fully integrated Java based OSX tool for a while, during Xmas holidays I finally got to it: PowerNap.

PowerNap puts your computer to sleep after a given amount of time. Available for OSX and Windows.

PowerNap screenshot
featuring a design of my favourite web specialist :*

Sourcecode also available via GoogleCode.

Snap/Align windows on OSX (like Win7 does)

If you miss the Win7 way of aligning windows by pushing WinKey + ArrowKey on OSX, there’s help:

Just press ctrl+alt+cmd and a Arrow key and your windows will be arranged as you are used to.

Best of all: It’s free.

php :: check if person is adult

function isAdult($birthyear, $birthmonth, $birthday)
$birthdayTime = mktime(0, 0, 0, $birthmonth, $birthday, $birthyear);
$now = time();

$ageSeconds = $now - $birthdayTime;
$years = $ageSeconds / 3600 / 24 / 365.25;

return $years >=18;

if(isAdult($year, $month, $day))
echo "your adult! feel free to buy guns.";
echo "goto kindergarden!";