Archive for Saturday May 31, 2008

Missing iTunes Library Information [Library.xml Reverting Itself]

Saturday May 31, 2008 1 comment

So today, I opened up iTunes because I wanted to hear the latest installment of the Skeptics’ Guide To The Universe. But, right away, I noticed a problem…

As soon as iTunes started to open, a window popped up saying, “Importing iTunes Library…,” or something to that effect. I don’t remember the exact wording. I immediately thought, “uh oh“. There shouldn’t be any reason to be importing a Library.xml file.

After the Library.xml file finished importing, I noticed some big changes. A lot of songs were missing. And here’s the strange part. Any songs, play data, or ratings that I’d entered after February 16th of this year, 2008, were gone.

I’d also noticed that a lot of my settings had changed. Under the “Tools” menu, I had to re-enable the Browser, re-check “Album View,” as well as re-check a few items in the “View Options” menu.

I went into my Music folder to locate the iTunes Library.xml file, and it was just as I suspected. The last modified date on the file was 2/16/2008. Now I’m really puzzled…

What would cause my iTunes Library file to revert to a saved version from over 3 months ago?? Why can I not find another copy of the Library file from my most recent use – yesterday?

Whatever happened totally messed with, not only my Library.xml file, but also settings in iTunes. This is a pretty big mystery.

I’ve had to re-import a good many songs manually back into my library, with all of the play data and ratings gone. I’ve got 22,000+ songs in my library and my iPod playlist was dependent upon my ratings system!

If anyone has any additional information regarding this issue, please email me at

As of right now, my last resort has been to contact I have a fairly recent version of my Library.xml file uploaded there. Pending a response from them, I will (hopefully) be able to download that version of my Library file and import that into iTunes – recovering a great deal of the lost information.

Read a book.

Categories: All, iTunes, Music, Technology

The WorldWide Telescope [The Universe At Our Fingertips]

Saturday May 31, 2008 Leave a comment

This morning I was looking at some videos on TED – an excellent resource for current ideas in Technology, Entertainment and Design. You can find out more about them on their About page.

Anyway, I came across this video and I was stunned. It was amazing. Apparently, Microsoft Research has developed this project called The WorldWide Telescope. It is, essentially, the equivalent of Google Earth for our entire Universe!

The WorldWide Telescope is a free download (approximately 20mb in size), and let me tell you, it’s worth every penny! I was blown away with what was possible with this program. The official site has this to say about the WWT…

The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a Web 2.0 visualization software environment that enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope – bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world for a seamless exploration of the universe.

And that’s exactly what it is. If you’re not careful, you could end up spending endless hours exploring everything from the planet Earth, to our solar system, to the most distant stars and galaxies in the Universe. It’s basically a data center for everything we know about our Universe, and it’s all right there in easy-to-use, Web 2.0 format!

And it’s not just a map. There is additional information attached to basically every object for further reading. This application has access to terabytes of information! As was said in the TED video, the WWT has the potential to change the way we teach Astronomy!

So, in summation, I am extremely impressed. I highly recommend giving this application a shot.

Read a book.

Categories: All, Internet, Science, Technology