[EN] Word Notebooks: the best notebooks in the world for to-do lists nerds!

09/08/2013

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As I was writing some weeks ago in this post (sorry, it’s in italian), I spend a lot of time every month reading/searching for new tips & tricks about how-to improve my personal productivity. Some of the best tools available are to-do lists, a quite effective way to keep your mind focused on what you have to do and when you have to do it, and to free it up from useless information every time you complete a task: just draw a line over it and begin with the next one. For practical reasons, I always write my to-do lists on paper, but I always felt the need to have them all in one place, and to carry them always with me, so I can take note of the new tasks I would like to do wherever I am.

Thanks to the great blog Lifehacker, I discovered these Word Notebooks, that come bundled with an “unique bullet point system […] to organize your tasks efficiently“. I tried it on my own paper sheets for some weeks and I was really shocked about how efficient and innovative this system is for to-do lists management, so I decided to order a pack of three Word Notebooks (9.99 $ + 10.25 $ for shipping to Sweden), innovation must be rewarded! I got them after just five working days (thank you USPS) and now I’m starting using them.

They are quite well done and pocketable, so I can easily bring them with me together with my smartphone. The Word Notebooks website guys shipped my package one day after the payment (via Paypal), so it’s an excellent service by that point of view, buy with confidence. The shipping cost could be lower and help them spreading more in Europe, but any other cons in my opinion, awesome product 🙂

More pictures after the break 🙂
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[IT] Come crearsi velocemente una collezione di musica netlabel in quattro semplici mosse!

30/10/2012

Una delle maggiori sfide per chi si avvicina per la prima volta al mondo netlabel / netaudio è quella di volersi creare una ricca collezione di musica gratuita e legale nel più breve tempo possibile. Le netlabels attive in rete sono praticamente infinite ed il materiale da scaricare ed ascoltare è immane, per cui bisogna ingegnarsi affinchè la parte “amministrativa” sia ridotta al minimo e lasci spazio alla parte più rilevante, quella dell’ascolto.

Negli anni passati ho condiviso spessissimo su questo blog innumerevoli trucchetti che ho elaborato per raggiungere suddetto obiettivo, ma è bene fare il punto della situazione in un unico post, per chi soltanto ora affaccia su queste pagine. Le netlabels ed il mondo netaudio in generale non sono autoproduzioni musicali spontanee, che si pescano in maniera totalmente random qua e là nella Rete, ma sono ben strutturate sottoforma di cataloghi, ed è in codesta forma che vanno fruite. Ecco un breve tutorial in quattro passi che vi permetterà di ottenere una collezione musicale degna di nota!
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[EN] Audioactivity netlabel, an example of a well-done layout for “Releases” page

04/04/2011

In all these years of netaudio activism I stumbled upon (at least) a gazillion of netlabel websites, but I found really few well-done “Releases” pages. It seems that many netlabels admins understimate the importance of the layout of a “Releases” page and they go kinda random into designing it.

My opinion is that a good “Releases” page must contain a general overview of all the releases available, with just a cover and some basic infos for every listed release. Basic infos include: artist name, album title, release code, release date, direct download link and “more details” link. If the user wanna know more infos about the release before downloading it, he can click on the “more details” link and get a really informative page about that release. If the user wanna download the release as fast as possible (I’m an example of this kind of users), he can just click on the direct download link and he’s served.

Netlabels are about downloading free music, aren’t they?
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[EN] How-to Download Whole Netlabel Catalogues With Few Clicks: The Ultimate Guide / Example 2: SurrealFreak

25/10/2009

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Introduction
Did you ever wish to download tons of gigabytes of netlabel stuff in a painless way? Ok, this guide is for you 🙂

I will show you all the coolest tricks to download whole netlabel catalogues with just some clicks 🙂 This guide will show you the basics of this “art” using one netlabel for episode 🙂 This is necessary, because every netlabel website has a different structure, so I will show you the most common cases you could stumble upon.

What do you need to follow this guide?
Mozilla Firefox browser
DownThemAll extension

Before proceeding with this guide, please install all the listed software. Let’s go!

Example 2: SurrealFreak netlabel
SurrealFreak netlabel shows you the easiest case you can stumble upon: all the releases are directly linked in the same page, one link for album (zip) and one link for the cover (jpeg): you need three-four clicks to get the whole catalogue 🙂

1. Go to  Releases Page

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[EN] Netlabel for Dummies #8: how-to batch extract zip/rar compressed archives in separate folders (one folder for archive)

16/10/2009

When we download the whole catalogue of a brand new netlabel, we often get a bunch of compressed archives (ZIP/RAR format), one for release. Something like this:

eldino001.zip
eldino002.zip
eldino003.zip
eldino004.zip

If you want to extract them one by one, you will need a lot of time. But since we don’t want to waste our time extracting stuff, we will search for a batch extracting software that will do the dirty job for us. We need something that does this automagically:

eldino001.zip => C:\eldinonetlabel.com\eldino001\
eldino002.zip => C:\eldinonetlabel.com\eldino002\
eldino003.zip => C:\eldinonetlabel.com\eldino003\
eldino004.zip => C:\eldinonetlabel.com\eldino004\

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[EN] How-to Download Whole Netlabel Catalogues With Few Clicks: The Ultimate Guide / Example 1: Terminal Station

19/09/2009

Introduction
Did you ever wish to download tons of gigabytes of netlabel stuff in a painless way?  Ok, this guide is for you 🙂

I will show you all the coolest tricks to download whole netlabel catalogues with just some clicks 🙂 This guide will show you the basics of this “art” using one netlabel for episode 🙂 This is necessary, because every netlabel website has a different structure, so I will show you the most common cases you could stumble upon.

What do you need to follow this guide?
Mozilla Firefox browser;
DownThemAll extension.

Before proceeding with this guide, please install all the listed software. Let’s go!

Example 1: Terminal Station netlabel
In this example, I will show you how to download the whole catalogue of Terminal Station netlabel (while i’m writing, the last release is tsa-032) in a painless, organized and fast way.

1. Point your browser to the releases page of Terminal Station netlabel website;

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