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Sorting USB music on (Pioneer) car radios

For quite some time, I was trying to understand how the radio on my car, sorted the mp3 files on my USB flash disk. I did notice it wasn't alphabetical, but couldn't figure out exactly how it sorted the files. Originally I thought it was based on the modification date, but it wasn't always right.

So after some months of trying to find out what was happening, I decided to research it. Seems Pioneer, even on post 2010 models, still uses sorting by FAT tables. I thought I was screwed since my 64GB flash disk is almost full on music, and I had no way of easily choosing what to hear, especially while driving.

Gladly I stumbled upon Drivesort, a small but super useful app, that (re)sorts the directories on the FAT tables alphabetically. I won't get into details, since if you understand what I'm talking about, you will easily find how Drivesort works.

Grab it here!

Flash 64 bit for windows, at last!

I wonder how this got unnoticed.

This is MAJOR news. First of all, Flash 12 beta runs smoothly, in both its 32bit and 64bit versions, and this is big news already.

But, the real surprise, its the 64bit version. Yes, a 64 bit version for Windows that works great is at last available. After many years of waiting its here. I suggest trying it with the 64bit Firefox Nightlies.

Flash 12 Beta (32bit & 64bit)

Firefox Nightly 64bit

Radio back up... again

So... once again, the radio is back up. Now with a "new" more decent computer, that supposedly can handle it. The big change on the radio and site, is the encoding, and also the removal of the in site flash player. Something more minor, for the "trained ear", is also the change of the post processing preset. Im beta testing many configurations on a daily basis, but the general sound quality and character should remain unchanged. Also, behind the scenes, the radio is now served through Icecast instead of Shoutcast v2.

I got fed up with AAC+, Flash, and their combined bullshit, so I switched to a plain, direct shoutcast playlist link, with OGG encoding. Most of you can probably get around it. If not, you should fuck off, together with Orban, Adobe, and anyone else involved in the development of AAC and Flash.

Goodbye Chrome, back to Firefox

I used Mozilla's browser since they first started naming its Firefox, I think it was back in 2002. I used Opera till then, but its rendering engine had lots of incompatibilities with many sites I used on a daily basis, so I was eager to try something that wasn't I.E., but rendered everything as it should. But it wasn't such a simple decision.

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