Can’t upload music to Google Play Music ?

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Today I looked at my music on my Google Nexus 4, but I decided to clean a bit that list since I’m not listening to all the 300 songs I had, I then decided to wipe my Google Music after backing it up.

The problem I encountered was that I couldn’t reupload some MP3s.

The solution

I downloaded and installed foobar2000, an advance freeware audio player (for Windows).

  • Once foobar2000 is installed;
  • Import the music you want to fix by dragging the files into the software then select all the files;
  • Right click and select Utilities, then Fix VBR MP3 header.

You can now upload your MP3 to Google Play Music.

Games For Windows Live on Windows 8

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A few days ago I obtained Batman: Arkham City on Steam and I forgot to check if it was a Games For Windows Live game.
By the way I’m running Windows 8 Pro (64bit), and Games For Windows Live doesn’t run when I start the game, after closing the game and eating I decided to play some more (it’s a good game).

I lost my progression, I didn’t play much but I lost my progression. That was enough for me to drop this game because I went trough a lot while I was trying to play the game in English since I prefer playing the games in their original language.
Then I found a solution on the Steam Game Hub.

Solved the problem! I had to do these steps:

  • – Open “Programs and Features”
  • – Uninstall all entries starting with “Microsoft Games For Windows…”
  • – Then ONLY reinstall latest version of “Games for Windows Software Setup” aka gfwlivesetup.exe, there is NO NEED to reinstall the Assistant!

I also know what the root cause of the problem was: When you install Batman Arkham City it installs an OLD version of the GFWL client not working with Windows 8. So you have to uninstall the old crap and then install the new version!

Works like a charm now with Batman Arkham City on Windows 8!

All credit goes to Acryl.
By the way I personnally think that Games For Windows Live is cancer.

Hands on Google Nexus 4

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I used to have a Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830) that was great for an entry level smartphone, but lacked memory (only 189MB) and whenever I was under 20MB left on the phone, I could not receive any SMS/MMS. I even had to uninstall apps that were installed on the 2GB micro SD card !

I’ve acquired the 16GB version of the Google Nexus 4, it’s currently running Android 4.2.2.

What seduced me ?

What seduced me over a Samsung Galaxy S3 or an iPhone was first of all the price, since I couldn’t put the price of an iPhone in a phone and because I hate Apple.
But what about the Galaxy S3 ? It’s not Apple and not that expensive right ?
Yes but no. Samsung uses a custom firmware with their software. I don’t want some Samsung branded software to be honest, it takes useless space and I can’t uninstall it without rooting my device.

What seduced me too was that it’s branded as a Google Phone, that means that we will have support for the future updates, and they will come out much more faster than Samsung’s updates. The Google Nexus has also very interesting features like the NFC support (with Android Beam), the Google Now app that is supposed to give information about everything and enything, and all the new features of Android 4.2 !

What I like in it

What I like is very simple: nearly everything !

It has a 4.7″ screen with a resolution of 1280 by 768 (320PPI) wich is perfect for watching 720p videos, even on Youtube. The phone is really responsive and the apps a really nicely integrated (Twitter, Facebook).

If I had to complain about it, I’d say that it’s a shame to not have an “Enter Key” when writing a SMS with the stock keyboard (AZERTY since I live in France).

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Ubuntu setup process crash

Like I always say, Ubuntu was great when you wanted to get started with Linux when the only OS you used was Windows.
If today you want to try Ubuntu, you can start with a live CD or you can install it next to Windows, but what happens if the setup process fails ?
Ubuntu goes into an infinite loop if your username has and underscore character (_), it’s been more than two years and the problem still exists !

There is also another problem, on an old computer I tried to install Xubuntu, the setup process crashed without displaying a message because the slideshow wouldn’t work.
I had to uninstall “ubiquity-slideshow-xubuntu” on the Live CD with this command:
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sudo apt-get remove ubiquity-slideshow-xubuntu
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Installing Ubuntu has become random, and I really hope that in the future we won’t have to deal with unrecoverable errors.