come and get your free breakcore albums right here

make it loud

The Themeless releases from the Dutch breakcore.nl site always have tracks that make it worth checking them out and giving them a few listens.

You can download their latest instalment “Themeless 6″ as a zip archive or stream it straight from the breakcore.nl bandcamp page. If you feel like getting some more of that, check out the other releases too on bandcamp, like this Non Human one, which is your typical (yet good) jungle/ragga breakcore-type mayhem.

People email me links to their releases sometimes, and when they are free to download I tend to check them out. This one ended up somewhere way down my inbox because of life and being busy and stuff like that. However, this one is too good not to mention.
Check out the Abnormal Behaviour EP from Syk2ne. Took me a while before I got that name really. Anyway, it’s 2 hard drum’n'bass/breakcore tracks you’ll like if you’re into music from folks like DJ Hidden or Enduser. You’ll find more down-tempo yet equally glitchy and experimental electronica on his other EP’s Escape From Quarantine and Sick Man. He just released a new one on Battle Audio Records called The New Disease as well which is only €0.99.
Good stuff.

Last but not least another free digital breakcore release on the Bitcrusher label, number 14 by BeK + WhiteRatBeat called Mask of the Shame. It’s glitchy, it’s fast, it has tons of samples and breaks, 8 bit crunchy sounds, ragga vocal snippets and the necessary breakcore humor with hard fucking beats in it. Oh yeah and it’s free too so why don’t you give it a shot?

Who needs record stores if you can get all this free stuff right?

time to change some passwords

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So you’ve probably heard of that nasty heartbleed bug this week. If you’re still using the same password all over the place you can now see why that’s a bad idea. If you don’t want to get your accounts hacked, now is a good time to start using KeePass and have random hard to hack passwords for your non-essential accounts, and hard to crack ones for the ones you need access to without any additional software.

Also, two factor authentication baby. Use it.

Picture by Baie, cc-licensed.

evol intent is giving away free tunes

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Free tunes, what’s not to like. Free tunes from Evol Intent, that’s even better. How about 35 free tracks and remasters of classic tunes like “8-Bit Bitch”, “Where’s The Score”, “Corrupt Cops” and many more? Awesome indeed.

You get all of this goodness straight from their Soundcloud Throwback Tunes playlist. Be sure to fav it and keep an eye on it cause they aren’t done adding stuff to it either.

Not enough? Alright, you can fill up on their mixsets playlist too then. More free frigging downloads. Check out the Evolcast sets (podcast stylee) for some all over the map style sets, or any of the others. Not all drum’n'bass, but all of it filled to the rim with yummy beatness.

Photo by Vanessa Ann, cc-licensed.

cool geek (dev) stuff I ran into lately

... "Mr. Droopy Eyes!"

I’ve had this list around for a while and though that most people would probably have heard of this by now so I didn’t see the point in posting about it.
Until last weekend someone on twitter was happy to find out about Chocolatey. So I guess not everybody knows these little gems yet, hence this blog post!

  • Chocolatey: a Windows packages manager of sorts. A bit like apt-get on Debian. It allows you to install a bunch of Windows software and tools from the command line. It’s pretty cool and is super handy to get a (developer) box up and running in no time. It’s also handy to keep your installed package up-to-date with the “cup all” statement. Sweet.
    There’s lot’s of good stuff in the gallery already, so you’ll probably find your favorite tool in there. If not, you can add it yourself because it’s built on the NuGet package manager system, or browse what’s available and find some new gems you didn’t know about yet.
  • I haven’t really used Boxstarter myself yet, but if you’re planning on using Chocolatey for some serious VM Windows installer magic, it might come in handy. It builds on top of Chocolatey and allows 100% uninterrupted Windows installs. Thought it was worth mentioning.
  • ScriptCS: one of Glenn Block & co little open source coding adventures. He thought it would be cool to use C# and the .NET framework to run scripts on Windows using the Roslyn compiler API. No need for Visual Studio, project files, compilers or anything like that. Just the scriptcs executable and a text file with your C# script code. Much like Node.js or Python for example. You know, scripting languages.
    Turns out this idea took off like a rocket in the community and has all sorts of cool features by now, like Nuget integration and script packs for reusability. It’s awesome.
  • dotnetfiddle.net : It’s jsfiddle for C# code. It’s a web site where you can type some C# code in a console application, run it and see your output instantly. Great of small bits of test code. It even has intellisense support so it’s easier if to use than LinqPad for this kind of tests apps if you don’t know all the statements by heart.
  • devdocs.io: all web dev docs in one place and easily searchable. Contains docs for thing like the HTML5 spec, JS, HTTP, HTML DOM and the most popular frameworks like Ember, Backbone, Angular, Knockout and Underscore. Also language like Python, Node, Ruby etc. In short, useful stuff for any web developer working with a modern stack.

Image by James Vaughan, cc-licensed.

how to get code from tfs from the command line

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Ever wanted to pull an update from the TFS server for all workspaces you have without having to start up the Visual Studio? Well I did. Visual Studio is rather slow in starting up and then you have to navigate to the TFS explorer (clicky clicky) and manually update the workspaces (clicky clicky) and then wait till the whole thing is done and VS becomes responsive again (waity waity).

You have the tf.exe command which you can use from a command prompt, but that requires you to use the VS command line because the right paths are set there. You could set the paths so they are available in all your shells, but that’s not very handy either.

I just wanted a batch script that I could run from any shell, that would just update my workspaces for me. Nice and easy.
Like when I press CTRL-R in Windows (Run) and type getfoo.cmd<enter>, it just makes it all happen for me.

So here’s how I did that:

@echo off

cls

:: Importing VS 2012 command line variables so we can run TF.exe
if exist "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat" (
echo Importing VS 2012 environment variables...
setlocal
call "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 11.0\Common7\Tools\VsDevCmd.bat"
)

echo.
echo *** Updating TFS workspaces ***
echo.

:: Repeat this for all workspaces you want to update.
d:
cd D:\WS\pathtosolutionfiles\

tf get . /version:T /recursive

echo.
echo *** Workspace updated. ***
echo.

sync files to your phone with bittorrent sync

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Syncing files with a phone is sometimes a cumbersome and tricky task. I blogged about a few solutions before like this one using FTP, but recently I found another gem.
Bittorrent Sync turns out is awesome to sync large amounts of files over WIFI to and from a mobile device without a lot of effort.

So what is it? Bittorrent Sync is, as you probably guessed, a product from the Bittorrent lads. You can use it to synchronize folders between machines in a distributed, non-centralized way. So you could think of it as Dropbox without having to use the central cloud server. There are
clients for all sorts of operating systems like Windows, Android, Mac and Linux.
The only “downside” here is that you need to have another machine online before the syncing happens as there is no central server that keeps a copy of your files in the cloud. You can also see this as an advantage if you don’t want copies to end up on third-party servers.

So to sync from your main machine to a mobile device, this works perfectly.

Basically you do the following to set up file syncing between your PC and your phone:

  • Install the BTSync application on your PC.
  • Install the BTSync app on your (android) phone.
  • Setup a sync folder on your PC.
  • Scan the QR barcode for this folder from your PC screen with your phone from the app to set up the sync folder on your phone.
  • Sit back and watch the magic happen.

Depending on your settings you can use this to sync in both directions, set up multiple sync-folders, sync with multiple machines etc.

It’s awesome, it’s free and it works like a charm.
I love it.

Photo by Grant Hutchinson, cc-licensed.

tear it up with the outside agency

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Those Dutch gabberlads from The Outside Agency (aka DJ Hidden and Eye-D) are definitely one of the most interesting and innovative hardcore/industrial techno and drum’n'bass producers out there at the moment.

Since I’m not alone in this view, the Danish DJ Wavolizer has mixed together a 4 hour long mix containing only TOA tracks. 99 tracks in total. Not for the faint of heart I tell you. Download links and track listing are included if you follow the link. That file hoster is hosting some NSFW advertising btw so better have AdBlock running if you’re getting this at “W”.

As if this 4 hour mix isn’t good enough already, there’s also this mix with a bunch of remixes but not all because they forgot on or two up on their soundcloud page. Nice.

That should be enough hardness for this week I reckon.
Let it bang!

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