iTunes does not play non-Apple Music songs which were synchronized with iCloud Music Library on Windows

I’m facing the following scenario: I live in a country where a certain album from a band I like isn’t available on most (if not all) streaming services. I own a physical copy of the album, and I have imported it to my computer and storage clouds.

When evaluating Apple Music, I noticed that on the Mac I’m able to upload songs to the cloud (iCloud Music Library). I thought “this is it, Apple Music is going to be great!”.

However, on my Windows PC, while I’m able to download the songs, I’m not able to play them using iTunes specifically. Every other music player works just fine for the same file iTunes should have no issues reproducing. The songs show up on the library, together with all other musics and playlists I have access, but then when I click the play button over the song, iTunes just get stuck on 0:00. If I try to play another song, then it will play it just fine, as long as it is not a song downloaded from iCloud Music Library.

So why iCloud Music Library exists, if the player doesn’t allow me to play it? Or is this a bug? I noticed that the first song of the album is playing just fine, but all the other songs are not.

I’ve checked the iTunes folder permissions for the current user, and I have full access to it.

we’re considering using azure pipeline for CI/CD. how to track changes in the pipeline configuration?

a big problem with cloud based job management systems is a lack of version control of the job itself. does azure pipeline provide any support to track changes to the configuration of the pipeline and/or ways to rollback to a previous version of the pipeline when it is broken by a change?

Why were disposable flashes prominent for so long?

While reading this answer (and going down memory lane) flashcubes were mentioned.

That got me thinking: Why were these disposable flashes so common? And why did it take so long for electronic flashes to take over?

Flashcube Flip flash

Wikipedia suggests the electronic flash was already compact and economically viable by the end of the 60s, but many of us still used disposable flash units in the 80s (and maybe 90s?). That took some time.

Was it for some technological limitation? Was it economically more convenient to keep selling disposables?

Wireshark not decrypting SSL: “Can’t load private key from $directory: can’t import pem data: The requested data were not available”

I am trying to decrypt my web browser’s HTTPS traffic using wireshark. I have set the SSLKEYLOGFILE variable to a file called premaster.txt with the following command export SSLKEYLOGFILE=/home/username/premaster.txt. The file appears to be created and contain the relevant information. However, wireshark, upon startup, gives me the above error Can't load private key from /home/username/premaster.txt: can't import pem data: The requested data were not available and I am unable to decrypt SSL traffic. What could be the cause?

(How) were FoVs discussed before the 35mm became de-facto standard?

Ever since the 35mm small frame gained popularity in the mid-1900s it’s well known (and perhaps lamented) the particular crop factor became a de-facto standard by late 1900s when people discussed their fields of view, a useful thing when talking about compositions, compression and other related things.

Nowadays one can say he’s got a “35mm lens” when he means he bought a micro-4/3 lens with a focal length of 17mm. Perhaps not technically correct but as a “standard” the 35mm equivalency gets the point home. You know what kind of a field of view a 35mm lens sports.

How were these coffee machine conversations back then, before 35mm took over the world?

Was it just like “well I have this here lens says 200 mm on the side and it makes a mighty good portrait” and that be the end of that? 🙂

What kind of lenses with a “slightly different diffraction behaviour” were used in “large format photography in the 1980s”?

Referring to an interview with a lens expert (Krolop&Gerst Objektivreihe 17/32), discussing diffraction limits.

“Es gibt ein paar Spezialobjektive die haben ein bisschen anderes Beugungsverhalten, aber da möcht ich echt nicht drauf eingehen, also dass ist Grossformatfotografie aus den achtziger Jahren”

“There are a few special lenses which have a slightly different diffraction behaviour, but I do not want to go further into this, since that is specific to large format photography from the 1980s.”

What is the expert referring to here?

Which of the following sequences are possible sequences of numbers that were encountered in this search for a binary search tree?

Suppose you have a binary search tree T and you do a search for the integer 250. Which of the following sequences are possible sequences of numbers that were encountered in this search. For the ones that are possible, draw the search path, and for the ones that are impossible, say why.

  1. (2, 276, 264, 270, 250)
  2. (100, 285, 156, 203, 275, 250)
  3. (475, 360, 248, 249, 251, 250)
  4. (450, 262, 248, 249, 270, 250

Snapbridge and D500 were working with Bluetooth image transfers to my iPhone. Now not working

I have the Nikon D500, with the latest firmware and have not changed anything on the camera.

Snapbridge was working for image transfers between the camera and an iPhone running iOS 11. I would select the picture to send and the D500 would automatically connect to my phone and transfer the image.

I have removed the D500 from my phone and my phone from the D500 and reinstalled by going through all the steps. I have a connection between the two and the Bluetooth icon on Snapbridge shows a connection with my phone. It also shows if the battery on the D500 gets low. I cannot get the pictures to transfer though through Bluetooth. I can get them if I transfer to wifi, but I like the ease and convenience of Bluetooth.

Any suggestions would be great.