Ryan Harrison My blog, portfolio and technology related ramblings

Source Code From the Movies

It happens all so often nowadays in movies -; an extremely smart character writes some really complex bit of code that nobody else can understand in order to hack into some system or otherwise perform some other complicated task.

Quite often we get a good look at the code they are using -; which often looks very obfuscated -; and we just accept it for what it is. But now someone has taken the time to figure out where the code they use in films and TV shows actually comes from. As it turns out the code they are actually use isn’t all that complicate at all -; and in most cases isn’t at all related to the task in hand.

Check out the site: Source Code in TV and Films

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Introducing Lanyon

Lanyon is an unassuming Jekyll theme that places content first by tucking away navigation in a hidden drawer. It’s based on Poole, the Jekyll butler.

Built on Poole

Poole is the Jekyll Butler, serving as an upstanding and effective foundation for Jekyll themes by @mdo. Poole, and every theme built on it (like Lanyon here) includes the following:

  • Complete Jekyll setup included (layouts, config, 404, RSS feed, posts, and example page)
  • Mobile friendly design and development
  • Easily scalable text and component sizing with rem units in the CSS
  • Support for a wide gamut of HTML elements
  • Related posts (time-based, because Jekyll) below each post
  • Syntax highlighting, courtesy Pygments (the Python-based code snippet highlighter)

Lanyon features

In addition to the features of Poole, Lanyon adds the following:

  • Toggleable sliding sidebar (built with only CSS) via link in top corner
  • Sidebar includes support for textual modules and a dynamically generated navigation with active link support
  • Two orientations for content and sidebar, default (left sidebar) and reverse (right sidebar), available via <body> classes
  • Eight optional color schemes, available via <body> classes

Head to the readme to learn more.

Browser support

Lanyon is by preference a forward-thinking project. In addition to the latest versions of Chrome, Safari (mobile and desktop), and Firefox, it is only compatible with Internet Explorer 9 and above.

Download

Lanyon is developed on and hosted with GitHub. Head to the GitHub repository for downloads, bug reports, and features requests.

Thanks!

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Example content

Howdy! This is an example blog post that shows several types of HTML content supported in this theme.

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Inline HTML elements

HTML defines a long list of available inline tags, a complete list of which can be found on the Mozilla Developer Network.

  • To bold text, use <strong>.
  • To italicize text, use <em>.
  • Abbreviations, like HTML should use <abbr>, with an optional title attribute for the full phrase.
  • Citations, like — Mark otto, should use <cite>.
  • Deleted text should use <del> and inserted text should use <ins>.
  • Superscript text uses <sup> and subscript text uses <sub>.

Most of these elements are styled by browsers with few modifications on our part.

Heading

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Code

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// Example can be run directly in your JavaScript console

// Create a function that takes two arguments and returns the sum of those arguments
var adder = new Function("a", "b", "return a + b");

// Call the function
adder(2, 6);
// > 8

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Lists

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  • Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et.
  • Donec id elit non mi porta gravida at eget metus.
  • Nulla vitae elit libero, a pharetra augue.

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  3. Maecenas sed diam eget risus varius blandit sit amet non magna.

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HyperText Markup Language (HTML)
The language used to describe and define the content of a Web page
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Used to describe the appearance of Web content
JavaScript (JS)
The programming language used to build advanced Web sites and applications

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Images

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Tables

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Name Upvotes Downvotes
Totals 21 23
Alice 10 11
Bob 4 3
Charlie 7 9

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What's Jekyll?

Jekyll is a static site generator, an open-source tool for creating simple yet powerful websites of all shapes and sizes. From the project’s readme:

Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory […] and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server. This is also the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host your project’s page or blog right here from GitHub.

It’s an immensely useful tool and one we encourage you to use here with Lanyon.

Find out more by visiting the project on GitHub.

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C# - MP3 Tag Renaming

After a recent migration away from iTunes (thankfully), I realised that a lot of the tags for my music files were pretty messy (thanks iTunes). Particularly the title tags for a few albums consisted of the artist name, a dash, and then the actual title of the song itself. For example album artist - song title. This quickly got annoying when scrolling through my library.

It seemed like a good opportunity to play with the Id3Lib library for C#.

This small C# utility app traverses through a directory structure looking for for all files within with the .mp3 extension. A new instance of Mp3File is then created which allows pretty comprehensive modification of the residing ID3 tags which can be accessed through the TagHandler property. In this example a small Regex is used to remove the artist from the title and update the file.

  
using System;  
using System.IO;  
using System.Text.RegularExpressions;  
using Id3Lib.Exceptions;  
using Mp3Lib;

namespace Mp3Renamer  
{  
    class Program  
    {  
        static void Main()  
        {  
            IterateFiles(@"C:\Users\UserName\Music\SomeFolder");

            Console.WriteLine("Done");  
            Console.ReadLine();  
        }

        static void IterateFiles(string path)  
        {  
            var files = Directory.GetFiles(path, "*.mp3″, SearchOption.AllDirectories);  
            var length = files.Length;  
            var count = 0;

            foreach (var file in files)  
            {  
                try  
                {  
                    var mp3 = new Mp3File(file);

                    var title = mp3.TagHandler.Title;  
                    var artist = mp3.TagHandler.Artist;

                    title = Regex.Replace(title, @"^" + artist + @"\s\*-\s\*", "", RegexOptions.IgnoreCase).Trim();

                    mp3.TagHandler.Title = title;

                    mp3.Update();

                    if (count % 100 == 0)  
                        Console.WriteLine("Done " + count + " files of " + length);

                    count++;  
                }  
                catch (InvalidFrameException e)  
                {  
                    Console.WriteLine(e.Message);  
                }  
            }  
        }  
    }  
}  

This is just one of the many uses of this library which is really easy to get to grips with. The only problem I’ve had so far is with `‘Invalid UTF-8 strings’ in some of my files. But I guess that’s a problem on my side and not with the library.

Check out the ID3Lib for C#.

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