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Open and Control Spotify with keyboard

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If you have a keyboard that has multimedia keys on it, you have probably noticed that it opens the default music app on your computer which is usually Groove. I wanted it to control Spotify with my keyboard instead but when I went to the default apps, Spotify was not an option and it only allowed you to pick one of a few apps or a Microsoft app.

Keep in mind

This will not let you play mp3’s on your computer with the Spotify app. It cannot do that….yet… that I know of. It will only allow you to open Spotify with the multimedia buttons on your keyboard and control the pause/play next/last, if you have those keys.

Another thing to know is that you cannot click on an mp3 now to play it. You will have to right click it and open with > choose Groove or VLC or whatever you use. Or simply open the player and choose the folder of your mp3’s you want to play.

Solution to control Spotify with your Keyboard

If you have the Microsoft Spotify app, uninstall it. Go to Spotify’s website and download their app and install it. You can get it here: https://www.spotify.com/us/download/windows/

Find an .mp3 file on your computer, right click it and choose open with > Choose another app.

Showing how to right click and choose another app to open a file.

Scroll down and choose more apps

How to choose More Apps

Scroll down again and look for Choose another app on this PC

How to choose Look for another app on this PC

In the window that pops up you will need to navigate to where the spotify.exe is located on your computer. For me it was in the path below (where <username> is your username) This should be the default install location.

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\Spotify.exe

You can also go to the Spotify icon on your desktop, right click and go to properties. Under the shortcut tab you will see a box called Target. You can copy this and place it in the top of the box that opened earlier.

Once this step is completed your icon next to your mp3 should change to the Spotify icon. Now you will need to go to the default apps and change it to Spotify. You can do this by typing in the search bar, Default apps. Click on the Music player and choose Spotify.

How to choose an app as the default app

Final thoughts

I had an issue with the Play/Pause, next/last keys on my keyboard after I did this. My issue was that I had to remove Google Play Music under my extensions in Chrome. You might have an extension in your browser that could cause this as well as something under the Chrome keyboard shortcuts.

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How to download a copy of the music you uploaded to YouTube Music

How to download a copy of the music you uploaded to YouTube Music">

If you would like to download a copy of the music you uploaded to YouTube music, then read on. Once upon a time I had an external hard drive crash and lost everything on it, including my music files. Luckily for me I had uploaded all of my music to Google Play Music. I was able to download it all again. Google Play Music is going away and being replaced with YouTube Music.

Fortunately you can do the same with YouTube Music. I was recently prompted to transfer my music to YouTube Music as Google Play Music is being retired. I did so and initially I was sad to not see a download link in YouTube Music. A little snooping around and here is how I found to do it.

Click on this link or open your browser of choice and go to https://takeout.google.com and click on the Deselect all link.

Google Takeout: Where to click to  Deselect all

Scroll down to YouTube and YouTube Music and check the box. Click on All YouTube data included and deselect all. Next you select music-uploads. and Ok. Click on Next step.

Google Takeout: Where to click to select YouTube and YouTube Music

In this step you can choose to export once or every 2 months for 1 year. You can also choose the file type you want and if you want to split into multiple files or not. Finally click on Create export.

Google Takeout: WHere to choose zip type and multiple file downloads

You will arrive at this screen that confirms the creation of the export. It says it could take hours or days. I had 12 gb of music files and it took less than 20 minutes to get my download link in an email.

Google Takeout: Export progress

And now you know how to download a copy of the music you uploaded to YouTube music. Let me know if this was helpful and check out more articles here.

Rez Info – Don’t miss another appointment!

Rez Info – Don’t miss another appointment!">
Rez Info logo

Rez Info is software that contains a database to keep track of important dates for documents or required appointments for residents in a group home. When dealing with multiple residents, it can be difficult to keep up with when a doctor’s appointment or state mandated documentation is due.

Back story

Rez Info was written by me after having worked in a group home for a few years. It was part of my job to keep up with due dates for required appointments and ensure it got scheduled and then completed. This project was born out of necessity, because tracking 30 different requirements on so many residents can be a daunting task.

What Rez Info does

Rez Info makes it easy to track due dates; allowing you to enter, for example, when a dental visit last occurred and the program will automatically show the date when it is due next. When you reach a pre-determined number of days out from the due date, it shows up on a report that it is coming due.

In addition to residents, the employees in group homes have requirements as well. This software does the same thing for employees that it does for residents.

Rez Info Residents

In the residents info Calendar, you can add new, modify existing, delete and search for residents. (You can click on the images to open them in a new tab)

Residents screenshot
  1. Menu navigation section
  2. Residents personal information
  3. In this section dates are entered in the 1st column for when a task was completed. It then calculates when it is due next in the 2nd column. The third column will be blank if not coming due within a certain time or have a due, past due or not required entry
  4. This section is where search results are displayed. If you select view all from section 5, then you see all entered residents here. You can also search by Name, DOA, DOB or House when you enter that in section 2. Click on search entry in section 5. It will then only display residents that meet the search criteria
  5. This is where you can search, add, update or delete records

Rez Info Employees

In the Employee info Calendar, you can add new, modify existing, delete and search for employees

employees screenshot
  1. Menu navigation section
  2. Employees personal information
  3. This is the section where dates are entered in the 1st column for when a task was completed. It then calculates when it is due next in the 2nd column. The third column will be blank if not coming due within a certain time or have a due, past due or not required entry
  4. Here is where search results are displayed. If you select view all from section 5, then you see all entered employees here. You can also search by Name, DOB, DOH or Job Title when you enter that in section 2. Click on search entry in section 5. It will then only display employees that meet the search criteria
  5. This is where you can search, add, update or delete records

Residents due date report

The Residents Due Dates report page will show you each resident and all dates that are currently due or past due. You simply click on get records and it will populate the report for all residents.

residents due date report screenshot

Employees due date report

The Employees Due Dates report page will show you each employee and all due dates that are currently due or past due. You simply click on get records and it will populate the report for all employees

employees due date report screenshot

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The Amazablazing YouTube Downloader

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What came before

There are several applications out there that allow you to download a video and/or convert that video to an mp3 format. They all seem to work just fine, but they are terribly slow in my experience. You can only do one at a time and you have to find the link and paste it in the app.

Eureka

I came across Youtube-dl. It is a command line program that allows you to download videos as well as convert those videos to mp3. It is amazablazing fast. Yeah I had to make that word up just to convey how fast I mean. I learned that skill from my daughter that likes to convey how much she loves me with numbers that don’t exist but sound really big. For example, “I love you 299 thousand, 468, 999, 2 million.”

TL;DR

For those that do not care to read my ramblings and just want to get to using this command line program to download, here is the link below. Just make sure to at least read the instructions included in the zip. This will open a command line window for each song you place in the Songstoget.txt file and begin downloading all of them simultaneously, once you run the downloadtobatchsongs.exe, so if your pc is not a very fast pc, you might want to do it in smaller amounts.

Two other important things to remember is you may need to make an exclusion with your antivirus if it does not like it and if for some reason it stops working, go to the youtube-dl website and download the latest version. Replace the youtube-dl.exe your folder you previously downloaded with the new one.

YTD
Size: 54.7 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: June 16, 2020

The semi-problem

This tool is really a cool tool for a geek like myself. I used it a few times to test it’s ability. One day a friend of mine asked me for a recommendation on an application that he could download his videos from YouTube. So of course I immediately thought I have the perfect thing, then remembered he is not as geeky as myself. Use of this command line program requires being at least somewhat familiar with using commands. What to do….

The Solution

There are a few steps that have to be done to your pc to get this to work. The first thing is to set FFmpeg path in your windows environment to the correct path. FFmpeg is a free and open-source project consisting of a vast software suite of libraries and programs for handling video, audio, and other multimedia files and streams.

I decided the best thing is to just create batch files for all of the steps that have to be done to add that and for the execution of the command lines that gets the video and converts to mp3. I settled on 3 options for using the tool. The first was a batch file to grab names of songs/videos from a text file and convert them all to an mp3. The second was a batch file to ask for user input for url of a song/video and convert it to an mp3. The third was to ask the user for the url of one song/video and download the video. All mp3’s go into a folder called songs and all videos go into a folder called videos. Crazy right?

I also converted some of the batch files to .exe so I could add an icon to make it look better and to insure the batch was not accidentally changed. I used Slimm to Bat Exe to make the executable s and add the icons.

What is in the batch files?

The first file to start with is just a shortcut called “Runme1st”, that points to and runs the FFMPEG.bat file. Here is what is in the FFMPEG.bat file:

This batch file simply copies the included FFmpeg files to the c drive on your computer using the logged in user. It then sets the path in the windows environment. It removes the directory for FFMPEG you downloaded to clean it up. It then deletes the shortcut “Runme1st”

Once that finishes you should be left with the below contents in your folder.

Enough already how do I use this?

Click on the download link below and download the zipped folder to your system. Right click the zip and extract all. It is possible that your antivirus will not like the files. I use Bitdefender and it did not like them. You will have to exclude them if it blocks them. (Of course, as always this is a risk. I have not put anything in this folder that is harmful, but I can only speak for the batch and executable’s that I made. I cannot speak for the youtube-dl.exe file as it comes from another source. I have used it off and on for years and have had no issues so I feel they are trustworthy) You can open the zip and see what is in it as well.

Once it is extracted you will see the Instructions.txt file. This will tell you what you need to do to get started. I will paste that here as well

YTD
Size: 54.7 MB
Version: 1.0
Published: June 16, 2020

Things to remember

Do not forget that if your antivirus does not like it you will need to create an exception for it.

If for some reason it stops working you will need to go to youtube-dl website and download the latest version.

Batch to Exe

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If you have ever written more than one batch file, then you know that windows uses the same icon for each batch file. Wouldn’t it be nice to have your own icon instead so that it is easier to see what your batch file does at a glance? Thanks to Slimm to Bat Exe you can.

What you need

Download Slimm to Bat Exe from the link above. Once you have that then the easiest way to use the program is to create a folder and place your batch file and icon in that folder. Give them the same name. You can find many free to use icon files on the internet. Just do a google search.

How To

Create your batch file. Here I created a very simple batch. It just opens notepad on your computer. 

Save your icon and the batch file in the same folder and give them the same name.

Start Slimm to Bat Exe and click on Express

Navigate to the folder where the batch and icon reside. Then choose the batch file and click open.

You will see a similar message in the bottom of Slimm to Bat Exe if successful.

Go to your folder and you will now see a new executable file that has the icon as part of it. You can move this to wherever you would like it to be and run it anytime. You may want to keep the batch file and the icon in a separate location, in case you ever want to modify the batch file. 

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