Copy podcast program update

by Mike Linnen 30. June 2005 20:26
Copy podcast program update
Noticed another little problem with my copy podcast program. I need to do some clean up on the directories of the destination (SD card). After I delete podcasts on my pocket PC many empty folders start to accumulate. So I need to add a process to clean up empty folders on the destination folder.
So far I have been using this program for almost 2 weeks. I like this setup a lot better than just relying on Doppler and Microsoft Media Player to manage the synchronization process. All I need to do is make the copy program a little more friendly and add a few abilities to the Media Player to support bookmarks and auto delete.

Adjustments to my podcast copy program

by Mike Linnen 22. June 2005 14:45
Adjustments to my podcast copy program
In my program that copies podcasts over to my SD card I noticed a few things that need to be changed.
The way I am using this the copy process is really a move. I am moving the file to the SD card from it's original place on the local PC hard drive. This means the file should retain it's original date. I do not think it is doing that in my program.
Files should be moved in chronological order. This helps to ensure the oldest files get copied first in the event there is not enough room on the destination.

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Getting podcasts onto a Pocket PC

by Mike Linnen 21. June 2005 00:35
Getting podcasts onto a Pocket PC
This is a follow up on my post about Listening to Podcasts. I went ahead and developed a small application that grabs the podcast files and moves them to the removable media card. Here is a little idea on what it does.
  • Tests to be sure the destination folder (removable media card) is available
  • Looks for files of type MP3 in the source folder walking all the directories
  • If a file is found verifies that enough room is on the destination folder
  • Copies the file to the destination
  • Removes the file from the source
  • When all files are processed it looks for empty directories in the source directory and deletes them

All I have to do when I am done with listening to the podcast on my Dell is delete it. The only problem I have left is that the Windows Media Player does not support bookmarks.

Room for improvement:

 Currently the application must be launched manually and pass into it the source and destination directories. It would be nice to have a service that just watches the source folder for new files and process them as they come in. The program looks for mp3 files only. It would be nice to add support for other media files.

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Great list of developer and power user tools

by Mike Linnen 20. June 2005 20:00
Great list of developer and power user tools
Scott Hanselman provides a great comprehensive list of tools for developers and power users.

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Mike Linnen

Software Engineer specializing in Microsoft Technologies

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