Mix like a DJ on your Mac with Djay

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This article is originally posted on Shufflegazine.

If you are a music fan (who isn’t?) you might have dreamed about mixing some tunes and added new grooves to your favorite tracks. Macs are famous for their music production tools and you don’t need to be a professional DJ to create cool stuff.

There are a lot of DJing and music production tools (GarageBand, Logic Studio, Reason, etc.), but for a hassle-free mixing experience, Djay can be your best friend. No matter if it’s your first time (like me) or you are a pro, you can make wonders with this nifty application.

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Convert video formats on your Mac for free

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This article is originally posted on Shufflegazine.

Earlier today I received a dinosaur JVC camera with a truck load of video clips. We are traveling to Lebanon to have our annual seminar on the beautiful mountains of Farya and somebody had to make a fun video intro for our office. Since I still did not learn to say “no” easily, it ended up on my desk.

After opening the files, I found out the files are MOD type, needing to be converted before importing into iMovie. A quick search revealed that I need to pay around $35 for a decent video converter, but I just remembered using HandBrake for DVD ripping long time ago. And the rest is history.
Let’s see how you can convert a host of different video formats to each other in few easy steps and more importantly for free.

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Fixing the multiprocessing error while developing for AppEngine

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If you are developing for Google AppEngine on Mac, and you have updated python to 2.6.x or higher, you might face this non-sense error over and over:

ImportError: No module named _multiprocessing

The main reason behind this error is that AppEngine (as of this writing) can’t get along with python versions higher than 2.5.x.

Fortunately it is quite easy to fix this issue, especially if you are using GoogleAppEngineLauncher: