apt-get. There are a number of different options, from powerful but complex
dpkg, it's more user-friendly brother
aptitude, to the full blown X-windows GUI of
synaptic. But apt-get is most people's first choice, the most straightforward, and the one which comes with no obvious switch or option included - the following demonstrates how.
An interesting trial carried out by the Embedded Metadata Manifesto shows that most social media sites are pretty terrible at maintaining creator, copyright, credit or caption Exif and IPTC image metadata – despite the fact that posting and sharing is essentially what social media is founded on.
Facebook performs predictably badly, stripping all Exif and IPTC data from uploaded and downloaded images. This is doubly ridiculous because Facebook’s image processor already reads that same information and displays it as image captions and titles. Why not just leave it there?
Flickr fairs just as badly – outrageous considering it’s supposed photographer-friendly stance, but probably no surprise to long-time users who have watched dejectedly as Flickr’s star has faded over the years, with zero investment of either money or ideas since Yahoo bought it.
At least Tumblr and Pinterest leave metadata intact, but don’t show it, as with common Twitter image hosts Yfrog and Img.ly.
Google Plus is the surprise winner, respecting all uploaded metadata, showing it on the interface, and preserving it in downloaded images. Shame nobody uses it – not even Googlebosses.
I’ve been filling in for friends at the Zagat London food blog these last weeks, which means the opportunity to research some interesting restaurant and bar openings, and get paid for it, rather than just fall into the usual suspects (and get carried out).
In the process I managed to swing a visit to the opening night of fancy-pants contemporary Japanese restaurant Wabi in Holborn, and last night we even managed a visit to the hallowed members-only clubrooms of Electric House on Portobello Road in order to road-test the new Electric Diner’s Chicago-inspired meat, eggs and booze-heavy menu.
More to see over at the Zagat blog. There are, on reflection, worse ways to make a living.
Yesterday I wandered down to Spitalfields Market to visit the Independent Record Market, an occasional gathering of indies big and small (but mostly small) that meet there several times a year, last in August. At the were labels like Bella Union, Big Dada, Fierce Panda, Fire, Full Time Hobby, !K7, Laissez Faire Club, Monotreme, Moshi Moshi and Play It Again Sam alongside bigger indies like Ninja Tune, R&S, Planet Mu, One Little Indian and Peacefrog – with more labels setting up on the Sunday.
There was a large amount of vinyl on display, perhaps unsurprisingly as that’s what the sort of buyer-collectors that haunt record markets are looking for, and they would have been overjoyed by the selection of interesting items up for grabs rarities dragged from the vaults and special releases. And branded T-shirts, badges and mugs, of course. I’m now kicking myself for not picking up a nice R&S tee when I had the chance, to replace my veteran Joey Beltram Novamute t-shirt that was well loved but disappeared years ago (If any of my friends have that, but I’ve forgotten, I want it back by the way).
I interviewed a few of the stallholders and label bosses for Clashmusic to talk about how business was faring through 2012 and what prospects for the indies looked like for next year. Among them were Moshi Moshi’s Michael McClatchey, Bill Brewster of independent publishers DJHistory.com (which released the hilarious Raving ’89 photostory of one man’s early days of acid house), Andy Bibey from One Little Indian, and Nigel Adams of Full Time Hobby.
You can hear the results at Clashmusic’s Soundcloud page.