How to protect yourself against identity theft

Identity theft is an enormous problem. While the ever-growing use of modern technology to make purchases, bookings, and fast payments is highly convenient, the downside is that this leaves many opportunities for scammers and fraudsters to take advantage.

Be careful with your ID

The passport contains a lot of information about you! Don’t let that information get into the wrong hands. The same applies to ID cards, driving licenses, and any other forms of identification. Always be cautious, and keep them in a safe place.

Protect your personal information

Always be aware of receiving calls from scammers. Often posing as banks, or other official institutions, their only purpose is to get as much information from you as possible. This also applies to scam e-mails. If it looks suspect, it probably is. Typos, bad grammar, etc. are always a giveaway. Also, always check the e-mail address of the sender, no matter how authentic the message looks.

Destroy confidential papers

If you have a shredder at work or home, use it to destroy papers that you no longer require, which contain personal information. Even if you don’t have a shredder, you can still do a good job of destroying confidential papers. Be thorough.

Protect your mail

Don’t leave mail lying around unopened, especially if you live in a communal building. There could be a lot of personal information about you in the letters. If you are normally away from home a lot, consider a pick-up service or the redirection of mail to your post office.

Check bills and statements

Always be aware of checking bills, bank statements, and credit card statements for unauthorized transactions. It is very easy not to notice small discrepancies, but this is how fraudsters often make their money. They make the amount small enough that it will not be obvious, and do this to many different accounts.

Check your credit report

The information in your credit report is a footprint of your financial activity, make sure to check it on a semi-regular basis. You may find erroneous information about you on your credit report, which would have gone unnoticed had you not checked it.

Stop pre-approved credit offers

If you receive a pre-approved credit offer by mail, the best thing to do is to destroy it, and request that the credit card company removes you from their mailing list. Some pre-approved credit offer letters can come with a lot of information about you! All they want is your signature to approve the application. Make sure that you tell these companies in no uncertain terms to desist.

Ask how your information will be used

Don’t be afraid to question why you are being asked to provide certain personal information. If you are not satisfied with the answer, refuse! Never reveal personal details of any kind if you don’t know for absolute certain who you are talking to.

Protect your computer

The best way to ensure that your computer is safe is to use strong passwords, and to download anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Also, be cautious with what you download, and avoid suspect sites that spam your computer with pop-up windows.

Be cautious online

Look out for the padlock symbol next to the website address to indicate that the site is secure, before entering any personal information or credit card details. Make sure that you fully trust the site before giving any details. If it is not well known, check to see how many reviews of the company you can find online. If in any doubt, avoid!

Keep receipts

Even though some receipts obscure most of your credit card digits, it is still not a good idea to leave them lying around. Be cautious, and keep them. Not only will keeping receipts protect you from fraud, it will also allow you to keep a better track of your transactions, which will be useful when comparing them to your statements.

Keep your credit cards in sight

It’s always advisable not to let someone take your card away. They can bring the card machine to you. In the wrong hands, a card could easily be cloned in a matter of a few minutes. Don’t let this happen.

Ask to be removed from databases

If you are constantly receiving unsolicited calls, even if it is not regarding financial matters, ask to be removed from their databases. Be firm. The same can apply to e-mails. There should always be an option at the end of the message to unsubscribe from further correspondence.

Use two step-verification where possible

While this is not universally available, its popularity is increasing, with companies like Google and Amazon setting the trend. It may seem slightly inconvenient, but it is certainly a better alternative than having your personal information stolen.

Be aware at the ATM

Not all people who hang around behind other people at ATMs are simply muggers. Some of them use very elaborate and clever schemes to relieve you of your money. Try and use ATMs that are more private, wherever possible, and always be aware of who may be watching you enter your PIN number.

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What Happens to Unsold 2018 and 2019 Auto Inventory?

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If you’ve been thinking about getting a new car lately, you’re in luck. Current market conditions have made new autos more affordable than ever. Dealerships are desperate to offload unsold 2018 and 2019 inventory to make space for the 2020 … Continue reading

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Researchers Squeezed Breakneck 44.2 Tbps Through Ordinary Fiber Optic Cables

A group of scientists in Australia used a “microcomb” to accelerate internet connection speeds to breakneck speeds of 44.2 Tbps — roughly 1 million times faster than an average user’s internet speed.

Modern cable and fiber optic internet connections allow us to browse the web at home, play online games, stream videos, and keep our businesses running smoothly. But while content grows more complex, the world needs even faster internet speeds. This is why researchers in Australia developed an internet connection capable of reaching 44.2 terabits per second, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Communications.

If this is too abstract for relating, consider the average user’s internet speed, which in the U.S. is roughly 50.2 megabits per second — roughly 1 million times slower than the breakneck speed of the researchers.

‘Microcomb’ takes fiber optics to a new extreme

The Australia-based team consists of researchers from Swinburne, Monash, and RMIT universities, and achieved the wildly fast connection via an optical device called a microcomb in place of a standard bunch of roughly 80 lasers found in modern telecom equipment.

A microcomb “generates very sharp and equidistant frequency lines in a tiny microphotonic chip,” according to phys.org. This unique technology is compatible with other fiber optic lines, which could mean that this new device could be implemented without a wholesale overhaul of existing internet pipelines. “What our research demonstrates is the ability for fibers that we already have in the ground […] to be the backbone of communications networks now and in the future,” said Monash University’s Bill Corcoran.

44.2 Tbps could help businesses in IoT, cloud computing

While at present most internet users don’t need a 44.2 Tbps connection. But this wildly fast speed might help businesses leverage greater internet speeds while adapting to the rise of developments like IoT and cloud computing.

Additionally, due to the ever-more-complex nature of web content compounded by the wholesale shift of consumer industries to online service, there’s not much time before average users need much faster connection speeds to surf the web. —By  Brad Bergan

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CanSino COVID-19 vaccine appears safe in the first human trial

A coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine tested for the first time in humans is safe and induces a rapid immune response, researchers at China’s CanSino Biologics Inc reported on Friday in The Lancet medical journal.

Blood samples from a group of 108 vaccinated adults showed both neutralizing antibodies and T-cell responses against the novel coronavirus in most of those tested.

Further studies will be needed to confirm whether the vaccine protects against infection.

“These results represent an important milestone. The trial demonstrates that a single dose of the new adenovirus type 5 vectored COVID-19 (Ad5-nCoV) vaccine produces virus-specific antibodies and T cells in 14 days, making it a potential candidate for further investigation,” coauthor Professor Wei Chen from the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology in Beijing said in a statement.

“However … the ability to trigger these immune responses does not necessarily indicate that the vaccine will protect humans from COVID-19 … we are still a long way from this vaccine being available to all.”

More than 100 vaccine candidates against SARS-CoV-2 are in development, with about 12 in human testing designed to mainly evaluate safety.

A few, including CanSino’s, have moved to larger mid-stage studies that are evaluating safety and the ability to induce an immune response.

Healthy adult volunteers in Wuhan, China, received a single intramuscular injection of either a low, middle or high dose of the vaccine.

Four weeks after the injection, the most common adverse reactions were mild pain at the injection site, fever, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain. There were no serious adverse events.

A mid-stage trial of the vaccine is already underway in Wuhan. — By NANCY LAPID, Reuters

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Thai Airways files for bankruptcy

Thai Airways International Plc will go to bankruptcy court rather than go ahead with a rescue plan that was previously suggested as a solution to aid the ailing airline.

The airline had previously hoped to cash a 90 billion baht bailout cheque from the Thai Government, however, officials today confirmed that the bailout will not go ahead leaving the airline no option but to file for bankruptcy.

A visit to bankruptcy court will likely see a reconstruction of the airline that has outstanding debt of more than 92 billion baht accused over the past three years. Even before the covid-19 pandemic, Thai Airways was posting significant losses.

The most likely scenario is that Thai Airways will be forced to reduce the size of its fleet and retire older or larger aircraft as has happened with other airlines who are facing financial uncertainty over the last few weeks.

Owned by the Finance Ministry, Thai Airways is currently unable to operate due to the extended incoming international flight ban to Thailand which will not end until June 30th.

A government spokeswoman, Narumon Pinyosinwat, confirmed the bankruptcy filing, saying:

“The State-Enterprise Planning Office agreed in principle for the rehabilitation of Thai Airways in court… the procedure will be submitted to Cabinet tomorrow… It is similar to filing Chapter 11 in the United States.” 

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Facebook unveils scam warnings for Messenger users

SAN FRANCISCO, California — Facebook on Thursday said that its Messenger app will be watching behind the scenes for scammers using the smartphone communication system.

Safety notices will pop up in Messenger text chats if activity taking place in the background is deemed suspicious by artificial intelligence software, according to director of privacy and safety product management Jay Sullivan.

He said the new safety feature “will help millions of people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams without compromising their privacy.”

The feature began rolling out to the Messenger app tailored for Android-powered smartphones in March and will head to Messenger on iPhones next week, according to Facebook.

“Too often people interact with someone online they think they know or trust, when it’s really a scammer or impostor,” Sullivan said.

“These accounts can be hard to identify at first and the results can be costly.”

Artificial intelligence software scans for scammers based on account behavior, such as sending messages in bulk targeting demographics or geographies, according to Facebook.

Warning notices pop up before people respond to messages of possibly dubious origins.

Since the feature does not involve looking at what is in messages, it should continue to add a layer of safety when Messenger takes to encrypted missives as planned by Facebook.

“As we move to end-to-end encryption, we are investing in privacy-preserving tools like this to keep people safe without accessing message content,” Sullivan said.

Messenger already uses software tools to fight spam and thwart efforts by adults to contact minors they don’t appear to know.

Messenger has been ramping up capabilities and security as use of online tools to communicate and socialize surges due to restrictions of movement during the pandemic.

Facebook recently unveiled a new video chat service with virtual “rooms” where people can pop in to visit friends, aiming at users turning to the popular Zoom platform during the pandemic. — Agence France-Presse

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Don’t leave hand sanitizer in your car on a hot day, the fire department says

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — Firefighters in Wisconsin sent out a reminder to everyone that it can be potentially dangerous to leave clear plastic water bottles or hand sanitizer in your car if they’re exposed to direct sunlight during hot temperatures.

“By its nature, most hand sanitizer is alcohol-based and therefore flammable. Keeping it in your car during hot weather, exposing it to the sun causing magnification of light through the bottle, and particularly being next to the open flame while smoking in vehicles or grilling while enjoying this weekend can lead to disaster,” wrote the Western Lakes Fire District on Facebook.

A picture shared by the department shows a smoldering driver’s side door. It’s a message of caution that these sorts of accidents can happen, and a reminder as summer approaches to be careful of these sorts of things.

More insight about the possibilities of fires starting in your car during warm weather can be found at this link from the National Fire Protection Association.

This story was originally published by James Groh at WTMJ.

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Horace Grant: Michael Jordan is a ‘snitch’ who lied in ‘Last Dance’

The 10-part Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” about his final season with the Bulls, drew mostly widespread acclaim. One of his former teammates, however, thinks it was 10 hours of propaganda, calling out Jordan for alleged lies and throwing others under the bus, and labeled it a “so-called documentary.”

In a radio interview with ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Horace Grant said the idea coming from Jordan that he was the source in author Sam Smith’s infamous book, “The Jordan Rules,” is false.

“[He] puts this lie out that I was the source behind [the book],” Grant said in the interview. “Sam and I have always been great friends. We’re still great friends. But the sanctity of that locker room, I would never put anything personal out there. The mere fact that Sam Smith was an investigative reporter. That he had to have two sources, two, to write a book, I guess. Why would MJ just point me out?

“It’s only a grudge, man. I’m telling you, it was only a grudge. And I think he proved that during this so-called documentary. When if you say something about him, he’s going to cut you off, he’s going to try to destroy your character.”

Michael Jordan and Horace Grant
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Grant won three NBA titles with the Bulls from 1991 to 1993, before leaving for the Magic in 1994. To support his claims, he pointed to relationships Jordan has had with other players that fell apart. For instance, Charles Barkley and Jordan no longer talk after being close for decades.

“And my point is, he said that I was the snitch, but yet and still after 35 years, he brings up his rookie year going into one of his teammates’ rooms and seeing coke, and weed and women,” Grant said, referring to one of the earlier episodes of the show. “My point is: Why the hell did he want to bring that up? What’s that got to do with anything? I mean, if you want to call somebody a snitch, that’s a damn snitch right there.”

Grant admitted the show was “entertaining,” but there were several inaccuracies. He didn’t like how many of his former teammates were portrayed and felt the documentary played loose with the truth, claiming 90 percent of it was “B.S. in terms of the realness of it.”

“It wasn’t real — because a lot of things [Jordan] said to some of his teammates, that his teammates went back at him,” Grant said. “But all of that was kind of edited out of the documentary, if you want to call it a documentary.”

Grant also said he felt Scottie Pippen got a raw deal. The Hall of Famer hasn’t spoken publicly since the documentary aired. Grant’s biggest issue was why the time Pippen sat out the final play against the Knicks in Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference playoffs was included, since Jordan was out playing baseball.

“I have never seen a quote-unquote number two guy, as decorated as Scottie Pippen, portrayed so badly,” Grant said. “In terms of the migraine, in terms of the 1.[8] seconds, [Jordan calling him] selfish. I have never seen this in all of my life. And the respect of, Pip was out there in Game 6 [of the ‘98 Finals], could barely walk, getting knocked down on his back. Tried to do whatever he could to help that team. My point is, why was that 1.[8] seconds in the documentary, so-called documentary, about Pip?

“MJ wasn’t even on the team. Why was that in there? We handled that that year really well as a team.”

By: Zach Braziller

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Useful Keyboard Shortcut Key

CTRL+A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Select All
CTRL+C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Copy
CTRL+X. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cut
CTRL+V. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paste
CTRL+Z. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Undo
CTRL+B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bold
CTRL+U. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Underline
CTRL+I . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Italic
F1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Help
F2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rename selected object
F3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Find all files
F4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opens file list drop-down in dialogs
F5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Refresh current window
F6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shifts focus in Windows Explorer
F10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Activates menu bar options
ALT+TAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cycles between open applications
ALT+F4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quit program, close current window
ALT+F6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Switch between current program windows
ALT+ENTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opens properties dialog
ALT+SPACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . System menu for current window
ALT+¢ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . opens drop-down lists in dialog boxes
BACKSPACE . . . . . . . . . . . . . Switch to parent folder
CTRL+ESC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opens Start menu
CTRL+ALT+DEL . . . . . . . . . . Opens task manager, reboots the computer
CTRL+TAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Move through property tabs
CTRL+SHIFT+DRAG . . . . . . . Create shortcut (also right-click, drag)
CTRL+DRAG . . . . . . . . . . . . . Copy File
ESC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cancel last function
SHIFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Press/hold SHIFT, insert CD-ROM to bypass auto-play
SHIFT+DRAG . . . . . . . . . . . . Move file
SHIFT+F10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Opens context menu (same as right-click)
SHIFT+DELETE . . . . . . . . . . . Full wipe delete (bypasses Recycle Bin)
ALT+underlined letter . . . . Opens the corresponding menu
PC Keyboard Shortcuts
Document Cursor Controls
HOME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to beginning of line or far left of field or screen
END . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to end of line, or far right of field or screen
CTRL+HOME . . . . . . . . to the top
CTRL+END . . . . . . . . . . to the bottom
PAGE UP . . . . . . . . . . . . moves document or dialog box up one page
PAGE DOWN . . . . . . . . moves document or dialog down one page
ARROW KEYS . . . . . . . move focus in documents, dialogs, etc.
CTRL+ > . . . . . . . . . . . . next word
CTRL+SHIFT+ > . . . . . . selects word

Windows Explorer Tree Control


Numeric Keypad * . . . Expand all under current selection
Numeric Keypad + . . . Expands current selection
Numeric Keypad – . . . Collapses current selection

Numeric Keypad ¦ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expand current selection or go to first child

Numeric Keypad ‰ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Collapse current selection or go to parent

Special Characters


‘ Opening single quote . . . alt 0145
’ Closing single quote . . . . alt 0146
“ Opening double quote . . . alt 0147
“ Closing double quote. . . . alt 0148
– En dash. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0150
— Em dash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0151
… Ellipsis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0133
• Bullet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0149
® Registration Mark . . . . . . . alt 0174
© Copyright . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0169
™ Trademark . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0153
° Degree symbol. . . . . . . . . alt 0176
¢ Cent sign . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0162
1?4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0188
1?2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0189
3?4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0190

Creating unique images in a uniform world! Creating unique images in a uniform world!


é . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0233
É . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0201
ñ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0241
÷ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . alt 0247

File menu options in current program


Alt + E Edit options in current program
F1 Universal help (for all programs)
Ctrl + A Select all text
Ctrl + X Cut selected item
Shift + Del Cut selected item
Ctrl + C Copy selected item
Ctrl + Ins Copy selected item
Ctrl + V Paste
Shift + Ins Paste
Home Go to beginning of current line
Ctrl + Home Go to beginning of document
End Go to end of current line
Ctrl + End Go to end of document
Shift + Home Highlight from current position to beginning of line
Shift + End Highlight from current position to end of line
Ctrl + f Move one word to the left at a time
Ctrl + g Move one word to the right at a time
MICROSOFT® WINDOWS® SHORTCUT KEYS
Alt + Tab Switch between open applications
Alt +
Shift + Tab
Switch backwards between open
applications
Alt + Print

Screen


Create screen shot for current program
Ctrl + Alt + Del Reboot/Windows® task manager
Ctrl + Esc Bring up start menu
Alt + Esc Switch between applications on taskbar
F2 Rename selected icon
F3 Start find from desktop
F4 Open the drive selection when browsing
F5 Refresh contents
Alt + F4 Close current open program
Ctrl + F4 Close window in program
Ctrl + Plus

Key


Automatically adjust widths of all columns
in Windows Explorer
Alt + Enter Open properties window of selected icon
or program
Shift + F10 Simulate right-click on selected item
Shift + Del Delete programs/files permanently
Holding Shift
During Bootup
Boot safe mode or bypass system files
Holding Shift
During Bootup
When putting in an audio CD, will prevent
CD Player from playing
WINKEY SHORTCUTS
WINKEY + D Bring desktop to the top of other windows
WINKEY + M Minimize all windows
WINKEY +
SHIFT + M
Undo the minimize done by WINKEY + M
and WINKEY + D
WINKEY + E Open Microsoft Explorer
WINKEY + Tab Cycle through open programs on taskbar
WINKEY + F Display the Windows® Search/Find feature
WINKEY +
CTRL + F
Display the search for computers window
WINKEY + F1 Display the Microsoft® Windows® help
WINKEY + R Open the run window
WINKEY +
Pause /Break
Open the system properties window
WINKEY + U Open utility manager
WINKEY + L Lock the computer (Windows XP® & later)

OUTLOOK® SHORTCUT KEYS


Alt + S Send the email
Ctrl + C Copy selected text
Ctrl + X Cut selected text
Ctrl + P Open print dialog box
Ctrl + K Complete name/email typed in address bar
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + R Reply to an email
Ctrl + F Forward an email
Ctrl + N Create a new email
Ctrl + Shift + A Create a new appointment to your calendar
Ctrl + Shift + O Open the outbox
Ctrl + Shift + I Open the inbox
Ctrl + Shift + K Add a new task
Ctrl + Shift + C Create a new contact
Ctrl + Shift+ J Create a new journal entry

WORD® SHORTCUT KEYS


Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection
Ctrl + C Copy selected text
Ctrl + X Cut selected text
Ctrl + N Open new/blank document
Ctrl + O Open options
Ctrl + P Open the print window
Ctrl + F Open find box
Ctrl + I Italicize highlighted selection
Ctrl + K Insert link
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection
Ctrl + V Paste
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed
Ctrl + Z Undo last action
Ctrl + G Find and replace options
Ctrl + H Find and replace options
Ctrl + J Justify paragraph alignment
Ctrl + L Align selected text or line to the left
Ctrl + Q Align selected paragraph to the left
Ctrl + E Align selected

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HOW TO MANAGE YOUR TRAKTOR TRACK LIBRARY

Learn how to take control of your music library, with TRAKTOR at the center of your system. Boost your playlist searches, tidy up your metadata, and quickly fix your beatgrids for more accurate mixing.

Knowing your music and understanding how to get the most out of your library will help you excel at DJing even under the toughest live conditions. That’s not to say you can’t have lots of music in your library, but it needs to be efficient.

The further down the path of chaos you travel, the harder it is to change course, which is why the best time to start organizing your music is right now. Here are some useful tips and tools that can help you keep your library efficient and easy to search.

THE PROCESS

A big part of library management is not only knowing where your tracks are and how to search for them, but building in the routine of maintaining it all. If you start organizing your music, it should become a well-oiled machine that will become more efficient over time.

STRUCTURING YOUR LIBRARY SYSTEM

Maintaining similar basic folder and playlist structures will help with navigating your music. Where it will differ, however, is when working on set preparation: keeping a separate folder of prep playlists, dated and labeled with the event name, helps you keep a list to start from (as detailed further down).

One the easiest ways to keep up with new music in your collection is to maintain a yearly folder structure, with sub-folders that suit your musical style (e.g. genre, BPM, or energy), along with a folder for incoming new music:

+[Year]
+[Year]
+[Year]
+[Year]
+[Year]
-[Year]

[_NEW TRACKS]
[GENRE/BPM/ENERGY]
[GENRE/BPM/ENERGY]
[GENRE/BPM/ENERGY]
[GENRE/BPM/ENERGY]
[GENRE/BPM/ENERGY]

Each ‘year’ folder will store all the music you’ve bought within that year, rather than the year of release. This is an important distinction, because unless a piece of music is important to you, there is no association with some random date, potentially in the distant past, rather than the year you purchased the music.

ORGANIZING FOLDERS AND PLAYLISTS

At the start of every year, take a moment to ponder the previous year’s music, while creating a new folder and TRAKTOR playlist. This is about giving some time to think about all the music added over the last 12 months. This can help you to appreciate the change in trends, and your own tastes.

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USING SEARCH TO FILTER

Once the system is in place, the search bar will become an even more powerful tool. With just a few words typed in, you’ll be able to filter your entire collection or individual playlists, using a tagging system tailored to your music. Keep in mind, when searching within a playlist, the results will be limited to the playlists only. When hitting Enter after the search term is typed in, the search will be expanded to the whole collection.

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STEP 1: ADDING NEW MUSIC

Whether you’re trawling SoundCloud for free downloads, buying from established labels and artists on Beatport/iTunes, or hitting the indies on Bandcamp, the start of your journey to expanding your TRAKTOR library will be pretty much the same.

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Once you’ve downloaded your new tracks, add them to the _NEW folder, after moving any existing content to their respective genre/BPM/energy folder. This ensures your latest tracks are all in one place and easy to review.

STEP 2: FINDING THE ROOT KEY

TRAKTOR’s built in key analysis will present the musical key in either Open Key (4m/1detc) or Musical (C/Ebm). There’s no need for extra software, as the key will be determined during the track analysis. If you’re used to the Camelot system (8A/2B), there are other options such as Mixed In Key.

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STEP 3: GETTING TO KNOW YOUR MUSIC AND TAKING NOTES

Next up, either throw your new tracks into an empty iTunes playlist, or use within TRAKTOR Cruise Mode, and hit PLAY. This gives you a chance to both listen to your tracks in full, check your ID3 info, and give yourself some reminders about the music.

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As you work your way through the list, make sure the ‘track name’, ‘artist’, ‘genre’ are filled out, and use the ‘comments’ tag to fill in any hints about the track. Any vocals? Male or female? Is the track hard, laid back, or percussive? Any audio samples that you’ll remember? Whatever helps to nudge your memory.

If you’re classifying by genre, keep in mind that it needs to be what works for you, not necessarily what was decided by the webstore or the labels (it’s often the labels that decide what genre category the track appears in). Think about where you feel it will fit. If you mainly play progressive house and techno, but you’re adding a melodic deep house track, it will probably go in a progressive house set rather than a techno one. This is why keeping a separate genre tag in your comments will help you classify your music.

STEP 4: ADDING MUSIC TO YOUR TRAKTOR LIBRARY

There are two ways to add music to your collection:
via the Explorer node of the TRAKTOR library browser; or;
dragging and dropping using the Finder / File Explorer window.

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In both cases, you can just drag the tracks or folders to your main collection or the current year playlist. You can also clear your playlist, and drag the entire year’s folder back in, to ensure everything in the playlist is the most up-to-date. It will also mean all your newest tracks, held in the _NEW folder, will be at the top of the list.

BEATGRIDDING

Even though TRAKTOR’s beatgrid analysis usually gets it right, you should build the process of beatgridding into your routine. No music analysis is perfect, and you should trust your ears first. The most important thing is to ensure your tracks have consistent grids throughout your collection. This is especially important if you tend to use sync, but can also alter how TRAKTOR’s effects work.

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How to Beatgrid your tracks will be covered in a later post, but for those looking to find out more you can either read up further on the TRAKTOR Forum here, or check out this tutorial by DJTechTools here.

PREPARING FOR A SET

It’s important to remember that a DJ’s job extends beyond a jukebox or music player. A tidy music library is as much a part of your preparation for a gig as crafting a crate or playlist for the event. Keep things loose, and you can remain flexible while you’re playing.

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In the days leading up to your gig, start adding a few tracks to a playlist that you’d like to play, alternatively create a playlist for your gig in your Record Bags folder.

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Right click the playlist and click “Select as Preparation List”, this way your Preparation List is more flexible and you will prepare directly for that gig. Usually, between half a dozen to a dozen tracks should be enough, and once the set starts to flow, you probably won’t even get through all of those. If you aim to have your opening track, and a couple more that you know you will play, you can fill a whole set round the rest of the playlist.

 

SOME USEFUL TIPS AND APPS

Start as you mean to go on. The way you organize and categorize your music will evolve as your collection grows and your tastes change, but the priority should always be ensuring everything is where you expect it, and no information is missing. Schedule time regularly to sort through new tracks, and get to know new music.

Metadata is your friend. Use the text fields to save information useful to you, personally.

Don’t be afraid to cull your library. Just because you bought a track back in 2010, it doesn’t mean you still need it. Every couple of years, it’s worth listening through your whole collection, double checking the metadata, and being ruthless about what to keep and what to get rid of. You don’t even have to delete anything. Simply moving it from your collection folder, and updating your TRAKTOR library will make it easier to find what you need.

Apps to manage your music. Here are a few popular alternative apps to help sort and analyze your music.

Beatport Pro – Windows/macOS desktop software from the popular electronic music webstore to download, sort and manage your music. Export to TRAKTOR via the iTunes XML bridge.

Rekord Buddy 2 – Currently macOS only, with a Windows version on the way, Rekord buddy 2 has powerful library management tools, and lets you sync your music and cuepoints from other DJ software.

Mixed In Key – The original Windows/macOS software to analyze musical key, energy level, and cue points, to import into TRAKTOR.

MediaHuman Audio Converter – Simple batch audio-converter for Windows and macOS.

Kid3 ID3 tagger – Cross-platform batch ID3 tag editor.

MediaMonkey – Popular Windows-based music manager. There’s also a handy script to export as an iTunes XML.

 

TIPS FOR TRAKTOR LIBRARIES

There are plenty of underutilized tools in TRAKTOR to help prepare and manage your library. It’s worth exploring the manual to get to know what can be done. Here are few suggestions.

Color code your tracks. Recently released in TRAKTOR 2.11.1, track color coding can help you sort your music by adding colored highlights within your playlists.

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Remember your history. TRAKTOR saves all your past sets to dated playlist files, which you can access via the Archive section of the Explorer node.

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Check consistency. Remember to scan your collection regularly, to make sure all your tracks are analyzed, and to relocate or remove any missing tracks.

Keyboard for gridding. Speed up your preparation routine even more with a custom keyboard gridding mapping.

Playlist search and sorting. Quickly drill down to the music you need by searching individual playlists, and sorting key, tempo, or any other metadata column you find relevant.

Playlist favorites. Gain quick access to important folders or playlists by adding them to the Playlists Favorites bar at the top of the browser.

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Name your cue points. You can rename your cue point labels in the CUE advanced panel by selecting the cue point and double clicking the name in the middle of the panel.

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Load, loop points. Adding a load point where you want to start your track playing helps speed up your cueing process. Loop points allow you to quickly jump into a loop, and serve as a visual clue of a good place to start a loop. You can set up a loop point at the start or end of shorter tracks, to give you more time to mix in, as well as extra time at the end.

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