1. More Automation With Music -

    I spent about 15 hours today writing another tool in python that moves Spotify playlists over to Play Music... ~300 lines later, it is done.

    It is unique because it does not just do exact song matching, it does matching based on similarities in strings using the levenshtein calculation. The number returned by the levenshtein function represents how different (or not different) the two strings that were fed into the function are. A lower number means they are similar.

    Anyway, here it is; it's late so I'm not going to write much more on it. All of the how-to is on my GitHub:

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  2. Making it Rain Shells, Web Shells -

    shell_interact is a project I have been working on since the new year and it is just finally starting to shape up into a nice little tool. PHP backdoor shells can be fun, especially when the permissions on the box have been messed with (i.e. www-data is allowed sudo with no password, /etc/shadow has wide open permissions, etc.). The downside is that you have to type each command into the URL bar of the browser. Kind of annoying. So I started on a solution.

    Perl is one of my stronger languages. I love regex and all of the built in functions it has. So I decided to use it for this project, having just come out of the perl class at RIT (with the notorious Dan Kennedy).

    The script utilizes curl to search for the shell and allow the user to enter commands in a bash like environment if one is found. All of the input is URL encoded so the activity from the program doesn't look as suspicious on the target server. If you enter a command that expects more input (such as vim) and curl hangs, using control-c will terminate curl and return you to the web shell prompt. Stderr is redirected to stdin for every command to allow you to see errors without having to do it manually. It also enables the cd command by changing directories before each user entered command is run. It's pretty nifty, and the code is mostly commented.

    You can find the code on my GitHub, you can read more about the features/bugs there:

  3. Automate ALL THE THINGS -

    I recently decided to switch from Spotify Premium to Google Play Music Unlimited for a couple of reasons. The main one being the mobile app that each has to offer. A couple of months ago I decided that I wanted to pay for a music service because it would end up costing the equivalent of one album per month, which is way less than I actually bought. I wanted a service that had a big catalog, a good mobile app, and the ability to sync my local songs that were not in the service's database. The obvious first reaction choice was Spotify because I had been using it for free for a while and had actually paid for and used the Premium version on my iPhone previously. There was, on the other hand, Google Play Music Unlimited, which was made known to me via the Google Play Music app on my Galaxy S4 that I got in July. I had already known of Google Play music and had already uploaded around 10,000 of my songs to it, but had just recently seen the Unlimited service. The main turn off about Google Play Music unlimited at the time was the app. It did not allow you to store your downloaded tracks locally on the external SD card, only the internal one. The Spotify app did. So that's what I went with...

    The Spotify app developed some problems over the time that I paid for the service. One of the major let downs was the need to sync local files from my computer, which wouldn't have been so much of a problem if the app didn't delete my local songs about once a week. The sync feature would not work on the RIT wifi so I had to sync it by other means (namely setting up a shared wireless connection from my laptop and having my phone join it to sync.) Another issue I had was the noise... Music would often glitch and skip while I was listening to it. This drives me NUTS.

    About a week and a half ago I took another look at the Google Play Music app and to my surprise, found an option to store downloaded music on the external card. I immediately cancelled my Spotify Premium subscription and signed up for Google Play Music Unlimited.

    So now the daunting task of moving my playlists over...

    When I moved from iTunes to Spotify I used an online converter to import my playlists, and have made some since. Google Play Music Manager automatically updates playlists from iTunes as they are made. The problem with this is that these playlists sometimes (most of the time) contain duplicate songs. This is annoying as I like my playlists nice and organized with no duplicates.

    So I found myself going through and deleting all of the duplicates manually for about 5 playlists... and then I said to myself. "there has to be a way to automate this."

    Sure enough, Googling "google play music api" resulted in the Unofficial Google Music API by Simon Weber written in python.

    I am sort of new to python at this point but I am actively learning it by taking on small projects such as this. I am also reading the "Violent Python" and "Grey Hat Python" books to help me apply the language to my profession.

    So here it is...

    It took about 4 hours to get to know the API and fix bugs but it works and I can use my Google Play Music player without going crazy due to the duplicate songs in my playlists!

    Now back to moving playlists from Spotify to Play Music... grumble