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1526  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Evil Side of Nature on: April 14, 2011, 06:29:21 AM
Cool!

Memories of "Power of Ten" smiley

Related thread, online version, and trivia at Wikipedia.
1527  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6 on: April 14, 2011, 05:54:43 AM
I found the speaker of "Who Cares About IPv6" entertaining (the preface to the main talk was fun too).

(Found via Ehtyar's link to "IPv6: No Longer Optional".)
1528  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Single hotkey to call an AddressBook on: April 14, 2011, 05:44:40 AM
Hope it turns out to be helpful smiley

BTW, I didn't know how to set the keyboard focus to the search field (not sure of terminology here):

[attachthumb=1]

Quite by accident I found the Tab key seems to do it...still haven't found relevant docs for that.  Any one seen that documented any where?
1529  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Firefox 4: Resizable Textareas Out-Of-The-Box on: April 14, 2011, 04:58:15 AM
Just noticed today that Firefox 4 has built-in resizable textareas  Thmbsup
1530  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 14, 2011, 04:54:02 AM
I think I'd remember what to do with Audacity, but I imagine it would take a fair bit longer to finish because of the exporting to mp3...
For comparison, I tried Audacity's procedure.

It definitely feels like it takes longer (importing and exporting anyway), and I'm not convinced now that I'd remember how to carry the steps out in the future  embarassed

...and now for some suckiness:

  • If no audio is selected, cannot choose Analyze -> Silence Finder...seems like with no selection, the application should default to assuming the whole track is intended as a target
  • The number of "silences" detected does not appear to be reported, neither a total, nor during detection...
  • Try cancelling "Export Multiple"...you'll have to indicate this a number times equal to the number of tracks Sad
  • Audacity steals focus during "Export Multiple"...guess how many times...this is repeatedly annoying especially because if you happen to be typing elsewhere not only are you interrupted, you may accidentally cancel one of the exports...
  • Previous values for the "Export Multiple" dialog do not appear to be saved
  • It wasn't obvious to me how to move a cursor in the audio track to match the currently selected label (Alt+Left Click)
  • It wasn't obvious how to navigate among the labels (Tab, Shift+Tab)
  • Procedure for removing a label was unintuitive for me - create a selection covering the target label in the label track and choose Edit -> Silence.

This was with Audacity 1.2.6...

In 1.3.13 there appear to be some improvements:

  • With no audio selection, "Silence Finder..." can be chosen and it applies to the whole audio track.
  • "Elapsed Time" appears mentioned in various dialogs...but if I don't happen to be looking at the screen shortly before the dialog disppears, I'm not sure whether I can learn how long the last operation took...
  • "Export Multiple" can be stopped without repeated button presses (I believe via the Cancel button, not the new Stop button).
  • Most values for the "Export Multiple" dialog appear to be saved -- could be wrong but it looked like one checkbox value wasn't
  • The cursor for the audio track follows the currently selected label.

Removing a label seems to have changed.  From the "Removing labels" section of "Label Tracks":

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To remove labels without affecting other labels: Single-click in the text of an individual label, then press the <Delete> or <Backspace> key (as appropriate) on your keyboard until the text is removed. Once the label is empty of text, press <Delete> or <Backspace> once more to delete the label. You can also remove one or more labels without affecting other labels by selecting any region extending over (or at least touching) the label edges(s), then choose Edit > Split Cut.

(Actually, learned via a YouTube video: Audacity 1.3.12 Beta - Adding and REMOVING labels.)
1531  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6 on: April 14, 2011, 12:56:24 AM
Then again, who enjoyed, for example, the transition from the imperial to the metric measuring system? Nothing weighed any more or less in the end, yet no one who's made the adjustment will claim that imperial was better (and your kids certainly appreciate it).
lol

In the various places I've lived, it's been one of:

1. We still use non-metric
2. We use metric and something else together
1532  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on switching to IPv6 on: April 14, 2011, 12:13:07 AM
@ Ehtyar:

Thanks for the links smiley

IPv6 transition...reminds me of:

http://cr.yp.to/djbdns/ipv6mess.html
1533  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Single hotkey to call an AddressBook on: April 14, 2011, 12:11:18 AM
I either want to put in part of a name and see the number(s) I need to call them (Home, Work, Mobile) or part of a number and see the person associated with that number, or part of an address, etc.
I wonder if what's mentioned at the following could be tweaked to be of any help:

http://ifacethoughts.net/2010/08/09/configuring-thunderbirds-addressbook-search/
1534  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Single hotkey to call an AddressBook on: April 13, 2011, 10:08:40 PM
I don't know if I'm missing the point here, but FWIW, Thunderbird looks like it supports a command line option "-addressbook":

  http://kb.mozillazine.org/Run_Address_Book_from_Command_Line
  http://support.mozillamessaging.com/bg/kb/Standalone+address+book

I wonder if an AutoHotkey or AutoIt script wrapped around that could be of any use...
1535  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 13, 2011, 06:15:47 PM
Visualization (manually looking for pauses) and pause detection are starting to feel essential here -- both mp3DirectCut and Audacity have these.

I mistakenly tried MP3Cutter and then examined the brief online description of MP3 Cutter Plus -- I didn't find the aforementioned features in either of these.

@ f0dder:

Thanks for the comments.  I have found working with larger files in Audacity to be unpleasant, but haven't found the UI to be too much of a turn-off.  What I have been hoping for is decent scriptability, but I don't get the sense that has been going anywhere productive.

@ Curt:

Thanks for the warning!
1536  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cat & Dolphin Make Friends on: April 13, 2011, 05:47:23 PM
 smiley
1537  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a linkification tool on: April 13, 2011, 08:12:58 AM
If you ever need to do something more customized...Macros in Notepad++, Emacs, etc. might be worth checking out:

Notepad++ Macros:

  http://npp-community.tuxfamily.org/documentation/notepad-user-manual/macros
  http://www.rarst.net/software/notepadpp-macro-for-repetitive/

Emacs Keyboard Macros:

  http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/KeyboardMacros
1538  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 13, 2011, 07:34:27 AM
lol

Ah, another use for word verification image technology - inserting deliberate ambiguity into one's posts for humor and other noble purposes  Wink
1539  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 13, 2011, 06:20:16 AM
I tried out the "Pause Detection" functionality -- I ended up adding and removing some points but it seemed worth using.

Also tried out the following bit mentioned in the FAQ:

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I miss the "Append all/selection to..." save option!

It's not longer necessarry since mp3DirectCut has virtual Cut, Copy & Paste. Open a second instance of the program where you copy the part you want to append. Then paste the selection the end of the other track. "Save all..." creates the combined file. You can also paste multiple selections. Before saving, the program does not copy real audio data but only references. So you must keep every file until you saved the result file.

[Minor point: in 2.13, I didn't find a "Save all..." -- found a "Save complete audio..." item that seemed appropriate though.]

mp3DirectCut's UI sure feels unusual  huh  I'm not sure I'll remember how to use it on a subsequent occasion...

After I got through with splitting, I found:

  http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=files&i=split
  http://wiki.audacityteam.org/index.php?title=Splitting_recordings_into_separate_tracks

I think I'd remember what to do with Audacity, but I imagine it would take a fair bit longer to finish because of the exporting to mp3...

@ f0dder:

What are the sorts of things you don't like about Audacity?  I'm not a huge fan or anything, FWIW...

@ Curt:

Didn't know about Code-it Software.  Thanks.
1540  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 13, 2011, 03:26:54 AM
P.S. In my testing I found that leaving a bit more silence than I expected near the splits seemed to work better -- at least in one case, I got the sense that there was some lost audio.
Could easily be the case, since mp3directCut avoids re-encoding to MP3 - that does mean it can't work on millisecond intervals, but has to work at the MP3 frame size instead.
Thanks for the remarks.

Inspired by them, I did some searching and found the following at a Wikipedia page for mp3DirectCut:

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Edit positions in the file can only be placed at the start of an MP3 frame (of which there are typically about 38 per second).
...
The documentation warns that navigating a song does not, in all cases, land on the start of an MP3 frame. The documentation does not guarantee correct results in all cases.
1541  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mp3 split program that allows for multiple cut-points before execution? on: April 12, 2011, 08:38:13 PM
I tried Ampa's suggestion (mp3DirectCut) and instructions and they seemed to work  Thmbsup

Thanks Ampa!


P.S. In my testing I found that leaving a bit more silence than I expected near the splits seemed to work better -- at least in one case, I got the sense that there was some lost audio.
1542  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wear Looser Clothing to Avoid Losing Energy During the Day on: April 12, 2011, 08:07:45 AM
lol
1543  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome / Firefox tabs in title bar on: April 12, 2011, 07:07:15 AM
For FF, does the following help at all?

http://userstyles.org/styles/42417
1544  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What the heck has happened to Google search? on: April 11, 2011, 08:51:17 PM
 Thmbsup
1545  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any XML gui tools out there? on: April 06, 2011, 06:34:15 PM
Don't know if anything from the following thread is of any use, but FWIW:

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=22617.0
1546  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shortcut Creator on: April 06, 2011, 06:01:11 AM
Glad to hear it's working for you smiley
1547  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shortcut Creator on: April 06, 2011, 04:58:49 AM
Do you remember the following?

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=22924.msg210119#msg210119
1548  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shortcut Creator on: April 06, 2011, 04:20:13 AM
Please share more details of what you tried, e.g. what file (it's full path information would be nice and what the path displayed in the title bar of the Windows Explorer window it was displayed in was) was selected when you pressed ^+c, what other Windows Explorer windows were open when you pressed the key combination, and what you expected to happen.
1549  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shortcut Creator on: April 06, 2011, 04:04:10 AM
I tried both of those configuration files and they both seem to work fine here.

Does the functionality work via the context menu?  That is, if you bring up the context menu via ^+c (control shift c) and choose "In Explorer windows", does it work?
1550  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Shortcut Creator on: April 06, 2011, 03:44:42 AM
Have you tried a different key combination in your ini file?
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