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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Immersive Explorer: Oh God why? on: August 03, 2012, 06:23:48 PM
How about we just give it a one word code word... sort of like metro, but more fitting...

Windows IDTENT

(wonder how many will get that...)
2602  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Metro has gone ... on: August 03, 2012, 11:33:29 AM
As a writer, I understand the theory of IP and why it exists... but the practice sucks!
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 Metro has gone ... on: August 03, 2012, 07:49:50 AM
They were probably hoping for a payout... I can't see any other reason they would wait so long.  Or is that overly cynical...
2604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox Security Failure on: August 03, 2012, 06:47:13 AM
It's more social hacking than anything else, I think.

I think the word just came to me, though it still isn't quite fitting. Perhaps a more appropriate title would be: "Dropbox Security Exploited"

I guess it doesn't really matter... other than the fact that I don't think this has anything to do with dropbox security.  If I give my password to someone and they use it to access my account, is it the system's fault?  Pretty much, this is the same thing- the passwords were already compromised, and the people in question didn't change it on their accounts.
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox Security Failure on: August 02, 2012, 07:49:25 PM
It's more social hacking than anything else, I think.
2606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Happy Birthday C=64 on: August 02, 2012, 04:51:30 PM

I can't believe he didn't hook up the 1541 and save that tape drive loading time.  Or even use a cartridge or two. I mean, he could SHOW the tape drive, and START loading a game to demonstrate it's awfulness...
2607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox Security Failure on: August 02, 2012, 03:46:39 PM
I just don't see why this is a security failure on the part of Dropbox.  Sure, they've had their failures, but this doesn't seem to be one of them.
2608  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Cubby Beta Invitations. (First come first serve.) on: August 01, 2012, 08:07:10 AM
I'm waiting on e-mail addresses from 3 people... if I get them all, they'll all be gone.  I'll post here with updates.
2609  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Cubby Beta Invitations. (First come first serve.) on: July 31, 2012, 09:12:40 PM
I have some also- just PM me if you're interested.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Fiber on: July 31, 2012, 05:15:07 PM
^^ At least the bunny is cute smiley

And I wonder how much of this is to force other ISPs to follow suit.  I think Google probably sees itself as limited by the limits ISPs put on their services.  This way, they force them to be competitive, and after the market has changed, they bail if it isn't profitable enough or too much of a headache.
2611  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: What features of DC are most important to get right if DC moves to Invision? on: July 31, 2012, 09:51:59 AM
Missed -> Speed.  Not to be taken for granted.  Some platforms are pretty slow, and it's not because of latency- it's because of bad code.
2612  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: What features of DC are most important to get right if DC moves to Invision? on: July 30, 2012, 08:25:43 PM
Speed.  Some other boards that I frequent take forever to do anything.  I love DC's responsiveness.

Threadmarks.  I look for them on other boards, but they're so hard to get to.  Having them on the thread in the menu- and the array of things possible.
2613  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / 3 Day Special on PageFour and AllMyJournals (2012-07-30 to 2012-08-01) on: July 30, 2012, 10:12:22 AM
Two announcements to make this month. Firstly, we're having
a three day sale for PageFour and All My Journals. Today,
tomorrow and Wednesday, we're reducing the price by half.
That's $17 for a PageFour license and only $12 for an All My
Journals license.
If you have any friends who you feel might benefit, please let
them know.
PageFour: www.SoftwareForWriting.com
All My Journals: www.AllMyJournals.com
Secondly, we released an updated version of SmartEdit recently,
and it's been getting a lot of exposure and attention on writing
forums and blogs. It's still free, and it contains a very useful
adverb checker along with its existing functionality. Best of all, it
can be launched directly from the current version of PageFour,
released only last week.
SmartEdit website: www.Smart-Edit.com
2614  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Warning: Big Security Risk In Some Ubisoft PC Games on: July 30, 2012, 08:21:41 AM
Disable the Uplay plugin(s) in your browser ASAP.

How to disable Uplay in Firefox:
Tools - Add-ons - Plugins - Disable the Uplay and Uplay PC Hub plugins

In Opera:
Settings - Preferences - Advanced - Downloads - Search "Uplay", delete

In Chrome:
Visit about:plugins and disable

To check the vulnerability, visit this page

If your browser is vulnerable, Uplay will start and the Windows Calculator will run.
2615  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Warning: Big Security Risk In Some Ubisoft PC Games on: July 30, 2012, 08:17:03 AM
Reposting from a article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun. The fix is relatively simple (uninstall UPlay and the UPlay browser plugin), and the danger has been verified.

Incomplete list of games affected below:

Assassin’s Creed II
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Assassin’s Creed: Project Legacy
Assassin’s Creed Revelations
Assassin’s Creed III
Beowulf: The Game
Brothers in Arms: Furious 4
Call of Juarez: The Cartel
Driver: San Francisco
Heroes of Might and Magic VI
Just Dance 3
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Pure Football
Shaun White Skateboarding
Silent Hunter 5: Battle of the Atlantic
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

Not a complete list, and apparently there are a number that quietly install Uplay without user knowledge or consent. Given that the exploit is in the wild this is a very real threat.
2616  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: A more radical transition idea for DC CMS on: July 30, 2012, 08:10:31 AM
Even though I do agree that DC will eventually have to be migrated to smf 2.x, it seems to me that the effort to do that would be far smaller than migrating everything to invision, no?

Agreed.  And the expense of invision isn't insignificant, is it?  Though I've used other forums, SMF has by far seemed the most user friendly to me.  Does SMF still support tinyportal?  Or was that not robust enough?
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Linux just a hobby? on: July 30, 2012, 08:08:00 AM
Even though I agree with most of 'How to ask questions the smart way', it pains me that so much gets made of it, while 'How to answer questions the helpful way' gets short shrift in general practice.

Good links!  Thanks for the info!  I do love the second point- and it's one of the reasons I come to DC with questions (and answers when I can)- Choose your forum carefully Wink
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 29, 2012, 09:08:11 PM
Another alternative is book storage for your DVDs - you can buy storage solutions that pack hundreds on indexed CDs and DVDs into scratch resistant and chemically stable sleeves together with inlay cards and booklets. You do have to be organised (I'm not and that is why I gave up on it) but it can reduce the clutter enormously.

How about these:


(this isn't the storage system I was thinking of, as it doesn't store the paper work, but it stores lot of disks in a small space).

The DiskSox are about as small as I want to go.  I like that it still looks like the DVD with paperwork and all, but in a smaller space.
2619  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Clipstory - Free today 2012-07-28 on: July 28, 2012, 09:39:23 AM
Another Iconico offering, Clipstory is a clipboard history manager.  I've never used it (happy with ClipMate), but it's free for the offering for anyone who doesn't have such software on BitsDuJour today only.
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 28, 2012, 09:17:04 AM

I just found out that my media player supports ISOs.  But I guess having 100s of DVDs to burn, I couldn't put all of them in that format.  That would be a lot of space.

...at least, that's what I'll keep telling myself. Sad
2621  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 28, 2012, 08:44:36 AM
Just out of curiosity, does anybody have a recommendation for what a very good (or hopefully best quality) procedure would be for ripping a commercial movie DVD for storage on a home media server to be played on a hi-def TV? I'm less concerned about file size than I am about picture and audio quality.
IMHO, if quality is your utmost concern, then ripping without video conversion is the key.

Why not you rip your DVDs with DVDFab into ISO files, by doing so, you will have zero loss in quality. To play any of the ripped movie, just mount its ISO with either Deamon or Alcohol 52% (both are free), then play the movie as though you are playing the original DVD.

I wouldn't use Daemon Tools anymore- not only is it no longer free, but it's packaged with stuff that makes it not so free.


While true, you can disable this- the fact that it is enabled by default (and now costs money) makes me go elsewhere.  A good free one is MagicDisk from the same people that make MagicISO.

Also, one reason not to do this is if you aren't using a media pc - most tvs that allow you to connect to Media Servers don't support mounting ISOs or BINs AFAIK.
2622  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 27, 2012, 08:53:20 PM
The formats worked with any of my players.  It's just how they looked- tearing and artifacting galore.  I tried increasing and decreasing the fps and the bps but nothing worked.  Very frustrating.
2623  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 27, 2012, 08:14:49 PM
I have quite the extensive DVD collection, and though I've put this off with Disksox (which I'd recommend to anyone... they're great!), I have outgrown my space for DVDs, and have had to look at some alternatives.

So, a bit ago, I bought a NAS - the Synology Diskstation DS211J.  I bought a 2TB drive with it (thankfully before the drives died), and also bought an Asus O!Play really cheap, and it connects to it better than I thought, in addition to two .  I also converted one of my machines to a Windows Home Server, and it has plenty of room also, and I'm using it to burn the DVDs.  As a last bit, I use POE to wire all of my devices as wireless hasn't been good for me in the house.

So I have my whole infrastructure in place.  Now to the task of Ripping the DVDs.  My primary concern is to rip the DVDs so I can get them off of the shelves in the living room and into storage, but still be accessible to be seen.  To that end, I want something that's watchable on my 46" large screen, but it doesn't have to be perfect.

I'd heard so much how easy this was and how I would be able to do it for free.  Not so much.  I downloaded Handbrake and MakeMKV (I already had VLC).  For my test, I used the movie Serenity, and made several different attempts at ripping the first 3 minutes.  The first technique I used was to make the MKV file in MakeMKV.  This was pretty straightforward.  Then I tried to create test files in every different format that Handbrake allowed.  In each case, there was tearing and terrible pixellation.  I figured I must be doing something wrong, so I tried several different forums and several different google searches.  But nothing helped.  So I figured I'd try to rip from the source since I had VLC installed to decrypt the DVD.  Nothing.  All day I spent trying to get the software to encode just 3 minutes in a format that would work.  But nothing worked.

Finally, I started to get tired of trying Handbrake, and decided to branch out into commercial offerings.

Before when I toyed with this, I tried Xilisoft DVD Ripper.  I have an older version, but figured I'd see how things had changed.  Against this, I stacked up AnvSoft's Any DVD Converter Pro, Magic DVD Ripper, and WinX DVD Ripper.

Again I used the first 3 minutes of Serenity, and tried on a variety of formats to see which one gave the best results and was easiest to use.  The first thing that I noticed was that for default settings and such, easiest didn't really come into it- they have different user interfaces, but one thing was common- each was created for non-computer users.  They even had the steps on the user interface!  Like handbrake, they had different conversion profiles, but unlike handbrake, in each case, the default profiles worked.  I tried to do a straight rip because that's what I was used to - ripping for the computer in MPG format.  But I quickly discovered that the media player formats were better suited, especially when I copied tests to the NAS to look at them on the TV.  But other than that, the quality of all of them were similar.  Some boasted about speed, but they were pretty comparable.  So in the end, the only thing that swayed me was price - there was a Bits Du Jour promotion for anvsoft's Any DVD converter, which put the price at $27.  As all of the others were uniformly around the $40 range for what I needed, in the end, price was the reason that I settled on that software.

I didn't write this up as a review, because I really didn't go indepth into the software- I had a simple need, and though all of the offerings have more functionality than that, I don't think I'll need it.

Now that I can actually rip a whole DVD, I'll see how it stacks up and post an update later, but has anyone else had any experience in these matters?
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: July 27, 2012, 06:22:56 PM
+3 Addict too.  And Editors.  Actually spent $250 on SlickEdit because of my addiction- even though I love it, that's a lot of scratch.
2625  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: System Administrator Appreciation Day on: July 27, 2012, 06:19:56 PM
I'd like to add my voice and say thanks for the fine jo

And I'll add the 'b' to Chris' thanks above, and say ditto.
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