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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 12:19:27 AM
...So, now to remove this bloated piece of ...

Ruddy heck. Poor you.

Considering that Office 2013 Pro is only 1 CD, this should have been a 50MB installer download at the very most.

Inline with the Win8->8.1 update, yet another FU by Microsoft to anyone with a monthly data cap or a slow broadband connection.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone: Choosing between tiny DIY computer kits on: March 18, 2014, 07:29:32 PM
For those interested in the Arduino, Little Bird Electronics have a Kickstarter project up.

They're taking your normal size Arduino and shrinking it a bit:

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Called the MicroView, more info here: Chip-sized Arduino with built-in OLED Display!
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 18, 2014, 06:20:08 PM
^^ Well, I've been spending some time setting this up in my OneDrive/OneNote.com account, ...

I know what you mean, I thought I'd install it to see what it's like ... it took longer than installing Windows from scratch ... twice.

Over two hours, due to the 1GB+ of download they don't mention, as @rgdot mentions above, and even though I selected, (at their recommendation), the x86 version I find that the x64 version is installed instead.

So, now to remove this bloated piece of ...
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 18, 2014, 08:11:40 AM
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=37538.0

Better late than never I guess  smiley
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what does this say? on: March 16, 2014, 10:04:08 PM
English people really need to learn to enunciate better

Is that a widespread matter or is that limited to few cases?

I've found it to be reasonably widespread, (your normal person in the street), I'm kind of used to it now.
My wife, (English), said that one of the things she noticed when she came to Australia was that everyone talked slower than what she was used to. Grin

Back to the OP, dropping the audio into Audacity, reducing speed by 15% and adding a bit of bass made it a lot easier but still the person speaking ran a lot of her words together.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 16, 2014, 09:28:55 PM
^^ Logoff would also do it!   Wink

So does the small button on the front of the computer ... just below the power button ...
107  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 09:26:48 PM
Fixed smiley
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 16, 2014, 09:01:27 PM
In Firefox I run AdBlock Edge, Ghostery, and TrackMeNot, plus I don't know what else; maybe that's interfering?

I run Ghostery, AdBlock Edge, RefControl, Request Policy, Self Destructing Cookies, and a couple of others - none of them interfere with the Inspector.

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The Waterfox official download page only shows 64-bit; but I see they do offer a Portable version which is far preferable to me.
Can I install Waterfox Portable 64-bit on my Win7 32-bit OS?

Waterfox is only x64, and no you can't install 64-bit programs onto a 32-bit OS - unless you do so via a VM (which is beyond the scope of the problem).

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I found a 32-bit Waterfox but it's from Softonic, ...

Only version on there that shows up in a search is Waterfox x64 v18.0.1 ?

Is there a way to just convert my OS from 32-bit to 64-bit, or do you have to start all over and reinstall and rebuild the entire OS from scratch?

A full re-install is required if you're changing architecture, x64<->x86.

BTW, when I've got a million windows open and want to close them all at once, is there a shortcut command for that?

From SuperUser:
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Simultaneously close all open windows:

  •     While pressing the Ctrl key, successively click each of the task icons on the taskbar.
  •     Right-click the last task icon, and choose Close Group.

If you only want to minimize the windows, use the 'Show Desktop' shorcut.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 16, 2014, 07:17:28 PM
You're doing it wrong  smiley

Firefox (Pale Moon/Waterfox):

Menu->Web Developer->Inspector:
 (see attachment in previous post)
Click picture:
 (see attachment in previous post)
Okay so far that doesn't seem to bring up a link for me in Firefox.
Do you think I should install Pale Moon or Waterfox and try again?
Maybe I should try that.

Works fine here in Firefox 26.0 and Pale Moon 27.0 - so if you're not seeing it you're holding your tongue wrong.

You don't even have to click on the image on a page, just mouse over it and the relevant line in the source will be highlighted in the Inspector window.
110  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 07:11:11 PM
Direct link to the offer page: https://sonelli.com/500k

Or you could click on the image in the OP  Wink
111  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 11:20:48 AM
I would have thought the SSH gave it away  Wink

If you don't know what it generally stands for w.r.t computers, chances are you don't need it.

But I know people can't resist anything with the word FREE attached  ... even if they have no use for it  Grin

Secure SHell client for those that are interested, eg. connect to your Linux VPS, etc.

PRO upgrade adds the ability to proxy over the connection, among other things.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 16, 2014, 07:08:50 AM
^ That's way too simple ... I don't like it  embarassed
113  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / [EXPIRED] [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 07:03:50 AM
Via OzBargain:

v That's a link v

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^ That's a link ^

In order to apply the free upgrade from the free version to PRO you need to enter the Google email address tied to your Android device.

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The license is tied to your Google email address and is a life time license for an unlimited number of devices.
114  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition 5.5 free on: March 16, 2014, 12:56:47 AM
Link to CNET version: Partition like a pro with our Aomei giveaway

Add $19 if you want lifetime updates.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 16, 2014, 12:49:37 AM
^ One of my favourite series that I reread every couple of years or so, certainly a different, (and more interesting IMHO), take on the vampire mythos.
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 16, 2014, 12:37:17 AM
You're doing it wrong  smiley

Firefox (Pale Moon/Waterfox):

Menu->Web Developer->Inspector:

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Click picture:

[attachthumb=2]
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 16, 2014, 12:27:21 AM
Re. MH370 - It amazes me that there isn't an EPIRBw mounted on aircraft tail assemblies that:

a) like most boats/ships, start transmitting the moment they hit water.
b) activates on collision.
c) can't be switched off internally, it's autonomous.

You could even make it a bit smarter: it's fed the terminating coords by the originating tower according to flight plan and if the point at which velocity falls below sustained flight occurs doesn't happen within a specified radius of the termination, it goes off.

What use is the f'n flight recorder if you can't find the aircraft in the first place?
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what does this say? on: March 15, 2014, 08:00:20 PM
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Good afternoon, my name is Jodie.  I'm calling from the equipment team at the Entity(?) Group, Plant Swindon.

Just giving you a call back since your application to the apprenticeship program.

If you can call us back please on 01865 826245, we thought you might like ... would like to invite you a ?????????????
on Wednesday the 26th of March at Plant Swindon.  Please be at reception at quarter to eight for an eight o'clock start.  You'll be with us until approximately half-past twelve.

You've applied for the Engineering Maintenance and the Engineering Technician position ???????????????????????? control.  So you may like to do some research so you're prepared for that.

We will also send you a formal email invitation next week but in the meantime if you could confirm your attendance that would be much appreciated.

Many thanks, bye bye.

Search on phone number, note the name at the bottom:
http://extranet.kingston....bshop.asp?VacancyID=12746

Search on Plant Swindon:
http://www.miniplantswindon.co.uk/

English people really need to learn to enunciate better, not everyone on the planet talks at 78RPM  smiley

If you get the job, my fees are %10 gross.  Wink
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 12, 2014, 08:20:29 PM
Stupid Executive Officer ?

Surplus Executive Officers ?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 11, 2014, 06:36:45 PM
A decent internal SATA3 hard disk will do the job you'll ask from it just fine.

No problems here with capturing RAW or DV to 5400RPM IDE HDDs.

UDMA mode 4, (~66MB/s), will cover all analog TV resolutions whether it be a compressed or uncompressed capture.

Even UDMA mode 2 will cover all of them but it's good to have a bit of overhead.

It's a good use for those old IDE HDDs lying around providing you have a computer that still has an IDE port and don't put it on the same port as a ODD or the OS HDD.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 11, 2014, 06:33:40 AM
I'm not sure that you'll be able to capture from the EzyCAP to a USB HDD, (I'm talking USB2 of a few years old), without a lot of dropouts due to the way the USB ports are controlled, (polling by the host).

One way to find out I guess.

By MPEG2 quality I'm pretty sure they mean bitrate - the higher the bitrate, the better the quality, (in theory), up to ~9.8MB/s for the video stream.  The three settings might be something like 3500, 6000, and 8000kbps.

If you run MediaInfo on a short sample of each quality it should tell you.

Here's an online bitrate calculator that'll tell you the minimum transfer rate that your HDD will need to maintain to ensure it's not the cause of frame drops, stuttering, etc.

Video Bitrate Calculator

If you click the link for DVD (PAL) on the right, you'll see that you need to maintain a minimum rate of ~15.55MB/s to the HDD - I'm guessing that's at the rate of a normal movie release DVD but you'll probably need to be somewhere close to that.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 11, 2014, 02:30:23 AM
I captured the stream with EZCAP and Showbiz written to MPEG2.
I then used Audacity to capture the audio and Power Sound Editor to twin the single STEREO track into two MONO tracks.
I then used POWER Director 10 to clip out the original audio and insert the twin track MONO - simply to balance the sound distribution. Saved as MPEG4.
I now propose to use PD10 to cut it into scenes and remove the dross.

Is the resultant file likely to have suffered significant loss in the process?

Rather than export the file as MPEG4 from PD10 and then working on that file, I would have done the scene cuts in PD10 at the same time as the sound work - this way it's only recoded once.

I assuming that PD10 doesn't re-encode just needed parts - it may, it may not but why take the chance?

You should be able to save the project so that you can come back to it later, saves unnecessary encodes.

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Should I now see if PD10 can actually capture the primary stream from the EZCAP (or an appropriate DVD recorder) and hopefully (remembering that ShowBiz slugged the AAC CODEC), correctly handle the MONO audio?

Yes, if you can reduce the number of encoding steps to one all the better.

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Qualifier - Serious Amateur Status, with the divine right to spout bulls**t and sufficient time available to simply re-capture from the original tapes, and follow the experts' advice smiley

As long as I'm allowed the same, spout BS that is smiley
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 10, 2014, 05:23:37 PM
Digressing a bit:

You do have to be a little careful since I seem to recall not every Digital8 camera included support for reading Hi8. I'm guessing this is limited to first generation units but that really is just a guess.

It's why I mentioned model dependent but the situation was worse in Europe because of Government greed.

A lot of camcorder models were crippled deliberately by the manufacturers because of EU tax laws.

Briefly:
  • If a camcorder recorded video through the lens, (ie. normal operation), it was classed as a camera recorder and the manufacturer was taxed as such.
  • If the camcorder could also record through its inputs, (firewire, USB, A/V), it was also classed as a video recorder, (ie. the equivalent of a VCR), and the tax for that was also added to the camcorder tax, (ie. double taxation).

So the manufacturers in order to avoid paying the import duty for a VCR on camcorders, removed that functionality from a lot of models.

I have a nEUtered Sony DCR TRV-10e that, (as opposed to the Australian version), did not record via Firewire and the complete analog digitiser circuitry is not installed.  However, input via Firewire could be enabled by the interfacing of the LANC port with a computer serial port and a little hex editing smiley

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Assuming that's not an option, my first recommendation for analog capture would actually be an external Canopus DV converter.

Completely forgot about them, I was hoping to get one when I was doing all my video transfers but could never scrape up the money or they weren't around when I did have the money :/

My next choice after that was going to be a TV card with a hardware encoder which are still available.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my desktop email client breaking mail message headers? on: March 09, 2014, 08:01:10 PM
Maybe start off with Nirsoft SmartSniff ?

Since POP3 is a text protocol, it might be a little easier to get running and understand compared to WireShark.

Just had a thought, if your email server uses TLS/SSL, (eg. Google), then you'll get very little in the way of human readable data through packet capture.

eg. Here's a packet capture from GMail:

[attachthumb=1]

Randomised munging instigated by me smiley
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 09, 2014, 05:20:45 PM
Hi Vurbal:

That was me actually, I see I did manage to muddy the waters smiley

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Video format properties did indeed default to the NTSC version you intimated but I noticed your own example was showing PAL and being in Europe I originally thought I would need to set PAL as well.

I thought you were in the USA at the time, that's why I mentioned the NTSC settings.  Now I know you're in Europe your settings should have been the same as mine except for the Format which might be different from the PAL-B we had in Australia.

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I did however leave it at the default NTSC and it seemed to work fine - confused!

It's the wrong frame rate.  As you can see from your two texts outputs above, VirtualVCR is trying to capture at close to 25fps, (PAL), because that's what the EzyCAP is reporting the source is, whereas MediaInfo is reporting 29.97fps, (NTSC), because that's what you've told it to capture at.

This will cause A/V sync problems as you found.

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When I tried to adjust the audio volume input level it refused any changes from the default -99db, although after I eventually reset the audio channels to mono I did seem to get the correct amount of audio from both speakers. Not an issue, just wondered why it wouldn't let me change it!

It's dependent on the capture device because the EzyCAP performs the digital conversion in the device it probably automatically adjusts for audio gain - so it's probably not necessary to adjust volume for it.

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I also observed that the Default Video Frame setting was 320x240 as you can see from the image below

The Use Custom Setting isn't checked so it's ignored - which is why I didn't mention it Wink

It will default to the resolution of the capture device and this is where we come to with this:

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But, the preview monitor showed 640x480 which I believe is probably the source definition.

640x480 is not the resolution of the video source, it's 720x576 - standard PAL.

This is why I don't use the EzyCAP because it's default resolution isn't a television one - it's 640x480, which is standard VGA resolution.

I used it once - the only resolution I could get it to capture at was 640x480, which is definitely not the normal PAL resolution of 720x576.  At that point the EzyCAP was consigned to the cupboard never to see the light of day again.

I didn't care if it was scaling the input signal to produce a nice square pixel output, I wanted the full video frame to work with - which is why I switched to an internal TV card for capture.

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I've attached below, the statistics produced by both VVCR and MediaInfo. If you could give them a quick look and verify they're what's to be expected it would be greatly appreciated.

As I mentioned above, you're capturing at the wrong frame rate, you need to set it for the same as I show in my post.

If that doesn't work then under Settings->Video, check the Use Custom Settings and set them to: 720x576 (may or may not be honoured); Colour Format YUY2; Frame Rate 25.00.

If VVCR complains because of the resolution then you might have to change it to 640x480.
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