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1976 Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 17, 2012, 11:32:29 PM
Can we assume that it won't be interfering too much with the file-creation process being monitored?

Shouldn't, all it does is return directory statistics.

It's not recursive either, although you could make it easily enough by changing one parameter.
1977 Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Folder Properties Auto-Update.... on: June 17, 2012, 11:16:27 PM
FolMon v0.4.0.4



Run it, the Path button allows you to choose a folder to monitor.  When it closes it will save the folder being monitored, colours, Always on Top setting, and Update Interval to an ini file so it can use them next time it starts.

You can change the colours two ways:
  • Edit the .ini file - the colours are in RGB format - here's a list.
    • Background=0x000000
    • Text=0x00FF00
  • Right-click on the window background and a popup menu will open, (best place is between "Files:" and "Size:").
NOTE: Colour changes will not take effect until the next time the program is run.

You can have multiple instances running, even from the same folder - just rename the executable, an ini with the same name will be created upon exit.

Input boxes are read-only.
Statusbar reflects the last file creation or deletion in the directory.

  • Added: Colour selector popup menu.
  • Changed: The Recurse warning requester now has a 10 second timeout, (so it doesn't block other functions for too long), it defaults to NO at the end of the timeout.

  • Added: Update interval slider from 5-120 seconds.
  • Added: Always on Top option.
  • Added: Recurse option - notes:
    • Interval slider will change to 60-120 seconds.
    • Statusbar will be disabled - too hard to monitor all possible sub-directories for file changes.
    • This setting is NOT saved in the ini file, (I've left the lines in the source just uncomment and recompile if you want it).
  • Added: Colour setting acts on statusbar - I even fixed the weird colour problem I was getting.
  • Removed: The Exit button - guess what you use now.

  • Fixed: No longer freezes due to getting latest file created. Statusbar is updated in real time from filesystem notifications. If files are being generated very rapidly, (eg. >50/s), it may start skipping them ... however this is probably faster than you can read individual names.
1978 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Execute a launch menu with prior password protection on: June 16, 2012, 09:29:35 PM
Msgbox, 48, Ah-HA, Congratulations! You've made it!

Replace everything below EnterScript: with menuahk.ahk contents.

ie. Delete the Msgbox, 48, Ah-HA, Congratulations! You've made it! and continue with your script.
1979  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 16, 2012, 07:59:16 PM
I think I might have a small wait on my hands Sad

Your Raspberry Pi Id number is 244205

Or I could get one from ebay.....

Only selling as I don't have time for the project I intended to use it for.
I ordered 2 of these with hopes to use them together for a project but I am no longer going that route.
I don't really have a need for it...

Yeah, right....

1980  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Remove this residual files after update !!! on: June 15, 2012, 11:46:58 PM
Boot off a Linux Live CD and delete the RECYCLER directory on the drive in question.   smiley
1981  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can Firefox Quick Find "shift"-hotkey be removed? on: June 15, 2012, 11:41:56 PM
Strange, for as long as I've used Firefox the default Quick Find key has always been '/' which you have the option to turn off under Options->Advanced->General so that, as Ath said, it starts searching when you type.
1982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 15, 2012, 09:09:34 PM
Just did this. Here's a screenshot of the MediaInfo window. Is that enough?

MPEG4-AVC + AC-3, yet a different mix to ones I've normally seen.  Also, it's not true HD, it's what they call HDVw - the playback device knows to stretch the picture to fill the full 1920x1080 display.

BTW, I thought you were in NZ, which is PAL?

Those files should be at 25fps for maximum compatibility with existing equipment otherwise for playback on old DVDs/TVs you'll need to change the framerate - if that's never going to happen then it's not a problem but it does show that refurbished stock can come from anywhere.

As to editing programs, it really is a simple choice of what you would like to do and what you need to do it.

An NLE, (Vegas, Premiere, etc), will give you filters, transformations, transitions, effects, multiple output formats (including 3D anaglyph), multiple audio tracks, video overlay, etc, etc.

Or, if you just want to slice and dice, (as SB does), with no change in format, (ie. minimal recompression), then there a number of programs that can do it - VideoReDo TV Suite H.264, SolveigMM for example, both paid software.  There's also VirtualDub, AviDemux (free), the latest beta versions seem to handle AC-3, (can try it doing this, you'll need to set the output container to something else, try MP4).  There's probably more but these are the ones I know of off the top of my head.

There are programs that fall somewhere in between, (both AviDemux and VirtualDub), not the full-on facilities of a NLE but will do basic filtering and transformations.  AviDemux has most of the filters already inbuilt whereas VirtualDub you can just add them as you need them.

The only time audio is likely to get out of sync with video is if the file contains variable bitrate audio, which is non-standard, but that shouldn't be a worry for files from the camera.

So....what do you want to do with your video smiley
1983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: June 15, 2012, 05:06:17 AM
But, it's looking good. It looks like it will take some time though to move data onto it. It's getting about 5.5 MB/s at the moment writing from an external drive, so it's one of those that's a tad slow.

That sounds more like the OS that's the problem, with WHS I get:

via Gb LAN: 40-100MB/s depending on what else is happening,
via USB: ~25MB/s from external HDD,
via eSATA: 50-100MB/s depending on the drive.

The Gb LAN is a massive improvement over what I was getting from a D-Link NAS with a supposed Gb LAN, (5MB/s if I was lucky).  Considering the speed I'm getting, I don't even use the USB/eSATA for transferring things to it any more.

BTW, couldn't get FlexRAID to work for some reason so I went looking for something similar:
SnapRAID - Filesystem agnostic parity based data redundancy, (Linux/Windows).
Elucidate - A GUI for SnapRAID (Windows).
Liquesce - Drive pooling for Windows.

All free.
1984  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: June 15, 2012, 02:24:20 AM


Getting one of the wire unhooked required a knife for pressure... 20 minutes or so of farting around for that...

That would be the mini-SAS connector I'm guessing...they sure don't want it to come out accidentally. smiley

Ooppss! My bad, UNetBootin will give you a USB version of the LiveCD.  I don't know if FreeNAS 8 is much different but with FreeNAS 7 I just booted the LiveCD and you had the option to install to a HDD or a flash drive, which is what I did, (on my old machine that is).
1985  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 14, 2012, 11:28:57 PM
You're telling me that you've been able to edit an mp4 file (standard avc+aac) in Vegas with both the audio and video working?

Yes, Vegas is what I use to make sure audio and video is in sync since some other editors can de-sync them and that's usually because they've used VBR audio.

And you can chop it up and save the segments without re-encoding (lossless)?

Sorry, I was addressing your comment of limited output formats and included too much quote.  Vegas' output formats are limited by the codecs available.  But it does do smart-rendering of video when the input is in the one of the formats is was designed to work with.  It's an NLE, you're trying to compare it with a simple video splicer.

And unless all your video edits are going to occur on a key frame, (for at least MPEG2 or MPEG4-ASP/AVC compression), there is no such thing as a lossless video editor.  At best it will smart-render, at worst it will render it all - but even then, (IIRC), as long as your not changing anything, good encoders will seek to minimise any recompression by recognising already compressed frames.
1986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 14, 2012, 09:29:05 PM
because these programs have very limited output formats, they will never be able to do a simple lossless cut or joining of video.  That means when you're ready to output, there's going to be re-encoding and all that taking place, which means further degradation of video, longer output procedure (what should take seconds will take several minutes or hours), and it's very likely the output will be a larger file than the original file, with less quality and audio sync issues.

Not true, (at least as far as Vegas), I've been able to output in whatever I like since v5, (if I had a VfW codec, it could handle it - and with ffdshow that's a lot of formats), and if Vegas didn't allow, then running it through a simple frameserver to a program that could added, at most, 2 minutes to the process.
1987  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 14, 2012, 09:17:10 PM
Well, I am a rank amateur, so maybe I should have referred to the .m2ts format, which is the file extension of the video files that are transferred from the camera to disk.    tellme
The software that I use and that came with the camera and handles the .m2ts video files is PMB (Picture Motion Browser).

Before investing any time in trying different editing software could you run MediaInfo over one of the files to see what it really is ?

Camera manufacturers have very weird interpretations of standards, ie. it should be MPEG2 Transport Stream but being HD it might be AVC + AAC within a M2TS container, (don't know why they can't put it into an MP4 container like normal people....but then, it is Sony).
1988  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi's $35 Linux PC on: June 14, 2012, 08:36:55 PM
Well, can't buy it, but registered interest.

You can also register at RS Components (Australia), it'll be AU$41 delivered, cheaper than Element 14 - (formerly Farnell and the 14th element is Silicon in case you're wondering smiley ).

The queue must be mighty long, I registered a while ago and so far they've invited two lots of 4000 to order.....and I wasn't one of them.
1989  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 14, 2012, 05:14:01 AM
MPEG2 Transport Stream - Either VideoReDo, Womble or TMPGEnc will do frame accurate editing and, providing you save to an MPEG2 format (Program/Transport/Individual stream), lossless saving smart rendering, (only re-encode what's absolutely necessary).

AviDemux should also be able handle frame accurate/lossless cut/join but I find it more suited to MPEG4-ASP AVI editing and use VideoReDo TV Suite H.264 for all my DVB-T, (MPEG2TS), recordings and quick rough edit of my Sony Camcorder output, (MPEG2), before running it through Vegas.
1990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editing software - Any recommendations? on: June 14, 2012, 01:32:56 AM
So, one of my requirements - a new and mandatory one - could be defined as "Video editing software must be able to input, edit and output HD 1920 x 1080 standard without loss/degradation."

This is a pretty hefty requirement.

It isn't, AviDemux has had this ability for at least a couple of years, VideoReDo, (mainly MPEG2), has had it for longer, VirtualDub can do it and I think Vegas also can do it.

Re-encoding will only happen if:
  • a filter has been applied to the video, (ie. colour changes, resolution transformations, etc),
  • a cut has not occurred on a key frame, or
  • you are changing the output format, eg. H.264 -> MPEG2.

If it's all a simple cut/join edit and a cut doesn't not occur on a key frame then only the section between the last key frame and the next will be encoded.  In my case, that's one key frame every, at most, 250 frames - so any section that needs to be re-encoded won't be longer than 10 seconds, (PAL = 25fps).  I always try to make cuts on key frames so there isn't any need to re-encode but sometimes it can't be helped.

The two basic rules to minimise re-encoding, (assuming your program can do smart-rendering):
  • output format = input format, (this means codec, resolution, frame rate, etc)
  • no video transformations, (no cropping, resizing, filters)

You can muck around as you like with the audio.
1991  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FOI Documents Show TOR Undernet Beyond the Reach of the Federal Investigators on: June 13, 2012, 07:33:11 PM
Double bluff - kind of like when they were pursuing Phil Zimmermann and then suddenly....they stopped.

We all knew what that meant  Wink

Disclaimer: Blatant OTT conspiracy theory to fit in with Renegade's mindset.

1992  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: June 12, 2012, 05:48:40 AM
Sunset, that's Mt Macedon straight ahead, (~80km):

1993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pretty cool pic of the Inside of a brand new HD750, GE CT Scanner on: June 12, 2012, 12:50:12 AM
this is what you get when you ask an engineer to make you a toaster ohmy

No, you get one of these:


Bread to charcoal in 3.7nS smiley
1994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In search of ... name of an old TV series on: June 12, 2012, 12:14:46 AM
Whirlybirds ?

The Whirlybirds TV show was a 30 minute action / adventure series that aired in syndication. Chuck Martin and P. T. Moore were partners who co-owned a helicopter. Often, an episode would begin with them flying some rich person somewhere or with them meeting some "down on their luck" person who needed help. Then the story would evolve into a life-threatening situation. Occasionally, they'd help find some missing person who was lost way out in the middle of nowhere. Of course, Chuck and P.T. always saved the day somehow!

EDIT:  For interests sake, the search words were: action adventure helicopter 1960 series

To paraphrase Lloyd: "Watch closely because, remember, the clues were all there, as we go through... the search engine."
1995 Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 11, 2012, 09:37:45 PM
4wd, do you know if there's a way so that FreeCommanderXE will scan and compare subfolders too?

Not AFAIK, sorry.

It's the filemanager I use when my normal one isn't available, (Directory Opus), but the XE version is technically still beta ATM - so you could pass along a request to the developer.
1996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Pretty cool pic of the Inside of a brand new HD750, GE CT Scanner on: June 11, 2012, 08:54:58 PM
All that technology and it still comes down to a bubble in liquid to make it work smiley
1997  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: June 11, 2012, 06:53:59 AM
I should correct myself, we do get snow but it's a very rare event - we're only at 480m.  This is August, 2008, looking from our drive across the front of our block.


I forgot to post these two freeloadersw when I took it:


Busy watching a pair of wedge-tail eagles circling over the mountain - they've grown up now and joined the band of nine that sit out the front waiting to be fed.

I'll see if I can grab a sunset tomorrow, didn't have a stand for the camera so the couple I took were a bit blurry.
1998 Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 11, 2012, 05:38:14 AM
I'll try FreeCommanderXE too. I don't know where you found these, I've spent hours searching and I could only come up with files comparison tools!

A lot of filemanagers, (especially dual pane), have some kind of comparison function, just depends how far they can be tweaked to get what you want.

Chinese site but here's a list of 60 - knock yourself out smiley

The site is out of date so some of the links don't work but a search should find most of the no longer linked ones.
1999 Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 11, 2012, 12:10:59 AM
There's also FreeCommanderXE, (which looks better IMHO smiley ):

Open Extras->Settings->Compare Folders and choose your options:


Navigate to the folders in the Left and Right pane:


Select Folder->Compare (Alt + V by default) and the folders that are different will be highlighted on both sides but only the right side will be active:


Select Edit->Invert Selection (Num * by default):


Then you can delete, move, etc.
2000  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: partition software, free space, Windows-based vs. external software on: June 10, 2012, 11:44:22 PM
Does partition software generally make 100% sure it is only partitioning away free space ?

Generally yes, however that shouldn't stop you from checking at least twice exactly what is going to happen once you click the GO button.

Does the software move files away from the end of one partition to create the next partition before
doing anything else ?

No.  By this question I'm assuming you're talking about creating a new partition on a drive that's already in use.  You should resize existing partitions to create the free space you require for the new partition.  Only the Resize/Move functions of partitioning software will move files, anything else will generally destroy.

Should you defragment before partitioning ? (presumably it is a smart idea). In any special way ?

For a drive with existing partitions that you want to keep, yes.  For a drive in which you intend to delete all or some partitions to create free space for new partition(s), no.

ie. If you intend to use Resize/Move to create enough space for a new partition, then you might gain a little speed by defragging first.  However, when you factor in the time for defragging + partition resizing/moving against just a straight resize/move - is there a net gain?
This will depend on whether you do your partition butchering with the OS online or offline.
Offline - you have the benefit of the OS not interfering with your operations but may lose the benefit of better interface drivers, (hence speed).
Online - you have the benefit of possibly better interface drivers but the OS might require you to restart to complete the operations anyway.

Generally, I do all partition operations offline.

Does this question vary a lot between software products ?

Depends on driver support generally but otherwise, no.

Do you find any great functional fundamental distinction between the Windows products (Paragon, Easeus, Aomei, etc.)
and the more tech partition stuff like Terabyte (Bootit) that works outside Windows ?

No, since they almost always provide a version that lets you do it all with the OS offline.  eg. Paragon has a bootable Linux version for both their free/pay versions - pay versions also get a WinPE based version which has better driver support.

In the old days it made a difference where you started partitioning (e.g. in XP or underneath). Is that a factor today ?

I haven't found it to be.

Granted there are functional differences in products, (e.g. a Pro product compared to Lite or Free will show you
some differences, as will reviews) and there are differences in support and cost.  It seems like the software has
generally become fairly good.  One feature I noticed is that some software may be stronger than others in simply
moving x gigabytes of space from one partition to another.


Your thoughts ?

Before I partition anything to do with the drive the OS is on, I will make an offline image of the OS partition, (or the whole drive if the partition occupies the whole drive  - <40GB in total), to an external drive - in my case I just boot into Paragon HDM11Pro on an external and do everything from there, (backup/partitioning).
For any other drive, (ie. data drives), I'll just make sure that any data I don't want to lose is backed up - which isn't much compared to the size of the drives, (~200GB out of a total of ~4TB).  A Microserver takes care of OS and essential data backup, (monthly, weekly and daily), and I also have a 640GB USB3 drive that triggers a data backup when it's plugged in.
Anything else, I'm prepared to wear the loss, (eg. Steam games, downloads, etc), because I just look at it as I probably needed to clean the drive out anyway - even the OS falls under that category, it's not essential to back it up, just convenient.

These days the quality of software amongst the various big names, (Acronis, Paragon, EASUS, etc), are reasonably equivalent - the only major difference I've found is in the drivers they provide, (for offline), since these will determine the speed at which operations will get done.

My short-term attempt is to take my lightly used Windows 7 64-bit puter and add a d: and some drives for
a linux install.  And I may do similar on a spare older XP system.

My recommendation from the times I've dabbled with a Linux install is to create all the partitions first, ie. root, user and swap.  When it comes to installing, the Linux installer will find those partitions and automatically use them instead of throwing you into the installers partitioning tool.
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