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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help me choose an online backup service on: February 16, 2012, 03:17:43 AM
There is something really important to note about CrashPlan.

You can use the full and powerful application freely to back up encrypted backups to a friend/family PC.

So if like me your goal is to provide a backup solution to protect in case of fire/theft, you could very easily find a friend with the same needs and back up to each other's PCs, at no cost (at least that's my understanding).

That's true... but they'll need to be very friendly 'cos they'll have a copy of your files smiley
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help me choose an online backup service on: February 16, 2012, 03:16:19 AM
I did this investigation some time ago and ended up with SpiderOak, which I now have paid space with (it does all my documents / development stuff / etc).

It's got lots of other features, but they push security strongly, but I only really use the 'backup' side of it.

Not sure why I moved away from CrashPlan now?
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anonymous to Attack Facebook on: January 24, 2012, 03:40:35 PM
Seems like we need to be a bit more vigilant in looking for more false flags.

I knew it was suspicious when a blatant typo jumped out at me  cheesy
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anonymous to Attack Facebook on: January 24, 2012, 03:01:29 AM
I wonder if there's a way for them to determine how many participated?

 Wink And I think it's a wonderful English conundrum that "apart" and "a part" have opposite meanings!
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anonymous to Attack Facebook on: January 23, 2012, 10:52:23 PM
I'm confused by this bit:

Quote
are you truly apart of the anonymous consciousness?
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: word 2010 opening always in draft mode. Possible? on: January 11, 2012, 03:47:40 PM
Would something like this help: http://www.lopesoft.com/en/index.html ??
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I know I've got a dose of absenteeism... but it's going to get worse on: January 07, 2012, 05:38:19 PM
@Renegade: The whole track was "re-done" with a lot of input from someone who'd just completed the Appelation Trail in the 'States. Shelters are provided along the way (about every day's walk), and they all have water tanks and pit toilets. Water is not guaranteed though: Western Australia gets most of its rain in Winter (therefore a Spring walk is a good idea), but late Spring and Summer can not only see all the rivers dry up, but also the water tanks too.

On our walk (pretty early Spring) most of the rivers and creeks were flowing, but we only used them to wet our bandannas and wash (rinse really).

@iphigenie: Actually, it's taken many years to get Sandi to do another longer walk after the Great North Walk, which was, in hindsight, a very difficult walk (especially in the middle of drought) and I guess emotionally scared her for 4 years Wink  I loved it: it was the first long walk we'd done -- and when, on the last day, I joked with Sandi that maybe next time we could do it North to South, she very nearly threw me off a cliff  Wink

I knew about halfway through this walk that it was very different when Sandi asked what I'd do differently if we ever did it again. Normally, even on a day walk, I can't talk about the next walk until well after we'd finished and were home again  cheesy

@40hz: Yep -- inside a server room does not sound like fun. Hats? I was very happy with my Possum + Merino beanie (and really needed it some nights and mornings). Sandi's was an expensive (not) Op Shop version that incredibly can be crushed, washed in a machine, etc without wrecking it. Mine I got for this walk because my leather one was too heavy  embarassed


And yes... it's taken 10 weeks to start feeling anywhere near normal.  My productivity has been about zero... which in itself has been distressing, as I have a lot of material from this walk to turn into timelapse, blog posts, albums, posters, reviews, gps tracks, etc, etc. and I have not been able to stay up much later than 8pm (very effectively). But, I'm making headway now...
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I know I've got a dose of absenteeism... but it's going to get worse on: January 07, 2012, 05:09:32 PM
I also liked the backing track. What was that music, if I may inquire?

Do you know Jamendo? It's a site of Royalty Free music.
Quote from: Jamendo FAQ
Jamendo is the world's #1 platform for free and legal music downloads. Available in seven languages, it offers the largest catalog of music under Creative Commons licenses. For artists, it's an easy and efficient way to publish, share and promote their music, and also to make money, through ad revenue sharing and commercial partnerships.

 Sad  The credit for the track is on the YouTube page, but that doesn't get translated to embedded content... I'll need to go fix that up!

I just did a couple of seaches ("walk" I think worked) and found this album: http://www.jamendo.com/en...album/54323?refuid=466602 Probably not exactly what the composer intended, but it worked remarkably well with the video.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I know I've got a dose of absenteeism... but it's going to get worse on: January 07, 2012, 06:10:36 AM
Yes, you can imagine that there was a lot of self examination going on... like: why am I feeling like this, or that, or whatever, or nothing at all... and I guess there was a general lineal progression, but there were lots of ups and downs along the way too.

You only think we look well adjusted because you can't remember the thoughts going through your head when we took the photo!!  smiley

Thankfully it was long enough to get through the institutionalised thing and get to feeling a sense of completion: otherwise it could have been very messy (well, more messy than it was) Wink
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I know I've got a dose of absenteeism... but it's going to get worse on: January 07, 2012, 03:41:31 AM
Funny, I was just typing that bit up in the blog... The track passes through 12 "towns" where we camped in caravan parks and who also held our 12 food parcels. Most of those towns had cafes and shops where we could buy fresh food (it's amazing how focused you get on red meat and vegetables on a walk like that: we'd be dreaming of steaks, potatos and sour cream and stacks of vegetables on the days leading up to a town Wink ).

The longest stretch between towns was about 7 days. We eat about 1.5kg of food a day (between us), so that's 10.5 kg of food -- which was getting to the limit of my carrying capacity  embarassed

Here's the shopping list that we had to purchase and pack and deliver before starting the walk:
Muesli20.4 kg
Powdered Milk2.96 kg
Tea Bags388 bags
Large Clip-lock Bags43 bags
Scroggin9.8 kg
Small Clip-lock Bags118 bags
Sultanas1.225 kg
Vegemite4 tubes
Cheese160 servings
Muesli Bar96 bars
Staminaide1.596 kg
Dehydrated Meals43 meals
Cup-a-soup86 packets
Supper Snack82 servings
Drinking Chocolate41 sachets
Coffee Bags82 bags
200ml UHT Milk11 cartons
Boiled Lollies318 (maybe ~7 packets)
Emergency Chocolate1 family bar
Soap1 bar
Laundry Powder10 washes
Garbage Bags12 bags
Packing Tape1 roll
Matches2 boxes
136  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: PinPics on: January 07, 2012, 02:06:21 AM
 embarassed Too true: brain wasn't working, or not explicitly on that example. PNG doesn't have Exif tags, but TIFF does.

Well... according to ExifTool, there are heaps of file formats that have metatags, not all are very useful for this purpose though...
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I know I've got a dose of absenteeism... but it's going to get worse on: January 06, 2012, 09:22:00 PM
The pics are coming (I had issues with one of my SD cards that has proved unreliable and has slowed me down a bit), but I've just finished the timelapse...

Found a very suitable piece of music on Jamendo for the backing:  Walking

 <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L06gKY_IC04" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L06gKY_IC04</a>
138  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: PinPics on: January 06, 2012, 04:18:31 PM
single files as well as multiple folders, as well as patterns

Single files and multiple folders I can do.  Patterns...well, depends what type of pattern you're looking for.

I might add in a search subdirectories option too.

Yep: Subdirectories seems obvious (but I didn't think of it Wink )

Patterns:
  • *.jpg, *.png
  • gps*.jpg
139  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: PinPics on: January 06, 2012, 04:06:43 PM
Any chance of getting commandline parameters? I'd like to run it and load a folder...

Sure!  I'll put that on the planned features list & will probably add it in by tomorrow.

If you're fiddling in there... I'd probably find it even more perfect if the commandline allowed single files as well as multiple folders, as well as patterns (if it's not asking too much  Wink).
140  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: PinPics on: January 06, 2012, 09:06:23 AM
This is nice!!  Kiss

Any chance of getting commandline parameters? I'd like to run it and load a folder...
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: word 2010 opening always in draft mode. Possible? on: January 06, 2012, 03:56:51 AM
Thanks Perry, this works.
Does anybody know the solution to the second problem?
Maybe the ahk forums have solved this...

Why hasn't Word done it itself on installation? I have Word in my New Context Menu??
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: word 2010 opening always in draft mode. Possible? on: January 05, 2012, 08:52:16 PM
Is it the same as 2007: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2008/07/get_word_2007_to_use_draft_mode_as_default?

Edit: You'll also need to save your Normal template in Draft View as well as "Allowing it to open in Draft View"
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 06:51:39 PM
Sorry to hear this - and after such a great adventure. It's a harsh lesson but "copying" from one location to another is the only way; maybe even treating the original cards as permanent media rather than something you can reuse. That's all in hindsight though.

It was only 1 16Gb card (of 3), and not every image on the card -- it's quite random... and actually, only mainly evident on copied files once they get onto the HDD (and even then not every time for the same file)... which made me wonder about the software: so I'm generally able to copy them off again without too many issues (apart from time).

I'd also blame the card(s), i.e. I've seen it happen and assumed it was the card so threw it away - then not had the problem arise again. I convinced myself this was due to putting the card in my back pocket - did you store the cards in a less than perfect way?

 ohmy  You are joking, right?? Me, do something less than perfect??  Wink

Well, seriously... this was such an important walk (for us), that I had the filled cards in their cases, inside a padded bag that was inside a protected pocket of my pack.

And the images that are corrupt on the card, are fairly few... unless the card can affect the file as it's copied off?? I wouldn't have thought that was possible??

Anyway, I've got to get as many rescued before I start any investigation which may overwrite those files and make them unrecoverable permanently Sad

Maybe it's all part of the adventure?
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 06:34:21 PM
I had a Canon that after I ran and played sports with it in my pocket became similar to this permanently.

 Sad mad ohmy Angry
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 05:56:20 PM
When actually taking the photo or after a serious jerk (bump)?

Generally I'm pretty steady when taking a photo (after long experimentation of long exposures without a tripod)...

In my experience serious jerk

and I should have added: permanent problems or just for the current photo? Because this is rather ad-hoc...
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 05:55:14 PM
Based off of my own experiences (personally and professionally), I'd say it's the card.  To rule out the camera, have you tried taking any test photos with it and one of the known good cards?

I will... I'm busy trying to get this mess fixed at the moment  Angry  But have you found it to be every file or random?

But interestingly, I just found one moved:
[attachthumb=1]

That IrfanView said:
[attachthumb=2]

And recoved, which was the same on the card:
[attachthumb=3]

That IrfanView said:
[attachthumb=4]

147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 05:44:21 PM
I have seen similar to your screenshots (but not the JPEG errors) when the camera's CCD went bad when the camera was moved or jerked too much.

When actually taking the photo or after a serious jerk (bump)?

Generally I'm pretty steady when taking a photo (after long experimentation of long exposures without a tripod)...
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 05:24:37 PM
and another:

[attachthumb=1]

which IrfanView complained:
[attachthumb=2]
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 03:47:31 PM
Here's another example:

Original Move:
[attachthumb=1]

IrfanView complained when saving after reducing:
[attachthumb=2]

150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Experts opinion on very odd Camera -> Card -> File Copy corruptions on: November 11, 2011, 03:27:20 PM
I'm on Win7 Professional SP1 64bit, lots of RAM (don't laugh Nudone), and a SONY CyberShot camera.

After my recent short walk I have 3 16Gb SD cards full of photos, which I moved to my computer with MultiComander. The first two cards went flawlessly, but I've run into dreadful issues with the third, where the images are corrupt. Well, corrupt on the first copy/move (mostly).

What I did, which is what I've always done (maybe not any more though  embarassed), is to move the files from the card to the computer. Some of the moved files ended up like this (reduced): [attachthumb=1]. The regularity of a file being corrupted increased during the move opperation (that is, it was maybe 1 in 20 at the beginning and 1 in 3 at the end). I may attach other examples, but some of them look they have multiple layers overwritten with mismatched origin points (ie offset). I used EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard 5.0.1 to recover the deleted (when moved) files, and mostly they seem to be OK: [attachthumb=2]. But sometimes the files are also corrupt on the card, iterestingly mostly different to the file that was moved, but the same as what was recovered. I also tried Recuva, but Recuva found 3169 files as Easeus found 9442 files, which seemed to give me greater ability to find a non-currupted file. BUT, what is also extremely odd is that sometimes the recovered file on the HDD is not the same as what is on the card, and when recovered individually.

Now, what that implies to me is:
  • The original move produced some corrupted files. Caused by?
    • MultiCommander?
    • Windows?
    • Hard Drive?
  • The camera wrote corrupted files.
    • Bad Card? But it's not consistent?
    • Naughty camera? It's not the most perfect environment for a camera in the hot and cold, sometimes rain, and jolted when I fell over... But the timing of the corrupt files doesn't correspond with any of those events.
    • The recovered files may not have been the final file the camera wrote? Maybe the camera used the card as a temporary storage when combining images?
    • The recovered files are not named the same as what was moved, so I'm not sure what that means?  huh

If a JPEG expert is interested they can access the original, non-reduced, files for comparison here (warning - they are large files). When I edited them with IrfanView (eg to resize), IrfanView would complain that the file format was corrupt: extra data where it shouldn't be, or missing data; which to me sounds like the file has been written incorrectly (either by camera or software during the copy):

I'm going through, slowly, and re-copying them when necessary and I think that in the end I should not have lost very many images (though with 9,500 I can afford to lose some and not be too upset  embarassed), but the why of this problem is troubling me... anyone with any ideas?

The main lesson I learned is that Move as a file action is not the best idea when there are lots of files and it may be best to check first before removing them from the origin location (but in my defense: this is the first time that something like this has ever happened).
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