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For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

Common problem with a WDTV Live was it couldn't handle MKV's that had compressed headers, (I still have and use one), remuxing to use uncompressed headers made the files playable, format translation wasn't necessary.

I just use MakeMKV and have had no problems with my WDTV Hub nor Live playing them.

Nice program.  I have a registered copy.  Unfortunately I no longer have the desktop PC with BDROM, TV, set top box etc..   :(


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For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

Common problem with a WDTV Live was it couldn't handle MKV's that had compressed headers, (I still have and use one), remuxing to use uncompressed headers made the files playable, format translation wasn't necessary.

One thing cool about the WD box, it would play HD resolution avi files.  My upconverting Philips DVD players would not.  It was insane to reduce avi files to ntsc only to upconvert them.  The WD saved me all that hassle.  Granted I did not come by 1080P avis every day, but still...   :)

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Here is a program I used to make MP4 files compliant so that my set top box would play them.  MkvToMp4  The last rev was in 2013.

It worked especially well in batch due to the multi-threaded implementation.  The function was to make an output file that was MP4 compliant by demuxing, fixing the audio to meet the standard, then remuxing.  The program is portable.  I had an external SSD in a docking station.  The program along with input, intermediate and output files should all be on the SSD.  Due to the lightning fast random access characteristics of the SSD I would watch the progress bar zip through the files.  The video was not reencoded.  Only the audio track was modified.

For those with a Western Digital set top box or something similar it may still be very useful.

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General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use?
« on: January 15, 2020, 07:37 AM »
I get around Miami on the MetroRail.  More than anything I use the MDT Tracker.  The latest update totally destroyed the App.  Instead of an easy to use interface they want you to create an account and set up the ability to buy tickets/passes using the app.  As soon as I found the old v. 1.5 apk I put 1.5 back on.  Adding insult to injury the thing would open and hang!!

Is it just me or are computer programs being deliberately made slower and harder to use?  Stuff that used to be one screen is stretched across three just to slow you down.  In Walgreens to buy something with my EBT Card I have to hit a dozen buttons plus enter the PIN.

In any case the web version of the train tracker seems to still be available in the old format:  MDT Tracker and the 1.5 apk can be downloaded from PureApk here

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General Software Discussion / Re: BingThing 1.6.1.0 guilty pleasure
« on: December 09, 2019, 02:37 PM »
I am not set up to compile BingThing.exe anymore.  Since having Windows 10 I see that if BingThing 1.6.1.0 cannot register the hotkey it quits with a dialog box.  This is not good.  So out of necessity I reverted back to version 1.5.9.0 but I included a compiled BingThingHotkey.exe to do the hotkey work.  If you unzip to a folder not underneath a system folder(i.e. stay clear of the Program Files folder trees) things should work Ok. 

BingThing.zip version 1.5.9.0 has been uploaded to MilesAheadSoftware and the index.html has been edited to reflect the change.  Sorry for the hack but I only have a little notebook W10 to work with so I cannot do anything ambitious.  :)

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Snapfiles is back :)

They still are my #1 choice, generally, when not downloading from the programmer/company site.

I see now why I did not get the message you did about the hardware failure.  I was clicking a speed dial that went directly to the new rdownloads page, generating a 404 error.  It is easy to forget the fundamentals when using all these shortcuts and gimmicks.  I always liked Snapfiles too.


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Now they just say:

"Down for Maintenance"


 :Thmbsup:

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My favourites go-to's are:

Snapfiles

Speaking of Snapfiles they seem to be having issues.  No DNS record etc..  Anyone know if they went dead door nail?

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Living Room / Re: Android annoyances
« on: October 11, 2019, 07:16 AM »
2) How can I set the phone not to dim the screen when a specific app is running?

You could try the StayAlive App

Even without donating it has useful features.  It has a setting to only keep the screen alive when a certain app is running.  I am not sure if this feature is one of the donation enabled ones.  I use the program to reduce how often I hit the power button on my phone.  I may need to keep this model for a few years.   8)


MILES!!!


Rumors of my death have only been slightly exaggerated.   Lollygagging here in Miami feels comatose at times.   :D
 

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Living Room / Re: Android annoyances
« on: October 10, 2019, 09:30 AM »
2) How can I set the phone not to dim the screen when a specific app is running?

You could try the StayAlive App

Even without donating it has useful features.  It has a setting to only keep the screen alive when a certain app is running.  I am not sure if this feature is one of the donation enabled ones.  I use the program to reduce how often I hit the power button on my phone.  I may need to keep this model for a few years.   8)


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Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :)
« on: September 26, 2019, 03:04 PM »
The scientific community downgraded Pluto from a planet a while ago.  No conspiracy- if it was a recent video, it would hopefully know that fact.

Imagine how you would feel if you were Supreme Ruler of an entire planet and they downgraded the planet's status on you.  I wonder if you could bring a law suit to get the status restored?   8)

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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: September 26, 2019, 02:59 PM »
Uncanny is a cute Indie flick you can watch free on the IMDB site.  For those who can enjoy dialog based stories with virtually no special effects.   :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:27 PM »
Dr. Bloodmoney  by Philip K. Dick

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One easy thing to check is for an inordinate number of retries.  A drive diagnostic from the manufacturer should show that up.  Sounds can be misleading.  My Phenom I quad core made all kinds of fan noise whenever the CPU usage went over 1%.  I assumed it was the CPU fan.  But it turned out to be a fan on the GPU.  Replacing the GPU with one on a clearance sale for $19 quieted things down.  I just wish I did it sooner.  I put up with that noise for years until the GPU died.   :)

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Living Room / Re: Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 29, 2019, 02:04 PM »
I thought The Man in the High Castle was good.  Also, I can recommend Jack Ryan.

Jack Ryan is pretty cool.  I like PKD and watched all the first season and most of the second of Castle.  The Multiverse thing blows my mind.  I recently read Recursion by Blake Crouch.  I found myself wondering why I wanted the "original" version of the protagonist to find happiness just because I met him first in the story.  I haven't come to terms with infinate variations of everything I guess.   ;D

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Living Room / Re: Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 29, 2019, 01:57 PM »
Good Omens was pretty good.

I'll have to check it out.

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Living Room / Series included with Amazon Prime
« on: August 28, 2019, 06:01 PM »
I thought it might be fun to exchange some TV series that are "included with Prime."  I am too thrifty to rent or buy shows.  But some of the original shows included with the basic subscription are quite funny.  Here are a few of my favorites:

The Patriot

The Boys

The Tick

Goliath


if you are nostalgic for 1950s TV shows it seems like they are buying every show I watched as a kid.  I think even Retro TV passed on The Donna Reed Show.  Anyway I am  bummed that The Patriot will not see a third season.  I loved that show.  Outrageous humor done deadpan.   :Thmbsup:


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General Software Discussion / Re: Altap Salamander now freeware
« on: August 10, 2019, 09:14 AM »
I haven't noticed anyone post that the Altap Salamander file manager is now freeware - did I just miss the post?

Altap Salamander download page

Download Altap Salamander 4.0 - Freeware
Altap Salamander (including all plugins) from version 4.0 becomes freeware for both commercial and non-commercial use. Users of older Salamander versions can upgrade to version 4.0 free of charge. Version 4.0 requires Windows 7 or newer. There are not other limitations compared to commercial version 3.08.


Cool.  I never heard of this file manager.  I was into FreeCommander until the 64 bit hurdle kind of messed up the evolution of it.   I will check it out though.  Thanks for the heads up.   :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:30 AM »
@MilesAhead: Thanks for the post. I hadn't known of either book. They both look interesting. I shall have to read them now...(SF addiction).

Heh heh.  I've been a steady consumer of SciFi since the early 1960s.  I can only guess that I missed out on Clifford D. Simak's works because I must have looked at one of the stories with goblins and thought all his stuff was like that.  I am still chasing after Cosmic Engineers and a few others.  The ebooks make it a bit easier to get books I missed the first time around.   :Thmbsup:

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 01, 2019, 08:46 AM »
Recursion by Blake Crouch. 

An interesting take on time travel.  When someone goes into the past to change the future, when the time comes for the nullified event to happen, then people who originally experienced it remember it.  This can be unpleasant if the thing you remember is burning to death, drowning, being blown up, buried alive etc..

It is also a love story.

Also I am nearly finished with another Blake Crouch novel Dark Matter.  Rather than time travel the protagonist searches through parallel worlds trying to get back to the one he was expelled from.

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: April 25, 2019, 03:23 PM »
I am still devouring the novels of Clifford D. Simak.  It seems with the digital books they are playing the "region game" they play with DVDs.  Novels like Cosmic Engineers can be purchased in Australia but not in the USA.  Really annoying.  This is forcing me prematurely into the short stories.  Bummer!

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:02 AM »
I am still working through Clifford D. Simak.  Currently Earth for Inspiration, one of a series of collections of his short works.

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I had a similarly frustrating issue with the Moto phone I just got rid of. No matter how many Apps were listed the close all button didn't show up until I got down to the last one.

Interesting, my Moto G5+ shows CLEAR ALL at the top of the list all the time, unfortunately because the most recent are always shown at the bottom you need to scroll to the top to see it.

@Miles: Old Tesco HUDL v1 with Android 4.2.2 can only clear one at a time here.

You can add a Clear All function but it'll require root and the Xposed framework.

i tried a few of the one click root without PC apps and none of them succeeded.  At this point I think I will just live with it.

Speaking of Moto phone my free service will crap out soon.  Supposedly Metro supplies the e 5 plus for free with the $50/month plan.  If that is true I may go for it.  With 3 GB of Ram it must run better than my current phone.

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btw thank you both for replying.   :Thmbsup:

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The frustrating bit for me is the thing saves the list across boots.

That's actually one thing that I love.  I don't lose an app unless I explicitly close it.

My tablets all have 1 GB or less of Ram.  I would not mind if it saved the list if it was optional or I could close them all with one shot.  The repetitive swiping is wicked lame.

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