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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 30, 2020, 11:06 AM »
So forgive me for this in advance... the original post was talking about using an old laptop or tablet as a monitor for the RaspPi.  How does using nomachine help with that?

I believe the idea is that it helps in accomplishing the same thing, but without having to connect wires (and accompanying adaptors) from the RPi to the laptop or tablet.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 30, 2020, 10:59 AM »
Metro: Last Light Redux is free on GOG for the next 2 days.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 28, 2020, 12:11 PM »
Hi everyone,

Here's what I see in this thread:

What got me angry was that I felt there was some amount of bullying going on. But just because I perceived something to be a certain way, doesn't mean that's how it actually was. While I did initially attribute a hint of malice in what occurred here, I think it is much more likely that everyone thought they were just having some good-natured fun. I said it myself that I expect better of the long-time members of this forum. That should have been my first clue that I know you all to be better than that, so I should have re-examined my perception of your intentions.

I don't fault wraith808 for exercising his moderating privileges to the best of his ability. I'm glad he's here to help out the site.

I apologize for my public outburst. I'm grateful and humbled that all of you have responded respectfully and thoughtfully. And I'm more than a little ashamed/embarrassed that I didn't "practice what I preached" in my since-moderated post in which I was trying to convey ideas such as "you'll catch more flies with honey" and "let's all be kind and compassionate toward each other." I hope you'll forgive me.

And I'm sorry for derailing this thread. I've had my say.

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 06:41 PM »
Thank you for your thoughtful and humble response, tomos. I think you make a great example of why this site has been such a pleasure to be a part of for the past 15 years. :)

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 04:11 PM »
Here's what I see in this thread:

One person, let's call him the evangelist, who has a history of openly and often times annoyingly evangelizing, submitted a NANY which, you guessed it, evangelizes.

A bunch of other people, who are or probably have been annoyed by the evangelist in the past, jumped in the thread bragging about how "evil" they are, effectively trolling the evangelist into doing what he does: evangelize.

Once the evangelist falls for the bait, and responds with the expected evangelism, one or more people cry out, "Censor! Censor! Protect me from the rulebreaker!"

And the message that finally got the hammer to drop was one which took a pretty neutral tone and wished people Merry Christmas on Christmas day.

It makes multiple people in this thread look like crybullies, ganging up and picking on the evangelist, then acting like somehow they're the ones who were wronged. I expected better than that from long-time members of this forum.

I would argue that no one is being forced to read this thread. And due to the nature of the NANY submission, which is described as "a unique way to share the gospel of Jesus Christ," I would say that a little bit of religious discussion is on topic and warranted. Even though I disagree with the way it ("the gospel of Jesus Christ") is being shared, as I mentioned in my now-censored post.

Yes, politics, religion, and perhaps a few other things are generally verboten topics on this forum. But that has always been a soft line, and small exceptions where the discussion veered somewhat across the line have existed in the past. In them, a few mostly respectful, if not slightly heated, posts about politics and/or religion were made. And then, because it was usually off topic for the thread the posts were made in, or because of at least one warning from a moderator (but usually mouser) with the power to enforce the warning, the conversation was steered back to the topic on hand.

This hard-line censorship without warning, in a relatively milquetoast thread, all because someone said something some other person/people disagree with is new.

But as I said before. I've completed my re-education. So I couldn't be more thrilled that after 15 years of allowing respectful discussion of different viewpoints like what I described above to exist on this forum, this is now a place where people we don't like can be bullied into silence. And if they don't choose to be silenced by the bullying, at least they'll be silenced by the censorship. In a year as awful as 2020 has been, we can all be grateful that at least DonationCoder is a better place to be now that the dangerous practice of hearing ideas from people we think we disagree with is no longer allowed. This is the way. :Thmbsup:

EDIT: And keep in mind that I didn't name anybody, though it's pretty obvious who the evangelist is. So if you're not the evangelist and you think I've called you out, then maybe it's your own conscience telling you something. :-\

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021 Entry: The Lightning Bolt Quiz
« on: December 26, 2020, 01:41 PM »
I've split the topic.  Anyone that wants to discuss the real-world religious implications is free to do so here.  Please refrain from doing the same in this thread.

Greetings DonationCoder members. I have just completed my re-education.

I, for one, am thankful that DonationCoder has at least one censor who will protect me and other members of this forum from scary thoughts and ideas such as "I wish you joy and happiness," and "God loves you," and "goodwill toward others." Especially when shared on Christmas day. I shudder to think how horrible life would be for all inhabitants of the Earth if these messages of love and goodwill ever managed to become widespread.

Thankfully, DonationCoder censors are doing their part to make sure that will never become a reality. :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: December 25, 2020, 11:41 AM »
Error 40404: The person you're responding to has mousered you.

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Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 24, 2020, 05:10 PM »
I think I've just discovered another use for the tablet:

EDIT: I've heard that AnyDesk works nicely on Raspberry Pi OS (Linux) and Android. So maybe I'll save myself some money and a bunch of cables and just do it that way. :Thmbsup:

DOUBLE EDIT: It seems there's no ARM64 build of AnyDesk available. So while they claim to support the Raspberry Pi 4, I guess that means you have to be using a 32-bit OS for it to work. :(

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: December 23, 2020, 08:04 PM »
but be warned, they ignore the unsubscribe button on emails :-/

I've discovered the same issue with Banggood. :(

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 22, 2020, 04:20 PM »

Ha! After seeing that one, I was about to post that it reminded me of Jon Gomm playing Passionflower, so I searched the forum to find when I had mentioned that previously, and I found a post from 3 years ago of myself responding to a different Luca Stricagnoli video saying the same thing.  ;D

And, well, I won't turn down an opportunity to post this video again, so here it is:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 22, 2020, 03:31 PM »
Bridagor is free on GOG for about the next 2-3 days:

Coding Snacks / Re: [Solved] Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 10:05 PM »
Show me the exact command line you've used and a link to the .srt file to download it, please.

I'm new to the whole subtitle thing, so I just did a search and found an admittedly sketchy looking site that I'm not sure can be trusted. So instead of linking you to that site, I've attached the file I downloaded, which I renamed to make it easier to type in the command line and have zipped since the site doesn't allow attaching SRT files.

I also renamed your AHK file to "adjust srt times.exe" to make it slightly easier to deal with.

The command I used was:

"adjust srt times.exe" "00:34:09,263" -95000

It tells me the details are copied to the clipboard, but when I paste it into a text file, I get what I posted above; all entries are blank.

Coding Snacks / Re: Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 11:37 AM »
Something like this should work...

It needs to be invoked via command line parameters:
"Adjust .srt times.exe" "D:\" "00:00:04,049" 200

Arg 1: The .srt file to parse
Arg 2: The first (from) timestamp where the time shifting should begin
Arg 3: The amount of time in milliseconds (either positive or negative) to shift
          If you need a shifting of multiple seconds, e.g -2.3 -> -2300 ms, use "-2300"

I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, but even after several attempts experimenting with different arguments, my output always looks like this:




I use Subtitle Edit for all...uhhh...subtitle editing.   :P

Thanks for pointing me toward this. Using it, I was able to splice something together that seems to have done the trick. :Thmbsup:

Coding Snacks / [Solved] Adjust Subtitle (SRT) Timestamps
« on: December 20, 2020, 02:26 AM »
Hi all,

I've got a movie that would be pretty tame (PG in the USA) were it not for the fact that inexplicably it has about 30 seconds of nudity in a scene that has absolutely no bearing on any part of the film. Okay, I said the reason was inexplicable, but it's a French film, so I guess it should go without saying. Anyway, in an effort to make it more family friendly, I've ripped the DVD and cut out the scene with nudity. But, seeing as it's a French film, and I don't speak French, now all the timings for the subtitles are off by a significant enough amount that it's hard to follow.

Actually, editing the file made me lose the subtitles, but I downloaded new ones (in SRT format).

The idea of manually adjusting the time for each line of text that appears is just far too daunting a task for me to even begin. Surely there must be some way to do this automatically? Or perhaps someone who is knowledgeable with Regular Expressions can whip something up for me that will find all timestamps, do a calculation on them, and then replace them with the new values?

Here are my requirements:

  • Allow me to enter the "start time" or the time after which all future timestamps should be modified. Or in other words, don't modify the timestamps for anything before this time.
  • Allow me to enter an adjustment amount by which to modify the timestamps. The timestamps are down to the millisecond precision level, FYI.
  • Allow me to press "Go" and have it do its work.
  • Bonus points if it erases any subtitles that may exist in the resulting "limbo zone" (the time between the "start time" and the "start time + adjustment amount" time) and double bonus points if it also renumbers any following subtitles to compensate for deleted ones.
  • Either present me with the changed text in a textarea I can copy to my clipboard or allow me to output the text to a file of my choosing (so I can choose to keep the original file if I want). Or, essentially, don't destroy any data without my explicit consent.

I actually don't need all of that. If it just let me enter the amount to shift every timestamp by, with precision down to one second, I would happily work with that. I'd be able to run it on the file and then copy and paste everything after the "start time" from the new times over the original times, and manually edit out the relatively few "limbo zone" subtitles.

Thanks in advance! :Thmbsup:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 20, 2020, 01:52 AM »
Yeah I realised after I posted haha - turns out I owned Skylines anyway so didn't need it :D

Looks like you edited your post while I was typing up my reply. :D

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 19, 2020, 12:08 PM »
Epic Games Store is giving away a new game each day for the next two weeks: "Drop in daily to collect up to fifteen FREE games."

Skylines is 75% off, not free for me :(

You missed it by two days. There's a new free game each day for 24 hours.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Epic Games Store Giveaway
« on: December 17, 2020, 07:57 PM »
Epic Games Store is giving away a new game each day for the next two weeks: "Drop in daily to collect up to fifteen FREE games."

I won't be updating this thread each day, but figured I'd post about the offer. And while I'm here, I should mention that today's free game is Cities Skylines.


They also sent me another email with an "exclusive" discount on Konami games, which expires in about 2.5 days from the time of this post:
20% Off:
Silent Hill 4
Metal Gear
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
Konami Collector Series: Castlevania & Contra (Castlevania 1, 2, and 3, as well as Contra and Super C)

:Thmbsup: thanks for doing all the hard work!  ;D

I spotted six of them fairly quickly from randomly glancing around the images, but the final one required some strategy. ;D

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 17, 2020, 01:12 AM »
My previous response was a little stronger than I intended. I guess I'm still disappointed in my purchase I made all those years ago. :D

One of the most lightweight Linux distributions (with a desktop environment) I remember having success with on my netbook was CrunchBang. Unfortunately it has been discontinued for many years now. But maybe you can find an archive of an installation ISO somewhere and use it, since it's likely that your netbook won't have hardware newer than the last version of CrunchBang.

As part of their Winter Sale, GOG have sent out a newsletter with a little puzzle: Spot the 7 differences between the images to get discounts on games.

Play for yourself with the link above, or save yourself time by clicking the spoiler below.

I spotted the differences, here are the discounts, which all expire Dec 23, 2020, 6:59 AM (not sure which time zone):

GOG Presents.png
90% Off:
Syberia 2
Syberia 3
85% Off:
Banner Saga
Cat Quest
80% Off:
Overlord 2
Jazz Jackrabbit Collection
The Incredible Machine Mega Pack
75% Off:
Slime Rancher
This War of Mine
Summer & Winter: Olympic Challenge
55% Off:
Costume Quest
Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition
Space Pirates and Zombies (SPAZ)
FAR: Lone Sails
35% Off:
Heart of the Woods
30% Off:
Cthulhu Saves Christmas

General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit Linux distro recommendations
« on: December 16, 2020, 11:19 AM »
I know this is completely unhelpful, but...

If your netbook is anything like the one I bought ~10 years ago then it was pretty much obsolete trash when it was brand new. Throw that thing in the dumpster and buy a $50-100 Raspberry Pi which is a zillion times better and can run modern 64-bit operating systems.

Seriously. Learning how to use Linux is a difficult enough endeavor. I would not recommend it on ancient hardware that was underpowered even in its prime.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 16, 2020, 11:11 AM »
Prison Architect is free for the next couple of days.

I was surprised to see this funny little one-liner at the bottom of a spam/phishing email that came "from a friend" (whom I'm not in contact with anymore) whose email account (or at least its address book) was hacked or abandoned many many years ago and has been occasionally sending me spam ever since:

Contraceptive, n.: A labor saving device to be worn on every conceivable occasion.

Thanks for the details. :Thmbsup:

As a general update to this thread: I gave 1by1 another shot and I'm still not very impressed by it, so I've re-added checking out Reaper and Daminion to my to-do list in the hopes of finding something I like better for the task.

fwiw, that the founder/main developer of Reaper was the founder/original developer of WinAmp (and Gnutella). v1 of Reaper was in 2006, and it's now on v6.

I don't know if that's good or bad. The last good version (IMO) of WinAmp was v2.x IIRC. :)

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