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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: April 08, 2011, 05:34 PM »
God is a Astronaut - Snowfall

Now you are wandering into my favorite genre (post-rock).  :-*

A lot of great music to be found in that genre :) Oh and that reminds me, I don't think I've posted this video before. One of my favorites, Kwoon - I lived on the moon


(HD version can be found here)

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: April 08, 2011, 03:44 PM »
Been a while since my last post, so here's a few more that I really enjoy:

Joe Satriani - Always With Me, Always With You (Live)
I never get tired of Satriani, and this song is just...  :-*



...and this one with Grace Potter, Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman and Stephen Perkins, where they cover Neil Young's Cortez the Killer, is fantastic:



To keep up with the guitar-theme, here's another sublime song to round of this post:

God is a Astronaut - Snowfall

The video isn't official, but I think it suits the song really well.

Enjoy! :)

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DC Gamer Club / Re: Minecraft - An Incredible Indie Game
« on: October 07, 2010, 07:10 PM »
One thing to note, if you have a low end machine the game may not run smoothly even though the graphics are extremely simplistic. My machine runs Half Life 2 and WoW smoothly, but this game chops and pauses for seconds.
Plus then you can maximize it for near full-screen gameplay. :)

Protip: F11 is your friend ;)
Spoiler
Allows you to play in proper full-screen


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I bought Sins at this sale price and I am waiting for the expansions to go on sale later. They would just be sitting unused while I played through the main game anyways.

That's not how the expansions work. They simply add functionality and features to the main game, making the whole thing (much) better. At no point would you not be playing the expansions if you have them installed.

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You could also try running the following command in a console as admin: sfc /scanfile=c:\windows\System32\drivers\tcpip.sys

It'll check the integrity of the file and repair if needed.

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Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: March 23, 2010, 05:30 PM »
There are some really great music posted previously in this thread, and I thought I'd add a few more that I like.

Let's start with some bands from my country, Norway

A couple of tracks from the great Norwegian folk band Katzenjammer, adds +2 to you mood, guaranteed:

Katzenjammer - Ain't No Thang (Live...in a small boat)


Katzenjammer - A Bar In Amsterdam


...

and a couple of tracks from the fantastic (now disbanded) Gåte. Norwegian folk music meets progressive rock. This band is (was) quite possibly the best live band to ever set foot on this lovely little planet.

Gåte - Bendik og Årolilja


Gåte - Sjå Attende



El Caco is another band from .no. I don't listen to them all that much, but this video is just to much fun not to post!

El Caco - Substitute




...and now for some assorted good tracks from other places

Feeling a bit down, and need a tune to cheer you up? This one from the Canadian band Immaculate Machine works wonders for me:

Immaculate Machine - C'mon Sea Legs



Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are one of my favorite bands, and if you listen to a few of their tracks I'm sure you'll understand why.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Apologies (Live)


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Stop the Bus (Live)


....

:)

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General Software Discussion / Re: Bypass internet filtering?
« on: August 13, 2009, 10:18 AM »
The answer here, if talking with the IT dep. at your school doesn't help, is to make use of a VPN. You should be able to find yourself a fast and reliable one for ~$10-15/month (if speed isn't that important, you could probably get away with half of that).

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General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan
« on: July 13, 2009, 07:07 AM »
Word! I used virustotal.com, and it said the file was clean....So I dont understand why my VS says there was a generic.dx trojan...I dont know which to trust..lol

If VirusTotal says the file is clean, then I'd say listen to them. False positives is a problem with all AV programs, so to get a second opinion from other vendors is always a good idea. Especially when the detection is of the generic kind, like the one you're having :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan
« on: July 13, 2009, 06:51 AM »
Your best bet in situations such as this is to use a service such as the excellent VirusTotal to check the file. It will scan your file with just about every AV engine on the market, for free no less. You can then use this information to make a judgment on whether or not the file is safe (you will be presented with the result from all engines). The easiest way (at least I think so) is to use their tiny uploader utility to send the file to them. All you have to do is right-click the file, and select the uploader from your send-to menu. When it's uploaded, it'll open your browser with the results. Couldn't be simpler :)

Oh, and remember to disable your resident AV protection while doing this, as you really don't want the file deleted/quarantined automatically.

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Just felt the need to say that this is by far one of the "coolest" single-purpose utility I've ever tested. It does exactly what it says on the tin, and the result is never anything less than perfect! :Thmbsup:

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Thanks!

I am using Zoom Player already, but never saw that option - I checked again and now I know why not: it's greyed out. Do I need to buy the Pro version for this feature?  :(

SMPlayer looks pretty good! Before I test it, let me ask you: does it support keyboard usage as well (or similarly well) as Zoom Player? Skipping around in a file, volume up/down, etc.?

Ah, yes you'll need the pro version of ZP for the bookmarking to work.

As for SMPlayer, it does indeed have a ton of keyboard shortcuts. It's originating from the Linux world after all ;)

EDIT: I've attached a screen in case SMPlayer is no longer configured for this by default.

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Two players that comes to mind are the open source SMPlayer (should come pre-configured for this)and Zoom Player (not pre-configured, but it's easy to to. See attached image).

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General Software Discussion / Re: Good Video Player
« on: May 13, 2009, 07:28 AM »
Also, it would be wise to rember that MOV is just a container format, not a video codec. Just because some *.mov files works, does not mean that every other will (I was struggling with some "special" files from a digital camera a while back...oh the pain!).

A good start would be to run the files through a utility such as MediaInfo to see what video and audio formats your non-working files actually contains.

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Before you buy this program please realize that not only does it not work with Windows 7, but some (most?) of the program's functionality is in Windows 7 out of the box.

Yes it does (work with Windows 7), I've been using it (the 4.1 beta) in build 7000, 7057 & 7068 without problems.

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General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose!
« on: March 25, 2009, 08:30 PM »
Dirhael - would you be willing to post a screen shot of how bad FeedDemon looks with northmay.com blocked? I’m quite happy where I am but if, in future, I decide to update it would be nice to have some control over what the GUI looks like...

Absolutely, here's a screenshot for you :)
 (see attachment in previous post)
Right now I am OK with 2.7. Google Reader doesn't do anything at all for me, so I won't miss that integration in 2.8.

Thanks!

Jim

I don't use Google Reader all that much either, but it's fantastic for reading feeds on mobile browsers seeing as it can also adapt linked pages for viewing on such devices.

Actually I use Feedemon for Blackberry. I was a beta tester for Feedemon for Windows Mobile and was given both mobile versions free when they were released. I don't even know if they are offering those anymore. All of my Newsgator feeds are synched to my BB and if I want I can open the web page for any article.

Jim

Well, one could always use the mobile web reader for Newsgator ( http://m.newsgator.com ) but that doesn't really give me what I'm using Google Reader for on my mobiles & PSP. The thing is, both services will offer the content of the feeds well formatted for the smaller screens, but the only reason I prefer GR for this is that if a RSS article links to a site, let's say a topic here on DonationCoder, that page will also be adapted for the mobile device. It's not always perfect, but it usually works quite well.

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General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose!
« on: March 25, 2009, 07:11 AM »
Dirhael - would you be willing to post a screen shot of how bad FeedDemon looks with northmay.com blocked? I’m quite happy where I am but if, in future, I decide to update it would be nice to have some control over what the GUI looks like...

Absolutely, here's a screenshot for you :)

NewsGator FeedDemon 2.8.0.9 RC2 (2).png

Right now I am OK with 2.7. Google Reader doesn't do anything at all for me, so I won't miss that integration in 2.8.

Thanks!

Jim

I don't use Google Reader all that much either, but it's fantastic for reading feeds on mobile browsers seeing as it can also adapt linked pages for viewing on such devices.

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General Software Discussion / Re: IE8 on the loose!
« on: March 24, 2009, 09:51 PM »
....I am still on FeeDemon 2.7.0.0 (last version without Ads).

Me too - and there I'll stay!!

After paying for another year and then having it go free, I am not also gonna get their damn ads!!   8)

Jim

 ;D

Block northmay.com and the ads will go the way of the Dodo bird. Well, you will be left with a dark empty space where they used to be so it may not be the best solution for everyone, but it works for me*



* I really want to be able to use the upcoming 2.8 release which likely will have the ability to sync with Google Reader.

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You could have a look at one of my favourite freeware image viewers, ArtSee. It does everything you've listed although the move functionality isn't exactly what you're asking for. It does have it, it's just not quite as fast and easy as a single key-press (if you on the other hand want to copy the file to a favourite location or the desktop instead of moving then you get away with a single keypress). Everything else though, it does *really* well. It got keyboard shortcuts for just about everything, it's fast and comes with just about every feature I can think anyone could want in a image viewer, and it does all this in under 200 KB (it's a standalone executable).

Here's a copy/paste of the feature list from the website:
Slideshow (slideshow, timer)
Sort (forward/reverse/random, name/created/modified/accessed)
Layer (normal, fullscreen, wallpaper, stay on top, blend, opacity)
Loop (loop, pause, exit, reshuffle)
Navigate (next & previous w/gears, first, last, current)
Scroll (mouse, arrow keys w/ gears, autoscroll)
Folder (browse, current, refresh, subfolders, hidden folders, peek, autorefresh)
Find (find/filter/exclude, find next, bookmark, goto mark, goto)
Formats (bmp, emf, gif, ico, jpg, png, tif)
Favorites (send shortcut, send to desktop, send copy, copy to desktop, view favorites/desktop/target, folder)
Wrap (resize window to wrap around each image)
Crop (remove borders and unused background)
Squeeze (scale down to fit window/desktop)
Shrink (scale down to fit one side)
Stretch (scale up to window/desktop)
Zoom (in, out, 100%, 1% gear, zoom lock, zoom step, zoom/scale quality)
Rotate (rotate, rotate left, rotate lock, aspect filter, flip horizontal)
Layout (centered, corners, roaming)
Collage (fixed-size roaming images)
Transitions (select effects, overlap/wipe)
Window (caption, status, taskbar/tray, decor, white, center/roam, corral, draggable, 5 presets, show/hide, single instance)
Fullscreen (caption, cursor, centered/roaming image)
Wallpaper (center, tile, stretch, clear, restore)
Shell (view, explore, open with, copy file, move/rename, save as, copy image, copy view, paste, recycle)
Shell++ (archive, view with, explore with, Blackbox)
Settings (save, save now, bookmark on exit)
Drag and Drop (folders/files/shortcuts, Shift appends)
Menu pins (keep menus open while adjusting options)
F1 menu at corner/cursor
Command line options
Tray icon controls and mouse wheel support
Can be run as a screensaver
Can be run as a wallpaper changer
Needs no installation
Saves settings file in program folder
Unicode enabled
Screenshot:
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/1244/beebotblue1680xworksart.png

(As everything is operated using keyboard shortcuts or the right-click menu, the above image probably doesn't tell you much)
Here's a larger screenshot with the menu open

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The page is back to normal, so everyone can "enjoy" QuickTime without the burden of iTunes :P

Thankfully, we may be able to ditch the entire thing once Win7 comes along as it now has native support for the MOV container (the trailers from apple.com I've tested with in build 7057 all worked just fine without any 3rd party codecs installed) :)

I smell a lawsuit!

I hope not, because I loathe all things QuickTime on Windows.

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The page is back to normal, so everyone can "enjoy" QuickTime without the burden of iTunes :P

Thankfully, we may be able to ditch the entire thing once Win7 comes along as it now has native support for the MOV container (the trailers from apple.com I've tested with in build 7057 all worked just fine without any 3rd party codecs installed) :) Don't know what this'll mean for web content expecting the QT plugin though...

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Turns out that this feature have been renamed and given a new description in Windows 7, perhaps to avoid confusion?

ST3320620AS ATA Device Properties.png

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General Software Discussion / Re: cannot play ripped music files
« on: March 13, 2009, 06:20 AM »
Curt, how on earth would winamp be able to play DRM-covered tracks that you don't have a license for?

Heh, I was wondering the same thing myself.
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I also just thought I'd mention that this problem did not happen by itself. See, WMP does have the possibility to add DRM to ripped files, but it is not enabled by default. You have to mark the relevant checkbox manually, and here's where you'll find it (screenshot shows the default settings):
http://img95.imageshack.us/img95/9646/options.png

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yes, the  EmEditor looks good there. for real files, would the tabs be varying sizes, to match the length of the file names?

jack

Yes, by default it does just that...but you have a few other choices as well :)

http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/3748/customizehr0.png

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General Software Discussion / Re: Which MP3 tagger do you use?
« on: January 28, 2009, 01:32 PM »
I cannot imagine what MP3tag is doing to the files, when tagging them, that are changing the signal the file later is sending to the MP3Ext's bit-rate reader, but it is doing something.
I'd be willing to bet that you have MP3Tag set to write ID3v2.4 (which I believe is the default) and MP3Ext only handles or prefers ID3v2.3 or earlier.  But it's a bit of a wild guess since I've never used MP3Ext and don't know much about it.

You could change that in MP3Tag and test it; the option is found at Tool -> Options -> Tags -> Mpeg.


I do all my tagging within Foobar2000 and MP3Tag and they've both worked extremely well for me for many years.

Yeah, I've used mp3tag for quite some time now and I've never had problems with the files after tagging them (well, except the id3v2.3 vs 2.4 issue with some players but that's hardly a fault of mp3tag).

If you really do believe that whatever program you're using to tag files are altering the audio data itself, use foobar2000 with the offical Binary Comparator component to check the files (just create a copy of the files before tagging, then compare them with tagged copies).

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I would (I have a 4G usb stick I can spare) but my box doesn't boot the usb. I've looked around for ways to make Grub boot the usb port and floppy-based usb booters, but nothing has worked so far.

You can only boot to a device your BIOS supports and identifies as bootable. AFAIK there isn't any way to get around that.

In Win7, if your BIOS supports booting to your USB stick, the Mark Partition as Active option will be available:
 (see attachment in previous post)
In this case, the 4Gb USB stick showing up as Disk 1 is not supported as a bootable device. (Bummer! >:()

That's not always true, because I have at least two memory sticks that I can't set as active in Windows disk management yet I have absolutely no problems booting from them when I need to. Of course, the BIOS needs to allow you to select the device if you are to boot from it, but what Windows itself says does not really matter.

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