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Living Room / Re: how to crop pdf
« on: December 29, 2014, 01:27 PM »
Perhaps easier to find an alternative that reads your PDF correctly...


Though it uses Java which seems to have crazy strict security these days.

Or which seems very comprehensive.

Living Room / Re: how to crop pdf
« on: December 28, 2014, 06:33 PM »
Hmm... confirm that it doesn't display your test file correctly.

BUT - I tried drawing 6 rectangles in approximately the right places and did a preview of the output and it worked! Each slide on its own page.

With a bit more care, this could be good enough?

Living Room / Re: how to crop pdf
« on: December 28, 2014, 06:33 AM »
You can do it in Briss...

Yes! Still got it - sat here gathering dust.

PM me and I'm sure we can work something out :)

Personally I use Xara Designer for almost all graphic / photo tasks.

LifeHacker are currently running a "what is the best Photoshop replacement" thread, which may throw up some interesting suggestions.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best Desktop Calendar
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:24 PM »
I have used Rainlendar (Pro) for years - very configurable, and regularly updated.

NOTE: I no longer have the SSD - I sold this device several years back

A while back I picked up an 128gb SSD off ebay for £5 - I knew that there may be something odd about it, or that it may not work at all but figured it was worth the punt.

It was recovered from a Lenovo Ideapad U300s Ultrabook and has a non-standard connector.

In order to use it in my desktop I would need to convert the connector to standard SATA - is there any hope of doing this? What would I need?

The SSD itself is just a small PCB wrapped in tape.
It has stickers with various serial / model numbers...
11534497 - 436

There is a flat ribbon cable, again wrapped in a sticky tape, with a tiny plastic connector at each end (I don't recognise it as any standard connector).
It has a label...
P/N: 1414-06GV000
Wanshih 2012/03/13

The ribbon cable contains 14 tiny copper wires, of which 4 have a red tinted colour.

The connector has 20 tiny pins.

Thanks for any pointers :)

DC Gamer Club / Re: A Large Database Of Free Games
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:38 AM »
Frogatto & Friends is not free ...

But it is Pay What You Want at the right now and for the next 14hours!

Skrommel's Software / Re: CAPshift and Windows 7
« on: August 26, 2013, 04:12 PM »
Hey Kruskal, just tried CAPshift on Win7 and confirm that it doesn't seem to work as intended.

The script doesn't seem to copy the selected text to the clipboard, but rather applies the requested operation (eg all CAPS) to the current contents of the clipboard.

It might be quite easy to fix for someone who is current with the AHK language (not me).

UPDATE: On a whim I tried running the script (as opposed to the pre-compiled exe file) and it worked just fine. I suggest you download the script and either use that or compile a new exe yourself, then all should be well.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Anyone in for a 4-pack of Monaco?
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:23 PM »
Not a taker (I already own a copy) but the game is great fun so I hope you find some friends to group together.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: July 19, 2013, 06:49 AM »
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift : It might be almost 300 years old but Swift's satire of the human condition and ridiculing of the body politic still feel fresh as a daisy. Although a little uneven in pacing it is frequently laugh out loud funny and even thought provoking.

Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately
« on: July 19, 2013, 06:44 AM »
Hanna :  1st 15 minutes are reasonably engaging, but it is down hill all the way from there. So many plot holes, so little drama, no tension - occasional nice cinematography but at the expense of logic and accessibility.

Community Giveaways / Re: SteamGifts Giveaway: THQ Pack
« on: April 30, 2013, 02:39 PM »
Yay! Hooray for me :)

Thanks Wraith808 for organising the contest.

Just one more reason to love the DC community.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Indie Gala Mass Effect bundle
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:53 AM »
Origin key is why I didn't buy - don't want that EA crap on my machine!

Community Giveaways / Re: SteamGifts Giveaway: THQ Pack
« on: April 19, 2013, 03:42 PM »
Thanks for the giveaway of this nice collection of games :)

DC Gamer Club / Groupees Retro Bundle
« on: April 05, 2013, 05:26 PM »
The latest Groupees bundle "Retro" is live for the next 5 days.

Contents will grow over time as more bundles purchased - at present for minimum of $3 you get…

Dead Pixels (Steam)
Smooth Operators: Call Center Chaos (Desura)
Forceline (Desura)
Sylia - Act 1
Anodyne (Steam + OST)
Love+ (Desura)
8-bit Commando (Desura)
Bleed (Desura)

Next game to be added = Tiny Plumbers

Er... I don't actually know. I think Widows Defender at the very least is installed, but I've never consciously used any of them.

General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative
« on: April 02, 2013, 09:56 AM »
I've been a (relatively) happy user of the inbuilt mail client in Opera for many years, but with the recent announcement that Opera is re-engineering its browser to be a WebKit clone, it is uncertain which features will survive the migration…

As such I've been looking at other email clients. I never got on well with Outlook, The Bat  or Thunderbird but I have warmed to eM Client.

Living Room / Re: remove vocals from mp3
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:31 PM »
In my experience removing vocals from a song rarely works satisfactorily.

The usual technique relies on the vocal being in the center of the stereo mix, and the instrumentation panned left and right. The theory is that you strip out the center and are left with a karaoke version.

Problem is that virtually no tracks are recorded like this! Older records did often hard pan the band to all parts of the stereo space, but thanks to the loudness wars that isn't often the case any more… after all you only get half the volume on your drums if they are only coming out of one speaker! And louder is always better ;)

Even if the original panning is a well defined as it would need to be for the technique to work well, as soon as you add any sort of reverb to the mix this blurs all the sounds, pushing the echos all over the place, such that when the center is removed you still hear the ghost of the original bouncing around.

All this can be controlled to a degree by filtering out the various frequencies where the vocal used to be, but since the human voice covers such a wide range of the spectrum, you will end up with a very muffled sound.

If there isn't an instrumental version of the track you are after in existance, then the only good solution I've ever found is to rebuild the track by sampling, looping and reconstructing major sections of the song. Have done this several times as paid work for TV and theatre, but it is difficult and time consuming.

Also consider finding a midi version and putting it through a really good soundfont, or even splitting it out to various virtual instruments.

@tomos InfoQube looks ideal and I like the fact that it is generic. Shame it is going to be a bit pricey once it is out of beta.

I'll have to investigate the free personal license.

Thanks for the suggestion - I'll take a look.

Hey DCers,

I'm looking for an information manager in which to record health information such as temperature, diet, weight, mood, symptoms etc.

I know such things exist for specific conditions (eg Depression) but I'd rather use something generic that allows me to define the fields I'm interested in, and to specify them as check boxes, combo drop downs, multiple choice lists, free text, numeric etc.

I know that I could roll my own in a database such as MySQL or Access but that feels like overkill, and would involve building everything from scratch.

After a month or two of recording I'd like to output and analyse in Excel / Matlab.

My Google-fu has deserted me and I've not found the ideal piece of software yet - any thoughts?
Should be Windows based, ideally for free (or donation).

Thanks for any suggestions.

DC Gamer Club / Re: A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 - Four-Pack
« on: March 21, 2013, 03:17 PM »

75% Off on Steam NOW

Oops - mispost - didn't read thread properly - sorry - nothing to see - move along!

DC Gamer Club / Re: Bastion's dev announce a new game!
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:55 PM »
The fact that you are being forced (OK not forced, but heavily pushed) to use new weapons right to the end, was a real disappointment to me; since it gave no time to develop or specialise your character.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Bastion's dev announce a new game!
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:14 PM »
Just playing through Bastion over the last few days. It is certainly a polished game aesthetically - but I've found that the game-play is a little back. I've been doing pretty much the exact same thing all game, and although the voice over and pretty graphic held my attention well at the start, by game end I'm loosing focus.

The trailer above sure does look pretty, but I'll wait to see how much complexity is in the game-play before I commit.

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