May 31, 2007
Once I discovered TCPMP could indeed see the LifeDrive partition, I spent two hours last night viewing and renaming video clips ripped from YouTube that I wanted to take up permanent residency in the LifeDrive itself.
After that bit, I decided to be stupid (I won’t let myself off by saving I was being adventurous; it was stupid!). I used Filez (not the built-in Files) to Move (right: Move, not Copy!) the vids from the SD to the innards of the LifeDrive.
Some of you are already laughing.
It took eleven minutes!
Eleven minutes that I wondered how much of the battery was being chewed up. Eleven minutes during which I had no idea if it’d take three, five, or thirty minutes to accomplish. This time element is important because I was not home and not near AC!
Surprisingly, the battery did not seem to take a big hit!
But next time I will use Copy. Then Delete.
Playing them from inside the LifeDrive, the orange light blinks a few seconds, then stops. If I recall correctly, with the MicroDrive the orange light blinks the entire length of a video.
WordPress is hiccuping while I do this. Better publish it while I can!
May 31, 2007
Oy, the techvoid is buzzing with news Real just delivered: a new player that will allow video ripping from sites.
Well, I already use Download Helper. It’s integrated into Firefox via plug-in. It works very well.
And I can play the clips in vlc just fine. And vlc loads fast. And vlc has a reputation of not reporting what I play to some goddammed unknown server for unknown reasons — as Real’s (now-prior) player seemed to do.
What might make the Real software a must-have is if it can really get into the news sites that gave me problems when I was gathering video clips about Heather. If it can help me bypass having to go through that torment again, I’ll use it and report about it.
May 31, 2007
Oh, man, this is the freakiest combination I could ever imagine!
Ed Wood‘s Plan 9 From Outer Space combined with Deltron 3030‘s 3030 (the music of which was the basis for the theme to the late and lamented CBS-TV series Robbery Homicide Division).
Plan 9 from Outer Space mixed with Deltron
Man, this is genius!!
Update: OMG! How I love YouTube! Here’s the title sequence to Robbery Homicide Division!
Update: June 25, 2007: Somehow I lost the link to the video when editing the post! But now it’s back in here.
May 31, 2007
Where’s the Other Half of Your Music File?
Apart from bitrate, the sound quality of digital music is also affected by its format, which is determined by the software used to compress it, known as a codec. MP3 is one of the older techniques for compressing audio and is not widely used by online stores. Apple has chosen a newer format called Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), which plays on iPods and some other devices. Most other online stores use the similarly modern Windows Media Audio, or WMA, which does not play on iPods.
All three of these formats are “lossy,” meaning the encoding software surgically trims out audio information that is not easy to hear, because it is covered up by other sound or is situated at the highest and lowest ranges of human hearing. The Norah Jones track “Come Away With Me” is 33.4 megabytes when stored in an uncompressed format; the lossy compression methods bring that down to 6.1 megabytes at 256 kbps, or 3.1 megabytes at 128 kbps, regardless of the codec used. (When turning your CDs into song files on your PC, you can choose the bitrate you want in the settings of iTunes or Windows Media Player.)
What kills me in this article:
Last fall, Dr. Naresh Patel, a physician in Fort Wayne, Ind., moved into a home he designed with his wife, Valerie. It has a home theater, complete with projector, surround-sound speakers and a high-end amplification system. The sonic centerpiece is two Bowers & Wilkins loudspeakers that cost Dr. Patel $12,000 “with a discount.”
Emphasis added by me.
So, I guess I’m missing out on something using my jWin MP3 player and $3 earbuds? (Dr. Patel runs from his PC screaming in horror!)
Previously in this blog:
How To Buy An MP3 Player