Sunday, December 30, 2007

FFDShow - media file codecs

ffdshow - must have codecs for viewing multi media files
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ffdshow video encoder configuration dialog
ffdshow is DirectShow and VFW codec for decoding/encoding many video and audio formats, including DivX and XviD movies using libavcodec, xvid and other opensourced libraries with a rich set of postprocessing filters.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

iTunes Global Hotkeys

found this pretty handy

This application will allow you to handle iTunes operations from your keyboard. Most keyboard combinations or OEM keys (Media buttons) can be mapped to iTunes events.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

10 Quicksilver alternatives for Windows

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Quicksilver, the Swiss Army Knife of productivity apps, can do just about everything except file your taxes and bake you warm delicious cookies.
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Type Ahead — Information at the Tips of Your Wings

Colibri does for Windows (nearly) what Quicksilver does for the Mac.

Colibri combines the raw power of the command line with the intuitive nature of a modern graphical user interface to define
a revolutionary new way of managing your computer.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Three ways to save video from the Internet

Grabbin those online toobed vids is handy in case they disappear from their current online location or God forbid, you should lose your internet connection!
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There are many reasons why Mozilla Firefox is our favorite Web browser, and one is because it makes grabbing online videos so easy. This tip for Firefox works with both the Windows and Mac versions.
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Monday, November 26, 2007

Senators On-Line, voting as instructed by the masses.

A Senator On-Line is a Senator that votes as instructed by the registered voters of their country.All registered voters can join up using the internet and tell their Senator how to vote on all Parliamentary Bills before them.

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Quotations by Albert Einstein

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

The world we have made, as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far, creates problems we cannot solve at the same level of thinking at which we created them.
Quoted in Des MacHale, Wisdom (London, 2002).

(Written in old age)
I have never belonged wholeheartedly to a country, a state, nor to a circle of friends, nor even to my own family.
When I was still a rather precocious young man, I already realized most vividly the futility of the hopes and aspirations that most men pursue throughout their lives.
Well-being and happiness never appeared to me as an absolute aim. I am even inclined to compare such moral aims to the ambitions of a pig.
Quoted in C P Snow, Variety of Men, (Harmondsworth 1969) 77.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Quotes from George Carlin

The man makes a good point!

"Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever
told. Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there's
an INVISIBLE MAN...LIVING IN THE SKY...who watches every thing you do,
every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special
things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten
things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and
torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and
choke and scream and cry for ever and ever ´til the end of time...but he
loves you."

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Volumouse v1.52 - Control the sound volume with a wheel mouse

My favourite, simple way to change the volume on Windows.
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Volumouse provides you a quick and easy way to control the sound volume on your system - simply by rolling the wheel of your wheel mouse.
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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Taxis love 'em, hate 'em

Some one recently posted a little diatribe on the lousy taxi drivers they had encountered. Whilst I understood most of their criticisms some of the feedback that the blog generated got me a tad irked. So I opened my big mouth and started ranting, as usual...

Cabs are an interesting debate. Someone mentioned air quality and cabs sitting around wasting fuel while they are idle. I've seen that behaviour in the general public in Japan so it's cultural not job specific. Guys parked during lunch time alseep with the engine on so they can keep the air con running. Cars left running while Mom goes into the super market, _not_ dangerous...

Congestion being added to in the city? Why that's just naive.. a cab is one vehicle (and the resources it took to build it and keep it on the road) that can be used by many people, compared to all the vehicles the irritated public are driving around with most often JUST THEMSELVES in the vehicle. THAT adds to congestion.

If congestion of the cities were the main issue, then less private cars in a metropolis would make cabs more efficient. They wouldn't be stuck in traffic all the time whilst people drive around 4-5 seater vehicles so that they can have the joy of not using public transport in an overcrowded city. As it is huge areas of a city are given over to vehicles, areas of land that used to be where we walked and talked and kids played tennis after school before it became the domain of the car! Now we can't sit outside the coffee shop and banter because of the din of traffic.

Percent of surface area in the city of Los Angeles dedicated in some way to the automobile (roads, parking garages, etc.) 70 percent
Percent of surface area in Los Angeles devoted to parks and open space
5 percent (

I read some figure on how many bicycles can get through a standard green light change compared to how many cars: something like 100 bikes compared to 20-30
cars (

Yes there are some poor cabbies, reasons being: it's a poor paying job!
Yes it seems expensive but it's the owner of the vehicle that gets paid for renting it out. Drivers may make only $50 a day (excepting Friday/Sat nights) and they have to put up with just the things you mention. People puking in their car leaving them no cash and a vehicle that if not cleaned properly will surely end up on your hit list of "poor cabbies" .. I got into this cab and it stank of vomit .. tsk what a slob

They get abused because they are stuck in the traffic despite their good intentions because the roads are clogged with the selfish folk who thinkg having 3-4 empty seats with them when they commute is a community minded way to travel. And yes I truly understand that public transport may not get to your part of the city very well, meaning that a car is 'easier' or more direct for you but so is a motor bike or a bike.

Cabbies work 12 hour shifts to get this poor pay, abuse and possible risk to life (maybe not so much in Tokyo) because people think they are cash registers on wheels.

And yes you may have guessed right, I used to drive cabs. 4 years in Sydney. Where I was threatened by four guys because I offered to stop the meter and check my map because I couldn't find the street they wanted to go to yet where too drunk to correctly direct me to. There are hundreds of suburbs and thousands of streets, there must be some a person doesn't know...?

So forgive me being defensive but try to play it fair.

Sydney is full of immigrant taxi drivers which everyone moans about yet the reason is simple. The money is pathetic. The traffic very stressful, the passengers expect the world because they ARE conscious of how much they are spending so it's not a win-win situation.

Oh, and if I had an accident in my cab, I had to repair the vehicle. A ding that's less than say $2000 is not something you claim from insurance because the excess you have to pay is so high, taxis being a vehicle in a high risk category.

So I park the car while I have dinner, come back to a dinged fender/broken light and I gotta cough up hundreds. It was on my watch so I pay for it. I also had my bag stolen once while I was inside for a few minutes using the bathroom at a friends house. Cab doors didn't lock properly. "Tough luck" says the owner of the cab, so I quit. Small consolation. I lost my earnings for the night and a good bag and other personal items. (I digress, sorry)

Get more private cars off of [metropolitan] roads and you might have a city that can function. But most efforts at *cheap* public transport are thwarted by the car lobby.

How can petrol be cheaper than milk? It is so we keep driving.

35,000 cabs in Tokyo? I think there's only 4,000 in Sydney. A city of 4 million. think you gonna get a cab on a Friday night? Why aren't there more cabs? well then the money would be even LESS for those drivers per week. Or else the cabs, vehicles bought, maintained and insured are to be left sitting and not earning an income for the quiet parts of the week.

Sorry to jump on you folk. It's one of those things, not so easy to see the other side.

I'm sure there must be folk here that have worked in bars. Ever thought "what a bunch of tools" the general public is? The stupid things they ask you when you're busy behind the bar? Or they way they talk to you when you're trying to do your job but it's a madhouse on a Friday night?

well we ARE the general public. We are the tools on the other side of the bar when we aren't working and we ARE the congestion that someone elses cab is stuck behind while they watch the meter ticking over and think their cab driver is a con man. I know, some of them are.. but we all look for the freebies in life, the one's on the house. Cabbies don't get 'em though. They wait inthe rank at the airport for an hour and then the person that gets in their cab wants to go ten minutes up the road. So now you know why they don't wait on the rank. They cruise the street wasting fuel like the rest of us.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

How to save your Google Earth places

to save your Google Earth bookmarks just right click on your My Places folder and select "Save as.."
type in a name for the new kmz file and select a save location.
send/copy this file to wherever you need it.

To import into Google Earth just click "File > Open" navigate to the kmz file and your done.

nb. You will end up with a new folder of the same name as the originaly saved folder.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Calcium is a fast, easy to use calculator for your S60 phone

This page is right, the Nokia N95 calculator is a joke.
Calcium has hit the mark here.
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Getting tired of the S60 calculator? We were, so we made our own. Using some of the concepts that make ControlFreak so easy to use, we removed the need to select on-screen buttons and moved all the operations to the joystick. Doing basic calculations on your phone is now only a couple of clicks away.

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deleting themes on Nokia N95 phone

Tools->Application manager select the theme then hit the C key or Options->Delete
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Nickelback Rockstar Lyrics

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'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars and
Live in hilltop houses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We'll all stay skinny as we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blonde hair
And well...
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John Lennon - Working Class Hero

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Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,

And you think you're so clever and classless and free,

But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Binary File to Base64 Encoder / Translator

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Use this tool to create data streams for embedding images (or any type of file) in (X)HTML, CSS and XML.

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How About Giving Funky Look To About:Blank Page In Firefox?

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Mostly FireFox users use the about blank option for default FireFox start page and when they start FireFox it starts with a blank screen ready to connect you to the Internet.

Now how about giving a funky look to the start page of FireFox? Yeah, no website will start when you open FireFox but an image of your own choice will be displayed when you first open FireFox. Before we start working on the details I request you to install the Stylish extension which will help give wings to your imagination.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

How to convert .flac files to .mp3 using Windows

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You’ve downloaded a concert or two from and now you want to convert the flac files to mp3 to take with you on your iPod or MP3 player. This tutorial will walk you through the steps to do just that, using Microsoft Windows. Read on

First things first, make sure you’ve downloaded and installed Winamp, the Flac with library support plug-in for Winamp, and iTunes, all of which are free.

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Why is Marijuana not legal?

oo there are so many reasons that the state keeps putting ppl in Jail for smokin pot...zzzZZZZ
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Underwear Goes Inside The Pants

Why is marijuana not legal? Why is marijuana not legal?
It's a natural plant that grows in the dirt.
Do you know what's not natural?
80 year old dudes with hard-ons. That's not natural.
But we got pills for that.
We're dedicating all our medical resources to keeping the old guys erect,

but we're putting people in jail for something that grows in the dirt?
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EVE Time Codes

Eve Game Time Codes can be bought here , an option I use since I can't seem to get EVE online to accept my credit card.

So if your credit card won't work there either try purchasing your time code here.

Or if u think u can market them well why not sell them via the affiliate program (earn some commission off ppl buying via you.)

Join The Affiliate Program

XP still holds a few cards over Vista

I've heard plenty of the usual gaff in regard to Vista. Buggy, wait till they (MS) have released a SP (service Pack) or 2 before bothering with this OS.

So it's still XP for me.

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Is Windows XP too good for Microsoft’s own good?

“The one-year XP transition just turned out to be a little too ambitious,” acknowledged Kevin Kutz, a director in the Windows client unit. Traditionally, Microsoft has given OEMs two years to transition to a new operating system release, Kutz said.
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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Bookmarks - don't lose 'em.

a pet annoyance of mine is losing bookmarx when I reinstall OSes, move between different machines in my house etc.
Here's my current solution. Hope it works for you.

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The Bookmark Synchronizer

The Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer automatically synchronizes your
bookmarks between two or more computers running Firefox. It also lets
you access your bookmarks from any computer anytime via An easy-to-use wizard guides you through the quick
startup process. Then Foxmarks works silently in the background to keep
your bookmarks up-to-date on all your computers.

Simple. Solid. Free. And ready to use.

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Cookie's Threat for GMail Users

Scary .. I turned off JavaScript when I saw this, then found that so many features of sites I use stop with that decision! :(

So I turned it back on..

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Petko Petkov of "ethical hacking" group GNUCitizen has developed a proof-of-concept program to steal contacts and incoming e-mails from Google Gmail users.

According to Gatford, attackers could compromise a Gmail account--using a cross-site scripting vulnerability--if the victim is logged in and clicks on a malicious link. From that moment, the attacker can take over the session cookies for Gmail and subsequently forward all the account's messages to a POP account.

The problem is potentially compounded by Google's policy of retaining cookies for two years.

"Once you've managed to snarf a cookie, you can access (a user's) Gmail account without the password for the next two years," he said.

While the obvious risk is to the home user, many organizations could be exposed, since they do not filter employee e-mails sent from work to personal accounts, he added.

One work-around is to use Gmail through Firefox and disable JavaScript

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Save your Eyes and Power

just a small redirect page for using Google without the bright lights.
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If every one use black google '' for searching, we can save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year
Save your eye: uses cool color varitions best for humman eye. How computer harm your eye?
Save you monitor power: monitor requires more power to display a white (or light)
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Autosynch timeserver for Australian computers

Windows wasn't synching/updating well with the default server ( so I searched for a new
Autosynch timeserver for Australian computers
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Perth, Western Australia
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V for Vendetta

* (Upon meeting Evey Hammond) Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose vis-à-vis an introduction, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.

V for Vendetta Quotes

(In simpler words) Behold! Before you is a humble performer, cast, against his will, by fate, to the roles of both victim and villain. The face you see now is not just some mere facade of pointless theatrics. It is a remnant of the people's voice, which has since gone and disappeared. However, this past annoyance stands courageously reborn and has sworn to conquer the evil and corrupt, who promote greed and the violent suppression of free will. The only way to do this is with a war of retribution. It will not be a fruitless revenge, for the importance and self-evidence of this quest shall exonerate the open-minded and righteous. But in truth, this thick soup of words is becoming too excessive. So, let me simply finish by saying that it's my very good honor to meet you, and you may call me V.
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