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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

NJRoadfan Re:independent support (129 comments)

Yet there are plenty of 7+ year old PCs that can run Chrome just fine still....

3 days ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

NJRoadfan Re:Requirements ? (129 comments)

All that work on Hackintoshes over the years came in handy. Wonder if they ever thought it would be used on actual Macs?

3 days ago
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WD Announces 8TB, 10TB Helium Hard Drives

NJRoadfan Re:Leakage? (296 comments)

Remember the Quantum Bigfoot? It was big, but it was cheaper than the competition since it was 5.25" form factor. They turned out to be pretty reliable too.

about a week ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

NJRoadfan Re:In Theory (385 comments)

Learn em all I say! Sort it out later...

Anyone who is proficient in programming shouldn't have a problem picking up a book (or website) and learning a new langauge, API, etc. in a weekend or two.

about two weeks ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

NJRoadfan Re:COBOL (385 comments)

LOGO is a dialect of LISP, something that is (was?) widely used.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

NJRoadfan Re:Metapost (729 comments)

Postscript itself can be fun and interesting. Many folks have taken it well beyond a page description language. Don Lancaster has been using it as a general purpose programming language for years: http://www.tinaja.com/post01.s...

How about a Postscript web server? http://www.pugo.org:8080/

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

NJRoadfan Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

For Windows, try WinDV. It dumps the DV stream direct to an AVI file. Most DV capture problems in Windows can be tied to Firewire drivers, particularly in Windows 7. Some machines require the "legacy" IEEE-1394 drivers installed.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

NJRoadfan Re:Do it yourself? (130 comments)

There have also been problems with the viability of format-conversion businesses, and many have closed their doors after having been paid by their customers and received their customers' tapes, and often because of property lease agreements and failure to maintain the lease, the business owner gets locked out and can't even get access to return customers' tapes even if he wants to.

Like anything else, people thought they could make a quick buck doing what seems to be an easy process. Most of these places just hooked up a cheapo VCR to a run of the mill DVD recorder and hit record. The results were awful, over compressed, and filled with video dropouts. To do it right requires time and money, something that isn't going to happen at $10 a tape. Doing it yourself properly requires significant investment in hardware and time to get the capture setup "just right". Even the DIYers (like myself) will tell you that its cheaper to send them out to a qualified transfer service. In my case, I didn't have much of a choice since a few of my tapes were in Betamax format, something many transfer places don't handle.

In your shoes I'd do it myself, and as others have said I'd probably not be quite so picky about quality as you're being. If anything, you should spend your money looking for a commercial-grade VCR or a high-end consumer one with good audio, like a fancier S-VHS deck, to make the playback aspect of the copy as good as it can be.

This question came up on Ask Slashdot a few months ago. I'll repeat the list here

Recommended VCRs for transfer: http://www.digitalfaq.com/foru... Budget: $200-300
Note: They are a a transfer service, they have first hand experience with these decks. You'll see that everyone else recommends the same decks too.
Recommended capture cards: http://www.digitalfaq.com/foru... Budget: $25-50
AGP ATI All-in-Wonder cards can be had for about $30-40 with the required dongles and breakout boxes on ebay. Look for a decent Prescott P4 with an AGP slot at the thrift store or scrapper for your capture box. The cards require Windows XP as there is no official support in Vista/7. If you want to capture on your Windows 7 rig, try and find the ATI TV Wonder HD 600 USB. It has working drivers, and captures clean video with no AGC issues.
External TBC: http://www.digitalfaq.com/foru... $150-200
Used to keep capture cards happy. Many capture devices are sensitive to unstable video signals found on VHS tapes and either completely drop frames, or falsely flag the video as having Macrovision.

You can optionally pick up things like a proc-amp ($150-200 for a decent one) for correcting video levels. For software, capture with VirtualDub. For compressing video to MPEG-2, one of the better commercial codecs is MainConcept, although most go with TMPGEnc or open source codecs (HC-Enc, etc.). For DVD mastering, the old ULead DVD Workshop 2.0 does a great job.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

NJRoadfan HuffYUV is common (130 comments)

Along with Lagarith and to a lesser extent, UT Video. All of them are open source (so you can implement them on the platform of your choice in the future), lossless, and support 4:2:2 chroma subsampling.

If your source tapes do not require special handling (water damage, mold, etc), these guys can handle it and the prices are reasonable: http://www.digitalfaq.com/serv...

They'll output to whatever format you specify, including the above codecs. Any decent place should. If the places you looked at are limited to DV, that is a sure sign they are using analog to firewire bridges. With HuffYUV, you can fit one hour of video in roughly 25GB. In the age of TB sized hard drives, that is nothing. So space shouldn't be an excuse, particularly if the customer sends in a blank external HD for the final product.

about two weeks ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

NJRoadfan Re: Is Coding Computer Science? Of Course! (546 comments)

While in college, I saw a frighting amount of CS majors that didn't know how to program. Those folks later graduated with a degree.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

NJRoadfan Re:How about a different kind of legislation? (253 comments)

Most smartphones have a pretty high unsubsidized price tag. If you have a subsidized phone under contract, the insurance is a pretty good deal if your phone goes for a swim.

about two weeks ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

NJRoadfan Re:If it is that urgent, get a second one yourself (253 comments)

I don't think he realizes that he is dealing with the insurance carrier, and not the cell phone provider. The store stock he saw and the insurance carrier's stock are two separate inventories owned by separate entities. If I have to make a claim on accidental damage on my phone, I deal strictly with the insurance provider (Asurion). My provider could care less, all they did was offer the policy and handle the premium deduction on the monthly bill.

about two weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

NJRoadfan Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

You can buy such a computer direct from Microsoft. They call it Microsoft Signature.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

NJRoadfan Re:Ghostscript,Foxit PDF or other virtual PDF prin (132 comments)

I've seen commercial programs actually do this to support PDF report generation. They just leverage the existing code they have for printing reports and redirect it to a virtual printer. I think it was the Amyuni libraries which are clearly closed source. One thing I can say is that a virtual printer that directly generates PDF files from the GDI output (we're talking Windows here) tends to create cleaner output files (smaller size, less rendering errors) than the Postscript printer output to PDF route.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best PDF Handling Library?

NJRoadfan Re:Why? (132 comments)

Adobe pushes PDF as a method of data collection. People make fancy PDF forms and e-mail them out. Inside of the form is a button that says "when complete, click here to submit form" which attaches the filled out form to an e-mail and sends it back to the publisher. From there, folks somehow extract the fields from the file and dump it into a database, which seems like a messy and complicated process. Honestly a web form would be easier to implement in many cases.

about a month ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

NJRoadfan Re:An interesting death spiral (502 comments)

Since 2011, TVs sold in the US are required to have an EnergyGuide label detailing power use. What made 55" TVs popular is the lighter weight of flat panel displays. 32" CRTs were 200+lbs and took up a ton of room, when the average 50" LCD is less than 100lbs and mounts on the wall.

about a month and a half ago
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Satya Nadella At Six Months: Grading Microsoft's New CEO

NJRoadfan Re:Devices (151 comments)

Funny how their most lauded products are the one they were trying to do away with in the design of Windows 8's UI.

about a month and a half ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

NJRoadfan Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (120 comments)

Like any other form of automation, its an attempt to cut costs by eliminating workers. The millennial thing is just smoke and mirrors to play it up as a positive change.

about a month and a half ago
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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

NJRoadfan Re:and this is news why? (205 comments)

and of course I re-read this and realize they meant also changing a webcam or keyboard to be malicious. Man I shouldn't post before my morning coffee.

Let them try reprogramming a Model M keyboard. There is one perk to legacy PS/2 ports, they are secure!

about a month and a half ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

NJRoadfan Re:In other words (192 comments)

That is basically what I landed up doing. I got one that was free of battery acid, but badly needed a recap (had weak audio output).

Initial delivery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

All fixed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

It took a while for the right machine to come up for sale, but it was worth it. I have been wanting a Video Toaster setup for a good 15 years at that point! One thing potential buyers should be mindful of, get the machine with a mouse and keyboard! Both sell for quite a bit more than the average PS/2 equivalent and the adapters to use USB or PS/2 devices aren't much cheaper.

about 2 months ago

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Java VM for the Apple II

NJRoadfan NJRoadfan writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NJRoadfan (1254248) writes "VM02 brings a basic Java virtual machine to the Apple II series of computers. Includes a text based GUI environment and can run on any 8-bit Apple II with 64k of memory. Apple II specific classes for mouse, serial I/O, and Ethernet are also included."
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