Archive for ‘August, 2008’

Yep, as weird as that sounds, by cascading your startup items load time (ie: most of the stuff that gets loaded into your system tray) you can actually speed up windows boot times. When Windows loads it’s Startup file, it attempts to load every program in there at the same time. Therefore if you have quite a lot of programs starting when Windows starts, each program will try and grab CPU time so that it can load and that makes windows Craaawwwwllllll.

Startup Delayer allows you to setup how many seconds after Windows has started, to load each program. This little freebee — for example — allows you to load that really really important (yeahright) “iTunesHelper.exe” program later in the boot process. Let’s face it half the crap that gets loaded during windows boot process are not actually needed right when the user logs in. So delay that IMAP/POP Email checker, push itunes/quicktime/adobe air/adobe pdf and all the other junk to a later load time and watch windows rock!!! Finally.

Remote OSX server install via Apple Remote Desktop or VNC….

datePosted on 12:11, August 28th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Came across this issue a few weeks ago and never got around to posting it until today. Yes, you can avoid using the Server Assistant program and go straight to ARD to install your server. For this to work your server and remote desktop machines need to be on the same subnet. You boot the server using the 10.5 CD/DVD and note it’s serial number. Now you need to find out the IP address of the server and connect to it from your remote desktop machine. For this, you can run ARD and scan the subnet and find your new server. Once you’ve found it connect to it and login using the first eight characters of the machines serial number and leave the username blank. This even works from Windows/Linux machines using VNC which is great for those who use Windows/Linux on their desktop.

UNetbootin takes care of all your USB Linux installtion blues….

datePosted on 11:46, August 28th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

I’d covered Fedora’s Live USB creator a while back. But for those of you wanting to install other flavours of linux on a USB stick (or a HD even), the process was lengthy and cumbersome. That was before UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer. You see UNetbootin can be run from Linux or Windows and will enable you to install a fully functional linux distro to a USB stick or even a spare partition.

The current version has built-in support for the following distributions:

So go ahead and try some of those acquired flavors of Linux, or that FreeBSD you always wanted to install, but were too scared to. After all it’s only a USB stick, if it screws up just format and reinstall in 5-10 minutes using UNetbootin again.

UNetbootin can also be used to load various system utilities, including:

  • Parted Magic, a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions.
  • Super Grub Disk, a boot utility that can restore and repair overwritten and misconfigured GRUB installs or directly boot various operating systems
  • Backtrack, a utility used for network analysis and penetration testing.
  • Ophcrack, a utility which can recover Windows passwords.
  • NTPasswd, a utility which can reset Windows passwords and edit the registry.
  • Gujin, a graphical bootloader that can also be used to boot various operating systems and media.
  • Smart Boot Manager (SBM), which can boot off CD-ROM and floppy drives on computers with a faulty BIOS.
  • FreeDOS, which can run BIOS flash and other legacy DOS utilities.

So have fun and happy installing…..

Toronto Photographers Meetup Group goes to the EX

datePosted on 20:49, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Last week on Wednesday (Aug 20, 2008) TPMG members went to visit the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE/The EX). Here are some of the pictures from the event, more on flickr.


Activate expanded Save and Print menu’s in OSX

datePosted on 15:42, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Here are two commands to activate the expanded Print and Save menu’s under OSX by default. You need to type these in a terminal window.

1) For expanded Print menu
defaults write -g PMPrintingExpandedStateForPrint -bool TRUE
Logoff and back in again to activate. Reissue the command replacing TRUE with FALSE to turn expanded functionality off.

2) For expanded Save menu
defaults write -g NSNavPanelExpandedStateForSaveMode -bool TRUE
Logoff and back in again to activate. Reissue the command replacing TRUE with FALSE to turn expanded functionality off.

Enjoy and Have fun

Quick command line trick to make your Leopard stacks look nice….

datePosted on 15:30, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

Here is a quick command to make Leopard’s stacks behave nicer when you move your mouse across the icons. You can type these two commands in terminal to activate the feature:
defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean YES
killall Dock

or alternatively if you don’t like the look, type the following in terminal to reset it back:
defaults write mouse-over-hilte-stack -boolean NO
killall Dock

DivXLand Media Subtitler will subtitle your movies in seconds…..

datePosted on 14:42, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

I’ve always had problems with this and now really appreciate the value of DMS (DivXLand Media Subtitler). You see I own a small HD media player that’s connected to my TV. The trouble with this little gadget is that it does not support subtitle files. That’s not a problem anymore since DMS allows me to embed the subtitles into the Divx/Xvid file before I watch it.

DivXLand Media Subtitler key features:

* Create subtitle files from plain text files
* Preview subtitled video immediately without saving file
* Save partially edited files to resume subtitling process later
* Automatic caption timing features
* Multiple subtitling modes available
* Support for basic text formatting
* Support for at least 30 subtitle formats (open and save)
* Keyboard shortcuts available to control subtitle process
* Spell check using the Ms Word component
* Embed subtitles on AVI video
* Extract audio streams from AVI and MPG videos into MP2, MP3 and WAV formats
* Check for product updates directly from Help menu
* Quick Start Guide in several languages included as PDF and online
* Support for all East Asian and Right-to-Left languages; more info

Subtitle formats currently supported:

Adobe Encore ● Advanced SubStation Alpha ● CSV (Excel) ● DKS ● DVD Subtitle System ● DVD Subtitle ● FAB Subtitler ● JACOSub 2.7 ● Karaoke LRC ● MacSUB ● Mac DVD Studio Pro ● MicroDVD ● MPlayer ● OVR Script ● Pinnacle Impression ● PowerDivx ● PowerPixel ● QuickTime Text ● RealTime ● SAMI ● SonicDVD ● Sonic Scenarist ● Spruce DVD Maestro ● Spruce Subtitle ● SubRip ● SubStation Alpha ● SubViewer 1.0 ● SubViewer 2.0 ● Tabbed values (generic) ● TMPlayer ● TurboTitler ● Ulead DVD Workshop ● ViPlay ● ZeroG

Fantastic windows only application and free to download.

Quick Media Converter brings Windows GUI sanity to ffmpeg…..

datePosted on 14:28, August 25th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou

For those of you who’ve hated the opensource ffmpeg command line media conversion tool, here is Quick Media Converter. It’s a nice looking front-end for ffmpeg that hides the command line complexity of this swiss army like media converter. So What can you do with Quick Media Converter?

-Converting Video files from one format to another.
-Converting Audio files from one format to another.
-Extracting and converting Audio files from video or audio media.
-Extracting and converting Video without sound.
-Preview and/or listen to video and audio files with FFPLAY Multi format player (Fabrice Bellard).
– A myriad of formats is recognized by FFmpeg, those not recognized yet, are worked on by many people around the open source community and may most of the time, become available sooner or later.
-Many files to convert? No worry, batch files processing is also supported by QMC.
-You are lazy by nature and do not wish to start selecting files? That’s okay just drag and drop the files in the active worksheet.
-You have more specific needs and want to experiment with video and audio conversion, you can do so by using our Expert mode section.
-You want to capture a movie or picture directly from your webcam or DV Cam, just click on the webcam button and start capturing in raw flux or avi divx , after this is done the software will offer you to convert your file to other formats.
-You want to make a tutorial or capture your latest performance in your favorite video game? just click on Camstudio (open source) start recording and add comments on your avi divx movie output.

-Access our support forum directly from our application to get help, we usually respond to your questions within one day or two. We do not support expert mode in general as by essence if you use it you are considered an expert user.

It’s a Windows only utility and is free to download.

I came across EASEUS Disk Copy today and I have to admit it’s pretty cool. It’s not a live disk imager, but will image just about any disk (even damaged) or partition. It also has a neat feature of being able to image one large disk onto multiple smaller disks. It boots off CD and supports IDE, SATAI, SATAII, SCSI, Firewire(IEEE1394) and USB drives. The best part……It’s FREE.

Gregory Crewdson like Toronto Strobist shoot

datePosted on 11:51, August 24th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Cinema ala G. Crewdson

For our fifth meeting, TSG members decided to try their hands on a large group production. Very much in the spirit of productions Gregory Crewdson puts together. It took us nearly 3 hours to set this shot up, we walked away with 8 frames and this is my rendition of the frames superimposed in Photoshop CS3 with lots of masking to reveal the different layers of “information”. I will be working some more on different combinations of these frames, as there is a lot more information (people) that is not visible in this version.