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How to Package a Scene Release?

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Published on: March 11, 2009

Scene releases, particular the pirate or warez scene, publishes their releases in a certain way, which is done pretty much consistent and is done so for many years. Back to ASCII Art Academy File Format The final release format is ZIP. This became the de-facto standard sometimes during the early 1990s. Back then programs were usually not that large and provided via floppy disks. Each floppy disk was usually compressed into one PkZip archive. If the program used multiple floppy disks, then the ZIP file names were numbered. With the arrival of CD-ROM, release sizes increased. Also, a CD-ROM does not fit on a floppy disk and often the individual files on the CD-ROM were also too large to fit on a single floppy disk. ZIP did not offer the capability to break up archives into multiple files, with each file having a pre-set size to make sure that it fits on to the archive medium that you wanted to use (1.44 MB floppy disks for the most part). To solve this problem, release groups utilized other packers like ARJ, RAR and later also ACE that were capable of splitting and then packed the individual ARJ/RAR/ACE archive files once more with ZIP. Full CD-ROMS (ISO images) were not released at first, due to limitations in available bandwidth and HD sizes, but even the CD-RIP releases grew more and more in size over time. When a release had 10 disks, X was often used for the 10th disk to save precious[…]

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Convert Video to ASCII Text Art

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Published on: March 3, 2009

Uh, third post in 2 days… that surprises even me. Hehe It was by coincidence actually, but somebody at Mahalo Answers made me aware of the feature of the free VLC (VideoLan) video player to convert video images to color ASCII art (some would call this ANSI hehe) in real-time. I thought that this is a cool feature, just by hearing about it. I downloaded the player and was unable to find the option for the ASCII art output, so I asked the guy at Mahalo Answers about it and luckily for me, he answered this question as well (a bit delayed, which made me drop the ball on it as well). The feature is buried deeply within the configuration options of the player and not that easy to find. To help you with this problem, see my step by step guide to enable the feature in the VideoLan player. Every step is illustrated with a screen shot, so that there should not be any excuses for why you could not set it up yourself properly. Start with getting the latest version of the VideoLan video player at VideoLan.org (note: the latest version does not have this feature anymore. See note at the end of the post for details). The player is available across platform, over a dozen different Linux and Unix distributions and versions. Binaries for Windows, Macintosh Mac OS X, BeOS and Syllable are also available by the way. It’s released under the GNU License. Step by Step[…]

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File Archiving – Collection Management and Organization

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Published on: March 3, 2009

I am a collector! More correct would be to say that I hate to throw stuff and that I try to accumulate any data I can get my hands on about any subject of great interest to me. This must be a trait that I inherited from my dad, who drives my mom nuts with his collector habits. My Dad’s Collecting Habit The problem that my dad has is the fact that he collects only physical stuff, such as Coins (legal tender coins only), Stamps (West German and American only), Post cards from cities and towns with crest of that town on it (a shi*tload of towns in Europe have their own crest and are only happy to print them on post cards of their city, much to the dismay of my mother), post cards with only a single picture, which must be a true aerial photograph (no picture from a tall building, mountain or anything like that), Locomotives and box cars in model format, manufactured by the former East German company “TT-Eisenbahnen” (shut down a couple years after the wall fell, but still alive and supported by fans and model train owners). I think that is it… I hope that I did not miss any. As you can see, always very specific subjects, but then more than one subject, which created a slight inventory problem for my parents, which was only resolved when my sister and me moved out into our own places as soon as possible (I moved[…]

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Cirque du Soleil – Complaints and Suggestions Revisited

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Published on: March 2, 2009

In my blog post and video from January about some issues with Cirque du Soleil, I was complaining about three things. 1.) about the hard to impossible to find Wintuk show soundtrack 2.) the unavailability of merchandize, especially the media content (DVDs, CDs etc.) outside the United States and 3.) about the missing tracks on many of the so called official soundtracks of Cirque du Soleil shows. It is two months later now and I decided to check once more to see if anything changed this my last “rant”. If you rather watch and listen than reading my blog post, watch my 9 minutes video below, which covers pretty much the same content as I do in my writing below. Backup URL to Video on vimeo (https://vimeo.com/92755509). Backup Link to video on Vimeo Issue 1 Reviewed – Where to Buy the Official Wintuk Soundtrack CD Okay, first to the positive things (bitter sweet actually, because it is not all positive, only partially). When I checked the CD section of the Cirque online shop (Cirque Boutique), I couldn’t believe my eyes at first. There it was (see screen shot image to your right), the?? official soundtrack CD for the show “Wintuk” is now finally also available in the general Cirque du Soleil merchandise online store and not only in that special micro online shop on another web site that they created, just for that one lonely show. You have to have “United States” selected as ship-to country to get that listing.[…]

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