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MovieScanner v1.4 released …

MovieScanner v1.4 released …
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Even though “MovieScanner” isn’t the most awesome program out there, I still use it every now and then.

In this minor update I’ve added drag and drop capability, for files and/or folders, so the scan will be limited to what you’ve dropped on the application. For Linux users, a small snag with the SQLite library should be resolved in this version as well.

This version is available for Windows, MacOS X and Linux (for Linux: only 64 bit version).

For more information, check out the original MovieScanner article.

The last Boblight Config Maker …

The last Boblight Config Maker …
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After many iterations of Boblight Config Maker, I’ve decided to finally release v2 … keep in mind that I have the feeling it’s not quite finished yet, so it’s released as a beta, by request of many v1 users.

V2 has been rebuild complete from scratch, and (in my opinion) is not been quite perfect yet, but some will see benefit in this version as it adds a lot of new features.

Since building and maintaining this application is simply taking way too much time, this will, unfortunately, most likely be the last version as well. As with many free or open source projects, this project is taking just too much time, and unfortunately, I do have to make a living as well.

Note that for now the source will not be made public.

 

AVI FourCC Fix v1.2 available …

AVI FourCC Fix v1.2 available …
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We found a few minor bug in v1.1, so here a new version of AVI FourCC Fix!

The two bugs are the “You didn’t add files” message, even though files were added, and handling special characters (especially under Windows). Additionally error messages have been added for when I file could not be opened, and after patching a summary will be displayed showing you how many files actually have been patched.

Read the “FourCC Changer” and the “Playback or Conversion of QNAP Surveillance Video Recordings” articles for more details and download. Of course: You can find the file(s) also on the Downloads Page.

Softorino YouTube Converter – Download Videos or Music for Free!

Softorino YouTube Converter – Download Videos or Music for Free!
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Softorino has recently released a new tool, and they have outdone themselves again, this time with a YouTube Converter.

You might have read my Windows or MacOS X review on Softorino’s WALTR. In my humble opinion, their WALTR tool is the ultimate tool to transfer and/or convert video, music and ringtones to your iOS device (iPad, iPhone) almost instantly. So this kind-a gives you an idea of what I expect of a Softorino product …

I have not been disappointed … The new app, Softorino YouTube Converter, works super easy and super smooth. I’ve played with other tools, and online services, to save YouTube content in the past, and I never really liked any of them. Softorino YouTube Converter however is a whole different animal … in short: it’s awesome and I highly recommend it. It’s easy, very fast, and skips the annoying ads,… and best of all: it’s FREE!

Since there is so ridiculous much content available on YouTube, this could definitely become and great resource for free music and videos. Either for your iOS device, your Mac OS X computer, or your Windows PC.

So in this article I’ll show you this new application from Softorino, which Josh promised will remain free and is available for MacOS X and Windows (Windows version will be released once it’s out of beta).

XBMC – Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV (FireStarter)

XBMC – Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV (FireStarter)
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I have written a pretty extensive article before, on “How to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV“. It’s still an article worth reading, but a better “trick” has become available.

In the previous article, we used an application called IkonoTV as a “front” for Kodi/XBMC. This method works well, but has it’s limitations. The new method is easier to install, doesn’t need an application like IkonoTV and … the home button on the remote brings you to a screen that just works easier.

Another important feature is that this new method is supposed to work with the newer Amazon Fire TV models – unfortunately, I do not own the newer model, so I could not test and confirm that.

Arduino – LEDStrip effects for NeoPixel and FastLED

Arduino – LEDStrip effects for NeoPixel and FastLED
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For those who have read the article “Arduino – Controlling a WS2812 LED strand with NeoPixel or FastLED” might have gotten infected by urge to get more effects, after all … some of these effects look pretty slick!

With the holiday coming up real soon, I figured this would be a great opportunity to create and post some cool effects for your LED strips. Maybe you can be your own Griswold (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) with these! 

You’ve got to check out the Fire effect with toilet paper – looks pretty cool!

Please read the article Arduino – Controlling a WS2812 LED first, as it will show you some of the basics.
Also note that you’re invited to post your own effects or ideas in the comment section or in the Arduino/WS2811/WS2812 – Share you lighting effects and patterns here … forum topic.

Arduino – Playing with a light sensitive resistor (LDR)

Arduino – Playing with a light sensitive resistor (LDR)
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After building my own Ambient Light for my TV (Boblight project), several users asked how to control the light intensity of the LEDs based on the ambient light.

So the LEDs should be brighter during the day, and more dimm at night.

This brought me to explore the use of different light sensors on an Arduino, where the cheapest and most common one is a so called LDR (Light Dependent Resistor). An LDR decreases in it’s resistance as light increases.

Looking at what I could find online, I did find that there is enough information available when using an Analog pin of the Arduino. In this article however, we will also look at using a Digital pin to read an ON/OFF state. So in this article I’ll show you some of the basics on how to use an LDR with your Arduino.

In this article I’ll discuss both options.

QNAP – The better download manager Aria2 revised

QNAP – The better download manager Aria2 revised
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Some have read me previous article on how to install Aria2 as your alternative download manager.

Now Aria2 has been great, but the QNAPWare version is rather old. “jokies” in the QNAP forum has created a QPKG file which handles it all, and … is up to date. (kudo’s to jokies!).

So in this article, the quicker and faster way to get the more recent Aria2 running on your QNAP.
I will describe how to remove the old Aria2 version. You can keep the Web Interface, it works with the new one out of the box, or you can try an alternative Web Interface (YAAW) which I will show you in this article as well.

If you’ve done everything right, the Chrome Addon Aria2-Integration will work right away as well.
Please note that this QPKG is Intel only!

Linux System Specifications from the Command Line

Linux System Specifications from the Command Line
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In the past few weeks, I’ve ran into the need to find out what the hardware or system specifications are of one or the other Linux machine.

I use it every now and then, either on my QNAP, HTPC, Ubuntu machine or even my DD-WRT router.
Earlier this week I even needed it to checkout my old web-server specs versus the new web-server.

Well, with Operating Systems like Mac OS X and Windows, it’s relatively easy to find the specification with the help of system build-in tools that come with a proper user interface. Under Linux this can be more challenging though, especially when there is no graphical user interface – ie. you only have shell access.

In this article I’ll try to go through a few relatively standard commands to checkout your system specs like memory, CPU, video card, disks, etc.

ConnectMeNow – Version 1.51 available …

ConnectMeNow – Version 1.51 available …
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There is a new version available of ConnectMeNow … version 1.51.

In this version I’ve added the option to not show an error message when a network cannot be found.
Thanks to Wolfgang for the idea! 

You can now have ConnectMeNow detect for a network, optionally retry detection after X seconds (for connections that establish slow), and optionally not show an error message about a missing network.

Read the ConnectMeNow article for download and comments.

ApplePi-Baker v1.81 update

ApplePi-Baker v1.81 update
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ApplePi-Baker has been updated again.

This version addresses a bug with the detection of SD cards, and the reduction of the file size of the application (about 30% smaller than previous versions).

Visit the ApplePi-Baker article to download the latest version and to leave somments.

ConnectMeNow – Version 1.5 available …

ConnectMeNow – Version 1.5 available …
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Yet another update for ConnectMeNow …

Due to encrypted data in the config file causing potential issues, ConnectMeNow has now a new configuration format.
At first start it will try to convert you old configuration file to the new format. If you see an error message: Close ConnectMeNow, Delete the config file, and restart ConnectMeNow. Unfortunately, in that case you’d need to re-enter your servers – our apologies for the inconvenience.

Additionally, I’ve managed to reduce the binary size by about 40% … 

Read the original article for details and download.

ApplePi-Baker v1.80 Update

ApplePi-Baker v1.80 Update
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ApplePi-Baker, the application I developed for Mac OS X user that like to work with the Raspberry Pi, is now available in version 1.80.

This is a major update on the inner workings of ApplePi-Baker, addressing potential issues with the Sudo password.
Tests by users has shown that the new method for Sudo password verification has been very stable, and updating is therefor recommended for all users.

Just a reminder for Retina users; if the window of ApplePi-Baker looks a little fuzzy, please execute the following in TerminalL

defaults write com.tweaking4all.PiBaker AppleMagnifiedMode -bool no

As usual: Download it from the original article where you can also leave feedback.

App Transport Security Exceptions fixed (iOS 9+, OS X 10.11+)

App Transport Security Exceptions fixed (iOS 9+, OS X 10.11+)
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Since I’m always looking for the “best” and “easiest” way to develop applications cross platform (so far Lazarus Pascal is the winner), I decided to give Delphi 10 Seattle a try. After I recovered from a heart-attack from seeing the price, I decided to give AppMethod a try. Mind you that AppMethod is cheaper but still very expensive.

AppMethod is pretty slick (as is Delphi 10), and supports Windows (32/64 bit), Mac OS X (I’m guessing 32 bit), Android, and iOS (32 bit and 64 bit). Development is pretty easy and deployment of your app is also very easy.

The first test I did was reading a webpage (NZBGet), which worked great on all platforms, except on iOS 9, which threw a “The resource could not be loaded because the App Transport Security policy requires the use of a secure connection” exception.

I did some research on what caused this and finally found the answer and a few work-arounds – which might be practical for other development environments as well.

Retrieve Google and Alexa Page Rank for WordPress

Retrieve Google and Alexa Page Rank for WordPress
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For whatever reason you can think of, for the fun of it, or to show off how well your website is doing; displaying the Google pagerank and/or the Alexa ranking of your website is kind-a nice to have.

I have seen several useful PHP scripts that can help with that, but they all kind-a rely on the fact that a page is being loaded, and while loading the Google Rank and Alexa Rank are begin retrieved, over an over again. This is not only causing an unneeded load on the Google and Alexa servers, but it’s also slowing down the loading of your website (even though it might not be noticeable by the end-user).

Both Google Rank and Alexa do not refresh multiple times per day, so a once a day refresh would be good enough.
In this article I’ll show you how I have implemented this in WordPress.

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