The Techno-Bleg Thread

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 10 Feb 2017, 14:00

Graphics load in Firefox on some sites, e.g., Facebook and YouTube, but not on others including Reason and Amazon. I cleared the cache, restarted the computer... no help. Ideas?

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 10 Feb 2017, 14:11

Are you running any script blocking or ad blocking? Also, are you looking things up on a private DNS server?
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 10 Feb 2017, 14:19

Highway wrote:Are you running any script blocking or ad blocking? Also, are you looking things up on a private DNS server?
Yes to ad blocking, but always have without problems. Wouldn't even know where to look for a script blocking problem, but why would it just suddenly happen to what seems like random sites? Don't know about a private DNS server. I do use a VPN, Ghostery, Privacy Badger PeerBlocker, and HTTPS Everywhere. I've fiddles with the settings since the problem began but with no success.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 10 Feb 2017, 14:32

And now it's working fine. Go figure.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Aresen » 16 Mar 2017, 11:40

I've been frustrated at not being able to see Youtube videos and other stuff because "Sorry, this is not available in your area/country". Someone suggested a Youtube VPN.

A. How does it work? (As in: What do I do to use it.)
B: Is it safe to download the software?
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 18 Mar 2017, 13:33

Aresen wrote:I've been frustrated at not being able to see Youtube videos and other stuff because "Sorry, this is not available in your area/country". Someone suggested a Youtube VPN.

A. How does it work? (As in: What do I do to use it.)
B: Is it safe to download the software?
I use Private Internet Access. It's safe and it's inexpensive. Basically, you run it whenever you want or need extra privacy (I run mine from startup and only turn it off temporarily if I'm convinced I need to do so. When it's running, you can switch proxy identities such that a UK site thinks you've got a UK ISP. Or you can just set it to auto and usually your proxy identity will be somewhere in the US. I don't know anything about YouTube VPNs. I just use a VPN, period.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 12 Apr 2017, 14:42

Probably a question I've asked before, but does anyone have a favorite Youtube to MP3 converter, either online or application? Yay for out of print!
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Post by Hugh Akston » 12 Apr 2017, 14:53

Highway wrote:Probably a question I've asked before, but does anyone have a favorite Youtube to MP3 converter, either online or application? Yay for out of print!
What browser are you on?
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 12 Apr 2017, 15:35

Hugh Akston wrote:
Highway wrote:Probably a question I've asked before, but does anyone have a favorite Youtube to MP3 converter, either online or application? Yay for out of print!
What browser are you on?
I have Chrome and Firefox for Windows. I could use IE if it came down to bamboo splints under the fingernails.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Hugh Akston » 12 Apr 2017, 16:17

Highway wrote:
Hugh Akston wrote:
Highway wrote:Probably a question I've asked before, but does anyone have a favorite Youtube to MP3 converter, either online or application? Yay for out of print!
What browser are you on?
I have Chrome and Firefox for Windows. I could use IE if it came down to bamboo splints under the fingernails.
Haha IE is for extremely lame workplaces.

I have used Ant and Downloadhelper for Firefox with varying degrees of success. I have recently run into an issue DLing from Youtube where DLH required a converter update via the command-line.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by dbcooper » 12 Apr 2017, 17:28

Highway wrote:Probably a question I've asked before, but does anyone have a favorite Youtube to MP3 converter, either online or application? Yay for out of print!
youtube-dl + ffmpeg

Use it as follows to extract audio only (needs ffmpeg/ffprobe installed):

youtube-dl.exe -x URL

https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

The easiest way to install and update it, and ffmpeg, is with chocolately:

https://chocolatey.org/

Install:

choco install youtube-dl

choco install ffmpeg

Update:

choco upgrade all -y
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 12 Apr 2017, 17:43

If I may ask, what's the advantage of a YouTube download versus a torrent download?

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Post by Highway » 12 Apr 2017, 20:44

The advantage is that I can't find a torrent download of the Doll$Boxx album. :)

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Post by Warren » 12 Apr 2017, 20:56

That's not Engrish is it?
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 13 Apr 2017, 00:12

No, it's all Japanese. And some great bass playing. And anyone who calls theirself "F Choppa Koga" had better be able to bring it on bass.

It's been brought.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 02 May 2017, 13:47

Anyone have any recommendations for a Phono Preamp to use for input into a sound bar? A guy at work is looking for one, hopefully around 50 dollars, but would go higher if there's a significant quality cliff you drop off somewhere.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2017, 20:51

I need advice from someone whose Foobar2000-Fu is strong. Should be easy, take a single, large FLAC file with CUE file included, then something Foobar2000, something converter, something converter settings, something target folder and, voila! multiple, single song FLAC files.

So I've tried for a half hour or more to no avail. Help!

Unrelated: Highway, your question interests me strangely. Is your friend playing vinyl to send to this sound bar? I mean, ordinarily, I think of a phono preamp as an amp to boost the signal that goes into the regular preamp because the phono cartridge signal, itself, is so weak. This being so, I'm fairly sure I have no idea what your friend is doing or needs but it's managed to confuse me.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by Highway » 07 May 2017, 21:01

As far as I know, that's what he's looking to do. I think the soundbar has a line-level input, but the phono cartridge output is just too low to be usable with that.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

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D.A. Ridgely wrote:I need advice from someone whose Foobar2000-Fu is strong. Should be easy, take a single, large FLAC file with CUE file included, then something Foobar2000, something converter, something converter settings, something target folder and, voila! multiple, single song FLAC files.

So I've tried for a half hour or more to no avail. Help!
When you load the cue file in foobar do you see individual tracks on the playlist? You should just be able to select the files from the playlist and use the context menu to select convert. Just tested it and it worked for me. Perhaps your cue file is malformed?

Alternately you can use Cuetools or EAC.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2017, 21:14

Highway wrote:As far as I know, that's what he's looking to do. I think the soundbar has a line-level input, but the phono cartridge output is just too low to be usable with that.
No specific recommendations, but he might want to make sure whatever he gets will work with whatever type cartridge he has, that is, moving magnet or moving coil. I've been turntable shopping for a while now, and I see a number of stand-alone phono preamps from reputable turntable manufacturers such as pro-ject and music hall. Or he could just go with the cheapest available which seem to run around twenty bucks. Maybe that will suffice for him, in which case he hasn't spent needlessly while, otoh, if it sounds like crap, he's only out $20.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2017, 21:22

dbcooper wrote:
D.A. Ridgely wrote:I need advice from someone whose Foobar2000-Fu is strong. Should be easy, take a single, large FLAC file with CUE file included, then something Foobar2000, something converter, something converter settings, something target folder and, voila! multiple, single song FLAC files.

So I've tried for a half hour or more to no avail. Help!
When you load the cue file in foobar do you see individual tracks on the playlist? You should just be able to select the files from the playlist and use the context menu to select convert. Just tested it and it worked for me. Perhaps your cue file is malformed?

Alternately you can use Cuetools or EAC.
I just installed the latest version of foobar and add-ons, so I don't think that's the problem. I have a folder elsewhere on the computer with the .cue and .flac files, load the .cue file and, indeed, all the individual tracks show up. I select them all, right-click to the drop-down menu, select convert and that's where things go funky. Obviously, I don't want to convert the format, I just want to divide the album file into individual song files, so I chose FLAC as the conversion format, select a destination file and..... nothing but error messages.

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by dbcooper » 07 May 2017, 21:24

What are the error messages? Do you have the FLAC encoder installed?
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2017, 21:26

dbcooper wrote:What are the error messages? Do you have the FLAC encoder installed?
Here are the first two of fifteen:
Source: "C:\Users\D.A. Ridgely\Downloads\Wes Montgomery - Jazz 'Round Midnight (1994) [EAC-FLAC]\Wes Montgomery - Jazz 'Round Midnight.cue" / index: 1
Unable to open source file: Object not found
Conversion failed: Object not found
Source: "C:\Users\D.A. Ridgely\Downloads\Wes Montgomery - Jazz 'Round Midnight (1994) [EAC-FLAC]\Wes Montgomery - Jazz 'Round Midnight.cue" / index: 2
Unable to open source file: Object not found

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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by dbcooper » 07 May 2017, 21:31

Post the cue file text. Sounds like it will be for file.wav, not file.flac.
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Re: The Techno-Bleg Thread

Post by D.A. Ridgely » 07 May 2017, 21:36

dbcooper wrote:Post the cue file text. Sounds like it will be for file.wav, not file.flac.
So it does!
Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 5 from 4. May 2009

EAC extraction logfile from 22. November 2010, 18:26

Wes Montgomery / Jazz 'Round Midnight

Used drive : TSSTcorpCDDVDW SH-S202J Adapter: 0 ID: 1

Read mode : Secure
Utilize accurate stream : Yes
Defeat audio cache : Yes
Make use of C2 pointers : No

Read offset correction : 6
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out : No
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations : Yes
Used interface : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

Track | Start | Length | Start sector | End sector
---------------------------------------------------------
1 | 0:00.32 | 3:40.08 | 32 | 16539
2 | 3:40.40 | 3:21.60 | 16540 | 31674
3 | 7:02.25 | 3:44.40 | 31675 | 48514
4 | 10:46.65 | 6:46.40 | 48515 | 79004
5 | 17:33.30 | 5:23.45 | 79005 | 103274
6 | 22:57.00 | 5:15.72 | 103275 | 126971
7 | 28:12.72 | 7:19.35 | 126972 | 159931
8 | 35:32.32 | 4:23.63 | 159932 | 179719
9 | 39:56.20 | 3:58.60 | 179720 | 197629
10 | 43:55.05 | 6:13.02 | 197630 | 225606
11 | 50:08.07 | 6:23.13 | 225607 | 254344
12 | 56:31.20 | 3:42.65 | 254345 | 271059
13 | 60:14.10 | 5:22.10 | 271060 | 295219
14 | 65:36.20 | 4:08.32 | 295220 | 313851
15 | 69:44.52 | 6:40.45 | 313852 | 343896


Range status and errors

Selected range

Filename D:\ÐÎÇÄÀ×À Ä\Wes Montgomery - Jazz 'Round Midnight.wav

Peak level 98.4 %
Range quality 100.0 %
Test CRC EC91ADE6
Copy CRC EC91ADE6
Copy OK

No errors occurred


AccurateRip summary

Track 1 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [5A167B97]
Track 2 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [EF6A1D89]
Track 3 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [CA4FFA06]
Track 4 accurately ripped (confidence 4) [EC67D1E8]
Track 5 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [C5C68DBF]
Track 6 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [F62E0ACE]
Track 7 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [AE91C599]
Track 8 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [F1DB0D96]
Track 9 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [19BCAC15]
Track 10 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [E80DFF16]
Track 11 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [8F509D51]
Track 12 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [5B4DB397]
Track 13 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [497919C4]
Track 14 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [C5591667]
Track 15 accurately ripped (confidence 5) [CB7C685D]

All tracks accurately ripped

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