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SimplyBurns for simple burning

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

simplyburnsThings have not been going well in the disc burning dungeon at Basshead towers. The big name disc burning/video editing/everything but the kitchen sink software that I have used for a couple of years was struggling with dual layer discs. I tried everything I could think of. Firmware update for the Pioneer 215 drive? Already on the newest one. Burn at 4x or 2x instead of 8x? Didn’t make a difference, discs still either failed during burning or could not be verified. Change disc brand/dye type? No change, still burning coasters. Reboot and close all other apps/startup items before burning? Still no good.

The only thing I hadn’t tried at this point was some different software, and there’s quiet a bit of it available. The first one I tried is SimplyBurns, an oss/gnu disc burning package. It’s not flashy but offers a lot of funtionality. And the best part is that it flies through burning and verifying dual layer discs. These are from the same spindle that previously failed, burned at 8x with not a single coaster yet. Donations to the project are accepted, so give it a try and do the right thing if you find it useful.

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The UK cinema experience

July 26, 2008 1 comment

Much is said about how much money Film Studios are losing to piracy. You can’t see a film at the cinema now without the piracy warnings. Do the studios ever stop to wonder if that’s the real reason their profits are not where they thinks they should be?

A recent article on Torrentfreak got me thinking about what’s really going on at the cinema. The story concerns a study by the US Pirate Party, a group that claims the real reason for the rise and fall in annual profits is the quality of the films released, not piracy. If so, the ‘piracy’ claims are just hot air from greedy studios that want more money for releasing crap. It’s the old argument, people will pay a fair price for a quality product. The most amazing thing is that these piracy claims and measures are increasing at a time when US cinema takings have hit a record high.

I think there’s a more basic reason for the often claimed drop in cinema attendance. It’s crap. Read more…

Hackintosh Part 2

February 7, 2008 3 comments

Yet another seed of 10.5.2 was released to developers yesterday, this time a one step increment to 9C31. Since I’m not ordering any hardware until 10.5.2 is proven stable and installable on a hackintosh the planning continues, this time looking at storage and optical drives.

Hard DriveModern Mac’s use Sata hard drives (or SAS for the high end) so it makes sense to try to use as much Sata kit as possible. There are very mixed reports of IDE working in the insanelymac forums. The Gigabyte motherboard I have chosen has one IDE connector supporting two devices, and from the hardware compatibility reports this appears to work. I recently switched from a windows based PC acting as a file server to a Synology DS-106e. The Windows server had all my old hard drives in it, a combination of 3x120Mb, a 200Mb and a 300Mb for backups. The synology has an internal 500Mb and another 500Mb connected by USB for a weekly backup, so I didn’t use any of the old drives. This means I have several redundant IDE drives that could be used in the hackintosh. 300Mb’s would be useful, so it’s really going to be down to available funds when I come to order the kit. A 320Gb Sata Samsung drive is £48.12 at the moment, and though this would be nice it may have to wait for upgrade round 2. Read more…