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Yes, it might actually make sense if you are being forced to change formats. If you have a file with 95kbps in a highly efficient format, to retain the same quality, a relatively inefficient format as mp3 needs a higher bitrate. Of course you will never get anything back that was lost in the first place. On the contrary, encoding as mp3 will reduce the ...


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Windows AutoHotkey AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language. http://...


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In the general case this will not usually result in higher quality audio. The basic reason being that you cannot manufacture sounds that aren't there in the original file. In the best case the only result will be, as you suggest, larger files. In the worst case the files could even be of worse quality as the second lossy encoder is tying to encode the ...


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I vote for temporarily removing the hard drive from one computer, installing it into the other computer for the transfer.


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I compared a few different methods in linux on a 100Mbit network: Method Bytes Time Speed smb mount then cp 733960192 425 1.647 MB/s scp 730253312 69.48* 10.0241 MB/s wget using http 736274432 63.2 11.1097 MB/s rsync - - comparable to scp scp includes ...


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I have already recommended it once tonight! VLC! It runs on Mac OSX and can play a stack of files including dvds all natively without requiring any third party codecs. - here is a list of features


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Just add the name of the language between the movie name and the extension: Just like: Movie: [Name].avi English Subtitles:[Name].en.srt French Subtitles: [Name].fr.srt Spanish Subtitles: [Name].es.srt


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I use iTunes on Mac OS X because I like the integration with everything else, it's default, and I don't have any third-party hardware I need to use with it.


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See Recommended Backup Media for Circa 2009? on Server Fault. As for optical media: DAX Archiving provides some whitepapers, which I have not read. But there's one written by Verbatim, claiming More than 100 years projected lifetime for DVD-R General. Recently Adrian Wong of Tech ARP by accident found out that "CD-Rs that were just 7-9 years old were ...


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I use ffmpeg It's open-source and cross platform, and used by a majority if not most of the existing encoders/converters out there.


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Windows Media Player. With Windows 7 and Windows Media Player 12, the media sharing options are remarkable, and it syncs perfectly with my old Sansa m250 MP3 player.


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Songbird. I especially like the Concerts addon which tells you if any artists in your library are playing gigs where you live.


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I'd go for the big external USB drive. I have a 250Gb laptop drive in an enclosure for just that purpose.


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I've had some luck in the past with a lot of broken/incomplete AVIs using DivFix, but not sure if it works well on anything later than Windows XP. A newer version is DivFix++: DivXFix++ is designed to repair broken AVI file streams by rebuilding index part of file. This is very useful when trying to preview movies which has no index part, like some ...


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No one has ever created a successful DRM system. It is likely that this will never be possible.


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Picasa for Linux should have these functions Check this link for a feature list: Sync your Picasa 3 and Picasa Web Albums edits Tired of having to manually re-upload your photos after making further edits? By enabling 'Sync to Web,' edits made to your photos in Picasa 3 are automatically transferred to your corresponding online albums. Retouch your ...


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By increasing the bitrate you won't have an higher sound quality. Think about it this way: when it was converted from the original media (let's say a CD) it was compressed to fit the "content" in a smaller "box", and by doing so an amount of data has been lost (you may want to read about lossy and lossless formats). If you subsequently increase the bitrate, ...


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I mostly use Spotify, and for music not in Spotify's library I use Amarok. More information here: Spotify.com & Amarok website


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The How-To-Geek has a guide here. Basically you open VLC. Click on the Media menu. Select "Convert / Save..." Click the "Add..." button. Browse to where you have the files you want to convert. You can select multiple files by holding down the CTRL key whilst clicking. Click the "Open" button. Click the "Convert / Save" button. Click the "Browse" button to ...


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The only way you can be sure of your backups is to restore them. Checksums may verify the content of your medium but they won't tell you if a restore is possible: what if you're not backing up everything you need to? The complexity of this depends on whether you're backing up for bare-metal recovery (which has its own issues) or just carrying out data ...


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You are correct. Assuming both can successfully play the files, the quality is determined by the file's encoding format, bitrate, resolution, etc, rather than by the video card. It's possible that color settings and such may differ card-to-card, but those should be adjustable by you.


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iTunes does suck big time when it comes to keeping one's library organized (IMHO). I uncheck the "Keep iTunes media folder organized" and also unceck "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library". That way, iTunes makes only one copy, and all files end up in one folder... I keep my music organized via Media Monkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/)...


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First it's correct that you don't get more information from up sampling. But combining up sampling with a low pass (or interpolation) filter will get you a smoother curve. Passing this to the stereo should result in less noise produced from the stereo trying to reproduce the noise given by the original low sampling rate. The important factor here is that ...


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Here are some programs that might help: VLC should offer you to fix a broken AVI file's index when you open the file. DivFix++ AviFiXP (only runs on Windows) There's an extensive tutorial on repairing broken AVI files here: Repair broken or corrupt AVI files - AfterDawn: Guides You can also try rebuilding the container by doing a bitstream copy with ...


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If you have a Mac, Disk Target Mode is great, especially if both computers have Firewire 800. You connect them to each other with Firewire, and then reboot one in Disk Target Mode, by holding down t when it starts up. That computer then acts as a Firewire hard drive, allowing very fast transfer speeds without removing any disks. Additionally, it often works ...


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I use Rythmbox music player, mostly because it came with Linux Mint. I tried it and it seemed to do what I needed: play music. I don't think it has any fancy features, but I don't use those anyway.


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The culprit is likely the .m3u file. Either delete the .m3u file first, or select only the .m3u file (to preserve track order) and not the .mp3 files when adding to library. Adding both the .mp3 files as well as the .m3u file makes itunes create 2 copies of each song.



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