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Tuesday Afternoon (4 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 20-February-2007  17:01:47 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Wired has posted an article about some of the interesting recording techniques used by The Beatles including an early use of a "plug in" that we nowadays think of as a software thing. "Today, effects like delay are easily achieved with off-the-shelf equipment costing a few hundred dollars at most. At the legendary Abbey Road studio, where many of these effects were pioneered, armies of technicians used enormous rooms to literally bounce the sound off walls."

Here is a giant list of Vista drivers for those wanting to track down their required drivers quickly.

HardOCP has commented on a new range of devices threatening to make HTPC's obsolete. "Those consumers who made the leap soon realized that the reality didnít quite live up to the fantasy. Users with vast MP3 collections, for example, quickly noticed that compressed music doesnít sound so hot coming through full-size speakers. Getting it to sound right would mean countless hours of re-ripping CDís (assuming they owned them in the first place) to their hard drive using a lossless audio codec (such as FLAC or Apple Lossless), which in turn made for significantly larger file sizes. An albumís worth of material now took up 500MB instead of 50MB."

PCStats has posted a beginners guide to decrypting document and file passwords among other security techniques. "But not so fast. As we will endeavor to show in this article, a lot of the methods of protection used by common software packages far from invulnerable. With time, the right software and the right instruction, you can crack the protection on your files and reclaim your documents. You can also recover incorrectly deleted documents, even if they have already passed beyond the recycle bin into that digital bit of heaven somewhere between the plug and wall socket."

A piece of software known as AnyDVD HD has been released giving users the ability to rip out DRM of HD-DVD and Blu Ray discs. "PROBABLY THE MOST significant product of 2007 has just been released to little or no fanfare, AnyDVD HD. What it does is to rip out the DRM infection from HD-DVDs so you can watch them in accordance with your rights."

Matt has sent in this article about some of the funny things scammers do by request of the person being "scammed". "Greedy scammers will readily fulfil the most outlandish demands in their quest to swindle you out of your money, and savvy internet users are now harnessing that greed for their own entertainment.The website 419eater.com targets the notorious Nigerian "419" fraudsters. Its owner, Michael Berry, submits clips of his most hilarious conquests to YouTube."

Paul has sent in this website where you can get information about visibility of celestial bodies and other things like satellites and the ISS. Another good thing is that the location database seems pretty good. "If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come to the right place! Our aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical information."



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