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Computer Questions Not Worth Their Own Thread II

Discussion in 'Computer Talk' started by Methos, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Lemon Merchant

    Lemon Merchant Forum Buzzkill Super Moderator

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    MP3Gain
     
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  2. warpus

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    "Normalizing" is the term that describes what you're after, I believe. You seem to already have a great suggestion, but this might help you search for more alternatives
     
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  3. Samson

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    I have to admit, I was hoping that there was something that would work at runtime, and perhaps only later in the evening once people go to bed.

    It seems that MP3Gain is mp3 only. I think a big part of the loudness is the file bit rate, and the loudest ones are in flac format.

    I shall have a bit of a google with Normalizing.
     
  4. Zelig

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    If you're looking to deal with just music files, ReplayGain is the standard there. If you want to do it system-wide, Windows has "Loudness Equalization" under sound device properties.
     
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  5. Samson

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    Thanks. Loudness Equalization is perfect, I can just select that later at night when it matters.
     
  6. Lugh

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    Check out this page, it's a simple process to normalize sound across your entire system. As the page says, most media applications include some sort of “loudness equalization” or “volume normalization” feature, so you should be able to do it on an app-by-app basis too—I'd be surprised if VLC or PotPlayer don't have such.
    https://pureinfotech.com/normalize-sound-volume-windows-10/
     
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    I'm thinking of switching my password manager, currently using Keepass. Anyone got any experience with 1password.
     
  8. Zelig

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    1Password is top-notch. I moved my entire office to it after looking at all the available options. I use keepass personally as well, may switch to 1Password at some point.
     
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    Last week I upgrade my PC with new RAM I bought. I think now is a good time to do a complete clean reinstall of windows. I've made a checklist, I don't want to accidently delete files/data I want to keep and other problems (like product keys).
    Could you guys help me andlook at my checklist and tell me if I missed something or even answer questions?

    Spoiler list :
    - Get the right reinstall media (installation thumbdrive or create bootable USB drive).1)
    - Check if windows file history backs up all the folders I want and ignores the folders I don't want, list the config.
    - Back up save games of games that probably have cloud saves but of which I'm not sure (do not use file history, avoid cloud sync conflicts).
    - Make list of installed programs from windows AND chocolatey. (DONE)
    - Export favorites and list extensions from Chrome (probably gonna move to Firefox).
    - Make a list of game mods (only KSP and SimCity).
    - List the Conda enviroments I have and the installed packages and versions (enviroment files). 2)
    - Check the downloads folder and the recycle bin for important files (not included in backup), delete others.
    - system backup.
    - Check for reinstall office / windows (product keys / deautherize?). 1)
    - Check ssd health and pre download some usefull software and device drivers. 3)
    - Reinstall ubuntu (version) or use windows ssl. 4)
    - Play around with and mess up conda, for fun.

    1) I have the windows install media and the product key but there are multiple way to reinstall windows and my copy of windows and office are tied my microsoft account, making this confusing which way is the most convenient. I don't want to having to buy a new product key!

    2) Conda is a package manager for Python (other languages too). Pip is the default one and more popular but I find Conda more user friendly, although it's not as fast in updating packages as pip.

    3) I know which software I want, forgot the name but it's easy to find.

    4) Currently have Ubuntu dual boot. Heard some bad things about the latest Ubuntu version. It's going to be the latest LTS or no dual boot at all (can install windows SSL).


    Thanks!

    Edit: removed QUOTE tags and replaced it with SPOILER tags.
     
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  10. Lemon Merchant

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    @J-man I would make a complete image of the boot drive onto a spinner or something, if I were you. That way, if something does go wrong you can clone the drive and start over. Also, having a cloned drive means that those files that you ALWAYS forget to make a copy of won't be deleted during install and you'll be able to get them back. I always forget something and curse myself for it. That's why I started cloning my drive before re-install.

    Just remember to remove the cloned drive before starting the reinstall procedure or it might get corrupted. Good luck. :)
     
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    Thanks, I was thinking of making an image back up but cloning is a good idea. I have an unused external hard drive lying around, perhaps I can use that as it has a higher capacity than the SSD. Note that I have windows installed on the SSD (it's my C: drive) but I moved my user folder (with documents etc) to the HDD. I really like having windows on the SSD, it start's up really fast but the documents folder doesn't need to be there.
     
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    Does anyone have recomendations for hardware/software for turning a linux computer into a PVR for broadcast digital TV? Here appears to be a write-up, and it uses some cheap kit, but I wondered if anyone here has any experience?
     

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