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Why's my old school winamp broke?

My winamp (v2.95) has just started to do something strange; it's creating id3 tags on it's own! [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on Dec 27, 2006 - 3 answers

Turning HTML into a book?

I'm trying to turn someone's blog into annual books for them as a gift (not Christmas). What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by reborndata on Dec 20, 2006 - 15 answers

Formatting strings

String manipulation in C#: I know that the String.Format method can format numeric data so that {0:#,###} transforms 1234 into the string "1,234". There are lots of standard formatters like {0:C} for currency, and endless ways to format DateTime objects. But is there a similar shorthand to format a string or to apply a mask to it? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed on Nov 15, 2006 - 3 answers

Moving C

I want to move my C: drive to a different location. On my XP machine I have 5 hard drives, all 20 Gigs with the exception of my C: drive which is 15 Gigs, hence the move. What's the most painless way to do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Oct 24, 2006 - 7 answers

What's the first step to extracting data from an unknown binary format?

I have a string of binary data that's well under 1k in length (so fairly short) from a proprietary source that has no documented information on its particular format. I have a general idea of what it might contain (like a month, day, year and unique id, maybe more) but no idea where to start if I wanted to discern the format and other contents of this data. I've tried googling around but I just can't come up with the right description of my task to find anything useful. Where do I start?
posted by authenticgeek on Oct 3, 2006 - 16 answers

How do I need to change my workflow and FCP configuration to work with 24p DV footage?

DV / Final Cut Pro question: We just upgraded cameras to a Panasonic DVX100B, largely for the ability to shoot in 24P. However, imported footage still appears interlaced in FCP, and it's unclear to me what our new configuration should be. How will we need to change our workflow in order to edit in 24P? (More specific inside.) On an unrelated note, we just imported a tape which appears to be corrupted. Can it be salvaged? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Oct 1, 2006 - 6 answers

How Do I Get My Quotation Marks To Play Together Nicely?

MicrosoftWordfilter: This program is vexing the heck out of me. I need some help with quotation marks. But not the wiggling finger kind. [more inside]
posted by willmize on Sep 29, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I convert this video file to something more friendly?

Need to convert from a wierd video format to something more friendly. [more inside]
posted by andrewdunn on Sep 21, 2006 - 8 answers

Help with MS Outlook

MS OutlookFilter: How do I "lock in" the formatting of an Outlook Contacts public folder throughout our company intranet? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Aug 7, 2006 - 5 answers

How to format a linux'd drive

How do I format a Linux'd harddrive with XP? [more inside]
posted by Satapher on Jun 14, 2006 - 7 answers

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers?

Is it possible to format my computer if I lost the format/backup disc that came with it along with cd drivers? [more inside]
posted by cheero on Jun 14, 2006 - 5 answers

Reformatting after a magnet attack

I found a magnet hiding under my PC yesterday. Now Windows is telling me that my second hard drive isn't formatted, but it's unable to format it when I try to do so. I don't care about the data on the drive, I just want a useable disk again! Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by billybunny on May 19, 2006 - 9 answers

recover mising hard drive files

my hard drives recently perfomed some weird format-like trick on me recently and i need to restore the data I've tried a couple of different 'repair' programs to no avail. help! [more inside]
posted by quantumonkey on Apr 20, 2006 - 5 answers

Mobile phone video formats & conversion

A couple of questions about mobile phone video formats: [more inside]
posted by blag on Mar 22, 2006 - 5 answers

Un-Partitioned disk

Unpartition my HDD is it possible, without reformatting? [more inside]
posted by kevin_2864212 on Feb 22, 2006 - 9 answers

doublequote mark autoformatting problem

Problem regarding using doublequote ( " ) marks. [more inside]
posted by wilful on Feb 18, 2006 - 3 answers

Getting started in alternative photography?

I want to get started with alternative photography. I've been using my 350D and a normal film 35mm SLR for a while now and I feel creatively stale. I want to delve into the world of alternative photography. Help me MeFi. [more inside]
posted by petah on Dec 15, 2005 - 18 answers

How do I convert text to bare-bones HTML?

How do I convert basic text formatting (italics, bold, underline, superscript, etc.) into HTML formatting on a semi-automated basis? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Nov 29, 2005 - 21 answers

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows.

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Sep 9, 2005 - 2 answers

video newbie here....OMG to MPEG???

how can I convert an .OMG file to .MPG in Windows XP for free? with as few steps as possible..... [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Sep 8, 2005 - 4 answers

Best practices for photo archive scanning?

I'm embarking on the task of archiving my family's collection of several thousand images, from prints, negatives of all sizes, slides and the odd tinplate. I've got what I feel is a good film/slide scanner (Nikon SuperCoolscan 9000 ED) and a half-decent flatbed scanner (Epson Perfection 1650 Photo), and I'm using VueScan on Mac OS X. I've read some of the other AskMeFi posts on similar projects, and I still have three questions about advice for making these the best digital archives they can be, specifically on colorspace, calibration and large negatives (and any other advice welcome): [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 3, 2005 - 6 answers

Why are large format photographers in movies always depicted under the darkcloth while exposing the picture?

I have many memories of people in movies, cartoons, etc. who while taking a photograph with a view camera remained underneath the darkcloth while making the exposure. However, the film holder should be cutting off the light to the groundglass and therefore they shouldn't be able to see any image. Is this just due to the ignorance of the movie makers or is there some reason why they are depicted this way?
posted by Bengston on Aug 12, 2005 - 11 answers

Short cut to "Printer Friendly Format" on news sites?

I'm really tired of all the advertising and dancing crap that clutters up most news/magazine web articles. I find myself constantly searching for a "Printer Friendly Format" link so that I can read the article in a column wider than 1 inch and not paginated in such a way as to maximize ad views. Is there any utility, web site, firefox extension, something, that can take me to the "PFF" right away?
posted by de void on May 9, 2005 - 17 answers

How can I transfer messages from my digital answering machine to my computer?

I've saved some cute messages from my kids on my digital answering machine. I'd like to clear the machine, but save them on a CD or my hard drive without losing too much quality. What format would they be in, and how could I best make the transfer?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Nov 30, 2004 - 10 answers

Playing Windows Media video under OSX

Best way to play the latest Windows Media movies under OS X? [more inside]
posted by inksyndicate on Nov 30, 2004 - 11 answers

Can I force this Lacie firewire drive to format as FAT32?

I've just bought a Lacie 160 gigabyte firewire drive. It's to be plugged into a Windows XP machine, but also to be written to and read by a Mac OSX machine. I want to format it with the FAT32 file system, but Windows won't let me. Is there a way to force the drive to format as FAT32? [More inside...] [more inside]
posted by skylar on Oct 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Audio editing on OSX

Audio editing on OSX: I have a 30 minute long .aiff file that I'd like to break into separate tracks and convert to mp3. I know that iTunes can handle the .aiff -> .mp3 conversion. Is there software that can do the 1 .aiff -> 6 .aiffs part? Or one that can do 1 .mp3 -> 6 .mp3s if I do the conversion first?
posted by Dreama on Oct 19, 2004 - 8 answers

What is the Most Lossless QuickTime Format I Can Save As?

I have a bunch of iMovie 3 projects which I'd like to export as QuickTime movies and then convert to MPEG2 with TMPGEnc Express on Winders. I wish that TMPGEnc could just import a DV stream, but it won't, so my question becomes: what's the most lossless QuickTime format I can save as? Size-to-quality isn't the issue. I have lots of space, I just want to lose very little in the QuickTime export. Which format do I export in, and with which settings? wish I had a Superdrive...
posted by scarabic on Sep 25, 2004 - 7 answers

How do I retrieve files from a drive that says it needs to be formatted?

External Hard drive will not open, cpu informs me that it needs to be formatted. Need some assistance please. (MI) [more inside]
posted by chiababe on Sep 25, 2004 - 5 answers

how can I include declinations in an Excel spreadsheet?

How do I format cells in EXCEL to accept numeric values in the form: -26:32 (or +26:32 ... that is, mm.ss but including the pos/neg sign)? I'm trying to compile a simply list of Messier Objects (astronomy) and can't figure out how to include declinations.
posted by RavinDave on Sep 14, 2004 - 13 answers

Huge Files

i've got a client that is doing private investiations of insurance fraud cases, and has been writing up reports in MS Word and embedding photos of the casework into those .doc files. the problem is that he needs to email these files to his clients so they can be proofread and modified (i had suggested .PDF files until i realized the clients needed to be able to modify the reports). Unfortunately, these .doc files with images embeded end up roughly 15 MB in size each, and become too large to email. they're not technically astute enough to resize the images to be smaller, however .PDF files nicely package that same 15 MB .doc file into a 250 KB .pdf file. do any of you have any ideas of a common document format that i can recommend to them that will take care of the image size for them?

thanks!
posted by quadrinary on Sep 2, 2004 - 13 answers

Illustrator -> Windows Files

I have a collection of illustrations that a client wants to use in MS Word. I have them in their original Illustrator 9 format, as well as .psd and low-res jpgs.

Is the best option to convert them to Windows metafiles? (They'll need to be resized depending on newsletter content.) How do I do that?
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 27, 2004 - 5 answers

How do I stop Excel from turning email addresses into hyperlinks?

StupidQuestionFilter:
Microsoft Excel 2000 v 9.0 - is there some way to stop excel from automatically turning email addresses into hyperlinks? Not just turning off the 'blue and underlined' format but actually not making them links. I've done it before in other versions of excel but I can't find a way to do it in this version. Thanks!
posted by anastasiav on Jul 16, 2004 - 4 answers

Best format for MP3/WMA car CD player?

I just bought a new car stereo that plays MP3/WMA cds. My question: which format is better in the car?
posted by Quartermass on Jun 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Apple computer accessing a Windows hard drive?

Can I access a Windows 2000 formatted hard drive in an external hard drive enclosure with an Apple computer? [m-to-the-i] [more inside]
posted by plemeljr on May 25, 2004 - 8 answers

iTunes ID3 MP3 weirdness

What is iTunes putting in my MP3 tags? [mi] [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur on Apr 6, 2004 - 6 answers

Is there any central authority or archive for XML DTDs and Schemas?

Is there any central authority or archive for XML DTDs and Schemas? I am thinking of developing an *ML, and would like to know if similar work has already been done, if there are any naming conventions, etc.
posted by signal on Mar 2, 2004 - 4 answers

Losing hard drive space

I've just bought a new 80gb hard drive (Hitachi deskstar).
It shows up as 80gb in the bios, but only as 13gb in f-disk.
What's wrong, please?
posted by the cuban on Feb 8, 2004 - 5 answers

What's the best software for recording real audio streams and converting to mp3?

What's the best software for recording real audio streams and converting to mp3?
posted by echelon on Dec 11, 2003 - 8 answers

Quirky mp3 file format issue preventing a Linksys media adapter from seeing the files.

Quirky mp3 file format issue more inside [more inside]
posted by jonson on Dec 9, 2003 - 8 answers

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