Why is it so damn complicated to convert between video formats? This afternoon I went on vcdhelp.com to find out how to convert AVI to SVCD and the simplest
tutorial involved six different tools and unbelievably many settings. How come nobody has written something to do it in one step? Can it really not be automated?
posted by Aaorn
on May 29, 2004 -
! How do I keep Excel from hotlinking URLs as I paste them into cells? I use spreadsheets to store, sort, and transform lots of URLs. But Excel seems to think that anything beginning with "http://" is something I want blue and underlined and hotlinked for easy clicking. It doesn't happen right away, only once I leave the cell does it become a hot link. I'd like Excel to just leave my text strings alone. I don't want to launch a browser window every time I click in a cell that contains a URL. And I'm tired of doing the right-click-remove-hyperlink thing every single time. Formatting the column as plain text before dropping in the URL *doesn't* work. As soon as you paste a URL into a cell, Excel wakes up, decides to "preserve the formatting" of your pasted text, and voila! A nice blue hot link. Is there a preference I can un-check for this?
Sorry if this is a stupid one. I can't find anything in the help documentation or via Google that solves my stupid problem.
posted by scarabic
on May 28, 2004 -
Winamp question. How do I make Winamp play albums in track order rather than alphabetical order (MI) [more inside]
posted by monkeyman
on May 27, 2004 -
What software do you guys use for online photo albums? I've just gotten a new digital camera and I'd like something that, ideally, can take all the photos I have in a given directory and throw them up on the web in an album. It would be even better if I can add captions and allow comments. We are running Linux at home, and I'm looking for something easy -- I'm no programming goddess. Thanks!
posted by sugarfish
on May 3, 2004 -
I've got to take some short sequences of gameplay off of the outputs of a gamecube, an old nintendo, and a SuperNES, and produce a CD with the video on it. Since all of the machines have RCA out, it seems pretty straight forward, right? What equipment will I need, and are there any pitfalls I should be aware of?
posted by crunchland
on Apr 26, 2004 -
i've always wanted to learn how to draw. i picked up drawing on the right side of the brain
for reasons i don't remember (it was on my amazon wishlist for a long time), but are there any other books/methods anyone can suggest for someone who wants to learn to draw?
posted by callicles
on Mar 29, 2004 -
If I wanted to get a hypothetical product, created by a hypothetical design studio, in front of a non-hypothetical audience of professional and amateur video editors, how would you suggest I reach them? I have found a short-list of forums and how-to sites but feel I must be missing some other resources and/or online communities. Thnx.
posted by coudal
on Mar 23, 2004 -
How can I get Flash to write data to an external file? Is really the only decent method to create a server-side solution which does the actual work? Either way, pointers to examples would be much appreciated.
posted by warhol
on Mar 11, 2004 -
The answers in a thread earlier today got me thinking, can anyone recommend any neat tricks (or sites which list neat tricks) that can make one's surfing more pleasurable. Either by enabling simple features or otherwise, such as adding simple and trustable downloads. (Obviously I'm not an IT bod.) [more inside]
posted by biffa
on Mar 10, 2004 -
I have a fairly new, but well used, coffeemaker that uses a thermal carafe and cone-shaped plastic filter holder. The carafe also has a plastic valve/lid, and the most relevant parts of the machine, where the coffee is poured through, are all plastic. This plastic, unlike stainless steel, absorbs the odor and color of coffee and I can't seem to get rid of it. The reason it's a problem is that the coffee that now pours through has a hint of this odor with every cup, and I have a sensitive palette. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay
on Mar 4, 2004 -
What's the best free software to extract Albumwrap mp3 files in OSX? thanks [more inside]
posted by matteo
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Oh dear. Mac data recovery question. One of my coursemates accidentally deleted her final year degree coursework when trying to free up some disk space on her G4. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by armoured-ant
on Mar 3, 2004 -
Suggestions for the best free utility to use (Windows, sorry) to create and burn a compellation CD? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by anastasiav
on Feb 28, 2004 -
I need help create a word list for a book index. You can mark words in MS Word, and it will then create an index for you, but my publisher wants to create the index. From me, she just needs a list of the words that are going to be in the index. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Feb 20, 2004 -
Say you have two holes in your front car doors where the speakers should go. And say that even though you can wire them up, you have no way
to attach them, because the geniuses that can design a car to drive 300,000 miles can't make interior door panels that don't shred like cardboard after a quarter of that. What would you do? [mas adentro] [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 8, 2004 -
Freelance Copy Editing- my wife is hoping to make some money on the side with her mad English skillz. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Feb 3, 2004 -
Is there a trick to embedding something in epoxy, or do you just do it? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by o2b
on Feb 2, 2004 -
I want to learn the art of type design. I have fontlab, I have a basic understanding of typography and an even more basic understanding of what makes a glyph. What I mostly lack is a methodology. Inside
is a list of questions, if anyone here has experience with typeface design, please answer them, or tell me why they're the wrong questions. [more inside]
posted by Grod
on Jan 31, 2004 -
Related to this question
, suppose I'd like to do something similar but with the target a remote ftp host on which I can run scripts. More inside... [more inside]
posted by plinth
on Jan 14, 2004 -
I have an old house with lathe plaster. There are rooms that have had peeling paint that just got painted over a few times in the distant past. I do not much like the way it looks, and I would like to expose the bare plaster and start fresh. Is there any way to remove all this paint? I do not want to sand the ceilings of such large rooms, as I feel I will get tired of that real easy. I have not seen any solvent that lists paint on plaster as an appropriate use. I am quite confident that the plaster itself is sound and uncracked. Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you are my only hope.
posted by thirteen
on Dec 22, 2003 -
do you have a tried and true way of cooking bacon? moz and i like bacon that is not crispy at all and i keep managing to mangle it. i'm using a nonstick pan on a gas stove, but we have an electric skillet, too, if that helps.
posted by sugarfish
on Dec 17, 2003 -
I've received a bottle of Martell "Fine" Cognac for Christmas. I'm completely new to it. What are good ways to enjoy Cognac?
posted by nthdegx
on Dec 13, 2003 -
I'm getting a new (used) printer, and I have a couple of questions [more inside] [more inside]
posted by trharlan
on Dec 12, 2003 -