Online Television

TV Links:

What is this site?
This site is a place where we hold a collection of links to other pages which contain your favourite TV shows. The videos themselves are hosted on video sites such as DailyMotion and YouTube.
Is it legal?
Whilst TV shows are copyrighted material, we do not actually hold any copyrighted material on our site, meaning that we’re perfectly legal. Through being on this site, and watching the videos we direct you to, you are not in any way breaking the law. The illegal part of this, is the hosting of videos, and that responsibility rests with the video websites.

Uh huh.

They don’t have The Six Million Dollar Man. Bummer.

(Thanks, Pender)

Switching To Google Reader From Bloglines

google reader loadingYes, after four years, I’ve switched from Bloglines (BL) to Google Reader (GR). GR seems a tad slower than BL, but I like its interface better.

Grow-a-brain‘s feed in BL stopped displaying URLs properly a couple years ago, such that all HTML was stripped from it, so you didn’t know what was a link; however, it works in GR.

One thing I don’t like about GR: a subscription isn’t automatically marked as “read” if I select it. I have to click a “Mark all as read” button or scroll through the items to mark them. Those few milliseconds of effort ARE noticeable.

YouTube –> DVD?

I got a banjo last week and now I want to watch these Frailing Banjo Lessons posted on YouTube — but I don’t want to watch them on my PC monitor. The only time I watch a video on my PC (and these lessons are over 30 minute each) is when I’m working on the video — editing, etc. But when I want to have fun, sitting in front of my PC doesn’t cut it. So…

Does anyone know how to download YouTube videos (i.e., flash videos) and convert them to a file format (e.g., AVI, MPEG, MOV) that I can easily convert to DVD?

Vixy.net seems to freeze at the 90% mark during the conversion process (at least with these large videos). Any recommendations besides Vixy.net?

Facebook Is MySpace For Adults

Facebook is another social network, but this one is the least annoying one I’ve found so far. As Pender wrote,

Where myspace looks like it’s tailored for 10-14 year olds, Facebook seems like it’s tailored for the aging 20+ crowd…

Its interface is MUCH easier to use – everyones’ page has a similar look and feel, with no annoying music or videos starting when the page is loaded. It’s not a commercial looking as MySpace.

Of course, a better social networking site will be discovered tomorrow.

None of them beat Whole Wheat Radio, though.

I’ve never participated in an online social network for long. I try them out for a week, then neglect them; nothing has compelled me to visit and update them.

Wireless Music – Part 2: The CompWide Plug-in

UPDATE (Sept. 2008: The CompWide plug-in hasn’t worked since I bought a PC pre-installed with Vista. I don’t use anything now and I’m sick of trying to find solutions for things that aren’t compatible with Vista.

While I’m waiting for my wireless music system to arrive, I’ve decided to check out some Winamp plug-ins that claim to automatically normalize the volume without spoiling the dynamics of the music. I’ll check them out and test them throughout the day when I have time. Then I’ll post my results.

9:30am
KMG Dynamic Volume20 — This one isn’t the greatest, but it’ll do the job if you’re not picky and your sound system isn’t too hot to begin with. I tried it with some classical music and it was fine to my ignorant ears. But I couldn’t stand what it did to reggae and bluegrass and folk and all that other stuff I listen to. Changing the volume throughout a song is not a good idea. It doesn’t sound good — period. This plug-in also produced too many audio “artifacts” (clicks and pops). I hope the next one is better.

12:23pm
Zyraxs Evil Volume Normalizer — Hard to say if it’s as bad as the KMG plug-in, but it’s still not good. The sound is still being processed during playback, which seems to create artifacts. Like I said in my previous post, all I really need is a normalizer that doesn’t “process” the sound at all, but allows the user to simply save the best volume setting for any track that needs adjustment and remembers it whenever that track comes up again. Wouldn’t that be easier to program anyway?
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