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An excellent take on Hillary vs GTA

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Here's an excellent letter to Hillary Clinton on her case against Grand Theft Auto, the M-rated (17 year olds and older) computer game, that democrats were buying for their 5 year olds, that had some hidden content that could be accessed if you a) were technical enough, b) had lots of time to waste.

Updated graphics program looks cool

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If vector graphics editing gets you going, you might like to take a look at the latest version of Inkscape, a completely free vector graphics editor for Linux, Windows and MacOSX. They've added a whole bunch of stuff to the latest edition, many of which are explained in the screenshots section of their website along with, well, screenshots of what the effects do. Nifty.

Watch Irish TV for free?!?

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Here's a cool one. A completely free Windows program for playing TV stations via the Internet. Most of the stations available are regional US or Russian stations, but one of them is called "Ireland Live TV"! I'm not going to try it at work, but I'll definitely let you know how it works when I get home, I'm really interested to see if it really is an Irish TV station.

Secure file transfers on Windows

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For the two geeks who read this, here are some tools for doing secure file transfers to/from Windows, most of them free.

Server:

  • freeSSHd is really easy to install and use, and uses the built in Windows user accounts so you don't have another set of passwords to manage. Well worth trying.
  • copSSH is a bundling of the cygwin ssh daemon in a more user friendly package.

Clients:

  • WinSCP is the defacto SFTP/SCP tool for Windows. Its easy to use and free, what more do you want?
  • Directory Opus, the amazingly powerful file manager, has an Advanced FTP plugin available, which costs about $8 per computer. If you use Directory Opus you should use this.

I came across these while looking for a way to secure our file transfers at work. After fiddling with multiple server programs I realized that the freeSSHd program was going to serve our needs much better than many commercial server programs, including Serv-U and Gene6 FTP Server! Also, WinSCP is a much better choice than CuteFTP Pro if you don't need its advanced features and just want a simple file transfer program.

Found an awesome video converter!

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I've found an awesome video file converter called RiverPast Video Cleaner Pro that'll let me convert files from the standard Motion JPEG AVI format that our digital camera uses into tiny MPEG-4 that I can easily redistribute online. This paves the way for me to put our years of video footage online for you all to download, without having to take forever to do so or use up all of our web space.

It has two really cool features that I like. Firstly you can add a whole bunch of files to its list to process at once, secondly you can set it to store the new files where the original ones came from. Putting these two together I was able to queue up 400+ files to be converted, hit the convert button and continue on with my work while it churned away. Simply awesome!

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