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Old 05-28-2008, 10:14 PM   #2471
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My computer has been totally dead for almost a week and I have been cut off from the world! I never knew how much I rely on that thing--particularly the internet! My brilliant computer programmer husband has been working on it but waiting for parts, etc. His pride won't let him admit it's a gonner so I have to wait for him to eliminate every little thing before I can convince him to buy me a laptop. (Our computer is a monster because he insists on having so much memory--no desk space--can't take it upstairs to the kids rooms or my room). I have had to sneak a few minutes in the evening on his work laptop in order to make this post. But hopefully soon I will be back online.
I wondered where you'd been, girlfriend. I was hoping ya'll didn't have another "poop" virus. Glad all is well and tell hubby to hurry cuz it's not the same here without you.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:33 AM   #2472
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On the subject of burning pics and video to DVD, it is often better to use a software program like Roxio or Nero (I prefer Nero and have a DVD plug-in that allows me to copy my DVD movies, handy with kids around losing originals and scratching them!) instead of the drag and drop method. Reason being, the software programs not only allow you to create menus so the pics can be viewed as slide shows and videos browsed on most any DVD player, but they also usually have a 'test' check box. By checking this box, the program will 'compile' the DVD image first, then 'test' to make sure it will burn properly without errors before actually burning the DVD. Doubles your burn time, but cuts way down on 'coasters'.
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:40 AM   #2473
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On the subject of burning pics and video to DVD, it is often better to use a software program like Roxio or Nero (I prefer Nero and have a DVD plug-in that allows me to copy my DVD movies, handy with kids around losing originals and scratching them!) instead of the drag and drop method. Reason being, the software programs not only allow you to create menus so the pics can be viewed as slide shows and videos browsed on most any DVD player, but they also usually have a 'test' check box. By checking this box, the program will 'compile' the DVD image first, then 'test' to make sure it will burn properly without errors before actually burning the DVD. Doubles your burn time, but cuts way down on 'coasters'.
I use DVD Decypter for burning my "backed up" DVDs. Have you ever used it?
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:42 AM   #2474
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Vicki, I too understand the renovation blues. We owned a "little fixer-uper" for seven years that turned into the Nightmare on Elm Street (actually it was 84th Avenue, but that doesn't go with the movie title very well).
My uncle calls his house "The Money Pit"! You gotta share some of the worst highlights of your Nightmare On Elm Street!
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:46 AM   #2475
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I use DVD Decypter for burning my "backed up" DVDs. Have you ever used it?
Nope, I have Nero but for those DVD's that are 'copyright protected' I have DVDFab 4 which eliminates the copywrite protection and allows you to burn any DVD you want. It also will burn it into different formats like Media Player files for portability and compression on your laptop or even a mobile format for PDA's and cell phones, PSP formats, etc.
I currently have 2 gigs of music and 2 movies on my cell phone, LOL, in case I get bored or stuck in the ER (which seems to happen entirely too often!).
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Old 05-29-2008, 12:48 AM   #2476
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My uncle calls his house "The Money Pit"! You gotta share some of the worst highlights of your Nightmare On Elm Street!
Ours is the Nightmare on 54th Ave, sometimes I think we will never be done fixing this place!
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:01 AM   #2477
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Nope, I have Nero but for those DVD's that are 'copyright protected' I have DVDFab 4 which eliminates the copywrite protection and allows you to burn any DVD you want. It also will burn it into different formats like Media Player files for portability and compression on your laptop or even a mobile format for PDA's and cell phones, PSP formats, etc.
I currently have 2 gigs of music and 2 movies on my cell phone, LOL, in case I get bored or stuck in the ER (which seems to happen entirely too often!).
Yep, I'm using DVD Fab 5 which I like a lot. I was using RipIt4Me but then there stopped being updates available so it couldn't handle some of the most recent releases. Like you, I have lots of kids who are less than careful with DVDs so I make back-ups too.
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:03 AM   #2478
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Ours is the Nightmare on 54th Ave, sometimes I think we will never be done fixing this place!
Well, you need to share, Buddy. I love hearing about DIY disasters and triumphs.
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:17 AM   #2479
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Yea, DVDFab just asked me to update tonight to version 5 from something like 4.8. As far as DIY disasters, try the whole house LOL. When we moved in we had to put in all new wood floors, tuck-point and acid wash the brick, new windows, new furnace, and all new appliances as they took everything with them. And that hasn't even scratched the surface. The bathroom walls were covered over with cheap plastic stuff which is now falling off and revealing the mold and rot, and the cheap 70's kitchen cabinets have for the most part fallen apart and only a couple are left over. Not to mention all the rooms still need new wood trim, and the electrical is soo old I have everything on surge protectors or they might short out.
And all the painting we did when we moved in? Has to be redone (thank you kids!). Plus the wood floors which were supposed to have been done with a hard finish that should have lasted 15 years have to be redone 9 years later as in most places the finish has worn completely off!
DW could go on for days about how we spent three days just pulling staples out of the stairs so we could refinish them as the previous owner put carpet on them and stapled them to death! Oh, and the doors are all banged up and leak like a sieve in winter, this place was a rental before we bought it and one of their kids was allowed to run around the house with a baseball bat smashing doors and windows and trim...
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Sorry, forgot the plumbing! It all needs redone as well! And the attic space that had to be sealed up and re-insulated so the ceilings didn't get frost on them in the winter!
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