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You Know You Work For a Cool Company When…

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at your annual Company meeting, two employees are chosen to sing a karaoke We’re Not Gonna Take It and Dee Snider comes out from nowhere and takes the stage with them.

Now I didn’t know the guy was still alive!

And seeing him all glam’ed out, I’m still not sure.

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November 7th, 2007 at 12:28 pm

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News You May Have Missed

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er, because I never mentioned it.

  • I had a great time in Alaska, on land and at sea (I did post pics to my flickr account though)
  • I got a vasectomy (no pics of that!!)
  • I got promoted at work (though only to the grade that I should have been hired in at)
  • My US citizenship interview has been rescheduled for 11/26 (anyone know the name of the President??)
  • My mandolin arrived and has been tuned and awaiting my fingers on it’s strings (ok, I did blog this elsewhere)

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November 5th, 2007 at 10:09 am

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Video Capture on the Mac

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For reasons that matter not, I had to capture some Hi8 video this week using my Macbook Pro, rather than the PC that I have dedicated to such things. I hooked the Hi8 cam to my digital converter box (the excellent Datavideo DAC-100) and then firewire’d it to the Mac. The plan was to capture using iMovie and then create a DVD image in iDVD, neither of which I had used before.

When the DAC-100 can’t convert the analog signal (due to noise or whatever) it doesn’t send anything to the computer which is usually no big deal but iMovie absolutely did not like this: it seems that periods of silence on the wire are taken to mean the camera has disconnected. So it would keep stopping, and occasionally tell me that the camera wasn’t even connected any more. I tried different things for a couple of days and was about to give up when I discovered….. Vidi.

Not only is Vidi free, but it totally works like a capture program should. Silence on the wire? Ok, nothing gets put in the DV file. Need to chunk the output in 2Gb files? No problem! Some tapes that iMovie just wouldn’t capture for more than a few minutes were an absolute breeze using Vidi. I hit record on the Mac, play on the cam and 2 hrs later I had 26Gb of gorgeous converted video. I encourage you to check it out.

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November 2nd, 2007 at 8:44 am

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Leopard for Free!

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Well, almost. So I had emailed Amazon to ask why my Leopard shipment hadn’t been picked up by UPS. They responded saying that they didn’t know why the tracker was wrong because UPS had picked it up and it was on it’s way, and they promised to follow up.

Tuesday night, the tracker still shows the order waiting to be picked up but Teri confirmed that a package from Amazon had actually arrived so all was good. However, last night I got an email from Amazon saying that they regretted that the package appeared to be lost and they want to know if I want an immediate refund or a rush re-shipment of my order.

So…… morally bankrupt Paul says ooh, get a refund and enjoy a free copy, but I will of course do the right thing and tell them I did get my stuff after all.

This weekend both my Macs, and my Macbook from work, will be crazy busy making DVDs for da side biz so I probably won’t get around to doing any installs until next week.

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November 1st, 2007 at 6:22 am

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