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People wonder why I don’t use windows

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I’ll give a prime example. Wanted to watch a netflix movie tonight, so of course its a windows IE only application (boo on netflix….i need to start a email campaign towards them about that). Hopefully they are not like the folks over at (behind the discovery channels video player, again windows only….) who decided it’d be a good idea to block me from sending emails to their single feedback email address about linux support, once a week for about a month (before I got silently dropped).

Anyways I boot into windows, and its the second time so I decide to do some windows updates as I’m sure there’s updates that need to be applied to make use of the movie player. I do 11 patches which isn’t too bad and ignore the update for sp3 for now. Do the reboot as requested. I then pop over to netflix, and go to their movie viewing service. Oh you need to install this active-x component. After its installed, I’m informed that I need to upgrade my windows media player (another application I consider to be poorly made..but so many people depend on it since its on every windows box). Of course that’s a reboot (number 2 for those keeping track).

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Leftovers: Software

  • MPlayer 1.2 released
    Mplayer 1.2 is compatible with the recent FFmpeg 2.8 release. The tarball already includes a copy of FFmpeg, so you don't need to fetch it separately.
  • MPlayer 1.2 Released
    It's been three years since the release of MPlayer 1.1 while surprisingly this weekend MPlayer 1.2 was released.
  • Lightworks: A Professional Video Editor Available for Ubuntu/Linux Mint/Fedora
    Lightworks is a professional video editor which is the fastest, most accessible and focused on Non-Linear Editing (NLE) software, the initial release of Lightworks was in 1989; 26 years ago. It support all resolutions available to public up to 4K as well as video in SD and HD formats. Lightworks has the widest support available for formats currently available in a professional NLE. MXF, Quicktime and AVI containers, with every professional format you can think of: ProRes, Avid DNxHD, AVC-Intra, DVCPRO HD, RED R3D, DPX, H.264, XDCAM EX / HD 422.
  • Using G’MIC to Work Magic on Your Graphics
    If you’re a Gimp power user, G’MIC is, without a doubt, one of the single most important add-ons available for the flagship open source image editing tool. With G’MIC you can bring some real magic to your digital images… and do so with ease. Give it a go and see if it doesn’t take your Gimp work to the next level.
  • VirtualBox 5.0.6 Brings Fixes For Linux 4.3 & More
  • Kodi 16: Alpha 3
  • Kodi 16 Alpha 3 Released
    The third alpha release of the Kodi 16 HTPC open-source software is now available for testing with long-press support. Given the number of devices these days with limited remote control buttons but relying upon a long-press of the OK/Enter button to pull up a context menu, Kodi has now implemented similar long-press support for remotes. That's the main new feature of Kodi 16 Alpha 3.
  • Third Alpha Build of Kodi 16 Media Center Adds Long-Press Support for Remotes

Leftovers: Gaming

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