All of us, at some point during our lifetime, will need a little help and a little compassion from others. All of us, due to the nature of our existence, with our need for food, shelter, clothing and medical care; will find ourselves in need. It is human nature to believe that “it” will never happen to us (“it”, of course, being bad luck). But, rest assured, it can, and it will.
… and why should I care …
Well for those times when you get this error message when trying to download a 1 hour podcast:
My suspicion is that the podcast author is using a high Bit Rate. Luckily you can get this information by adding the “Bit Rate” column into the iTune application Podcast view.
Which confirmed my suspicion. My favourite podcast uses a 256 kbps Bit Rate (podcast not shown above).
Let’s confirm that by looking at the actual audio files. I did that by doing the following:
- Downloaded the iMazing application.
iMazing will allow me to extract some additional; information from the podcasts.
(the iMazing trial edition allows you to copy up to 50 files off the iPhone).
- Exported a number of podcasts to compare with the “large” podcast.
- Compared them below.
|File size||Length||Format||Mono / Stereo?|
|A.D.D. Comedy with Dave Razowsky||114||50.8 MB||1hr||
|Conversations||64||22.3 MB||0hr 48m 10s||
|How ‘Bout This||128||95.7 MB||1h 44m 9s||
|Impro Podcast – Claudia Hoppe||160||67 MB||0hr 58min 30s||
|Improv Nerd With Jimmy Carrane||128||52.6 MB||0hr 57min 11s||
|Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast||256||108 MB||0hr 58min 56s||
|Story Wise Woodend||64||12.4 MB||0hr 26min 51s||
|The Comedian’s Comedian||64||34.2 MB||1h 11m 36s||
The reason why the “Mr. Fred’s Amazing Podcast” podcast is over 100 MB, is that the author is using a high Bit Rate. Reducing the Bit rate would mean that I could download it over a cell phone network AND they would save on hosting costs.
How to Remove Broken or Dead Tracks from iTunes
This article allowed me to tidy up my music collection.
WA Health – Centre for Clinical Interventions
Has a list of resources to assist with
- Body Dysmorphia
- Distress Intolerance
- Health Anxiety
- Low Self-Esteem
- Bipolar Disorder
- Disordered Eating
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Chronic worrying
Statistics from the last year …
9300 Unique visitors per month
2419000 pages served
Most popular post of 2016:
$1.36 million dollars is not much …
I thought I’d have to do this for the Surface Pro 4 “Pen” application, but Microsoft has bundled the Pen application into Windows 10 Anniversary Version (Build 1607).
The Windows OS Hub has written a comprehensive guide on how to do this.
Modern Windows 8 apps (APPX Metro apps) are mostly designed to be installed online from Windows Store. Despite Windows allows to install Metro apps from APPX files offline, you can’t download a Metro app distribution from Windows Store. In this article, we’ll show how to download an APPX file of any Modern App using Fiddler and install it on the systems with no access to Windows Store (offline systems or corporate computers).
So, our task is to get an archive with an APPX file of any Windows 8 Metro app to install it manually on an offline system. As it has already been told, you can’t directly download an APPX file from Windows Store. However, during the installation of any app, at a certain moment a client gets a generated link to download its APPX file. Let’s try to trace the link, by which Windows Store downloads an installation file.
Further details here: How to Download APPX Installation File for any Windows Store App
How to enable or disable the CTRL+ALT+DELETE sequence for logging on to Windows XP, to Windows Vista, and to Windows 7
You receive a “The User Profile Service failed the logon” error message
Update to enable TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 as a default secure protocols in WinHTTP in Windows
SMB file server share access is unsuccessful through DNS CNAME alias
This is not the first Impro book you should read. It’s one of those books you should read after other Impro books. This was my first reading of “Free Play”, and it will be interesting to see what I make of it the second time around.
Some of the quotations which I liked, can be found after the “Continue reading –>”
To back up TPM owner information from a computer running Windows 10, version 1507, Windows 10, version 1511, Windows 8.1, or Windows 8, you might need to first set up appropriate schema extensions and access control settings on the domain so that the AD DS backup can succeed. … . This functionality is discontinued starting with Windows 10, version 1607.
– Microsoft: TPM Group Policy Settings.
Those Microsoft folk give with one hand and take with the other. No explanation for the removal.
Microsoft offer an alternative, the Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) product. MBAM allows you to centrally manage Bitlocker and Bitlocker to Go. Which is good, but comes at a cost. From what I can see, you need several SQL Servers (Recovery Database, Compliance and Audit Database, Reporting Server, Administration and Monitoring Server)
Ok, so how does the removal of TPM Backup effect workstations which currently store their Bitlocker Recovery Key into Active Directory? It doesn’t as far as I can see. My Windows 10 1607 workstation is still happily storing it’s Recovery Key into AD.
But knowing Microsoft, eventually the Bitlocker Recovery Key storage feature will break and they won’t fix it.
Microsoft recently published the following support articles:
RC4 cipher is no longer supported in Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge
Windows Update has deprecated support for the RC4 cipher
Which is helpful when a customer rings up and says:
I can’t connect to xyz website.
Google and Mozilla dropped RC4 support at the start of 2016.
Limiting Repetitive GPU Hangs and Recoveries
Display Driver Stopped Responding and has Recovered [Solved]
TDR Registry Keys