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  • Processing Digital Video and Digitizing VHS

    01 Mar | 15
    • in Computers • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    As I’m continuing to build a collection of cartoons, TV shows, and movies on my plex server, I’ve put together several scripts to make converting and splitting video easier . For the most part though I’ve been working with digital copies of things. While I have been working on digitizing old home movies shot on 8mm video tape, I’ve been using a digital 8 camcorder which has a FireWire interface and handles the digitization, so on the computer I’m working with...

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  • Shuffle Those Shorts!

    28 Jan | 15
    • in Misc • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    This past holiday season nostalgia took over and I started collecting old animated holiday TV specials. It wasn’t a very big leap to go from animated specials to classic cartoon shorts and TV series. Soon my mailbox was stuffed with discs to rip and place on my server. Messing around in Plex I discovered a little shuffle button over on the side (the one that looks like criss-crossed tracks) which will randomly select a show and start playing it. When the show ends it’ll...

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  • 3-in-1 Game Boxes

    31 Dec | 14
    • in Woodworking • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    One of my favorite channels on YouTube is Steve Ramsey's Woodworking for Mere Mortals . At the beginning of December he did a video showing a game called Quoridor and showed how to make the board and the pieces for it. It looked like a really interesting strategy game, something that both my nephew and I would enjoy playing. But if I make something for him, then I've got to make something for his little sisters too. Plus I was concerned that Quoridor had a lot of small pieces that...

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  • Compiling modules for the stock Raspberry Pi kernel

    20 Nov | 14
    • in Raspberry Pi • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    I recently picked up a CoCoSDC board and after assembling it, the first thing I did was load it up with games. I quickly discovered though I wasn’t going to be doing any gaming without a joystick. I don’t own a Tandy CoCo compatible joystick, so I did what any normal person would, I figured out how to convert something I already had: an Atari 2600 joystick. Atari 2600 joysticks are absolutely horrible though, so it didn’t take very long for me to want to go back to my ninepin...

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  • How I Went From 5 Users to 5000 Users Overnight

    23 Oct | 14
    • in Misc • 
    • by Chris Osborn

    I run a small web hosting company called MagicEdit which lets web designers setup a CMS using standard HTML pages. It works great because it gives non-programmers an easy way to create websites that they can give to clients and their customers can edit right in their browser without having to mess with any kind of confusing backend. Yesterday one of our customers complained that some of his sites were loading a little slowly. He had done some investigation and thought maybe there was a problem...

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