Monday, 25 February 2008

How to close Khost and Kservice

If like me you use BBC iplayer or 4OD for you TV downloads you may wonder why your Internet has slowed down, well this is down to Kontiki which runs two bit's of software called Khost and Kservice which are P2P software used to share the TV files but the problem is you become part of the BBC and 4OD network which isn't a big thing as if you wasn't you wouldn't get your files but if your like me you want more control over you Internet it's a good idea to shut down Khost and Kservice

The easiest way to do this is to make a Bat file to do the job for you so find below info to make one

First open Notepad and add below

taskkill /im KService.exe /f
taskkill /im KHost.exe /f

Then save as CloseApps.bat and your done and just place say on desktop so it's easy to find then when you want to close Khost and Kservice just click the file

Sunday, 17 February 2008

DVD2one V2.1.4

The daddy of easy DVD backup is out with a new version V2.1.4

DVD2one V2.1.4

We released another update of DVD2one with the following features:

PC: Fixed priority setting.
PC: Added manifest for XP controls.
PC burnengine: Added disk insert notification disabling and support for +R DL.
Mac: Fixed handling of burn -6 error.
Remember burnimage path for 'Burn DVD-image' menu option.
Remember drivename in case there are more than 1 writers.
Changed way empty cells are automatically removed from cell list in movie-only mode.
Added full disc scan for full disc mode. This might help when the output size is too big or too small.
Added Polish language (thanks to Maciej Bojakowski).
Removed hostname lookup from startup to avoid possible delay (thanks to Jim Hoyt for the tip!).

DVD2one V2.1.4 Download

Friday, 15 February 2008

BBC iPlayer On a Samsung LCD

Was doing a reinstall for a mate the other day which in return i got an old PC HP Compaq dc7100 so was thinking what to do with a slim hp Compaq, was just going to use for Internet but had a brain wave and why not have a media PC for my TV

Have just ordered a Hauppauge WinTV-NOVA-T 500 Dual Digital Freeview TV tuner as it will fit a slimline case also think it will be handy having twin tuners even thou the TV has a digital tuner built-in so can watch one channel and record another two :)

Also going to get a larger hard drive as it's only fitted with a 40GB drive which would fill up quite fast with TV files so have a 400 GB coming

Only one other bit i really want is a Sapphire Radeon X1600 Pro HDMI as it perfect fit for a slim case plus has HDMI, just can't find them in the UK yet so will have to wait

So now i have a BBC iPlayer for my TV which is so handy plus when i get it sorted as i need a TV card a TV recorder which i can upgrade hard drives when needed which is so much better than a standalone recorder

First bit shows BBC iplayer streaming video from BBC which does have a drop in pic quality but it's not to bad plus video once you have downloaded it which is top notch
also show 4OD running

Thursday, 14 February 2008

DVD ReBuilder v1.27.0 Out

New version of DVD ReBuilder just out

- Fixed an error in which the path for NicMp4Box.exe was not
being automatically detected.
- Updated routines so that when DVD-RB is running multiple
instances of HC Encoder the "*NOSMP" setting is used. This
has been tested to show faster processing on DVD-RB -- as
it already takes advantage of multiple processors.
- Update the HC interface so it specifically indicates whether
a file should be encoded as "*PROGRESSIVE or "*INTERLACED".
- Modified the REDISTRIBUTION and OPV prediction code for HC
Encoder. It should now take fewer passes for prediction in
most cases.
- Added a check for illegal characters in VOLUME_ID. This
condition could cause a failure to create an ISO image.
- Updated the "Close DVD-RB at batch completion" function so
it "sticks" between runs. Now the setting remains in
effect until reset.
- Wrote code to circumvent a source of "Runtime Error 52"
errors during the file copy section or "Buffer Overflow 0003"
in the REBUILD phase on certain types of corrupt sources.
- Made handling of certain sources that fall outside standards
more robust.
- Updated D2V creation routines to assume BT.601 colorimetry
where no SEQUENCE_DISPLAY_EXTENSION is present. Added a
"hidden" option called "BT601_DEFAULT=0" to the "[Options]"
area of REBUILDER.INI. This option can make DVD-RB assume
all unspecified streams to be BT.709 instead. This is
mainly for non-DVD sources. The default value is "1"
(BT.601 is the assumption).
- Added an additional filter prefix. When prefixed by "b:" a
filter is added only when the source colorimetry is BT.709
(including SMPTE 240M). This enables cases where you wish
the output to be converted, for example to BT.601. This
option is similar to "c:" but has an opposite effect.
- Corrected an error in which One Pass Encoding could, under
certain rare circumstances, select an incorrect Q/CQ value
and as a result over or undersize.
- Corrected an issue that could slow processing considerably
when a combination of encoding and extracting is occurring.
- Cleaned up a cosmetic glitch in which sometimes the "Overall
Progress" bar didn't correctly show status during ENCODE.
- Fixed an error in which Final_Q could not be calculated with
QuEnc or a command line encoder (that supports CQ).
- Improved the interface for CMDLINE encoding -- now the CQ is
passed as a floating point variable for more accurate sizing
during one-pass and REDISTRIBUTION.
- Modified the default values for PFactor and BFactor when
running HC Encoder in One Pass CQ mode.
- Improved the CMDLINE encoder interface so that it now also
passes "Closed GOP" (for ILVU) and "Bottom Field First"
(for interlaced encoding) information to the encoder.
- Made some small changes to the QuEnc interface to restore
FreeEnc compatibility.
- Added multiple threading capability to the MOBILE encoding
command line. This will speed up processing substantially
for those with multiple processors (e.g. dual/quad cores).
- Added additional checks to for encoders. Prevents encoders
from being enabled when they don't really exist.
- Other minor and cosmetic changes.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Evacuation After Oil Rig Bomb Alert

From Sky News

Hundreds of oil workers are being evacuated by helicopter from a North Sea rig after a bomb threat.
A woman sparked the security alert after coastguards were called this morning, Sky sources have said.
A bomb disposal unit was on its way to the facility, which is 175 miles north-east of Aberdeen.

More Info Sky News

More Info BBC News

Wednesday, 6 February 2008


New update to AnyDVD 2008 02 05

New (DVD): Added support for a new type of structural protection as found on "Beste Zeit", R2, Germany
New (DVD): Added support for a new type of structural protection as found on some adult titles
New (DVD): Major rewrite of the AI scanner for improved performance and reliability
Change: Hooking of the IDvdInfo2::GetDiscID interface caused a false security alert in some anti spyware tools
Fix: Theater Tek bookmarking did not work while AnyDVD was running
Fix: Possible hang if DVD with defective structures was inserted
Some minor fixes and improvements
Updated languages

AnyDVD Download

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Ds Lite Mic Problem Watchdog

I was thinking it was me when i tried to play Kawashimas Brain Training and it wouldn't pickup what i was saying or maybe a problem with the microphone but it looks like it's a problem with the game not understanding different UK accents from north to south so i'm off to watch My Fair Lady to pick up tips on specking right as it's well wicked

"The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly in the Plain"

So find below video of Watchdog which was on BBC1 the other night which reported on the problem

Monday, 4 February 2008

Monty Don Around the World in 80 Gardens

Don't normally watch gardening programmes but the other week caught the first episode of Monty Don Around the World in 80 Gardens where he visits some of the best gardens around the world from what i would call normal gardens to the strange and wired

Monty Don Around the World in 80 Gardens

Monty Don Around the World in 80 Gardens

it's a great programme as it's more about the people who put them together from the likes of a 99 year old women to a Englishman in Mexico who put together a garden which wouldn't look out of place in Alice in Wonderland

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Dave Gorman back with a new show this week Dave Gorman In America Unchained A feature length documentary about an American roadtrip. Can you travel from one coast of the USA to the other without giving any money to The Man?
More to the point... can I?

If you haven't seen his other TV shows Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure you have soooo missed out so tune into More 4 this tuesday at 10pm for Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Interview with Dave Gorman about the TV show which was with Hawksbee and Jacobs on Talk Sport

Dave Gorman In America Unchained from Eyerex on Vimeo.


Dave Gorman In America Unchained Preview from Eyerex on Vimeo.

Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Dave Gorman In America Unchained

Dave Gorman Blog

Friday, 1 February 2008

Xbox Plane Game

Little bit of fun for a few hours with a paper plane which you have to try and fly as far as you can

My best so far is 137.292m

Xbox paper Plane Game

Xbox Plane Game Link