This is just to document the results of some testing we did on digitized VHS tapes, comparing AVI with QuickTime for quality. High-quality AVI output was nowhere near as good as QuickTime with Sorensen 3, using 44.1 audio, square pixels, and 640x480. The QT files are twice as big, but it's worth it. We'll see how good they look when we use them as the basis for a normal DVD.
I'm guessing that some of us are missing some very useful fonts. As a multi-lingual kind of place, we all need to have a selection of fonts that allow us to see all the unicode goodness that documents might offer. Here's my list of good-to-have fonts:
Aboriginal Sans/Serif: http://www.languagegeek.com/font/fontdownload.html
Thryomanes v1.2: http://www.io.com/~hmiller/lang/
Yes, there are others, but these will cover basic requirements. To stay up-to-date, you should get them from the above sites but to be neighbourly I've uploaded a zip file containing these fonts. Get it here.
Greg and I spent most of the day doing a test install of VISTA on Cilantro. We now have a fully configured workstation. This is what we did and learned:
- Greg nuked the drive before installing the upgrade, so it complained that there was nothing to upgrade from. However, we continued without entering a product key, to arrive at the trial version, and then ran the installer again (from inside Vista) to "upgrade" with the key. It worked. Then we activated it online.
- The install process itself is tedious and involves multiple reboots. No change there.
- Running with an old graphics card, Aero was disabled, but we were still able to try out everything else.
- Installed all our major apps (IMT, Transformer, HotPot) and tested briefly. All seem to run just fine.
- Found an annoying bug with desktop icons: keep setting them to 24px in the display control panel, but they bounce back to 32 on every reboot.
- Downloaded a print driver and installed the Lexmark -- works OK.
- Downloaded the driver and toolbox for the CanoScan N670U scanner. Works OK.
- Installed OpenOffice -- seems to work fine.
- Installed Firefox. The only wrinkle was that we did this during the initial install, and when we tried to activate Windows, Firefox was launched, and then the MS site complained. Had to set IE to be default browser to get past that, but in the end we activated Windows from the Control Panel after the second install.
- Installed Java 1.6 -- no problem.
- Looked for TweakUI, but there's no version from MS for Vista. Instead, I found TweakVI, which is a freebie with lots of useful features. During its installation, it offered to turn off User Account Control (UAC), which was a great relief because it got rid of the annoying confirmation dialog boxes that popped up every time we did anything.
- The new Aero-ready graphics card arrived, so we installed that; it found the drivers automatically. Enabled the onboard sound in the bios (the Audigy sound card was not VISTA-compatible, so Greg had removed it), and then successfully played a DVD in Media Centre.
- Re-profiled the system, and we were then able to turn on all the Aero eye-candy -- which doesn't amount to much other than transparency on windows borders and a fancy task-switcher. Pah.
- Installed Oxygen to test the Java functionality. Seems to work fine.
- Tried file sharing. You can add a user from the domain as a sharer of the folder in three categories: Reader, Contributor and Co-Owner. I added Greg as a Contributor; this should allow read-write (like XP with everything checked except Full Control).
This documentation comes from my home records of how to install and configure Delphi 2005. It would be required in the event of a system failure that required a rebuild of my machine, and would have to be successfully completed before work on any Windows programming projects could continue, so I'm adding it to the records.
This is a recommended sequence of actions:
- Install Delphi from disk.
- Check version number.
- Do required updates in sequence. Updates are here.
- Download TRichView from here. Install it into
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\trichview, in this order:
- Open up and compile demo projects. If error messages appear, they can usually be fixed by answering that you don't want to try to reload the components next time.
- Check that the components all appear on the palette.
Install project JEDI JCL from here,
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\jedi\jcl
- Get the JCL Help file from here.
- Install JEDI VCL from here
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\jedi\jvcl
- Get the JVCL Help file from the same location.
- Download the TNT Unicode Controls from here.
and install them to
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\tntunicodecontrols
- Download the XDOM utilities and DOM 4.1 packages from here
and install them to:
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\xdom\Utilitiesand
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\xdom\Xdom_4_1
- Download the Virtual Tree View from here
and expand it here:
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\soft-gems\Virtual Treeview
- Edit the VTConfig.inc file to enable
- Install the Virtual Tree View.
- Download Graphics32 from here and install it to
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\graphics32
- Download and install the TZipForge component from here and install it to
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\zipforgeThis is a commercial product, for which Half-Baked paid for the registration. Keys are in Half-Baked records.
- Download and install the TZipMaster component from here and install it to
My Documents\Borland Studio Projects\3rd_party_components\zipmaster
- Download and add the DelphiZip dll if required from here.
- Download and install the Delphi Configuration Manager from here.
- Set up a configuration for Delphi Win32 only, and make sure it includes all relevant packages.
Adding minutes spent updating and formatting this documentation.
CREATE TABLE `foo` ( `field1` varchar(55) collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `field2` varchar(55) collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL, `field3` varchar(55) collate utf8_unicode_ci NOT NULL ) ENGINE=InnoDB DEFAULT CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_unicode_ci;3) dumps from phpMyAdmin will export tables as latin1 because of the way that MySQL was configured when being built. See here for documentation. To restore/import, first change all refs in the .sql dump file from latin1 to utf8. 4) phpMyAdmin does not seem to set a BOM on the files it creates (this is just FYI - we aren't sure if it matters). It (phpMyAdmin may also be encoding the characters as ANSI (this is Martin's experience on Windows. It seems to give me utf8 on Linux, but ...).