Record what is played on Vista

As some of you have probably noticed Stefan Raabs SSDSDSSWEMUGABRTLAD („Stefan sucht den Superstar, der singen soll was er möchte und gerne auch bei RTL auftreten darf“) recently finished with Stefanie Heinzmann as its winner. There were obviously many talented singers at the final elimination stage and the 18year old Swiss won with hear song «My man is a mean man» which I really like, although I normally don’t listen to this kind of music in general.

On myvideo.de, a German pendant to Youtube you can take a look at the final performance of My man is a mean man. I really like the song and wanted to listen to it from time to time. Therefore I tried to save it to my hard disk, but withouth the Flash video (for this kind of task you could use something like UnPlug if you use Firefox, and I think you should do that). So as I was using Windows XP I could easily set my stereo output of my soundcard as the recording input. But setting this under Vista took me some time, because some steps have to be performed to record what is currently played.

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d20 Library

A couple of days ago was our (almost) weekly Dungeons & Dragons gaming session. Our party at that time consisted of 8 heroes, although we’re only 4 players and one Dungeon Master (DM). Therefore every one of us plays two characters. This ensures a good mixture of different character types for almost every possible situation were different skills and abilities are required. My two characters were:

Peloron Nethard
  • Cleric 1
  • Healer 5
  • Radiant Servant of Pelor 2
  • Fighter 5
  • Barbarian 1
  • Mater of Exotic Weapons 1
  • Disciple of Thrym 1

The other characters of our party are a few levels higher than mine. The average level was probably between 11 and 13. The main problem on the last Saturday was the fact that our DM is a little bit unconscious about taking into account the challenge rating of our enemies. So we had to fight about 15 enemies lead by a cleric with a challenge rating (CR) of about 16. For people who are not familiar with an appropriate challenge rating: an enemy group with a CR of 16 is a suitable challenge for 4 to 6 characters of the same level (16 in this case). As you can probably reason, this was a pretty tough task. At the end of the encounter 2 of our characters had passed away. Unfortunately one of them was my fighter Nethard.

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Tag it!

Some of you guys out there have probably seen it coming. I did not invest that much time on finishing (or even starting) my diploma thesis in the last couple of days. Surprisingly, updating my music collection seemed to be much more … ehm … fun! Fortunately I currently only possess round about 3600 audio files (MP3) which consume about 15GB of my hard drive space. I only say this, because I know someone who „owns“ over 100GB of MP3s. Sick!

So what does updating of MP3s mean? Well it meant quite a bit of work, because I decided to attach to each file the corresponding CD cover. Therefore I searched the internet, primarily with Google picture search for covers with an acceptable quality and the dimensions of at least 400×400. I think this size is on one hand accurate enough to see some details, but on the other hand small enough to actually find covers. After having searched with Google and websites like ALLCDCovers or Encyclopaedia Metallum I am satisfied with my results, although it took me almost about two days. Of course some of the covers were smaller than 400×400, especially the ones of the German Fun Metal band J.B.O. and I only scaled them up to about 300×300.

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Phishing Filter

Phishing in ThunderbirdThis morning (well it was 1 p.m.) I made an interesting discovery. Finally, after having waited for years, I got my first phishing e-mail. My penny bank wants to have all my banking information, including TANs and PIN, of course. The e-mail itself wasn’t made that bad. The e-mail address from the sender seemed to be correct, but if you took a look at the advanced header, you could have seen that the origin of the mail was lline-202-65-134-34.pol.net.in (HELO system) [202.65.134.34] Moreover the link did not point to sparkasse.de. but to sparkasse.de.redirector9.rwler.info

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Shuffle the taskbar

Sometimes people tend to be some kind of fussy, concerning the order of almost anything. Peolpe who know me personally will have recognized that I’m belonging to this group of persons. I have to have everything in place (especially referring to my desktop, hdd and.. well yes, almost anything else).

This also ranges up to my operating system. I hate Microsoft for not having implemented a feature to change the order of my taskbar buttons. If you ever used a browser, capable of tabbing (like the new Internet Explorer 7, but I prefer Mozilla Firefox) you will know the feature of rearranging all existing tabs via drag & drop. After searching the web for some time I found several tools providing this functionality. Unfortunately many of them are not freeware (I don’t want to spend money for such a „trivial“ feature) or are limited in usability. Some programs only had a list of running applications you could change the order of and not a drag & drop support on the taskbar itself.

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