Bluehost and Wikka wiki Upload limits

Well, there are a few limits I can see. First, Wikka Wiki has a 2MB limit, but it also looks like the underlying hosters has a 2MB limit as well. You have to change the “php.ini”:http://www.bluehostforum.com/showthread.php?t=12687 files in the wiki /uploads directory to break this.

“Bluehost”:http://helpdesk.bluehost.com/kb/index.php?id=124&mod_id=2&x= explains how to do this. Note that this thing is actually not quite right, you have to put the php.ini in the root of your /public_html on bluehost.com. It doesn’t seem to work to just have it in the directory where it was executing. I also set max_postsize = 110M as well.

Cerberus Helpdesk :: Support Center

# Locate the php.ini file in the folder your upload script resides in. If none exists, create a new text file called php.ini
# In the php.ini file, locate the line called ‘upload_max_filesize = 2M;’
# Modify that entry to read ‘upload_max_filesize = 10M;’, or whatever your script requires. (M = megabytes)

Put another way, stick the following into php.ini in the script files. On Wikka wiki, thats the /actions folder:

upload_max_filesize = 10M;

Beyond Combat Flight Simulator

So where can you go beyond Microsoft’s old copy of Combat Flight Simulator if you want to fly jets? Well, besides a joystick, you are in the modding and open source communities. People are just maintaining and skinning stuff. Amazingly creative. Starting at “Sim-HQ”:http://www.simhq.com/_air/air.html#reviews you can see a whole series of reviews for something called the various “engines out there. “Combatace.com”:http://combatace.com/ is another dedicated site. It turns out all the serious flight sims are just based on 1990s engines and have rereleased modifications. The big ones are:

“Thirdwire”:http://www.thirdwire.com/ is one example of an online only simulation company. Their Wings Over Israel for instance recreates the 1967-1982 wars. It is $30 for a 246MB download. They have similar titles like Wings over Europe. It uses a common engine called Strike Fighters: Project 1 that Thirdwire maintains.

“EECH/EEAH”:http://www.simhq.com/_air10/air_313a.html which stands for Enemy Encounter: Commanche vs. Havoc and Enemy Encounter: Apache vs. Havoc which is a helicopter simulation. There is a whole community at “EECHCentral.com”:http://EECHCentral.com which maintains mods. “Razorworks”:http://razorworks.com maintains the code still and it is open sourced essentially. You still need a copy of the EECH CD which is kind of amazing really.

“Falcon 4.0”:http://www.f4hq.com/ is a very realistic F-16 simulation. So realistic, it is actually incredibly hard to fly. This is now 30 year old technology, so its not surprising managing the radar isn’t very automatic. Still a very rich community of folks keep at it. It was the first PC game I really fell in love with! “f-16.net”:http://f-16.net has a huge number of manuals for Falcon 4.0 and real world information too.

Gigabytes, terabytes and beyond….to Geopbytes

Megabytes, Gigabytes, Terabytes – What Are They?

· 1 Bit = Binary Digit
· 8 Bits = 1 Byte
· 1024 Bytes = 1 Kilobyte
· 1024 Kilobytes = 1 Megabyte
· 1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte
· 1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte
· 1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte
· 1024 Petabytes = 1 Exabyte –
· 1024 Exabytes = 1 Zettabyte
· 1024 Zettabytes = 1 Yottabyte
· 1024 Yottabytes = 1 Brontobyte
· 1024 Brontobytes = 1 Geopbyte

Talk about lots of cool Scrabble words. They also have a “Byte Converter”:http://www.whatsabyte.com/P1/byteconverter.htm that tells you for instance 100MB is 104,857,600 bytes 🙂

Danity Kane

!<http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/images/pref_images/p63697qri6a.jpg! Well, they may be prepackaged, but they are pretty good…haven’t heard their latest album but Showstopper was good!

Billboard.com – Biography – Danity Kane

The third group to be put together through the reality television series Making the Band — O-Town being the first, Da Band being the second — Danity Kane’s membership includes five women who beat out hundreds of hopefuls. Chosen by music mogul and Bad Boy Records CEO Diddy, members Aubrey, Aundrea, D. Woods, Dawn, and Shannon sang, danced, and watched their competition stumble over two seasons of the series. By the end of the second season, Diddy decided this was the quintet who fit his dream of creating the next En Vogue or Destiny’s Child. A third season chronicled the recording of the band’s first album and the process of naming the group.

PC Video Encoding

I blew up my main video machine. Too much crud on it. So here is the fresh installation:

# Sony Vegas Platinum. I only have v6, but it is up to v8. While Adobe Premier might work for the real afictionados it is too complicated for me. The tricky part is making anamorphic standard definition come out. You have to set it to DV NTSC Widescreen and then *uncheck* do not letter box. You then use it to produce DV format in AVI containers. These are very large. 1 hour of video is 14GB!
# “VLC”:http://videolan.org. This is the best player out there that I can find. Nice thing is that include automatic codec installation and also with the Wizard, it will automatically transcode from say any format it can read to MP4 as an example. So you get media player and transcoder.
# “TMPGEnc”:http://www.mediachance.com/dvdlab/dvdsc.html. Still probably the best MPEG-2 encoder out there. DVD Labs has a $12 deal with them. Main thing is that it allows variable bit rate encoding. 4Mbps for MPEG-2 is very high quality. For one hour of video, you’ll need 2GB.
# “DVD-Labs”:http://mediachance/dvdlab. This is the DVD titler that I use. Mainly because so much is automatic. Take the MPEG-2 from TMPGEnc and make a DVD with DVD Labs.
# Handbrake. I’ve used this on the Mac too, but it is the easiest way to encode DVDs or MPEG-2 into MPEG-4 (aka H.264) for playback on computers, iPhones and iPods.
# “Videora iPod Converter”:http://www.videora.com/. Actually it converts any AVI file into iPhone or iPod formats that is h.264 that is correctly encoded. Typically an iPhone h.264 is about 400KB for 1 hour running at 768Kbps. If you want movie quality, 1536Kbps is what you need which you can also get with it. One confusing thing is that Videora is a completely different product that does bittorrent downloads. And there are zillion Videora Converters, but they are all the same software. One will do iPod Video up to iPhone, but they name them differently.
# “PSPVideo9”:http://pspvideo9.com. The way to encode for Sony PSP and you need this because Sony has some strange naming requirements. It doesn’t work just to drag an MP4 over into a MemoryStick.

Wallpaper Changer

I love how Mac OS X changes the wallpaper automatically. With Windows XP, there is a “Creativity Fun Pack PowerToys Wallpaper Changer”:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ce1d596b-6851-4948-ab76-b5ff22d37d69&displaylang=en that does the same thing essentially.

Like the Mac one, the main drawback is that it won’t search through lots of directories to find lots of wallpapers, so everything has to be in a single folder. Too bad!

Also it doesn’t scale correctly if the wall paper isn’t quite the right size.

Camcorder for casual use

Jim asked me, what’s a good camcorder for someone who isn’t a serious pro but who wants good pictures. It can’t be too big. There is really just one afictionado choice right now, the “Canon HF-10”:http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-Vixia-HF10-Camcorder-Review-34711.htm and “Pricegrabber”:http://cameras.pricegrabber.com/camcorders/m/62668226/ has it for $830 or so right now.

The reviews have been very good, it is high definition, uses 16GB of onboard flash (that’s an hour of HD video) and can take SDHC cards. It is small and is very good in low light and has good picture quality. It uses the AVCHD codec which let’s it get very good compression. The main drawback is that it doesn’t have a viewfinder which pro’s like. Also, with current cards (32GB SDHC), it has storage for about 3 hours of HD vs. the bigger Sony SR-12 that has a 120GB hard drive. OTOH, flash cards won’t crash like hard drives.

“Camcorderinfo.com”:http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-Vixia-HF10-Camcorder-Review-34711.htm has a good comprehensive review. And you can now get 32GB SDHC cards for not much. “Pricegrabber”:http://computers.pricegrabber.com/flash-memory/p/152/st=filter/popup2%5B%5D=15:207/popup1%5B%5D=215:105 shows the Adata 16GB Turbo at $80 for instance. So you can get a set of these. These are so called class 6 SDHC so it writes at 6MBps which is plenty fast.