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How to install Fonts in Windows

· One min read
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type: fonts
  4. Press Enter
  5. The font dialog box will open. All you need to do now is just drag the font files you want to install into the folder.

Alternatively you can doing the following:

  1. Click File
  2. Select Install New Font
  3. Browse and locate the font
  4. Press ok.

The fonts directory is located at C:WINDOWSFonts

How to check Vodafone NZ Account Balance

· One min read

Mobile Phone

These instructions differ slightly depending on your phones make/model. Please adjust accordingly.

  1. On the phone, go to the Main Menu
  2. Go to Messaging
  3. Choose Create New
  4. You are now going to make a TXT message to: 777 (which is Vodafone)
  5. In the text message type: bal
  6. Send (Vodafone will then txt you back with your balance)

How to top-up or check your balance using a Vodem

  1. Click Start
  2. click Programs (or All Programs)
  3. Click Vodafone
  4. Click Vodafone SMS
  5. Click New SMS to create a new SMS
  6. For the send-to number type: 777 (Type: 887 for topping up)
  7. In the message type: bal (For topping up, type in your top-up code)
  8. Send (Vodafone will then txt you back with your balance or top your Vodem up)

You can also use the Vodafone homepage to check your balance and top-up, even when there is no credit available.


ffmpeg Linux commands

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Getting infos from a video file

ffmpeg -i video.avi

Turn X images to a video sequence

ffmpeg -f image2 -i image%d.jpg video.mpg

This command will transform all the images from the current directory (named

image1.jpg, image2.jpg, etc…) to a video file named video.mpg.

Turn a video to X images

ffmpeg -i video.mpg image%d.jpg

This command will generate the files named image1.jpg, image2.jpg, …

The following image formats are also availables : PGM, PPM, PAM, PGMYUV, JPEG,


Encode a video sequence for the iPod/iPhone

ffmpeg -i source_video.avi input -acodec aac -ab 128kb -vcodec mpeg4 -b 1200kb

-mbd 2 -flags +4mv+trell -aic 2 -cmp 2 -subcmp 2 -s 320×180 -title X



* Source: source_video.avi

* Audio codec: aac

* Audio bitrate: 128kb/s

* Video codec: mpeg4

* Video bitrate: 1200kb/s

* Video size: 320px by 180px

* Generated video: final_video.mp4

Encode video for the PSP

ffmpeg -i source_video.avi -b 300 -s 320×240 -vcodec xvid -ab 32 -ar 24000

-acodec aac final_video.mp4


* Source: source_video.avi

* Audio codec: aac

* Audio bitrate: 32kb/s

* Video codec: xvid

* Video bitrate: 1200kb/s

* Video size: 320px by 180px

* Generated video: final_video.mp4

Extracting sound from a video, and save it as Mp3

ffmpeg -i source_video.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 sound.mp3


* Source video: source_video.avi

* Audio bitrate: 192kb/s

* Output format: mp3

* Generated sound: sound.mp3

Convert a wav file to Mp3

ffmpeg -i son_origine.avi -vn -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 192 -f mp3 son_final.mp3

Convert .avi video to .mpg

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi video_finale.mpg

Convert .mpg to .avi

ffmpeg -i video_origine.mpg video_finale.avi

Convert .avi to animated gif(uncompressed)

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi gif_anime.gif

Mix a video with a sound file

ffmpeg -i son.wav -i video_origine.avi video_finale.mpg

Convert .avi to .flv

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -ab 56 -ar 44100 -b 200 -r 15 -s 320×240 -f flv


Convert .avi to dv

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -s pal -r pal -aspect 4:3 -ar 48000 -ac 2



ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -target pal-dv video_finale.dv

Convert .avi to mpeg for dvd players

ffmpeg -i source_video.avi -target pal-dvd -ps 2000000000 -aspect 16:9



* target pal-dvd: Output format

* ps 2000000000 maximum size for the output file, in bits (here, 2 Gb)

* aspect 16:9 : Widescreen

Compress .avi to divx

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -s 320×240 -vcodec msmpeg4v2 video_finale.avi

Compress Ogg Theora to Mpeg dvd

ffmpeg -i film_sortie_cinelerra.ogm -s 720×576 -vcodec mpeg2video -acodec mp3


Compress .avi to SVCD mpeg2

NTSC format:

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -target ntsc-svcd video_finale.mpg

PAL format:

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -target pal-svcd video_finale.mpg

Compress .avi to VCD mpeg2

Convert file to Matroska container without re-encoding

ffmpeg -i input_file.wmv -vcodec copy -sameq -acodec copy -f matroska


NTSC format:

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -target ntsc-vcd video_finale.mpg

PAL format:

ffmpeg -i video_origine.avi -target pal-vcd video_finale.mpg

** Multi-pass encoding with ffmpeg**

ffmpeg -i fichierentree -pass 2 -passlogfile ffmpeg2pass fichiersortie-2


Faulting application name: SimCitySocieties.exe

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Getting the “Faulting application name: SimCitySocieties.exe, version:” and cannot play your game? Try the fix below.

Usually caused by the Tradmark characters in a folder name “™” which Windows does not support.

  1. Uninstall SimCity Societies
  2. Reinstall the game and make sure the install path is C:Program FilesElectronic ArtsSimCity Societies

Note: If the above does not work, then you need to edit the registry to change the games install path: “Install Dir” in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREElectronic ArtsSimCity Societies”


Enable Javascript in Internet Explorer

· One min read
Problems running Javascript and want to enable it? This is how you do it.
  1. Open Internet **Explorer **
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click Internet Options
  4. Click “Security” tab at the top
  5. Click on “Custom Level,” then click on the “Enable Active Scripting” option.
  6. Click “OK”