Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Facebook group like top post notification

Facebook started notifying members of a group that a certain top post has been liked. Well, Facebook always has a knack in irritating people off with their creativity. Luckily, this is one of those where it can be fixed.

On your group, click the cover photo and it should bring you to the settings page.

 On the settings page, click 'edit notifications setting'

On the notifications settings, make sure anything to do with 'highlights' is not selected.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mac OSX / Windows : How to create Streaming MP4 from MP4 movie, and SRT subtitles files?

I'm a total newbie at video technologies. So when i had this problem (See title), i looked for solutions and combined opinions from different people. This is thus far the best combo i can make out, all utilising only free tools.

What tools do you need?
Aegisub -
Mkvtoolnix -
Handbrake -

What files do i have?
Videos: AVI, MP4 or MKV
Subtitles: SRT or ASS

What should i do?
When we create streaming mp4, the subtitles should be hard-subbed. Meaning the subtitles are embedded into the video image, not as a separate external container. If this is not done, it cannot be guaranteed that the subtitles will show at the player. I tried this on Macs and IPads, true enough, the subtitles didn't appear.

That being said, we will need to get the subtitles into the ASS format if you don't already have.
Just open Aegisub and load your srt file. Then save as ass. Simple as that.

In general, your source video can be in the form of the any above (avi, mp4, mkv).
What we are going to do next is to create a new mkv with the video and the ass subtitle as its content. This is where mkvtoolnix comes in.

At the input tab (Input files), simply add the video file and subtitle file (Must be ass format else the last step later won't work). Click the 'Start muxing' and a mkv file would be created. This mkv file contains the video and the subtitle information.

Converting to mp4
This is the last step. We will convert the mkv file into a http streamable mp4.
Open handbrake and then add the mkv file we just created as the source.
Select output setting to be mp4, check on 'Web Optimized'. This option will add Fast Start to the mp4 and thus the http stream can start almost immediately.
Select subtitles tab, make sure the track for the ass subtitle is selected.
Make sure the 'Burned in' option is chosen...most impt step here.
Start the encoding and when its done, you are all set.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Move home folder to another location (Mac OSX) Works for Maverick too.

Putting your user home folder in a separate partition away from your system partition always makes it easier for you when you are going to perform any overhauls.

The following are really good guides on how to do this.

Monday, March 25, 2013

OSX Chime

I always have this issue with the loud chime when OSX start up. Scripts generally involve muting the whole thing altogether which is not desired as the Chime is actually there for a good reason. So i found the following which fits into my scenario nicely.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

MacOS Mountain Lion USB Tether with Android

I believe lots of us have had problems USB Tethering a Mountain Lion with Android. There's a kernel extension written by Joshua Wise which fixed this problem. Enjoy :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Xbox Foreign first screen

 If you ever see such foreign notice on your first Xbox boot, select the 2nd option.
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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Windows Administrative Tools

What are the kinds of administrative tools i can use in windows?

Click Start -> Run.
Enter one of the following as desired and wala....




Component Services


Computer Management


Data Sources (ODBC)


Event Viewer


iSCSI Initiator


Local Security Policy


Performance Monitor


Print Management


Services for (NFS)




System Configuration


Task Scheduler


Windows Firewall with Advanced Security


Windows Memory Diagnostic

%SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -NoExit -ImportSystemModules

Windows PowerShell Modules