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Month: September 2015

Fixing movie audio at nighttime

Since forever I face this when watching movies – I adjust volume so that I can hear dialogs well and then suddenly some explosion wakes up my whole family! Fortunately sound effects come in handy.

Specific effect we need here is called “compression”. It works quite simple: decrease loud/silent sounds ratio so that volume differences are smaller.

How to turn it on?

  • Windows: in VLC player you find that effect in “Tools > Effects and Filters > Compressor tab” (for better explanation see http://lifehacker.com/5920290/how-to-fix-movies-that-are-really-quiet-then-really-loud )
  • Linux: play movie from command “mplayer -af volnorm=2: 0.9 file_to_play.avi” (experiment with “0.9” value – it’s somewhat correlated with the desired volume compression)

Let your parents (or kids) sleep tight from now on.

Skype cheat codes

Skype and cheat codes? No bullshit!

I find some chatrooms more attention-stealing than I’d like to and besides – it’s intimidating when popups keep showing when your colleague (or boss!) peeks at your display. Should I ban all pop-ups from showing up on new message? Didn’t work – my boss kept messaging me in emergency and made it mayor issue that I responded so late. I’d be better to turn off only few chatrooms.

Some time ago it made me curious that some people write in funny mode – you get it when you type “/me secret message” as your message. Keyword “/me” changes way of displaying your message (I don’t show it here on purpose – go on and check this out by yourself!). So I checked a list of such keywords and typed “/help”…

One chat code caught my attention: “/alertsoff”. It does just what I need – turns off pop-ups of single chatroom! But what if somebody calls me personally in crowded chatroom? Hey, just use “/alertson YourName” to turn pop-ups only when somebody calls YourName (BTW – it’s case insensitive 😉 ).

One cheat code and Skype’s way more useful. Go on, tell me if it works for you too 🙂


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