Every software is incomplete. There is always something to add and make it better. So is the case with wordpress. Thanks to the plugins and I can customize wordpress without much knowledge or no knowledge of coding. Some plugins allow you to turn wordpress into a full fledged gallery. You just need to upload and activate plugin. That’s it. Good thing with wordpress is, if any plugin goes wrong just delete it’s folder and your blog runs back normal.
So why I am talking about plugins today? This is not a blogging blog or WordPress hack blog. For many days I was searching for a good plugin. A plugin that can list my watched movies on a page and it should be easy to update, edit, rate. But I am a movie buff and watch a lot of movies. I am too lazy to write review of a every movie I watch. This is Nonsense blog and not a movie review blog. Hence I wanted a plugin where I can write a short review, a link to movie page, ratings out of ten and possibly comments by user. I didn’t get the last option though.
While doing a search I found a plugin that fulfills my needs. That plugin is WP Movie Ratings. I have just installed the plugin and testing it. That is why I am not giving out the link for the movies page. I also have to update that page with some movies. This plugin will free me from posting reviews of movie unless I find it too good or too bad to watch.
I don’t like to use many plugins with any software. They slow down the performance of core software. I couldn’t resist this one. I crossed the ten plugin mark with this plugin. Now I use a total of eleven plugins. It’s difficult to remove any one of these. How many plugins do you use??
Watching movies is one of my favorite time pass. And over the time I have watched a lot of movies. Some good, Some bad and some ugly (Yeah!! I loved The Good, the bad and the ugly). So you can say that I am a moviebuff. Not a hardcore movie buff who owns latest or state of art technology to watch movie and for viewing pleasure. For me it’s just 17″ monitor with 4.1 speaker or 29″ flat TV with a DivX player I bought recently.
Since there are fights for the TV, I watch movies on my PC. It is a 3.5×3.5 room with my PC as center of attraction. Adjacent to this room is store room where all the junk is stored properly(irony???). There is a lot of stuff and it houses mouse or rats periodically. It’s like a guest house which leads them to their judgment day. Normally only one guest comes, but occasionally it brings some company with him. In such situation there are strange sounds of things falling in the store room and utensils from the kitchen. Continue reading →
As the month of November nears, Goa gears up for International film festival. IFFI started on 22nd and will go on till 2nd of December. In spite of being a movie buff I went for the film festival only once. That too without watching a single film. But it’s a great environment out there during the IFFI. Even if you don’t watch movie you’ll still enjoy.
The father of Indian cinema is Dadasaheb Falke. He created fantastic films one after another and gave birth to Indian cinema. That was in 1913. At that time most of the films, well all of the films were silent movies. Expressing through silence seems difficult and it is difficult. But you can express it better than words.
One of his film “Kaliya Mardan” was screened on Sunday. I was not there as usual. I never knew about the screening. Different thing about this screening was that there was live music score in the background of the film. This made the film to come live without any editing or any mixing. I wish I was there. I shouldn’t have missed such an opportunity.
There have been experiments with some old Black and White movies which were turned to Color with surround sound. But they didn’t succeed much unlike this live performance which was appreciated by many. Now if only there was another screening due to lot’s of hype……So that I can go and watch this fantastic mixture.
It’s been almost a month since I backed up my data. So I thought of doing this today. Was busy the whole day creating backups. Whenever I do backup I make sure that they are easy to find later on. Due to this fact, I have to go on renaming files with a particular file naming format I created for my backups. That makes it easy to read.
Just for example, when I create a backup of movies (Yes the DVDrips of course) I have this format for the file name.
Now I know how old the movie is just by reading the file name. I make sure along with the movie file goes the subtitle file also. Though I watch all movies without subtitles, there are some points where I don’t understand words spoken. Subtitles come handy here. They are also useful for a foreign language movie.
While renaming I keep in mind that the file names don’t have space in them. Spaces are no trouble now. Gone are the days of DOS. Still I replace them by a dot. I find long file names unnecessary. I try to keep them as short as possible. This keeps the index data small though it’s size is already negligible.
The use of above tips is when you have your crashed but have safe data. Almost all data recovery software’s use a DOS based interface which spoils the file names. These tricks help you to keep them to a certain extent. I used to take backups every week. That habit is gone and I want to revive it.
Then I use a software to catalog the files. This way I don’t have to search the CD’s and DVD’s by manually checking them. Just after burning, I catalog it. I use WhereIsIt for this. Also the CD or DVD is named with a marker pen with same name as I save it in catalog. I search through the program. I check the results and I get the name of CD or DVD where my required data is stored. Spending just a little bit of more time makes thing easier.
Many things still to be backed up including the blog database. See ya later..
My love for movies is making me mad. I love to watch good movies and often torrents are the only source. Due to my limited bandwidth for each month, I have to use some tricks to get some downloads. That is because the unlimited downloading time is between 2a.m. to 8a.m. It is foolish thing to wake up everyday at that time and start the download and get back to sleep. So I just schedule them.
Over the years I gathered some good amount of knowledge for softwares. So I knew what to do. Just a little piece of software that will start the torrent client and then shutdown my computer just before 8a.m. It goes smooth most of the times. But there are times when it gets stuck and doesn’t download anything. I wake up in the morning only to find that nothing has been downloaded. That’s a bad start. Continue reading →