Why you should use Download Manager

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Internet Download Manager

Internet Download Manager

Have you ever observed that you are not getting full speed while downloading something. Well, the reason is when you start a download from a browser, your browser usually opens a single stream to download the file. So even if you have 10Mbps connection, but the file server has limited the speed to 1Mbps per stream, your download speed will be limited to 1Mbps. But if you use a good download manager such as Internet Download Manager, it tries to download streams of the file in parallel, so the download is faster.

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Why 3D movies are a waste of money

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3D glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3D glasses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quoted from CNET article on the same topic:

Conservatism hurts the films : The problem: studios have been too conservative, and have been reluctant to go too deep with the 3D, resulting in a 3D movie that doesn’t satisfy anyone. Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality, said that 3D films can use about 4 percent of the screen’s width for its depth, with 2 percent providing a decent effect. Most live-action films now shoot at a depth of about a half percent, which barely registers with viewers.

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Create partition for Xbox 360 without formatting or converting USB hard disk to Fat32

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External USB Storage Disk

External USB Storage Disk

I have an external hard disk with NTFS file system which is nearly full of “important” stuff and I want to use it with my Xbox 360. But when I looked up online for a guide to do it, all the guides required the hard disk to either have Fat32 file system or required me to format the hard drive and create a Fat32 partition. [e.g., Guide-1, Guide-2, Guide-3, …]. Because Fat32 file-system has certain limitation, it doesn’t allow files over 4GB size and I did not want to lose such files. Besides, NTFS is way better than Fat32. But I din’t find any guide which allowed to keep my existing data without converting the file system to Fat32. Here is the reason all the guides required to have Fat32 file system only – because Microsoft Xbox 360 simply won’t support a file system developed by Microsoft and supposed to supersede Fat32. Bummer! Isn’t it?

But after experimenting with a SanDisk 8GB pen drive and a spare Western Digital 750GB Hard disk, I came up with an original (at least I think it is original) solution.  Continue reading

Play or Stream MKV videos on Xbox 360

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Xbox 360 icon

Xbox 360 icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all, let me tell you, I was as disappointed as you might be when I found out that my Xbox 360 won’t play mkv file only because it chooses not to. (maybe because of licensing issues). So, without much hope, I tried to google for some workaround to make it play the mkv files, and here is what I found:

  1. MKV is just an open source and free  multimedia container, so like an AVI file, MKV file can contain any type of files in it.
  2. Xbox 360 supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding profile of upto level 4.1 (but not if it is in mkv container)
  3. Xbox 360 only supports 2 channel audio.

Based on the above facts, there are 2 types of solutions.  Continue reading