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BOINC

BOINC is an open-source volunteer oriented distributed computing grid. It’s free, and harnesses the unused clock cycles from processors and graphics cards to attempt to cure cancer/AIDS/Ebola, map the Milky Way galaxy, fold proteins, search for extraterrestrial life, and others.

How To Rip The Best Quality MP3s In Windows

Ripping MP3s are one of the things most people can do, but doing it right can be hard. Most songs people rip are at low quality, or could be messed up due to scratched CDs.  I wanted to create a guide for myself and others to use to get perfect quality tracks everytime that are still low in size and still high bitrate.

  1. First, download the latest stable build of LAME pre-compiled for Windows.  I’m using LAME 3.99.5 (64-bit) from RareWares available here.  Extract the contents of it and put it in C:\Program Files\.
    Screenshot of LAME 3.99.5
  2. Now, download the latest version of Exact Audio Copy available from here and install it (It was version 1.3 as of the writing of this).
  3. When you open it the first time, you will be prompted with the following.  You can say yes, but I said no.  I’ll be using the information from freeDB to get all my audio information, but you might want to use this paid service:
    GD3 Popup
  4. You will then be prompted to configure EAC.  MAKE SURE you use a 100% unscratched CD for the next step so it can get your CD drive setup correctly.  Tell it I prefer to have accurate results then ask you to insert a blank, unscratched CD.  Do so and let it do it’s tests.
  5. When it gets to the part asking how to compress your audio, choose the bottom option, nothing right now, I will configure it later manually as we will do this in a few steps.
  6. To use freeDB, you are required to use your e-mail address.  Put yours in and move to the next step which asks how you want your ripped CDs to be named stored on the hard drive.  I like mine to be Artist\CD Title\Track Number Artist – Track Name, so I used the following:
    EAC Folder Setup
  7. Finally, choose I’m a beginner then Finish.  There are a few other things we need to change to make it more robust for us.
  8. Click the EAC menu, then EAC Options…  Go to the Tools tab then uncheck Do not open external compressor window.  This will allow us to watch the progress of each file as it’s encoded for errors.  You can recheck this later after you get it all working.
  9. Go to the Filename tab and verify your naming scheme is correct at the top.  I changed mine to the following to make it how I wanted it:
    %albumartist%\%albumtitle%\%tracknr2% %artist% – %title%
  10. Go to the Directories tab and set a default directory if you want.  If not, it will prompt you each time you rip a CD to do so.  I set this to make it less annoying (and I like to have all my newly-ripped CDs go to a specific directory so I can listen to them all before I move them to my main storage area to verify they’re all good).
  11. Click OK, then the EAC menu again, then Compression Options…
  12. Under the External Compression tab, click the checkbox to Use external program for compression then set Parameter Passing Scheme to User Defined Encoder.
  13. Click the Browse… button to go the the C:\Program Files folder where you placed the LAME files from step one above and choose lame.exe.
  14. In the textbox for Additional command-line options, paste the following.  You are free to change as you see fit, but my research has led me to use these as the best options.:
    -V0 %source% %dest%
  15. Make sure all four checkboxes at the bottom are checked (again, you can change as you see fit, but the big one is to make sure Add ID3 tag is checked.  Click the Test encoder button and verify it returns successfully (it should say No error occurred after Return code).  Click OK when you’re done.  This should be the final options:
    EAC Compression Options
  16. Go to the EAC menu, then Metadata Options… and change Selected metadata provider to freedb Metadata Plugin.  Click OK.

You’re all set!  To actually rip and encode a CD now, it’s simple.  Just do the following:

  1. Insert the CD you wish to rip.
  2. Click the Get CD Information From Metadata Provider button:
    Get CD Information From Metadata Provider
  3. Click Yes when it asks if you want to search for a cover image.
    CD Cover Image
  4. Search for a good cover image (I normally start with Large image and work to smaller ones), then double-click it.
  5. Finally, click the Copy Selected Tracks Compressed button on the left (says CMP over the button) to rip the song and encode it:
    Copy Selected Tracks Compressed EAC
  6. You’re all set!  Now you know how to easily rip a CD and get great quality encodes, all with ensuring your rips aren’t corrupted, either!

Picross S Puzzle Answers 16-30

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La Crosse BC-700 Battery Charger Review

Below is my review of the La Crosse BC-700 Battery Charger that I recorded for YouTube.  It’s a great little charger!

La Crosse Technology BC-700 Charger

Batteries:
Eneloop (AA)
Eneloop (AAA)
Eneloop Pro (AA)
Eneloop Pro (AAA)