I got banned by Piccure+ for requesting support

About a year ago, I bought a German program called Piccure+. In principle, this program does the best job at sharpening blurred images due to lens softness or to camera shake. But it has a very strange (very German!) user interface, and more important, even though they claim support for DxO OpticsPro (my favorite photo editing program), I could never get it to work with DxO.

Iranians and the bomb

Given the debate about the nuclear treaty with Iran, it is strange that no one has actually discussed what would happen if Iran used the bomb. I asked a friend who runs a code to do these calculations, to see what a 10-kiloton bomb would do if dropped on Tel Aviv. This is probably the optimum target because the winds flow from West to East. There are two issues: immediate bomb damage and fallout.

Immediate damage

Bomb damage

D-Link DIR-890L — better than the Netgear

I do not recommend this router. After 18 months of frustration, I replaced this router with the Linksys AC5400, and my problems disappeared. Specifically, even after 3 firmware updates, the DIR-890L still drops internal connections. For example, I am hard-wired (via the router) from the chat server on my Dell OpenSUSE Leap 42.1 machine to Adium on my Mac. I keep disconnecting from the group chats every 20 minutes or so. My Squeezebox music clients also lose their connections to the Squeezebox server on the same Dell machine.

Extracting high-resolution audio from Blue Ray DVDs

In a previous blog I discussed audio formats, and decided that I definitely prefer high-resolution audio. SACD disallows ripping, so it is not a useful format. But Blue Ray music DVDs offer a good path to hi-res audio. I bought a set of Blu Ray DVDs of Gergiev doing all of the Shostakovich symphonies and concertos, and I really wanted to stream them to my hi-hi system. So I figured out how to extract the audio in a lossless manner.

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