Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Blonde jokes – sexism goes awry

A blonde man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts: "Did you find the shampoo?"

He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do… it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine."
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A blonde man spies a letter lying on his doormat.

It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ."

He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.
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A blonde man shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"

"Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.

"No!" he shouts, "this is her husband!"
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A blonde man is in jail, the guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.

"Just WHAT are you doing?" he asks.

"Hanging myself," the blond replies.

"The rope should be around your neck" says the guard.

"I tried that," he replies, "but then I couldn't breathe."
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An Italian tourist asks a blonde man: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"

To which the blond man replies: "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."
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A friend told the blonde man: "Christmas is on a Friday this year."

The blond man then said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
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Two blonde men find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station.

One asked: "What if one explodes before we get there?"

The other says: "We'll lie and say we only found two."
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A woman phoned her blonde neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you nd your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday."

To which the blonde man replied: "Well the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday!
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Friday, June 08, 2018

Allavsoft’s excellent Video Downloader and Converter for Windows (and Mac)

I’ve gained some experience in downloading vide files over that last decade or so, and thought that I knew a fair bit about what’s tools are available.

But, much to my surprise, there was one very nice product called Allavsoft Video Downloader and Converter for Windows which somehow I didn’t come across until just a month or two ago.

Note that there’s also a Mac version too.

My first impressions were very positive, so I purchased a licence. After having used its video download functions quite a bit I really like its core capabilities, and already am very happy with the purchase.

I’ll outline some of Allavsoft;s download features below.below, together with a few enhancement suggestions that I reckon will make turn it from a very good product into an outstanding one *especially of you’re somebody who downloads lots of videos, from YouTube or an of the many video sites that it supports).

After downloading a video file Allavsoft optionally can convert from the original file format to another (such as  MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, VOB, ASF, RMVB, DV, TS, Apple ProRes, WebM, FLV, OGV).

Please keep in mind that most of the videos I download are in MP3 format, and I don’t carry out many video conversions so I won’t be covering this at all. If this is important to you I strongly recommend that you take it for a test run to check out the conversion capabilities.

Allavsoft is very straightforward to install and operate, so I’ll only be giving a few main impressions and certainly not a full A to Z run-down on the product. I’ll only be discussing some things that I find to be important for a seasoned downloader, leaving out details in order to reduce the length of this blog post.

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Referring to screenshot (A): the default is to process a single video URL but (where the solid red arrow is) I wanted to process multiple videos from a miniseries, so have pasted their multiple URLs into a list box (dashed red arrow at top).

If your list contains more that three URLs, a vertical scroll bar appears, but if you like (see bottom dashed red arrows) you can drag down the bottom margin of the window to increase the depth of the list box.

To initiate downloads, you press the big blue button at bottom right (pointed to by the green arrow).

And here’s my first recommendation to the Allavsoft developer team -- that this big blue download button can be made smaller and it should shifted up adjacent to the “Convert” section. This will allow the entire window to be made smaller by removing all that wasted space in the bottom left quadrant of the window. It would be better if the list box was made deeper, so that you can paste more URLs and view them without scrolling up and down.

When downloads are occurring, you click on the “Activity” tab and see something like the following

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Screenshot B shows a nice, easy to understand user interface, nothing to complain about here. Except, as my second request to the Allavsoft developer team, that I found (after doing a bunch of multiple downloads) that in practice each individual download takes up too much screen space.

So I would very much appreciate being able to switch to a terse display mode where each download was on a single line (without a thumbnail image, or maybe with a tiny one), enabling 3 or 4 times as many downloads to be viewed without vertical scrolling. I tend to do my video downloading in bursts, and a terse mode would be very efficient for me.

There’s a handy context menu (right mouse click) that makes it simple to select various options, as follows”

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If you do multiple concurrent downloads, the (as shown in screenshot D) you can control how many are allowed to run simultaneously:

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The maximum is seven simultaneous downloads. I would like to see this limit raised to at least 10 simultaneous downloads, or even 20, because my system is quite powerful and could handle this. (It’s an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with 16 CPU threads) and I have a quite fast broadband connection (HFC cable running usually at 90-95 Mbps during off-peak times.)

Here I will mention that this Allavsoft downloader is something of a speed demon, handling concurrent downloads with aplomb. I was even very pleasantly surprised when downloads from one source were running flat chat, right up to the stated 95 Mbps HFC cable speed. Upon investigation, I discovered that each large video file was being downloaded as small segments rather than as a single thread, with the segments getting quickly assembled into a single MP4 file right at the end.

For example, with Allavsoft downloader a 1 GB movie might take 4 or 5 minutes to download, whereas in the past -- using another downloader that couldn’t do this -- the same movie might take 30 or 40 minutes to download. Kudos to the Allavsoft developer team for all this!

Screenshot E just below shows some of the other settings that enable you to fine tune your downloading:

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Screenshot F shows that some browser extensions are available, though I haven’t gotten around to testing these:

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When your downloads finish, there are the usual things you can do (shown in screenshot G), such as opening the video in Windows Explorer (F8) or playing it (Shift+F8);

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ADDENDUM: In the first version of this blog post I forgot to mention that forgot to mention that there’s a very large number of supported video sites including sites that other downloaders don’t support. For example, Australian sites such as ABC iView and SBS On Demand to name just two. Take a look at this comprehensive list yourself.

SUMMARY: As I mentioned at the outset, this isn’t a comprehensive review of Allavsoft Video Downloader and Converter, but I hope that I’ve given you a taste for it and I certainly do recommend it for purchase. At the moment (8th June 2018) and for the next few days there’s a 50% discount on both Windows and Mac versions.

I’ve made a few enhancements requests, and invite the Allavsoft team to contact me directly to discuss these (and others) in depth.