Posted in General Discussion / Computer Talk
Author: l337 Nurse Pedestrian Total-Replies: 23
Which is smaller, I'm still trying to figure out, never been able to. They say that Mp3's are really small, and like a bunch of them can fit into a player, but yet it takes forever to download an Mp3, and they are sometimes 9 megabytes. I'm not quite sure about MPG audio, so I will go with Wave. What about you?
Posted in Computers & Tech / Software / Multimedia
Author: sunny152 Total-Replies: 9
I'm looking for a free video editing program that can join both audio and video.I seperate .mpg video(without sound) and audio(mp3) files.Now i wan't to mix and allign both audio and video timing correctly and make a movie.Please let me know whether there a free program available?
Posted in Astahost / Your Voice! Your Review..
Author: Alexandre Cisneiros Total-Replies: 1
Putfile is a free digital media hosting service. Here you can upload videos and images to the internet for free.
You can upload:
Media Type......Accepted Extensions............................Max Size........Number of Uploads
Images..........jpg, .jpeg .gif, .png..........................2MB.............Unlimited
Video...........wmv .avi .mpg .mpeg .mov .asf .asx .mp4 .3g2...25MB............Unlimited
Audio ..........mp3 .mid .wav .midi............................25MB............Unlimited
You can be a member or not. If you are a member, you can have a custom page with your files separated in Picrutes and Media.
http://www.putfile.com/ - Putfile!
Posted in General Discussion / Computer Talk
Author: Brian01001 Total-Replies: 3
For those of you who dont know all the terms and stuff i took the time to explain them...well some of them...
A file that is created from an image of a CD. You can make an iso yourself with a program such as Adaptec Easy CD Creator, or you can burn an ISO file to a CD-R to create a copy of a CD.
These are also used to create an image of a CD. Most people burn these with CdrWin or Fireburner. The .bin file contains all the data for the cd, the .cue file is just a small file in text format telling the software exactly how to burn the data onto the CD.
Don't know what these are? What cave have you been you living in? This is a format used to compress music files. You can create your own by encoding .wav files ripped from audio CDs. There are many free players that will play mp3s for you (see the Winamp tutorial)
These are used to compress/archive data. Use WinAce to decompress them, or to make your own. The normal format for ace files is to have .ace, .c01, .c01, etc.
Another compression/archive format. This is most commonly used on iso or bin files in order to split them up into smaller files (15 MB is the norm). Winrar and many other utilities can decompress these. Rar files are usually in the format .rar, .r01, .r02, etc. But don't be surprised if you don't see a .rar file. Just open up winrar and point it to .r01. You also may see them packed as .001, .002, etc. (maybe with a .rar, maybe not)
This is an FTP that has left on anonymous access. Many are owned by large companies, so they have a lot of bandwidth. This makes it possible for one person to send files there and many people can download them at once =) These are found by scanning ranges of ips (see the FTP tutorial). Just remember, like the name says, these are public. Just because you upload something there or make directories with your name does not make it 'your pub'. At the same time, realize that if you come across a pub with another person/groups stuff on it that it may be in use to build other pubs from - so don't ruin it for many people by deleting stuff you find there. For more on this, go read some posts on our Bulletin Board.
A system that is set up to forward packets... There are many different kinds, check out the proxy tutorial for more info. Basically, a proxy server helps cover up your tracks because you connect to remote computers through the proxy. Think of it as the condom of the Internet
SFV Files/ CRC Checks:
SFV files contain information about files that they accompany. You can preform a CRC check on the files using a program such as WinSFV. This compares the information in the SFV file to the file itself. If the information doesn't match, then the file was probably messed up in transfer somehow.. try downloading it again, from a different source if possible.
Latest software releases.
Same as above, although the period of time between ripping a game or application and it appearing on a warez site is even shorter.
The first file in a series of compressed archives (the one you double click on to decompress all the files at once).
Similar to a mailing list, but uses ICQ to send instant messages to subscribers.
Software receives this label when it is in the very early stages of development. Usually full of bugs, so don't touch it with a barge pole.
A system which uses cgi scripts to prevent people stealing links and then taking the credit for uploading the files.
Short for applications. For example Flash 5 or GoLie 5.5.
The worst quality movie file format (still pretty good though), much smaller in size than dat or mpg.
Password and username restricted FTP site. To get the correct login details you must click on several banners.
An acronym for Business Software Alliance, an organisation who are responsible for enforcing anti-piracy litigation. Similar groups in charge of controlling software "theft" include the SIIA, SPA and ELSPA.
Many people read about BSODs on bulletin boards and think that they're being insulted, but there is no need to get paranoid. It is actually an acronym for "Blue Screen Of Death". These can occur for a multitude of reasons (old Bill likes to keep us guessing!) and are the bane of PC user's lives.
A virtual meeting place on the web similar to a chat room except that it isn't in real time. One person leaves a message then others come along, read it and add a reply. Each new discussion is called a new topic or thread and has it's own link. Whenever a new topic is created the older topics are pushed one place downwards in the list. When someone replies to an older topic it is brought back to the top of the list.
File extension that indicates that a file is part of an .ace or .rar series of compressed files.
These are referrers which are used in urls. When you click on a link with a ?cgi reference you are directed to a sponsor's website or an anti-leech protected file.
A tiny text file (usually less than 1kb), which is stored on your hard drive when you visit a web site. These are used to remember who you are so that you can access members only areas on the site without having to type in a password every time or to retain your personalised settings so that they are available the next time you visit.
Someone who is involved in the logistics of delivering new releases directly from the release groups themselves to FTP sites.
A tiny executable file that is used to transform a shareware program into the full version. Also used to remove any copy protection from the main executable of games (this will already have been done in "ripped" warez games).
These can occur when you try to decompress a file that has become corrupt during the downloading process, usually as a result of too much resuming.
The amount of data you are permitted to download from a ratio site. The more credits you have the more software you are allowed to download.
A quick way of referring to "Download Accelerator Plus", a free download manager that claims to speed up file transfers by up to three hundred per cent. It works by making multiple connections to the same file and is paid for by revolving advertising banners.Also supports resume. **EDITOR'S PICK**
File format used for movies, identical in quality and size to mpg as far as I can tell.
The lazy way of referring to the Dreamcast, Sega's latest console incarnation.
Unpacking many files that have been stored in a single archive.
A concise means of referring to a distribution FTP site. These are huge storage areas which act as a springboard for the transfer of new releases. Their whereabouts are never public disclosed to aid their survival rate. You can think of them as the initial source from which warez emanates.
Links to actual files rather than other warez sites or pages. These are usually gathered together from many different sites and put on one page for your convenience.
Movies ripped from a DVD using the DivX video codecs. Can be played back using Media Player.
Short for description. Very brief text file found in warez archives stating the title of the software, the number of files that makes up the set and the group who released it.
Download (or DL):
Copying files from a web server or FTP site to your computer using a modem.
An application that simulates another computer system or console using your PC.
It could either mean leet hacking, crew coding, and idownz.
Stands for Frequently Asked Questions.
Abbreviation for "Files Anywhere", a popular, free web storage service.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP):
The method used to transfer files from one computer to another using a modem.
A general net term for "verbally" attacking someone. This can be done via email, bulletin board, chat room or any medium which involves communication across the web.
Virtual hard drive storage area on the web. Free to join and anything and everything can be uploaded or downloaded.
Unrestricted software that is downloaded from the net and is completely free to use. Often paid for using advertising.
FTP Client / Browser:
A program used to access, upload and download data from FTP sites.
The art of transferring data from one Ftp site to another using the connection speed of the slower of the two computers.
Pretty self-explanatory this one.
One of the best download managers available.
A piece of software is said to have gone gold when the final version is complete and it is ready to ship to the public.
Another excellent download manager.
Gaining access to a remote computer without the authorisation to do so. Usually for the purposes of stealing confidential information or the malicious destruction of data.
Repeatedly trying to access an FTP site using an FTP client or download manager.
Stands for "Hypertext Transfer Protocol". The method you use to view a web page. Always comes before the address of a website in your Url bar.
Derives from the term "I Seek You" and is used for real time chat and transferring files over the internet.
A series of numbers separated by dots used to identify your computer on the Internet.
Stands for "Instant Relay Chat". Used for real time chat and transferring files over the Internet.
An exact copy of an original CD, all the multimedia bits and pieces are uncut and therefore they are extremely large and awkward to download.
Html scripts used to add functionality to or bring web pages alive. These include animation (such as the title graphic on my main page), menus, chat rooms, buttons, pop ups and so on.
A tiny executable program that is capable of creating a serial number from a specified username. These are specific to particular applications or utilities, so a serial number created with one key generator will only work for the program for which the key generator was developed.
An annoying and overused general derogatory term used to insult/put down anyone and everything.
Downloading files without giving anything back in return or copying other people�s links.
An exact copy of a web site that is stored on a different server. Using multiple locations for warez sites allows the site to be accessed using a different address if the main site is deleted.
Very common website sponsor found on warez sites. They don�t mind their banners being used on illegal software sites because their products are one of the �grey areas� of the law. Modchips are small pieces of electronic circuitry which allow copied games to be played on your Playstation. If a Playstation has been fitted with a Modchip it is said to have been "chipped".
Compressed music file format. Average track size is between 3 and 4 meg compared to 40-ish meg in wav format.
The best quality and largest movie file format.
Multi Web Space Faker:
A tool used to create lots of free web space accounts simultaneously.
An organisation that offers free website domain names. The main drawbacks are that you have to put up with a very bulky banner residing at the bottom of your page and the fact that you never actually own your chosen address.
Short for info or information. Basic text file containing all the important details relating to a particular release, such as number of files, release date, copy protection system, installation instructions etc.
A release is said to be nuked if it is completely unplayable. Usually when this happens another group re-releases the particular game, although fixes do sometimes follow on to rescue the game from trash can.
An acronym for Original Equipment Manufacturer. OEM software products are repackaged versions of the full retail product. They are often re-branded to suit the needs of the particular vender and are much more reasonable priced because they lack excessive packaging and a hard copy of the manual.
Not strictly a warez term this one, but one that you are likely to come across while searching for MP3 music. It stands for original soundtrack (movie music).
We all know games and applications aren't perfect. When they are released we would hope that they have been thoroughly tested for bugs and incompatibility problems, but you can guarantee that many of these will still slip through the quality control net. Once the program is released to the general public, the bug reports start to flood in. A patch is a downloadable executive file which takes these reports into account and attempts to incorporate all the fixes for these known problems. A patch can resolve incompatibility problems, prevent crashes or improve the performance of a piece of software.
The replication and distribution of videos or computer software.
Irritating browser windows that open automatically when you visit a warez site. Usually contain voting portals or porn sites.
A port is a term used when referring to FTP sites and is an essential extension of the address used to access them. If the port number of an FTP site isn't specified the default setting of 21 will automatically be used.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away someone posted a request for porn on a bulletin board, only, because of a typing error what he ended up asking for was "pron". Since then this has become a bit of a running joke and so it is now deliberately misspelled.
A third party server which acts as an anonymous go between whenever you request a web page or contact a remote server. The message from your computer is first sent through the proxy server before being relayed to the final destination so that it appears as though the request has come from the IP address of the proxy server rather than you. Used when you wish to maintain your privacy on the net or speed up your connection (much more detailed info on this subject in the "more tips" section).
A quick way of referring to the Sony Playstation.
A free for all FTP site where anonymous access is permitted.
Someone who scours the net for anonymous access FTP sites which permit the creation and deletion of files. These are then exploited by uploading software for others to share.
Someone who posts the IP address of a public FTP site which they themselves have not built. Some pub stealers justify this by claiming that the elitism of private FXP groups discriminates against those people who do not have access, yet others simply post other people's work to try to claim the credit for themselves. Either way though, pub stealers are despised by the FXP groups and praised by those who would otherwise not have access to them.
The first file in a series of compressed archives (the one you double click on to decompress all the files at once). Usually decompressed using a program called Winrar.
A group of people who are involved in cracking and / or ripping software and then repackaging it into easily downloadable segments.
Two numbers separated by a semi-colon. Indicates how much data you must upload to an FTP site before you are permitted to download anything.
Tiny file that adds essential configuration details into the registry.
The ability to stop and start downloading / uploading a file whenever you choose without having to start from the beginning again.
Software that has had all the non-essential gubbins removed to reduce its size. Videos and music are always the first casualties.
A release is branded with this term if it has been damaged beyond repair during the ripping process.
Shorthand for Real Media, a file format used to encode video sequences, which can only be played back using the "Real Player". Video clips produced using this format are not of the highest quality, but do have the advantage of a small file size.
Games which are designed for other platforms, but are played on the PC using an emulator.
A valid username and password that is saved as a basic text file and is used to register a shareware program and therefore remove all the restrictions.
Try before you buy software downloaded from the net.
Unsolicited junk e-mail. Supposedly stands for "Stupid Person's Annoying Message".
To make some money webmasters can place adverts on their sites. Each time you click on these adverts or banners they get paid a few cents for bringing potential customers to the sponsors website.
Surfer Friendly (SF):
Surfer friendly sites supposedly have no blind links, pop-ups or porn banners. Don't be fooled by this label though as some sites will tell you fibs to get you to visit them.
The person who has the responsibility for running the computer from which an FTP site has been established. When warez is uploaded to public FTP sites and then suddenly goes "Missing In Action" you can often lay the blame at the door of the Sys Op who has an obligation to make sure his/her server stays within the boundaries of the law (i.e. warez free).
Chart which lists in rank order the best warez sites. Worked out on the basis of votes.
Swapping warez, file for file via FTP, ICQ etc. Not usually approved of by the real warez community who believe that warez should be freely distributed. To put it simply, it is not the "warez way".
A small, executable program which sits in your taskbar while you play a game. Hotkeys are associated with cheat commands so that when they are pressed you are given extra ammo, weapons, lives or the ability to toggle between invincible/mortal modes etc etc.
Nasty virus like attachments which can be merged with executable files. These are tiny so are unlikely to arouse suspicion. When run they allow a hacker to access your computer and wreak havoc. Can occasionally be found in warez files.
Shorthand for Ultimate Bulletin Board, currently the most popular script used for creating warez bulletin boards.
This term falsely gives the impression that something destructive or malicious is involved, but when you hear people talking about a hack in the context of bulletin boards they are simply referring to code which helps to improve the functionality of a board. For example a "thread hack" would effect the way in which individual threads look and operate.
An anonymous access, public FTP site where the permission attributes are set to allow uploads and downloads, but do not permit deletion.
Unpacking or decompressing many files that have been stored in a single archive. Technically only used when talking about zip files.
Copying files from your computer to a web server or FTP site using a modem.
Stands for "Uniform Resource Locator". The web site address you type into your browser.
Members of the warez scene are very keen to reach the number one slot of top lists such as Voodoo, Top 60 etc. and will therefore encourage you to vote for their site to improve their position and get the credit they deserve (or not as the case may be!).
Full version software that is uploaded to the internet and is available for free download.
Bulletin board used by the warez community to share links and discuss anything related to warez.
Another utility used for decompressing all the common archive formats. Not great in my opinion. See below for a better one.
Utility used for decompressing .rar files and much more.
An essential tool used to decompress warez files.
A common compression format used to store warez
Well there you have it for now. Ill add more later. Hope this helps you all. If you dont understand any just msg me and ill gladly explain then to you.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Internet and Websites
Author: neonprogrammer Total-Replies: 9
Here are the sites where you can upload for free (No gimmicks)
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Flash: .swf - 10mb
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Posted in Computers & Tech / Software / Mobiles, Handhelds and PDAs
Author: MJboy Total-Replies: 7
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Posted in Computers & Tech / How-To's and Tutorials / How to's and Tutorial Requ..
Author: kaaamooo Total-Replies: 6
QUOTEquote from http://www.bestvideoconvertersoftware.blogspot.com/
Hi, guys. Here I worked out comprehensive Nokia tutorial with my lovely Nokia 5800. You will find all the most commonly asked questions for Nokia 5800.
Review of My Nokia 5800
I got one 5800 last month and then I was deeply fascinated by this smart phone. It is the first Nokia touch screen phone and you may use your finger or stylus to operate it. Also Nokia 5800 XpressMusic provides wonderful devices for users to enjoy music. Taking advantage of touch screen technology, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic introduces the 'Media Bar', a handy drop down menu that provides direct access to music and entertainment, including favourite tracks, videos and photos. The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic offers all the music essentials, including a graphic equalizer, 8GB memory for up to 6000 tracks, a 3.5mm jack, support for main digital video formats 3GP，H.264/AVC，MPEG4, RM.and audio formats MP3, AAC, WMA, WMV. Built-in surround sound stereo speakers offer the industry's most powerful sound. So it is really wonderful experience of enjoy music and movies with Nokia 5800 XpressMusic.
How to update the firmware of Nokia 5800 to v21
It is good news that firmware update for Nokia 5800 was released already. New firmware v21 is available. If you also own a 5800, just follow the simple instruction to update your v20 or v10 to the newest v21.
Make sure that your battery is full (VERY IMPORTANT)
1. Go to Dial screen and press *#0000#
2. Press Options -> Check for updates
3. Connect to the Internet with any APN (WiFi is recommended, however EDGE is fast enough for this).
4. Wait until the download finished. Phone will launch the dialog asking for update, just press Now.
5. Press Accept and Accept and the phone will be switched to Updating mode.
6. It takes around 10 minutes to update, so be patient. After that, the phone will be rebooted automatically.
7. Check by *#0000# again. Congrats! Your 5800 is now v21!
As I can see, there are so many improvements and worth to update for example, better camera functionality and the phone operates faster than previous version.
Best Settings for Video Playback on Nokia 5800 Xpress Music
Nokia 5800 as the multimedia phones makes you able to enjoy watching the video and music with it. The question is, how's to do to convert that videos and what are the best setting used for. I have convert many videos into my phone, I found that most video files can play with this phone such as mp4, 3gp, rmvb and flv files. But of them plays well but some are not. After many tries, I finally got the best results for Nokia video files. My video in 5800 was full screen, high quality and sounds very well. Here are my settings:
Video Resolution: 480*320
Video Bitrate: 768 kbps
Audio Bitrate: 128 kbps
Video Format: MPEG-4 (be sure not to use H264, as it's not supported in the current firmware)
Audio Format: MP3
Audio Channels: 2 Channels
You can apply these settings above in whatever application you used when converting videos into 5800. Then I am sure you will get full screen, high quality and flawless video in your phone.
Settings for video playback on Nokia N97, N95, N85 and other Nokia phones.
Nokia N97: Video playback formats are 3GP formats, Flash Video, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4; the video resolution is 640×360. Audio formats are AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV, WMA etc.
Nokia N96: video playback formats are 3GP, Flash video, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, RealVideo, WMV 9; the video resolution is 320×240. Audio formats are AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA etc.
Nokia N95: video playback formats are MP4, 3GP. Video resolution is up to 640*480, audio format is AAC stereo.
Nokia N85: video playback formats are 3GP formats, Flash video, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, and WMV. The resolution is 320×240. The audio formats are AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV and WMA etc.
OK, I will not list all settings of Nokia phones. If you are interested you may get more relative information on Nokia official website.
How to transfer video files into Nokia 5800
I have download some videos from video website such as Youtube, Google video. But I can't watch these videos in my phone. Nokia 5800 can't play such videos. I use Internet Tablet Video Converter to convert it, but it shows "Unsupported Video File Type". Then I got to know Nidesoft Nokia Video Converter that seems professional for Nokia phone, I free download its trial version and tried it, and it works very well. Below are what I do:
1. Download this program from its official website: http://www.nidesoft.com/nokia-video-converter.html and install it.
2. Click Add button to add video files you want to convert from your computer
3. According to the settings I listed above, you may set size as 480*320, Crop Mode as Full Screen, video quality as 640 kbps, audio quality as 128 kbps; click Format drop list, you may select video format: Nokia 5800 Video MPEG-4
4. Click Convert button to start the conversion. After the conversion complete, you may watch these videos with Nokia 5800.
Options: you may get music from video follow this way. But pay attention to the format. As Nokia 5800 support mp3 audio format, you should select "MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)".
How to convert DVD files into Nokia 5800
Obviously phones don't have DVD drives, so to watch DVD on a phone you have to convert it into a video file on your PC then drag it into your phone. I also follow the above settings and convert DVD files into MPEG-4 video with Nidesoft DVD to Nokia Converter; the results are excellent. You may free download its trial version to try it in this way:
1. Insert your DVD into the DVD Drive. Click the Open DVD button, browse your computer, find the DVD folder of the movie, and open it. Select titles and chapters you want to convert, or select the whole movie.
2. Click Settings button, set your video resolution, bitrate, audio channels and audio bitrate.
3. Click Profile drop list to select "Nokia 5800 Video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)" format for your Nokia video.
4. Click Convert button to start the conversion. In few minutes the whole process will completed.
If you select audio format "MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)" you may also get music from DVD.
To transfer files into Nokia 5800
In the above tutorial I have explain you how to convert Nokia videos from DVD and other video files. Then you need to transfer these videos into your phone.
1. Make sure your computer and phone are both switched on. Also make sure your 5800 have a memory card in its slot.
2. Plug the small end of the microUSB cable into the phone's USB socket, which s under a plastic flap in the top left corner.
3. Plug the larger end of the microUSB cable into a USB port on your computer.
4. On your 5800 it should ask which mode you wish to use. Choose "Mass Storage".
5. Open the memory card window (probably called "Removable Disk E:"), drag your video files into the video folder.
6. After finished transfer files, do not disconnect the cable yet. You should make it safe to disconnect the cable. You may do this by click a small icon in the bottom right corner of the screen that appears when the phone is connected.
7. After you have made the device safe to remove, you can unplug the cable at both ends.
Some useful tips to make the Nokia 5800's battery last as long as possible
Sometimes you may have to stop talking with your friend or watching videos with your phone as low power of your battery. It is more inconvenient if you are in travel and have no alternative battery. Here are some tips to make your phone battery last as long as possible when using telephone.
Do not switch the phone off. As switching a phone on uses far more battery power than simply leaving the phone on.
Shut down unnecessary applications.
Turn down the 5800's screen brightness to the lowest acceptable level.
Switch off your 5800's screen when not in use.
Use headphones instead of speakers when listening to music or watching movies.
Avoid using the camera flash unnecessarily.
Use 2G instead of 3G.
Switch off Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi.
Ok, I have typed out all my thoughts about Nokia 5800 here. Hope my tutorial is helpful to you. And all the other Nokia 5800 tutorials and useful how-to information should come here! It is welcome.
Thu May 14, 2009 New Discussion
Posted in Computers & Tech / Internet and Websites
Author: hasan Total-Replies: 25
510kb is currently the limit on uploads this my change in the future and be increased.
Upload your pictures and share with the world! Please upload images no bigger than 500KB, anything over 500KB will not be accepted. Enjoy it, do not abuse the image uploader!
The only restrictions we have on uploads are that filesizes cannot exceed 650kb and only the filetypes Gif, Jpg and Png are supported.
How long do pictures stay online for?
There is currently no expiration on images. In other words, once uploaded they're there for good.
Notice from SingleDaddyof2:
As of 3/25/05, the link above is a broken link.
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( http://www.2and2.net/ )
Description: Free file and image hosting site, with hotlinking permitted. You may upload images, documents, movies, video and audio files, Flash, and graphics. You are also allowed to use an image in a forum signature, ebay auctions, etc. You may select whether you want your file to be viewable to all visitors or not using the "Make Private" checkbox.
Limitations: Files will remain on the server at least 12 months; There is no webspace or bandwidth limit; the valid file extentions (with maximum file sizes) are .swf (4MB) .jpg (1.5MB) .jpeg (1.5MB) .png (1.5MB) .gif (1.5MB) .bmp (3MB) .txt (200K) .doc (4MB) .rtf (200K) .ppt (4MB) .pdf (5MB) .avi (4MB) .wmv (4MB) .mpeg (4MB) .mpg (4MB) .mov (4MB) .asf (4MB) .rm (4MB) .mp3 (4MB) .wav (4MB) .wma (4MB) .mid (4MB).
( http://www.imgspot.com/ )
Description: IMGSpot is a completely free image uploading hosting solution. You don't need to register and you aren't limited by space or a number of images. Images can be hotlinked for use on ebay auctions, message boards, sigs, etc. You can upload one file at a time via browser.
Limitations: Maximum image size is 650 KB; Allowed file extensions: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF.
( http://www.imagemotel.com/ )
Description: "Image Motel" offers free image hosting allowing hotlinking. Click on the Browse button, locate the file you want hosted, and then press the Host button. You will then be taken to a page which offers a number of ways of posting your Image Motel hosted image on messageboards, journals/websites, ebay auction listing (or other online auctions), and in emails. It also has an automated emailer which allows you to send your image to multiple friends.
Limitations: Maximum allowed file size 500 KB; Unlimited bandwidth; JPG only (PNG and GIF files uploaded are converted to JPG).
( http://www.imageshack.us/ )
Description: Free web hosting for images with direct linking allowed (hotlinking). It can be used to share pictures with friends, post images on message boards. It can also be used to direct link images from your personal website or eBay auction. No signup required.
Limitations: File size limit 600 KB; File types allowed: gif, jpg, jpeg, png.
( http://pics.xs.to/ )
Description: It provides free image webhosting for your pictures and photos - hotlinking is allowed. No signup is required. You can use anywhere, such as ebay auctions, forums, websites, blogs, etc.
Limitations: File size limit: 750 KB; File extensions allowed: .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp files; Images without 1 hit in 1 month will be deleted; You cannot store more than 100 pics at a time (you can delete stored pictures).
( http://www.picrack.com/ )
Description: A free hosting service website for avatars, signatures, and ebay auction pictures - direct linking (hotlinking) is allowed. No registration is needed.
Limitations: Max file size 300 KB; Allowed file types: .jpg .bmp .jpe .gif .jpeg .swf.
( http://image.hostcubix.com/ )
Description: Image CUBIX (aka Host CUBIX) is a free hosting solution for hosting images free on auctions (eBay, Yahoo, etc.), bulletin boards, photo sharing, and more (hotlinking allowed). Signup is not required. You can upload one file at a time via browser. Any image that has the same filename will automatically be renamed upon each upload.
Limitations: Maximum image size is 600 KB; Allowed file extensions: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF; All image files not accessed will be automatically deleted after 365 days.
( http://imagehost.vibrahost.com/ )
Description: Service for free hosting images - hotlinking allowed, and no signup required. You can upload multiple files at once via your browser, and use for ebay auctions, forums, personal websites, etc.
Limitations: Max file size 500 KB; Allowed file types: .jpg .bmp .jpe .gif.
( http://free-image-hosting.org/ )
Description: A free image hosting website, with no registration needed - just click on the browse button, select an image that you want to upload, then click upload. You will be provided with a link to the page with your picture that you can email or instant message. Previously PutFile.com.
Limitations: 1 MB file size limit; Picture files are removed after 120 days; JPEG, GIF, PNG image files allowed.
free image hosting
.jpg .gif .png
1mb size limit
no illegal content
files removed after 120 days
tell all your friends!
( http://www.savefile.com/ )
Description: This website offers free hosting of images, docs, zips, and other file types (hotlinking allowed) - can be used for eBay auction pics, signatures, etc.
Limitations: Max file size 600 KB; File types allowed: txt, jpg, gif, bmp, png, swf, arj, zip, ace, exe, txt, nfo, txt, doc, mp3, wav, xls.
obs: utiliza link dinamico
( http://www.uploadyourimages.com/ )
Description: "Upload Your Images" provides free, no-registration image hosting with hotlinking allowed. Can be used on online auctions such as ebay, message boards, web sites, etc.
Limitations: File size limit: 500 KB; File extensions allowed: .jpg .jpeg .gif .png; Images that are inactive (meaning nobody as viewed them, other than the "Random Image" program) for 60 days are deleted from the server.
( http://www.pixstorage.com/ )
Description: "Pix Storage" offers free image webhosting for online auctions such as eBay, hosting avatars, or just when you need to access your photos anytime, anywhere - hotlinking is allowed. Registration required, with instant activation. You can upload 10 files at a time.
Limitations: File space 1 MB; Bandwidth limit 20 MB/month; JPEG, GIF, PNG image files allowed.
( http://www.imagewaiter.com/ )
Description: "Image Waiter" provides free web hosting for images with hotlinking allowed (direct linking). Image files can easily be uploaded without logging in. After a file is uploaded, a number of URL examples are given for placing your image in email, bulletin boards, online auctions such as ebay, or other websites. After you upload an image, you can enter your email address and the links will be mailed to you. Thumbnail images are automatically created for all uploaded images and a URL is also provided to access the thumbnail, along with the original file.
Limitations: File size is limited to 125 KB; Allowed file extensions: gif, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp; There is no set bandwidth limit.
( http://www.imagehop.com/ )
Description: Free image hosting service for sharing pictures - no registration is required. After uploading an image via browser, you are given a URL on their site where the pic can be seen.
Limitations: JPG, PNG and GIF images are allowed; up to 1 MB in size; images will not expire.
note : this list hasnt been updated in a while, so some info might be inaccurate.
Posted in General Discussion / Computer Talk
Author: irwan6179 Total-Replies: 24
hi guys, this is my first post here and i would to discuss about mp3 player. i cant find any other thread that is suitable for me to post this topic. As computer section is the closest match, i think i better put it here
so, everybody has a ipod nowadays. but i really dont like using things that is too common to be cool like ipod. But as u guys know, ipod is standing in its own ground with its quality, design and consumer support.i wonder where is other mp3 player makers hiding with their product? (Rise, rise and fight! never lose to an 'apple')
do fellow forumers here use other-than-ipod mp3 player and would like to promote or comment about their player?
Posted in Computers & Tech / Programming / Game Programming
Author: eyeofthetiger Total-Replies: 2
Standalone Mac & Windows
Publish standalone builds for Mac OS X (Universal Binary, or specific, smaller Intel/PPC-only builds) and Windows 2000/XP/Vista.
Support for Old Hardware and Drivers
Many potential players are using outdated graphics hardware and drivers. Even many common computer configurations are much less than ideal for games. Unity has built-in fallbacks and workarounds for compatibility problems. Unity has rock-solid support for almost all hardware/software combinations, in both DirectX and OpenGL.
Unity has undergone extensive compatibility testing, which means you don't need to put an ounce of effort into making sure your customers can run your games. Instead, you can expect everything to work well the first time. This helps you reduce your QA and customer support needs, and allows you to focus on making the game great instead of making the game work.
Unity-made games can be played inside a web browser thanks to the Unity Web Player Plug-in. The plug-in download is small (about 3 MB), auto-installs without a browser restart, and already has a 6-digit distribution. It works on all modern browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and most Mozilla-based browsers.
You can publish a web game that is identical to a standalone in visual fidelity from the same Project.
Auto-streaming web players and additional WWW streaming all work together to reduce load times. It's also possible to customize the loading screen colors, progress bar, and graphics to make the short wait a pleasant one.
Interacting with the browser
Mac OS X Dashboard Widgets
Still using the same Project as your standalone, you can create a 3D Dashboard Widget. Using a Dashboard Widget is a great way to advertise your content, give a pick-up-and-play preview, or extend your game's functionality.
Instantaneous, Automatic Importing
When any asset file is saved, it is seamlessly imported without exception. Each asset's Import Settings are remembered, so you can set them once and never worry again.
Incredible 3D Package Support
Unity can import 3D models, bones, and animations from almost all 3D applications. See the bottom of this page for details.
Just Hit Save
Hit Save in Maya, Cinema 4D, Cheetah3D or Blender, and Unity will pick up all changes across your entire project. It's that simple. See the bottom of this page for a full list of supported formats.
TrueType Font Support
Unity handles pixel-perfect rendering of TrueType fonts. Drop in any TTF font and start making great-looking text. When localization time rolls around, be relieved as Unicode fonts are supported, as are Unicode strings.
Save your multi-layer Photoshop files normally and let Unity automatically compress your images with high quality DXT texture compression. It's all automatic without a single required click.
Height-map to Normal-map Conversion
Any texture can be converted into a Normal-map. This process is automatic and instantaneous, even when you later change your image files.
High-Quality Mipmap Generation
Unity supports several different mipmap generation methods: Detail Fade, Kaiser Filters, Gamma Correction, and more.
Unity can import any audio format that is supported by QuickTime. Audio can be internally converted and distributed as Ogg Vorbis, for keeping down your game's published file size.
3D formats Meshes Textures Anims Bones
Maya .mb & .ma
3D Studio Max .max1
Cheetah 3D .jas
Cinema 4D .c4d1 2
3D Studio .3ds
1 Import uses the application's FBX exporter. Unity then reads the FBX file.
2 Cinema4D 10 has a buggy FBX exporter. Please see here for workarounds.
Photoshop .psd and .tiff are imported with layers automatically flattened.
JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TGA, IFF, PICT and many other image formats are supported.
Animated GIFs are imported as multiframe textures which can be played back.
Video and Audio Formats
Ogg Theora video is natively supported.
Ogg Vorbis .ogg audio files are natively supported, and are ideally suited for soundtracks.
Video MOV, AVI, ASF, MPG, MPEG, MP4VIDEO files are recoded by Unity with a configurable bitrate.
Audio AIFF, WAV, MP3 and most other audio format are stored uncompressed, ideally suited for sound effects.
Other File Formats
XML and text files with .xml and .txt extensions can be referenced at runtime.
Any other file types, such as RTF and DOC, can be used for project notes and to-do lists.
Unity defines fast. Rendering is sorted to minimize state changes, taking lights and shadows into account. On beefy hardware, Unity renders millions of polygons per second.
Visual creation and manipulation of particle systems is simple as pie. Create Rain, sparks, dust trails, anything that you can imagine.
Particles manual section
Direct3D 9 and OpenGL
Unity makes sure that your games run everywhere. It includes a full DirectX and an OpenGL renderer. In our testing lab, we test Unity across hundreds of graphics hardware and driver combinations.
Hook into the rendering pipeline to create special effect. Use low level rendering commands to achieve exactly what you want.
Take your single-player game and easily bring it online. Add some online high scores and chat. Create real-time networked multiplayer functionality. Unity supports all networking needs out of the box with little learning and even less effort.
Unity makes the deep complexities of realtime networking easy to create. Turning a single-player game into a networked multi-player game requires few changes to your existing scripts. Unity does the hard lifting so you never have to think about NAT punchthrough or any other networking technicalities.
GameObject position, velocity, animation, and anything else can be synchronized between players using a delta compression algorithm or uncompressed unreliable methods.
Remote Procedure Calls
Easily call any functions on any other clients, without the need to do marshalling or other network negotiation.
For access to web-pages and the data they contain, Unity provides an easy to use WWW interface. Both synchronous and asynchronous modes are supported.
WWW interface docs
Web Browser Integration
Learn how to do this
.NET socket libraries can be used for real-time networking, by opening TCP/IP sockets or sending UDP messages. They also make speaking XML easy, and can connect to ODBC database connections.
goto http://unity3d.com/gallery/live-demos/avert-fate to find a demo that was created in unity
Posted in Astahost / Your Voice! Your Review..
Author: translector Total-Replies: 42
QUOTE (Brian)Well i'm not sure about this host, and would like to know what the catch is....what do I have to do in order to get an account and keep it? What are the restrictions here? (file type restrictions etc.)
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These are the file types accepted at 789mb.com:
QUOTEThe following are the current file types we support
wml - mdb - table - tar.gz - db - dist - lng - dir - conf - as - pak - 7z - jpe - txt - htm - jar - ini - html - inc - dbt - tmpl - tpl - js - css - log - cfg - jpeg - jpg - gif - png - swf - php - xml - ico - sql - pdf - doc - xls - shtml - shtm - mdu - htc - list - ppt - m3u - class - asp - asx - p - aif - shn - flac - dat - bak - flv - mp2 - py - dcr - po - mo - gdf - mid - midi - wav - cat - gr1 - qt - zip - ttf - ace - gz - fon - mpg - rm - ram - psd - pdd - bmp - eps - tar - tiff - raw - tga - mdl - bsp - wad - thtml - thtmlx - sh - php-dist - csv - aiml - cd4 - lib.php - 3gp - asf - dtb - template - inc.php - afm - mpeg - mp4 - bb - ogg - plsc - sc - map - rtf - crc - mod - fla - data - info - xsl - lock - crt - pot - .inc.php - au - dta - lib - htpasswd - .htpasswd - dtd - fdb - lang - in - sis - pcd - tif - wmf - sfg - jp2 - php-template - ani - cur - ssi - wings - blend - cdr - pk3 - xul - rdf - mysql - rpm - tar.bz2 - autopackage - run - tgz - 7zip - sc0 - bb0 - php3 - jbf - png0 - png32 - semaphore.ref - semaphore - ref - java - dic - ctg.z - ctg - z - attach - wsz - wpd - ged - dependency - module - theme - mgc - magic - fcgi - lbi - xmb - install - profile - engine - pgsql - xslt - cvsignore - vsd - dotproject - types - toc.hlp - schema - afp - svg - banned - helporder - def - settings - help - control - master - totals - ttl - vars - msg - ims - imstore - outbox - rlog - style - sit - tsk - params - scs - kml - kmz - phpx - lpk - properties - xslt - xspf - wss - rb - rhtml - yml - pem - tps - gif2 - php~ - alz - scm - scx - aspx - asa - stm - jsp - jhtml - hl - pgn - md5 - nfo - diz - dmg - p3p - m4a - m4v - wpp - abl - gtp - gp3 - gp4 - gp5 - prf - mgl - mgx - rcm - cer - part - snp - fog - new - php.new - grz - pws - avs - dwt - mht - phps - lasso - project - diff - lck - cnf - btr - spc - nfs - psf - minipsf - psf2 - gbs - application - admin - command - c - w4m - flock - lastmod - pageindex - auto-replace - homepage - recentchanges - pmwiki - allrecentchanges - blocklist-chongqed - blocklist-moinmaster - sidebar - amr - emz - rss - sitemap - pm - xsd - manual - d - svnignore - ml - mli - mly - ser - xcf - sample - phtml - wsf - xpi - shp - dbf - shx - mtl - opml - ips - tbl - bab - dll - so - sbn - sbx - swi - mwdeck - ctp - djvu - pgt - xhtml - ebp - set - jso - swc - pstpl - tpls - spr - rating - flp - msi - aemod - asc - src - abr - pat - grd - vb - user - resx - vbproj - sln - bat - tmp - spec - ctm - cts - bin - ivu - grf - gpf - idx - mbs - ihtml - apw - sav - reg - version - docx - intel - xlsm - asm - com - pas - plt - sub - usr - obj - hst - cir - ckt - kar - prop - ds - tig - rgz - pls - dhp - aac - au3 - psp - jad - inf - cst - cct - es - jap - max - 3ds - xd - pps - dict - scp - lst - prd - rds - rls - mis - srd - lin - fre - win - dar - cs - gb - gba - gbc - chm - ans - fun - eot - tex
Note: .htaccess cannot be added due to limits of the control panel software powering the site, in the future it may be available but for now please do not request it
As you can see, mp3 files are not allowed.
Not having access to .htaccess is also a issue that makes this hosting useless for many users.
I guess the catch is that you have a lot of space that you can not use...
To get an account you just have to register.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Operating Systems / GNU/Linux
Author: abdo Total-Replies: 2
QUOTE"Linux" generally refers to an open-source Unix-clone operating system based on the Linux kernel, written from scratch originally by Linus Torvalds and other smart people from across the web. Although the linux kernel, which interfaces with a computer's hardware, is the core of the operating system, many other programs are needed to form a complete operating system.
Various commercial and non-commercial groups produce Linux-based operating systems containing the kernel, all necessary programs, and an installer. These different versions of linux are referred to as distributions.
There are hundreds of distributions available, with hundreds of different target applications and philosophies on software. There is also much more information available about getting started with linux/unix than is within the scope of this AV faq. Some excellent places to get started learning about distributions are www.distrowatch.com , www.linuxquestions.org , and www.linuxiso.org .
2. I've heard that linux is a very technical operating system. Will it be too difficult for me?
With many of the modern user-friendly distributions, such as Mandrake or Fedora, a great deal of technical knowledge is not needed to install and use software. Good sites to find general guides and answer your questions:
http://www.linuxquestions.org (Great community forums, newbie-friendly)
http://www.tldp.org (extremely in-depth HOW-TOs and FAQs)
Whenever you hit a problem, you should first check any available documentation for the software involved and search the forums here and some of the sites mentioned above. Linux software in general is quite well documented, most programs include manuals or 'man-pages' which can be accessed as follows:
man mplayer displays the manpage for mplayerAlso take a look in /usr/doc/ for readmes and other included documentation.
Note: Keeping with common bash nomenclature, in all parts of this FAQ, a command preceded by a '$' prompt indicates that the command should be run from a terminal as a user, and a '#' prompt indicating the command should be run as root.
3. Can I keep windows on my computer and still use linux?
Virtually all modern linux distributions are windows-aware and will detect your windows partition and allow you to dual-boot your PC (meaning you will see a menu when you turn on your PC to choose linux or windows). Linux installers will install a 'bootloader' (a pre-OS software that allows you to boot different operating systems) as part of the installation process. You'll need to install windows first and then linux in order to dual-boot since windows' bootloader will overwrite the bootloader that allows you to dual-boot.
4. What about installing software under linux?
Although this FAQ is not meant to be a guide to using linux, much of the questions we discuss will require new software, so we will quickly reference the three major ways of installing software:
Package distribution: Virtually all linux distributions use some soft of package system, such as RPM (Redhat & many others), DEB (Debian), or TGZ (Slackware). A packaging system is meant to be an easy way of installing software, similar to windows installers. A package file consists of the compiled software and files required, and a script to tell the package managing software how and where to install the files. Most distributions have both command-line and GUI interfaces to their packaging system. Check the documentation for your distribution for how to install packaged software. To install from commandline for the most common package formats:
rpm: # rpm -i packagename.rpm (see 'man rpm' for more help)
DEB (debian): # apt-get install packagename (see 'man apt-get')
Slackware TGZ: # installpkg packagename.tgz (see 'man installpkg', 'man pkgtool')
Gentoo (portage): # emerge packagename (see 'man emerge')Binary archives: Some software is distributed pre-compiled in binary packages, common extensions are .tar.gz or .tar.bz2. To install such software, simply extract the archive:
tar xvjf name.tar.bz2 or
tar xvzf name.tar.gz
and move the contents of the archive to your desired location. If the software is required to be in a specific location, check the documentation for the software.
Source distributions: Much of the software we will be using for AV conversions is distributed in source form, in which you download the source code for a program and compile it yourself. To compile software, you will need to install the development software included with your distribution (such as gcc, g++, make, autoconf, libtool, etc. - different software requires different tools). Then simply untar the source archive in whatever directory you prefer to keep your source code (a common choice is /usr/local/src). Instructions for building the source code are included normally in the root of the archive in the INSTALL file, but the most common method of compiling is a three command method, executed from the root of the source directory:
./configure (checks for the required software and headers)
make (builds and links the software)
make install (copies the compiled software and libraries to the appropriate directory)
If any of the steps failed, check the error message, it will usually tell you what is missing or what went wrong. To perform the final step, you will most likely need to be root (su command).
Do I need to do any extra setup for audio / video output?
Since we already assumed you have an up and running linux installation, you most likely won't have to do any work in this area. Most modern distributions automatically configure X and audio for you, and there is a host of information on the web for configuring X.
As far as audio goes, there are many different audio architectures available. We recommend choosing a distribution that uses ALSA (the advanced linux sound architecture) by default since it is the most powerful sound system and supports the most hardware. If your distribution doesn't include it, check out Q19 of the AC3 FAQ or this gentoo ALSA guide.
2. What is a good audio/video player for linux?
There are many excellent AV players available for linux, the three most popular are mplayer, videolan's VLC, and xine. Binary packages of these players are included in most distributions.
Since mplayer is one of the most versastile players, includes mencoder, one of the best transcoding softwares, and is one of the easiest players to build from source, we'll mention how to install mplayer here:
1.) Install any applicable libraries/codecs you want to use with mplayer first. For basic operation you'll probably want libavcodec, xvid, and some win32 binary codecs (for formats without open source libraries). Download one of the binary codec packs from the mplayer homepage (for example extralite.tar.gz) and extract it to /usr/local/lib/codecs/. If you're compiling from CVS (recommended) make sure to check out the libavcodec source for copying into the mplayer source directory:
$ cvs -d:pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/ffmpeg co ffmpeg/libavcodecFor more information on the involved software see http://mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/install.html and http://mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/codecs.html#ffmpeg .
2.) Download mplayer source code from http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/design7/dload.html . The recommended version is always the latest CVS (mplayer-current.tar.bz2) Although binary packages from mplayer are available for many systems, it is usually better to compile from source since mplayer will be optimized for your processor, and the installation will detect what codec and AV output libraries are present on your system. Unpack the tarball in your directory of choice:
$ tar xvjf mplayer-current.tar.bz2Or if you want to use CVS for quicker future updates:
$ cvs -d:pserver:email@example.com:/cvsroot/mplayer co mainDon't forget to copy the libavcodec directory we checked out earlier into the 'main' directory.
3.) Configure mplayer by running ./configure from the root of the mplayer directory. './configure --help' will show you some configuration options, and you may want to add support for the GUI and for large files:
$ ./configure --enable-gui --enable-largefilesAfter running this script will tell you which codecs and output libraries have been detected, check through the list to make sure everything you need has been detected. You can then build and install mplayer and mencoder:
# make install4.) Be sure to read over the mplayer manpage ( I know it's enormous) to become familiar with its control. You can add options to the mplayer config file (default /usr/local/etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf) rather than specifying them on the commandline. My mplayer.conf looks like this: (specify dvd drive location, alsa audio driver, and try S/PDIF output before others)
ac=hwac3,In order to run the GUI you'll need to put a skin in '/usr/local/share/mplayer/Skin/default' (download & install a skin from the homepage, unpack, and rename the folder to 'default') and a default sub font in '~/.mplayer/subfont.ttf'.
Now you should be set to play with mplayer and encode with mencoder. You can find lots more information on all these topics in the mplayer documentation ( http://mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/ ) and the mplayer manpage ('man mplayer').
3. What about a good audio player for linux?
Two good winamp-like players for linux are XMMS and beep-media-player (a fork of XMMS with an updated interface). One or both of these is included with many distributions.
Like winamp there are a host of input and output plugins available for XMMS. You can get the source for these at the xmms homepage or from your distribution's repositories (in the case of gentoo, debian, or other distros with vast repositories).
A newer audio player that is gaining much popularity is amaroK. amaroK features a gstreamer interface, an advanced media library, highly configurable interface, cover art downloading plugin, and much more.
Please note that some distros such as Redhat/Fedora do not include an mp3 decoder with XMMS due to legal reasons. In this case you need to install an mp3 plugin, check out rpm.livna.org for RPMs of this and other packages omitted from the Fedora/Red Hat distribution.
4. What options do I have for playing DVDs under linux?
Many distributions include some sort of DVD capable player in their main repository. Please note that as with MP3, some distributions do not include CSS-decrypting capable players due to legal reasons. As above rpms can be found at rpm.livna.org, or you can install your own player.
A full mplayer install as noted above will be dvd-capable (although mplayer does not support menues at this time) and you can play dvds through the GUI or by the command
mplayer dvd://1 -dvd-device /dev/hdcIn this example the dvd device is /dev/hdc, you'll need to specify the device via CLI or config file unless the device is the mplayer default /dev/dvd.
Videolan's VLC is another good choice for dvd playback, you can find binaries on their homepage or source install instructions here.
Two other common DVD players are xine and ogle.
4B. How can I playback an ISO image of a DVD on my hard drive?
You can easily mount the iso and then play it back as if it is a mounted DVD disc, for example:
# mkdir /mnt/dvd_image
creates the mountpoint directory
# mount -o loop -t udf /path/to/image.iso /mnt/dvd_image
mounts the ISO image /path/to/image.iso on the /mnt/dvd_image directory
$ mplayer dvd://1 -dvd-device /mnt/dvd_image
Plays the mounted image with mplayer
$ vlc --dvd /mnt/dvd_image
Plays the mounted image with VLC5. How can I playback audio in multichannel or over S/PDIF?
For S/PDIF, you'll first need to set up the appropriate ALSA settings by running alsamixer (assuming your distro uses ALSA, see Q1 above) and unmuting the S/PDIF output. PCM audio will automatically be played over s/pdif, to play passthrough DTS or AC3 you'll need to specify this setting in the player. In mplayer this is done with the '-ac hwac3' or '-ac hwdts' switches, in VLC the settings can be found in the audio section of the preferences.
For analog multichannel you'll again need to set up the appropriate outputs in alsamixer and you can then specify '-channels 6' in mplayer.
6. How can I play video content over my tv-out in linux?
You'll first want to configure X to run your Tv-out as a second xineramascreen (dual head configuration). There are many guides on the internet for this configuration based on different video card manufacturers, see this LQ wiki page for some starter information. After this is set up you can specify the xineramascreen for playback in mplayer via the '-xineramascreen #' switch or in vlc by the '--x11-xineramascreen #' switch.
Virtualdub and VFW codecs for windows are great. Is there anything like this for linux?
avidemux2 is an advanced native linux video editing and encoding tool with a GUI interface very similar to virtualdub's. It supports many video codecs and output formats. Unlike virtualdub for windows it is more difficult for codecs to be supported in avidemux, however since it is not VFW based it is free to be much more versatile as far as output formats and advanced video codecs. avidemux supports more codecs and formats with every release and is a great application to get started with encoding video under linux.
Some people have successfully gotten virtualdub working under wine; however, keep in mind that virtually all of virtualdub's tools (aside from proprietary codecs) can be used in native linux apps.
2. What native tools are available for general purpose encoding?
GUI (graphical interface) Tools
avidemux2: easy virtualdub-like interface, many filters, codecs, and formats are supported.
dvd::rip: A GUI frontend to transcode, built-in DVD ripper, supports many different codecs and output formats.
acidrip: a DVD encodeing frontend based on mplayer/mencoder.
drip: A DVD to DIVX conversion application, supports MSMPEG4, OpenDivx, XviD for video, MP3 audio, has problems with some NTSC DVDs.
CLI (command-line interface) Tools
mencoder: The encoding application paired with mplayer, supports a vast amount of input formats, processing filters, and output codecs, although output container formats are currently limited to AVI and MPEG output format. See here for a tutorial on the command line interface.
transcode: a suite of CLI utilities for transcoding video and audio based on a modular structure. Supports many codecs and containers. See the wiki for command line help.
ffmpeg: a complete recording, converting and streaming solution, based on libavcodec/libavformat. Supports most of the codecs supported by mplayer as well as a few more container options