Sunday, May 28, 2006

Moving Memorial Day Weekend

I am in the process of moving into a house this Memorial Day weekend. My PC and everything else is on the floor in a messy apt., but I have Internet and a few bowls worth so not too bad overall. And, of course, listening to some great ambient songs with Winamp.

Well, I moved into my new place and had the internet hooked up but my upload speed is about half as fast as my regular service (8mbit/768kbit). So instead of my normal 80 kB/s upload, it's at around 40 kB/s upload. Hopefully that will be fixed soon, I love having a lot of upload power.

...Well, finally got that speed issue fixed after nagging my ISP a few times to see what the problem was, all is well now.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

NFS Music torrent disappeared from TorrentSpy

There were many comments on that torrents' comment area, gone. I don't know how it could have disappeared like that. I don't think I deleted it from my TorrentSpy torrents although I could have accidentally, but I'm pretty sure I didn't. Only other way I can think of, is if it was requested to be removed multiple times. I want to thank you all for the comments on torrentspy and on my original NFS Music blog ( I have read every comment on both sites and was very glad you all enjoyed the music as much as I do.

Other things I've been doing: I have been putting together some flash movies from the classic '80s C.O.P.S. torrent I put out. I also recorded a small scene from C.O.P.S. with Fraps but the file size came out way too big. Fraps should use the divx/xvid encoder for recording, I don't know if that's even possible but the file size would be so much smaller. Designing flash animations/movies will be nice once I get used to it a little bit more. I have been using KoolMoves and CoffeeCup Flash Firestarter for the flash animations. I've also been getting very familiar with DVD format so I can modify a DVD's structure just how I want it.

I found out the torrent can't be re-uploaded back onto TorrentSpy because of the "existing" torrent. What a bugger.. oh well.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Been listening to some songs I've never heard before

There's some other good songs I've read and been informed about from various other games, some on NFS6+ and others from 1-5 that weren't in my collection. So I've been debating on releasing an update at some point down the road of additions made to my collection of every good song. I've been listening to some songs that I've never heard before, like "Electro Optik" from NFS4 and a song by Rom di Prisoco from NFSHP2. All gotten from the only good free NFS music site I know about right now. (too bad went down)

Also another update on my collection, I finally have every song from the first Need for Speed, in very high quality, MP3 VBR 320 (I think?). Well, I can say that it appears as that, but I'm not sure if it was recorded like that from a high quality source or if it's a rip similar to mine that I did (64 kbps) and just encoded in VBR 320 for looks (no higher quality). The original files on the disc are in WAV and I ripped an mp3 of the same bit rate as the source and gave me a 64 kbps mp3. My thoughts are that the only way to get the highest quality is to record the music. I assume it's coming out higher than 64 kbps, ..right? Still puzzles me. I'm not that experienced at recording game music from consoles, etc. yet but I know the basics of hooking console audio cable into the headphone jack (special adapter?) and recording with various PC software.

In the torrent, I mostly
had the main track songs from NFS 1 in a lower quality 64 kbps bit rate; now I have the complete soundtrack in high quality. The Techno 6 "Chronos" song is my favorite from NFS 1, a classic. I mostly played NFS 1, 3, 4 a lot and didn't really play 2, 5, 6 much, only for a short time from either renting one time, playing an in-store demo, etc. It would be fun to play 2, 5, 6 to see what I missed. I was big into playing NFS Underground online (only demo, unfortunately). All I will say is F the unique CD key.