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Free Lossless Audio Codec Download for Windows
Monday, October 16, 2006
FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec. Grossly oversimplified, FLAC is similar to MP3, but lossless, meaning that audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality. This is similar to how Zip works, except with FLAC you will get much better compression because it is designed specifically for audio, and you can play back compressed FLAC files in your favorite player (or your car or home stereo, see supported devices) just like you would an MP3 file.

FLAC is freely available and supported on most operating systems, including Windows, "unix" (Linux, *BSD, Solaris, OS X, IRIX), BeOS, OS/2, and Amiga. There are build systems for autotools, MSVC, Watcom C, and Project Builder.

Download it here.
Download Windows Installer here.
posted by Administrator @ 4:39 PM   0 comments
Mandriva Linux 2007 Has Been Released
Mandriva Linux 2007 has been released: "Mandriva today is proud to release its brand new distribution: Mandriva Linux 2007.

The key innovation of Mandriva Linux 2007 is the spectacular AIGLX and Xgl 3D-accelerated desktop. Mandriva is the only distribution to provide both technologies and is particularly happy to have achieved this major breakthrough in desktop appearance. In addition, a new theme named Ia Ora ('hello' in French Polynesian) has been introduced. To match everyone's needs, Mandriva Linux 2007 includes the latest innovations in the fields of office suite applications, Internet, multimedia and the new virtualization and 3D-accelerated desktop technologies."

For more info visit here.
posted by Administrator @ 4:29 PM   0 comments
K-Lite Codec Pack 2.77 and K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 1.59
The K-Lite Codec Pack has a couple of major advantages compared to other codec packs:
- It it always up-to-date with the latest versions of the codecs.
- It is very user-friendly and the installation is fully customizable, meaning that you can install only those components that you really want.
- It has been very well tested, so that the package doesn't contain any conflicting codecs.
- It is a very complete package, containing everything you need to play your movies.

There are three versions of the K-Lite Codec Pack: Basic, Standard and Full.
• K-Lite Codec Pack Basic contains only the most essential things. It contains everything you need to be able to play the most popular and widespread formats. It is small enough to fit on a single floppy. Also great for including on your movie CDs.
• K-Lite Codec Pack Standard contains everything you need to play all the commonly used formats. This package should be enough for the average user.
• K-Lite Codec Pack Full contains even more codecs. It also has encoding support for the various formats. This package is for power users and people who do their own encodings.

Features of K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 FULL version :

- Media Player Classic [version 6.4.8.4]
- DivX Pro [version 5.2.1] [Decoding]
- DivX Pro [version 5.2.1] [Encoding]
- XviD [Version 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20] [Decoding]
- XviD [Version 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20] [Encoding]
- 3ivX Pro [version D4 4.5.1] [Decoding]
- 3ivX Pro [version D4 4.5.1] [Encoding]
- Windows Media 9 VCM [version 9.0.1.369]
- On2 VP3 [version 3.2.6.1 DT]
- On2 VP6 [version 6.4.2.0] [Decoding]
- On2 VP6 [version 6.4.2.0] [Encoding]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.8.0] [Decoding]
- On2 VP7 [version 7.0.8.0] [Encoding]
- Ligos Indeo XP [version 5.2820.15.58]
- Intel Indeo [version 4.51.16.2]
- Intel Indeo [version 3.24.15.03]
- Intel I.263 [version 2.55.1.16]
- huffyuv [version 2.1.1 CCE Patch 0.2.5]
- MS MPEG-4 [version 4.1.0.3927]
- DivX ;) MPEG-4 Low and Fast motion [version 4.1.0.3927]
- Cyberlink DVD decoder [version 6.0.0.1417]
- Elecard MPEG-2 demuxer [version 2.0.84.30429]
- MainConcept MPEG-2 demuxer [version 1.0.0.54]
- Ligos MPEG-2 demuxer [version 4.0.0.77]
- Ligos MPEG-2 decoder [version 4.0.0.77]
- Cyberlink MPEG-2 decoder [version 6.0.0.1402]
- MainConcept MPEG-2 decoder [version 1.0.0.56]
- Fraunhofer MP3 DirectShow decoder [version 1.9.0.311]
- AC3 DirectShow decoder [version 0.70b mod]
- AC3 DirectShow decoder [version 1.01a RC5]
- AC3 ACM decoder [version 0.8]
- Vorbis DirectShow decoder (CoreVorbis) [version 1.1]
- AAC DirectShow decoder (CoreAAC) [version 1.0b9 build 2005-02-24]
- AAC DirectShow decoder (3ivX Pro) [version D4 4.5.1]
- AAC DirectShow encoder (3ivX Pro) [version D4 4.5.1]
- Nero Digital MPEG-1/2 decoder [version 1.0.4.6]
- MusePack DirectShow decoder [version 1.0.0.3]
- Monkey's Audio DirectShow decoder [version 1.00]
- WavPack DirectShow decoder (CoreWavPack) [version 1.0.3]
- FLAC DirectShow decoder (CoreFLAC) [version 0.4]
- Voxware MetaSound DirectShow decoder [version 1.0.0.12]
- DivX ;) Audio [version 4.2.0.0]
- LAME MP3 Encoder [version 3.96.1]
- MP4 DirectShow splitter (made by Haali) [build 2005-08-02]
- Ogg DirectShow splitter (made by Tobias) [version 0.9.9.5] and Vorbis DLLs [version 1.1.1]
- Ogg DirectShow splitter (made by Gabest) [version 1.0]
- Matroska DirectShow splitter (made by Gabest) [version 1.0.2.5]
- Matroska DirectShow splitter (made by Haali) [build 2005-08-02]
- Matroska DirectShow muxer [version 1.0.0.9]
- DirectVobSub (vsfilter) [version 2.33]
- DirectVobSub (vsfilter) [version 2.36]
- Matrix Mixer [version 0.30b]
- SHOUTcast Source [version 1.0.0.1]
- Morgan Multimedia Stream Switcher [version 0.9.9]
- ffdshow [build 2005-08-08]
- GSpot Codec Information Appliance [version 2.52 beta 1 build 20040915]
- Sherlock [version 2.0]
- VobSubStrip [version 0.11]
- GraphEdit [build 041201]
- AVI Fixed [version 2.0b1]
- FourCC Changer
- Bitrate Calculator

Changes from K-Lite Codec Pack 2.51 FULL to K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 FULL :


- Updated ffdshow to build 2005-08-08
- Relocated a lot of files. Uninstall old version before upgrading.
- Tweaked AC3 volume boost

Features of K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 STANDARD version :

- Media Player Classic [version 6.4.8.4]
- DivX Pro [version 5.2.1] [Decoding]
- XviD [Version 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20] [Decoding]
- 3ivX Pro [version D4 4.5.1] [Decoding]
- Windows Media 9 VCM [version 9.0.1.369]
- Fraunhofer MP3 DirectShow decoder [version 1.9.0.311]
- WMA DirectShow decoder [version 8.0.0.4487]
- AC3 DirectShow decoder [version 0.70b mod]
- AC3 DirectShow decoder [version 1.01a RC5]
- Vorbis DirectShow decoder (CoreVorbis) [version 1.1]
- AAC DirectShow decoder (3ivX Pro) [version D4 4.5.1]
- DirectVobSub (vsfilter) [version 2.33]
- GSpot Codec Information Appliance [version 2.52 beta 1 build 20040915]
- Sherlock [version 2.0]
- VobSubStrip [version 0.11]

Changes from K-Lite Codec Pack 2.51 STANDARD to K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 :

- Relocated a lot of files. Uninstall old version before upgrading.
- Tweaked AC3 volume boost

Features of K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 BASIC version :

- DivX Pro [version 5.2.1] [Decoding]
- XviD [Version 1.0.3 build 2004-12-20] [Decoding]
- Fraunhofer MP3 DirectShow decoder [version 1.9.0.311]
- AC3 DirectShow decoder [version 0.70b mod]
- DirectVobSub (vsfilter) [version 2.33]
- GSpot Codec Information Appliance [version 2.52 beta 1 build 20040915]
- VobSubStrip [version 0.11]

Changes from K-Lite Codec Pack 2.51 BASIC to K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 :

- Relocated a lot of files. Uninstall old version before upgrading.
- Tweaked AC3 volume boost

K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 Full

K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 Standard

K-Lite Codec Pack 2.52 Basic
posted by Administrator @ 4:29 PM   0 comments
Microsoft ends support for Windows XP SP1
The Windows Service Pack released in September 2002, is comingf to an end. Microsoft ended the support for Windows XP Service Pack 1 and SP1a on 10 October, 2006 leaving people no option but to upgrade to Service Pack 2, if they wish to continue to receive crucial components, including security software.

The move to drop support for SP1 is in line with Microsoft's stated strategy for support. According to its guidelines, Microsoft guarantees to provide "mainstream support" for a full product for five years, but will only guarantee to support a service pack for 12 months after the launch of the next version of that pack.

Windows Service Pack 2 was released in September 2004.

There's little reason for anyone to still be running SP1; SP2 contained a range of improvements to XP's security. People can check which version they are running by right-clicking on the My Computer desktop icon and then selecting properties.

The ending of support for SP1 will help Microsoft to clear the decks for the arrival of Vista, which is expected to be released to business customers next month and to consumers in January.

Thanks[ZDNET]
posted by Administrator @ 3:44 PM   0 comments
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