Using mencoder for Nokia N85/N95

This took a while to figure out.

I wanted a generic command that would resize the video to 320x240, regardless of whether the source was in widescreen or not; and if widescreen, then crop only the middle section out.

Note that the original framerate is maintained. You could probably save some more space by dropping the framerate to 15 or 20 fps.

If you want to save more space, try dropping the audio bitrate, and adding :vbitrate=500 to lavcopts.

Migrating data from E65 to N85

Most of you already know that I got a shiney new Nokia N85 last weekend. The dilemma I faced (similar to my Eudora escapades) was how to get my messages, contacts and calendar entries from my old phone to my new one.

Migrating from my 6610 to my E65 was a breeze. Use the latest PC Suite to take a backup of the old phone, and "restore" it on the new one.

Paint Shop Pro as non-admin user

Starting Paint Shop Pro 4 as a non-admin user under Windows XP yields the following message:

Failed to update the system registry,please try using REGEDIT.

Apparently similar results are experienced under Vista (because UAC essentially equates to running as a non-admin user).

The problem is fixed under PSP 12 -- but that doesn't help you if you're running an older version.

Unit pricing: yet another bungle

The Government's introducing a mandatory unit pricing system, to be in place by December this year. It's not an unusual idea: many countries already do this.

What what's unusual is the standard units they've chosen. When you think unit pricing, you'd probably assume the units would be the ones that are already commonly in use: per kg, and per litre.

Why? Your fresh fruit & veg are already priced per kilo. Similarly, when you buy soft drink or milk, it's measured in litres.