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Upgrade to Calibre 2.66

This time, I upgrade my Calibre installation to 2.66. It is alway an update every week. I would like to track new features in what’s new.

The most exciting features added in past eight updates are following:

New Features of v2.66

  • A simplified calibre logo
  • Edit Book: Allow restricting a search to the files currently open for editing
  • Driver for the PocketBook Touch HD
  • Kobo driver: Add support for firmware version 3.20

New Features of v2.65.1

  • Driver for Kobo Aura One and Aura Edition 2
  • Kobo driver: Add an option to ignore some collections on the device. The specified collections will not be touched by the driver.
  • Add an option in Preferences->Searching to make searching case-sensitive
  • DOCX Input: Add support for right-to-left text/tables

New Features of v2.64

  • Custom columns: Add a new ‘Short text’ column type that behaves like the builtin title column

    More generally, you can now customize Comments-like columns, controlling how their headings are displayed in the Book Details panel and also specifying what kind of data they contain (plain text, HTML or even Markdown)

  • Edit book: Function mode: Allow appending text to the end of the marked text when running function mode search/replace on marked text
  • PDF Output: Add a new variable _TOP_LEVEL_SECTION_ for use in header/footer templates that resolves to the current top-most section in the Table of Contents
  • Linux/OSX: Shutdown gracefully on receiving the interrupt or terminate Unix signals

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How to fix error Age of Empires 3 in Windows 10

It is an error when I tried to play my Age of Empires III game in Windows 10. I have the game which is installed on Steam platform. It is an old game, which is released  11 years ago, or 2005. I played it on Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows 7. Now I installed it on Windows 10. It gave me an error and closed.

I checked and fixed the error with two steps.

Step 1. The error of compatible mode.

I located the executive files and change the properties. age3y.exe

It is located on Steam library. Mine is D:\steam-games. So the files are in d:\steam-games\steamapps\common\age of empires 3\bin\

Right click on the file and choose properties, click Compatibility tab, make sure choose Windows XP (Service Pack 3) Compatibility mode and choose Run this program as an administrator.

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Upgrade to Calibre 2.58

It is almost one year since I posted the update of 2.31 on June 20, 2015.

There are a lot of updates during these days.  So I just put the major new features for this period.

 

 

  • Edit Book: A new tool to transform book styling using easy to create rules. [2.53]

    For example, you can create rules to change colours in the book or to double the font size of all text in the book, etc. For details, see https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/edit.html#transforming-css-properties

  • A new tool to easily export and import all calibre data — books, settings and plugins [2.47]

    Right click the calibre icon in the main calibre toolbar and choose “Export/import all calibre data” to run this tool. It is useful if you want to move to a new computer or duplicate your calibre setup on a second computer, with minimal effort. This tool is very new, so if you run into problems, please report bugs. You can always use the old manual method of copying library folders as a fallback.

  • Implement tag mapping to automatically filter/transform tags when adding books or downloading metadata [2.39]

    Now you can create simple rules that will filter/transform the tags when adding new books or downloading metadata for books. To setup the rules, go to Preferences->Adding books and Preferences->Downloading metadata

  • Icon themes: Change the calibre icons easily via icon themes [2.36]

    You can now change the icons calibre uses easily via Preferences->Look & Feel->Change icon theme. Several icon themes are already available for calibre

 

 

How to convert flac file to MP3 with FormatFactory

I use FormatFactory 3.8.0 to convert video files, audio files. It can also convert picture, such as jpg png ico, bmp, gif, tif, pcx, tga; and document, such as pdf, html mobi, EPub, AZW3.

Here I am talking about how to convert audio file, which is flac. I would like to convert it to mp3 and import it to iTunes. At the last, I will play it on my iPod shuffle.

The problem is I got the error 0x00000001.

flac2mp3-error

I have no idea what happened. Since FormatFactory gave the option to convert flac to mp3, why it can not do it.

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Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N

I have a Windows 7 64bit installation. It is not a normal Windows 7. It is Windows 7 N. Look at the N. When I installed a Movie Maker software and try to load it. There is an error said: MF.dll is missing.

It is a dll file. The software depends on it. I do not met this kind error before. So I search the error on Google. The answer is because of my N, the big N. It means it is not a regular Windows. I need a Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N.  Media Feature Pack is part of normal Windows OS, but Windows N take it away for some reason, or for some country regulation.

Anyway, I find the official place to download Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N with Service Pack 1.

media feature pack for Windows 7 N

After downloading the file, it is about 310MB. and installing it on my Windows 7 N. The system need to be reboot two times to complete the installation.

Then, Movie Maker is loaded without error. No more MF.dll missing error.

More information of it, you can check the article number KB968211 on support.microsoft.com

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Scan Windows 7 System Files

There is a Wind Storm in BC in two days. So many power outages in low mainland area. Even my house has about 10 minutes power outage. All unsaved documents are lost. I am also afraid that some Windows System files may be damaged.

This morning, the PC is turned on properly.

power-outages

These red points stand for the power outage locations on BCHydro site.

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How to Solve the Virtualbox Bridged Adapter Problem

It is a problem I met since Virtualbox 5.0.4. I can not make the guest OS communicate with Internet or Host, even the IP address is correct. It is similar to the Virtualbox bug of bridged connection, which is fixed in Virtualbox 5.0.6.  So, installed the latest version of Virtualbox on my Windows 7 64bit.

The guest OS is Ubuntu 14.04 64bit. I upgrade my installation to Virtualbox 5.0.6. So the following are based Virtualbox 5.0.6.

When I tried to run yum update to do a update, it can not connect to the repos. And the wired thing is it is using IPv6 address. And actually I don’t have IPv6 implement in my LAN.

The network adapter information as below, looks normal.

ifconfig-info

The first time I run the command of yum update, it said another app is currently holding the yum lock. I don’t know why, and saw no process in memory by top command. So I just delected the lock file /var/run/yum.pid.

locked-by-yum-pid

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Chrome keeps crashing on startup

This morning, when I turn on my PC, I saw the alert message window of Google Chrome.

google-chrome-45--crash

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name:    BEX
Application Name:    chrome.exe
Application Version:    45.0.2454.85
Application Timestamp:    55df881b
Fault Module Name:    guard32.dll
Fault Module Version:    8.2.0.4674
Fault Module Timestamp:    55c148a3
Exception Offset:    000269c9
Exception Code:    c0000409
Exception Data:    00000000
OS Version:    6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.28
Locale ID:    1033
Additional Information 1:    245b
Additional Information 2:    245b87f1e9247b2ba9f9bea5f513a892
Additional Information 3:    b91a
Additional Information 4:    b91adc989991e0190675cb62c0dcb1c3

 

I click “Close the program”, and try a lot of time and still not working.

After Google the error, I knew the problem is because of Comodo Firewall program. It has a HIPS facility.

Let me disply the steps to solve this problem.

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[Fixed] Critical Error – Start menu and Cortana aren’t working.

It is just put me in attention when Gloria, my daughter told me that her Windows 10 has this error and can not do anything.

critical-error-win10

I did a lot of search and so many different answers.

Someone said it is because of the anti-virus program, Avast!. So remove it can fix the problem, but I don’t have it.

Someone said try other account to sign in. I tried it and still same problem.

 

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Small update of Nexus 7

My Nexus 7 got another update again, when I am back home. It is said, “This software update will upgrade your Nexus 7 to improve stability, increase security, and ifx bugs. Downloading updates over a mobile network or while roaming may cause additional charges. Update size:10.3MB.”

 

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After installation and restarting. The system Android version is still 5.1.1. Build number is LMY481. It is an update of 5.1.1, over previous 5.1.1.

Based on the industry news, Google will issue montly updates for its Nexus devices.

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