Moisés Cardona https://moisescardona.me The site of Moisés Cardona Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:32:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 PAQCompress v0.3.29 has been released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-29-has-been-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-29-has-been-released/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 01:30:12 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4587 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.29:

PAQCompress v0.3.29
PAQCompress v0.3.29

This release adds paq8pxv_v13. It also will validate the input and output fields before a compression or extraction task is run.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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Audio MD5 Checker v0.3 released! https://moisescardona.me/audio-md5-checker-v0-3-released/ https://moisescardona.me/audio-md5-checker-v0-3-released/#respond Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:16:24 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4573 Hi everyone,

Happy New Year! Today, I have released Audio MD5 Checker v0.3:

Audio MD5 Checker v0.3
Audio MD5 Checker v0.3

This release adds a Source Checksums list and it also removes the need to create temporary MD5 files.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.28 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-28-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-28-released/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:43:40 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4205 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.28:

PAQCompress v0.3.28
PAQCompress v0.3.28

This release adds an option to save a batch file to compress or extract files later.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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The IFI IEMatch 2.5mm is on sale! https://moisescardona.me/the-ifi-iematch-2-5mm-is-on-sale/ https://moisescardona.me/the-ifi-iematch-2-5mm-is-on-sale/#respond Fri, 29 Nov 2019 13:32:28 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4186 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

Today is Black Friday, and it seems Amazon is having a sale for the iFi IEMatch 2.5mm Audio Attenuator.

This device usually retails for about $59, but today, you can get it for just $49. That’s the same price of the 3.5mm version!

IFI IEMatch 2.5mm on Amazon
IFI IEMatch 2.5mm on Amazon

If you’re an owner of sensitive IEMs, you may have experienced the problem where you hear some background noise, or the volume control stepping is really bad. It is either too low, or too high, with no middle point. This little adapter will reduce the hiss and noise from the audio source in which it’s being used, as well as helping you at having better volume control.

The IFI IEMatch 2.5mm is basically the same as its 3.5mm version, except that it is designed for use with 2.5mm sources. It has the same 2 operational modes: High, and Ultra. High reduces the audio volume by 12db, while the Ultra setting reduces the audio volume by 24db.

I’m an owner of the iFi IEMatch 3.5mm version, and use it with my Hidizs MS4 in the Ultra setting. It works wonderfully when used with some USB DACs that are way too loud when used with this sensitive IEM.

IFI IEMatch 3.5mm
IFI IEMatch 3.5mm

Since I now own a 2.5mm DAC, and another one is in the way, I’ve decided to take advantage of this sale to use it with my 2.5mm DACs and have better volume control.

I’ll write another post detailing the improvements of using this with my DACs. In the meantime, you can take advantage of this sale by clicking on the link below:

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PAQCompress v0.3.27 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-27-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-27-released/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:35:25 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4180 Hi everyone,

Today, I’ve released PAQCompress v0.3.27:

PAQCompress v0.3.27
PAQCompress v0.3.27

This release adds paq8pxd v69. This is different from PAQCompress v0.3.25, which added paq8pxd v69f.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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PAQCompress v0.3.26 released! https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-26-released/ https://moisescardona.me/paqcompress-v0-3-26-released/#respond Sun, 24 Nov 2019 01:08:57 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4166 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released PAQCompress v0.3.26:

PAQCompress v0.3.26
PAQCompress v0.3.26

This release fixes a bug where some compressors would not work when the “Show Command Prompt” option is checked. It also adds and updates some paq8pxv v12 profiles.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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The Techin Wi-Fi LED Smart Bulb https://moisescardona.me/the-techin-wi-fi-led-smart-bulb/ https://moisescardona.me/the-techin-wi-fi-led-smart-bulb/#respond Sat, 23 Nov 2019 00:26:34 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4132 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

In the past few weeks, I purchased the Techin Wi-Fi LED Smart Bulb, as I was curious about Smart Bulbs in general. These are LED bulbs that connect via Wi-Fi, and this was a factor I took into consideration since some other Smart Bulbs require having a hub.

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

These bulbs also are RGB, and also allows configuring their brightness and white balance. This is really nice because sometimes you want to have less brightness in your room, while at other times, you want it to be well illuminated.

Being Smart Bulbs, they integrate very nice with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. This means that you can use Google Assistant or the Google Home app, as well as connect them with an Amazon Echo device, to control them via Alexa. This is another great feature because I can speak to Alexa and she will turn the lights on or off.

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

The packaging and the LED bulb looks like a normal LED bulb would look:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

Setting up the Smart Bulb is as simple as replacing your existing bulb:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

Configuring the Smart Bulb requires downloading the Smart Life app to your phone. This is before you can link them to Alexa or Google Home since you need to have a Smart Life account first. The Smart Bulbs must be linked in the app first, and then Google Home and Alexa will find them.

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

It’s as simple as following some quick instructions, however, I ran into some problems with my router. I’ll talk about this in a later blog post, but the important thing is that I was able to successfully connect them to the Wi-Fi.

Once it is connected, the Smart Bulb will turn white by default:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

By using the Smart Life app, you can configure the white balance or change colors:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

The colors are accurate. Here is a picture of it turned red and blue:

In the Smart Life app, this is how the color control looks:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

Because we have set up our Smart Life account, we can now link our account with Alexa, and Google Home. This is how the light control panel looks in Alexa:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

Alexa also allows us to change the brightness and color. It provides us with a list of colors to choose, as well as different shades of white:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

We can also speak to Alexa, and this is one of the benefits of having Smart Bulbs, as we can turn them on, off, or change colors by just talking to it.

If you prefer to use Google Home, it is also compatible. Take a look!

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb
Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

As with Alexa, we can also change the color in Google Home:

Techin Wi-Fi Smart Bulb

In conclusion, these lights work as expected and the interoperability across different Smart Home ecosystems is a plus. I’m planning on getting more of these Smart Bulbs to finish replacing the traditional LED bulbs.

One feature I like is that they are compatible also with Alexa Guard. When paired, Alexa will turn them on or off as if someone is in the house. Apparently, this helps keeps the house safe. Just a word of caution, don’t get scared if you come back home and see them turned on. It happened to me, and it took me a while to realize that it was because of Alexa.

These Smart Bulbs are not only convenient, but their power usage is really low, at just 8 Watts. Now, keep in mind that even when the lights are off, it will still consume a bit of power, since they are always-connected, but the power usage is still relatively low.

The final point would be regarding price. My 4-pack Smart LED Bulbs cost about $41.99, with a $4-dollar coupon attached bringing it down to $37.99. Almost at $10 dollars per bulb, this is one of the cheapest ways right now to replace your lights with smart, wi-fi-enabled ones.

If you’re interested in these LED Smart Bulbs, you can check them out on Amazon at the following link:

Hope you enjoyed reading this blog post!

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Unboxing Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack https://moisescardona.me/unboxing-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-double-pack/ https://moisescardona.me/unboxing-pokemon-sword-and-pokemon-shield-double-pack/#respond Sat, 16 Nov 2019 03:48:28 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4090 Read More Read More

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Hi everyone,

Here, I will be showing you pictures of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, which got released today:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Front
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Front

As you can see in the above picture, that is the front of the box. Let’s take a look at the back:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Back
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Back

And the sides:

Let’s open the box:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Opened
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Opened

And take out the contents:

Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack - Unboxed
Pokémon Sword and Shield Double Pack – Unboxed

We can see the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield game box. We can also see it came with a download code to get some Dynamax Crystals.

Let’s start unboxing Pokémon Sword, taking a closer look at the front of the box:

Pokémon Sword - Front
Pokémon Sword – Front

And the back:

Pokémon Sword - Back
Pokémon Sword – Back

Let’s open it:

Pokémon Sword - Opened
Pokémon Sword – Opened

We can see the game cart. Let’s take a closer look:

Pokémon Sword - Game Cart inside the box
Pokémon Sword – Game Cart inside the box

Now, let’s take the game cart outside:

Pokémon Sword - Game Cart
Pokémon Sword – Game Cart

And that’s it for Pokémon Sword. Let’s start with Pokémon Shield.

This is the front of the box:

Pokémon Shield - Front
Pokémon Shield – Front

And the back:

Pokémon Shield - Back
Pokémon Shield – Back

Let’s open it:

Pokémon Shield - Opened
Pokémon Shield – Opened

And let’s take a closer look at the game cart:

Pokémon Shield - Game Cart inside the box
Pokémon Shield – Game Cart inside the box

Finally, let’s take it out of the box:

Pokémon Shield - Game Cart
Pokémon Shield – Game Cart

And that’s it! We have now unboxed and taken out both game carts. Here is a final picture with both carts side by side:

Pokémon Sword and Shield - Game Carts
Pokémon Sword and Shield – Game Carts

You can buy the games on Amazon using the following links:

What Pokémon version did you get?

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SVT-AV1 GUI v1.4 released! https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-4-released/ https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-4-released/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2019 23:30:36 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4050 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released SVT-AV1 GUI v1.4:

SVT-AV1 GUI v1.4
SVT-AV1 GUI v1.4

This release adds batch encoding. You can browse for a folder with video files and they will all be encoded.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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SVT-AV1 GUI v1.3 released! https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-3-released/ https://moisescardona.me/svt-av1-gui-v1-3-released/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:12:08 +0000 https://moisescardona.me/?p=4022 Hi everyone,

Today, I have released SVT-AV1 GUI v1.3:

SVT-AV1 GUI v1.3
SVT-AV1 GUI v1.3

This release adds an option to prevent the use of Pipes which should make encoding stable. The downside of this is that the software will need to create a temporary .y4m file which may be huge depending on the video to be converted.

Also added is SVT-AV1 2-pass encoding.

You can download this new version on GitHub by clicking here.

Enjoy!

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