Month: February 2015

Collectorz.com Movie Collector 9.5 Cobalt Pro Review:

In a crowded space of database software titles that are customized and designed for a bevy of things, finding the right solution for one’s needs can be difficult. That said difficulty rises significantly is one does not have extensive technical software skills or the physical ability to compile the software. While I have technical experience and training, I am not a programmer (since my active days of working are over); I now am disabled.

I know all too well what my limits are, and being able to gather information on what I own, particularly my extensive media collection (movies, music, video games, books, etc.) is a high priority. Having a very limited income now, makes me pause and make sure that I do not own an item already or have it ordered/wish listed.  I also want to make sure that I am able to know if I have the item in my hands or loaned to friends/family for their enjoyment. I also have carried insurance (renters/homeowners) on my personal possessions, and keeping meticulous records is key, if a claim is filed for lost/damaged/stolen items.

Having discerned what my needs are, I set out to try to find the best software for my needs. The first hurdle on my list is reigning my massive DVD/Blu-ray collection, numbering over 2,000 titles. I have tried free versions, trial versions, MS-Access databases, and so forth. They fell short of my needs. Then I found the Collectorz.com website, and found the software titles that I would meet my needs.

I have used this family of software since 2009, and each iteration and developmental change has brought greater usability and flexibility. Since I came onboard using these software titles, they have added cloud support that allows you to check your collections, anywhere in the world (with Internet access, of course). The handiness of this is wonderful for shopping/bragging rights, wherever you may need them.

My focus software title that I want to discuss with you today, is Movie Collector 9.5 Cobalt Pro. This is a flagship title that allows me to keep track of the largest personal collection that I own. I had inherited many, many movies on various formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, Digital), from my late parents, along with my acquisitions. As I stated earlier, I have in excess of 2,000 titles (Movies, TV Series, Music Videos/Concerts, etc.), so I would be lost without Movie Collector.

The toolsets that come with this fine product allow you to add titles to the database in many ways. You can add by Titles, UPC barcode, New Releases, and Popular Searches of the online database.

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While the majority of my entries have been done manually with Title entry, I have had prior access to a barcode scanner that greatly expedites the process, significantly (As a side note, Collectorz.com does offer barcode scanner app that is priced to suit your needs, if you are so inclined).

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Once you get the films in the database, you can do many things with the data. You can print an inventory list, create a disc labeling system, define ownership, loan records, show formats available, sample screenshots viewer, and even link your collection to your smart phone, for usage on the go.

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The supported phone platforms are iOS and Android, and do require separate app purchase from their respective application stores, to use this feature.

One thing I want to mention is that this great software title does not just add text lists of your movies, but full-color cover scans, actor lists, studios, reviews, and much more. I really love the virtual shelf, which allows me to see my movies in a fancy wood bookcase, that I can peruse, at my leisure.

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On top of that feature, you can even do Cover Flow, (a la Apple iTunes), if you prefer to get up close to your films.

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As you can see, this just scratches the surface of what this software can do. You can get a basic version with “less” bells and whistles for $29.95 USD, which includes one year of major updates. The Pro version of this software includes Bulk Edits, Custom fields, more Export options, and such. The Pro version of the software costs $49.95 USD and I feel the customization and time savings are worth the twenty dollar difference. In either choice, you get the one year of free updates, unless you select a subscription plan to extend one’s upgrade options. The prices for each title upgrade average around $24.95/year, with discounts for multi-year packages I think you will agree that these features and options make the purchase of this title a worthwhile investment. As a disabled gamer/movie fan, it is worth my precious time to help me get my virtual affairs in order, and I think you will too!

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rcmclachlan:

All righty, kids, it’s time for another giveaway. What am I giving away? ONLY MY FAVORITE THING. If you’ve been following this blog for any given amount of time, you already know that thing is red lipstick. BECAUSE RED LIPSTICK IS FUCKING AWESOME AND I WANT TO SHARE MY ENTHUSIASM FOR IT WITH SOME LUCKY ASSHOLE.

The items in this giveaway range from mattes to creams to glosses to stains to balms. Every item on this list is unopened/untouched, with the exception of one.* I’m also throwing in a cute little makeup case, too, because why the hell not? You gotta store that shit somewhere.

All right. Now the moment you’ve been waiting for: what the hell I’m including.

ONE LUCKY PERSON WILL RECEIVE:

  • Velvetines in “Red Velvet” by LimeCrime
  • “Eden” Matte by NYX
  • “Perfect Red” Matte by NYX
  • “Pure Red” Matte by NYX
  • “Alabama” Matte by NYX (* please note: this was opened and quickly tested by me on the inside of my wrist because it didn’t look like the color I ordered; I wiped it with alcohol to disinfect it afterwards… let me know if you don’t want it.)
  • 202 “Cherry Picked” by ULTA
  • 203 “Chili Pepper” by ULTA
  • Round Case Lipstick in “Electra” by NYX
  • Color Sensational Matte in “Siren in Scarlet” by Maybelline
  • Colour Rich LipColour in “British Red” by L’Oreal
  • Moisture Renew Lipstick in “Diva Red” by Rimmel London
  • Long-lasting Lipsticks in “Dare to Wear” by Essence
  • Lip Tint in “Reliable” by Pixel
  • Slim Lip Pencil in “Hot Red” by NYX
  • Slim Lip Pencil in “Plush Red” by NYX
  • EOS Lip Balm in “Vanilla Mint”
  • XXXL Shine Lip Gloss in “Pure Chic”

Rules:

– You can reblog/like it as many times as your little heart desires, but only one reblog will count. I will be entering all participants into a spreadsheet and then letting a random number generator choose the winner. 

– You don’t have to follow me for this. I mean, you’re more than welcome to, but it’s not necessary. My tumblr is basically a whole bunch of space pictures, random fandom things, and me cursing my landlady for not allowing me to have a pet bird (I really want a cockatiel).

This contest will end MARCH 15 because I’m 98% sure the blood that spurted from Julius Caesar’s many stab wounds was the same shade as my signature lipstick color, and I’m all about parallels. 

Like my previous giveaways, I will ship anywhere in the world at no cost to the winner. Also like the previous giveaways, I’ll probably throw in a few more things, because what the hell.

See you in March!

(ps: thanks to stingerhouse for making the lipstick graphic!)

Here is hoping I can win this for my wife’s new makeover.

A Brief Interlude of 3D viewership for Disabled Media Consumers

I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know of a great set of software that will allow you to set the 3D parameters of the videos and movies you watch. As many people know, with a renewed focus of movies and TV shows in the cloud, the ability to have titles that well utilize our 3D HDTV monitors and TV’s is becoming a more complex system. Added costs and limited choices, with a bypass of 3D on many future 4K Ultra HD devices becoming a strong reality, based upon recent expos (like CES 2015), a dicey proposition. 

Software that will make getting our content in a 3D system that we can use in a manageable format a vital piece of our content viewing. This is especially important for those of us, who are disabled, as we may need to adjust the 3D effect of the movies we watch to better suit our vision and hardware requirements. To that end, I recently found a great set of software to make and view 3D content on a PC/HDTV easy and affordable. The website/company is called convert-to-3d.com. Their two products, 3D Video Player and 3D Converter works in tandem to make and view any Non-DRM video file or source in 3D. This software allows you to setup both anaglyph (Red/Cyan lenses) and passive/active HDTV (Real3D) standards.

As in many cases of software titles/suites that I have reviewed before, there are trial versions to try out and see if you like the results. However, for around $25.00 USD (with discounted upgrade prices on major updates) you can make and watch any video file, including your home movies in an immersive way. That is the cost of one 3D-Blu-ray movies, and you can have the same 3D effect on ALL of your non-DRM files! I have tried and gotten the full versions of both, and I think once you try it, you will get it as well. Until next time, roll the film … .

200 followers!!!

izzet-aetherling:

damnyoumodoshuffler:

Remember that foil Gilder Bairn I said I was giving away when I hit 200?

It’s finally up for grabs! Reblog this post and follow me for an entry. Anyone who previously reblogged the last post about it (the one that gave away the EWitness) will simply be getting another entry if they are still following and reblog this!

Also, anyone who earned additional entries through other means will finally get those put to good use!

Yay cool things!

Put my name in the hat!

feelmetal-alchemist:

morivan:

apocalypseawake:

luginub:

What I look for in a girl:

  • Water, 35 litres
  • Carbon, 20 kilograms
  • Ammonia, 4 litres
  • Lime, 1.5 kilograms
  • Phosphorus, 800 grams
  • Salt, 250 grams
  • Saltpeter, 100 grams
  • Sulfur, 80 grams
  • Fluorine, 7.5 grams
  • Iron, 5 grams
  • Silicon, 3 grams
  • Trace amounts of 15 other elements

I dunno, I still think your standards are too high.

A woman like that is gonna cost you an arm and a leg.

It cost Adam a rib!!!

thorinkingoferebor:

Look at that, my precious,

it’s a Hobbit themed follower-appreciation giveaway!

With it I would like to say thank you to all of you! Those of you who’ve been around from the start ages ago and went through what feels like 20 fandoms with me! Those who started following me after AUJ was released and with whom I’ve experienced this amazing journey meeting so many truly brilliant people! And those who’ve only recently started following me and will probably flee in terror very soon once they realize what an emotional mess this blog will be this month^^!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed your stay so far and I hope you will continue to enjoy it for however long you decide to follow me 🙂

Prizes:

  • 7 winners in total, respective prizes as seen above! 🙂

Rules:

  • Must join me on a quest to slay a dragon and reclaim a mountain (funeral costs are not covered but handkerchiefs will be provided!)
  • Simply reblog this post!!! 🙂 (you can reblog it as many times as you want, just don’t spam your followers^^)
  • Must be following me as this is a follower appreciation giveaway, sorry
  • No giveaway blogs!

How the whole thing will work:

  • Giveaway ends at 00:00 (CET) on February 1st, 2015
  • Winners will be chosen via random number generator
  • Make sure your askbox is open so I can contact you!
  • I will make a  tiny announcement once the winners have been chosen and contacted
  • If I don’t hear back from you within 48 hours another winner will be chosen
  • Obviously I will be needing your address so if you’re a minor, please ask your legal guardian for permission first! All addresses will be deleted as soon as the parcels are on their way!
  • I will be shipping worldwide 🙂
  • If you already own one/several of these items but would like to enter nonetheless, please just add a comment in the tags about which item you don’t want and I’ll see what I can do 😉
  • Any questions? Please feel free to message me 🙂

Good Luck! 🙂

Here is my entry!