Dear Webby: Best video format 



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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to the District Council in Bromsgrove, England Gardener told to take down barbed wire to protect thieves A gardener who put up barbed wire to protect his allotment from thieves has been ordered to take it down in case intruders hurt themselves. Bill Malcolm, 61, was told to "remove it on health and safety grounds" by the local council which owns the allotments in Marlbrook, Worcestershire. He erected the deterrent after thieves struck three times in four months, stealing more than 300 worth of spades, forks, hoes and wrecking his potato patch in the process. Mr Malcolm said: "It's an absolutely ridiculous situation, all I wanted was to protect my property but the wire had to go in case a thief scratched himself. "I told them to let the thief sue me so at least that way I would know who was breaking into my allotment but everything I said fell on deaf ears. "The barbed wire was a single strand and ringing my property only. It was just three foot high and wasn't as though I'd dug a moat filled with piranha and erected six foot iron railings." A spokesman for Bromsgrove District Council made it clear on whose side they stood.
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From the Tech Support Pits: From: Arnie Re: Which video format is best? Dear Webby I am trying to put some short videos on my web page. There are so many different formats, that I am totally confused. I don't want to use the rough quality that the kids use on uTube, but I don't want the visitor to have to wait all evening for it to load. What is a good compromise for decent quality and reasonable loading speed? Arnie Dear Arnie The real secret to decent loading speed is a tripod. Compression saves a key frame and then just saves what changes between that and the next frame. If the camera is on a tripod, only the action part changes. If you jitter it around, everything changes. That results in a large final file, which will take much longer to load, no matter what format you use. Next you have to consider your audience. In North America and Asia over 90% of visitors have Flash Player, 75% have Windows Media Player. In Europe they seem to favor Quicktime, not because it is better or faster, -it defintely is not-, but because they tend to be more religious about using non-Microsoft products. Both Flash (flv, swf) and Media Player (wmv) CAN deliver excellent, professional quality video on a decent connetion. On slow connections Flash is usually better. It starts streaming sooner, but it may slow down or even stop, until the loading catches up, and then sometimes give you some very fast motion. When a fast start is not that important, I prefer Media Player format (wmv). The motion is steady throughout, and the video quality is just as good, sometimes even better than with Flash. Have FUN! DearWebby

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An 18th-century vagabond in England, exhausted and famished, came to a roadside Inn with a sign reading: "George and the Dragon." He knocked. The Innkeeper's wife stuck her head out a window. "Could ye spare some victuals?" he asked. The woman glanced at his shabby, dirty clothes. "No!" she shouted. "Could I have a pint of ale?" "No!" she shouted. "Could I at least sleep in your stable?" "No!" she shouted again. The vagabond said, "Might I please...?" "What now?" the woman screeched, not allowing him to finish. "D'ye suppose," he asked, "that I might have a word with George?"
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