Tuesday, April 4, 2017

After 4 years, SRTEd 1.3.0

So finally I released a new version of SRTEd, my own subtitles editor. Honestly, in these four years I didn’t see a better subtitle editor, I still think it’s the most user-friendly editor out there.

The interface didn’t improve much, but there are many bugfixes and minor UI adjusts. It took so long because I entirely rewrote it using my new Win32 library, which I expect to release as open source soon, together with an article explaining what it is and how to take the best out of it.

It can be downloaded from CNET or Softpedia.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Remembering Randy Rhoads

Randy Rhoads last day was March 19, 1982, 35 years ago today. After influencing so many guitarists, I just want to leave this humble tribute here. I’ve played “Crazy Train” in bands in the past, and it was always a lot of fun.

After publishing the video, I realized the guitar track was a bit too loud in the mix. Well, too late, but not too bad.

I used my Suhr Modern Satin, with Suhr SSV/SSH+ (neck/bridge) pickups, and the POD HD500X connected via USB. After using Billy Gibbons’ .007 signature gauge set exclusively for about one year and a half, I tried the D’Addario EXL130 set again, however with a .012 for the G, as I found on my graphic string tension calculator. It feels very balanced now. I don’t know if I’ll use this custom .008 set on all guitars, but I’m keeping it on the Suhr, at least.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A graphic string tension calculator for guitar

I was assembling a custom string set for my guitar, and for that I needed to calculate the tensions of the string gauges, according to the scale length. Although I found a couple string tension calculators online, pretty much all of them had terrible usability. So I decided to write my own string tension calculator, with the best usability I could think of as an user.

It’s hosted on GitHub Pages: https://rodrigocfd.github.io/string-tension-calc/

I also made it open source on my GitHub account, and I hope to make further improvements.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fixing bad font rendering on Chrome 54

I’ve been using Google Chrome browser on Windows 7 x64 these days, and it annoyed me how bad the fonts were being rendered. Too light and somewhat pixelated. After a quick search I found some tips, with most fixes revolving around the LCD antialiasing setting, which didn’t work for me. What did the magic was actually installing and configuring an extension named Font Rendering Enhancer.

This extension has only one setting: “font width”. After adjusting it to “50”, voilà, the fonts started looking good. And, of course, allowing it to work in incognito mode.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Clean tones of Ibanez JPM100 P2

I recorded an improvisation of my 1997 Ibanez JPM100 P2, which has DiMarzio Crunch Lab + LiquiFire instead of the stock DiMarzio Steve’s Special + Air Norton. The previous owner did the replacement, and I kept it because it sounds crazy good. In fact, these new pickups sound very similar to the original ones, but with more gain.

I used my POD HD500X straight into the computer and a set of .007 Dunlop Rev. Willy's Lottery strings.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Visual Studio Code slow startup on Linux

Recently I’ve been having a problem with Visual Studio Code, current version 1.5.2, on Linux. The program startup was too slow. I mean, the absurd of waiting over 40 minutes from the doubleclick until I see the window!

I discovered that there are two executables within the VSCode package: one at the root directory, and other inside “bin” subdir. The outer seems to be a wrapper to the inner, since I made a test and ran the inner executable alone... and bang, VSCode started in about 3 seconds – not an example of quick startup, but acceptable.

So I redirected my shortcut to point directly to the executable inside “bin” subdirectory. Whatever the outer executable does, it’s clearly buggy.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Visual Studio Code keyboard shortcuts

These days I’ve been using Visual Studio Code at work. It’s a nifty editor written in NodeJS. Being a Visual C++ user, however, I missed some keyboard shortcuts I like to use. To remedy this, I customized the “keybindings.json” file to make it more familiar. To use it, go File → Preferences → Keyboard Shortcuts.

As a meta side node, this is the first time I use GitHub’s Gist to share code of mine.