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Re: What is a good, free, PDF to JPG converter?

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I've used Xpdf before. It takes a little time to get the command right but it might work for you. Looks like you'd need pdftopng then a second pass to convert PNG to JPG (ffmpeg or imagemagick). I used it for work once. We asked for a spreadsheet and they sent PDFs and wouldn't budge. Xpdf came to …

What is a good, free, PDF to JPG converter?

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What is a good, free Windows program I can use to batch convert PDF files to JPG files, please? I have used TTRPDFToJPG3 ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/ttrpdftojpg/ ) which would be ideal, except that when it batch converts the PDFs, it puts every outputted JPG into one folder, instead of …

What is a genuine PC?

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Further to a discussion at work today, most PCs are actually 'PC compatibles' (as they used to be called), as a genuine PC is made by IBM, who invented (or at least came to be most associated with) the format. Is that literally correct? Are 'real' PCs still being made?If not, what were the last …

Re: What game are you playing now?

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I play Cue Club, it's a fun but a bit forgotten game.. I love Snooker/Pool games. The ones I have played the most are Virtual Pool 3 on the PC, and Virtual Pool 64 on the Nintendo 64 (though I never forgave Virtual Pool 64 for not supporting Snooker, but it was excellent otherwise), and in the 90s …

Re: Turok Dinosaur Hunter Help

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Turok: Dinosaur Hunter is a fantastic game, that I always felt was under-rated by non-N64 owners. It was very popular on the N64, admittedly partly because it was one of the first N64 games to come out (the N64 suffered from a dearth of games, early on). But on the PC, it seemed to gain very little …

Re: We Need to Preserve the Vanilla Quake Experience for Modern Systems

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Be thankful you're using a PC, as getting older consoles (N64, SNES, Playstation, Atari 2600, etc) to even display the right colours and with no screen jumping on a modern TV can be both troublesome and expensive, and even if you do find a decent and not too expensive upscaler or HDMI converter, …

Cars now have micro-transactions!

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This will sound like a very late April-fools' article, but it's really not... Quote: " BMW has sparked debate after offering an online subscription to turn on heated front seats in its cars in the UK for £15 per month. A monthly heated steering wheel subscription costs £10. Subscriptions have been …

What program is this, please?

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I am trying to find a program for someone who's laptop I have fixed. The program keeps an encrypted text file full of her passwords, so she starts the program, enters her password, and the list of passwords is listed as a text file, so she can copy and paste the passwords or URLS etc into any …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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I didn't say it first appeared in 1992, I said it was popularized in 1992. That said the complaints about game breaking bugs are nonsensical too. Really not buying your justification for why you feel this is relevant; if there's a thread that says "reasons to hate modern games" then logically I …

Re: Scanning manuals so that text find / searching works

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I haven't OCR-ed anything for a while, but when I did so at work, ABBYY Fine Reader is the program I used, and it was really good, with the outputted text rarely needing any manual editing. I might have used other programs (I've worked at a few different places over the years) but if so I can't …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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Come to think of it, has no one mentioned the annoying modern-ish trend whereby a mandatory official patch can prevent popular third party mods from working (either stopping them working completely, or causing unwanted bugs and glitches int he mods)? This is no doubt a problem going back decades ( …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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My main issue with modern games is that you do not own them. If Steam sometime in the future decides to remove your favorite game it is gone. In some cases it can be removed from history. Yep. The digital download versions of Grand Theft Auto 3 and it's sequels have already fallen victim to a …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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- The game mechanic whereby the screen turns red when you are injured, making it harder to see the enemies or anything. That's like, from 1992. How far are we stretching modern games again? I mean it's not the first complaint I've read here that was popular in the 90s. The title of this thread is " …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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Also, Bioshock has an option to disable vita-chambers, by not using it you degrade a game into an interactive novel with no consequences where the rules don't matter. It becomes a puzzle with a set and simple solution. I am no fan of the Vita chambers in Bioshock 1 and 2, because they just make …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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The system requirements are also steep in modern renditions. For the arcade genre, Pacman (1980) at Steam has these minimum requirements: Windows 7, 8(64bit); Processor: 2.3 Ghz; 2 GB RAM; Intel HD Graphics 3000; DirectX Version 9.0c; 1500 MB available space The original requirements are: CPU is a …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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What about the things that no gamer in history has ever asked for, but that the game developers kindly inflicted, sorry, gifted upon us? For example: - Unskippable cutscenes (seriously, who thought this would be appreciated by people paying good money to play the games?), - Unskippable cutscenes ( …

Re: Reasons to hate modern games

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I think Bioshock Infinite would have been great without the meaningless repetitive action. I think the first Bioshock would have also been great without the meaningless repetitive action. Are you referring to the thousands (it seems like) of times where you have to play the old video game ' …

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