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Quoting grim_tales1:
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I can't use Profiler at all and add titles to my collection      When I tried adding something I get "DVD Profiler is unable to acquire access to the file. Please check file and directory attributes and permissions" and I can't do anything! It was working fine recently

Can you provide a screen shot? That doesn't seem like a DVD Profiler style message. Perhaps it is coming from somewhere else, such as a plugin.
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Quoting AiAustria:
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... dirty hands and dirty thoughts? 

No, it was when I glanced quickly over "bits and bobs", turned and looked again and then smiled when I realized my mistake. 
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Thanks, had a big laugh when I misread one of the words. I'll leave it up to the reader ... 
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Some news. With the help of GSyren, I have been working on a version of HTTPJoile that includes a TCP connection, which does not need to be "run as administrator." Unfortunately, we then lose the most convenient client, a web browser, which needs HTTP.

So, I have updated udpWatcher, better thought of as Client for HTTPJolie, so that it handles both HTTP and TCP modes, and allows a user experience similar to that of a web browser for extracting information from a server running inside DVD Profiler.

In addition, I have added a capability for servers to "announce" themselves, so that people and programs can know which servers are available. The number of servers is limited only by the number of instances of DVD Profiler you can run in your network.

I am finalizing documentation updates and doing a bit more testing and hopefully will be able to release the updated plugin within a few days.

To reiterate the main purpose of HTTPJolie: to allow non-programmers to obtain data from DVD Profiler in ways similar to plugins - without actually being a plugin; and to allow other developers to build clever tools and obtain data from DVD Profiler with reasonable performance, again without the tool itself needing to be hosted as a plugin.
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Quoting scotthm:
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One place you might try is Wikipedia.  It will often tell you whether a song was composed specifically for a film or otherwise.  At least you can use that as a starting point for further investigation if desired.

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You were correct!    I love theme songs, so I did a search and got this Wiki.
I remember when Elvira Madigan was raging. What a movie. And the "Theme From Elvira Madigan"? It is (as I'm sure you know) Mozart Piano Concerto #21, an absolutely divine piece of music. Listening now.

How did Mozart know about the movie so far ahead of time?     
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I do not contribute a lot, but I do pay attention to both grammar and common sense. On both counts, I agree with the points you are making.
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Nice discussion guys. I am learning a lot.
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Yeah, I made my comments based on past years when hard drive cost per GB was at least 5x of what it is now. I couldn't afford the most expensive RAID controllers, so the bottom line was that in order to increase my reliability, I had to buy super expensive enterprise drives. Finally, after many episodes of days of nail biting rebuilds after a RAID crash, I decided to abandon RAID in favor of multiple cheap copies.

So now I have my media server with all 2021 / 2020 media, my main backup server with about 40 - 60 TB spinning, and my offline archival server with over 60TB. Every day, I Robocopy sync the media machine with the online server, and every couple of weeks I power on the offline server, and the same software brings it up to date. As my library grows, I replace smaller drives in the servers and just store the retired drives on the shelf as another level of backup. I must have 3 or more copies of my favorite media, and I have a custom inventory program.

Since I gave up on RAID, I have not had any more of those days long rebuilds. I use the RAID board just for neat management of the hardware, and Windows Server Essentials 2012 to manage the shared folders and PC backups.

Edit: I admit that in those days, I made the mistake that lots of people do, of conflating the availability run-time objectives of RAID with that of asset protection (backup). Redundancy during runtime is not equivalent to having a backup copy of the data. I learned that the hard way, early on. That was another reason I decided that asset protection was most important to me. Since consumer media is archival in nature, it doesn't matter if a few videos or movies are offline for a bit of time, while you replace a failed drive and copy over from a backup.
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In my experience, the cost and headache of RAID or any other scheme that messes with the file system has exceeded any potential savings. The price of hard drive storage has fallen so dramatically that now you can afford to have 2 or 3 copies and just keep them in a drawer or safe. No need for expensive enterprise drives. Just make multiple copies on cheap USB drives. Since the backups are not online, the risk of losing all your copies at the same time is virtually zero, assuming you keep them physically separate.
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It seems Warner should be offering some kind of replacement program. Do they?

Another thought. VUDU disc to digital, if it still exists. If the disc can be read enough to validated, then it is a cheap way to get a digital copy.

Oh, now I see the comment about the Archive.
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Um, ok thanks.  I think that means I have to check every disc that gets filtered by that list. Unless somebody can just tell me, someday I will read that forum link and determine the correct date range.
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I'm sorry for being so uninformed in this area, but I still don't understand the best way to determine which DVDs are candidates for my concern. When I filter my profiles by "Studio", I get a list that includes 16 entries that contain the name "Warner" or "Warner Bros". Are all of these DVDs released between 2006 and 2010(?) suspect, or only some of those studios?

The list I see:

Warner Animaton Group
Warner Bros Entertainment
Warner Bros Pictures
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Entertainment
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Benelux
Warner Bros. Pictures
Warner Bros. Television
Warner Home Video
Warner Home Video Benelux
Warner Music Video
Warner Music Vision
Warner Premiere
Warner-Elektra-Atlantic
WE &Co
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Quoting GSyren:
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Quoting mediadogg:
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By the way, there is some hot shot tool guy that has a program - some kind of task scheduler. You could setup a task to start Profiler in the morning as elevated, shut it down and restart un-elevated for backups, etc. 

Yeah, I thought about that. But there are security restrictions that foil that idea:
1) DvdpScheduler starts on Windows startup. But you can't start a program elevated that way, so it will always run un-elevated.
2) DvdpScheduler can't start a program in elevated mode unattended.
3) DvdpScheduler can't shut down an elevated program (un-elevated programs can't send keystrokes to elevated programs).


Have you ever tried converting it into a service? Turns out to be dead easy, and might remove some of those restrictions.  Running DVD Profiler as a service didn't work for me, but it works great for simpler executables. See here.
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Hey now, nothing like being served code on a silver platter! 
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By the way, there is some hot shot tool guy that has a program - some kind of task scheduler. You could setup a task to start Profiler in the morning as elevated, shut it down and restart un-elevated for backups, etc. 
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That might be useful to have as part of the udpWatcher sample code, if you don't mind that I include it. Hopefully, either I or somebody else will help me figure out how to remove that elevated requirement.
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In my collection, there are 16 Studios that start with the word "Warner". Is there any particular one, or all of them I have to search for? I want to see if there are any DVDs I care enough about to pull them for a test.
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Thanks, just sent you a PM with the answer to your question.
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Yay, got a customer!!! For privacy, I will not reveal the user, but thank you! As the first official customer, you will get priority on a suggested improvement or added feature, if I can do it for reasonable effort. You can PM me if you don't want to be public.
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Interesting. No comments from the wider community. no downloads. Is it the plugin, is it me, or what? I seem to remember quite a few requests for a "server" of some sorts to the DVD Profiler database. Of course if it could have been made a true server, it obviously already would have been. But a simple way to get "instant" results from a browser, or a program, without needing to write your own plugin, anywhere in the network - don't get why that is not interesting. 

I mean, if nobody wants it, even as free, then what am I doing?

Anybody care to share a view? (Gunnar, thanks for already sharing via PM).
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Oops, sorry I thought I was posting a reply to a PM. Just woke up, still foggy.
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Still testing ...
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In V.11, the picture for actress rika ishikawa (ishikawa rika) is actually that of Kamei Eri
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Regarding my web site:

Just a note to folks about accessing my plugins. As I have posted before, I have no need for any personal information, and there is no need for you to give it. You can login as "Mickey Mouse" for all I care. But if you want to get update notices, and the ability to download new versions forever, then it makes sense to at least use a valid email address.

As a developer, who spends hundreds of hours and hundreds of dollars supporting my hobby of providing "free" plugins, I think I have the right to at least have an idea of the value I am providing. One way is to know how many downloads. I get very little forum feedback. And "free" should not mean "worthless."

If I can't convince myself that people value what I am doing (and it doesn't have to be a lot - I've been known to spend weeks solving a problem for a single user), then I need to re-evaluate my priorities in life. My hope is that my work is providing value. Otherwise, why would I be doing it ...

Also, as I have posted before, I do have a dummy account that anybody can use to login and download. Just PM me.

One more thing: If any web guru out there wants to donate some code that works on my site as a "download counter," I would be happy to take a look at it, as a possible alternative to the login process. Just PM me.
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Actually I didn't release my version yet. Maybe not needed now, I'll have to study the video more. Yeah, looks like what would be the point.

The other functions relating to scanning a flagged set of profiles and validating the discIDs are ready for release, so I will quit work on the Add functionality. I got carried away attempting to automate based on intercepting the "not recognized" message, and it is nearly ready. I might release that part someday, as a challenge.
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