Windows XP Support Ended April 8th

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  1. jack

    jack Administrator Staff Member

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    For everyone who's living under a rock and still uses Windows XP, please consider the following:

    http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/xpocalypse-now-windows-xp-support-has-ended/

    (read the rest through the link above..)

    Just tossing it out there, if your Windows XP box is still kicking and in active use, but you don't wish to drop a hundred bucks or more to upgrade it to Windows 7/8.1 (considering entirely new computers aren't that much more expensive these days anyhow,) or possibly the machine doesn't have enough 'oomph' to run Win7, do consider switching to an alternative OS like Ubuntu / Linux instead of saying on XP:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

    The latest long term support release of Ubuntu just came out this month, and as a long time Linux user, I have to say this release is as user friendly / non-geeky as they come.

    The only exception will be for MT4/5 users or users of Windows specific trading platforms. There are work arounds, and you can run MT4 on Linux through Wine, but it's not a user friendly process and might be intimidating for non-techie users.

    (Note, I'll drop a thread on how to do MT4 on Linux later.. and other platforms based on Java or HTML5 run just fine on Linux or at worst only need minor tweaks to get going. Examples include: Thinkorswim, IB's TWS, Oanda's fxTrade, Any broker with cTrader Web (link is example), Any broker with Sirix Web (link is example), etc.. actually, I'll probably start another thread with details of all trading platforms that can run on Linux.)
     
  2. bronxterp

    bronxterp Active Member

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    I've been able to upgrade successfully to Ubuntu and have MT4 and FxTrade running smoothly. My question how do I get ICT's videos to run on it? I'm referring to the .wmv formatted vids. I've googled and read the forums and it seems like there's no easy solution to viewing some .wmv videos. I think it might also be related to the gotomeeting as well.
     
  3. jack

    jack Administrator Staff Member

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    Have you tried VLC?

    It plays most video formats.

    Failing that, can you point out which video specifically you're having trouble with? I can download it on my end and see what solutions can be had.
     
  4. omfx

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    @bronxterp

    Do you have the latest version of Window Media Player? You can download it free from the Microsoft website. It should be able to run the .wmv file.
     
  5. sqa

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    VLC is going to be your option. Baring that, you could use Wine and change the encode (via the GoToMeeting codec converter), then Mplayer shouldn't have much issue. FFmpeg should be able to mostly handle the files.

    Minus the fact I just run the converter on them, haha.
     
  6. bronxterp

    bronxterp Active Member

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    Jack, today's video "Finding Opportunities Now"
    OMFX, I'm using Ubuntu so I dont think I can't download WMP
     
  7. jack

    jack Administrator Staff Member

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    Apparently GoToMeeting and Linux don't get along well... but there's a way to convert it to regular WMV9 encoding that would be playable on Linux.

    Since I already had gone this far, I did the last little bit and did the conversion...

    Try the version of the file I just posted to the other thread:
    http://fxgears.com/forum/index.php/topic,226.msg4693.html#msg4693

    I have it playing now on Ubuntu and it's smooth as butter. :p

    Hope that helps!
     

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