29 September 2019: Patriots at Bills

The defense on both sides came to play. I’d say if Josh had gone game manager instead of trying to win the game, the Bills might have won. Really, if not for one bad punt block and return for TD it might have been a different game. My thoughts – the Bills outplayed the Patriots* and themselves.

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22 September 2019: Bengals at Bills

Phew. Yet another game that we dominate in stats yet somehow manage to keep close. I guess Josh just wants to keep his comeback streak alive. Three games this season he’s had to come from behind to win (the Giants game was kind of a fluke, but he still had to come back.)

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15 September 2019: Bills at Giants

How do you stop Saquon Barkley? Apparently by scoring so you force the Giants to pass. Not the offensive showing that the Cowboys mustered against the Giants, but the Bills weren’t at home either. Speaking of – this is the first time in Bills history they’ve started off 2-0 with both games away.

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8 September 2019: Bills at Jets

Four turnovers. In the first half. In an away game. Oddsmakers give the traveling team that has a 0-4 turnover ratio about a 0.05% chance of winning.


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RPCS3 (PS3 emulator) tips and tricks

This is not a how-to for downloading and installing RPCS3. That can be found many places on the net.

This is how to get the games to work using RPCS3. The tricks and extra stuff that somehow isn’t explained on the site, or elsewhere. At least, nowhere I could find.

1. How to get the game. I recommend using .PKG files, as they are easily “installed” into RPCS3 in that format. ISO format will work as well, but is a bit more complicated.
A. The good news is getting the .pkg files is quite easy. Download and extract PSN Stuff. This is version 3.07.09 but it can be updated from inside the program.
B. This is a screenshot of the program once it is up and running. The first thing you’ll have to do after running it is to click on the button for “Update Database”. This downloads the list of PS3 games along with their “Game ID” numerical designation (either NPXXXXXXX or BLXXXXXXX depending on whether it is a PSN or BluRay image, respectively.)
C. Find a game that can be played on RPCS3. You can check this list here for the list of “fully playable” game according to user input at RPCS3.net. Note that this list only means the game is compatible with RPCS3. Your computer still has to be powerful enough to actually run it at the proper speed.
D. Enter the Game ID of the game you’ve selected into the Search bar. Click on the “Download Package” button and wait for the game to finish downloading to the Downloads folder in your PSN Stuff directory. It will bring up a box that tells you when it has completed downloading, and ask whether you want to validate the download. I recommend you select “Yes”. It should only take a moment to validate as it is done via SHA comparison.
E. Click the “Save rap” button. THIS IS IMPORTANT. You will need the .rap file later to install the .pkg game file into RPCS3.

Fix Plex scaling and HDR issues with new Windows Plex player app

If you just want to jump to the solution and skip the background/details on what the issue is, click here.

Plex has recently released a new Windows application for playing videos from a Plex server.If you visit their blog on the subject, they’ll tell you this new application basically emulates the GUI of the browser version but includes full pass-through of HDR, multi-channel audio, and many audio and video codecs for which the web browser requires server side transcoding. It also includes the ability to sync videos, which before required the use of the Windows Store Plex app (blech.)

They’ll also tell you they are soon ending support for the venerable Plex Media Player, which has been my HTPC player of choice for a few years due to its fantastic GUI, ability to quickly show information on the video being streamed, and full codec and pass-through support made it basically the best of all worlds. No – it did not support syncing to the local PC, only streaming. But I only used syncing of videos on my tablet or cell phone anyway.

The problem with the new application is if you’re using it on a 4K display, especially one with HDR, it has some serious flaws “out of the box”, so to speak. Namely, many people enable scaling on their 4K monitors so the text doesn’t look like this. Great – until you run the new Plex app which doesn’t support Windows scaling (a known issue that they are working toward resolution.)

Another issue is when you decide to play videos full screen (sarcasm) I mean, who would want to use the entire 4K of your 4K TV/monitor to play 4K videos, right? (/sarcasm) then you’d get a quick blink of the screen…and HDR would be disabled.

What. the. f*?!

Solution: As mentioned above, Plex is aware of the scaling problems and has posted a user-enabled temporary solution, which DOES ACTUALLY WORK.

Windows 10 Instructions

  1. Right click on (ed. Windows*) start menu, select System
  2. Type environment into the Find a setting search box on the left of the Settings window
  3. Select Edit environment variables for your account
  4. Click New… in the User variables for {userName} section to open the Edit User Variable dialog
  5. Enter PLEX_SCALE_FACTOR for Variable name
  6. Enter one of these values for the “Variable value”:
    • Values are bucketed; eg 1.1 and 1.24 are both clamped to 1.25
    • Any value below 1.0 is clamped to 1.0
    • Any value above 2 is clamped to 2.25
  7. Press OK to close the Edit User Variable dialog
  8. Press OK once more to close the Environment Variables dialog

*I added the comment that in step 1 you are to right click on the Windows start menu after I right clicked all over the map in the Plex app to no avail since I initially assumed this would require a manual change in the Plex player application settings.

After I did this – for my 4K 50″ TV I set the “Variable value” in step 6 to 2.0 – and closed then reopened the new Plex for Windows application voilà!. I could see and read the text and icons clearly from the 10′ range, not to mention using my remote keyboard/mouse was much faster since I didn’t have to scroll, scroll, scroll, scroll, I’m almost halfway across the screen with my mouse pointer, scroll, scroll, etc just to get around the gigantic and mostly unused Plex window.

But the bonus – and probably more important – was when I watched an HDR video in full screen, the screen didn’t do it’s little blink reset and lose HDR. I opened the Windows settings for Display where you can enable HDR, and alt-tabbed back and forth between it and Plex and the HDR remained enabled in the Windows Settings. My TV showed HDR enabled while playing the video.

I’m sure this will all break again sometime in the next week, but for tonight, life is good.