How to play .264 video files solved, player here!

I recently came across the need to play video files saved as .264. After much digging, it seemed I wasn’t alone – and the most common users of these files were people who recently purchased security cameras and were trying to open the video files saved on Micro SD cards from their cameras! You would think an H.264 video codec wouldn’t be so hard to find, but for some reason nothing I tried allowed me to play the file. After some additional research, I found that the company Zmodo is the most common camera manufacturer to do this, and they provide a download of their Zmodo Player software. On the page I link to, as it appears currently, you don’t need to choose an analog or a network product, just look below at the list of “popular tools” and download the ZMD Player / ZPlayer software.


Just in case they change their website and my link is dead, you can try to search the web for ZModo’s latest version – but if it is needed, the current version as of the time of publication on this article, ZPlayer_1.0.15.0_Setup.exe, is mirrored here on our website.

The Back Order – Going WAY back



The Backorder was a feature I started in 2009. It was a way for me to declutter my list of games I need to play. For the last three years, I have been playing fewer and fewer “contemporary” games. For the last 18 months or so, I have been “in transition” – the majority of my possessions in boxes. I recently had the terrifying yet fulfilling experience of purchasing a home of my own. I’ll be paying on it for many years, but unboxing and settings things up, pulling out sealed game after sealed game the I still need to play – it’s lit another fire. The backorder list is HUGE, but I’ll be making my way through it sooner, rather than later. Not only contemporary games, but other gems I have picked up in the last few years and just tucked away, or PC games I’ve picked up on digital sales.


My back order list is as follows:

  1. Gears of War Judgment – Xbox 360
  2. Portal 2 – Steam
  3. New Super Luigi U – Wii U
  4. Spider-Man – Atari 2600
  5. Uncharted 3 – Playstation 3
  6. 7th Guest – Steam
  7. 11th Hour – Steam
  8. The Walking Dead (Telltale) Season 1 – 400 days – Xbox 360
  9. The Walking Dead (Telltale) Season 2 – Xbox 360
  10. Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze – Wii U
  11. Halo 2600 – Atari 2600
  12. Bioshock Infinite – Steam
  13. Wario Land – Virtual Boy
  14. Grand Theft Auto V – Xbox 360
  15. Perfect Dark – Nintendo 64
  16. Castle in the Darkness – Steam


Not to mention all of the Xbox 360 GAMES WITH GOLD promotional downloads that came out in the last year or so, or other games that I would be interested in catching up on like The Witcher series of games. On top of that, the plans I have are finally moving forward for more content coming soon! But first, I’m going to POWER through these games as quickly as possible!

How to export your entire Last.FM Listening and Scrobble history data

If you were anything like for the last decade, you listened to a lot of music. I had the AudioScrobbler plugin for WinAmp, so that I could use their data tracking to help me discover new music. Then Last.FM bought AudioScrobbler and I got on board with their service, which used Scrobble data from thousands of users to help you discover other music you might like, long before services like Pandora or Beats tried to create a custom channel for you. But now that it looks like Last.FM is on the way out, and that data may still be relevant to you. You may be wondering how you can export your last.fm Scrobble history? Somebody made it quite easy for you. Continue reading

Club Nintendo announces closure details – last days to redeem points!

Below is the announcement, in full, from Nintendo of America, Inc. regarding the closure of Club Nintendo.  In short, you can still add coins to your account until March 31st, and you can purchase items from Club Nintendo by redeeming those coins until June 30th.  On July 1st, 2015, all coins will be deleted and products no longer available.  I have redeemed coins for a couple of small items over the years, and Nintendo has made available some new posters and cool 3DS XL Pouches, as well as new downloadable games and DLC, to help people use up their remaining coin balance.  The rest of this post contains the official Nintendo of America announcement:
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Will the government notify you that they read your emails? Eventually… maybe.

Recently, my sister, a Bar-certified lawyer in the state of California, asked me a great question with regards to all of the recent talk about email privacy. She noted that the article says that, if these amendments take hold, that the government is supposed to notify you within 3-business days that they had snooped in your email. But she wondered, what constituted notification? This brought several other questions to my mind, so I did some digging. Continue reading

NuAngel – more than an online handle to me

Strange as it is to say, I don’t know if I’ll ever “not be” NuAngel. As I mentioned a few years ago, I registered NuAngel@hotmail.com as an email address on February 8th, 1999. Now, it’s been another 3 years, making the name “NuAngel” over 16 years old. As I once mentioned, I may have used the name as a nickname on ICQ or a handful of other places before registering at Hotmail. But once it was my Hotmail address, it stuck.


I’ve used the name on every network I could register on. Social networks. Gaming networks. Forums. Comments sections on news sites. It didn’t matter. I have been beaten to the name a few times, sometimes I don’t mind, sometimes I wish I had gotten there sooner. Some people have commented that there is already a NuAngel, inc. in the world. Their trademark was registered before I came up with a handle on the Internet, that is true. But I don’t think I have ever tarnished their brand, and I don’t think there’s much chance of confusing our two purposes. In fact, when the time comes for me to have kids, I wholly intend to purchase an inordinate amount of NuAngel, inc. products!


But today is a milestone. As I mentioned, I began using the name, almost on a whim, in 1999. 16 years ago. I’m currently 30. I’ve literally gone over half of my life as NuAngel. I love this name. I love this identity. I’m proud of my public persona, glad to be a semi-public figure. My F-Level Internet celebrity has rarely been a curse, has really made things enjoyable. And I plan to jump back in to it in the near future. More updates coming later this year, but I have been happy to make this site an archive of my past. Don’t worry, even if another site comes online, content will be mirrored here! NuAngel.net is home.

iCloud Brute Force password list

A new tool has been released by a group of hackers that makes hacking things like your iCloud account VERY easy. You may not know you have an iCloud account, but if you have an iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or have ever bought a song from iTunes, you have an iCloud account.

The hacking tool includes a pre-made list of 500 default password it runs through in a fraction of a second. Continue reading

Maybe the most important video I can share today…

Frankly, I think I have posted this one before, but I’m glad to post it again. folding@home is something I’ve talked about before, but I really do think it would be great if we could get more people to join the project. Watch the video below to learn what it is all about.




If you’re interested, joining is easy. Just visit folding.stanford.edu and click the “Download” or “Start Folding” buttons. Download, install, enjoy. :) If you have questions about joining the stats ranking programs (fun, competitive point-tracking systems), feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll go in to more detail!

FIXED! Sprint ATIV S Neo Developer Preview 8.1 Unable to Activate after Reset

There has clearly been an issue with Windows the Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and CDMA phones. The issue was discovered a while ago, but it wasn’t an issue you were aware of, typically, until it was too late. My issue was that, after having to “factory default” my phone, it refused to properly reactivate with my carrier, Sprint. I had texting and voice calls, but no data or picture messages. Some research suggested the APN data just needed to be filled in, but calling Sprint resulted in being told that they don’t give out APN information because they provision over NAI, and their support forum was painfully not supportive.

Complaints aside, there is a way to fix this. Continue reading