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Quoting AlunH:
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Quoting movie_madness:
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Like it or not, IMDb is the most complete database of its kind though not 100% perfect.  But imagine what a time-saver it would've been had DVDP had it built-in.  Having 100% curated info collected by real humans is nice, but how is it working out exactly after all these years?  DVDP would be long dead (and we too) and we still wouldn't achieve a satisfactory level of completeness of data.  I have LONG ditched DVDP in favor of a catalog program I designed myself which can import IMDb cast & crew automatically and effortlessly, saving humongous time while still having more complete info than most of you.
I watch a lot of old TV and I like the database to be complete.  If it's not, I'll submit a complete cast list to the database.  Sometimes the prints used for DVD have credits which can be difficult to read, and I'll then check what I *think* the correct spelling of a blurry character's name is against the IMDb.  I have yet to find a single listing which does not have at least one mistake in it.

I don't have a Blu-ray drive in my PC, so when I have to submit credits for a Blu-ray release, I'm reliant on taking pictures with my iPhone and then patiently transcribing them (time consuming and annoying, I know.  I really must get around to buying and fitting a BD drive).  Sometimes my iPhone doesn't take a perfect picture, and again I have to check the spelling of a character's name or actor's name to the IMDb.  Even with recent credits (the ones which the database confirms have been verified) I find mistakes in every single listing.

I'm happy to double-check a spelling of something against the IMDb, or to clarify a typo in an actor's name, but beyond that I wouldn't trust the IMDb's credits an inch.

I've contributed quite a lot of profiles, and I'd say that at least 1000 of my contributions have been complete cast lists for films and TV which I've very carefully checked against the actual credits of the series or film I'm submitting.  That's how having 100% curated information is working out - by some of us putting in a lot of work.

What we really need is a two-tier checking system for a complete cast list which, when verified, is shared across every UPC of that release across all regions.  User DarthFather, for instance, has just put a lot of effort into completing the listing for season five of Elementary.  If a second checker could verify it, there should be away to copy that information immediately across all releases and regions for the series.  That's the one thing that would save time.


By "complete," I mean having a good percentage of titles with cast & crew.  Your efforts would merely yield a *small* percentage of titles with supposedly accurate cast & crew.  And that is not what most people think "complete" means.  And your percentage shrinks every year due to fewer and fewer contributors and more and more new titles every year.  In other words, the data become *more and more incomplete* every year.  There is no point denying such an obvious thing.  This is how Leonard Maltin had to end his movie guide with his supposedly accurate curated info.  The 30,000 titles in his book, no matter how accurate the data and how diligent he was able to keep with curating the data, are no match to the millions of titles at IMDb.
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A lot of other catalog programs have BUILT-IN link to IMDb, and it is sad that the best program of its kind, DVD Profiler, doesn't.  The Cast&Crew 2 plugin is nice, but as mentioned earlier, it is not much of a time-saver as it still requires a lot of mouse-clicks and copying-and-pasting.  In the early 2000s, when DVD Profiler came out and IMDb was still in its relative infancy and not very reliable, ignoring IMDb would seem like a smart move, but now it seems just dumb now.  Like it or not, IMDb is the most complete database of its kind though not 100% perfect.  But imagine what a time-saver it would've been had DVDP had it built-in.  Having 100% curated info collected by real humans is nice, but how is it working out exactly after all these years?  DVDP would be long dead (and we too) and we still wouldn't achieve a satisfactory level of completeness of data.  I have LONG ditched DVDP in favor of a catalog program I designed myself which can import IMDb cast & crew automatically and effortlessly, saving humongous time while still having more complete info than most of you.
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Quoting widescreenforever:
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yes I have installed and run a bought program called Fixme stick..  and the anitivirus is malwarebytes, as well as win 10 windows defender ..


The downside of USB sticks is that it can be written to, should the malware be designed to do it.  Many regular antivirus programs let you create a "boot CD-ROM" or "rescue disk" that you use to boot up the PC and scan for malware.  And a read-only CD cannot be written to.
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Quoting widescreenforever:
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no it wasn't malware as the PC was formatted and internet worked ,, brought in a software program which I found out wasn't the vpn  but another program  ..  this program closed the net for me within 24 hours in some cases
now I don't run that program anymore  but use my usual program for the past dozen years ..

and have not had any other problems..

case closed  thanks to all..


And have you formatted your PC after removing that offending program?  If not, then you still have to scan for malware.  What you described sounds like malware behavior to me.  Simply uninstalling the offending program may still leave remnants of the program behind.  It wouldn't hurt to do a malware scan.  It wouldn't hurt to do it regularly even when you don't have problems.
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Quoting widescreenforever:
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second professional looked at the problem and decided a software program I had installed  ( a vpn site) was the culprit. , we removed uninstalled the software & right now the laptop is running quickly and efficiently on the net , I usually bounce back and forth between google chrome and firefox mozilla ..

will monitor this latest fix ..


Were you using this VPN service when you lost Internet connection?

Now that you started looking at this being a possible software problem, I suppose your technician has checked for malware on your PC, because that would be the first and foremost software issue I would think of.  And yes, lots of malware could make you lose Internet connection, often at a specified time decided by the malware's author.
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If Wi-Fi works with your wireless printer but not with the Internet, then it could be your Internet connection that has the problem.  If you are using cable Internet then my guess is your cable modem is not functioning well, which could also be caused by bad cable connection in your neighborhood (which your cable company should fix for you for free).  The next time your Internet connection goes out, reboot your cable modem.  If the Internet comes back on, then you have the answer.  If this is indeed the case, then replacing the network adapter in your laptop will not fix it (which means you just wasted your money).
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Hi, while this plugin lets you retrieve uncredited cast, there doesn't seem to be a way to retrieve uncredited crew (such as in this movie).  Did I miss the feature, or will it be added?  Thanks and a happy new year.
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The cellphone addiction is depicted nicely in this 2013 viral video that got 50 million views.  The lady in the first shot made this video, which shows that everywhere she goes, she sees people who are stuck to their little screens.
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Quoting 69samael69:
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Out of curiosity, has the user base shrunk? I've notice the last year or so that I've been getting a lot more content that I have to enter myself, especially for box sets and collections. Maybe I'm just unlucky.


The user base has never been big to begin with, as this is a niche hobby after all.  Even if movie-collecting isn't a niche, movie-collecting in large quantity to the point that you need software to manage it is definitely a niche thing to do.

Missing titles and missing info in existing titles in the DVDP database have always been a problem.  That's why a few years ago I created my own movie collection using software and techniques that I designed, including the ability to import cast and crew data from IMDb automatically and programmatically, the ability to look up my collection anywhere on the web (cloud feature), the ability to use unicode characters, etc.  I've posted about this on this forum, so check my post history for detail. 

With all the missing info on DVDP and the need for you to do your own entries, at times you feel like you are the one creating the database, not Invelos and the contributors.  So you might as well create one on your own, which is what I did.  If you have programming skills, definitely give this a consideration. 

I also imported all of Leonard Maltin's reviews into my database so they appear whenever I access a title. 
I even put in "disc-specific" cast & crew, such as the people who do audio commentaries, interviews, or any content outside of the movie itself that I deem important enough to be searched for.  In fact, I can put in ANY info I want in the way I want.  And that's because I have the database structure I want.  That happens to be another reason why I ditched DVDP: because its database structure has some major limitations.  I mentioned this in detail in my older posts also.
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