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New Operating System for Asus EEE 900A

One of my children bought an Asus EEE 900A. Its a very attractive little machine. 9 inch screen that is surprisingly easy to view, a small but ergonomic keyboard, and, because this device uses solid state storage, it is silent and has excellent battery life. The downside, the disk drive is only 4 Gb. Before we bought it 4 Gb …

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Cinema proportion TV

I often wondered why all the new flat screen LCD and plasma screens were 16:9 ratio. This is a nice ratio but only the equivalent of cinema widescreen (1.85 to 1 in the USA and 1.66 to 1 in Europe). I love the Panavision or Cinemascope ratio (2.35 to 1) because this is how we see (i.e. your peripheral vision …

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BudURL

I just set up an account with BudURL. Like some similar services it takes a long URL and shortens it. The twist with BudURL is that is includes analytics behind each link that you create. So, for example, you could include a BudURL link in a Twitter Tweet and then see analytics on any clicks on that link. I will …

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Removing blank lines from OpenOffice labels

Its nearly Christmas and last night I created my Christmas card address labels, a task I do not overly like. I am a big fan of OpenOffice, it does everything that I need, everything that MS Office does that is of any importance and sometimes more, for example you have a huge amount of flexibility in which file types it …

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Podcasting tutorial video

I just created a video of a presentation I made recently. It covers podcasting 101, including how to subscribe to a podcast, and how to create you own podcast, including microphone selection and software. The podcasting presentation can be found here.

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Ikonoskop launches new camera

Ikonoskop is an innovative manufacturer of movie cameras based in my favorite city, Stockholm, Sweden. A few years ago they created a super 16mm film camera called the A-cam SP-16. The camera was designed to be inexpensive and light. It was able to achieve this by using 100ft spools of 16 mm film (rather than 200 ft or 400ft used …

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One thing I do like about Explorer 7

Most of my browsing is done using Firefox. Apart from the obvious advantage that it is not a Microsoft product, I very much like the ability to easily add plugins. I also like the tabs (although, of course, Explorer 7 has tabs.) One thing I really like about Explorer 7 though, is the way you can zoom in and out …

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Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition

I just bought the full version of Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Edition and I can confirm that, just like trial version mentioned previously, it seems to be able to use the AVCHD files from my Canon HG10 camcorder. I purchased it from Amazon, opting for the CDs and box version, rather than the download, and it was considerably cheaper than …

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Subversion WordPress upgrade

One of the strongest features of WordPress is that care that has been taken to make upgrading to a new version as easy as possible. I have never had anything but the most minor problems, compared to some CMS software that I tried that failed miserably and I had to abandon. This time I used subversion to upgrade. I has …

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Blue Snowball comparison with Samson USB microphone

A client of mine has started a series of podcasts. Thus far I have recorded the podcasts using the Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser Microphone discussed in a previous blog posting. We had always planned that my client would ultimately be able to create his own podcasts and he asked me to get him a suitable microphone. Having read a …

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