Saturday, April 01, 2017
All day, I have been updating my iTunes Library with old CDs from my extensive collection.
I had separate iTunes libraries on my Macbook and Netbook, so earlier this year I decided to put everything in one location and maintain the actual music library on a 32GB SD card shown as an inset in the illustration below.
Most days when I want to listen to my music, I use the RCA Cambio Windows10 platform with my TaoTronics Stereo Bluetooth Speaker.
Below, short video showing my work environment today, while porting more "old" music to my iTunes Library.
I love having all my old CDs digitized and available whenever I want to listen.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Finally ordered a camcorder. The final decision came down to these two:
- Canon Vixia HF R700
- Canon Vixia HF R800 [see this link]
I opted for the 2016 unit [R700] because it was $41.00 cheaper. The specs on both almost the same, however the R800 has one or two added features.
I am very pleased with my new hardware. Its light, easy to use and has the high definition and external microphone support I was looking for. Two items I will be ordering in the near future, an external microphone and one additional battery pack.
A short demo video to show the type of output you can expect from this camcorder.
Above, I am using the HTML5 Video Player to provide either a MP4, OGV or WEBM version of the video- depending on the browser requesting the playback.
I am using a commercial software app "TheFileConverter" to convert the MTS video file the camcorder created, into the MP4, OGV and WEBM formats for use with web browsers. Shown below- part of the underlying html for the HTML5 Video Player.
I do not need to provide different video formats for my social media accounts and am so pleased I can now upload Full HD Video to my Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, and Youtube accounts.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Today, I decided to take a tour of Hanover, MD [the town where I reside] using the new dash cam.
I merged several longer clips [shot today], to create this video, however have yet to master a dubbing technique to add sound bites.
Areas shown in the video...
- AACC @Arundel Mills
- Maryland Live Casino-- when I slo-mo the video the flickering on the neon signs is absent.
- The area known as Arundel Preserve in Hanover.
- Milestone Parkway [runs from Arundel Mills Blvd to Route 175].
- One of several new housing areas right down the street from where I live.
- Pulling into the driveway.
Probably will not use the dash-cam every time we use one of the cars-- however like having it just in case...
You can learn more about Hanover, MD as related to commerce here.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Sunday, my sports action camera arrived. I have been testing the many features, and quite frankly it has many that are impressive. I am still learning how to use some of them. Photos taken with the XDV Sports Camera...
I tapped "plug and play" features to enable connection between the camera and most of my computers and tablets.
Short video clip from XDV Sports Camera- captured yesterday while creaming butter and sugar for a cake. I used an accessory that came with the camera and a 57" tripod to mount the camera- to shoot the video.
I like my new camera, however I have one or two issues [okay three]:
- Really need an external light source-- not collocated with the camera but more on the subject. I have a similar issue with my Canon.
- Not enough telescopic lens support.
- Though other action sports cameras come with the option to select the FOV, mine did not. I would like this option.
I got a good deal on my camera and happy to add it to the business tools I use everyday.
For the money, you get a lot of features-- including a webcam, high resolution video and image output, and it is small enough to carry and clamp anywhere.
Monday, August 22, 2016
It has been a hot "August" and I have made it hotter with some of my favorite Mexican entrées.
Sunday before last [August 14, 2016], I made enchiladas for lunch/dinner and had the same as leftovers the following Monday and Tuesday.
Today for lunch, I decided to use the leftover flour tortillas to make fajitas. Note: The flour tortillas worked with the enchilada dish however I think I meant to get "soft white corn tortillas" for that dish.
Short video showing how I put together my lunch [fajitas] today [two attempts]:
I have been up to other things, too:
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Recently, I purchased an HDMI adaptor to allow output from my RCA Windows 10 Tablet/PC to a High Definition [HD] Television.
The following illustration shows some of the specs of the RCA Windows 10 Tablet/PC. Note the mini HDMI output bullet amongst the features.
The following is a demonstration video using the HDMI adaptor with the Windows 10 Tablet/PC and an HD Television.
Yes, I am still trying to come up-to-speed insofar as video production. I am thinking I need a camera which provides robust audio/sound quality and professional video editing software.
I currently own Windows Movie Maker and [Apple's] iMovie. iMove in particular- a nice package, however a bit dated in that I have the version for Mac OSX 10.4. I do not use either package for the videos on this blog, instead relying on my tripod, camera and me... Re-shoot as many times as needed.
I have read good things about Final Cut Pro X, so when I start upgrading my equipment and software that is the package I will purchase. What do you use?
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Recently, I have been discussing issues with my Windows XP Desktop, so I thought I would provide this video of how things look now [while the system is booting].
I have also been working on my Amazon Stores.
Are you ready for the upcoming school year? I have been adding new items like the "Travel Safe" under the Home Office & Electronics Category. I think that looks like a great idea for new college students living away from home.
Monday, July 11, 2016
In April , I posted about the installation of a version of FireFox on an older Windows XP system that would allow HTML5 Video playback.
The system was a little sluggish with the new Firefox browser update so I researched memory upgrade options. Believe it or not the system only had 256 MB of memory installed. I use the system to insure my programs are compatible with an older Desktop Windows XP environment.
It took me an evening, but I found what I needed. My system is a bit odd in that it only has 3 slots and the first two were filled with 128MB memory modules.
In 1997 or so when the system was purchased it came with 128MB and in 2010 or so, I added another 128MB. It had been awhile since I opened up that CPU [to look at memory issues1] and that is why I was a bit surprised by the 3 slot configuration. The system manuals long gone. Purchased from my sister when she moved in 2006.
So in April or May, I ordered a 128MB module from Amazom. For whatever reason the order was never filled. Last week I tried again with another supplier [again via Amazon] and the memory arrived today.
It did not take long to install the module and I am happy to report the FireFox browser is no longer sluggish.
Over the last year and a half I have added the following upgrades to that older Desktop Windows XP System.
- Upgraded the operating system from Windows 98 2nd Edition to Windows XP.
- Added color laser printing.
- Installed RW CD Writer1
- Added another 128MB of memory.
I do not think there are any other upgrades I can install on that system, and though I do very little [on that platform]- other than a couple of desktop publishing tasks and ensuring my programs work in that [online] environment, I am happy- I still have the system.
1System board memory location on that system is hidden by drive ribbon connectors and power cords. Last year when I installed the internal RW CD Writer I did not notice nor concern myself with the on-board memory configuration.
Friday, June 24, 2016
I did not start drinking coffee until after college- when I started my first position with Boeing Computer Services in Vienna, VA. The coffee stations scattered about our floor offered Brim or a non-decaffeinated brand and I chose the Brim.
At the time, I lived in Falls Church, VA- minutes from Tyson's Corner Mall. I purchased my first bag of fresh coffee beans [in the beginning I had the beans ground at the store] from a shop that had amazing aromas coming from its open doors.
My favorite flavors included:
- Columbian Supremo
- Orange Blend
- Irish Cream
Since then, I have owned many coffee [spice] grinders and coffee makers. I have mentioned before, my brother and sister-n-law gave me my first espresso machine for Christmas one year, which I never used before moving to Hanover. I used to use a drip coffee maker with freshly ground beans.
Since moving to Hanover, I have used four different espresso makers, including the gift from my brother and his wife.
Shown below, some of the espresso makers I have used. Not shown, a smaller Italian Bialetti Moka Express, Espresso Maker [similar to the larger silver one shown].
I love espresso. If I have nothing else during the day [this seldom happens], I will have an espresso.
This morning's brew [literally]....
In 2011, after more years of daily use than I want to admit, I needed to replace the Krups. I found the Krups a little more than I could afford, so my mother gave me the Mr. Coffee that I now use. Both brands make excellent cups of espresso.
Espresso Machines make great gift ideas. I have done a little research on espresso machines, grinders and beans and provided the results in some of my stores [Gift Ideas & Items I Have]:
Monday, June 20, 2016
I was in the kitchen this weekend, trying to capture on video "How to make French Fries" with a wok. I often use my wok to make Kung Pao Chicken or other stir fry favorites, however never fries.
In photos, the results...
Video clip as I am scooping the fries out of the wok. My video production efforts are still a work in progress.
I have to say, I love McDonalds Fries, however these were pretty good. Not shown, the salt I added just after the fries were pulled from the heat.
Sunday, May 08, 2016
I captured this short video on May 6, 2016. I think he likes whatever it is he is eating. What do you think?
Several months earlier... he was not that interested in the biscuit.
Hope you had a nice Mother's Day. Great dinner.
Friday, May 06, 2016
I have decided that video production is not as easy as I thought it would be, so I have been practicing. Yesterday, I shot three videos while doing various tasks in the kitchen. Here is the last of the three.
I have also discovered I am having audio issues.
Though I am pleased with the video quality produced by both my Android and Canon PowerShot A590 cameras for online use, I am not that happy with the audio quality being reproduced.
Unfortunately, my PowerShot does not have a port/jack for an external microphone, however the Android does have this feature.
That said, I am now careful about moving in and out of range while speaking when the record function is active.
Video issues? Yes, the next time I will use a little less of me when trying to open, scoop and plate the Gelato. Other issue? How long does it take to open a new container of Gelato? I should have tested that before I started.
The first two videos were nowhere as good as this.. so I will continue to practice.
The Marie Callender's Apple Pie? Delicious. I also like the Breyers Vanilla Caramel Gelato, however the combo may be a little too sweet. Dessert for Mother's Day? I would offer either, or.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
I ordered my Mother's gift ages ago, so this week I thought I would design a card using a photo I took late last month of one of her Azalea bushes. For some reason, I hate buying greeting cards.
In this case, I am using MS Publisher, however could have used iPhoto on my Macbook to create a similar card. These days, I use my Macbook only when absolutely necessary. My software development projects and Business Blog Remix are maintained on that system-- and I cannot afford to replace it at this time.
iPhoto comes with most versions of Apple's OSX operating system, whereas the MS Publisher version I am using shipped with my Professional Microsoft Office 2000 Suite software.
I am not sure if I am going to give her this card, however I think she will like her gift. I printed draft copies of the card to both color and black & white laser printers to see if everything is lining up and to ensure the accent colors match the photograph.
Also this week...
- Updating [always] my Amazon Stores:
- Scheduling new posts for my Tumblr blog
- Researching web hosting issues.
- Watching the National Zoo's Panda Cub [Bei Bei], however video shown below recorded 4/27/16, last week.
- Researching how to avoid a monthly service fee on my business checking account. New limits set by my bank- activated on May 1st, caught my attention.
Bei Bei, makes me laugh...
What are you doing for Mother's Day? Washington, DC's Race for the Cure is also Sunday.