February 2009 - Posts

WebCam support for Mac OS X - Get the driver to get any web cam to work with your Apple computer
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 3:47 PM

 Okay I had a post about the Rocket Webcam because it was a little webcam that worked right out of the box with your Mac. I have been pleased with mine but later I found out that there is a company that makes a driver that will allow you to use most webcams with your Mac. The website http://webcam-osx.sourceforge.net/ will get you going in the right direction.

 

Here is the list of webcams that the driver will allow you to use.  456 camera are supported using the driver, pretty cool huh.

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How to Create an Awesome Windows Boot Disk to Repair your Computer
Friday, February 20, 2009 2:09 PM

Okay so lets say that something happened to your computer and now you can’t boot your windows systems. This would leave all your files in limbo. What if you can’t get windows reloaded without erasing everything. One of the things that I’ve learned is that you can use a boot disk to run utilities on a system with the use of the hard drive or OS. You can task such as copying your hard drive or removing viruses.  

Having a disk that can run these utilities without your OS is crucial to saving your important data. There are two kinds of boot disks that you can use. Some boot disks are strictly text based, others are PE environments AKA Pre-installed environment that will have a GUI much like windows.

I found a PE environment called Bart PE that uses your windows install files to make a PE CD for your computer.

Here’s what you do.

First you need to download UBCD4Win at (http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm)
This site will give you the files needed to install the program that will build the PE environment.

After you download the files install them. Ounce installed the program will require you to locate the windows install files. The program will ask you to locate them just select no in the dialog box. The Path of the source is easiest if directed to the windows CD in the optical drive, so select the drive and it will save you time.

After that the rest of the settings are pretty much set for you. All you have to do now is click build. Once it’s done doing it’s thing all you have to do is go find the ISO that you just make the default location is UBCD4win folder in the root directory. If you have any questions about how to guild the disk go here link(http://www.ubcd4win.com/howto.htm)

Once you have found the ISO file all that’s left to do is burn on to a CD. For that you need a burning program that will burn a disk from an ISO, not just burn the ISO onto a disk. If you have a program like Nero or something comparable this will work for you. If not you can use the program ISO Burner by Active. A very simple ISO burning program that is free. Link(http://www.download.com/Active-ISO-Burner/3000-2646_4-10602452.html)

After the disk is burnt all that is left to do is pop it into the drive of a problem stricken computer and get going with the repair.

To get your computer to boot from the CD you can either make the changes in the system bios or use f12 to access the one time boot menu that most computer have. This will allow you to select CD to boot from.


  Heres the (Link)

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David After Dentist - The Original Video Plus the Spin-offs
Friday, February 13, 2009 3:13 PM

 

David After Dentist


So I think this video is pretty funny and the one thing that I love about youtube is how videos become viral and spread so quickly. With videos like these there are always copy cat videos that are sometime funnier than the original. The only time this gets annoying is when you can no longer find the original video only the crappy copy cats. Having said that here is a series of video, first is the original and following it the spin-offs

 

The Original David After Dentist video

 

Chad After Dentist

 

David After Dentist Remix

 

Dramatic chipmunk vs. David After Dentist

 

Kevin After Dentist

David After Dentist - A Metal Tribute


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Jumpcut - Application for Mac OSX - It's like having 100 clipboards
Monday, February 09, 2009 4:59 PM

Do you ever wish you could just copy and paste more than one thing onto your clipboard. That would be great wouldn't it? You could copy a bunch of stuff and then paste parts of it or all of it onto another document. I don't know about you but I on many occasions have copied something to the clipboard and then over written it with something else and lost the previous item. This drives me crazy wouldn't it be nice to know that you could go back and find the stuff you copied 10 or 20 copy and pastes ago.

 With Jumpcut for Mac OSX you can do just that. Tell jumpcut how many copies to remember and it will allow you to pull up your last however many you want. It's great for saving bits of code or information from webpages and you never have to worry about loosing them. 

 This application is so small and lightweight it won't slow your computer and can be very helpful. Here is a screen shot of the menu that you can pull up to select the snippets that you copied. 


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New Google Latitude is it Scary or Awesome?
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 3:19 PM

So I just heard about a new Google product called Latitude. Latitude will show you where your friends are on Google maps as well as on your mobile phone. This might sound scary, especially for Google conspiracy theorist, to have someone like google being able to track you as you move around the world, however this is not the first application of it’s kind. 

 Back when the iphone came out there was an application called Loopt some of you remember it and it was supposed to do the same thing. Tell you where your friends are. Well it did what it said it did but the thing that was lame about it was you had to open the application and update your status if you wanted the information to be up to date.

This is, my book, is dumb I want an application that doesn’t require me to update my location at all. The only way an application like that is going to be successful is if everyone uses it and updates on a regular bases.

This will eventually never happen therefore rendering the application useless. So is Google latitude going to update you location automatically because if it does that would be awesome if not it’s just like Loopt and will be annoying to use.

Here is the intro video!

 

 

Okay so in the video one of the privacy settings says update my location automatically. So does this mean it updates it automatically when the application is open or what? I don't know I guess I'll just have to wait till they release it for the iPhone.

 

This still doesn't answer my question!

 

Learn more about Google Latitude at (Link

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YouTubes Content Detection Software is a little sloppy
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 5:23 PM

I was reading this article about this girl that had her video removed from Warner Brothers because she was singing and playing "Winter Wonderland" which is still under copyright by Warner Bros. Apparently the content detection software that Youtube gives to companies to have their content removed can't tell the difference between copyright enfringment and Fair Use. So this is what Section 107 says about Fair Use. 

Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered “fair,” such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Section 107 also sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;

  3. amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

copywrite.gov also says: The distinction between “fair use” and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.

 Electronic Frontier Foundation is prepared to sue Warner Brothers over the content that they had removed that was arguably Fair Use. The EFF is calling everyone that has had content removed by Warner to contact them to see if they can help. They want to protect the rights of Fair Use and take the cases of people who have videos that are well within Fair Use.

 I think that this is very important because if all the production companies just deleted everything that could be considered copyright infringement or Fair Use then there wouldn't be anything on YouTube at all. I mean you can't sing happy birthday without a copyright enfringement. Companies need to find out how to make money off these videos rather than just delete them. What if the company that held the copyright could put a ad on your video if you used something they held in copyright. Then they would be making on something that someone else made. Win win in my book.

 

 The original story (link)

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