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Getting Back on Track January 30, 2009

Posted by edutechies in Uncategorized.
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Well, it has been a while since I have been active with this blog.  I am now going to try to dedicate more time to it along with the Edutechies wiki, facebook group and Diigo group.  I want to, along with others who have an interest and/or work in the ED tech field to help build up this resource so that we can all benefit from each others knowledge!



Eudora – Backing up files July 30, 2007

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This is a great site that explains what files should be backed up in Eudora:


Thunderbird and Thumb drives… July 30, 2007

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A great suggestion for those who like to use Thunderbird as their base email program is to save it on the Thumb drive. This allows those on the move to have access to their email via Thunderbird from the thumb drive without having to install Thunderbird or any additional software on said computer. Alot of people have express interest in this flexibility. It is very simple to use and maintain. All that it requires is downloading and installing Thunderbird from http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird on any thumb drive. Once the software is install, the software will load from any PC base computer. I recommend this to anyone who is always on the move and have access to public computers with USB connections.

How to make DVD from video files July 30, 2007

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Video Recoders have been getting more high-tech, more capable and more available to the average consumer. The result of this is that there are a lot of camcorders out there. Despite the advent of new technology like straight-to-DVD recording and purely digital storage, the majority of camcorder films still end up on VHS tape for viewing. Given the imminent death of the VCR (as soon as recordable DVD set-top boxes become an affordable item), we feel it’s a good time to get a jump on converting your treasured home movies to recordable DVDs.

In a recent PCstats.com Beginner’s Guide , we explored the process of turning your videotaped home movies into compressed video files for storage and display on your computer. We’d now like to present the companion piece to that article. In this guide, we will explore and explain the process of authoring DVDs from video files you have stored on your computer, that will play on any home DVD player. We will also run through some basic editing techniques to help you get the best out of your home movies.

How DVD-video disks work

DVD-video disks are the type of DVD you are likely most familiar with. Anytime you rent and watch a DVD, it’s going to be some variety of DVD-video disk.

The video that is written to a DVD-video disk is encrypted in MPEG-2 format. This serves to reduce the size of the raw video to the point where it will fit onto a DVD while still preserving most of the image quality of the master copy. Your home DVD player is equipped with the necessary hardware to uncompress these MPEG-2 video files in real time in order to display the image on your TV. Compressed audio files are also written to the DVD and uncompressed and played in sync with the video to reproduce the movie.

If you’ve ever explored the contents of a DVD movie on your PC’s DVD drive, you will have seen something like this; two folders, VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS.

The VIDEO_TS folder contains all the compressed video and sound files, as well as the information that allows the player to access them in proper order. The AUDIO_TS folder is used for DVD-audio disks and is left empty for DVD-video, though it is always included for compatibility reasons.

The contents of a typical VIDEO_TS folder will resemble this:

The .VOB files contain the actual video and audio data, not to mention subtitles, extra viewing angles, pretty much everything you see and hear. They are up to a gigabyte in size and are numbered sequentially.

The .IFO files contain information about the .VOB files. Your DVD player will use these to locate and sequence the video and audio, figure out where each chapter begins and ends, etc. The .BUP files are backups of the .IFO files.

The VIDEO_TS.IFO and .VOB files are the first items that the DVD player will access, and generally contain the menu, at least in the case of home-authored DVDs..

secure w2 July 30, 2007

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I found securew2’s website valuable for enabling secure connections on Windows machines.


Howstuffworks July 29, 2007

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Howstuffworks "Computer Channel"

  • Hey –
    This is a really cool website that has instructional videos on all kinds of items, including many on computers and computer hardware.  You can use many of these as training supplements.


     – post by mglund

Really interesting video on Web 2.0 – “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” July 28, 2007

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I thought this was a very intregint video on the pregression of Web 2.0 technology using the technology for the message in the video.  You will get it once you take a look.  Enjoy!

IE 7 Add-Ons webpage July 27, 2007

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IE 7 Add-Ons

Just check this out!!!

How many different kinds of OS do you want to run? July 27, 2007

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In these days, there are so many operating systems (a.k.a OS) are available.

We can devide those OS in 4 different systems, as MS Windows, Mac, Linux, and Unix.

As you know, MS Windows is the major operating system in the world and many different versions are in the market. (Vista, XP, ME, Win2000, Win2003 Servers, and 98/NT.)

And second most used OS is Mac, I believe, and Mac OS X is the main OS.

At this point, let’s assume that you are using Windows XP and you are a power user, who does so many stuffs with computer such as programming, photoshop, high graphic 3D game, and run many other programs.

One day, if you do need to do all those task above at the same time, then does your Windows XP system can handle?

Probably not at all. In the middle of your task, your machine will be freezed or fail.

Sometimes, Windows OS is not capable with what you really want to do. ( you might have to use different OS to finish your task.)

Then, here is my question though. Can you run different OS in the same machine at the same time?

The answer is YES. The solution is VM-Ware Server Software with little bit of your investment on your machine to upgrade to run better.

If you go online, you can buy 500GB HDD about $150 and you can upgrade your RAM with little cost.

Since VM-Ware Server is freeware version of virtual machine. As long as you have enough space of HDD and powerful hardware in your machine, you can run many other OS systems in your machine at the same time.

VM-Ware Server allows you to install all different kinds of OS as virtual machine. Another words, even though your base OS is Windows XP, you can run Mac OS X, Linux-Ubuntu, Windows 2003 server, and Unix in Windows XP at the same time. That means, you can work on Mac for Graphinc work, Linux for programming, Win2003 for test or setup server environment, and Unix for other stuff, and Windows XP will be used for basic task such as internet, word processing, and wrap-up the work.

If you want multiple OS in your machine, then I highly recommand VM-Ware Server

Knoppix July 27, 2007

Posted by mathewwillis in Linux, Tools.
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Things you can do….

Blast data from an old drive to before de-inventorying a machine.

shred –n 10 /dev/hda