Sunday, December 10, 2017

Video Splicing

Sometimes a full Video Editing program is not needed to do a simple splice of a video. A small tool is available for cutting part of a video and saving it as a new file. the program is called 'LossLessCut'. It is a free program for Windows, Mac and Linux. It does nothing else than that, but is useful for removing that unwanted false start to a home movie or not ending when it should. Mark the start point and then the end point of the wanted section. Click on the Scissors Icon and the wanted part will be saved while the original video is left unaltered.


November 2017 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Googles 'Nest' cameras come to NZ

Nest is a company owned by Google that produces Indoor and Outdoor Cameras, Thermostats, Smoke alarms and other Security related devices. They are designed to connect to mobile phones with intruder alert messaging. They also have integration with Google Home which is a Voice controlled device similar to the Amazon Echo. New Zealand is now one of 18 countries that has full support for these devices.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New life for computers made redundant

As XP is no longer updated old computers soon become useless. Loading an alternative lightweight Linux system has become increasingly more difficult as the CPU is no longer supported. Greece can no longer afford to buy new computers, especially the young with a 45 percent unemployment rate, so a group of system programmers have come up with a solution called Antix. As Linux is open sourced they have put back the old CPU drivers, used a simple low resourced Desktop. They also added the latest firefox, Youtube viewer, media player and a simplified office suite. The performance is adequate for use as simple home computer, as long as fast action games are not required. Any computer that ran XP should run Antix equally well but without the maintenance worries.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Elementary OS

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As Windows gets more complex with every version as a never ending array of features are added, some of us prefer a simpler system. Elementary OS, aptly named, provides only this. There are no menus, just a Panel similar to the Mac at the bottom and an Icon based dropdown Panel, like Android, from the top. A single click on any Icon launches the Application. There is a repository for a few extra Apps and as the system is maintainance free there is little else to learn about it. China has a few outlets to buy it as a complete Laptop but I suspect these are repurposed unsold Windows 10 machines due to the lack of power. Like the Chromebook these devices need only a minimal specification, and will not slow down with time. Any settings change is done from a control Panel similar to Android.