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DVD and CD Burning Software Monday, 28 September 2009

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If you need free software to burn your CDs/DVDs with your products and soft copies of your work, you may use

Video DownloadHelper Wednesday, 28 January 2009

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Please try this Firefox add-on if you need to download and convert online videos.

More information and download instructions:

I would recommend you to convert your files to MPEG format, in case you’re confused by the large amount of options offered.

Also, you may want to check the resources shared in this previous post.

Media conversion Wednesday, 26 November 2008

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These solutions may not compare with paid proprietary specialised software, but they’re free. Many students have asked the same question, i.e. how to convert media files from and to different formats.

How to convert a Jing movie (SWF, Flash) to Quicktime so I can use it with other Mac applications? (Such as iMovie)

Jing to web page (HTML) Friday, 21 November 2008

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An easier way first, then a more detailed explanation if you check this web page for instructions on how to manually insert the HTML code required to show movies (SWF), like the ones made with Jing.

Otherwise, you could use the following instructions (summarised from this photobucket forum entry):

<embed width=”xxx” height=”yyy” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” src=”filename or URL for swf file goes here></embed>

Replacing the following text in the code above:

  • xxx is the pixel width of image
  • yyy is the pixel height of image
  • filename or URL for swf file goes here is replaced with the URL code from under your swf file in your Photobucket account.

“Older” Apple iMovie Thursday, 20 November 2008

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If you’ve got a new Apple Mac computer that came with iLife ’08, you may have been frustrated with the new iMovie.

At school we have both iMovie 08 and HD 6, so if you have a Mac at home and want to get iMovie HD 6, just head to this webpage to download it. It’s free for iLife 08 users.

http://support.apple.com/downloads/iMovie_HD_6

Jing to Web page Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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Please follow this link to view a video tutorial on how to insert your Jing video (actually a Flash video file) into a web page for easy viewing:

“Link”

Backup & Sync Firefox Bookmarks Monday, 3 November 2008

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I’ve put together a couple of tutorials (basic and more detailed) on how to install and configure Foxmarks, an add-on or extension for Firefox.

Tutorial shows Firefox v3.0.3 under Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks/ (basic)
http://my.ofs.edu.sg/user/m_drienvargas/ofs/support/foxmarks2/ (detailed setup of additional computers)

Antivirus? Thursday, 30 October 2008

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A couple of articles you may want to read if you want to know more about computer virii (“viruses”).

Both from Australian PC Authority web site.

Can you trust antivirus rankings?

The antivirus software that I’m currently using at home is Bitdefender (Internet Security and Antivirus). AVG free seems to be the better solution when it comes to free alternatives, if you’re on a budget.

Windows 7 Thursday, 30 October 2008

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Another joke from Redmond. Read on if, for some weird reason, you want to know about the future of Windows.

This reminds so much about Windows 98 Second Edition! I never understood why I had to pay for an update as though it’s an huge upgrade…

Anyway, over to the links:

Read this article from Australian PC Authority Magazine website.

More on Windows 7 from Paul Thurrot’s Windows Supersite.

One website has a positive bias toward Windows 7, or is it trying to be unbiased?

The other one is negatively biased against Windows 7.

OpenOffice.org resources Sunday, 26 October 2008

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This is just a starting point. There are many resources on OOo (OpenOffice.org), which we will regularly add and update, time allowing.

OpenOffice.org video tutorials from Netosis.com

News article on OOo v3.0 (Linux Format web site)

Back up your iPod Sunday, 26 October 2008

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This article is the answer to a question I’ve been asked many times: How to copy music from an iPod to a computer?

Hope you find it useful.

For those of you who don’t read articles (or simply don’t have the time to do so), here are the links (for all iPods, except the iPod touch/iPhone) to free software that will allow you to backup the music library from your iPod:

If you have a newer iPod (touch) or iPhone, you’ll have to read the article, sorry.

Firefox add ons Sunday, 26 October 2008

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I came across this good article on the top 5 Firefox add-ons. May be useful to some of you, even if it is just to show you that you can actually expand and improve Firefox.

Cnet/Download.com video

Firefox add-ons page