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Sorenson VideoOctober 20, 2014

Looks like Apple is no longer supporting Sorenson Video in their Quicktime plugins in Mavericks and Yosemite. I have many quicktime video clips in my online collection and some of them are no longer working. (Basically you only see the status bar and no picture or audio.)

If I open the videos in Quicktime, they get immediately converted to H.264. So it looks like I'll have to update all the videos in my collection to make sure that they are using the latest H.264 standard.

Since I don't get much traffic to the Quicktime Gallery, I'll update the collection when I have some time next weekend. I am sure there is some automation tool to get this done.

I found this note on Apple's website:

In OS X Mavericks, some older media formats listed above, and those that require third-party codec components, are converted to H.264 or Apple ProRes when opened. These older media formats can be played without conversion using QuickTime Player 7.

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Portal iconsApril 24, 2014

On any given day there are 5 core sites that I frequently visit for business. At any given time, I'll have three different browsers open. I switch between Chrome, Firefox and SeaMonkey.

To make going to my regualar sites super easy, I created a website portal page. On the top of the page are some graphics that have links to the various sites. I configure all my browsers settings so that it always opens to the portal page. Now I don't have to worry about setting up bookmarks, its very easy to add future sites that I may need to use.

PicMonkeyJiraTestlinkBrowserstackPapertrail

PicMonkey is one of the best online photo editing tools. The company was founded in April 2012 by two former Picnik engineers, Brian Terry and Justin Huff. PicMonkey has lots of really cool filters, frames and effects that will make any image stand out.

JIRA is the tracker for teams planning and building successful products. Thousands of teams choose JIRA to capture and organize issues, assign work, and follow team activity. At your desk or on the go with the new mobile interface, JIRA helps your team get the job done.

TestLink is a web-based test management system that facilitates software quality assurance. The platform offers support for test cases, test suites, test plans, test projects and user management, as well as various reports and statistics. This is a perfect solution for companies that can't afford HP Quality Center.

BrowserStack is a powerful platform for testing web sites against the most current and modern browsers. This is a great low cost solution when you need to test websites across multiple browsers and platforms.

Papertrail is a time-saving log tools, flexible system groups, team-wide access, long-term archives, charts and analytics exports, and alert monitoring. Great for when multiple members of an Engineering team needs to access server logs.

Feel free to take any of the above images and use them on your Internet or Intranet sites. If your looking for ideas for additional portal buttons or how to build a personal Intranet site, drop me a note.

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Everyday is Saturday PodcastApril 22, 2014

Check out today's Every Day is Saturday podcast. Your's truly brought up the topic of this popular Podcast!

Everyday is Saturday Podcast is all about how to monetize your passion. The Every Day is Saturday show will empower you to step up and stand out - while harnessing the awesome power you have inside of you. No complex theory, just real-world expertise from the man who makes every day Saturday for thousands worldwide.

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YouTube Vlog Intro TipApril 17, 2014

If your making any kind of Video Blog (commonly known as a video vlog) on YouTube or Vimeo, you should have a good introduction. A good introduction sets the mood of the video and makes it look professionally done. If you don't have the technical talents or software to make an intro, then consult various video expert to do it for you for a very small fee.

One such place to go is Fiverr Video Animation. Another source is elance.com, where you can spend a bit more for a more creative approach. Both places have great talent that are willing to go the extra mile to put together some video intro for only $5.

Once you get an video intro, it's very easy to apply it to any video in iMovie or any other video application. Here's a sample of a video intro that I got done at Fiverr:

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Unscheduled DowntimeJune 18, 2013

The website was down for 10 hours yesterday due to a hard drive failure. The site came back online around 6pm with no loss of data.

I recently backed up the entire website, so I wasn't too worried about data lost. If you host a Blog or Website, make sure that you perform regular back ups. Don't rely on your hosting provider, as their last back up might miss some valuable data.

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