Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free DVD writing software that actually works...

So, if you want to convert mp4 or other video files into a DVD, for free, without any kind of watermark on the DVD, then you should definitely use FreeMake Video Converter. It actually works, and you can do a custom install so that you don't have to install any rubbish additional software.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Who bothers with CDs these days?

If you have a netbook or a small laptop or "ultrabook" then most likely it wont have an optical drive... then if you need to reinstall Windows (or whatever) then the smart way to do it is to use a USB pen drive. To do this use:

WinToFlash to transfer your install CD/DVD to your USB pendrive (it also makes it bootable).
PLUS Virtual CloneDrive (Freeware) IF you have the Windows/Install CD/DVD stored as an ISO or IMG on your PC.

And before you know it... Bob's your uncle. Fanny's your aunt. And you're one confused but happy little camper.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Acid Relief - Free CD*

* Feel free to donate money for charity.

But you don't have to if you don't want to, but I'd highly recommend it if you enjoy the music. It's a full on Acid House, Techno, Electric phat beat / bass (bit like puffboy) album with 16 tracks, 1 hour 30 minutes, and SO worth the download, even if you have to spend all weekend downloading it over 3G on your mobile phone. (Like I did!)

Link here: http://balkanvinyl.bandcamp.com/album/acid-relief?autoplay=true

Also blogger have a new dashboard, and posting style, very minimalist, with stats and things, much more like a copy of wordpress but slightly more basic looking. (if you're interested). Oh and it looks like me posting this has applied a different template to the blog. (so there).

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010... The Year We Make Contact, but with what?

Best of 2010:

Photos: National Geographic

"Most Significant" Gadgets: Wired.com - Apparently! 3 of them were phones, 2 were tablets (3 if you include the kindle), others: Macbook Air, MS Xbox Kinect, a Canon Powershot S95, and you know, something actually important / significant, that can actually change people's lives: the bionic legs that help people WALK again.

Best Tech of 2010: By Pogue

The year in tech lunacy: on the register.

Gaffes: (Mistakes made by important or TV people) Gaffes of the Year | Guardian.co.uk. (You should / could also add the Times paywall to this list...)

will add more if / when I find them...

Related / Previous Posts / Years:
2009 In Review by Yahoo/Flickr Photos
2008 Best and Worst of 2008
2007 Best Freeware of 2007
2004 Best and Worst
2004 MP3 Players were expensive!
2003 Good stuff about 2003
2003 Top 5 Websites or Things
2003 B3ta best of 2003.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Want to (semi) automatically find album art for all your mp3s?

Then why not try:

"Album Cover Art Downloader" (unrealvoodoo)

This one seems the most automatic, and will just get on with it when you "select all" and then click "download missing..." but has less sources (walmart, best buy, yahoo, but not amazon), and seems slower.

"Album Art Downloader" (sourceforge.net)

This one likes you to select and double click the image you want to be your album art, and seems quicker (but also depends on you responding to the prompts) and possibly more up to date than the top program, it also has more sources for album art including google images. You can also click "auto download and select artwork" which speeds up the process. It also lets you know how many albums you have without artwork, and then you can select them, and find artwork for them. Good stuff.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

tidying up on line

I've been tidying up on line and deleted a couple of blogs, being a blogger seams so retro now? (Where's the spell check button?) But more to the point who reads blogs these days any way?

I was amused to see that Dad is still doing seti, and is well over half way to catching me up.

There we go thats a post

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I know this blog is kind of dead...

But this is flipping awesome. ignore the fact that they call it a "podcast" when in fact it's a Rave mix by Moby stored as an mp3... because it's quite frankly awesome and should be downloaded anyway. (via boingboing)

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Tonight's Moon which also occulted The Pleiades at 1830 hours.
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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

This is a test of the Nokia N97 as a blogging device

Note that Im having to use Opera Mini because the built in web browser is so crap that it crashes every time I try and post something on blogger.

The keyboard is a little poor. Space bar is in the wrong place. The keyboard works a little better and quicker when you use it liked a crackberry and type with your opposable thumbs (holding the phone rather than putting it down on the desk) but the spacing feels a little too wide when compared to a blackberry and the feeling is very ZX81. Where is the Psion 5 keyboard when you need it?

The screen seems much more responsive than the Sony Satio and is usable with just your fingers.

I guess its not too bad - perhaps quicker and more usable than having to use a normal phone - but nothing yet has convinced me that any phone is a suitable (perfect) blogging tool. The only thing they are really good at is photo blogging and posting short twitter style updates.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Simpsons 10 Best Episodes Ever (by the BBC)

10 classic episodes: The BBC
20 best episodes ever: here at nelsoncolne

Would be interesting to compare the results, but I don't have time now. (Maybe later)