Mind Map: 22 Best Open Source Apps for Music and Video Editing!

How cool is this? The folks over at Sound Stage Studios put this interactive mind map together to highlight the 22 Best Open Source Applications for editing video and music. Click on the image below to see the live code:



Just how good is the Blue Yeti Microphone? You can compare it here.

yeti-toonThese have been the options that I have used to create the videos on my YouTube channel to date. Now, a real comparison would be to get another “good” microphone and compare it to that, however, I think this post clearly shows being cheap about the microphone is not a good option at all.

I first started with the built-in microphone of my laptop:


Then I pretty much used my Apple earbuds with the microphone exposed on my chest:


I then used the Rode lavalier but didn’t really like it at all:


Enter: Blue Yeti. I have yet to do a video with this but the sound is clearly superior:

Goodbye bad sound, meet my new toy!

The Blue Yeti has arrived. I just did my first podcast with this baby and it is as amazing as everyone says it is. The recorded sound is perfect!


Tip of The Day: Mobile Simulation With Chrome

chrome-os-2odl-800Quick Tip of the Day – don’t have a mobile device? Then use Chrome to test your responsive design on many kinds of devices! I have used this technique specifically to test what the site will actually look like on a mobile device. Even though responsive designs “work” when  you resize the browser, sometime it’s not perfect.


Playing with Final Cut Pro X and my new green screen

I had the 30 day trial version of several different video authoring programs and I finally decided on Final Cut Pro X. It seemed to me by far the most comprehensive and feature rich tool and while the price was somewhere in the middle, it wasn’t cheap – especially for a hobby. You may have noticed my last two videos on YouTube had some titles, an ending, and even a little bit of green screen in them.

Final Cut Pro X

As an advocate of “free education” I loved the fact I could search YouTube and get all kinds of great tips to learn how to use it. Tips from setting up a very cheap green screen (and lighting it) to actual feature tips for Final Cut Pro X are all on YouTube – so for that I thank you!  Here are some of the ones I watched:

I have already done a cool video with my son for a school project he had where he gave the weather on Saturn – he loved it!

The first video I created with the software was the new CKEditor in WebSphere Commerce video:

Rubber duck debugging or Rubber Ducking, meet Captain Crunch!

IMG_4090How many of you do “rubber ducking“? How many even know what it is?

Rubber duck debuggingrubber ducking, and the rubber duckie test are informal terms used in software engineering to refer to a method of debugging code. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themself to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. – wikipedia

For as long as I could remember I always had this little foam Linux penguin on my desk which provided me with answers to the worlds most difficult problems. Problems that could only be answered by the divine wisdom an inanimate object made in China could answer. This Christmas I got a new oracle of wisdom from one of my children – the Marine Corps Bobble head! I have named him Captain Crunch, those in the know will know while those that are not will not know the reference. (see, the wisdom is already coming out of him!). I am looking for a long and lasting relationship with the Captain.

My new office mate

IMG_4084To mark this cold winter I figured I would post something about it. To save money this winter we have been keeping the temperature at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. It has saved a lot of money but since I work from home a lot this is almost unbearably cold. I decided to break for a new heater and it is awesome! I got a small Lasko ceramic heater and it heats the room very nicely and fast. My office is about 16×16 to give you some reference.

I originally had Celsius in the post!

My favorite OS X Mavericks feature!

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.18.40 AMI did this all the time mixing Google Maps and sending the address to my phone – which I always thought how dumb that was considering everything else was synchronized so nicely between my Mac and iPhone. The new feature in OS X Mavericks lets you find the location and route on your Mac and send it to your device. This is also very cool because my wife and I share the same Apple account and now I can easily send her directions!

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Check out this very cool art

My step daughter just started posting her art into products online. She is very talented and is looking to pursue Art in college. Check out her work and help support her!

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Printing from the iPhone and iPad

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I have waited for this for a while and didn’t think to check the app store for this little app.  No, I am not an apple Airprint guy so I don’t have the native print capability in my iDevices. I have an HP All-in-One printer I bought several years ago. So all of you HP fans who are not aware of this cool application you should think about getting it.  I have already used it a few times for some web printing and got the application installed on my iPhone and iPad. You can connect directly to a Wifi printer or the printer just needs to be on the network your device is attached to.

Just search for “HP ePrint” in the App Store, it’s free!

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