Posted by: nbharris | December 31, 2008

Synch MP3 player using Windows media player

If you wish to automatically synchronize with your media device (MP3 player) then you need to perform the next step.

  1. Select “Library” and “Create playlist”
  2. Enter a Playlist name
  3. The playlist will appear in the list of playlist
    (If it does not appear right click on the Playlist’s icon and select “Show all”)
  4. Drag and drop the tracks you would like to play into he playlist; this can be done by track or by album or by artist…
  5. Make sure your MP3 device is connected to the USB port
  6. In the Explorer panel on left hand side; right click on your media devices name
  7. Select “set-up synch”
  8. IF you wish to have the device synchronize each time it is connected then:

    1. Tick “Synch this device automatically”
  9. Select the newly created Playlist from the “Available Playlist’s:” and add it to the List of “playlist’s to synch:”
  10. Set the priority of these Playlist’s using the up and down buttons.
  11. Click “Finish” to close the dialog box

Now when you connect your media device to the PC and it will automatically synchronize your playlist unless you selected to perform this manually.

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Setting up IE

  1. Open Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
  2. Navigate to page with PodCast feed on it
  3. Click “Subscribe to this feed” (at top of page)
  4. Create a name and folder and click “Subscribe”
  5. Click “View feed properties” (on lower right hand side)
  6. Select:
    1. A schedule (daily is a good stat)
    2. Automatically download attached files
    3. Keep most recent items only
    4. Set number of items to something reasonable (often between 1 and 7)
  7. Click “OK”
  8. Click “Yes” to download the PodCast(s) [need at least one downloaded for next step]
  9. Open the Favourites Center (Alt-C) and pin it open
  10. Select Feeds
  11. Right click on newly created feed
  12. Select “Properties”
  13. Click on “View files”
  14. Copy the path to the Enclosures folder
    (Appears like this:    C:\Users\%Username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Enclosure\{B688C5F7-5147-476B-ACB8-2B687132637F})
  15. Close dialog box
  16. Close IE

At this point the PodCast’s will be downloaded to your PC using the schedule you selected. Now we need WMP to pick them up when they arrive.

Setting up WMP

  1. Open Microsoft Windows Media Player 11
  2. Select “Library”
  3. Select “Add to Library”
  4. Click “Add”
  5. In the folder field; paste the previously copied folder path
  6. Click “OK” to close the dialog box
  7. Click “OK” to close the dialog box
  8. A searching dialog box appears (this will take a while if you have many files in your library)
  9. Find the PodCast in Media player library (Usually easiest if you know the artist)

The PodCast is now in the WMP Library. If you wish to automatically synchronize with your media device (MP3 player) then you need to perform the next step.

Synchronizing to a media device

  1. Select “Library” and “Create auto playlist”
  2. Enter an Auto Playlist name
  3. Under “Music in my library” lick on the <Green Cross> to add criteria
  4. Choose your criteria to define (I often use Album Title or Artist)
  5. Click on “[click to set]” to define the content
  6. Click “OK” to close the dialog box
  7. The playlist will appear in the list of playlist
    (If it does not appear right click on the Playlist’s icon and select “Show all”)
  8. Select “Synch” on WMP toolbar
  9. In the Explorer panel on left hand side; right click on your media devices name
  10. Select “set-up synch”
  11. IF you wish to have the device synchronize each time it is connected then:
    1. Tick “Synch this device automatically”
  12. Select the newly created Playlist from the “Available Playlist’s:” and add it to the List of “playlist’s to synch:”
  13. Set the priority of these Playlist’s using the up and down buttons.
  14. Click “Finish” to close the dialog box

Now connect your media device to the PC and it will automatically synchronize your PodCast unless you selected to perform this manually.

Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

Links to software

 

Microsoft shared view

Microsoft Mesh

KeePass

Mozy backup

TechSmith Jing

IrfanView

Bulk upload

SmartMD5

TrueCrypt

ViceVersa

Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

Online storage

 

Techcrunch article: http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/01/31/the-online-storage-gang/

Feature matrix http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelarrington/93730415/sizes/o/

 

 

iStorage

Omnidrive

Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

Blog hosters

 
Prominent blog hosters in no particular order:
 
  • TypePad
  • WordPress
  • Blogger

A couple of interesting snippets from articles:

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There are free and paid ways of going about making your blog. The following is a list of sites where you can setup a free blog. You just need to create a free account and pick a name for your blog. Then you can select from the available free templates for your blog theme.
WordPress.com

WordPress is the most popular blogging platform at the moment. But most of their users has their own hosting account and their own domain name. The reason is that they would have full control of their blog.

Blogger.com

Blogger is the second most popular platform. It is owned by Google. That means your blog would likely get some favor at the search engine. Anyhow since it is hosted by Google there is a chance you might lose your Blog if somehow you break Google’s terms.

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http://www.squidoo.com/ottawabusinessblogging

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Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

utilities

 
Sysinternals
Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

one note replacement for the mac

Current favourite

http://www.evernote.com/about/what_is_en/tour/windows.php

other contenders

http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/devonnote/index.html

http://www.circusponies.com/store/index.php?main_page=notebook&sub=publish

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnioutliner/pro/

http://www.journler.com/

http://flyingmeat.com/voodoopad/

Posted by: nbharris | December 6, 2008

How to connect a Mac Mini to a TV

 

http://www.tuaw.com/2007/03/20/howto-connect-your-mac-mini-to-a-tv/

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/faq_core/mac-mini-core-how-to-connect-to-a-tv.html

http://www.engadget.com/2005/01/25/how-to-turn-your-mac-mini-into-a-media-center/

Posted by: nbharris | December 2, 2008

UK GPRS settings

http://www.filesaveas.com/gprs.html

Posted by: nbharris | December 2, 2008

How to get mac using blackberry bluetooth modem

http://www.askdavetaylor.com/blackberry_pearl_as_bluetooth_modem_with_mac.html

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