On Break.

Here's a picture.


Squeeze Me

Way back on August 5th, which is like decades ago in vlogger time, Mica posted a link to Luxmedia's remix of Squeeze. I thought it was interesting that Charlene posted a sequel to her measure video, measure 2wice. cut once. So I decided to make my own squeeze remix.



Shannon: why?

It appears that Shannon Noble has taken down his videoblogs. But I was able to find my favorite videoblog of his by some Google™-assisted sleuthing. I remembered its name, bug mountain, and guessed that it was a .mov(ie). Here it is, rebroadcast from his site, for however long he keeps it up:

[Link to Shannon's site]



[The video was called Glass. It is no longer posted.]
Music "Any Ideas" by AOR, courtesy CC Mixter



[The video was called birds. It is no longer posted.]



a response.

[The video was called outside. It is no longer posted.]


Surreptitiously taping

Surreptitiously taping while walking in the city.

[The video was called whirley things. It is no longer posted.]


Picture from a very tall building

A nice view. They thought so too. Click to view movie.

[The video was called picture of a picture. It is no longer posted.]


Xacti arrived

The camera arrived Tuesday morning. I have been playing around with it. No complaints so far-- there are many features. Can save a range of quality images-- over 7000 JPEG images at 640x480, over 350 at 8 megapixel. Over 40 minutes of video and audio at 640x480 30 fps high quality, or 16 a 1/2 hours of sound only. Easily connects to the TV for playback. Connects to both Mac or PC via USB for transfer. The issue I have is not related to the camera, but editing. The software that comes with the camera for editing, from Ulead, is sub-standard. I'd like to pick up an Adobe Premiere package for about $100 before I post my first video. Either that or spend $500+ for a Mac...

By the way, the eBay deal was great. Ordered Sunday evening, arrived Tuesday morning before 10.

More later...


Xacti arriving from HK

I went with the Hong Kong dealer on eBay for $515. The Xacti should be arriving tomorrow. Thanks for your comments.


Xacti Mania

More links on the Xacti

It's also known as the VPC-C4.

Best reputable price $449.00 from Hong Kong dealer on eBay.

Epinions review

Dealtime listing with links to reviews

Plemix lists price at $389.00, but this may be too good to be true

eBay search for dmx c4

Preparing to Vlog

I've been looking for a good camera to use to vlog. So far, I've narrowed it down to the Sanyo Xacti DMX-C4, which is the updated version of the Fisher FVDC1. It also comes in blue or orange!

I may buy one from Semsons & Co. Inc. for $680.98, which includes the Xacti for $549.99 plus a 1GB SD memory card for $90, extra battery for $15.99, and $25 for shipping. I hope this company is reputable. I'll report more when I get it.

UPDATE: I went with a Hong Kong dealer on eBay for $515 including shipping. Highly recommended. Ordered on a Sunday, arrived Tuesday morning.

It looks like camcorders of the future will take advantage of video blogging by appealing to people who want to record videos directly onto a hard drive or memory card. Video tape will go away much like audio tape has, as it is simply easier to record directly to digital to edit. Pretty soon, in camera editing will become much easier to do, with software like iMovie installed right on the camera so you can edit on the LCD, or when you plug in to a TV. The pros are already using cameras that record to directly to hard drive. By this time next year, hardware manufacturers will be selling a lot more of these. But I can't wait... I need one now. If you are interested in my research, here's what I found out about some other cameras that record directly onto memory card or mini-hard drive.

Sanyo Xacti

The Xacti was released on Aug 23, 2004. Here's a google translation of the Japanese press release. (Be patient, it took about 5 minutes for it to work for me) If you can read Japanese, here's the original press release.

This seems like the perfect videoblogging device. It is small, it can record Mpeg4 video, which is standard for most vlogs these days. It can record an hour's worth of video on a 1 GB card. It has image stabalizer technology, which was one criticism of the Fisher camcorder (it didn't). It records up to 30fps in a 640 by 480 pixel resolution.



Computer User UK

Research Notes

Please understand, this is all in my opinion and not a professional review of any of these cameras. I'm simply writing up my notes for geeks like me who like research. I'd like to update this page, so watch for updates if I have time.

With a lot of these cameras, the software isn't very good, for instance with the Panasonic cameras, the output is a non-standard .MOD file that you have to manually change to .MPG if you want to edit it using most other editing software.



Why would you go with TypePad when Blogger is free and offers unlimited blogs?


The sun is dimming

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Why the Sun seems to be 'dimming'

The greenhouse effect is being countered by particles in clouds reflecting the sun's light back into space. Therefore, the greenhouse effect may actually be worse than we know, but we don't feel it because we are getting LESS sunlight.


Make Your Computer Intenet-Safe

It amazes me that there are people out there who don't know how to use the Internet safely. To me, it is like crossing the street. You have to know to look both ways and observe the rules of the road, or you will get hit by a speeding car. This article makes it sound like there are many people out there surprised they are getting hit when they walk blindly out into the middle of the road. The internet is being sold like the telephone network. It is safe, secure, and nothing can happen to you when you go on it. That's just not the case. The internet is not the phone network. It is dangerous, and to use it, you must protect yourself.

There are a few programs that are helpful in protecting you on the internet. They are free, and very useful. There are also some very helpful sites that are trustworthy and worth looking at every once in awhile for security updates. If you just bought a new computer, I recommend that you download all of these programs, including the latest Windows updates, and burn them onto a CD to install onto the new machine BEFORE YOU EVEN CONNECT IT TO THE NET. I've read some other articles about how some people who just bought their new computers in December plugged them in and immediately got hit with worms and viruses, AS THEY WERE DOWNLOADING UPDATES FROM WINDOWS UPDATE! It's a rough world out there. And you have drivers looking for pedestrians to run down... so check these programs out.

  • Zone Alarm - a helpful firewall, the free version does just as much as the paid version.
  • Ad Aware - protects against spyware and malicious programs.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - gets rid of most spyware if you have been unfortunate enough to have any on your system.
  • Firefox and Thunderbird - the best alternatives to Internet Explorer and Outlook that you can get for free.
  • Gmail - the best free e-mail service you can get. It's in beta now and you can only get an account if you know someone else who has one, but if you ask around, there should be someone who has free accounts to give away. I have 9. Ask me. I'll give you one.
  • Norton Antivirus - I've never had a problem with this virus protection software. You have to pay for it, but it's worth it.
  • Windows Update - If you are using Windows to connect to the Internet, be sure to run Windows Update every month, week, or day. As bad a reputation as Microsoft has gotten for their security holes, they do offer helpful patches that should be installed as soon as they are released. The only unfortunate thing about Windows Update is that you have to run in on IE. But if you protect your system with all of the above methods before you go here, you may be safe.
  • Leaktest - tests your internet connection to insure that it is free of leaks-- that is, that you can surf the net without opening up your IP address or computer to malicious users.
  • Gibson Research Corporation - Steve Gibson is the best security/Windows programmer on the net. His Leaktest program is proof that Zone Alarm is the best firewall out there, and that a firewall is needed to make your system safe. Check out his site every once in awhile. There are a lot of good programs there. And another good thing about his work is that it is free. However, I keep meaning to give him some money one of these days...

Hopefully those "rules of the road" will help some of you that use Windows how to make your systems safe. I never wrote them all down as I assumed everyone knew about them! But I guess, everyone has to take a driver's test at least once, and learn about all of this stuff at some point in their lives.

BBC Vlogging article

This BBC article quotes vlogger Raymond Kristiansen, a regular on the videologging list.

more on mobile gaming

From Mobile Games Blog

CANOE -- CNEWS - Tech News: Tech At Home Mobile games get fancier, more social

Mobile Phone Real Games

From this videoblogging list message, I was introduced to the concept of Mob Art, which includes Mobile games that you can play on your cellphone. I clicked on a list of these games, and saw one called Raygun, by a company called Glofun, which uses GPS to track your location and send "ghosts" to you which you must then "zap" with your phone by moving towards them.

Sounds fun.


Fly like an eagle

Animal Planet :: Spy on the Wild :: Bird Technology

Mini-cameras mounted on an eagle let you see a true bird's eye view...

Holiday Traffic

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