SOLVED: How To Easily Convert Old Video Formats (Like DVD & VOB) To MP4 For Free

If you want to convert old DVD’s (like family movies) or VOB files into modern formats like MP4 this is the place for you.  The video below shows how to source and use a free video conversion tool named Handbrake.  You need virtually no technical skill to run this simple tool which you can download directly from Handbrake.fr HANDBRAKE INPUT FORMATS: FLV, H.265, M2TS, MP4, TS, VOB and any unencrypted DVD (i.e. no Disney movies) HANDBRAKE…

SOLVED: How To Insert Video Into PowerPoint or Word 2010

It can appear that changes to Word and PowerPoint are few and far between, but there was some serious improvements made to handling embedded videos in Office 2013.  If you have Office 2007 or Office 2010 you will find inserting videos to be… not obvious. Fortunately there is an easy way to insert a video into Office 2010 products without using add-ins: Start Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 Click the INSERT tab Click…

SOLVED: Video: How to Disable the Store in Windows 10 Pro Using Group Policy GPO

As you likely have found the Group Policy to disable the store (see below) only works with Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise , and Windows 10 Enterprise and Education.  This means it does NOT work on Windows 10 Pro, which is super annoying. USER CONFIGURATION > ADMINISTRATIVE TEMPLATES > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > STORE  > TURN OFF THE STORE APPLICATION The insane suggestion I had received from Microsoft Partner Support a few months ago was to “simply” delete…

VIDEO: Microsoft Surface: MS Shows Off Their Own Windows 8 Tablet

 …Microsoft finally gets to design things the way it wants. Too many OEMs make choices that favor their margins rather than the user experience Windows RT model: 10.6-inch ClearType HD display; 32GB or 64GB storage; microSD, USB 2.0 and Micro HD Video ports; 2×2 MIMO antennae; and Office 15. Weighs 676 grams and is 9.3 mm thick. Windows 8 Professional model: 10.6-inch ClearType HD display; 64GB or 128GB storage; microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video…

VIDEO: Samsung Gallaxy S III

Samsung released an amazing Android 4 phone.  Watch the video review below to see some very neat interface improvements on existing technology.  This is yet another device that crushes the Apple iPhone. 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor supported by a new graphics processing unit (reportedly around 65-percent faster than the GPU on the Galaxy S II) 4.8 inch (720p) HD Super AMOLED screen with a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2 coating Very light (133g, or 4.7 ounces)…

VIDEOS: Blackberry 10 Demo

This video shows a generic looking device with no brands (including, no Blackberry name or logo), which RIM apparently gave to the attendees of the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC) .  From previous announcements I understand that a final Blackberry hardware design has not been settled on and I also understand that the developers who received these alpha test units were to be told that the BBOS10 operating system may change ‘substantially’ before the release date…

VIDEO: Copyright Law Extensions are Killing Creativity

For many years I have been vigorously opposed to copyright extensions, like the Sonny Bono Act.  The nut of the argument is that copyright was intended to protect creative works and allow the author to generate revenue from that creative work for a reasonable time.  Personally I think a reasonable time is 40 (ish) years.  My suggested time is based on this logic, if you create something about the time you are 30 years old,…

VIDEO: How to Disassemble a Seagate GoFlex 4TB External USB Hard Disk and Use it Internally

This is the followup video to our “How to Disassemble a Seagate GoFlex 3TB External USB Hard Disk and Use it Internally” video from 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnAmM-BJFtY The following is a response I sent in April of 2014 to a reader who asked, what should he do if the disk makes no noise when it is plugged in and specifically asked about replacing the base: There are several items here I will address separately: We sell a…

Video: Are Airports Nude Body Scanners Useless?

I found this video on a major Canadian travel site. When the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) body scanners were rolled out at airports across the globe, they were said to be crucial in aiding the effort of nabbing security threats that could possibly evade regular metal detectors. Now, a video has surfaced that shows how objects can be easily concealed and remain undetected as a person walks through a body scanner at the airport. American…

VIDEO: How to Use an eBeam to Digital Whiteboard or Markup a Screen

Luidia’s eBeam technology is high quality, low cost (about $1000) product which turns any wall or LCD screen into a Digital Whiteboard.  This short instructional video explains how to use the eBeam on an LCD screen.  What the video does not show is the install process, which is: install the software from a download or the disk it ships with plug the receiver in any USB port put the battery in the ‘pen’ and start…

VIDEO: Electricity Smart Meters, Big Brothers Right Hand?

This is a very interesting critique of Electric Smart Meters being installed on houses and business all over Canada and US (and I assume many other places around the world).  The notion that an electric meter is really one more very intrusive personal surveillance device, is something many of us would not immediately notice.  However the information from these devices clearly can be and will be used by people and agencies you didn’t approve of. Although…

Videos: Stop Online Spying… Stop Canadian Bill C11

Under Bill C11, companies will be required to provide government officials with unfettered access to your on-line information without getting approval.  Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner has come out strongly against this proposed law stating that recent arrests prove that Police have more than enough powers in existing legislation. This is WRONG; Police or anyone else should need a judge’s approval to spy on you. Watch these amusing/disturbing videos to see the effect of this new law and please…