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Tutorial Status

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Well, I spent several hours working on that tutorial I keep talking about. Time flew fast. I said I was 90% done didn’t I… I think I was wrong!

I did alot of work on the tutorial last night… we’re up to 14 steps. Don’t worry! I am doing one step per page and I’m breaking the process down into very small steps that are easy to digest. So, there are alot of pages. There are alot of screen shots. There are two completed videos that are embedded into the tutorial.

There is one video that has been mostly edited but needs some music I think added to it and some titles. This mostly finished video is pretty short and shows taking the AVI file created via the whole process shown and importing it into Windows Moviemaker.

As far as the actual pages of the tutorial (there are 15 so far … if you include the introduction) go, I am at the point of describing the settings that need to be made when the user is ready to save that AVI file.

Let me see… how many pages left… maybe?

  • One to show the overall save video dialog box and picking Microsoft AVI from the dropdown list. …And telling the user to click the options button…
  • One to show the user how to change the width and height settings to something Moviemaker can handle.
  • One showing how the tool being used converts the HD video clip into an AVI file.
  • One showing the closing up of the tools that were used for the conversion.
  • A page showing opening of Windows MovieMaker and adding the AVI file to a video “collection.”
  • A wrapup page that talks about:
    • The problem with the size of AVI files.
    • The problem with how Moviemaker plays files from the disk.
    • How converting the whole thing into a Windows Media File and editing from that does not work.
    • Why most of the tutorial video footage was editing in iMovie not MovieMaker.
    • Outtakes. —- chances are I will release the tutorial before this part is complete. This is for a little bit of fun.

 That is six new pages that I still have to make yet… whew! In addition I want to create the navigation link thing to add to each of these pages to make it easy to navigate around in this tutorial, so,….. I have some work to do still!

I’m revising the completion amount to 75%.  Hopefully this is more realistic. I plan on working on it tonight again.

Cheers!

Some Resolution with Kyte.tv

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Well I got home last night and tried using Kyte.tv. I had the same problems as before. But fortunately I let other people know and I got a solution to my problem:

  • In Safari, clear the cache.
  • Close Safari.
  • Shut down the computer.
  • Start up the computer.

Stuff started working again. Thanks again for all the help!

Canon HG10 to MovieMaker Tutorial: Status

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I’ve been working on and off on a tutorial for getting video out of a nifty Canon HG10 high-def video camera into Windows Moviemaker. It is about 90% done. It has taken me longer than I expected.

Take last night for example: I was going to work on it, but Apple came out with this update for the iPhone. I spent most of the evening first updating my MacBook, then my iPhone. Then it was time to go to bed… no time to work on the tutorial. Us old folks can’t stay up too late on weeknights!  …Where’s my Geritol?

The night before I was showing a Lean Software Development video to my wife that I found on Google. Alot of good information on process improvement, some which can be used in any area not just programming. We both watched some addition video from some Six Sigma course material I have for a class I’m taking in February. Another night shot!

Tonight I am planning on working on the tutorial though. I am so close to getting this done!

MacWorld and iPhone Updates

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I watched most of the keynote at MacWorld given by Steve Jobs. One of the first things I wanted to do after watching was get the latest update for my iPhone installed (which they released that day).

There were several updates that needed installing when I got to my MacBook yesterday. So I ran them all. It took awhile! And of course I downloaded the latest update to my iPhone.

I tried the locator button in maps. It Rocks! What a great way to help you get unlost! And, what a great geeky thing to show others how cool the iPhone is!

After I installed this though, Kyte.tv’s player seems to be acting squirrelly. I even did a cold boot on my MacBook last night and it still seemed weird. Works ok on my PC but my MacBook has the webcam that I like to use on Kyte.tv.

So what is not working?

  • I post a message in the comments… It doesn’t show up. But if I close the browser and come back, the messages are now there.
  • Posting a video does the same thing.
  • I posted a long video (19 minutes)… no error msg, seemed to happen too fast… I completely lost the video… it never actually got posted (poo)!
  • Caused Safari to close down on it’s own once.

So this is the annoying world of software updates. We all want to cool features, but there is always the risk that something will now be broken (in spite of lots of regression testing).

I’m probably insane, but I hope today when I get home from work, that since my MacBook has been off all day that things will “straighten themselves out.” Probably not. Though if other kyte.tv users with macs experience the same thing, I’m sure Kyte will find out about it and hopefully resolve the issue.

Kinoki Pads: Fact or Fiction

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Have you seen the ads for Kinoki pads on television? You put it on the bottom of your foot at night and its supposed to suck toxins out of your system while you sleep. In the morning, the pad will be dark with toxic gunk that was extracted from your body.

As you do this each night, the pads you take off are supposed to become lighter and lighter until they look as if nothing happened. At that point, you are supposed to stop using them.

Well, I went to their web site:   buykinoki.com  and purchased their two for one offer. I did not buy any of their other products. I figure that for $20 for something that at least is harmless and at most could improve my health is worth a shot!

I did some browsing of various sites (mostly online forums) to see what others were saying about it. At this point there really isn’t a whole lot out there. But I haven’t been seeing the ads on TV for very long either.

The main bulk of the comments are people just bashing the product without any first hand knowledge about the product. Let it be known that I’ve used some products that were bashed as well but have provided noticeable benefit to me. I’ve also used products that were worthless (at least for me).

A smaller amount of users have all sorts of nice things to say about the product and how their health has improved.

And about an equally sized amount of folks think the products a fraud and sound authoritative.

The question is who are these people? Who can I trust? Just because I say that I’m John Edwards doesn’t him make me! And even if the people are who the say they are, prejudice and a faulty paradigm can exist (on any side).

So, I thought this would be a great idea for an experiment! As they say: “Stuff never written down (or documented) never happened.”

I am going to document exactly what happens with me and the company and the usage of their product.

  • I am going to create a written record of events. At very least on this blog but probably on a page on the main site too.
  • I am going to record video of different events as well as document them in text:
    • Information regarding when I ordered the product and how.
    • Information regarding how long they say it will take before I get my order.
    • Any calls to customer service and their outcomes.
    • Why I bought them in the first place, my expectations.
    • Were my expectations met?
    • Document in video placing the pad on my foot in the evening.
    • Document in video taking the pad off my foot in the morning.
    • We will take a close look at the pad to see what is there (video taped of course)
    • Document for each of these incidents the date and time, and the day number of the treatment.
    • Document any improvments in health (if any).
    • Depending on the cost of a chemical analysis, I will take a sampling of the pads in for the chemical analysis and see what the results are. This would include one unused pad as a baseline.
    • I will document the investigation I do in finding a resource for chemical analysis.
    • I will document whether or not the pads get lighter and lighter as I continue with the treatment.

A few more comments about this:

  • Please read each post carefully and completely. Don’t make assumptions about what I mean (I’ve been guilty of this myself).
  • Have an open mind. If this doesn’t work, I’ve lost a few bucks and learned some new lessons. If it works, my health improves at a low cost both financially and effort-wise. If Thomas Edison had the attitude about a light bulb working the way some people have about alternative medicine, he’d never invented it, after two or three attempts he would have said, “can’t be done!”

 I’m going out tonight for my birthday party so don’t expect anything new tonight. I think this will be a great experiment! You will not get mearly some high level opinions but some detailed data which you can then use to make an informed decision on your own. Just a warning, this experiment could take a few months (maybe two or three). We’ll just see where it goes, okay? Great!

All the best!

Busy… but doing well

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Let’s see, there’s the Six Sigma class coming up in February… my wife is taking two classes in occupational therapy the next two weekends, we just replaced our defective printer, I’ve been buying various books on software management and intros to statistics. I’m toggling back and forth between reading these books (due the subject matter you can only take so much of this stuff at one time)!

On the health / self discipline front my wife and I are doing alot better. No self-medicating by buying and eating junk food / soda. I’ve been walking the stairs (30 floors) almost every day at work. Slowly, some of the physical symtoms I experience in my body are waning/disapating.

Things are REAL SLOW at work right now but I expect that is going to change real soon. And I actually will be glad when that happens.

The tutorial I am making for importing video from a Canon HG10 video camera into Windows MovieMaker is taking longer than expected. But, I have been working on it and it is getting better and better. It will be nice to have a solid and complete tutorial up on chomer.com!

Update for Friday, January 11, 2008

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Well, today I have decided that the blog on my site would become my one and only active blog. So it is active: i.e.: there are links to it now! Although the formatting on it is not exactly as I would like, it is still pretty good.

In other news, Sunday is my birthday! Gonna be 45. Tonight I’m going out with some friends to celebrate at Pizzeria Uno. They have this pizza with spinach and broccolli that tastes awesome! That is what I’m am going for! 🙂

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