Monday, December 23, 2013

Fun With Binary Options:

When buying a binary option the potential return it offers is certain and known before the purchase is made. Binary options can be bought on virtually any financial product and can be bought in both directions of trade either by buying a “Call”/“Up” option or a “Put”/“Down” option. This means that an investor can go long or short on any financial product simply by buying a binary option. Binary options are offered against a fixed expiry time which may be e.g. 60 seconds and up to 30 minutes, an hour ahead or to the close of the trading day.[2] 
Non exchange-traded binary optionsBinary options contracts have long been available over-the-counter (OTC), i.e. sold directly by the issuer to the buyer. They were generally considered "exotic" instruments and there was no liquid market for trading these instruments between their issuance and expiration. They were often seen embedded in more complex option contracts. 
Since mid-2008 binary options websites called binary option trading platforms have been offering a simplified version of exchange-traded binary options. It is estimated that around 90 such platforms (including white label products) have been in operation as of January 2012, offering options on some 125 underlying assets. 
The platforms offer standardized short-term binary options with a pre-determined profit/loss, that cannot be liquidated (buy or sell to close) before expiry.[disputed ]The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have issued a joint warning to investors regarding binary options.[3] | SEC Warns Investors About Binary Options and Charges Cyprus-Based Company with Selling Them Illegally in U.S.:
The SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today issued a joint Investor Alert to warn investors about fraudulent promotional schemes involving binary options and binary options trading platforms. Much of the binary options market operates through Internet-based trading platforms that are not necessarily complying with applicable U.S. regulatory requirements and may be engaging in illegal activity.
According to the SEC's complaint against Banc de Binary filed in federal court in Nevada, the company began offering and selling binary options to U.S. investors in 2010. Banc de Binary induced investors to create accounts with the company, deposit money into those accounts, and then purchase binary options whose underlying assets include stock and stock indices. Banc de Binary's solicitation of U.S. investors has been quite successful and attracted some customers with very modest means. For example, one investor had a monthly income of $300 and a net worth of less than $25,000, and another customer was encouraged to deposit additional funds into his Banc de Binary trading account even after he informed the Banc de Binary representative that he was unemployed with less than $1,000 in his checking account.
"Investors should be aware of the potential for fraud in this area as well as of the reality that they can lose their entire investment," said Lori Schock, Director of the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy. "We strongly encourage investors to check the background of brokers and advisers and trading platforms before making a decision to invest. If investors can't obtain simple background information such as whether the financial professional is registered with the SEC or FINRA, then they should be extremely wary." 
GOptions|Binary Options Terms & Conditions:

11. Withdrawal ProcedureGOptions’s finance department handles all withdrawal requests submitted. Identification documents must be submitted in order to process a withdrawal prior to the opening of the first trade. This will insure that the account is compliant and up to the standards of our KYC and AML policies, as required by law. There is no fee to withdraw via credit card so long as the account didn’t fall into our dormancy rules, however any withdrawal using bank transfer will accompany a processing fee of $25. Once a withdrawal request is submitted it can take GOptions up to 3 business days to process the request, unless the account was verified according to the conditions explained above (prior to opening the account in which case the withdrawal will be guaranteed to be processed same day assuming the request was provided Monday through Friday between 8am-6pm GMT). Once the request has been approved please allow an additional 5-7 days for the funds to show in your account. GOptions reserves the rights to charge an additional $10 + 7% for a withdrawal of any kind if the account has laid dormant for 1 month or more since being opened whereby not one trade was opened since opening and funding the account or in the event where the account has laid dormant for 3 months or more. The $10 + 7% fee will be on each and every withdrawal required by the company in order to complete the request. If the customer used 2 credit card deposits or more, each of those deposits will be credited back to the customer, less the $10 + 7% fee for each. In the event where Clients wish to withdraw their balance without having traded on the platform will be subject to up to $10 + 7% handling fees which would be determined at the Company’s sole discretion. Any other withdrawal done by other means of e-wallets will carry with them a 4% fee. 

Withdrawals of profits will only be processed when 20 trades or volume in the amount of the deposit (trades volume must then be greater than the deposit value), the greater in sum of the two, are performed. Failure to execute this amount of trading will render the account as fraud, an attempt at fraud, or otherwise nullifies gains. The company bears all responsibility in this case to return the original amount to the customer. Profits will otherwise be nullified. If however, these conditions were met and profits remain in the account, the customer will be able to withdraw said funds in full based on the above fees and conditions and assuming the account has been verified. 

Is GOptions a Scam? Beware, Read This GOptions Review

Editor’s Note – Why does GOptions Suck in 50 Words?
Last time I reviewed a Binary Options website that used the slogan “We focus on who really counts. You.” I said that I’m going to be sick if I see another one. Unfortunately, it was the first thing I noticed when I started my review of GOptions… This overly used phrase screams “We don’t care about you and we don’t even take the time to create a new slogan”. More than that, they call themselves “… the most professional and objective platform for trading…” bla bla… so we have another “market leader” on our hands.
Is GOptions a Scam?It’s a war out there! People are claiming GOptions is a scam because Signal Index allegedly erased bad trades from the history of some signal providers to make them look good. Also, some signal provider used the name of another, more prolific provider just to get attention and subscribers. Unfortunately the VP of GOptions publicly confesses that he suggested this little name “trick”. From there, all hell breaks loose and a full-on internet war begins. At the moment this article is written, their Terms and Conditions state: “This Agreement is made by and between Longmont Ltd, the operator of the brand name “GOptions” as well as the site and you.” Of course we can deduce that their operating company is Longmont Ltd…but we found on the Internet an earlier picture taken from their website… in this older picture, they state that GOptions is “… owned and operated by Massive Consulting Ltd (Registration #1547635), a BVI registered company.” The addresses of the two companies differ as well. Now what can I understand from all the arguments related to scam suspicions, switching addresses and owners? Why did the name of the owning company change? Did Massive Consulting Ltd sell the website to Longmont Ltd? Is this all an elaborate scam? A lot of questions, right? For me all those questions have just one answer… 
Scam Broker Investigator - GOptions Broker Review:
What we look for in binary option brokers to determine if they are a legit broker or a scam broker is very simple. Are the licensed and regulated by CySEC in Cyprus? Do they fall under the MIFId regulatory rules in the European Union (EU)? Does the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in Australia or the Finanstilsynet (The Danish FSA) include them in their list? Are they FSA registered in the United Kingdom? 
On June 6th 2013 the SEC wrote an investor alert regarding binary option scam brokers.Investor Complaints Relating to Platforms Fraudulent Binary Options Trading. The SEC and CFTC have received numerous complaints of fraud associated with websites that offer an opportunity to buy or trade binary options through Internet-based trading platforms. The complaints fall into at least three categories: refusal to credit customer accounts or reimburse funds to customers; identity theft; and manipulation of software to generate losing trades. Read entire alert on the SEC website here 
When choosing a binary option broker it is important to check the list of regulated binary option brokers to see if the broker you would like to open an account with is regulated by a government regulatory agency.
GOptions tells us that they are working on getting a brokers license from one of the regulatory authorities. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Adobe Edumacation: White Balance and Color Managment

Everything You Need to Know About White Balance
"Even though our eyes can adjust to varying color, we can still tell that during sunrise or sunset, the light looks much warmer than at midday. This effect is much more noticeable on images. To help understand this variation, the color of a light source is given a value known as the color temperature, which is expressed in units of degrees Kelvin (K). Check the chart below for the typical values of the most common light sources. 
Chris Rutter, The Essential Color Manual for Photographers, Rotovision
How to set white balance – a detailed article on white balance by Ken Rockwell

White Balance Gone Wild – a Flickr group with a nice collection of photos using white balance creatively

How to Set Your White Balance Manually – a great post, right here on LightStalking, about manually setting white balance

A Brief Guide to Color Management for Photographers – a useful post, right here on LightStalking, on color management and calibration

Introduction to White Balance - Digital Photography School:

Here are some of the basic White Balance settings you’ll find on cameras: 
  • Auto – this is where the camera makes a best guess on a shot by shot basis. You’ll find it works in many situations but it’s worth venturing out of it for trickier lighting. 
  • Tungsten – this mode is usually symbolized with a little bulb and is for shooting indoors, especially under tungsten (incandescent) lighting (such as bulb lighting). It generally cools down the colors in photos.
  • Fluorescent – this compensates for the ‘cool’ light of fluorescent light and will warm up your shots.
  • Daylight/Sunny – not all cameras have this setting because it sets things as fairly ‘normal’ white balance settings. 
  • Cloudy – this setting generally warms things up a touch more than ‘daylight’ mode. 
  • Flash – the flash of a camera can be quite a cool light so in Flash WB mode you’ll find it warms up your shots a touch. 
  • Shade – the light in shade is generally cooler (bluer) than shooting in direct sunlight so this mode will warm things up a little.

 More to come...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Adobe & Nikon Edumacation: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Convert My NEFs with Lightroom

Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge? | Adobe Evangelists - Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV"In this video tutorial Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge – why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications."

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Convert My NEFs with Lightroom 4 | The Luminescence of Nature Photography Blog: "The beauty of processing RAW files is that every setting is plastic and reversible. However, the initial conversion parameters set the baseline for exposure, contrast, and color rendition and differ with each RAW converter application. One thing that Nikon photographers point out is that they like their default (starting point) conversion to match the “as-shot” look (as viewed on the back of their camera) as closely as possible. This makes sense. If you like the look of Nikon’s Picture Control “Standard,” then it’s very convenient to see the initial image rendered this way when you open the RAW file. After that initial conversion, you can do whatever you want to process your image."

Lightroom 4 Camera Calibration Profile Presets | Lightroom Killer Tips: "I’ve had a bunch of requests lately to update the Camera Profile presets that I released a couple of years ago so here they are. These presets simply select the Camera Profiles that you’d normally select in camera (picture controls or picture styles that increase saturation, color, contrast). If you shoot in Raw though, those styles are discarded and left off of the raw file (which is why your raw file sometimes looks a little flat in Lightroom). But Lightroom has profiles that simulate those controls in the Camera Calibration panel in the Develop module."

These should work fine for Lr 5 too.

Video – Calibration Profiles and Presets | Lightroom Killer Tips: "Last week, I posted some of my Lightroom presets for the camera profiles that you find in the Camera Calibration panel in Lightroom. After I started reading through the questions and comments I realized that a lot of people didn’t know one of the huge benefits of using presets for the camera profiles. See, the presets I gave out, were simply just shortcuts to the settings in the Calibration panel, rather than my own recipe of settings put together (which is what the presets I usually give away are). So I figured I’d do a quick video to show you a couple of ways that having presets for these profiles helps out. I hope this helps. Enjoy!"

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Adobe Edumacation: Lightroom Administration

Managing and using plugins in Lightroom | Learn Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV:

Lightroom Backup Strategies 5 | The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV: "In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne discusses backup strategies for the Lightroom catalog, incremental backup catalogs, photographs, presets, preferences, and additional supporting files. Of course there are many ways to manage files - this tutorial is intended to help you identify the best approach for your workflow."

How to Optimize Lightroom 5 | The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV: "In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne shares several suggestions for hardware, software, and preferences to help optimize the performance of Lightroom. Keeping these tips in mind when setting up a new system or refining your current system will help speed up Lightroom and make you more productive."

How to Use Lightroom 5 On Location | The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV: "In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne demonstrates how to create a “template” catalog on the computer that she uses on-location. Then, she shows how to retain all of the edits made to images while in the field (including collections, virtual copies, ratings, saved output projects, etc.) by merging the on-location catalog with her master catalog upon return."

Lightroom Video – Installing and Organizing Your Presets in Lightroom 5 | Lightroom Killer Tips: "When a new version of Lightroom comes out I always like to update the video on upgrading, installing and organizing your presets for Lightroom. Just to go over any differences or changes with the new version. Luckily, with Lightroom 5, you don’t really need to change anything from Lightroom 4. Presets work pretty much the same way that they did in version 4, and any presets you had from Lightroom 4 will work just fine in Lightroom 5 with no changes. Anyway, here’s a video that goes over how to install and organize your presets so that they’re easy to get to. Enjoy!"

Friday, December 13, 2013

Adobe Edumacation: Creative Cloud Web Presence Options for Photographers

Creative Cloud for Photographers - Publish Lightroom Web Galleries to Creative Cloud | Adobe Creative Cloud TV: Photographers | Adobe TV: "In this episode of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast, Terry White shows photographers how they can take advantage of their Adobe Creative Cloud Memberships and the hosting included to publish Web Galleries directly from Lightroom 4."

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Creative Cloud for Photographers

Much more later...

Adobe Edumacation: Sharpening in Photoshop, Lightroom and Camera Raw

Camera Raw / Lightroom

Demystifying Clarity | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV: "Learn how to use the Clarity slider in Camera Raw to add snap to your photos by adjusting midtone contrast."

A quick portrait retouching technique using Clarify | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV:  "Learn how to soften skin and sharpen eyes and lips using the Clarity slider in Camera Raw."

A sharpening and noise reduction workflow | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV: "Using the Detail panel in Camera Raw you can sharpen a photo and reduce noise. Explore a workflow for working with the Detail panel."

Sharpening an image | Learn Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV: "Most digital photographs could benefit from a bit of sharpening. Learn the best ways to sharpen an image. "

Reducing image noise in Lightroom 5 | Learn Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV: "Photographic noise is part and parcel of life as a digital photographer, but that doesn't mean that we have to live with it. Learn to quickly remove noise; even in the most extreme situations. "


Blur and Sharpen | Understanding Adobe Photoshop CS6 | Adobe TV: "This movie teaches how the Blur and Sharpen tools can be applied non-destructively by using layers to soften textures and sharpen details in your images."

Sharpening in Photoshop CC | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV: "Pete Collins explains how to work with the improved Smart Sharpening in Photoshop CC."

All-New Smart Sharpen | Creative Cloud for Photographers | Adobe TV: "Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee demonstrates all-new Smart Sharpen, the most advanced sharpening technology available today. Smart Sharpen analyzes images to maximize clarity and minimize noise and halos. It lets you fine-tune for high-quality, natural-looking results."

Camera Shake Reduction | Creative Cloud for Photographers | Adobe TV: "Photoshop Product Manager Zorana Gee shows how you can save shots you thought were lost due to camera motion. Whether your blur was caused by slow shutter speed or a long focal length, Camera Shake Reduction analyzes its trajectory and helps restore sharpness."

Using the Camera Shake Reduction Filter | Learn Creative Cloud for Photography | Adobe TV: "Have you taken a shot that is a little blurry due to Camera Movement? RC Concepcion shows how to use a new filter to make that image sharp!"

Sharpening an image with Unsharp Mask | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV: "In this movie author Julieanne Kost discusses one of the most commonly used filters in Photoshop, the Unsharp Mask filter, which allows you to make an image appear sharper. She also talks about adjusting the three different variables for this filter: Amount, Radius, and Threshold."

Unsharp Mask: How Do You Actually Use That Thing? | Photojojo: "Here’s our no-nonsense, jargon-free guide to sharpening your photos using Unsharp Mask. It’ll change your life. We promise."

Creative use of the high pass filter | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV: "Photoshop has dozens of filters, and they can be used alone or in combination to achieve stunning results. Here’s just one example for creative use of the High Pass filter."

Sharpening in Photoshop -- Part I: Six Parts covering many different, simple and advanced sharpening techniques.  A bit old, but still useful.

Adobe Edumacation: Lightroom to Photoshop Workflow

Adobe Bridge CC vs. Lightroom 5 - Which is best for you? | Adobe Creative Cloud TV: Photographers | Adobe TV:
"In this episode of Adobe Creative Cloud TV, Terry White takes on the task of explaining and showing the differences between Adobe Bridge and Lightroom. Once and for all see which one is BEST for the things that YOU do! Also see tips and tricks in both applications."
Should I use Lightroom or Bridge? | The Complete Picture with Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV: "In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost helps you decide which application is right for your workflow by explaining the differences between Lightroom and Bridge for managing images and assets."

General Lightroom workflow | Learn Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV: "Time is money, and the more organized you are the more you can accomplish. Learn how developing a good workflow in Lightroom can help you get more work accomplished in less time. "

Lightroom 5 - Importing Your Images | Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV:
"Discover how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow."
Why Does the Photograph’s Preview Change in Lightroom and Bridge? | Adobe Evangelists - Julieanne Kost | Adobe TV:
"In this video tutorial Julieanne explains one of the great mysteries of Lightroom and Bridge – why Lightroom (or Bridge) displays a photograph one way and then changes the way it looks a moment later. It will all become clear with just a little information about how digital camera files are captured and displayed by different applications."
Lightroom and Photoshop photo workflow | Learn Creative Cloud for Photography | Adobe TV:
Learn how Lightroom and Photoshop can work hand-in-hand to produce stunning images.
Lightroom 5 - Moving Between Lightroom and Photoshop | Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV
Learn how to seamlessly move images between Lightroom and Photoshop with the exact control that you need. Discover how easy it is to create panoramas, merge 16 bit high-dynamic range (HDR) images and open multiple photographs into a single file in Photoshop.
The Difference Between “Edit in Photoshop” and “Open as Smart Object “ | Learn Creative Cloud for Photography | Adobe TV:
In this episode of The Complete Picture, Julieanne show you the difference between opening a raw file as a pixel based layer verses a Smart Object and the advantages of both approaches.
Opening an image as a Smart Object | Learn Photoshop CC | Adobe TV:
Smart Objects in Photoshop offer you a lot of flexibility. Learn how to open an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop and Camera Raw. 
Lightroom 5 - Exporting Images | Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV:
"Master the Export options in Lightroom to quickly automate the creation of multiple files for a variety of different output scenarios."

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

X-Box Skyrim Freezing

Skyrim keeps freezing,why? - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Answers for Xbox 360 - GameFAQs: "The ugly truth about Skyrim freezing...Like you I had many freezes. Yesterday doing the Nightcaller Cave mission got almost all the way to the end and I had to start over completely at least 5 times, saved it midway and started over at save point at least another 10. After calling Bethesda, then Microsoft, then Bethesda again I finally got an answer. It appears that the autosave feature is the problem-it clogs up the files or something. I was told to only manually save and I went a few hours without freezing so I added save on wait, rest and travel still no freezing. The minute I turned on autosave again it started freezing again. So I turned that off left the others on and no more freezing for at least a day. Hope that this helps anyone with this problem."

Why is Skyrim freezing my Xbox up so much? - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Message Board for Xbox 360 - GameFAQs: "Whenever you enter a room or area the game "remembers".
Later when you go there, the game uses this "memory" to make it easier to load (a useful feature in large games like Skyrim).

Occasionally too much "memory" bogs things down, causing a crash.
Clearing the cache just deletes the games junk files like it does on your computer."

Re: Xbox Freezes When i Play Skyrim [ HELP ] - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Forum - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Forums - "You need to hold RB + LB + X as the game starts up at the loading screen, this clears the games cashe."

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Photo and Video Editing Monitors

Best Under $500 Budget Photo and Video Editing Monitor 2013:
e-IPS vs. p-IPS Vs. H-IPSThere's a lot of confusion when it comes to IPS panel types and their categories. What should be done is some type of standardization in these names; however, here is what technically should be associated with each of these names. 
This is a cheaper-to-produce IPS panel that has become very popular as of late. Typically, the color gamut associated with these types of monitors is not as good as Pro-IPS or H-IPS panels, but is still much better than what you see on a typical monitor. For those that don't necessarily have to have brand color sensitivity, then these types of monitors should be good enough. Typically monitors in this category are advertised as 8 bit with 16.7 million colors; however, in the case of some of the least expensive models are more 6 bit with A-FRC or 8 bit simulated. TFT Central's recent article expands upon this.
Most modern IPS panel models are made in this format with horizontal IPS pixels arranged in vertical lines.
The "p" in p-IPS stands for professional and typically means that a particular IPS monitor has a wider color gamut. While many of these models say they have a 10 bit color palette of 1.07 billion very few do and as in the case of e-IPS some which are advertised are actually 8 bit with AFRC simulation. True 10 bit monitors will exceed the 8-bit+AFRC module monitors in price. 
Other options:
There are many other IPS options available in the market. Overall, pay attention to customer ratings and reviews for a more accurate depiction of what you're getting in a monitor.

Best IPS Photo Editing Monitors for Photography 2013: "People no longer want to just read words on a paper they want to see it and photographers tell a story that is rich in detail and meaning. Sometimes a photo comes out just right, but most of the time it takes tools, calibration, and editing to get a photo to look like you had it in your mind. In this post I'll review some of the top rated budget or entry level, mid range, and high-end IPS monitors for photography. We'll also discuss the importance of panel types, color gamut, resolution, proper calibration, and more."

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography 2013 Review: "One of the first things you learn as a amateur photographer is to know the intent of your photographs and why you want to take them. If you've come here looking for the best monitor for photo editing, then ask yourself what your intent is. If you're a professional photographer, then you may be looking for a high-end IPS panel monitor with wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. Casual photographers still want accuracy, but probably want quality options that fit within their price range. In this post I'll review high, mid, and budget IPS monitors for all types."

Calibrate your display: "What is Display Color Calibration?

Calibrating your display helps to ensure that colors are represented accurately on your monitor. In Windows, you can use Display Color Calibration to calibrate your display."

HP Pavilion 23bw 23-inch Diagonal IPS LED
Backlit Monitor support

Screen is discolored

The entire screen is discolored.
Figure 10: Incorrect colors
Incorrect colors
Figure 11: Correct colors
Correct resolution
To fix incorrect colors, complete the following steps:

  1. Check the video cable connections and make sure the connection is not loose. Tighten the connection screws if the connector is loose.
  2. Press the Auto or Autoselect button on the monitor.
  3. Press Menu , and select Factory Reset . If the screen is still discolored, continue to the next step.
  4. If the monitor has more than one type of connection available such as VGA, DVI, or HDMI, try a different type of connection.
  5. If possible, connect the monitor to another computer. If the colors are incorrect when the monitor is connected to the second computer, the monitor might be damaged or defective.
  6. Service the monitor.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

DVD Ripping Links

Five Best DVD Ripping Tools: (12/2012)

DVD ripper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  (OLD)

DVD Ripper Software Review 2014 | Best DVD Ripping Software | Rip DVDs - TopTenREVIEWS: "DVD Ripper Software Review & Product Comparisons"
Top rated product in the article above: DVD Cloner 2014 | Best DVD Ripper Software - TopTenREVIEWS
But terrible user reviews for previous versions...  DVD Cloner Pro - Free download and software reviews - CNET

Boilsoft Video Converter - Free download and software reviews - CNET "There are only three questions worth asking about a video-converting program: is it free, is it fast, and how is the video quality? Boilsoft Video Converter answers the second two questions well, but misses on the first. If you can handle paying for it, it is a quality video converter.

Boilsoft Video Converter costs $34.95 to use. If you don't pay, the program adds a goofy watermark over the middle of your video. For your money, you're getting a really smooth layout that's easy to use. "

Best Free DVD Ripper: September 2013 Reviews "After testing several free DVD rippers, I find it’s really hard to say which one is the best. Perhaps A supports numerous outputs. But it only rips part of the protected DVDs. Maybe B is powerful enough to rip the latest protected DVDs. However, the features are difficult to understand for beginners. Hence, you are welcome to comment below with your own experience. Let’s work together to make this category better and better."
Best Free DVD Ripper: "WinX DVD Ripper is another Windows-based DVD ripper freeware that is kept up to date. The latest version was 5.5.13 built on Aug.13, 2013. If you think Handbrake is complicated to handle (some users do) and has limited output video formats, WinX is more straightforward which supports ripping DVD to MP4, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV and Music (MP3). No third-party codec package is needed."

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Facebook privacy and kids: Don’t post photos of your kids online. - Slate Magazine

Facebook privacy and kids: Don’t post photos of your kids online. - Slate Magazine:

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This is assuming that digital anonymity will even be possible when the kids are grown. I post, but I don't tag, pictures of the kids. If they want to do that when they are old enough for their own accounts they can.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Video: The Spirit of Tek | Watch Oregon Experience Online | OPB Video

Video: The Spirit of Tek | Watch Oregon Experience Online | OPB Video:
"In 1945 four young entrepreneurs decided to start an electronics company in Portland, Oregon. The company was Tektronix. This program explores the people and philosophy that established Tektronix as Oregon's first high-tech industry leader."

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Monday, August 12, 2013

I'm 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook

I've been noticing this.  Offered to discuss getting an account for my son (who isn't on any networks that I know of) and he said that he didn't want one.  I was relieved.

I'm 13 and None of My Friends Use Facebook:

"Although I do have a Facebook, none of my other friends do. My friends just thought it was a waste of time. I decided to get a Facebook just to see what it was all about. I soon discovered that Facebook is useless without friends. My only friend is, like, my grandma."

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Final Subscriber Scorecard

Final Subscriber Scorecard.  January 17, 2013.

Final Subscriber Scorecard.  January 17, 2013.

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Farewell, (& thanks!)

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So, was bought by Yahoo and is being shut down. They've put together a "Hall of Fame" of contributors and I was named as one of the top contributors in the "Politics & World" category...

From an email I received from their Content Director:

I want to personally thank you for all your amazing contributions to the product, both in your snips and in your feedback to us. I’ve been continually impressed by all the interesting, unique content you’ve unearthed, as well as your thoughtful commentary on it. The quality of your contributions made the site an absolute joy to browse. 

To honor all of your support and contributions, we’ve included you in our Hall of Fame, a place to celebrate our top snippers. We’ve included your Twitter handle, so people can continue to follow your insights.

We've also created a Hall of Fame, where we’re honoring some of the top contributors to the community. We’ve included their Twitter handles so you can continue to stay connected and follow their insights.

I joined while it was still in beta and have posted to it more days than not since then.  They’ve been cool, it’s a great service, and their staff has been very supportive.  From nearly the beginning, they featured my content, which I was pretty proud of, and I seem to have attracted quite a few followers there.

Supposedly, they will be reinventing themselves with Yahoo.  I hope so.  They were a great service.

We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring's vision to a larger scale at Yahoo!. While we can't share the specifics of what we'll be building, we are excited about the opportunity to take social news to new, exciting heights at Yahoo!. The Yahoo! team is passionate about inspiring and entertaining the world’s daily habits, and certainly sharing news and information is something we all do every day. The vision and energy at the company is contagious, and we’re so excited to be part of all that is to come.

So now, I just need to figure out what to do with the links I’ve saved there.  There are a couple ways to download them for future use, and I’ll be taking a look at how to get these back out there, when I have a little time…

I just deleted the Snip It button from my browser.  That makes me sad. 

Unfortunately, in life, with both the good and the bad, “This, too, shall pass…”

My Collections: HTML Links All My Base Belong To You - HTML Links Democracy In Distress - HTML Links Favorites Retrovirus Lab - HTML Links Rubble - HTML Links Suburban Eschatology Part Two - HTML Links

Yahoo Is In Talks To Buy A Site We Actually Use, Snip.It

Snip.It is a social site that resembles a mash up of Pinterest's collections and Instapaper's ability to save links for consumption later.

Read more:

Yahoo Poised to Acquire Content Curation Site - Liz Gannes - News - AllThingsD: was founded by Ramy Adeeb, who was formerly a principal at Khosla Ventures, and has funding from Khosla, True Ventures, Charles River Ventures and SV Angel.

Yahoo is paying “mid teens” of millions of dollars for the company, according to a source.

Kara Swisher yesterday described Yahoo’s new approach to content:

While one might argue that Google is already the Google of content, the plan is to make Yahoo more relevant by tailoring it to the individual and make the site a “trusted destination to get them to where they want to go and keep going back.”

Thus, the thinking goes, while Google is the place people come to search for links, Yahoo then becomes the place users come to find content. That means more partnership deals from third-party sources, with an additional social component layer and synced across a number of devices and platforms, especially video.

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