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DasBoot - Create a Bootable USB Drive

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If you have an Intel Mac, want to optimize your hard drive (or something else), don't reach for one of those CDs in your "utility belt." Instead, make yourself a Mac OS X bootable USB Flash drive with your favorite utilities loaded on it!
Note: DasBoot is not yet OS X Leopard Compatible. Sigh. Works great on Tiger, though!
Booting off an OS X CD isn't fun. You have to remember to push the "C" key down upon startup of your Mac, then wait what seems forever. What if you could skip those troubles on your new Intel Macbook? You can, of course, if you use Subrosasoft's Das Boot. It allows you to...

...take any third party boot CD (such as those shipped by
SubRosaSoft.com Inc, Prosoft Engineering Inc, Alsoft Inc, or Micromat
Inc) and quickly create a bootable diagnostic device that contains any
of your own utilities you may wish to install. You can use your device
to boot and repair Mac OS X computers* as needed without erasing i…

Combining PDFs

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I've probably written about combining PDFs before, but it doesn't hurt
to revisit this...


To combine PDFs...



...on a Mac, use PDFLab
or CombinePDF




...on Windows machine, use JPDF
Tweak
or PDF
Split and Merge
or




...on UbuntuLinux, at the command line:



1) Install by typing sudo apt-get install gs pdftk


2) Combine files using the following command:


gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE=combinedpdf.pdf -dBATCH
1.pdf 2.pdf 3.pdf


If you have more than one PDF (like Google Calendar printouts), you can
combine them en masse with an adaptation of the command:


gs -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOUTPUTFILE=combinedpdf.pdf -dBATCH calendar*.pdf


And, here's a collection
of PDF Tools
.







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Tweak Windows Keys in BootCamp

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Although I run VMWare Fusion on my personal Macbook, I found myself at
the end of a budget year without the funds to buy Fusion for the work
Macbook (by design, it's all by design). SO, I spent the hour it took to
setup a Macbook with 160gig hard drive, 2 gigs RAM with Mac OS X and
Windows running off of Bootcamp.


The install went great by the 3rd time I did it <grin>, and everything
loaded without problems. I soon had Windows humming along the way I like
it with my favorite applications. However, one thing was driving me
crazy...how to remap the Apple-Command key to be the Control (CTRL) key.
To do that, I used Key
Tweak,
a free program that describes itself in this way:


Keytweak is a free keyboard remapper for Windows NT/2000/XP. It makes
use of Microsoft's Scancode Map registry key to remap your keyboard. VB6
Runtime files are required, but are already present on Windows 2000/XP.


I …

Polls and Survey Sites-Free

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Conducting surveys and polls is great. When I need to conduct a survey,
I use UCCASS.Over
the years, I have been asked to collect information tracking digital
video distribution system usage, a technology assessment for
paraprofessional staff, available technology assets, and more. Each
time, the effort began as a survey. The hardest part about surveys is
not collecting the data. Rather, it is designing the surveys and then
analyzing the data. Although it would be too much to hope for to
simplify both ends of the process--the design of the survey and data
analysis--what if the latter could be made easier? A free, open source
tool can help you do that. The free survey tool is known as UCCASS and
is available at http://www.bigredspark.com/survey.html


But if you don't have access to your own server, what do you do? You
might use one of the 10 services Wild
Apricot blog points out
:



Poll Daddy


Cool W…

Erase Free Space on Your Mac HD

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This request came in at work...not as memorable as "O Captain, My
Captain" but I won't complain too loudly...


Mac God,
Do you have any recommendation for a Hard Drive Cleaner? OS
X?


The answer was a bit complicated. I started to recommend Mireth
Software's ShredItX, but then a clarification came...it has to be free.
There isn't much in the free or no-cost department for hard drive free
space wipe programs on a Mac (that I know of), except what's built-into
the OS X. So, I ended up sharing
this information
. Relevant portions sans screenshots available at
link above:


To erase all free disk space, and thereby remove all traces of files
that you deleted previously using the Empty Trash feature, you should
use the Macintosh Disk Utility feature (located in the Applications
folder) to remove this space as follows:


* Open the Applications folder as you normally do.
* Click the

Converting Video MOD Files

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Someone sent me an email asking, "How do I convert MOD files to
something else on Windows?" I was stumped until I googled the
answer
. Apparently, no conversion is required! You can just use
rename the files to MPG extension and they'll work in a media player (I
like VLC Media Player).







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Web-based Post Its

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I was chronicling the Alone
in the Middle story to YouTube movie publishing by young folks
, and
remembered an old presentation in the "pre-computers for presentation"
days. The speaker, who I enjoyed tremendously but have no recollection
of her name, shared how she had a conversation with a young writer.






After reading the question...






So, thinking this a neat approach, I decided to use it in my article to
represent student exchanges. The article will be posted on LeaderTalk
later this weekend (I'm still downloading the videos from YouTube).


One of the questions I had was, how can i create these post-it notes via
the Web? I didn't want to download and install anything on my computer,
just do this via the Web. A few solutions arose:



Free Post-It Note Generator
(what I used)


Sign-Generator
(puts an ad at the bottom of the Post-It, which I don't like, yet
gives you some extra fonts…

Flickr Code in PMWiki

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How to get images to appear in your sidebar in PMWiki from Flickr:


%sidehead%Photos
'''[[http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tags=mgpresos&format=rss_200|Conference
Photos]]''' (:RSS
http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tags=mgpresos&format=rss_200
long 50>:)







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Free Fonts

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Looking for free open source fonts? Ruth
Suehle writes
a short entry here, spending more time about the Free
Font Manifesto
, but does have a link to another
article with 40 free fonts
.


Personally, my favorite source for fonts is one I shared
two Thanksgivings ago
--Search
Free Fonts
.






There are also a lot of Christmas
fonts...check 'em out
.


There's a bit
of whining about installing fonts on Ubuntu
, and it's justified.
That's why I wrote
this blog entry
in the first place, but Ubuntu isn't arguably the
easiest Linux distro to install fonts on.


Here's what the install of the font looks like on a Mac...






...and what it looks like on PCLinuxOS 2007. What' obvious is how
little difference there is in the process!











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WGET on Mac, Windows and Linux

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Image Source:
http://www.cobbsheriff.org/Detention/_images/oldJail_Run.jpg


It is undisputed that Defendant possessed unauthorized copies of
Plaintiffs' copyrighted sound recordings on his computer ... Virtually
all of the sound recordings on Exhibit B are in the ".mp3" format. ...
Defendant admitted that he converted these sound recordings from their
original format to the .mp3 format for his and his wife's use.
Source:
Gizmodo


The first thing I did when I bought my CD of Panamanian music--while
visiting Panama this summer--was to rip the music to my computer. I
wanted to take no chances that I would lose copies of music I hadn't
heard since I was a boy, 20-30 years before. The music transports me
back to a time when I was a child, when my mom and dad and I lived in
Panama, to a simpler time. I did dread losing the CD, or having it
scratched up...in fact, I would hate to lose the CD (which …

Audio Converters

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MediaCoder Audio Edition is an audio transcoding tool based on
MediaCoder. It nicely integrates many audio codecs and tools into an
all-in-one software. It decodes almost all popular formats of audio
files as well as audio stream in video files and encodes them with all
its supported (and even some not claimed supported) audio encoders. All
the codecs are included in the standalone software. With CUE Sheet and
DVD/VCD/CD support and many additional features, audio enthusiasts can
convert all their favorite music freely to any format on-the-fly and in
batch.
Read Source


After reading this write-up on MediaCoder Audio Edition (no cost for
Windows users), an audio converter, I started reflecting on what I use
for audio conversion.


While running XSlimmer
on my Macbook
applications, I realized that I had quite a few
applications on my computer that I seldom used. One of them was a
commercial audio …

Flickr RSS Feed

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Tom Barrett asked:


Does anyone know how to create an RSS feed for an image search in Flickr?


The answer is pretty straightforward...


http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tag=life


Change the word in bold red to whatever tag you want. More
info here
.







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Portable field mp3 recording devices

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I am looking for your recommendations on portable mp3 field recorders.
We want to send students out with easy to use, portable mp3 voice
recorders to conduct interviews in the field. Students would then
download the audio to computers and edit them into final pieces which
would then be shared beyond the classroom. Would you recommend iPods
with voice recorders? Why/Why not? Any experience with iRiver devices?
Or gear from Roland or M-Audio? Many devices are in the $300-$500 range.
Does anyone have experience using $100 devices?
Source: Ed-Tech list email

I'd recommend one of the Olympus WS-100 or WS-110 recorders. We bought
about 100 of the WS-100s for $64 each. This is an easy to use podcasting
tool. The only caveat is that it saves the audio as a WMA file, however,
we encourage teachers to either use iTunes or the no-cost Switch
(cross-platform) to convert it to MP3. In fact, I use Switch to
accomplish this.
More on these po…

Read Gmail via RSS

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I hate logging into Gmail or Thunderbird to read my email...I'd like to
just pull it down like an RSS reader and if I need to, THEN login and
respond. Usually, I'm just wanting to keep in touch. Until now, I hadn't
been able to do that. MakeUseOf.com
explains how,
though:


Gmail has a RSS feed which is called an “authenticated feed” which
basically means you need to enter your username and password in order to
access it. A lot of web-based RSS services, including Google Reader
ironically enough, don’t support authenticated feeds. In fact, they
still don’t. So what FreeMyFeed does is act as the middle man, taking
your feed and swapping it for a proxy that the RSS service WILL accept.
Of course this means that you have to trust FreeMyFeed with your Gmail
username and password. I tested the service with a dummy account and
fake emails but I would never use this service with my main accounts.

New UltraLight Laptop - Acer Aspire One

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Mac Zoom In Shortcut

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...are
pretty nice
.










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