ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…
If you are looking for a freebie quick and simple way to capture both the screen and audio output from a Windows PC have a look at oRTipa . It lacks the bells and whistles of the paid for screen capture software but is absurdly simple to use and will output to most popular video standards.
Recently I did some work for a friend that involved capturing the whole of a web page as an image rather than just the visible section inside the browser window. Along the way I stumbled across a great Firefox add-on called Screengrab which makes this a doodle and is platform agnostic. Click the example below to get an idea what a captured page is saved as..
A site worth bookmarking or adding to your RSS feed is Giveaway of the day. Most days the site features free PC or Mac software with licences you might normally expect to pay for. Often these are the sort of programs you would expect to see as the star freebie ” worth £20″ or whatever on on magazine cover disks, however the download link and registration links are only valid for 24 hours.
From what I can tell these are often earlier versions that have been superseded or perhaps heavily pirated, at least this way you can use the software with a clear conscious effectively following the try-before-you-buy route though the programs are generally fully featured and not crippled in any way.
Today they are offering Paragon NTFS for Mac 6.5, a utility that allows OS X to read and write to NTFS drives, ideal if you have an externals media drive you share between Windows and Apple machines….
Looks interesting for anyone who wants to share on a fixed Ethernet connection or 3G connection. OK, so you can do this natively in Windows but not with WPA2 encryption on offer. Currently in beta, download link here ….
At least once a week I get a phone call from a friend or work college who has accidentally downloaded Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2008 or Doctor Antivirus. These are really nasty spyware programs that embed themselves deep in the Windows registry trying to dupe innocent folks out of their hard earned cash and capturing their credit card details etc.
There’s a really quick way to remove them using Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware which even it’s free version will purge your Windows PC of this trash, click here to download and run it. Once loaded all you’ll need to do is run a quick scan and then reboot. I would then recommend you then choose the update option and run a full scan Scan (some Spyware tries to disable the update process hence why I suggest you do the scan first before updating).
Moe detailed instructions are here if you need them.
Tags: Antivirus 2009
This is a clip from a recent presentation delivered by Ian Painter with his humorous take on the current state of the GIS Industry (or as Armstrong and Miller might put it “that’s like Geography and maps and all that shit man“)
The two groups of people Ian is referring to are:
Neogeographers -- ‘new age‘ geographers who are very much in to Web 2.0, sometimes perceived as having a ‘relaxed‘ attitude to intellectual property and more perceptive to open sourcing. Some think these these folks probably wouldn’t have looked out of place in the days of flower power.
Paleotards -- the more traditional GIS Industry that’s been around almost since time began that does everything by the book crossing all the T’s and dotting all the I’s with high degrees accuracy and sometimes perceived as taking a simple task and making it absurdly complicated.
( and If I’ve got this wrong I’m sure someone will correct me here..zzzz)
If you’ve worked in IT for a kazillion years like me you’ll notice Ian covers some familiar topics in his brilliant talk.