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Software review of the Eee PC operating system (Eee OS)

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

First impressions – Wow! My first impressions when I started my Asus Eee PC were: Wow! That was fast (less than 40 sec boot time) Wow! That looks good Wow! Easy to use Tim Burners Lee has already taken www for the World Wide Web so it looks like Asus had to satisfy themselves with […]

Non-linear Video Editing in Ubuntu Linux – What tools to use and how to do it!

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

An introduction into what tools are available and how to edit a video from obtaining the files from the camcorder to editing the footage, exporting to YouTube and creating a DVD.

Progress on video editing with Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

Since my post Video editing on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid vs Windows Vista, I’ve now had a chance to play a bit more with the Video Editing options on Ubuntu Linux. I have still be unable to get the community version of Cinelerra to install, but I have been able to install the one provided by […]

Editing HD Video on Ubuntu Linux (kdenlive / Cinelerra) – is this better than Windows Vista?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

One of the main reasons I still Windows Vista is for video editing. Just about everything else I’ve been able to do do in Linux which is by far my preferred operating system. Now I have a HD flash based camcorder I tried to edit the video in Windows Vista using Adobe Premiere Elements. Despite […]

Quicktime playing camcorder files – Error opening video files – mp4 h.264 – Error -50: an unknown error

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Santa has bought me a nice new camcorder. It’s a Samsung VP-HMX10 HD Flash (SDHC) camcorder. The camcorder is fine, but I’m still working on a few problems with my video editing software Adobe Premiere Elements 3 (which I have purchased before, not the software supplied with the camcorder). There are problems with the supplied […]

Butlins Skegness – with a baby and toddler 2008

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

I’ve already posted a link to a Photo Diary of our recent holiday to Butlins Skegness through the eyes of a toddler. Here is a review of the holiday through the eyes of a parent. Accommodation We paid the extra for Gold standard accommodation which I think was probably worth it. I last went to […]

Butlins Skegness holiday – Toddler diary 2008 (created with OpenSource software)

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

We have recently been on a holiday to Butlins in Skegness. I have not been to Butlins since I was a child and it’s certainly changed since then. I will post a more comprehensive review of the holiday, but in the meantime here is a holiday diary through the eyes of a toddler. Butlins Skegness […]

Converting filenames / extensions to lowercase in Linux and Windows

Friday, August 24th, 2007

On one of my websites I have a photo gallery that requires the filename extension of the pictures to be in lowercase. Whilst it would be possible to recode the gallery code so that it could try different case extensions it’s cleaner to just convert the filenames before uploading them to the website. On linux […]

Managing risk in children’s play

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Recently a child (I think a 9 year old) drowned in a Warwickshire pond. This is of course a tragic loss of life and my thoughts go out to the family of the child. This however raises some questions about what measures should be taken to prevent these tragic events from happening again. It was […]

Children’s Day Out – Kirklees Light Railway, Clayton West, West Yorkshire

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

The Kirklees Light Railway is in the village of Clayton West, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. I lived in Clayton West for 17 years, and have many childhood memories about the old railway. I just about remember when the branch line was closed down in the 1980s. This is however the first time I’ve been […]


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