PC Video Encoding

I blew up my main video machine. Too much crud on it. So here is the fresh installation: # Sony Vegas Platinum. I only have v6, but it is up to v8. While Adobe Premier might work for the real afictionados it is too complicated for me. The tricky part is making anamorphic standard definition […]

Snipe racing logistic

Seattle Parks and Recreation: Fees and Charges – Lakewood Moorage Leschi Marina: (206) 325-3730 to get dry moorage. The office hours are 1000-1700 Monday-Saturday in the summers (1 April – 30 September) and Tuesday – Saturday at other times CYC Race Registration Form Register for CYC races online here

Wallpaper Changer

I love how Mac OS X changes the wallpaper automatically. With Windows XP, there is a “Creativity Fun Pack PowerToys Wallpaper Changer”:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ce1d596b-6851-4948-ab76-b5ff22d37d69&displaylang=en that does the same thing essentially. Like the Mac one, the main drawback is that it won’t search through lots of directories to find lots of wallpapers, so everything has to be in […]

Camcorder for casual use

Jim asked me, what’s a good camcorder for someone who isn’t a serious pro but who wants good pictures. It can’t be too big. There is really just one afictionado choice right now, the “Canon HF-10”:http://www.camcorderinfo.com/content/Canon-Vixia-HF10-Camcorder-Review-34711.htm and “Pricegrabber”:http://cameras.pricegrabber.com/camcorders/m/62668226/ has it for $830 or so right now. The reviews have been very good, it is high […]

LED Light Bulb and CFL Reviews

There are so many brands of CFL (Compact Florescent Lamps) and other energy efficient LEDs that it is hard to know where to start. h3. “Consumer Reports”:http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/home-improvement/hardware-building-supplies/lightbulbs/compact-fluorescent-lighting-10-07/overview/bulbs-ov.htm?resultPageIndex=1&resultIndex=2&searchTerm=light bulb They have done the most intense study including running the bulbs to see how long they last. It cost $26 per year for a subscription to their […]

Cordless Drills and Screwdrivers

Hey I need one now that I’ve got a boat to mangle. Some to look at are: Panasonic EY6432GZKW $200 and the Ryobi P813 at $170 are really godo if expensive. The Makita BDF452HW $200 is only 3.5 pounds. If you want to be really manly, then the Hitachi DS18DMR at $200 and 6 pounds […]

What is an F/Stop?

Ever wonder what an f/stop is, well http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number has a great explanation. This is essentially a way to express how wide open a lense is in a camera. It is a pretty simple idea. An F-number or F-stop or aperture setting of F/1 means that for a 77mm lense (as on my big Canon lenses), […]

Notes on using CFLs

Some great real world lessons here. They are in short, you can’t use them in a can, with a dimmer or where you are turning them on and off alot. (That’s a lot of limitations), but they do save 4x in power. Check out “1000Bulbs.com”:http://100bulbs.com and stay about from the $1-2/bulb ones. You have to […]

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