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Fly, my little lawnmower

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

What a great music video for the song “Walking in the Air” by the Finnish band Nightwish.

Reverse Image Search

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Okay, so everyone these days know that Google is all the rage if you’re looking for a search engine and then some. Among its strength stand its image search component, but what about those times when you have an image but need to track its source or get the low-down on similar pictures? TinEye is the answer you’re looking for, though it is not the only one as there are a few other competitors out there provided you do a search for it (go figure). For what it’s worth, this reverse image search engine is arguably the most indexed (biggest) in its category, requiring you only to upload a sample picture or provide an online link in order for it to bring up a list of sources and matching images. Bear in mind though that it’s not particularly good at finding Facebook pictures or the like, so its uses are limited to mostly satisfying one’s curiosity regarding unknown images.

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Gas-proof your bed

September 10, 2010 Leave a comment

No, I’m not talking the lethal kind of gas that are classified as chemical weapons (though figuratively one may argue that it can be in extreme cases). While this ad may over-simplify or even dumb down the whole concept of marriage, it’s still nice to see something trivial besides ShamWoW or the SlapChop on TV.

Do more than just home movies

September 4, 2010 Leave a comment

There comes a time when iMovie or Windows Movie Maker just won’t make the cut, and when that happens you’ll probably be relieved to know that there is Avidemux for the more complicated tasks. Built from the ground up as a free and open-source project, Avidemux trades usability for functionality, making up for what would normally be lacking in an amateur-oriented editor such as iMovie. Tasks that range from extracting an audio track from a video source, transcoding a clip (converting formats or compression methods), or removing black bars via the crop filter are all easily within the scope of this program. While it lacks polish and the subsequent user friendliness, Avidemux does give amateurs or those on a tight budget a taste of what’s to be found in proprietary editors without the hefty price tag (think Adobe Premiere or Sony Vegas), and for some that might just be enough.