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Protect the Music You Care for

Independent musical artists are some of the most targeted in the industry by thieves who are more than willing to take the music that they have created and steal it without remorse. I found my own music being used by a local car lot for one of their commercials and after five years in courts I finally was able to secure royalties. Afterwards I was smart enough to locate a company providing music licensing in Atlanta which has helped protect my music from being used illegally. Of course, this has offered a unique conundrum that I feel almost guilty sharing.

If I don’t license my music as thoroughly as I have now, it would be easier for someone to steal my music.

The Best Free Recording Software for Windows

If you are looking to record audio, you may know that many recording software programs can be expensive. However, there are alternatives to purchasing software at an expensive price. You can download recording software for Windows at no cost. Some free recording programs offer more features than others, so it’s worth a bit of research.

Audacity

  • Audacity is a free audio recording program for Windows that also allows you to import other media sound files, such as .WAV, .AIFF, and .MP3 extensions. You can edit your recordings by cutting, pasting and copying audio within the program’s editor. Audacity also offers effects to add to your sound media, such as “Echo,” “Noise Removal” and “Change Tempo.”

Kristal

  • If you’re looking for a program that works with live recordings, Kristal allows you to connect your instrument or a microphone using VST FX, a free audio plug-in. Kristal is a multi-track recording program, with a 16-track limit. You can edit and arrange your audio clips as you like and download extensions for additional audio effects.

FreeCorder

  • FreeCorder allows you to record audio directly from a PC, a CD or live streaming audio from the Internet. You can record any streaming MP3 audio file online or on your PC and export the MP3 as an MP3 or an MPEG4; you also can save and record web videos to your computer’s hard drive. FreeCorder also offers live TV and radio.

 

How to Build Computer Software

Computer software consists of a series of instructions in a programming language; the programmer complies those statements into a form that a computer processor can understand. Building software requires knowledge of computer languages, syntax and logic to complete the process from start to finish. In addition to the technical knowledge required, a programmer must be familiar with the specialized software tools needed in the form of an editor, a compiler and a debugger.

Control Statements

  • Building computer software begins with the programmer’s choice of the three classes of control statements. Control statements process data, make decisions and repeat groups of instructions. The sequence structure describes program statements executed one after the other. The programmer inserts branching statements into a program wherever the program needs to follow two or more courses of execution based upon the evaluation of a piece of data. The final group of control structures repeats a statement or group of statements a specified number of times or until a certain event occurs.

Programming Instructions

  • A key concept that a programmer must understand holds that the computer will only do what she tells it to do. All program instructions must accomplish a task in a step-by-step manner. For example, adding two numbers requires a number of steps: Get one number and then get the other, add the first number to the second and place this sum in a new memory location. The programmer cannot assume any portion of the arithmetic statement.

    Repeating this addition problem requires that the programmer place it within a construct called a loop. The loop adds some new variables to the problem such as how many times to repeat the addition statements. Without the consideration of this requirement, the program can enter an infinite loop that crashes the computer.

    Many programming operations will follow one sequence of instructions if a condition is true (e.g., “Is it windy outside?”) and another sequence if it is false. Branching control structures enable this capability within a program.

Choosing a Programming Language

  • Programmers must choose a language in which to work from among the hundreds of languages available. As of 2010, the most popular languages are C++, Visual Basic and Java. If the developer wants to target her software to the Internet environment, PHP and Ruby make excellent choices. Each of these languages is relatively complex, and the programmer should plan on spending some time learning the specific syntax of the chosen language before setting out to build a piece of software.

Choosing Development Tools

  • The most important tool the programmer must select to build software is the compiler. Modern development environments combine all of the software tools needed to develop a program into a single suite. The programmer will use an editor to write the program statements and save them into a file. A compiler will read this file, checking the syntax as it does, and then convert the programming statements into instructions a specific computer processor and operating system can understand. The result is an executable file that the programmer can use or sell. Programmers can use individual tools (editor, compiler, etc.), but the all-in-one suite makes the process much more convenient.

Preparing to Program

  • Building computer software requires the proper tools, an understanding of a computer language and the ability to think logically. Software operates with hard logical constraints with no gray areas; the computer processor will not guess or make decisions on its own. The programmer should prepare to think through what he wants to accomplish with his design before sitting down at the keyboard to create a software masterpiece.

How to Detect Mac Computer Monitoring Software

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While Apple’s Mac computer line is often hailed as a nearly impenetrable system, this is not always true. While Mac computers may not get as many viruses as Windows machines, they are still susceptible to malicious attacks. Mac computers may still fall victim to such malicious programs as keyloggers and other monitoring software. These programs could be used to get access to private information and use it against you. Detecting such software on a Mac is simple, and requires only quality detection software.

Instructions

  1. Purchase or download your detection software. Look for a spyware-type application that you can use on your Mac. ClamXav is a free program meant for antivirus scans, but could be beneficial. A paid but highly recommended program is MacScan. Once you know what software to use, install it.
  2. Launch the program and check immediately for updates. Checking for updates will ensure that your anti-spyware program is scanning for the widest variety of malicious applications, and will not miss any that may have recently been created.
  3. Scan your hard drive, the Macintosh HD. This scan may take a while depending on the size of your hard drive and the amount of files on it. The program will scan all your files and directories for any type of malicious programs, including monitoring and keylogging software. Once the scan is complete, remove all instances of these programs and restart your computer. It also can’t hurt to scan again just in case.
  4. Change all of your passwords, update your personal information, and check all of your online accounts to make sure that your information hasn’t been stolen or used. This could include buying accounts, personal websites, bank accounts, email and other information. If there is a chance someone has saved your passwords, they must be changed.

 

How to Transfer Software From One PC to Another

If you have ever purchased software for your PC, you know that the software may be useful to have on more than one PC in your home at the same time. This is a convenience that you may have to pay an extra fee when purchasing your software. If you decide to upgrade computers, however, and desire to transfer existing software from the older computer to your new purchase, you can do so using portable storage media, such as a portable hard drive or USB storage stick.

Instructions

  1. Connect one end of the cable to the external hard drive and the other end to your computer or insert your USB storage media into the computer that has the software program you desire to transfer.
  2. Access the your computer’s hard drive and locate the files of the software that you want to transfer. This is done by opening the “Start” menu, clicking the “Computer” button, then double-clicking the icon marked “Local Drive C.” Within the hard drive, open the “Program Files” file. You will now see a list of files and folders. Your software file or folder will be normally be listed under the “Program Files” menu.
  3. Right-click on the software file or folder, then select the “Send To” option. On the “Send To” menu, you should see the external hard drive listed with its assigned drive letter, click this hard drive. Your software files are now located on the portable storage media.
  4. Disconnect the external hard drive or portable from the current PC and re-connect it to the new PC.
  5. Access the portable storage media device from your new PC and find the software files or folders that were obtained from the other computer.
  6. Send the software files from the external hard drive to the hard drive on the new computer using the previously described method. You have now transferred software from one PC to another.

 

How to Use Pro Tools Recording Software in a Home Recording Studio

Using Pro Tools recording software can be a challenge at first, but once mastered will open the possibilities of home recording studios to you. This is the most widely used recording software in both home and professional recording studios. It delivers many mixing options and clear sound.

Instructions

  1. Learn about Pro Tools and the accessories that can be used with the program. For optimal sound, use Pro Tools components with it such as the converter and other controllers. Take time to read the entire manual before starting the program. This will help with installation.
  2. Look for the components and items that are supposed to be packaged with the Pro Tools software. There should be an Mbox, which plugs in via USB and two firewires interfaces. These are Digi002 Rack and Digi002 Control Surface.
  3. Lay down a basic sound and listen to it a few times to understand how a digital recording sounds. This is often going to sound pretty flat, with no warmth like a live recording. Though you can add live recordings, learn to work with what the software offers first, then add live music in.
  4. Add some other components in to the basic sound and see if you can bring it to life. If you started with a basic drum beat, add a piano to brighten it up and give your recording a melody. If it doesn’t sound right, try adding a different instrument or changing the pace of the beat.
  5. Play around with the different features on the program to figure out what you can do. This should include referring back to the program guide. There are often little things in there you won’t think of and a troubleshooting section for solving any problems you might have.

Last-Minute Travel Deals

Looking for the ultimate last-minute travel deal? This winter caught many of us by surprise. Living in Georgia, we wouldn’t normally expect such a harsh blizzard. Sure, snow and ice, but it’s been years since such strong weather. If you are like most of us, warmer weather is sounding great right about now, and you might not want to wait until June to get it. If you are hoping to head to warmer weather, consider a close-by destination that you may never have given serious thought to.

Many people think Cancun is too expensive, but it isn’t at all. With taxi fares averaging $3 and meals costing under $5, life in Cancun is pretty inexpensive. Hotels are reasonably priced as well, especially if you go with aggregator like Travelocity. Right now, Travelocity is offering 20% off hotels, too. What was already an excellent deal has gotten even more affordable!

And Cancun is not just a college student’s spring break party town either. If you head to Cancun in early March, there are still plenty of open windows without spring breakers yet.

Don’t worry about a language barrier. Most Cancun residents work in tourism. People grow up learning English, so they will be ready to speak to you in English when you arrive.

While you are in Cancun, be sure to check out some of the local sites- like cenotes, archaeological sites, diving, and so much more. If you are interested in cenotes, head south to check out several in between Cancun and Tulum. Archaeological sites like Chichen Itza and Tulum are just a couple of hours away. The exquisite Uxmal is well worth a visit, but you will likely want to stay overnight in Merida, also worth a visit in and of itself. The colonial Merida will give you a taste of Yucatan culture, too! Diving is an incredible experience. Short boat trips from the hotel zone or downtown areas of Cancun will get you into waters teeming with tropical marine life.

Cancun is a gorgeous place. Turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches, big margaritas, and amazing seafood make this a place well worth visiting. It is definitely worth considering a trip to Cancun- it is much more affordable than most people think and just a short flight away from Georgia.

The Key Benefits of Property Management Software

Now more than ever, businesses of all shapes and sizes are making the switch to a large-scale automation of the kinds of tasks that do little other than eat into precious time. Whichever way you look at it, there’s simply very little logic from a business perspective of wasting time and money on tasks, which although essential could easily be carried out by the appropriate software suite. Indeed, cutting edge software is saving businesses up and down the United Kingdom billions of pounds every year, and the benefits are only intensifying as the software itself becomes more capable and refined.

The property letting industry is also no exception to the rule, with high-end property management software having become something as a standard for most higher-level operators. Nevertheless, there are still those with slightly smaller portfolios and indeed others that are new to the industry who are yet to fully get to grips with the incredible advantage of switching to partial automation.

It’s the classic case of assuming that if everything appears to be ticking along just fine, there’s really no reason to go making big changes. Or to put it another way, if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Well, the simple answer is that something doesn’t necessarily have to be broken to be improved enormously – exactly what such software suites are designed to do.

So for those still on the fence about software suites for property management or yet to fully explore the idea, here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the key benefits of making the switch:

Improved Efficiency

As already touched upon, one of the biggest advantages of all is the way in which switching to software automation means no more time, effort and money wasted all the kinds of jobs that really do not call for human input. Those minor, remedial tasks that eat up a couple of hours each and every day soon turn into the most astonishing long-term time-consumers and expenses, the likes of which any landlord could really do without. What’s more, the kinds of jobs that could potentially take a human employee several hours or even a full day to complete can be started, processed and finished nigh-on instantaneously by the appropriate software suite.

Superior Cost Control

For landlords with a number of properties in their portfolio in particular, there are so many pitfalls when it comes to excessive costs and potential losses. Human error is the kind of thing that can never be entirely ruled out when human workers are taking responsibility for important jobs and financial matters. Whether it’s making a late payment and facing an enormous penalty, forgetting to chase up an important payment owed to you or simply miscalculating exactly how much money you are owed, these are all the kinds of things that can put a real crimp in earnings and performance in general. By contrast, the beauty of software automation lies in the complete and total eradication of human error – thus more accurate and generally superior cost control.

Cheaper HR

Another key benefit that comes with software automation is the way in which it opens the door for extensive and highly economical human resource restructuring. In all instances, there will ever be a software system which over the long-term doesn’t cost exponentially less to own and operate than a standard human worker. And when considering the fact that automated software suites have the potential to do an even better job, it’s a switch that makes sense on so many levels.

Centralised Operations

When provided by a leading brand, a comprehensive software suite can centralise all property management operations and make both organising and running the business considerably easier. Instead of attempting to combine a variety of third-party platforms, documentation methods or business management techniques, it’s a case of having one simple, centralised system where everything of importance is recorded, managed, stored and accessed. This is in turn guaranteed to make every aspect of running the business considerably easier for everyone involved.

A Long-Term Solution

Last but not least, to switch to a world-class property management software suite is to make comprehensive business upgrade for the long-term. Today’s most advanced software suites are far from temporary solutions, as with on-going support, upgrades and consultancy from the providers behind them, they immediately become part of the business’ future indefinitely. There will come a time when automated property management software is the only standard for the industry, so there’s really never been a better time to consider making the switch

Do You Need Help With A High Bounce Rate?

In order to get help with high bounce rate first it is important to understand what constitutes high and low bounce rate. Google Analytics lets you find out how many visitors leave your website after viewing only the landing page without viewing any other pages. The higher the percentage of visitors who leave your website after a single page view the higher the bounce rate. Even though each page has its own bounce rate the page that is most important to you is the page where you attempt to make conversions. So how do you get people to remain on your page?

Include short interesting content

Besides the conversion page your website should be so designed that visitors stay on it longer by including interesting content and links. Make the content attractive in layout as well as readability by using content that can be absorbed in a short time. The aim is not just conversion but to allow the visitor to have a good experience on your website.

Remove irrelevant content including pop-ups

Pop-ups are like those irritating flies that appear when you are eating your best bite. When visitors are engrossed and having an interesting time on your website they definitely don’t want a spate of pop-ups distracting them.

Speed and navigation

If there are two things that you must pay attention to extend visitor time on your website then ensure that your website loads content with speed. According to psychologists attention span is a low as a few seconds and so anything that frustrates the visitor is not good psychology. If the visitor cannot find what they are looking for when navigating then they are not going to get back to your webpage.

Meet user expectations

When visitors get to your website what are the search words they have used. Those are the pointers that let you know what visitors are expecting. Are the visitors looking to buy software or are they just looking for information about some of the best software to use for their computers or mobiles. Include a query area where you ask the visitor what they expect and guide them in the best way you can.

Priorities information

Is there clarity about what visitor must do when they come to your website? Is the call to action button clearly visible? Can visitors immediately understand what they need to do in order to get what they want? If these answer in the negative then fix these or you will continue to have high bounce rates.

Are your pages splattered with ads?

Visitors overlook ads deliberately and so place ads in such a way that they do not intrude into what is the primary intent of your page. Allow the visitors to concentrate on the content they want rather than on the ads. Cut out other distractions too and let them find what they want so they don’t begin to think your website is unreliable and you have other intentions.

How likely it is for you to purchase SSD for your computer

3Nowadays, newer and newer technologies are being introduced on the market, making it possible for innovations to be welcomed into our everyday life. Computers are the field which is developed very fast and there are always new things that consumers can enjoy. One of the relatively new products available for computer consumers are the SSDs. However, SSD as a technology has been around for years, because consumers have been using USB sticks and other similar products which are actually on the same technology. Therefore, SSDs are not as new as we all think, but in the aspect of computers, they are quite new to the market, which is why their prices are still higher than the typical HDDs that we are all aware of.

There are numerous differences between the SSDs and the HDDs, which makes the new technology of SSDs many times better. First of all, Samsung 850 EVO or mz-75e250b is smaller than the regular HDDs about four times and it is much lighter as well, which makes it very convenient for laptop usage, as well as desktop computer usage if you also have to move it around. Samsung 850 EVO is many times faster than the regular HDDs, as well as much more reliable simply because of the fact that there are no parts inside it that are moving when it is working which is the case with the HDDs. SSDs also produce less heat, which helps the whole system work better and faster, as well as safer. One major benefit to the SSD usage is that it uses less power than the HDDs which also help you save up some money from the electricity bills. Most of the SSD drives, including the mz-75e250b, have capacity of 250 GB, which makes it the perfect option for speed, space and performance, but the only thing that is a disadvantage about it is the price.

The price per one gigabyte of the Samsung 850 EVO is around $2 and the price per one gigabyte of a conventional HDD is less than $1. This makes it a lot more expensive than the widely used HDDs, but all of the benefits that come together with the mz-75e250b are worth the additional money. SSDs are also very durable which is why the initial investment is completely worth it, because you will be using the SSD many years more than you would have used your HDD. The reason for this is the different way of how SSDs work and that there are no moving parts to slow down the reading and writing processes, as well as no friction that can be the reason for wearing off materials and parts that can lead to damages in the drive.

It seems that you have a high chance of getting the Samsung 850 EVO or any other SSD for your computer, because of all of these benefits and the well-known fact that as the years pass the prices of the SSDs will be going down.

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The essentials of SEO campaign that can bring success

Brand positioning by using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques is achieved through improved ranking in search results and the small business segment depends heavily on it. Getting visible in search results is the ultimate goal of SEO and there are different methods of making websites lovable by search engines. The visibility of your business can get a boost by following some simple techniques that are highly effective. Coupled with other marketing initiatives involving the social media and other avenues of connecting with the target audience, these SEO techniques can give rich dividends. To attract more quality traffic to your website, strengthen your SEO initiatives by taking care of some important aspects.

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Quality content

Websites are meant for communicating with the target audience with the purpose of sharing relevant information with them so that they are educated about the products or services that are being marketed. The quality of content should make interesting reading, without taxing the patience of visitors and drive them to take a positive action. The content should engage visitors to the website without giving the feeling that it is being imposed on readers. The value that quality content adds to a website is immense as it is rewarded with high rankings by search engines.

Keyword research

The words used by the target audience when they are searching your products or services are the prized keywords that have to be used in your website. Aligning with the right keywords is essential to make your website easily found by prospective buyers. Which keywords would be appropriate can be understood through keyword research. Users may name a product in many ways and keyword research helps to identify the chain of names that are commonly used during searches.

Accessibility

While you have tried your best to make your website be found by search engines, how far does it really happen? All pages of the website should be accessible to search engines that crawl through websites to identify relevant pages that are added to the index, which is a book that can be searched on the web. There are chances that unknowingly some pages might have been blocked that can give rise to indexing problems which does not allow your site to be found during searches. There should be good balance between images and text in the content with more emphasis on the text as this is what search engines look for when hunting for websites.

Link building

Websites that attract links are likely to be more favored by search engines that consider links as a measure of good ranking. Content that draws links with high quality is likely to get a boost in the search results. Numbers do not matter much in link building but quality does. Therefore getting links that are real and gained with some effort should be the target and not crowding the website with links that have been gathered with the purpose of increasing the numbers only.

The bare essentials have been discussed and there are many more things to do that can take your SEO campaign to great heights.

 

Video Editing & Cleaning Software

In this technological age, you can record video images through camcorders, cell phones, webcams and digital cameras. You can upload these images onto a computer and share them through websites and social networking sites. Editing and cleaning software programs enable almost anyone to create professional-standard videos.

Video Editing Software

  • Video editing software is used for making films. It captures video footage from your camcorder and enables you to edit it. A basic program can rearrange and merge sequences of film and add captions and titles. More sophisticated software also allows you to add special effects, narratives and sound effects. You can burn finished films onto DVD or Blu-ray, or upload them into an online video album.

Video Cleaning Software

  • This software is used to clean up video footage that has been uploaded into your PC. It can perform simple editing tasks, such as cutting and cropping, but its main function is to enhance the quality of the film by removing extraneous noise, graining and pixilation. Higher-range software can also enhance picture resolution, adjust contrast and brightness, and add sharpness and definition.

Cost

  • Basic video editing and cleaning software programs are available to download free from the Internet. As of 2010, more advanced video editing software costs from as little as $30 to over $1,000. Video cleaning software costs around $50 for a standard package.

 

How to Find Recent Downloads on a Personal PC

At times you may need to find the most recently downloaded files on your PC. Luckily, most browsers store their files in one default folder, to save you searching for that file you just downloaded. The most widely used browsers, Firefox and Internet Explorer, both save downloads to this default folder unless a different location is specified. You can find your most recent downloads by simply navigating to this folder.

For Internet Explorer Users

  1. Click “Star,” “My Computer,” “C Drive,” “Users,” “Your Name” and “Downloads.” This is the default folder that Internet Explorer saves download to.
  2. Check to see if there is a heading labeled “Date Created.” If there is no Date Created column, right-click the “Name” heading and select “Date Created.” The Date Created column will now appear next to the Name column.
  3. Click the “Date Created” heading to display the most recently downloaded files at the top of the window. Browse the files at the top of the list to see the most recent downloads.

For Mozilla Firefox Users

  1. Open Firefox,
  2. Click “Tools” and then “Downloads.”
  3. Browse the downloads window to see the most recent files. Downloaded files are automatically displayed with the most recent downloads at the top.

 

 How to Build Computer Software

Computer software consists of a series of instructions in a programming language; the programmer complies those statements into a form that a computer processor can understand. Building software requires knowledge of computer languages, syntax and logic to complete the process from start to finish. In addition to the technical knowledge required, a programmer must be familiar with the specialized software tools needed in the form of an editor, a compiler and a debugger.

Control Statements

  • Building computer software begins with the programmer’s choice of the three classes of control statements. Control statements process data, make decisions and repeat groups of instructions. The sequence structure describes program statements executed one after the other. The programmer inserts branching statements into a program wherever the program needs to follow two or more courses of execution based upon the evaluation of a piece of data. The final group of control structures repeats a statement or group of statements a specified number of times or until a certain event occurs.

Programming Instructions

  • A key concept that a programmer must understand holds that the computer will only do what she tells it to do. All program instructions must accomplish a task in a step-by-step manner. For example, adding two numbers requires a number of steps: Get one number and then get the other, add the first number to the second and place this sum in a new memory location. The programmer cannot assume any portion of the arithmetic statement.Repeating this addition problem requires that the programmer place it within a construct called a loop. The loop adds some new variables to the problem such as how many times to repeat the addition statements. Without the consideration of this requirement, the program can enter an infinite loop that crashes the computer.

    Many programming operations will follow one sequence of instructions if a condition is true (e.g., “Is it windy outside?”) and another sequence if it is false. Branching control structures enable this capability within a program.

Choosing a Programming Language

  • Programmers must choose a language in which to work from among the hundreds of languages available. As of 2010, the most popular languages are C++, Visual Basic and Java. If the developer wants to target her software to the Internet environment, PHP and Ruby make excellent choices. Each of these languages is relatively complex, and the programmer should plan on spending some time learning the specific syntax of the chosen language before setting out to build a piece of software.

Choosing Development Tools

  • The most important tool the programmer must select to build software is the compiler. Modern development environments combine all of the software tools needed to develop a program into a single suite. The programmer will use an editor to write the program statements and save them into a file. A compiler will read this file, checking the syntax as it does, and then convert the programming statements into instructions a specific computer processor and operating system can understand. The result is an executable file that the programmer can use or sell. Programmers can use individual tools (editor, compiler, etc.), but the all-in-one suite makes the process much more convenient.

Preparing to Program

  • Building computer software requires the proper tools, an understanding of a computer language and the ability to think logically. Software operates with hard logical constraints with no gray areas; the computer processor will not guess or make decisions on its own. The programmer should prepare to think through what he wants to accomplish with his design before sitting down at the keyboard to create a software masterpiece.

 

Which Comes First, The Tools or The Solution?

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The internet has supported an explosion of software tools for almost any imaginable application. Many of these tools are the result of real-world efforts to solve complex data or process integration problems. Realizing the similarity between the needs for initial specific solution and thousands of other businesses, the developers reasonably assume that the basic framework of the tool set has tremendous market potential. The range of such tools is vast including knowledge management, data analytics, data integration, mobile applications and many more.

At first, the developer analyzes the market opportunity by primarily looking at businesses that have very similar needs to the initial solution. As the analysis continues, similarities appear beyond that core market and a process of abstraction begins where custom, vertical industry functionality is stripped from the solution in order to make the tool set more broadly applicable. The irony is that this process takes the developer farther away from the real world solution that made it meaningful and attractive to the business customer.

Spurred on by the imagined enormous market potential assumed via the abstraction process, the developer continues to find ways to make the tool set more adaptable and universally applicable to every industry. Along the way, the language used to describe the solution evolves. Initially, the benefits were described in terms of user functionality, productivity and other business outcomes. Now, the benefits are described in terms of adaptability, customization, programming flexibility and other technical attributes.

To complicate the analysis even more, the developer assumes that making these tools available on the internet (or the ubiquitous ‘cloud’) at a very low price will automatically generate large volumes of sales as customers flock to the technology. Lost in all of this is the business user who paid for the initial solution, along with anyone else who needs such a solution. Instead, the software developer industry is provided with yet another array of tools looking for a problem to solve. Business leaders are not looking for tool sets to solve business application or information processing problems. They are looking for solutions. The only way for the new tool set to be presented as a relevant solution to any new business customer is if a software developer performs custom programming. Sometimes, the tools include a large array of customization or configuration features, which require highly technical resources to manipulate them.

Of course, solutions must be built on state of the art, reliable and functional technologies. The investment in information technology solutions must not only produce the desired business outcomes now, it must be affordable and easy to support and maintain well into the future. Presented with a myriad of tool sets, the business leader is not equipped to discern the value of any one of them. Nor can he or she piece together the remaining components of a solution without a competent IT partner. Frankly, there is little about the value proposition offered by these tool sets that appeals to a business leader who measures productivity and profitability in terms such as margins, cash flow, cycle times, customer acquisition and retention and other business performance metrics.

Indeed, these tool sets may indeed offer value to someone. Typically, that someone is a technical person assessing whether the cost of the tool combined with the proposed cost and time savings versus other alternatives will justify the expense. The developer of the tools must recognize who their ultimate buying audience is and adjust the value propositions and marketing efforts accordingly. Either use the tools to produce real business solutions for business leaders, or focus on providing the technical community with tools that improve their productivity. Throwing tools into the cloud and waiting for the magic to happen, or simply hoping that business leaders will find a use for them is likely to add the tools to a long list of good ideas that nobody ever heard of.

Patrick is a coach, speaker, and trainer to individuals and business leaders. He helps leaders to achieve success by clarifying their vision, strategic plans, leadership, change management, brand and marketing strategy. He helps individuals to remove self-limiting beliefs and fears that prevent them from acting on their goals and dreams.

How to Record Guitar Music Onto Your Computer

Recording guitar music onto your computer requires a recording program and digital recording interface, which “replaces” your computer’s sound card for better results. Most computer sound cards are not able to reproduce the proper frequencies for musical instrument recording and are not able to “boost” the guitar signal for adequate volume. There are many musical instrument interfaces on the market, which are connected by either USB or FireWire, and they have some form of signal boosting circuit, called a “preamp.” The guitar may be plugged directly into the interface, or a microphone can be connected to record the sound from an amplifier or acoustic guitar.

Instructions

  1. Install the computer recording program according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Programs of varying levels of price and complexity are available at music retailers.

    Unless you are recording an entire band or plan to open a recording studio, start with one of the many inexpensive interfaces and recording programs to get the feel of computer recording before making a large investment that may not be necessary.

  2. Plug the recording interface into the computer’s USB or FireWire port with the supplied cable, and install according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some inexpensive interfaces are “plug and play” and only require plugging in.
  3. Boot up the recording program and follow the user’s guide to choose the interface as the default sound card when using the program.
  4. Set the program to record and ensure that the “Pause” or “Stop” mode is selected.
  5. Plug the guitar into the interface with a standard guitar cable and play it to check the recording levels as recommended in the program and interface user guide.
  6. Press “Record” after all levels are properly set.
  7. You may use your computer speakers to monitor the recording sound, but headphones connected to the interface (if equipped) or computer are recommended to prevent feedback and provide better sound.

 

Where Can I Have Visa Pictures Taken?

If you are traveling internationally, you may need a visa. But with so many strict guidelines surrounding visa applications, you may worry that your visa picture may not meet these standards.

Requirements

  • Most countries guidelines stipulate the photo be a full face photo, taken within the last six months, 2-inches by 2-inches, with the head in the center of the picture, in color against a white background, and no hat or sunglasses should be worn. Check with the consulate for your country of destination for any additional requirements such as black and white photos or whether ears must be visible.

Fee-Based

  • You can go just about anywhere that takes passport photos since passport photos are similar to visa pictures. The national pharmacy chains, discount warehouse clubs, and one-hour or 24-hour picture-developing locations are some of the establishments providing this service.

Self-Service

  • You can also take your own visa picture. Stand in front of a white background and look at the camera directly for a head shot. Digital pictures must be reproduced without visible pixels.

 

How to Know Which Photo Editing Software is the Most User Friendly

Unlike days gone by, when photo editing required the careful use of razors, markers and glue, modern technology allows you to create and alter images digitally using a computer and graphics software. Unfortunately, some photo-editing software is very complicated, and can’t be used without a manual and at least a few hours of study. You can bypass this issue by downloading a more user-friendly photo editor with basic tools designed to alter photographs.

Instructions

  1. Make a list of possible photo-editing programs you’re willing to try that will meet your needs. For example, make a list of free photo editors if you don’t want to pay for a software package, or Windows XP editors if you’re using Windows XP.
  2. Read customer reviews on software downloads and reviews websites. Specifically, pay attention to reviews about the software’s usability. The program may be very complicated if many users are complaining it’s too hard to figure out or use, or that they had to repeatedly consult tutorials and the program’s help files. Repeat for each program on your list, noting which programs are reported as difficult and which have positive remarks.
  3. Take a peek at a few tutorials, particularly tutorials on the type of edits you’re wanting to perform. For example, search your favorite search engine for “X program red eye tutorials,” replacing “x program” with the program’s name, if you’re planning to edit the red eyes from a photograph. Read through the entire tutorial and note its overall complexity, and whether or not the program seems more complicated than the others on your list.
  4. Compare each program’s features. Go to the program’s official website if it has one, or consult marketing material for the program, such as a pamphlet from a software store. Compare the features and see if the tools are automated to perform certain tasks, such as simplified red-eye reduction, or if the program is composed of advanced tools you must use to create the effect you’re seeking.
  5. Download each program if possible and try each one individually, mentally comparing their user-friendliness as you do. Attempt to perform the basic actions for which you’ll most often use the program, and ultimately choose the editor you feel is most user-friendly and easy to use.

How to Transfer Software From One PC to Another

If you have ever purchased software for your PC, you know that the software may be useful to have on more than one PC in your home at the same time. This is a convenience that you may have to pay an extra fee when purchasing your software. If you decide to upgrade computers, however, and desire to transfer existing software from the older computer to your new purchase, you can do so using portable storage media, such as a portable hard drive or USB storage stick.

Instructions

  1. Connect one end of the cable to the external hard drive and the other end to your computer or insert your USB storage media into the computer that has the software program you desire to transfer.
  2. Access the your computer’s hard drive and locate the files of the software that you want to transfer. This is done by opening the “Start” menu, clicking the “Computer” button, then double-clicking the icon marked “Local Drive C.” Within the hard drive, open the “Program Files” file. You will now see a list of files and folders. Your software file or folder will be normally be listed under the “Program Files” menu.
  3. Right-click on the software file or folder, then select the “Send To” option. On the “Send To” menu, you should see the external hard drive listed with its assigned drive letter, click this hard drive. Your software files are now located on the portable storage media.
  4. Disconnect the external hard drive or portable from the current PC and re-connect it to the new PC.
  5. Access the portable storage media device from your new PC and find the software files or folders that were obtained from the other computer.
  6. Send the software files from the external hard drive to the hard drive on the new computer using the previously described method. You have now transferred software from one PC to another.

 

How to Download Software to a Mac for the Sony Handycam

The Sony lineup of Handycams comes with several additional programming features, including software to help upload the content from the video camera to the computer. However, if you have a Mac system you may find the supplied program only installs on a Windows computer. Because of this, you need to download the appropriate programming for a Mac directly from the Sony website.

Instructions

  1. Open your Internet browser and navigate to Sony’s website (see Resources). Choose “Service and Support,” then click “Drivers and Software.”
  2. Choose “Digital Camcorders” as the Product and click “Continue.”
  3. Select the Handycam camera you have, then choose the model number for the video camera.
  4. Click the operating system pull-down menu for the Sony camera and select the Mac OS version that is installed on the computer.
  5. Select the Software download listed at the bottom of the screen and it begins to download directly to the computer.
  6. Double-click the downloaded file, then follow the short series of prompts from the installation wizard once it loads to install the programming onto your Mac computer.

 

How to Install Anti-Virus Software on an Infected Computer

While most viruses and spyware are relatively easy to remove with standard anti-virus software, some viruses are so sophisticated that they can prevent the user from installing anti-virus software and in some cases, can disable or uninstall existing protections on the computer. These viruses are often the most difficult to deal with because they are able to prevent the user from taking actions that could result in the removal of the virus. To successfully remove the virus, you will need to install anti-virus software that approaches the issue from a different angle than typical anti-virus programs before you can proceed with installing standard protection.

Install Anti-Virus Program With USB Drive

  1. Plug the USB drive into an uninfected computer. Most viruses spread to USB devices so installing the anti-virus from your infected computer will not help.
  2. Install a USB drive-based anti-virus program onto your thumb drive (see Resources).
  3. Restart the infected computer.
  4. Press “F8” during the boot initialization process until the boot options menu appears.
  5. Select “Safe Mode” to boot Windows without additional services, software and malware.
  6. Plug the USB drive into the infected computer once Windows boots into safe mode.
  7. Run the anti-virus software from the USB drive to remove virus infections.

Run Anti-Virus From the Command Prompt

  1. Download an anti-virus program that is capable of running from the command prompt (see References).
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Press “F8” during the boot initialization process until the boot options menu appears.
  4. Select “Safe Mode” to boot Windows without additional services, software and malware.
  5. Launch a Command Prompt by selecting “Start” and then “Run” and then typing “cmd.”
  6. Initiate the anti-virus scan from the command prompt as specified by the instructions included with the download.

 

Top Ten Free Photo Editing Software Programs

Improve the quality of your photos with editing software. You can crop your pictures, adjust the color balance, enhance the composition and even add fun images. What’s more, you don’t have to pay for photo editing software programs. There is a lot of reliable free software available from established sources.

GIMP

  • The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a versatile photo editing software program. You can download it onto most of the major computer operating systems. You can also choose from a wide range of languages.

PhotoPlus 6

  • PhotoPlus 6 has a wide selection of features. Among the best is the ability to create and edit animations. You can use these features for home entertainment on the Internet, or for business in computer presentations.

Pixir

  • Pixir is an online photo editor. Simply enter the Pixir site and download an image from your computer. You can then use photo-editing tools that include red eye reduction, drawing, and color replacement.

Picasa

  • Picasa is a downloadable editing program from Google. Apart from the editing function, you get web albums, photo sharing, and the chance to add tags to your photos from Google Maps.

Adobe PhotoShop Album Starter

  • Adobe has a good reputation in the professional photo-editing field. The company also has a free photo editing software program, Adobe PhotoShop Album Starter. Use the software to edit, organize and share your digital pictures.

Photoscape

  • Photoscape has functions that are fun to use if you enjoy being creative with your digital photos. Use the splitter to cut your photos into pieces and rearrange them. Employ the page feature to combine a series of photos into one.

Paint.NET

  • Paint.NET began as a college project and is now an award-winning photo editing software program. One of the best features is the straightforward interface. You can easily access a large amount of photo editing tools.

PiZap

  • PiZap has lots of image accessories you can add to your pictures. It’s a good source of ideas and tools if you enjoy creating pictures that make people laugh.

FotoFlexer

  • FotoFlexer gives you some powerful free editing tools. Use it online to edit straight from your computer. You can airbrush, retouch, distort and morph. You can also be creative with images from sites such as Flickr and Photobucket.

Photobie

  • With Photobie, you can edit your photos, design picture templates, and create animations. There are online tutorials to assist you. A thriving community of photographers contributes editing tips and ideas to the Photobie site.

 

How to Make Your Own Music Studio

With the advent of the Internet came an explosion in the number of indie musicians putting together their own albums and releasing them without the help of big record labels. One of the things that made this trend possible was the fact that with the advancement of computers and Internet came the capability to make a professional home recording studio with an investment of just a few hundred bucks. You can turn a spare bedroom, garage or basement into the perfect place to record your next musical masterpiece.

Instructions

  1. Choose the location you want to use for your new music recording studio. A lot of independent artists are turning their basements or spare bedrooms into their new recording studios. Remove all of the furniture and stuff in the room, clean it well and make sure that it has plenty of room to house all of the recording equipment you will be moving into the room.
  2. Purchase a computer, a desk and some external hard drives for your new recording studio. Since most of the recording you do will be digital, you will need to pick a computer that can handle all the software and hardware you will be running into it. A Mac Notebook is one of the best computers to use for making and recording music digitally. You will need the external hard drives as extra storage space for all of the music files you will be recording and the equipment you will be using.
  3. Buy and install some recording studio software on your computer. The best program to use for recording music and vocals is Adobe Audition. This program allows you to do multitrack recording sessions as well as giving you all the tools you will need to mix, master and polish all of your musical recordings. For additional programs, see the Resources section.
  4. Hook up your recording interface to the computer and install its software on the computer. The recording interface will be where you plug in your vocal mic and your instrument mics, and the interface will be connected to the USB port in your computer. The sound will run through the interface into the recording studio program and allow you to record your music. The best interface is a Line 6 Tone Port interface, as it is cheap and has a lot of options (see Resources).
  5. Connect your professional mixing speakers to your computer. You won’t be able to just use any type of speakers if you want to do a professional mix and put out a good sounding product. You will need speakers specifically designed for recording and mixing.
  6. Make a vocal booth for recording vocals. If you are using a spare bedroom, you will be able to use the closet as a recording booth. Simply remove all of the content from the closet, tack up some soundproofing foam, stick your mic and mic stand in there, and you’re done. If you don’t have a closet to use, you could build a small closet-type room or just simply square off some space in the middle of the room to use for recording vocals.
  7. Soundproof the studio. Measure the length of all the walls and the door of the room so that you know how much foam to purchase. Cut the foam to match the measurements and use a hammer and tacks to put up the foam. You can get this type of foam at a variety of music shops online, such as Musician’s Friend.
  8. Hook up all your microphones and instruments to the recording interface. You will need to make sure that your mic is properly powered and plugged into the mic input on the interface. If you are using an electric instrument like a guitar, there will be a spot on the interface to plug it in separately. Be sure to have professional studio condenser microphones that will give you a good-quality sound. After you have all your gear hooked up, you are ready to record your music!

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How to Update Samsung Mobile Software

Updating the software of a Samsung mobile can help improve the functionality of the device. Software updates are made available to fix security, data and other known issues of a Samsung mobile. Updates are also available for third-party applications and to improve hardware issues such as battery life. The updates can be initiated from a Samsung mobile handset.

Instructions

  1. Press the “Menu” key, then select “Settings.”
  2. Select “About Phone,” then “Update Profile.” Wait for the update to complete.
  3. Select “Update Firmware,” then wait for the update to complete.
  4. Turn off the Samsung mobile for about a minute, then turn it back on.

 

How to Become a Software Engineer


Computers are the future. No matter how bleak the job market might seem, there are always opportunities for software engineers because it is such a fast-growing field. If you love computers and would like to get paid for what you love, here’s a primer on how to become a professional software engineer.

Instructions

  1. Get a degree. One mistake budding software engineers make is thinking it isn’t as labor-intensive as other forms of engineering. This just isn’t the case, and due to the competition from other software engineers, having a degree in software engineering is imperative. Software engineering takes a lot of study in a number of different fields, such as programming, operating systems, data management and math.
  2. Find a focus. For any software engineering degree, you’re going to be taking general computer science courses, but you should have some idea about what wing of software engineering interests you most–games, business applications or portable media, among others. Again, taking specialized courses can help you get a job in your chosen category. So look to get a specialized software engineering degree as opposed to a general computer science degree.
  3. Become an intern. If you’re interested in game design, you’ll be much more likely to have a career in the field if you initially take a job with no pay. It’s not all about securing a good job in the future, but learning about the field and being the best engineer possible. You may find that a certain type of engineering isn’t what you want to do, or it may fuel your ambition further.
  4. Work on your own side projects. You’ll be designing software through lab work in a degree program, but you should also be working on independent projects such as freeware programs. A person with a very impressive independent portfolio can sometimes bypass a degree program.
  5. Start at the bottom. Though you can get a better job as an intern, you’re probably going to have to do some grunt work when you get your first paying job. You can’t expect to jump into full-fledged software design right out of school. Becoming an apprentice to a top-flight designer is a possible dream job.

How to Sync Audio & Video Using Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is a popular piece of freeware that can be downloaded from the web. It will convert any video and audio file type into another which may be more practical for use with different software, improve quality or make a smaller file which is easier to upload to the Internet or transfer to a portable device for use on another computer.

The conversion process can sometimes throw up some synchronization problems between the audio and video which is to do with the change of file type.

Conversion

  1. Open the Any Video Converter software from your desktop by double clicking the icon. This will open a screen to convert your files.
  2. From the drop-down file menu select “add video.” Browse your files and select the video you want to convert. Alternatively, drag and drop the file into the software’s main screen.
  3. Go to “Edit” on the task bar and click “Options” from the menu. Select “Video” from the tabs, the pane shows “Default Sync Factor.” Slide the cursor to increase the synchronization quality. The larger the number, the better the synchronization, however the video will take longer to convert. (See References 1). Click “ok” to close the window and apply changes.
  4. Select the file type you want to convert the video to from the drop down menu on the right side of the main window. Click “Convert” to start the conversion. The time it takes to convert will depend on the length of the video and its file size.
  5. Select the output folder icon to access your converted and synchronized file. Alternatively go to your documents folder on the computer and select the folder entitled “Any Video Converter” or the folder you may have previously set up in an option when you downloaded the software.

 

Photo Editing Tips on Removing Backgrounds

There is not one sole method to properly remove the background of an image. The process depends on the available photo editing tools, the image you need to edit and your desired final output. Numerous tips and tutorials on the Internet walk you through the process of image background removal in various platforms. It is important to find one that will help you achieve a satisfying result.

Using Mask

  • Use photo editing software such as CorelDRAW and Adobe Fireworks to remove the background of an image using the applications’ corresponding mask tools. Use these tools if you are removing the background color of a bitmap image.

    In CorelDRAW, use the eyedropper tool to select the background color you want to remove before clicking on the “Bitmap Color Mask.” You may notice that a few specks of the image background are retained. Simply adjust the tolerance of the mask to clean this up.

    Another way to do this is via Adobe Fireworks. Instead of the eyedropper tool, work with the magic wand tool and adjust the tolerance depending on the image quality. Set “Edge” to “Anti-Alias” for a smoother output. Once you have selected the bitmap background you wish to remove, select the inverse and turn it into a vector shape. Click “Group as Mask” on the “Modify” menu to reveal the final image sans the background color.

Using Extract Tool

  • Adobe Photoshop is another useful application that will help you remove a cluttered background of a picture. You have to use the “Extract” option for this purpose by opening the “Image” menu.

    Trace around the image you want to extract with a marker tool found at the upper left corner of the “Extract” dashboard. Drag the marker tool around so that it equally covers the outline of the image you want to retain and the adjacent part of the background. Afterward, use the bucket tool to fill in the area you want to retain. Click “OK” to execute the changes. You might find a few rough edges that need retouching. Use the eraser tool and the history brush to manually clean up the new image.

Using Online Tools

  • Online image editing utilities such as Pixlr and FotoFlexer can be used to retouch and edit photos whenever a more reliable photo editing software is out of reach. One of the things you can do with these online tools is background removal. These image editing utilities have user-friendly flash-based dashboards but they are not meant to replace your favorite image editing software in terms of quality.

Using Background Removal Tool

  • Microsoft Office 2010 features the option to edit images for your documents and presentations without using a more complicated photo editing software. Now you simply need to insert the image into your document or presentation, select it and click the “Background Removal Tool” under the “Picture Tools” icon. It may not produce images as presentable and accurate as when they are done in a photo editing software, but it sure is an amusing feature for a word processor.

 

How to Choose Photo Editing Software

Just about everybody takes photos with digital cameras and photo enabled cell phones these days. For the photography enthusiast, photo editing software provides a means to enhance digital photos prior to printing them. While most digital photo products come equipped with such software, sometimes these lack the quality and features desired.

Instructions

  1. Evaluate your current digital camera features and photo editing software capability. Some cameras perform many editing functions internally. Consult with your camera manual for instructions. Give your current photo editing software a decent trial, and determine which features you do and don’t like so you know what to look for in an upgraded software package.
  2. Set a budget for digital photo editing software. A low-budget will eliminate many digital image products but don’t despair, good photo editing software is available even for those on a tight budget. Additionally, consider online auctions, online classifieds and reseller websites for savings. Look for “academic software” versions if you are a student.
  3. Determine the purpose of your photos and how you intend to display them, including print, digital photo frame or on the Web. If this is the primary household camera it is important that a photo editing software contains fixes for red eye, basic adjustments (brightness, contrast and hue) and solid print adjustments.
  4. Decide how much effort you wish to put into navigating the photo editing software. Generally, the more features the product has the more of a learning curve the software requires. If you like a mainstream product but find it too complicated, look for a scaled down version the company may offer or seek an alternative.
  5. Don’t pay for unneeded features but recognize those which are important to you. To better organize your photos, select photo editing software that offers a “media manager.” Enjoy special effects? Stick with leading manufacturers to accommodate photo special effects packages known as plug-ins.
  6. Take advantage of trial versions of photo editing software before you make a purchase. The more photo software products you try the better your level of satisfaction will be. While you may fall in love with one product, a similar one may be available at a reduced cost or with better features.
  7. Don’t overlook open-source or free photo editing software. For simple photo editing, free “online photo editors” may be sufficient.

 

How to Find Free Video Editing Software

Video editing software has come a long way. A good editing program allows you to professionally edit and add big budget movie effects to videos right on your home computer. Many quality video editing programs can cost hundreds of dollars. Luckily, there are free programs available. Many free video editing programs offer the same features as expensive editing programs. The following steps will show you how to find and download free video editing software.

Instructions

  1. Avid FreeDV

    Log on to your internet browser and conduct a search for the “Avid FreeDV” video editing software. This software allows you to both edit and add effects to videos.

    Note: Avid FreeDV is available for PC and MAC users.

  2. FreeWare

    Freeware is software programs that are developed by an individual or a company that allows users to download and use their fully functional software for free. There are many freeware programs for video editing software available on the web. For your convenience I have included a few such websites that offer freeware versions of video editing software in my resources section below.

  3. Free Trial Versions

    Many big name video editing software companies offer a functional trial version of their editing software. You can find a long list of free downloadable video editing programs by logging on to a website such as download.com. This website offers the occasional full version of video editing software but mostly offers trial versions. These trial versions are actually very useful in editing videos. The only downside is that most will add a watermark or limit the amount of video you can edit while in trial mode.

  4. Browse Your Computer

    Most operating systems(including windows XP) come with free video editing software built right in to them. If you have a PC with windows XP installed, you should already have the “Windows Movie Maker” video editing software. To check, simply click on the “start” on the bottom left corner of your desktop, select “all programs” , and browse through your programs for the “Windows Movie Maker” home video editing software.

    If you are a Mac user, your computer should already be installed with the “Apple iMovie”. This is a great piece of software for any amateur movie maker/video editor.

 

Manage Your Music: Software to Make It Happen

Today’s music scene revolves around personal computers and mobile devices. Digital recording, software and the Internet have yielded new tools and opportunities for listeners and musicians alike. Though musical interests and needs vary, and the evolving nature of technology keeps changing the landscape, a few standout software titles satisfy the most demanding music fans.

Players and Playlists

  • Software programs that serve as music jukeboxes have changed how we listen to music. With desktop music players, you create playlists — groups of song titles organized according to your own tastes. Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, which comes standard with Windows 7, performs the basic tasks of playing music and building playlists. In addition, you can browse Internet radio stations with Windows Media Player and purchase music through online stores. Apple’s iTunes is a comprehensive player and music store rolled into a single program. Macintosh computers include iTunes software as part of the OSX operating system and Windows users can download iTunes free. ITunes accesses the iTunes Store, an Internet resource through which you can browse a vast library of songs for purchase. Windows Media Player and iTunes have the advantage of long-term development from their respective vendors. Although dozens of other music-player programs have similar features, they don’t provide a comparable level of support.

Transcoding

  • Digital music files come in an alphabet soup of formats including MP3, OGG and AAC. Each format stores the music data bits in a different way; this causes problems when your music player program encounters a format it does not recognize. Audio transcoding software translates between formats, allowing you to enjoy music files regardless of technical details. You can use a professional sound-editing program to transcode music, but special-purpose software is simpler to use and costs far less. Digital Music Software’s Audio Transcoder program converts dozens of music file types. Download a free 14-day trial of the program or purchase it for about $20. Audio Transcoder received a CNET rating of 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and carries a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Editing Tools

  • Musicians use software-editing tools to create music from recorded sounds, remove noise and add effects. Avid offers several versions of Pro Tools, from the basic SE package suitable for casual users to the full-blown and comprehensive HD 10. Pro Tools’ modular approach uses plugins to perform tasks that include sound synthesis, effects and noise reduction. Pro Tools supports Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OSX operating systems. The SE software comes as part of Avid’s Vocal Studio, KeyStudio and Recording Studio packages, which all start at about $100. The Pro Tools 10 program is $700; the high-end HD 10 software is an upgrade costing between $1,000 and $2,500.

    Audacity is open-source software offered as a free download. A cooperative of private software developers distribute it under the GNU public license. Audacity provides recording in up to 16 simultaneous tracks, has effects including echo, filtering and noise reduction and runs in Windows, Mac OSX and Linux environments. Though more limited than Pro Tools, Audacity is a solid program perfect for beginners.

Going Mobile

  • You can take most desktop music software mobile by running it on your laptop, but don’t overlook smartphones and tablet computers — their capabilities improve every year. Built-in applications such as Google’s Music app for Android phones and Apple’s Music app for iPhone have basic features such as playing music and working with playlists.

    Pandora Media’s Pandora app, available free for iPhone, Android and Blackberry smartphones, tunes into Pandora’s Internet radio network. As you listen to music and provide feedback to the software, it determines your tastes in areas of musical keys, vocal styles and rhythmic patterns. The program surprises you by playing music by artists with whom you are unfamiliar.

    Other mobile music apps offer editing capabilities. NCH Software’s Pocket WavePad for Apple iOS devices records, mixes and edits digital music files. NCH Software offers Pocket WavePad as a free app. Pocket WavePad brings professional editing features to mobile devices; App Store customers rate it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

How to Disable Antivirus Protection to Install Software


Before you download some software, you will be requested to disable your antivirus software to allow the software to download correctly. If you are about to download software from the Internet, you should read the installation instructions to see if you are required to shut down the virus protection. If you must complete this step before downloading, you need to follow these steps to disable antivirus protection to install software correctly. After you download the software, you will need to do a few things to ensure that your computer is still safe and protected.

Instructions

  1. Open your antivirus software from your task bar. Right-click on the icon. Some antivirus software will require you to open up the software to stop it.
  2. Select “Stop Protection.” Although each antivirus protection is different, they will have some wording that means “Stop Protection.” After you have stopped your protection, check this to make sure.
  3. Click on the “Start” button in the left bottom corner. Click on “Control Panel” and then click “Security Center.”
  4. Look at your “Security Center.” It will say that your virus protection is turned off. If you must turn off your firewall, you will do this by clicking “Windows Firewall” at the bottom of the page. This opens a new window that will allow you to select “Off” to disable the firewall.
  5. Complete your download and turn your antivirus protection on by clicking on your desktop icon or by going to your “Start” button, then “Programs” and clicking on your antivirus protection software.
  6. Turn on your firewall in the “Security Center.” Run a virus scan and a spyware protection to make sure that your computer is still safe and free of spyware and viruses.

How to Download Software Via DS Download Play

Most of the Nintendo DS and DSi console's features aren't used as often as they could be, but there are a few neat tricks up the proverbial sleeve of the hand-held device. One of them is the Download Play feature, which allows you to play in-store demos, add content and even play multiplayer games with just a single game cartridge. If you're in a gaming store, you can access their Nintendo Download Station, but if you want to use Download Play at home, you will need a second player.

Single-Card Multiplayer

  1. Turn on one DS console, and press the “A” button after the Nintendo screen appears. If the game doesn't begin automatically, start it from the main DS menu.
  2. Locate the multiplayer option and start a single-card multiplayer game. If you have any trouble with this step, consult the instructions for your DS game. Wait for the game to begin broadcasting and looking for other players.
  3. Open up the other Nintendo DS console and proceed to Section 2 “Download Play” to connect the other consoles.

Download Play

  1. Power on the Nintendo DS console. Touch the touch screen when prompted. If the game starts automatically, turn off the DS, eject the card and start it again to bring up the DS main menu.
  2. Tap the Download Play icon on the main menu and wait for the DS to establish a connection with the Download Station or the other DS console.
  3. Select the game or content that you want to download and play on your device. Wait for the system to prompt you to play and then enjoy the new content.

 

Invest in a Touch Screen Watch

chinavasion(2)China had always fascinated me, ever since my trip to the country. I was amazed to have witnessed its culture and accessories. The one thing that I really loved was the range of tech gadgets that were available there. I purchased a whole lot before I could fly back home. It has been a year since my first visit and I wanted to invest in a few more electronic gadgets especially those of an android watch.

Speaking of watches I always loved them and the one mentioned here has become a trend among the masses. The particular watch has a blend of technology and aesthetics of the fashion thing. Followed by the innovative touch screen technology, it not only shows time but allows calling too. I was certain the minimalist design with square face will surely appeal to my brother to whom I wanted to give it as a gift.

However, I did not have the time to personally visit a store for a purchase due to my busy business commitments but I also did not want to miss out on the chance of buying one touch screen watch. This is when one of my friends suggested that I browse through the web to purchase the best gadget. I was not sure as to how effective it would turn out to be in the end but I had no option available. It was not as if I was reluctant to buy from an online store but I was not sure about the choices I would get.

Certainly such gadgets are definitely expensive, given the fact that it is a necessity in today’s day and age. Wherein business persons like me, and tech savvy individuals like my brother would not be able to survive without the same. When I browsed through several websites, I always kept in mind certain aspects knowing how particular my brother is while it comes to latest gadgets. These include the design, hardware, calling, battery ram material quality and its costs of course. I purchased bluetooth watch, keeping the same in mind given the fact that both me and my brother wanted to use them for long.

I looked through a reliable China based website that made available such products. Luckily I did not have to spend much time in search of a reliable store as through the major search engines I got access to a trustworthy source. The site I had invested in, gave me the opportunity to browse through several such types of watches. I looked through each one and made my choice accordingly. Right from the silver colored mobile watch to the orange one the options available were endless. It certainly looked rich elegant and I was certain that it would go well with my overall personality.

It was surely worth every penny. I could not have asked for more. It took me few minutes to place my order. I remember having purchased around six to seven different types of watches not only for my family but for friends as well. In the end I was very happy with my purchase and the web surely did help and would recommend everyone to opt for the same.

 

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How to Edit Photos on My Computer

Whether you take professional-grade photographs with a high-grade digital camera or simple snapshots of your friends and relatives with a point-and-shoot camera, photo editing software is an essential accessory. It allows you to perform tasks like correcting red eye, cropping photos and adding text. Some software even allows you to make digital photo albums to share with your loved ones. Photo editing software for the casual home user is easy to install and use and can help make even the simplest snapshot look stunning.

Instructions

  1. Open the photo editing software of your choice on your computer. Adobe Photoshop Elements is a popular commercial photo editor, aimed at the home consumer. It is available for both Windows and Mac. Paint.NET is a popular, free, Windows-only alternative to Adobe Photoshop Elements. GIMP is an open source photo editor that is free to download, and is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.
  2. Open the photo that you want to edit on your computer. On most photo editing software, this is done by going to File and Open and navigating to the folder that contains the photo that you would like to edit.
  3. Select the a tool to begin editing your photograph. Editing tools vary between photo editing software, but most will include tools to perform basic photo editing such as cropping and color correction.
  4. Save your edits on your photograph. On most photo editing software, this can be done by going to File and Save or pressing “Ctrl” and “S” (command-S on a Mac) on the keyboard.

Three Reasons You Need to Hire an SEO

For many modern businesses, there’s no better place to get clients than right on your website. Depending on what kind of business you do, that may, in fact, be the only way that you’re getting work. The real problem with this, however, is that generating leads from your website can be difficult. You may be spending more time on your marketing strategy than you do working on projects for your clients. That’s increasingly common as internet marketing becomes increasingly complicated. Imagine if you were able to focus all of your time on work that actually pays the bills. If you had enough work to fill your entire week, how much more money would you be making?

Perhaps the best way for you to achieve this is to have a better search engine ranking, but how can you positively influence your rank? SEO companies in Dubai can help you to do just that. Strongly consider the information below as you decide whether or not hiring an SEO is worth it to your business.

Time Savings

As we discussed above, many modern business owners spend a huge amount of time on behind-the-scenes work that doesn’t really help them to earn money directly. Many people believe that they should be doing all of this work on their own, but the truth is that you can’t be in two places at once, and you can’t be an expert at everything. If you want to be successful, regardless of what your business is all about, you’re going to need help from an expert at some point. Letting the experts do their work will allow you to do what you do best, and that will ultimately make you much more successful at whatever you do.

Get Results

There’s not enough time in the world for you to become proficient at all the skills that are required to successfully run a business. Whether you provide software, physical products, or services to your clients, you need to be spending more time helping them and less time trying to learn something entirely new. SEO is a field that is constantly changing, and that means that it’s going to require an awful lot from you if you are to be effective. Do you have the time to be constantly catching up on the latest search engine strategies and discoveries, and then also spend time implementing them? For most business owners, the answer is a resounding no, and that means that there’s no way you can get the best results from your own efforts, regardless of how diligent you are, or how little you sleep at night.

Avoid Mistakes

Because search engines are so difficult to work with, a very large number of people go after the strategies that are most likely to yield results quickly. This kind of impatience can be extremely damaging to your business, however. All the major search engines put up red flags when they see certain behaviour, but it can be difficult to keep up with the current understanding of what works and what will get you blacklisted. Professional SEOs make it their job to know exactly what they can and can’t do, and this specialization makes the uniquely positioned to avoid costly SEO mistakes.

How to Download a Free Movie Editor With Special Effects

Many video editing programs with special effects tools exist. The more comprehensive programs can be expensive, but even these offer free trials of their software. Special effects software can range from very simple (basic color correction) to extremely advanced (CGI imaging.) Most users will require a tutorial before they are able to successfully use more advanced effects. Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Sony Vegas all offer degrees of special effects capabilities, and each of these software programs is available to download for a free trial.

Instructions

  1. Visit Adobe’s website to download the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro. It is primarily a video editing program geared for editing longer clips, and it also offers numerous special effects, although considered basic when compared to programs like After Effects.
  2. Visit Sony Creative Software’s website to download the latest version of Sony Vegas. Sony Vegas is very similar to Premiere Pro in that its main function is video editing. The program is free to download as a trial. Vegas offers fewer special effects than Premiere Pro, but it is a “lighter” program, requiring fewer system resources to operate.
  3. Visit Adobe’s website to download Adobe After Effects. It primarily offers different types of audio and video effects. Maximizing the use of the program is not easy since After Effects is quite comprehensive. Users are encouraged to download tutorials and read up on program functionality. Many commercials, music videos, TV shows and even films use After Effects to help create seamless effects.

How to Record Music on the Computer

New technology has made recording music accessible to everybody. Even if you’ve never learned to play an instrument, it is still possible to make music on the computer. Whether you’re an amateur musician who wants to dabble or you want to make pro-quality recordings, computers have revolutionized how music is recorded.

Instructions

  1. Set your computer up as a Digital Audio Workstation, called a DAW. Download digital recording software onto your computer. Programs out there for PCs and Macs include Audacity, Adobe Audition, Cubase, Garageband and Pro Tools, to name a few. Pricing in 2011 for these programs range drastically from free (Audacity) to nearly $2,000 (Pro Tools). Make sure your computer has the right processing power to support whatever DAW you decide on. At least one gig of RAM is recommended for most DAWs.
  2. Get a recording interface, also called a sound card. It should include inputs for guitar, microphone and headphones. A firewire interface is recommended; it plugs directly into your firewire port with no need for an AC adaptor.
  3. Get a keyboard. A Midi controller keyboard plugs right into your computer’s USB port. It cannot make sounds on its own, but triggers software sounds on the computer. If your keyboard isn’t USB compatible, you can purchase a separate Midi/USB interface. Your keyboard needs to have a Midi out port to trigger software instruments.
  4. Purchase a condenser microphone for vocals and acoustic guitar work. Good quality headphones are also a must.
  5. Install the driver software for the recording interface and keyboard (if necessary). Configure the interface per the individual driver and keyboard instructions to communicate with the recording software.
  6. Play around with different software instruments and loops. Loops are prerecorded tracks, such as drums, synthesizers, strings, etc., that can be integrated into a song. Loops are the main way beginning musicians sound closer to pros.
  7. Configure your recording software for the particular recording session. Set the input level for the instrument and/or vocals, left/right balance, hit “Record” and go for it. Don’t expect a masterpiece right away. It can take some time to become familiar with a software program. Experiment with different settings and sounds until you find the balance that is right for you.

How to Get Rid of a Guitar Buzz in a Recording

There are many types of unpleasant buzzing that can be picked up when recording music. Many of these varieties of buzzing can happen to single instruments, such as a guitar. Whether your buzz is an underlying hum, strings vibrating against the frets or signal distortion, there are several preventative measures you can take to remove them during, and, in some cases, after you record. These methods, however, take time and patience to get the best possible use from your recording.

Instructions

  1. Set up your equipment for recording as you normally would. This includes loading your editing software, such as Pro Tools, Logic or Ableton, and setting a track to its record-enabled state.
  2. Test your gain levels on the interface or mixer before you record by playing the guitar. Make sure the meters on the guitar’s track in the program do not clip, or pass 0 decibels. The meter will turn red when clipping occurs to easily identify when you need to reduce gain levels. If a signal clips during recording, you cannot get rid of it.
  3. Listen for any hums or buzzing coming from your speakers. If this occurs, a piece of your equipment is damaged. It will most likely be a cable, but it could also be your guitar, direct box or pedals. It could also be your amplifier or microphone if you are not recording directly into the system.
  4. Replace any damaged equipment.
  5. Record your guitar track. If the strings buzz at all during the recording, it can be altered during the editing phase, but the best option is to rerecord the track until it is perfect. If you need to take your guitar to a professional to adjust its action, use a different guitar or get someone better to play for you, do so because this will give you a higher-quality track than editing out mistakes.
  6. Load a parametric equalizer plug-in with at least four bands on your program if you have already recorded the track and cannot redo it. These programs come with decent equalizers, but the highest-quality plug-ins must be purchased separately.
  7. Make the frequency range of a middle, high middle or high band as narrow as possible and boost it as much as you can, which will be about 12 decibels to 18 decibels.
  8. Drag this band to the left or right to slowly change the frequency range affected by your equalization until the buzz really stands out. Lower the level of this frequency drastically to between -6 decibels and -18 decibels, depending on how much of it you want to remove, as buzz sounds appropriate and natural for certain acoustic guitar recordings.
  9. Copy and paste notes or repeated sections, such as a chorus, where there is no buzz over parts that have a buzz. This may feel like cheating, but it happens a lot in the music industry to put the best sound into a recorded version of a song.

 

What Is Image Editing Software?

With the popularity of digital cameras, millions of people are now putting their photos on their computers and the Internet. Image editing software, which ranges from simple programs that come pre-installed on personal computers to more advanced professional products, allows users to modify their images in a variety of ways.

Popular Brands

  • Image editing software is available from a variety of sources. Most computer manufacturers include an image editing program, either as part of their basic software bundle or as an optional program. This includes programs like Microsoft Paint, Apple iPhoto and Hewlett Packard Image Zone. Beyond the basics offered by these applications, many printers or digital cameras also come with imaging software, such as Nikon Capture and Kodak EasyShare.

    More advanced professional tools are also available from third-party program designers. The most well known of these is Adobe’s Creative Suite, which is a continuously updated package of digital image editing programs that includes Adobe Photoshop.

Basic Functions

  • All image editing software contains some of the same basic tools. Besides being able to import a variety of file types, these editing features include resizing and cropping images. Basic tools also include the ability to manipulate a photograph’s color (such as removing red eye), to render it in black and white, and to reverse or flip the image. Such basic functions are useful for touching up or reframing photos. Resizing an image can be useful in creating images that have a smaller file size and, therefore, take up less space on a computer’s hard drive.

Advanced Functions

  • More complex image editing programs contain additional tools that perform more complex tasks. Altering a photo’s color balance, manipulating its contrast (the difference between the darkest and lightest areas in the image) and changing the brightness can all be done easily in programs that are so equipped. Some programs also feature a set of pre-installed filters that allow users to soften, sharpen or otherwise change the overall appearance of an image. Other filters give photos a stylized look and produce new images that may bear little in common with their source image.

Storage and Organization

  • Image editing software can also help users store and organize their photo collection more efficiently. Renaming files and placing them in folders is just the beginning. Images can be given tags, such as the names of the people in each photo, to enable easier searching in the future. Programs such as Apple’s iPhoto use face recognition software to find an individual person and label all of the photos that they appear in. Image editing programs also offer a variety of ways to view large collections of files, such as lists, grids or thumbnail views.

File Types

  • Finally, image editing software is useful for importing a digital image and then exporting it as a different file type. This can be done to produce images in the proper format for uploading to the Web, or to make them compatible with further image editing programs that may not support all common file types. In addition, file types such as JPEG, PDF, GIF, BMP and TIFF all use a different way or organizing the information in the image, with each taking up a different amount of hard drive space.

 

5 reason why to choose Panasonic Mobile Phone?

Man and mobile today are inseparable. Mobile phones are today playing a key role in our daily lives. Teenagers to adults or even children everyone who owns a mobile phone today think that it is an essential component of their lives. Even in the most remote villages there are mobile phones coming in. There are several reasons why we have become so addicted to mobile phones and these phones today are a major component of everyone’s lives. The way people communicate with each other has changed. Owing to the convenience of mobile phones, there stays no doubt that it now becomes a popular gadget of every person.

People select mobile phones depending on their needs, budget and personal styles they prefer. The market is filled with innumerable variety of phones. Choices can be narrowed down to different brands, models, looks, features the phone comes with and majorly how much is the buyer willing to spend.

Choosing the best mobile phone in the market

Modern life is all about convenience and everything to needs to happen within a blink. While calling mobile phones only a necessity is unfair, as few brands and models become a style statement or a luxury quotient. Day in and out several models and brands of mobile phones are launched to adapt the orders of people. Functionalities such as look, style, colors, multi-media, camera and the Internet rule the deciding factor of buying behavior of consumers.

Bringing revolution since ages, Panasonic now has established its foot stable in the mobile segment of the digital market in the recent times. It has emerged as a very successful brand with best Panasonic mobile phones. There are few reasons listed below why one should opt for these state of the art mobile phones in different budgets lined with latest technological innovations.

Value for Money: From basic to most advances ones, all the models of Panasonic are value for money be it all the best-selling Eluga ranges of Panasonic or P and T ranges of smartphones as compared to other brands with similar specifications.

Stylish designs: From basic designs of models such as such as GD21, GD22 and GD 31 which are below INR 2000 or middle range models such as P55, P 41, T 40, Eluga A, Eluga S or high end luxury models such as P61 or Eluga U all have a very stylish and sleek silhouette to attract buyers of any age group.

Lucrative specifications: The models have IPS Display, high quality pixel of much in demand selfie camera or the front camera.

Special unique features: Panasonic in its smart phones has brought in special features one of which is called Blink Play that lets users capture much famous among youngsters’ selfies without actually touching on the camera button. Users can just blink looking in the camera or even touch anywhere on the screen to capture selfies.

Battery backup: A very good mAh that a Panasonic smart phone holds is its speciality when compared to other brands.

To experience the features yourself, you need to gift yourself a Panasonic smart phone.

How to Convert AVI Codecs

If your AVI video won’t play in your media player, you can convert the video to the correct format with free AVI-converting software. Windows Media Player plays WMV files, and Apple QuickTime plays MOV files. Most DivX players play AVI files, but if your file doesn’t load in your DivX or XviD player, changing the video codec will correct the problem. With AVI-converting software, you can prepare video for Internet streaming or playback on a hand-held device. You can also use video-converting software to re-size your video.

Any Video Converter

  1. Download and install Any Video Converter from the download site (see Resources). Click the “Start” menu and “AnvSoft” to start the program.
  2. Click “Add Video” and search for your AVI video. Double-click the video to add it to the converter. Click the “Profile” drop-down menu and choose the output format for your converted AVI. Any Video Converter also converts AVI videos to audio files for playback in a music player.
  3. Click “Video Codec” in the “Video Options” sub-menu. Choose the playback codec to use in your AVI file container. AVC offers XviD, MPEG and WMV codecs. Click “Convert” at the top of the screen.

Freemake Video Converter

  1. Download and install the Freemake Video Converter video-converting freeware application (see Resources). Click “Start” and “Freemake Video Converter.”
  2. Click “Video” to add AVI files to the converter. Click one of the output format options at the bottom of the screen. Choosing “To AVI” will allow you to change the playback codec to XviD or MPEG-4. Click the “Preset” menu in the option window and choose your playback device. Freemake offers conversion for HD, DVD and mobile players.
  3. Click the “Save to” menu. Double-click the folder you want to save your converted video in, and click “Convert.”

Free Video Converter

  1. Download and install Koyote Software’s Free Video Converter (see Resources). Click “Start” and “Free Video Converter” to launch the application.
  2. Click “Add Files.” Double-click your files to add them to the program and check the box next to each file in the conversion window. Click “Output Format” at the bottom of the window. Choose a file format from the option window.
  3. Click the “Codec” menu and choose a video codec for your file. The most common AVI codecs are MPEG, DivX and XviD. Click the “Size” menu and choose a larger or smaller resolution if you need to. Cell phone video is usually 320 pixels by 240 pixels or less.
  4. Click “Convert Video” to convert and save the file.

The Difference between an Everyday PC and a Gaming PC

In a world which is becoming increasingly mobile, one ‘stationary’ piece of equipment which has experienced exponential growth in the tech industry is the gaming PC. Hard-core gamers may be well versed in the benefits of choosing a gaming PC over an ordinary PC. But for those who are new to gaming or who are looking to enhance their gaming experience, it is important to understand what the difference is between a standard desktop and a gaming computer.

The Purpose of a Normal PC

Your basic PC is there to serve several different basic functions. These PCs can handle a number of pertinent tasks, including:

  • Providing direct access to the internet
  • Operating word processing software
  • Creating and saving documents

A typical PC is not designed to be incredibly powerful because most individuals do not require a powerful computer. They are ideal for working, browsing the Internet, and for enjoying some very basic low-level gaming. These computers can also be outfitted with “upgrades” to suit your needs (i.e. a graphic designer would need to have an above average graphics card installed so that the standard PC could handle the work they perform).

Why Choose a Gaming PC

Several of the games designed today can operate decently on a typical PC, but these games and higher level games will demand the use of a gaming PC. Gaming PCs made by companies such as Chillblast (See more here) are outfitted with a number of unique upgrades which make them ideal for gaming, such as:

  • High-Level Data Storage

Memory is an important consideration for any computer, but it is particularly important when it comes to gaming PCs. Without enough RAM, your PC may not be able to handle the memory demands necessary to support your favourite games. As a result, you may experience lag when playing or your game may unexpectedly shut down. If you are on the market for a gaming PC, keep in mind that the higher the RAM, the faster your machine will run while you are gaming.

  • Innovative Liquid Cooling Systems

One problem which gamers who use normal PCs face is overheating issues. Normal computers only have a small fan system to cool themselves. Given the amount of work which a computer needs to do to keep up with many of the best and most intense games today, they need to have a more sophisticated cooling system. This is why the newest gaming machines will be built with a thorough liquid cooling system.

  • Top Of The Line Graphics Card

A decade or so ago, the graphics card in a PC did not matter all too much. The games were fairly basic and were not incredibly in-depth, and so the basic PC would be able to handle the demands which were placed on the system.

The games of today are far from basic. Most now have incredible graphics which include intricate details and are life-like in appearance. In order to be sure that you can enjoy these graphics and get the most out of your gaming, you need to have a gaming PC with a high-quality graphics card.

 

How to Download Videos From YouTube Without Using Any Software Like Fly, Etc.

There are dozens of computer programs designed to enable YouTube video downloading but often times, these programs are overkill. If you are just looking to save a YouTube video to your own computer, then there is no need to install another program to get the job done. Online YouTube conversion websites can quickly provide download links for YouTube videos in a wide variety of formats and resolutions.

Kiss YouTube

  1. Navigate to the YouTube video you wish to download.
  2. Copy the URL address of the YouTube video.
  3. Navigate to Kiss YouTube.
  4. Paste the URL address of the YouTube video in the input field and press “Go.” You may need to enable a Java control to proceed with the download.
  5. Click “Download” to save the YouTube video to your computer.

SaveVid

  1. Navigate to the YouTube video you wish to download.
  2. Copy the URL address of the YouTube video.
  3. Navigate to SaveVid.
  4. Paste the URL address of the YouTube video in the input field and press “Go.” You may need to enable a Java control to proceed with the download.
  5. Select the resolution and file type you wish to utilize for the YouTube video to save the video to your computer.

Video Downloadr

  1. Navigate to the YouTube video you wish to download.
  2. Copy the URL address of the YouTube video.
  3. Navigate to Video Downloadr.
  4. Paste the URL address of the YouTube video in the input field and press “Get Video.”
  5. Click “Download” to save the YouTube video to your computer.

How to Record A Guitar With Audacity

In this step-by-step you will learn:

 

How to Record Your Guitar Through your computer with a cost of less than $5

 

How to plug your guitar into your computer,

 

How to get the best sound,

 

Record it using free software.

 

Instructions

  1. Assuming you already have a guitar, guitar cable and a computer. The first thing you will want to do is get a 1/4 to 1/8in adapter like the one shown on the left side of the picture. If you do not have an input on your guitar you will want to get a mic like the one shown on the right side of the picture. Both I found at Radio Shack for about $5 each.
    Adapter & Mic
  2. Most computers will have inputs somewhere on the front that will look similar to the ones in the picture. The inputs we will be dealing with are the “line in” (far left) and the “mic” (middle) input. If you have an active source you will want to plug your cable(with adapter in place) into the “line in”, if you have a passive source you will want to plug you cable into the “mic” input. For more information on this please see “TIPS”.
    Of course if you have no input on your guitar you will be using the mic to record it.

    Audio Inputs
  3. Now that you are all plugged up we want to test and make sure you are set up correctly. You will want to open up sound recorder press the record button and start playing. If your set up correctly then you will be able to play back your short recording. (Problems with the sound distorting? See “TIPS”)
    Sound Recorder
  4. If you hear nothing or the sound is very faint you will want to go into “volume control” and make sure you have the proper inputs selected and that “mic boost” is turned on. Please refer to the image if you have questions on this.
    Volume Control
  5. Now that you have everything working you will want to record a full song!
    A free program that can handle multiple tracks is called “Audacity” you can check it out here http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    It is a good starter program. It does have some limitations but is great to get your feet wet. Go ahead and install it, start the program and click record!
    Look for my eHow on setting up Audacity and applying basic effects and editing techniques below.

    Have fun and get recording!

How to Download Software for YouTube

The popular site known as Youtube hosts many streaming videos online. You can usually find just about anything you can think of in video form on this site. If you want some software to help you manage Youtube, you can usually download some to try out for free if you know the right place to look online.

Instructions

  1. Visit a website like Cnet that has free Youtube software available for download. Search for “Youtube” to find a particular program you want there.
  2. Pick a program from Cnet and click on it. Click on “Vdownloader” if you want to search, download and manage Youtube videos.
  3. Click on “Getgo” if you want to accelerate your Youtube experience. Try out “1 Click Youtube downloader” if you want to quickly download and convert Youtube videos into the formats you want.
  4. Click on “Download Now” once you’re on the main page for the program you want. Click on “Save As” in the new screen that comes up to begin downloading the software onto your computer.

 

The Best Free Recording Software for Windows

If you are looking to record audio, you may know that many recording software programs can be expensive. However, there are alternatives to purchasing software at an expensive price. You can download recording software for Windows at no cost. Some free recording programs offer more features than others, so it’s worth a bit of research.

Audacity

  • Audacity is a free audio recording program for Windows that also allows you to import other media sound files, such as .WAV, .AIFF, and .MP3 extensions. You can edit your recordings by cutting, pasting and copying audio within the program’s editor. Audacity also offers effects to add to your sound media, such as “Echo,” “Noise Removal” and “Change Tempo.”

Kristal

  • If you’re looking for a program that works with live recordings, Kristal allows you to connect your instrument or a microphone using VST FX, a free audio plug-in. Kristal is a multi-track recording program, with a 16-track limit. You can edit and arrange your audio clips as you like and download extensions for additional audio effects.

FreeCorder

  • FreeCorder allows you to record audio directly from a PC, a CD or live streaming audio from the Internet. You can record any streaming MP3 audio file online or on your PC and export the MP3 as an MP3 or an MPEG4; you also can save and record web videos to your computer’s hard drive. FreeCorder also offers live TV and radio.

How to Use Seashore Image Editing Software

How to Use Seashore Image Editing Software. Seashore is a free basic image-editing program that is easy to use and understand. It is really for novices that don’t want to spend money on software when they are not sure what exactly they require. You will be able to use basic tools, add text to images and edit color, contrast and brightness. There are a few special effects, but it does not contain any sort of image-management options. And did I mention it is free? This is an excellent product for those who may feel intimidated by GIMP and just want to learn the basics. Read on to learn how to use it.

Instructions

  1. After you install the software, open any picture so you can experiment with the tools. The software supports TIFF, JPEG and GIMP formats. It does not include any RAW formats. Many cameras support multiple formats. The RAW format is an uncompressed image format. Most higher-end cameras allow you to save in their native RAW format and a standard format like TIFF or JPEG.
  2. Notice the basic tool set. It has most of the basic tools including the text, lasso, eraser and clone. The eyedropper works similar to other image-editing programs. Some of the new smudge, smear and fuzzy select tools are not available. If you find the tool set light, you should just download GIMP and learn how to use it. For most novices, this tool set will be challenging enough.
  3. The options pallets float to the right of the image screen. Here you can select from a nice variety of brushes and textures allowing you to add art to your image. You can also adjust opacity, change modes and add layers to specific channels. These are tools and options that you find on most image-editing applications.
  4. Color editing tools are more limited in function. You do have basic color controls including controls over hue, saturation and value. It also has controls for sharpness and brightness. It permits interaction with ColorSync allowing the user to apply specific profiles to specific images. This is a fairly significant tool for an entry level-editing program.
  5. When you are finished with your images you can export them to a location or save them locally on your computer. The file formats are limited to GIF, JPEG, TIFF, XCF and PNG. This should suffice for most novice users; however, keep in mind it will not work with the uncompressed RAW formats supported by your camera. If you just got your camera, this is an easy program to start with. After a while you will want more in your editing program, but by using Seashore you will better understand your needs.

 

How to Download Software for Making Music


Software for making music on your computer can be very expensive, but there are alternatives that are either open source and free or very inexpensive that you can download and use to make music right on your home PC or Mac. The recommended software here appears in order based on cost.

Instructions

  1. Write down your needs for music recording software for your PC or Mac. Are you simply looking for a program that will allow quality transfer of sound to your PC from microphones, or are you looking for a more full-featured PC music-making software suite? What instruments will you be recording? Do you need to run more than one audio input simultaneously, and if so do you have a mixer?
  2. Start with Audacity, a free open-source audio editing and recording software suite for PC, Mac and Linux. Audacity is a great place to start when developing a system for recording music on your home computer, because it is not only free but has built-in support for hundreds of plug-ins and many auxiliary audio cards and devices. If you’d like to turn your computer into a professional home music recording studio, though, you may need software with a few more tools than Audacity has to offer.
  3. Try REAPER if you are a PC user. REAPER is unique in the computer music-making software world in that it is developed by a single individual, rather than by a team of coders or a dedicated company. REAPER shines in its low-cost and full support for VST (virtual studio technology) and VSTi (virtual studio technology instrument) plug-ins. Since REAPER eats a relatively low amount of PC resources, it is possible to have several plug-ins running simultaneously, even on low-end machines. REAPER software is limits-free shareware and retails for $50 for the basic license.
  4. Give Garage Band a try if you are on the Macintosh platform. Apple has taken a lot of the guesswork out of simple home recording. What the Garage Band interface lacks in power, it makes up for in ease of use.
  5. Try FL Studio if you are more interested in software for producing electronic music on your PC or Mac. There are better options on the market, but they cost hundreds of dollars. FL Studio, formerly known as the Fruity Loops project, offers full-featured recording, mixing and MIDI software suites, all for around $100. The value can’t be beat in the music production PC software market.

 

How to Make a Backup Copy of Software

There may be times when all you may need to do is to reinstall a software program. When this happens, having a backup copy is much more convenient than relying on a total system restore. Hours are saved, frustration is curbed and getting back on track and up and running in record time are among the real benefits of keeping separate duplications of your software handy. Learn how to make a backup copy of your valued software so you’ll always be ready to reinstall it in an emergency situation.

Instructions

  1. Access the “Control Panel” from the Start menu.
  2. Select the “Performance and Maintenance” category.
  3. Select “Back Up Your Data” from the Task menu.
  4. Use the “Back and Restore Wizard” option and then click “Next.”
  5. Select “Back Up Files and Settings.”
  6. Select the option “Let Me Choose What to Back Up” and then click “Next.”
  7. Select the software you would like to back up. Typically, it is located in a similar location: “My Computer, C: Program Files.” Note: Check the box next to the software you would like to back up.
  8. Click on “Finish” to begin the backup process. When finished, click “Close” to exit

 

Piano Recording Software

Having a piano set up in a studio for recording involves more than just hooking it up to a computer (through microphone or MIDI cable). Equally important is loading the correct software on the computer. There are a number of different programs that cater to different needs of a recording artists, so having the ideas of what the end result will be is vital before making a decision.

Finale

  • Finale is a notation software that is popular with both amateur and professional composers. There are a good number of powerful features within the program that can be used with a keyboard. Most prominent is the ability to compose with it. When directly connected to a computer through a MIDI interface, Finale has the ability to transcribe what is played in the piano into notes. This feature is best used for composers and people who wish to print and distribute sheet music. It is not a good replacement for an audio playback device.

Sebelius

  • Sebelius is another notation program. Along with Finale, the two are the dominant software choices in the field. Sebelius can transcribe notes played on a MIDI connected piano into sheet music, and also allows for music composed in the program to be synced up to video using a plug-in contained within the program. Again, although it can handle playback and has embedding instruments that sound realistic for a MIDI-powered program, it is a weak choice for pure audio recording.

GarageBand

  • Apple’s popular digital audio recording software that comes standard with the iLife suite has been a mainstay for amateur musicians since its debut. It has a very easy-to-use interface that can handle both MIDI input as well as recorded audio for pianos. The number of filters included in the program allows for a wide variety of effects to be employed to change the sound of the piano.

Pro Tools

  • The professional industry standard of recording is Pro Tools. It is used in many studios, although to learn it on a basic level is possible without too much effort and manual reading. The power in Pro Tools comes from the enormous scope it has in recording, which includes filters, effects, editing tools, mastering and a large library of plug-ins. For a professional sounding recording, Pro Tools gives great leverage and room for creativity.

Logic

  • Logic is a professional-level recording program for Macintosh computers. It can handle MIDI as well as raw audio input. It has a similar interface to GarageBand (the two in fact use the same engine); however, it contains many more features and is commensurate with Pro Tools in terms of complexity and power. It can record piano and layer on effects to create a unique sound. It also has a large library of loops, which may come in handy when recording contemporary pop or hip hop music.

How to Edit Photos With Free Photo Software

How to Edit Photos With Free Photo Software
Whether you are taking photos of items to sell online, or just to share with others, photo editing software can improve the quality of your photos dramatically. These types of programs allow you to crop out background objects, lighten photos and much more.

Instructions

  1. There are many free photo software programs available online. Picasa is a great program offered free of charge through Google, but there are many others that are just as good at no charge. Do some research by performing a simple search on ‘Free Photo Software’ or ‘Free Photo Editing Programs’. This will provide you with a very long list of options.
  2. Once you choose the program to use, take some time to get familiar with how the program works, and what it offers. A toolbar to the side or bottom is usually provided for ease of use.
  3. Cropping: This allows you to remove background items from the photo and focus primarily on the subject of the photo. This is especially important when pics are being used to sell online. The last thing you want is a shot of your feet or pet in photo.
  4. Exposure: This is a process that will lighten or darken a photo as needed. Even the darkest, low light photos can look great when lightened.
  5. Contrast: When reducing contrast, you can eliminate harsh shadowing found in a lot of digital camera shots. By increasing contrast, you can add a great romantic look to a blah shot.
  6. Adjusting Color: This is a great option for photos with a ‘washed out’ look. This allows you to add warm color to the shot.
  7. A great feature offered in most new free photo editing programs is the ‘auto adjust’ and ‘red eye’ tools. These allow you to adjust a photo automatically and remove glaring red eye without knowing a lot about editing photos.
  8. By taking your time and trying the different options, you will be able to get familiar with a program. Once you do, it becomes very fast and easy to improve the quality of your photos.