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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to setup Google Chromecast

. Connect Chromecast to HDMI port of the TV
. If it is not possible to connect Chromecast to TV HDMI port directly, connect the HDMI Extender cable to TV HDMI port, then connect Extender cable to Chromecast
. If USB port on TV is available, connect Chromecast to USB cable, then USB cable to TV USB port
. If TV does not have USB port, connect power adaptor to Chromecast, then plug power adaptor to electric power socket
. Switch on TV and Chromecast
. Change TV input to the correct HDMI port
. Once connected to the right HDMI port, you should get a Chromecast setup screen telling you to go to and your Chromecast id which may read as chromecast1234
. Using your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, download the Chromecast App from either Google Playstore or Apple Playstore
. Accept the terms. App will scan for Chromecast
. Go to WiFi settings and select your Chromecast which in the example is Chromecast1234, then wait for it to connect


Monday, September 14, 2015

Chromebook tip: How to explore external storage to open files

Exploring files stored in external storage on a Chromebook is not as straight forward as on a desktop where you right-click on the START button then click OPEN WINDOWS EXPLORER.

For Chromebook, you have to use keyboard shortcut: press SHIFT + ALT + M

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Record webinar: Applian Replay Video Capture

The best tool to record webinar is the Applian Replay Video Capture.  All you need is to open the software, click
GET VIDEO > RECORD > Start webinar
and Replay Video Capture will record the webinar.

Applian Replay Video Capture record webinar
Applian Replay Video Capture record webinar

However, it is important to note that the recorded file is not saved to the same folder as the Applian Replay Media Capture. Here are the steps to locate the recorded file:

 Open program > Click SETTINGS > TOOLS (toolbar at the top) > SETUP STORAGE FOLDER

When I do that on my computer, what get is a popup which showed the cascading folders and at the top of the popup it showed

C:\Users\BlogStar\Videos\RVC Recordings

So to get the recorded file, open Windows Explorer and find the folder RVC Recordings folder.

Friday, December 26, 2014

How to make a screenshot with Paint or Irfanview

If you are describing something involving the computer screen as when you are doing a post or you are asking for assistance at the Blogger Help Forum, it helps greatly to explain what you want to explain with the help of a screenshot.

One widely available software is MS Paint which is available among Accessories in all computer running the Windows OS. At the screen where you want to take a screenshot, press the Print Screen (PrntScn) key to copy image into Clipboard. Open Paint, then click the down arrow below Paste and select Paste (see screenshot below):
MS Paint, Paste from Clipboard option
MS Paint, Paste from Clipboard option

Whatever was in the former screen at which you clicked PrintScreen will appear in Paint. Save and it is done if you want the whole screen. However, if you want only part of it, then you should crop.

To crop, click the  down arrow at SELECT icon and select the shape you want - Rectangular or Free Form:
MS Paint, Select Shape
MS Paint, Select Shape

Then click the CROP icon MS Paint Crop icon

Save and it is done.

You can also easily do screenshots with the free Irfanview photo editor. Note that I like to use both PC Paint as well as Irfanview. This is because certain things which cannot be done with one can be done with the other, and vice versa.

For example, you can draw lines and shape with MS Paint to highlight certain part of the screenshot, but you can't do that with Irfanview. But if you want your screenshot to include the mouse cursor, it cannot be done with MS Paint, but it can be down with Irfanview.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

OCR Optical Character Recognition software

When you have an image file with characters (alphabets), it may be useful to convert the image to a text file. You can do this by using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software. There are both online OCR and also those you have to download and install into your computer. The former is more convenient.

I have found one particular online OCR which
. supports 46 languages including Chinese, Japanese and Korean
. convert scanned PDF to MS WORD
. extract text from PDF and images (jpg, bmp, tiff, gif) and convert to editable WORD, Excel, Text formats.

Just upload image file from your computer, select language and output format, complete a CAPTCHA to prove you are human, click CONVERT.

It was amazingly accurate with no mistakes that needs to be corrected other than when there are formatting columns, some may be jumbled up and you have to reorganize. I am saving here so I can get back to that online OCR service when needed.

This online OCR is

Monday, April 28, 2014

How to view .swf format files

SWF (/ˈswɪf/ swif)[2] is an Adobe Flash file format used for multimedia, vector graphics and ActionScript. SWF files can contain animations or applets of varying degrees of interactivity and function.
Currently, SWF is the dominant format for displaying "animated" vector graphics on the Web. It may also be used for programs, commonly browser games, using ActionScript. (Source: Wikipedia)

How to view .swf files? Simple. Just drag and drop into your web browser.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

How to create and embed Google map

There would likely arise a time when creating a Google map and embedding it in a blog post would be advantages, so how do we proceed to create and embed a map?

First thing is sign into a Google account then go to Google map. At the bottom left corner there will be a small icon that looks like a gear. Click on the gear icon and click MY PLACES. See screenshot below:

Google map: My places

At the top left in the new window you should see a CREATE MAP button but I would suggest you do not click on that. Instead, slightly below the button there would be a OR CREATE WITH CLASSIC MY MAP. Click on that link. (see screenshot below):

Create with classic my map

Next, using the search box, search for the location of the place you want to create a map for.

Google map showing Googleplex location

When you have found it after clicking on CREATE WITH CLASSIC MY MAP, at the top left corner, click on that blue place marker (Add a place marker, see screenshot below)

Google map add a place marker

Click on that blue place marker then move to the location you want to mark and drop it there. Type in the map title and description in the relevant box then click SAVE and DONE.

Google map place marker title and description

At the top right, you should see an icon that look like part of a chain link. Click on that and you get a popup with 2 boxes but only the SHORT URL is not grayed out and is available to copy. Copy that link, open a different browser, paste that short url you had copied and this time at the top you would see 2 similar both but this time both boxes are not grayed out and both available to copy. Copy that code in the "Paste HTML to embed in website" and this will be the embed code you can use to paste into a post editor in the Edit HTML mode.