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The Simpsons Quarantine Couch Gag

The Simpsons Quarantine Couch Gag

The opening couch gags are an essential element of The Simpson's 31-season TV show. This is the first couch gag to acknowledge we're all spending more couch time that pre-corona virus. To escape their reality, all of the Simpson family members are wearing VR headsets...

How to Save YouTube Videos

VLC is simply the best open source media player. I recommend it as your default media player. I've written several articles such as Screen Recording With VLC. Check it out at https://www.videolan.org/ Here's how you can use it to save YouTube videos. 1. Open VLC and...

The Gift of Family Video For A Quarantined Parent

Mary is a very nice old lady who lives in a condo. She doesn't drive much anymore. Several years ago she called me to transfer some of her VHS tapes to DVDs. I offered to pick them up and deliver. She was happy with the DVDs I made for her, but I did not hear from her...

Zoom Party

Last week I wrote about Zoom (zoom.us) as an easier way to video chat with people. Unlike the other chat options, this one does not require software or registration for anyone except the one calling the meeting. Just send them an email and a time to meet. They click...

Filming in Cuba

I was cleaning my desk the other day and stumbled on some old film negatives that I had never printed. Since I had just written an article about Transferring Negatives and Transparencies, I wanted to scan these long lost negatives right away and see what I was...

Transferring Negatives and Transparencies

Transferring negatives and transparencies can be a challenge if they are not typical sizes. Those that are typical sizes like 35mm, 120 and 126 can be scanned using a good flatbed scanner. But other sizes require a different approach. One recent job was all negatives,...

Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year

The Societies of Photographers is a group of UK photo organizations. The Society has awarded Dr Fong Chan Onn from Malaysia the prestigious Photographer of the Year 2019 award. Dr Fong Chan Onn, a former cabinet minister in Malaysia, is 76 years old. His photo depicts...

Videos in Google Photos Breached

Google admitted it may have accidentally sent some users' private videos to strangers after a bug impacted its Photos service. While Google says less than 0.01 percent of users were affected, the user base of Google Photos is over one billion users. So 10 million...

Secure File Saving

There are a lot of good options for secure file saving. These services encrypt your files in transit and during storage. One service even encrypts the files from itself. It's called Firefox Send. They can't reveal the files to law enforcement or any other agency. The...