November 11, 2018
Movica is a nice little program for video editing on Windows. It allows you to edit MPEG, FLV, and Windows Media (.wmv) video files.
I’ve mainly used it to work on large Mpeg files. Cut out portions. Split the file up. Join two or more Mpeg files together. Users on Videohelp.com rate it 9.7/10.
But Movica was originally designed to work on Windows XP 32 bit, with the .NET framework. The last software update was in 2013.
Recently, I tried to use it on Windows 7. While it installed easily enough, when I tried to use it, I kept getting the Windows error message box, with the option to close the program. Sigh.
Here’s how I installed Movica on Windows 7 and got it to work.
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October 17, 2018
Recently I found some old Uniface Quick Reference Guides that I once used. Uniface Version 5.2, and 6.1.
They were always very useful.
So, I’ve scanned them into PDF files and uploaded them here, for anyone that might find them useful.
Uniface Quick Reference Guide V5.2
Uniface Quick Reference Guide V6.1
If you’d like the actual books, please contact me.
September 23, 2018
Forums: Trolls, Speculators, Snobs, Team Players
Sometimes, when I’m working on software issues, I’ll post a question on a forum. This I usually do only after a few hours of struggle. If you read my blog, you’ll find many tech struggles that I’ve had.
Occasionally, I’ll have to register with a website first, and then wait for approval. Login again. Document my long struggle concisely. Then ask the question on a complex subject that I’m only just becoming familiar with, to elicit a good answer.
And so often, I’ll have an awful experience with the online characters. I’ve categorized them in a quadrant, with the two axis: Helpful vs Knowledgeable/Competent
Too many times, I’ll get the trolls. They are NOT helpful, nor are they knowledgeable or competent. Read the rest of this entry »
January 28, 2018
The capabilities of cell phone cameras are amazing, performing better than my classic SLR lenses. Here is how I used a simple analog loupe with my cell phone to do some great macro photography.
Recently I went to change the keyboard of one of my Acer laptops. As I disassembled it, the tiny mainboard connector part came off . It clamps the keyboard ribbon to the laptop’s mainboard.
It just wasn’t going back on. Part of the issue was that I was not sure which way it went back together. This side down, or the other side?
So I got out my photographer’s 35mm loupe to take a look. I could see a lot of very tiny teeth that had to be matched up. Read the rest of this entry »
January 4, 2018
Once I read about how some spies were saving messages in pictures. Cool. So I thought I’d try it just for fun.
It was a lot different from invisible ink we played with as kids. 🙂
First I looked at an article on StackOverflow
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August 9, 2017
Occasionally, I see some great videos online, and I download them to my hard drive for my personal use. One reason, some videos can take a long time to watch. So I download them and watch them at another time, like using a DVR.
Recently, there was another webinar. I thought it would be easy enough to download. But like so many other times, I had to spend a LOT of time installing and fixing the software first. Here’s how I made it all work. Read the rest of this entry »
December 5, 2015
Recently, I bought an older Acer Travelmate 8473T laptop on Ebay. Why not, it was only about $100. But it turned out to be not such a good deal.
One thing that really bothered me was that I could not access the BIOS.
Acer BIOS Password Request
Usually, I’ll upgrade and reconfigure my machines. So, accessing the BIOS is really important.
This began another long project. Over a few weeks, I’ve spend probably 20 hours or more. Don’t you just love it when bad people and/or technology problems become the black hole of your time?
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