Patrick is out and Tom Merritt is in. We give you beginners guide to podcasting. Loyd Case is back showcasing ATI's Eyefinity technology that lets you take multi monitor setup to a whole new crazy level. Cheap and not so cheap ways to turn your document scans and digital images into searchable PDF files. All that plus your viewer questions on this episode of Tekzilla
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Patrick took a trip to the Mojave Desert hasn't come back. We got a postcard from him saying that he's fashioning a hut for himself out of old car parts and cactus husks. Thankfully CNET's Tom Merritt has graciously accepted to serve alongside Veronica this episode.
Greg wanted know if it was possible to turn the magazine scans he has been making into searchable PDFs. What Greg is looking for OCR software that index a *.pdf. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is Evernote, which takes a screenshot of a *.pdf, index it and make it searchable. It's $5 a month of $45 a year, and available for both Windows and OS X. Other options include Microsoft Office Document Imaging application that ships with Microsoft Office. Some pricier options include Readiris, which costs $129 and OmniPage 17, which is priced at $149.99
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If you're tired of iTunes or just want a media player more attuned to online video the check out Miro. It's free, supports content distributed over BitTorrent feeds, handles audio RSS, and includes Miro 3.0 subtitle support. Miro 3 also ships with the Miro Video Converter a tool that transcode most any video format into Mp4 or OGG Theora.
With the release of the Radeon HD 5000 series ATI also introduced a new multi-display technology know as Eyefinity. Loyd Case is back in studio to give us the scoop on what Eyefinity is and it can benefit both gamer and non-gamer alike.
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750 Words is part writing exercise and part journaling platform, but the goal is the same: every morning, you sit down at your computer and type out approximately three pages worth of words. It can be about whatever's on your mind: a stream of consciousness, something that's bothering you, ideas for projects or life in general... whatever!
Seems like everyone is getting in on the podcasting act. Tom and Veronica go over the basics of the tools, services and things you need to do required for any successful podcast.
Podcasting Audio Software. The stuff you need to record, edit and normalize your recorded audio.
- Audacity. Great free audio recorder and editor.
- Levelator. What you'll want to use to normalize your podcast's audio.
- Skype. If you need to record a podcast with someone who's in a different location.
- Audio Hijack. Let's you record audio from multiple sources like Skype. Free to try $32 to keep.
- WireTap Studio. Similar in function to Audio Hijack. Free trial and costs $69 to keep.
Uploading/Hosting Service. The location online that will be hosting your podcast.
- Archive.org. Great free hosting service that Tom and Veronica both use.
RSS Feed - Distribution/Syndication. How you're going to distribute your podcast.
- LibSyn. Combines storage and feed management and cost varies with usage. Also features advanced features like QuickCast and FutureCast.
Tracking Tools. To see how many people are listening/watching your podcast.
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Mark was wondering if SSDs suffer from the same storage sized calculus as traditional magnetic hard drives. Short answer is yes. The chief reason is of course is that most hard drive manufacturers typically list storage sized based on powers of 10 or a decimal system. Hard Drives and SSDs, however, being binary storage devices store their sizes in powers of 2 (for the "1" and "0"). Therefore a kilobyte might be "1000" bytes in decimal notation but in binary it actually comes out to "1024" bytes. This is where some of the storage "loss" comes from but formatting a drive also takes up space since a file system needs to be written down before a drive can be used.
Calin wanted recommendations on software for recording what happens on PC's screen. One of the more popular tools is JingProject. It's free but it only records in the *.swf format. For $14.95 a year you can upgrade to a version that records out in MPEG4. Another popular tool is Camtasia. It's PC only and will set you back a steep $299, but it comes with a build in editor so you can trim and combine videos as well as a smart focus feature which will zoom in on the screen automatically when action is concentrated in a specific location. Mac users can checkout iShowU for $20. iShowU HD is available for $10 more. For those rocking the Snow Leopard QuickTime X has a build in screen capture tool.