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iMovie 09 Introductory lessons

iMovie 09 – StumbleUpon. This has some interesting introductory information on how to use iMovie. It is a few years out of date, but still is useful. Has other good information about iDVD and iWeb as well.


SharePoint 2010 on a Mac on Vimeo

SharePoint 2010 on a Mac on Vimeo on Vimeo

Nice 9 minute walkthrough on how to use SharePoint 2010. Great if you are a beginner.

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iPad iFace photo

117/365 Of Many Faces by brandonhuang
117/365 Of Many Faces a photo by brandonhuang on Flickr.

Cute and creatieve idea. It looks perfect. Anyone else ever use an iPad for a body extension?

iPads used while traveling (via Strummervillelad’s Blog)


Image by rwentechaney via Flickr


The link below talks about using the iPad on a train. Today I took a train and I saw a ton of people using iPad’s and smart phones. Since I didn’t have either, I made a hat out of two pieces of paper. I recently took a short origami class at my local library and it was lots of fun. It is kind of amazing to go into public now and see a wide majority of people glued to their screens.

Sitting on Virgin train going very slow and full of screaming weans I’m relying heavily on the uber brilliant and always handy iPad. It’s amazing how this versatile and always ready bit of kit saves so many situations especially when you are on long journeys or when you are stuck for for something to keep you sane. For example… I start by getting the earphones on and jacking up the sound and get some Black Keys going. The ipad has an amazing so … Read More

via Strummervillelad’s Blog

Why does Apple limit things to make money?

Apple gives consumers the ability to do things that aren’t built-in with Windows. They tend to make many things easier like iMovie for example. That really simplified what had been an overly complex experience for most people. However what they are not good at is giving away the store.

If I understand this post correctly he is disappointed of the workaround to create ringtones for his iPhone. Which is kind of interesting because 10 years ago I believe the forerunner to iTunes was a $40 product. Apple excels at giving away the razors and then getting you with the razor blades. It is a difficult balance to work with content producers. What is a fair amount for the work/costs invested in music creation?

I understand how silly it seems to buy a ringtone when you can get music for free. I don’t believe in getting things for free unless there is a legal way to do so. For example libraries often have music/video that you can check out. That is not “getting it” to keep, but certainly the same effect as downloading it from the Internet.

What does Apple charge for? Hardware, software, entertainment from others. This all seems fair to me. When I had the means I was a big iTunes store customer. It is a great way to get entertainment, and Apple deserves their success. Of course with limited incomes it is hard for stressed people to afford entertainment options. Does that mean that we can adopt a “Robin Hood” mentality? I don’t think so.

We have to be creative and find ways to share what we have with others. We have to think and act critically and not support business that are not socially responsible. We have to live with ourselves and not do what is easy, but do what takes character and wisdom. Everything that I have I have purchased, and I have no fear of my past actions. What is the use of enjoying something in the short-term if it destroys you in the long-term?

It is hard sometimes not to have things you need, but its even harder to not be the person you know yourself are.

Now that I have my new iPhone, I’m thrilled to have it and using it is wonderful. While I’ve been working with it I’ve run into a strange oddity and a workaround for it. The oddity came when I tried to create my iPhone-compatible ringtones. The creation of iPhone custom ringtones are in themselves needlessly fussy procedure. First you find the music you want, trim it to 40 seconds, then convert it to AAC format. Then you tear it out of iTunes … Read More

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iGlasses for Mac – Adjust your iSight brightness, picture quality, brighten, focus, zoom, flip and rotate

From their webpage:

Adjust and manipulate your webcams video settings from within iChat and many other programs, including iMovie, Photo Booth, Yahoo! Messenger, Skype and web-based chat.

I used this program to flip the isight camera in my MacBook so that I could see a statement properly to photograph it.  If you need more control over the built in camera, give this a try.  For $9.95 it could make your life easier.

via iGlasses for Mac – Adjust your iSight brightness, picture quality,

brighten, focus, zoom, flip and rotate.

One frame of just text in iMovie?

The Hawaii state seal.

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Lorna from Hawaii has the answer.

Bengt — After I posted that, I decided to just do what people suggested to me several years ago for iMovie at an earlier incarnation. So I went to my old old Keynote application, wrote a short page, took a screen shot of that page, and then imported that screen shot/picture to iPhoto ’11.

I knew by checking out iMovie ’11 that any image that is in iPhoto is accessible thru iMovie ’11 and can be placed into the clips. So I selected it from within iMovie ’11 and placed it before the first clip of the movie. It was an experimental movie. I wanted to add music so I did, and then decided to delete my voice, and it became a sort of coded message for lip readers. 😎

via Apple – Support – Discussions – One frame of just text? ….


Solved! Missing GarageBand instruments upon installation! – InsanelyMac Forum

The GarageBand application icon.

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Two ways to solve this.

  1. coolchiselz method: You can manually extract it by,1.
    Go to the trash can, see there’s a tar file downloaded from the apple site.
    It should be as this.

    GarageBandExtraContent.tar 1.12GB

    Double click it to unstuff.

    Now you see GarageBandExtraContent.pkg, also double click it.
    Installer will launch, continue and continue, finish the installer.

    Open the garageband, you’ll see the updated apple loops and instruments.

  2. Kale R. method: Thank you! You sir, are a gentlemen and a scholar. However, I had to take the necessary steps that differed from your instructions (to help avoid confusion for other readers, as I know this is a widespread problem).1. I found the .TAR file (GarageBandExtraContent.tar) in the trash.
    2. I dragged the .TAR file to the desktop
    3. I unarchived it and a new folder appeared on my desktop.
    4. In the folder, there was another .TAR file (GarageBandExtraContent.pkg.tar) and an unknown file with no file extension. It was called signature.
    5. I unarchived the new .TAR file and in the new folder was the .PKG file (GarageBandExtraContent.pkg) you mentioned.
    6. I followed the onscreen instructions and opened GarageBand.

    The missing instruments and loops were installed and functional! Thanks again for the help, coolchiselz!

via Solved! Missing GarageBand instruments upon installation! – InsanelyMac Forum.