NosillaCast 10/22/2006 Show #66

Paypal button on Podfeet, more on the NosillaCast forums, Bookmarks Synchronizer 3 Firefox Extension from addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1989, and Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer at addons.mozilla.org/firefox/2410, more ways to do screen snapshots on OSX, Flip4Mac upgrade from flip4mac.com/wmv.htm to create Windows Media files for distribution and free flip4mac as Quicktime components, tutorial on installing a drive in an external enclosure, network speed test from dslreports.com/speedtest and Speakeasy from speakeasy.net/speedtest, tutorial on how to get back the keyboard viewer in OSX, expansive tutorial on how to put YouTube video on your iPod in Windows using the Greasemonkey extension from addons.mozilla.org/firefox/748 and the user script “Download YouTube Video” from userscripts.org and finally MediaCoder from mediacoderhq.com/download.htm.

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Put YouTube Videos on your iPod tutorial

Put Youtube videos on your iPod Version 2
This tutorial will allow you to find a video you like in YouTube, download it to your computer, and then convert it to the iPod video format.

Mac Instructions:

1. For the Mac, launch Safari and go to a YouTube video you like. Wait for it to load completely (keep your eye on the grey progress bar). Under Window in Safari, pull down to Activity Window. You’ll see a long list of file names with their sizes on the right. Many of them are in bytes or kilobytes, you want the one that’s in the megabytes, or MB’s.

2. Find the biggest file, and double click it. That will download the file to your download folder, and just like on Windows the file name will be gibberish followed by .flv.

3. Wired suggests you rename this file to something intelligible to you.

4. Download and install the free iSquint video converter from isquint.org. Now drag your downloaded .flv file onto iSquint and iSquint will launch. Wired didn’t say to do this, but I clicked the Add to iTunes button and the H.264 encoding button, and left the radio button set to Optimize for iPod. I also dragged the quality setting to high, but i doubt this made much difference as YouTube uses fairly bad quality Flash. Next click Start, and your video will in your iTunes video folder ready for downloading to your iPod.

iSquint main screen

Windows Instructions:
1. Launch your browser and go to youtube.com and bring up a movie, say by searching on “dinosaur burns”, one of MY movies.
copy the url (that’s the http:// thing) and then point your browser to youtubex.com. there’s a field in the middle of the screen that says “download videos” and below it, it says “paste video url into field abbove” (spelled with 2 b’s for some reason). paste your url into that field, and then click the “get video” button to the right.
youtubex insert url field

2. This next part is a little non-intuitive, but it works and they do tell you how to do it on the site. after a few seconds you’ll see your video right below the field you were just messing with, and to the right of that it has the WORD “download”, not as an obvious link or button. What you have to do is right-click on the word download, and do a “save as” or “save link as” depending on your browser. when asked for the name, you HAVE to change the extension to .flv. Give it a few seconds to finish the download to your computer.
youtubex download

3. The next step is to download a freeware application that will convert the .flv file over to something iTunes can play, in this case it’s an m4p file. I found an open source application called MediaCoder frommediacoder.sourceforge.net. No tricks here, download and install.

when I ran the installer, it has a wizard that gives you options on how advanced of an interface you want – I flinched and picked “normal”.

MediaCoder
Click the big button that says add file. Navigate to your file to place it in MediaCoder. Click on Devices, one of the choices is Media Player, and it will show you an iPod with your video already in it. (I chose this really cute video of a small kitten falling asleep. shut UP, it was cute!)

devices tab
When you open the media player devices, it tells MediaCoder what format to use, so it asks you when you close it whether you want to save those changes – say yes. finally, I select the Action menu, and pulled down to Start Encoding. Depending on which format to view Media code you chose, you may just have a button that says start. voila – you have your m4p file. open it in iTunes and sync your iPod and you’re done!

Please send me feedback on whether this actually works for you as well as it did for me! allison@podfeet.com

NosillaCast 10/15/2006 Show #65

Forums added to Podfeet at podfeet.com/forums, Levelator review from gigavox.com, @podder review from apodder.org, fix your own iPod through ifixit.com, listener Bart gets a new title, SwitchProxy Firefox extension at addons.mozilla.org/firefox/125, Spirited Away from drikin.com to make your apps disappear to keep them from distracting you, Stitchh PDFs using Automator, Boinx Ivezeen from ivezeen.com to turn your iSight into a video recorder, Vista RC2 review continued, Andy Walker & Sean Carruthers from labrats.tv interview Allison at the Podcast Expo.

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Automator & Shortcut Tutorial

Creating keyboard shortcuts for Automator Actions
by James Kocsis

Ever want to create a keyboard shortcut for tasks you do multiple times a day? Here is a really simple way to do it.

I use a combination of Automator and a utility called "Shortcuts" from: http://www.abracode.com/free/cmworkshop/. Shortcuts allows you to create keyboard shortcuts for contextual menu items in the Finder. And with Automator, you can add actions to that contextual menu.

In this example, we’ll create a keyboard shortcut that will attach a selected file to a new Mail message. This will eliminate the need to drag the file onto the Mail icon in the Dock or (god forbid) attach the document via a dialog box. Other uses can be: Quick upload of a file using Transmit, opening selected files in specific applications (instead of having to right-click and wait for a list of apps to show up), or testing web pages in multiple browsers (instead of opening the file in each browser manually).

I use this with TONS of workflows. It makes life bearable. In fact, between this and Quicksilver, I was able to COMPLETELY clear off my Dock (except for the Trash & Finder). Another reason to love the Mac.

Don’t worry, this shouldn’t be too advanced…

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Remove Wrinkles in Photoshop Elements

5 Minute Quicktime video showing how to remove facial wrinkles using Photoshop Elements. Play the video (requires high-resolution screen 1440dpi wide):
icon to click to get to the movie

Lower res version (800 wide):

icon to click to get to the movie

VNC Tutorial Mac/PC

Remote Control Another Computer with Virtual Network Computing (VNC)

The idea of VNC is that you have one computer be the server (the one that will be controlled) and the other machine becomes the client. The good news is that there’s lots of options to choose from and most of them are freeware, no one solution is best for everyone. This tutorial will walk through the use of OSXvnc for the server, and VNCDimension for the client, which are both Mac OSX applications, but there are plenty of Windows solutions to choose from. Just head over to VersionTracker or downloads.com to find the client and server software for Windows. The basic idea of the settings are similar, but the window graphics will be different. I hope by reading this you’ll be able to figure out how to tailor your client to your needs. At the end of the Mac to Mac connection I’ll walk through the connection I was able to do to control a PC from a Mac (ah, the control we’ve always wanted!)

Server Software – OSXvnc – download at:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/16699

After download, launch the OSXvnc1 .dmg file (disk image file). It will put a disk volume on your desktop. Open that disk volume and drag the application OSXvnc into your Applications folder.

Client Software – VNCDimension – download at:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/9462

If the server is on a router, a port (or hole) must be opened in the firewall to allow VNC traffic to go through even if you’re working on your internal network. I don’t get why that is, but my client software crashes if I don’t have that port open. Go to the port forwarding menu (sometimes shown under games) and set port 5900 to be open to the internal IP address of the server (for example, if it’s a Linksys router, the internal IP would be 192.168.1.100 or something like that). Check the boxes (or pulldowns) for both UDP and TCP. Save changes.

The client will need to know the Internet IP address of the router (or the server machine itself if there’s no router). The easiest way to find out your IP address is to open a web browser and go to whatismyip.com and it will show you. Note this IP address.

Now on the machine that will be the server, launch OSXvnc. Note the display number (in the example below it’s set to 0, usually that’s the default), and the port number is usually set to 5900. This can be changed, but let’s not mess with the settings just yet. Enter a password that will be required by the client for security. The display name should be entered automatically. Click on “Start Server”.

VNC server setup window

Now for the client setup: Launch VNCDimension, and in the menu select Session–>New (or hit command-N).

VNC client setup window

You want to connect to the server you just finished setting up, right? So in the host name field, type in the IP address of the Server machine (that’s the internet address). Make sure the display number matches the one on the server (0 in our example). Click OK.

When VNCDimension makes a connection, it should prompt you for a password (this is the password you set on the server side).

Now the client should be able to see what’s going on on the server, AND is able to move the mouse around and make selections and type just as though you were on the other machine, albeit quite slowly!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure when you’re done, you close up the port you opened on the firewall (port 5900 in our example) as this port is a vulnerability to your system. Keep it closed unless you need it!

Controlling a Windows XP machine from Mac OSX
I used RealVNC which is freeware for my needs, got it at http://www.realvnc.com/
After installation, I selected Start–>Programs–>RealVNC–>VNC Server 4 (User-Mode)–>Configure User-Mode Settings as shown below:

graphic of above instructions

This brings up the configuration program which allows you to do two important things – one is to set the password (under the authentication tab) and the other is to allow machines of a given IP address to access the machine. The authentication tab is shown below:

graphic showing where to click on password

Then to include the allowed IPs click on the Connections tab and click Add as shown below:

graphic showing where to click on Add and enter IP

Oddly this server did not request the display number, it must assume that it’s zero. Now you need to actually launch the server software (we’ve just configured it so far), go to Start–>Programs–>RealVNC–>VNC Server 4 (User-Mode)–>Run VNC Server. You won’t see a darn thing happen, but down in your system tray there should now be a teeny little icon that says VNC. I did it four times before I noticed and there were four nice little icons in there! I did learn how to kill it though, right click on the icon and select Stop Server.

You’re ready to launch the client viewer application now, in this case I used VNCDimension again on the Mac, but you can use a PC to do the same thing. When I launched the client software, I selected new connection, typed in the IP address of the PC, selected OK and it asked me for a password and shazam! there was XP on my Mac. I’m going to use this to test my website on Windows from now on.

Hope this tutorial helped you get a little more clarity on how this works, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at allison@podfeet.com.

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