Convert Your Favorite Videos From YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo, and Clipfish to MP3, MP4 And More…

August 27, 2014

Looking for a way to convert your favorite music videos to MP3? Look no further…  I have been on the hunt for an online YouTube video to MP3 converter and found quite a few; HOWEVER, I finally settled with a FREE service called convert2mp3.net – Online Video Converter. This service is cloud based, which means everything can be done to make the conversion by using your web browser, which means “no software to install”. I think the things that impressed me the most with convert2mp3.net is the built in search component, how fast the conversion takes place and that the end result of the conversion is excellent; PLUS, unlike many of the other services I tried, there are no surprise pop-up ad pages (that looked pretty shady to me).

 

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Search for a video on YouTubeDailymotionVevo or Clipfish and copy & paste the link (URL) of the video in the first box, select the file type and press “convert”. Alternatively you can search for a Youtube video directly. Just enter the video title in the second form and press “search”


Google Cloud Print – Make Your Home And Work Printers Available To You From Anywhere

August 27, 2014

If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.

Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.

cloud printerConnect a Cloud Ready printer

If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.

classic printerConnect a classic printer

 To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.

If you are like me, you most likely have a classic printer. The instructions to install a classic printer is as follows:

Once Google Chrome is installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.

  1. Turn your printer on.
  2. Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
  3. Open Google Chrome.
  4. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  5. Select Settings.
  6. Click Show advanced settings.
  7. Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
  8. If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.

Google Chrome MP3 Player App – Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player)

August 26, 2014

Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players.

Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player), that appears to be VERY NEW at the Google Chrome Store. What is unique about TTWR player is that does not pull music from the cloud (the internet); instead, it pulls the music from your local drive(s) using a web Google Chrome browser based user interface. The interface is minimalistic and easy to navigate. Simply browse for a music folder on your computer and TTWRP will begin playing your music. You can do a song loop, a song list loop or song list shuffle. Pretty cool idea for a browser based player that ultimately makes playing your locally stored music an easy task. I am interested in seeing this app being developed further and feel this is a definite plus for people who have Google Chromebooks (click here to see a Chromebook). Again, this appears to be a very new app (so expect a glitch or two).

TTWR player


Youtify – A Minimalistic Web Music Player

August 25, 2014

A recent post, I featured an online (cloud based) music player, called YouZeek, that streams music from YouTube. After posting this article, I started looking around to see if there were any other online YouTube music players and came across Youtify.

Youtify

It will be a matter of preference on whether to use YouZeek or Youtify. What I found is that YouZeek uses a more featured rich interface; whereas Youtify uses a more minimalistic interface or approach. I sort of liked the idea that I could easily navigate Youtify.

With Youtify you can stream music from YouTube, SoundCloud, and Official.fm… You can easily setup songs to play in a queue or playlist and can go full screen to watch a corresponding YouTube music video. It appears Youtify is designed only to be played from a browser and does not feature interfaces for other app platforms (such as Android and Apple).

About Youtify

Youtify was created by Per Thulin and Karl Tannergård and was launched on May 8, 2011. Youtify works as a skin for YouTube, SoundCloud and Official.fm, allowing for fast and easy search among music from international superstars as well as independent artists. With the integrated support for Flattr microdonations, Youtify has a unique way for fans to support artists.

If you know of any other online (cloud based) YouTube music players, I would be real interested in hearing about it…


Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)

August 23, 2014

Create Online Music Playlists And Share Them With Your Friends (Without Breaking Any Laws???)… That is what YOUZEEK is claiming on their “About” page.

YOUZEEK is a FREE online (cloud based) music application. With YOUZEEK, you can play music, discover or re-discover artists and bands, find music by country and by genre. According to their “About” page, YOUZEEK and its users, keep it legal, by not storing any copyrighted content and relies on legal sources such as YouTube.

YOUZEEK

I am still learning to navigate the YOUZEEK site, and do have some unanswered questions; however, what I am seeing is awesome (like making selections, creating playlists, watching the corresponding music videos, a music room to instantly share music with others, etc…). To get full benefit of YOUZEEK, it is best to set up an account (which is FREE).

YOUZEEK is available through your web browser (at youzeek.com); available as a Google Chrome App; and, available as an app on the following mobile platforms (Android, Amazon Kindle Fire, Apple iPhone, and Apple iPad).



How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard

July 30, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard – I always like sharing personal experiences here on the blog to show that I don’t pull these things out of thin air. Recently I was generating a report where I was typing out weather conditions (such as outside temperature). As I continued doing this I would always type out the word “degree” for the temperature (i.e. 90 degrees). It was at that point I started wondering if there is a way to generate the degree symbol from the keyboard?

If you look at your keyboard you will not visually find the symbol or character reference for the “degree symbol.  What you have to do is use what is called “ALT CODES”…

If you hold down the Alt key and on the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard, type 0176, or Alt+ 248, then when you release the Alt Key, a ° should be there.

If you are interested in learning some more ALT CODES, click on the ALT CODES REFERENCE SHEET below.

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