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).
Search for a video on YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo 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”
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 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.
Connect a Cloud Ready printer
If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.
Connect 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.
- Turn your printer on.
- Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
- If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.
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).
August 26, 2014
SSD (Solid State Drive) – Have no moving (mechanical) components. This distinguishes them from traditional electromechanical magnetic disks such as hard disk drives (HDDs) or floppy disks, which contain spinning disks and movable read/write heads.Compared with electromechanical disks, SSDs are typically more resistant to physical shock, run silently, have lower access time, and less latency.
Now that we have the definition SSD out of the way, make sure you read the article at “How To Geek” on “It’s Time Why You Need to Upgrade to an SSD Right Now“.
It’s time to upgrade to an SSD if you’re still using a mechanical hard drive in your computer. An SSD is the single biggest upgrade you can give your computer, and prices have come down dramatically… READ MORE @ How To Geek
August 25, 2014
Everyday I become more enchanted with technology and what is out there (NOW) for our use. I came across a really neat product from SanDisk called the SanDisk Connect, that if I described it in one line, it would be something like this — “The SanDisk Connect Is A Flash Drive On Steroids”…
This drive is like no other flash drive. With the SanDisk Connect you can wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers. If you are looking to upgrade to another flash drive, I would definitely take a look at one of these [CLICK HERE]. The cost is more than a typical flash drive; however, the capability here outweighs the cost. Great customer reviews, as well.
- Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi
- No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices
- Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge
- Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices
- Access with internet browser, compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled devices
- Charging and accessing with USB 2.0 connection interface or higher
- Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption
August 25, 2014
Computer How To Guide (one of my favorite sites) posted an article “Play Online Slots for Fun at WebSlotCasino.com” that caught my attention. I am not necessarily into gambling or slot machines; but, what fascinated me is the graphical user interface that has been built into these online virtual slot machines.
Webslotcasino.com is one of the most popular online sites that offers users a free portal to play slot machines. Users can simply play the slots for fun and it’s free of charge. If you’re tired of playing the same old social media games such as Zynga, Angry Birds, or Candy Crush, online slot machines offer a unique change of pace. It also offers users an opportunity to play games on a normal computer if they’re also bored with console gaming systems. Free slots offer the fun of playing, without costing users any money and without risking any money either… READ MORE @ Computer How To Guide
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.
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).
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…