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Video Tutorial – How to create a DVD slideshow (and more)

If you have photographs you would like to share with friends and family, one of the nicest ways to do that is to create a slideshow, and then “burn” that slideshow to disc. There are easy ways to create cool, “Ken Burns” style slideshows, add music to it, etc., and today I have a Microsoft video tutorial for how to do that using Windows Movie Maker.

Also, friend and fellow tech blogger Rick Robinette posted a(nother) good article today: A Nice Google Chrome Extension to Convert Any Video from YouTube to High Quality MP4, FLV or MP3 for FREE

One of the rewards to maintaining a tech blog that has a strong emphasis toward reviewing (and testing) FREE software, is when a reader contacts you and points you in the direction of something that is good. The reader in this case, as a result of reading the past article, “Keep An Eye On This […]” Read more..

Folks.. a little non-tech for a moment, if you’ll humor me..
Yesterday, when I was out and about, tackling life’s To Do’s, I witnessed – hang on to your seat – a person stop what they were doing, and go over, and lend a hand to a stranger. (The details are unimportant, and it only took them under two minutes..) And I realized it had been too long since I had performed a “random act of kindness”.. I plan to rectify that mucho muy mas pronto.

Today’s quote:Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~ Arthur C. Clarke

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January 24, 2012 - Posted by | advice, computers, how to | , , , , , , , ,


  1. Re: Movie Maker excellent Vid! I do not make movies, but I know many who does photography in a big way…they also make movies… so I will pass this on to them.


    Comment by Gaia | January 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am not a big “photo sharer” either, but these skills can be valuable and, for those who create “travelogues”, vital.
      It is kinda fun to play around with.. and you don’t have to burn your “project” to disc..


      Comment by techpaul | January 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Nice video. I let the hubby play with that stuff, since he won’t learn the other stuff. :)

    Everyone should do one “Random act of kindness” a day. It should be made into an international law.


    Comment by delenn13 | January 24, 2012 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      A long time ago now, an interesting guy (Edmund Burke) said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

      While he was (probably) thinking of larger circumstances than a small “random act of kindness”, I think the principle applies.. and at the least, shows where you stand.

      .. mandatory random.. love it!


      Comment by techpaul | January 24, 2012 | Reply

  3. …”a person stopped what they were doing to lend a hand to a stranger.” Yes Paul, it’s always nice to see someone help a person in need. A Random Act Of Kindness… “melts the heart…reminding us of our own humanity.”

    The Random Act of Kindness has been a celebration in Alberta, Canada, since the 90’s… I think it is celebrated in Feb. every year. It was/is not only celebrated on the streets, with “being kind to someone” it was also celebrated in the retail stores… with signs in store windows reminding us of the importance of being kind. Some stores even offered a refreshment as you enter the store…which was a nice experience!

    British Columbia, Canada…also has a Network Association, as for our other provinces, I’m not sure if they celebrate the occasion…but the ripple of kindness HAS expanded Internationally.

    Please read more here…


    Comment by Gaia | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  4. In Addition To My Earlier Comment On Random Acts Of Kindness:

    There is cities in Ontario who celebrate the occasion.
    …to my pleasant surprise there’s the Niagara Community Foundation…they celebrated the day on November 4, 2011.


    Comment by Gaia | January 25, 2012 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am not sure how I feel about that..

      While on the one hand, I am “all for” reminding people they should be nice to each other (aka “the golden rule”), on the other I am pretty disgusted/disappointed that it needs to be done at all.
      But I guess it does, so.. hooray? No. I mean, hooray!


      Comment by techpaul | January 25, 2012 | Reply

  5. Paul…I am with you on that…Human Kindness…’be nice to each other… should not have to be taught”…


    Comment by Gaia | January 25, 2012 | Reply

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