• March 6, 2012 /  Dropbox, Tools, Ubuntu One

    Dropbox and Ubuntu One are just two examples of cloud storage services. Their main feature is the ability to sync your files once on one computer and have your files synced and available in any of your other computers. It’s a wonderful concept. You can work on a file at the office and when you get home it’s there for you to continue working on if you choose to, and vice versa. Or say you bring your laptop on a safari and your laptop takes a dive. You’ll be happy to know that your files are safe and dry in the cloud.

    The Dropbox video also included the iPhone and Android phones. So you’ll never leave home without your precious files. Except that there’s one problem. The Dropbox app DOESN”T ACTUALLY DO ANY SYNCING! (If you want to sync files, you have to first download the file manually with the app, then mark it as your favorite. You have to do this for EVERY FILE) Forget that safari. When you fall into a watering hole with your smartphone, say goodbye to your files unless you remembered to manually upload your files back into the cloud in the 2 seconds before you hit the water.

    For the longest time, Dropbox users have been wondering about the retarded reason why this feature isn’t available. Well the developers at Ubuntu One (as well as this author) calls that bulls**t, and if all goes well, the Ubuntu One app will have mobile syncing in a couple of months time. We all know that your smartphone is perfectly capable of syncing, and a lot of other users out there think so too!

    Whether or not Dropbox decides to play catchup, or if this Ubuntu One feature ever really materializes is something to look out for. It’s a bit too late for me though, I’ve already transferred to Ubuntu One’s 5GB storage. I’m sure if I had recommended Dropbox well enough, they’d give me even more space, but without mobile syncing, it’s just not for me.

    If you want to try them out, go visit these links:



  • January 25, 2012 /  OpenShot, Tutorials and Guides, Ubuntu

    timelapsed downtown torontoLast time, I taught you how to create a time-lapse video using FFMPEG and the Terminal or (GIMP for animated GIFs) in Ubuntu Linux. But not many people are comfortable using the command line. I for one certainly made that post so that I wouldn’t forget how!

    This time around, I have a simpler, easier solution that won’t get your shutter fingers dirty using OpenShot Video Editor.

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  • April 13, 2011 /  Movies and Animation, Tools, Ubuntu

    So I installed WinFF the other day from the repository. I’ve used WinFF before and it’s a great cross-platform FFMPEG frontend for converting and transcoding videos and audios.

    When WinFF is all set up, it works like a charm. However when installing it for the first time, or in my case setting it up again after a long period of time, problems revolving around codecs usually come up.

    The problem isn’t particularly difficult, it’s just frustrating. Read the rest of this entry »

  • March 25, 2011 /  Tech Stuff, Tools, Wii

    There are already several tutorials out there on the ‘net on how to make an IR LED pen. Some ranging from simple hacks to full-blown manufacturing. The problem with the simple hacks, though, is that they are clunky, unwieldy, or unsightly (like this one, really cheap to make, but uses tape to keep it together!!!). And anything more complex than that was just too much hard work. The closest thing I found was an IR flashlight tutorial, but it uses a MagLite, which is a bit more expensive than necessary, and a flashlight is unidirectional which will limit it’s use. Plus, you’ll also need to bring out your drill. Nope, not simple enough.

    So I got my brains out of the drawer, dusted it off, and started using it a bit, and thought up of a cheap, simple, and really easy-to-do but very elegant solution! The philosophy behind it? Don’t reinvent the wheel. Read the rest of this entry »

  • March 15, 2011 /  Geeking Out, Tools

    Just geeking out:
    I need a Teensy++ 2.0 Board. Imagine the DIY hacking possibilities! Motion controlled light switches, colorful yet mindless LED displays, mobile robot controllers, console hacks, the possibilities are mind-numbing!

    If you guys want to buy me one, you can buy it from the PJRC Store. Just send me a PM via our Facebook page or in the comments (be sure to leave your email address so I can tell you where to send it).:D

    Thank you very much in advance!

  • January 22, 2010 /  Tools, Tutorials and Guides, Wifi

    What would you do if you were in the middle of the desert and you needed to access Google Maps or read some email or YM your boss (I said “what if”, just play along.:P ). Just to make matters worse, you haven’t installed the drivers and software of your phone on your Windows box and (gasp!) you didn’t bring along the driver disc! Well, if you were running Ubuntu, this wouldn’t be a problem. Ubuntu Karmic Koala enables you to connect your phone quickly and easily, no drivers needed. I tested this on Karmic Koala with a Sony Ericsson G502, but the steps should be the same for most phones.

    Here are the steps to quickly connect your phone to the internet.

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  • April 3, 2009 /  Lifestyle, Photography, Tools
    Editing Project Victory with Blender

    Editing Project Victory with Blender

    After 9 months in the making, Project Victory is finally completed! It tooks us 6 months to shoot, spread over 2 countries in 6 different locations, and 3 months of post-processing the images building the three collages and getting everyone’s approval, editing and re-editing the video, implementing new ideas, and having fun all the way.

    You can watch the video over at the Project Victory website.

    Project Victory was a photo project that my batchmates did over the last couple of months, and we recorded most of everything that happened along the way. It was created with a mix of open-source and closed-source software in Ubuntu, using BibblePro for RAW conversion, GIMP for some graphics and editing, and Blender for the 3D scenes and the video sequence editing. Read more at the Project Victory website.

  • November 5, 2008 /  Lifestyle, Photography, Tools

    I was in the market for a new bag to hold my suddenly increasing gear. If ever you’ve tried traveling by plane, you’ll know how difficult it is to lug your gear around in your backpack. It’s heavy enough to break your back. And checking them in isn’t always an option because it’ll surely bring your luggage to the weight limit.

    Enter the airport-friendly bags for the modern photographer. There were several brands that I was choosing from: Pelican 1514, Lowepro ProRoller Mini, ThinkTank Airport Security and a cheap Nikon rolling backpack that I found in one of the stores, among others. All of these choices offered two things I was looking for:

    1. Easy to lug around; can’t get any easier than wheels
    2. I can bring at as carry-on luggage
    3. Price vs. quality and features

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  • Breaking Barriers

    Breaking Barriers

    Do you tire of reformatting your computer so that it can be set up with the prescribed environment determined by your superior or client? How about the hassle of making sure that there is a backup copy of your past project? Is quality assurance testing a pain because you have to reset your environment over and over again?

    Well I did tire of that hassle. And I also tired of having to run my computer on a specific OS, just because that was what the task prescribed. So I went out and used a few proven tools to remedy the situation, which will be what this guide will be all about.

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  • June 16, 2008 /  Lifestyle, Tools, Ubuntu

    It’s now been over 2 weeks since Project Peach’s Big Buck Bunny opened in theaters last May 30, or at least in home theaters. So if you haven’t seen it yet, now would be a good time to head on over to the Big Buck Bunny website and download a copy. If you’re still downloading pirated movies, here’s a breath of fresh air: this short movie is given to you completely free of charge.

    Big Buck Bunny is the story of a large, but kind rabbit who is bullied by three naughty rodents. Finally, Big Buck Bunny decides to fight back, and…well you’ll have to see it for yourself. The visuals are breath-taking, from the tall grass blowing in the wind, to the stream reflecting off sunlight, to the cute and cuddly creatures. Read the rest of this entry »