Demo of a SlideShow on a Mobile Phone

If you had to demonstrate how a slideshow looks on a smartphone to someone who does not have a smartphone, how would you do it?
I’m sure I have another way to do this, but this is what came to mind first, so, here it is!

Trying Something New With YouTube

Laura Roeder (of LKR Social Media) says: “If you want an easy way to share a video message/instruction with your team or clients, go into youtube, record from webcam, mark as unlisted. Done and done!”

Let’s see. I need a shave and a haircut, but I’ve put on a nice shirt and… “Action!”

OK, it took a bit of poking around and verification of things before YouTube would work with me. Then, I was taken to Google+ Hangouts On Air, to record a session. I’m still not clear on how it will look here.
_____________Cut. _______ That’s a wrap! _______
You get to be the star and the director in this exercise.

Well! That turned out to be pretty easy. Now I see the need for lighting adjustments and setting the stage. Next time, I’ll do something useful with this and actually demonstrate some “how to” thing on my computer. That will require a bit more planning, prior to sharing my desktop! I just love that play button right on my nose!

New Challenges, New Skills

After recently learning how to download all of my Facebook history in one large zip file, I’m now challenged to work with the text of the timeline to set it up in Excel with two columns; one for the date and time, and one for the text, with photos that comprise each post.

Seems it might make a nice start to a brief part of the history in someone’s autobiography. It’s not for me, of course, I’m already writing mine as it happens on multiple blogs. What makes me happy is the writing, so collecting it and reprocessing it for a larger purpose may be a project for later in life. Right now, I’m just doing my best to live in, “The Spectacular Now.”

That’s a title to a current movie, in case you were wondering. Check my personal blog at brianrouley.com for details.

That’s all for tonight. I’ll post the answer to that challenge as soon as I work through it. Which means, probably tomorrow you’ll have an answer.

Best Movie – Backup

Has it really been 3 months since my last rant about the importance of backup? Somebody is surely slipping. Be sure to read to the end on this one, as we put in a plug for a service you all should consider. It’s personal.

Watching CBS Sunday Morning, old Charley narrates a bit of history about the Oscar Winning Movie (the first Best Picture Oscar), “Wings”.

Having just tweeted this, for the purpose of citation, now I see I also get to provide a short link URL for you here: http://bit.ly/z9k3gr
Scroll to the end of page one for the problem (possible data loss).

My Tweet:
Now reading :  Remembering “Wings,” the 1st Best Picture : http://bit.ly/z9k3gr via @CBSNews – Best illustration of the importance of backup!

That’s 140 characters – count ’em, if you must. Word will do this for you. Click the Review tab, then in the Proofing group, choose Word Count. There’s a free lesson on MS Word for you – but it took me right off topic. Yes, this is another article about backup.

Near the end of the segment on the “Wings” movie, the discussion turns to finding the best copy of the movie. The studio searched everywhere for a good copy, because the one they had was deteriorating as “nitrate stock” film does. Use that link above and scroll to page two of the story to find the punch line.

Or, don’t – here it is. They (the studio) had made a backup copy of the film in the 1950’s. Do we really need to continue? Well, maybe we do.

Now I want to see that movie. But what I want more than that, for you, my dear reader, is to know that you have the foresight of a movie studio and you are backing up your precious data. Today, that may include video footage, music, words (a precious script, perhaps) and your memories in photographs. All of that data is analogous to the material that goes into making a great film. It also makes up the story of your life.

Wait, there’s more! You say you have photos, films, music, and material that is not in digital format on your computer? Eeeyikes! How will you preserve that? The most obvious solution; find someone who can do that conversion for you. My recommendation, Heirloom Productions and Gene Shaw. You could look it up, but here it is, the easy way: http://goo.gl/pF5uh

How do we get those short links? That’s a topic for another post. Keep coming back for more – right after you run your next data backup.

Brian Rouley
Rouzell Enterprises, Inc.
Mousehelp at Rouzell dot com.

Cemetery Junction

The description on the Netflix sleeve nearly talked me out of seeing this gem. In the space of about the first 10 minutes, you may find yourself hopelessly drawn into a pretty dreary picture of life in a small town. The characters are instantly recognizable as people you’ve known or may know and as quickly you know change is imminent.

Much of the story is easy to predict, but the way it unfolds, although at times approaching tediosity (yes, it is a word, obsolete as it may be), keeps you hoping for a brighter outcome. You are not disappointed, even if one of the characters does in the end leave you wanting. References to Elton John and the somewhat scant music reflecting the time makes it a pretty entertaining package. The last scene accented by Led Zeppelin is extremely satisfying.

Lessons learned; people who write descriptions of movies for Netflix sleeves should do a bit more to invite curiosity. And, sometimes you have to hang in there when things are going slow and even if this story is predictable to a large degree, it does not lack value. Also, sometimes you have to turn on the subtitles for an English film. If we hadn’t done so, we would have missed a lot of this movie.

We don’t do the thumbs version of movie reviews in my house. We sometimes say, “Nobody saw this movie. Too bad for them.” This was one of those times. It would pay you well to seek out this film and given the feel good finish, you’ll know you gained something by the experience.

In the inimitable style of Porky the Pig; inimi, inimi, inimi – that’s all folks!

BR

The Social Network

Not knowing how much you don’t know must make it easier to experience bliss. Now that I have seen the subject movie, somehow, I know a bit more about what I don’t know. So, I find myself just that much farther from a blissful state.

Imagine that this could happen to you…. Your significant other breaks up with you because you are an arrogant (insert profane derogatory term here) and you storm back to your dorm room to drink and write nasty things in your blog. This leads to the further mischief of writing computer code that becomes the basis for a billion dollar company. OK, now imagine zero. Now imagine infinity and beyond. It seems a little far-fetched, wouldn’t you say?

Maybe it happened that way. Maybe it didn’t. I heard that Bill Gates (also portrayed in this movie) at some point would not talk to you if you were not a technical minded person. He considered it a waste of time. How we got to this point with the Internet and how we got to the point where social networking is done through computer applications seems strange to me. The history of the creation of the Internet is somehow far more compelling than the story of Facebook – but I still liked the movie.

And now I know that I’ve used further and farther in the same blog post. So, that’s one more thing that I no longer don’t know. The difference is so subtle and so severe at the same time – something like a spelling error would point out the subtle difference between severe and sever – so I’ll cut it off here.

 Brian Rouley