Archive for ‘April, 2009’
Posted on 13:11, April 30th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Looks like I’ve been neglecting Windows apps for a while. So here is a neat free (donationware) application……Marxio Timer . It’s a “simple” timer program that can pretty much do anything a user does on a pre-programmed timer loop. You can set Marxio Timer to perform a preset action or set it to execute an application or keystrokes of your choice. You can specify a time or have it perform the action after a recurrent event like your computer idling or when CPU usage reaches a certain percentage. Marxio Timer has password protection and will even take a screenshot at the moment if you need to document it. One of the handier features is the ability to save your settings, a big time saver if you’ve created a number of elaborate timers and actions.
Posted on 12:23, April 30th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Hot on the heels of cometdocs and it’s free document conversion webservice comes Gantter. If you’ve ever used Microsoft Project, you’ll feel right at home here. You can think of it as a web-based Microsoft Project. It helps you to:
Just like in MS Project you start by adding tasks, setting dependencies between them (Finish-to-Start, Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Finish, Start-to-Start), indenting them to create summary tasks. Then you add resources, modify their calendars if necessary, assign resources to tasks.
Gantter also supports more advanced features:
Posted on 12:12, April 30th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Well just came back from NAB’09 in Vegas. NAB was a bit thinly attended this year (I hear ~85,0000 people, as opposed to close to 200,000 in previous years). Had lots of time to browse the entire show floor. Lots of neat little booths and an entire section for experimental media in North Hall which was kinda cool. Anyways, in catching up with the feeds, today I came across cometdocs . It’s a free document conversion web service. Its unique features include on the fly OCR conversion capabilities, over 50 different conversion options and proprietary XPS and PDF conversion abilities that retains formatting, images and text in the selected output format.
A List of Online Conversion Types:
Convert from PDF:
Convert to PDF:
Convert from XPS:
Other File Conversions:
So head on over to cometdocs for some conversion goodness…….
Posted on 21:29, April 11th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Okay so the title is long….but now you know what’s coming….right? TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) visited The Carlu courtesy of Jenn. We were group number four and there was 15 of us. The Carlu , for those of you who don’t know, is the new name given to the 7th floor of Eaton’s College Street store. An Art Moderne masterpiece, the Eaton’s Seventh Floor was at the heart of Toronto’s cultural life for many years. The Auditorium played host to the major performers of its day, including Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra. The first performance of the National Ballet of Canada was on the stage of the Eaton Auditorium. Canada’s own Glenn Gould, fond of the Auditorium’s excellent acoustics, used the hall for a number of his recordings. I’m get to go back again this Wednesday to do some gigapixel images of the space. Should be fun. The complete set is on flickr .
Today, the TSG (Toronto Strobist Group) met at Ryerson. We decided to take the gig outside and do some outdoor shoots with strobes. I decided to use my Canon G9 (instead of the usual 5D), so that I could take advantage of its electronic shutter and get a higher flash sync speed. This helps with (literally) turning down the sun light during the day. You can get some nice effects with this (using Sun light as fill light). Below are a couple of examples. As usual the complete set is on flickr here .
Well, I guess we all better thank Steve Wozniak…..I wonder what their idea of a portable computer would have looked like? I wonder what the steering wheel is for? The MOUSE?