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HD DIY – How to Render 1080P HD Videos!

With my recent purchase of the new Canon 7D, I have been rendering HD videos for days on my old XP computer.  Well, it turns out rendering is completely useless for HD movies longer than like 10 minutes.

If your computer freezes while rendering using programs like Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premier, it’s probably your computer hardware.

You will want to use 64-bit versions of any video editing software in order to render videos faster and in reasonable time.

Plus, Windows XP only supports upto 4GB of memory (and for some AMD processors even less).  Even with a 4GB

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LED Hack – How to Make (Google)Voice Activated LED Signs!

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video://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiYYJ5WMG6I

Here’s a really cool hack that uses GoogleVoice to translate voice into words and to his LED sign.  This should save a lot of time anytime you want to change the message on your LED sign.  Brilliant!

I made the LED sign following instructions from this tutorial on Nerdkits.com.  The hardware is some LED’s, a nerdkit, a piece of cardboard and a bit of wire that I got from some Cat 5 cable laying around.  I cut out the cardboard and printed a g

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Webcam DIY – How to Make a DIY Webcam-Based Laser Distance Finder!

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Check out this great DIY that shows you how to make a DIY webcam-based laser distance finder.  This is great for implementing distance-sensing projects along with a live webcam.

The author also included some Visual Basic code you can use to implement on a Windows-based program.  I am sure you can easily hack the code to use elsewhere with other projects out there.

Miniature robotic rotorcraft for example can carry about 100g of payload. It is possible to perform mac

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Windows 7 Upgrades Available Now

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For those of you who have read the Top 10 reasons why XP will be around longer and still want to fiddle with Windows 7, you can as Windows 7 upgrades are now officially available:

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USB Encryption DIY – How to Encrypt Your USB Flash Drive for Free Using Open Source TrueCrypt!

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My blogger friend over at GetUSB.info has a great article on the difference between USB Copy Protection vs. USB Encryption technology.  A lot of people might get confused by USB flash drive companies who try to market copy protection as encryption.  Well, don’t get this wrong as it could be very costly for your classified information.

Greg also mentions TrueCrypt, a free open-source encryption software you can use to secure your USB flash drive.

In short; USB copy protection secures a file or set of files so they

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Documents DIY – How to Convert Your Scanned Documents for FREE using OCR!

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Most scanners comes with an OCR(Optical Character Recognition) software that will convert your scanned documents into text.  Of course, if you happened to scan a document somewhere sometime but wanted to quickly convert it to digitized text, you might want to learn that there’s a FREE OCR conversion site called Free-OCR.com.

In a test conducted by Lifehacker, this OCR was just as effective as a commercial OCR software:

The rate of errors and quirks in

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LightBox for Simple DIY Photo Touch-Ups!

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If you are not too computer-literate on Photoshop and similar photo-editing tools, you might be happy to learn that there’s a program called LightBox that will let you just do all that good stuff without knowing any Photoshop skills.

This just seems like the perfect software my mom would love, she is still using Photoshop skills I taught her 10 years ago.

How user friendly is LightBox? When you run the program you’re presented with a sidebar of common tasks like color balancing and red-eye removal. Mousi

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iPhone Hack – How to Use your iPhone as a Remote Mouse and Keyboard!

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Here’s a cool $6 iPhone app that will let your iPhone act as a remote mouse and keyboard for your computer.  What I like most about this is the remote mouse, it’s like having a wireless motion-sensing mouse, great for those of you with trouble even getting out of your bed.  Would love to see this end up as an actual consumer product some day soon.  (

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PicLens Hack – How to View Google Images Like an iPhone!

video://www.metacafe.com/watch/2737152/how_to_use_piclens_firefox_plugin_to_view_images_in_a_flash/

Here’s a cool video explaining how to use the Firefox PicLens plugin to view google images like on the iPhone.

Boy, my sentences are getting real short today, probably because I just got back on my super fast computer from my super slow netbook.

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Blog DIY – How to Use GooseGrade to Fix Your Blog Post Grammer and Spelling!

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GooseGrade one of those friendly companies I talk to at the Web 2.0 Expo this year.  It’s a social networking site where people can submit their grammatical/spelling errors to be corrected by members of GooseGrade, who also earn status based on their previous corrections.

(You can read about exactly what the site is about by reading previous reviews from TechCrunch and

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