tools/tips

Convert text to mp3

Hearwho.com is a free online service which converts text (type it in or copy + paste) to a downloadable audio mp3. Choices include: male or female voice, English or Spanish language, and then a couple of choices for quality. I’m not sure how well it works with a large chunk of scientific or medical text, but still an interesting project.http://www.hearwho.com/ —-Very cool!

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Jpgs, Gifs, Pngs – what is best for screenshots?

Uh-oh, I sometimes take the easy way out (i.e., use whatever format is supported by the software I have in front of me)… Text & Clipart — GIF or PNG formatScreenshots from Window — PNG formatVideo & Photographs screenshots — JPG format The article explains it more and also includes images comparing quality. http://www.labnol.org/software/tutorials/best-file-format-for-screenshot-images/3917/

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Little excel tips: display no value for zero, automatically add date

So, you’re totalling a formula up (such as a sum) and you do not want the value to display as 0 (i.e., zero). In my case, some people will use the spreadsheet online, while others will print it out. For those who print it, I want the total column to appear blank (but it is not!) so that they can manually print in their calculations ...

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Downloading a video from youtube

From the google blog: Until now, you could only get FLV files from your browser’s cache or using one of the many websites that let you download YouTube videos. In fact, to download the MP4 files, you need to use the same URL like for FLV files and append “&fmt=18”: http://www.youtube.com/get_video?video_id=ID&t=SIGNATURE&fmt=18 ID is the video’s identification value, SIGNATURE is a value that prevents you from ...

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Converting apple keynote to powerpoint (4:3 ratio to 16:9)

This is a much abbreviated version from an email: Convert 4:3 powerpoint presentations to 16:9 (wide-screen)Keynote (apple) can resolve this problem. 1) Open the original presentation in Apple keynote.2) Open the inspector, choose document >slide size Choose the new size 3) Export the new presentation from Keynote to Powerpoint. Workaround from Microsoft:http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/HA011420901033.aspx

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Posting to multiple blogs using Live Writer (How to)

Live Writer is a desktop application from Microsoft that allows the user to easily post to Microsoft Live Spaces, Blogger, wordpress, and other blog software (either hosted or on your own server). The WYSIWYG tool is amazingly easy to setup and use and posting to multiple blogs is a snap. Learn more about Livewriter here (and download it, too!) So, here’s my quick how-to: On ...

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How to add a comments list in blogger

So, one little nifty (?) blogger trick is to include a quick way to see comments without logging in. Of course, this means everyone can see them, too. 😉 I had to search around a bit to find the feed for the comments, so I thought I’d post it a hopefully easy place: All comments:http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default Per post comments:http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/IDOFPOST/default Okay, so let’s do the ‘all comments’. ...

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