20/01/2017

Buurp...


The Vet. doctor who owns him says he's obese, not surprising, he pinches dog food at the vet

13/01/2017

Creating a multimedia clip using Open Source software


Firstly, a slideshow was created using LibreOffice Impress. Next, the Slide Transition tool was configured to advance a slide every 2 seconds under 'Advance Slide'. When completed, a .odp file got created.


Secondly, a screen recorder was needed to convert the .odp file into a .mp4 file. Since I use Ubuntu 16.04, I looked up YouTube and came up with the above clip which I am indebted to. Only 3 lines of script were required to install a screen recorder where I copied and paste onto the 'Terminal'. When completed, the Simple Screen Recorder (SSR) icon appeared in the sidebar.

Thirdly, the SSR was configured to conver the .odp file as follows:


Untick Record cursor 
Determine destination file
Select Starting recording then activate the slideshow under LibreOffice Impress
Close LibreOffice when presentation ends then select Save recording. A .mp4 file got created
Fourthly, a .mp3 audio file was merged with that .mp4 file to create a .mov file. During the process, both files were imported into OpenShot Video Editor. Next, the excess ends at the front and rear of the .mp4 were snipped away using the Scissors and Arrow tool. Both files were then exported to become a .mov file as follows:


Drag .mp4 file to track 1


Drag .mp3 file to track 2
Excess end identified
Right click arrow of unwanted area then select Remove clip

Repeat process for rear end of .mp4 file
Select Red Recording button to export video then configure for web
.mov file created
Finally, the .mov file is converted as a .mp4 file as this makes it compatible with other internet services like YouTube. Steps are as follows:

Add the .mp4 file under File Selection
Determine the destination file
.mp4 file created
You can now confidently upload that .mp4 file onto YouTube.

09/01/2017

The most effective cure for sore throat



I am in the midst of recovering from sore throat and I took the advice of a friend who frequently suffers from sore throat and found the remedy fantastically effective. The solution? Chew on raw ginger at least every four hours. My sore throat cleared within a day, effectively 1 1/2 days because I started chewing ginger since the second day. However, I still needed antibiotics to clear my throat as I know I have a sensitive throat ever since I was young. I cut the ginger by the lump they grow and that also makes it easy to peel the skin. If that portion is big, I cut it down about the size of a 10 cent coin. It is the juice that is the secret and the effect is instant. I throw away the fiber but would have eaten it if rice was around coz that is excellent roughage. Of course had the sore throat been more swollen, it would take slightly longer time but constant chewing on ginger would be the key to fast recovery. Oh yes, don't drink after you chew ginger, the juice needs to linger around the sore throat.

07/01/2017

Brother Printer Configuration for Ubuntu








During the early days, I could not afford a HP printer although I knew they had Ubuntu OS compatible drivers. I surfed and found out from their website that Brother actually had a strong Linux-Ubuntu base and eventually went on to buy a Brother mono laser printer. I still remember then when I called them up, the Malaysian Brother Support Centre knew nothing about Brother printer being compatible with Linux let alone Ubuntu ( I won't be surprised if they even know about that now). However, when I spoke to Brother Japan, they guided me over the phone for 4 days asking me to print out my printer configuration, email it to them and when I called them again, they taught me step-by-step to configure the printer until it worked. That, I take my hats off to them. Lately, Brother web site has beefed up their download files and things have been much easier. 

Windows-Ubuntu Duat Boot Installation





When I install the operating system for dual boot configuration I always choose the 'Something Else' option as it has more control than the default setting. If the default setting is used, Ubuntu can be successfully installed but Windows grub loader or Boot Manager overides Ubuntu's grub loader and in the end, the OS selector option never appears upon boot up. Thus, one of the most critical step in dual boot installation that involves Windows and Ubuntu operating system is the location of the Windows Boot Manager. It needs to have its separate partition and as can be seen here. Windows (NTFS) operating system has been allocated in a separate partition from Ubuntu  operating system. I prefer the Long Term Support (LTS) version because experience has shown me that it is the more stable version than the latest cutting edge version. Ubuntu requires me to identify the mount point of which I place it in the same partition as the Ubuntu operating system. Other than that, there is nothing much to do except immediately upon boot up, I make it a point to update Ubuntu operating system so that it will be tip-top.

06/01/2017

Audacity

Select the mp3

Input

Click anywhere near the audio band to start part of mp3 to delete

Drag to right to highlight then press delete button on keyboard

Output


Just click OK

Save as mp3 file
Need to do some mp3 editing? Audacity is really simply and free, of course you need to use Open Source software like me where my computer operating system is Ubuntu and Audacity is a free app I downloaded. See the above images

Installing Arial font into LibreOffice Writer


Output

The default LibreOffice Writer does not have Microsoft Arial font install as this is a proprietary software but it can be freely obtained. There is a msfontcore installer at Ubuntu Software Center but somehow it was not compatible with my Ubuntu Version and could not be installed. Mikhail gave me a zip copy of the Microsoft fonts and I extracted it into my computer. As Arial Regular font type is needed by wifey for her daily work, I selected that file, double-click the icon and clicked the install button on the upper right hand corner. The Arial font now appears in LibreOffice Writer

Youtube-mp3

The site

HIghlight and copy link

Copy and paste link to box

Download when conversion completed

Output
From time to time, I like to download some mp3 music from Youtube and I found the Youtube-mp3 app. to be the simplest and most effective. The above printscreen shows how I convert and downloaded Peter Green's Black Magic Woman i.e. the original 'Black Magic Woman' song before Santana made it famous.

05/01/2017

GIMP Image Editor


I use the GIMP Image Editor to edit my images be they photos, printscreens, downloads etc. It is more powerful than one can image and for something that is free, this is fantastic! However, I always forget some of the key function so this is ONE of my reminders:
  1. Under Menu Bar/Edit/Preference, it is good to customise the Toolbox and Tool Options;
  2. Click on the left box to change the FOREGROUND colour on the canvas;
  3. Click on the right block to change the BACKGROUND colour of the canvas;
  4. Double-click on that box to activate the palette;
  5. Double-click on the pencil to activate tool option e.g. changing hardness to 100, size to 2 etc;
  6. Tick SMOOTH STROKE to make stroke more natural;
  7. To create a colour box, use Toolbox/Rectangular Select tool: Create outline/Move to appropriate location/Rightclick mouse on rectangle/Edit/Fill with FG colour (but first, set the preferred colour for the FG colour)
  8. To create a box, use Toolbox/Rectangular Select tool: Create outline/Move to appropriate location/Rightclick mouse on rectangle/Edit/Stroke Selction/Select/Sharpen/Click outside box
  9. The closest to creating a definitely straight line is to make a thin horizontal box



04/01/2017

Countries I have visited...so far


When I was studying abroad, I used to collect the Coat of Arms badges from countries I visited and sew them onto a mechanic's tool bag I used as my regular bag to attend classes. Technology has changed and we adapt so I now collect them digitally over the internet. It's more convenient and cheaper than buying them. Most of the countries I "conquered" were during a summer holiday when I joined my course-mate on his Ford Transit van to visit his granny in Spain. We covered 15 countries in 2 months taking the old beaten road rather than the super highway because we wanted to see the real countryside. We moved when we wanted and stopped whenever we felt like it but because of that, usually reached formal camp sites late (they close by 10:30pm) and ended up sleeping in the van where my friend had modified the rear seat to allow it also to function as a bed though I preferred to sleep in the front because it was cooler during the nights. Other countries covered were usually on government service. We accepted a definition of having traveled to a foreign country as "to have at least step outside the fence of an airport or port of call".