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|
|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|
|Add the .mp4 file under File Selection|
|Determine the destination file|
|.mp4 file created|
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.
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.
|Select the mp3|
|Click anywhere near the audio band to start part of mp3 to delete|
|Drag to right to highlight then press delete button on keyboard|
|Just click OK|
|Save as mp3 file|
|HIghlight and copy link|
|Copy and paste link to box|
|Download when conversion completed|
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:
- Under Menu Bar/Edit/Preference, it is good to customise the Toolbox and Tool Options;
- Click on the left box to change the FOREGROUND colour on the canvas;
- Click on the right block to change the BACKGROUND colour of the canvas;
- Double-click on that box to activate the palette;
- Double-click on the pencil to activate tool option e.g. changing hardness to 100, size to 2 etc;
- Tick SMOOTH STROKE to make stroke more natural;
- 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)
- 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
- The closest to creating a definitely straight line is to make a thin horizontal box
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".