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download videos from YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, and more! Music Meets Tech - helping musicians adopt technology to enhance their art and lifestyle December 19, 09 On December 18, 2007, we sent off the last check to pay off our Chase home equity loan. That marked the end of a 9 month journey and the last of our outstanding consumer/credit debt in the form of multiple credit cards, car loans, and the equity loan (which was supposed to "consolidate" a bunch of other loans like a flippin' shell game - HAH, NOT!), all of which totaled almost $55,000. Fine and well, but we still had our mortgage hanging over our heads. Being "Dave" fans, our favorite radio/podcast episodes are the Debt-Free Fridays, when callers get an opportunity to celebrate by screaming on the air, "WEEEE'RE DEEEEEBT FREEEEEEE!!" I'm still stunned and pinching myself to see if this is really happening to us - no debts? Faith and Imagination: more powerful than talent or income to get you out of debt and on your way to becoming wealthy. No Trackbacks | October 24, 09 Video streaming by Ustream Have fun! See you at the webinar!! September 25, 09 September 24, 09 May 14, 09

12 Screencasting Tools For Creating Video Tutorials Ever wondered how people show you so clearly what is happening on their computer, like in the Photoshop Video Tutorials we shared with you? Thanks to screencasting software, anyone can do it. So what's stopping you now from making your own how-to videos? Free AviScreen - As the name would imply, this capture program records the video into AVI files, but can also do BMP photos. CamStudio.org - An open source program for capturing your on-screen video and audio as AVI files. Copernicus - A free program for Macs that focuses heavily on making quick and speedy films by recording the video to your RAM for quicker access. JingProject.com - Beyond recording video, Jing allows you to take a picture of any portion fo your desktop, draw on it, add a message, and immediately upload your media to a free hosting account. Screencast-O-Matic.com - A Java-based screencasting tool that requires no downloads and will allow you to automatically upload to hosting. Commercial

How to Add Image as Blog Background - Blogger Templates & Tutorials | Blogger FAQs We can easily add a background image in a Blogger/Blogspot blog. To add an image as your blog background, first of all you need to do 3 things: 1- Select an image.2- Upload it.3- Add it to your blog HTML. 1- Select an Image This is a fairly simple thing, you can either chose an image wallpaper from your computer or web. Of course, if you're selecting a full wallpaper then it will be quite heavy in size and eventually your blog will take too much time to load. I recommend you to use a pattern instead of a large image. Tip: Go to Din Patterns to download high quality patterns for your blog background. 2- Upload it I assume that you've already selected an image or a pattern and now we need to upload it on some image host. How to Host Images on Blogger 3- Add it to your blog HTML I'm assuming that now you've completed the previous two steps and we're ready to move on. 1- Go to Design -> Edit HTML and find: body {...Some Code Here...} Aligning Background Image Final Thoughts

ShowMe - The Interactive Learning Community Classroom tested art projects and lesson plans for kids 7 Free Online News Games That Are Based On World Affairs & News Events Free news based online games are also important educational tools. We have seen how history can be spiced up with interactivity. The same holds true for teaching kids about current affairs and world events through a fun tool like news games. The games may not reflect news as it is happening right now, but they are still fun to play. Breaking News Games The name of this online Flash based game site reveals the purpose. NewsGaming The news gaming site has only two games on its roster but they are worth a few clicks of the mouse. Darfur is Dying Darfur is Dying is a viral video game that was released in 2006. Spent This game on American unemployment remains topical, because joblessness continues under Obama’s presidency. You Shall Know The Truth If you are for free journalism then you will like this darkly satirical game about the attacks on Wikileaks. Leaky World Cutthroat Capitalism This game is embedded on Wired.com’s site which is traditionally not a gaming site. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Three Free Tools That Convert PDF Files To Word Documents Sometimes however, the format you’d hoped would be available isn’t. Microsoft recognizes this and has made it possible to convert PDF to Word since Office 2007. Adobe also has this feature available in Acrobat X Pro, but unlike Office, Acrobat isn’t software that most users have access to. Fortunately, some free utilities have stepped in to fill the void. Free PDF to Word Converter This lightweight conversion tool is quick to download and install and only takes a hair over 5 megabytes of disk space, which means it will easily fit onto portable drives. The accuracy of this converter is adequate when handling simple documents, but more complex PDF files with images aligned close to text can trip it up. Nitro PDF to Word Online If you have access to the Internet you can try Nitro PDF to Word, an online tool that can be accessed through your web browser. I found Nitro PDF to Word mostly accurate. gDoc Creator Conclusion These three utilities provide a good range of options. It’s your choice.

Delivr - Effortless sharing with a tricked-out, mobile-friendly URL. Three Ways to Create Fake Facebook Profiles for Historical Characters Creating a fake Facebook profile for a character in a book or of a famous person in history could be a good way to get students interested in writing about that person. Doing that on Facebook.com is a violation of Facebook's terms of service, but there are some ways to create fake Facebook profiles without using Facebook.com. Here are three ways to create fake Facebook profiles. My Fake Wall is a tool for creating a fake Facebook wall for a fictitious or historical character. To create a Fake Wall you do need to register for a My Fake Wall account. After registering you can upload images, write wall posts, even create "likes" and comments on fake posts. Derrick Waddell created a Facebook template for historical figures. The Wall Machine allows users to generate a series of fake Facebook updates.

Knotebooks - Anyone can contribute. Everyone can learn. 10 Free Web-based Alternatives to Photoshop I’m fed up with Photoshop and its one billion rarely-used features. How about a simple photo-editor that’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. Fortunately, there’re tons of web-based photos editors popping up. Most are crap, but some are promising. Check out these free web-based Photoshop alternatives: Arguably, Picnik is the most popular web-based photo editor. Very polished interface. Part of the Aviary suite of creative apps, Phoenix also offers layers and compositing. Adobe was a little late to the web-apps game, but this is a pretty good first try. Nice, simple, and clear interface, with no ads at all. flautR offers a cornucopia of image tools, boasting thousands of photo effects. Another ad-free editor. Hmm… looks like Pixenate was “inspired” by Pic Resize. Another simple interface. An example of how ugly these apps can get. Let me know if I’ve missed any other good ones. If you liked this post, please bookmark it on del.icio.us.

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