Hack: Cool desktop app to greatly reduce video file size

I found this really useful and very effective desktop app used to drastically reduce video file size without compromising video quality. I’ve been using it regularly and my YouTube uploads have been way much faster ever since.

The app is called Handbrake and you can download it for free from https://handbrake.fr

Here’s a YouTube tutorial on how to reduce your video file size using Handbrake.

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Speed Math Tip: Multiplying by 11

Mathematics has always fascinated me and I’m avid collector of Math tricks and techniques. So I’m delighted to have found out that there are lots and lots of them in YouTube.

Here’s one I found. I’ve actually learned this way back in secondary school but have since forgotten. Having viewed the video from YouTube made me recall it fully and immediately.

Here it is:

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How to make a perfect Facebook cover page and profile photo

FOR ALL the Facebook addicts out there, here are the secret measurements to making  your perfect Facebook cover page and profile photo.

I got this from this cool article: The Ultimate, Complete, and Final Social Media Cheat Sheet

If you want to make a career out of your Facebook account, you better check out this website as it offers more precious Facebook secrets and much more.

Some new and not-so-new tips on how to stay young

Some new and not-so-new tips on how to stay young
Happy Kids | Image Credit: growingsmiles.blogspot.com

Note: Everything below this paragraph I guiltlessly copied verbatim from an e-mail in my Bulk e-mail folder.

How To Stay Young

  1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’ 
  2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
  3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’
  4. Enjoy the simple things. 
  5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.  Read more

Finally, a decent enough electronic signature solution

EVERYBODY can probably relate to the difficulty in having to e-mail a signed letter.

I don’t know about you but these are the steps I usually do when I need to e-mail a copy of a letter (or any document for that matter) that requires my signature scribbled onto it:

  1. Prepare the letter using my favorite word processing software (hint: not Microsoft Word)
  2. Print the letter.
  3. Sign the letter.
  4. Scan the signed letter.
  5. E-mail the signed letter.

Five steps.  It doesn’t seem too bad, does it? Except when good old Murphy gets in the way and… Read more

Silica Gel Packets

I COLLECT Silica Gel Packets.  I didn’t really know what to do with them exactly.  I just instinctively knew that someday I would find some use for them.

That “someday” is NOW.

I came across this Website with DIY tips and pointers.  One of its do-it-yourself articles feature unusual uses for… (what else?) Silica Gel Packets! All of a sudden I have some concrete uses for my silica gel collection.

An interesting bit of info that I also learned from this particular article is that although silica gel packets may lose their utility over time as they are exposed to — and absorb — moisture, they can be ‘recharged’.

 Learn all about it in DIY Life.

Stand up and live longer

Because sitting is bad for your health, that’s why.

I’ve always suspected that prolonged sitting is to blame for a myriad of health problems like back pain, stiff neck, and even obesity. I’ve always had a desk job and I have suffered from all sorts of problems that I attribute to prolonged sitting which is inherent to my job. Yes, including weight gain albeit I won’t label it as obesity just yet. Okay at 165-170 pounds, for my height, technically I’m borderline obese.

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Understanding Credit Card numbers

Have you ever wondered what your 16-digit credit card number means?  Well, collectively (that is, as a 16-digit number) it means nothing except that it is a unique number assigned to you so you can go ahead and spend all your hard-earned income long before you actually earn it.

But break it down into four parts and you’ll be surprised how complex a number it is. Read more

Animal Photography Tip: Eye Contact

These two photos of an ordinary house cat were taken by my colleague and fellow amateur photography enthusiast, Sherwin De Jesus, using my Canon 550D DSLR camera.  With a little “post processing” by me using Picasa 3 on my Mac, I think we managed to produce decent two enough animal portraits.

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