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CamStudio OpenSource – Free Streaming Video Software

CamStudioLogoI am a visual learner.  I love CBT’s.  I am more engaged when I see a topic come alive.  This year, I plan on expanding my blog site to have more video-based blogging so I can remember some of my own tips and tricks.  😉

I recently tried out CamStudio as an video recorder alternative to Camtasia by TechSmith.  Do not get me wrong; Camtasia is a great tool set.  I highly recommend it to anybody that has a budget.

However, CamStudio is a great alternative if you want to produce a basic video recording that can be exported to .AVI, .MP4, and/or .SWF file types.

Here is the website if you want to download and try it out.  Also, there is a PortableApps.com version of it.

http://camstudio.org/

~Tony Maddin~

 

TechnologyFirst June 2012 Magazine

TechnologyFirstI am very proud to have my first article published within the TechnologyFirst magazine.

TechnlogyFirst is an organization in Dayton, Ohio that supports the Information Technology community within the region.

You may see my article by visiting their website.

http://www.technologyfirst.org/magazine-articles/107-2012-articles.html

Sincerely, Tony Maddin

SharePoint Saturday Dayton

SharePointSaturdaySmallI have always thought about wanting to do a SharePoint Saturday in Dayton, Ohio while I was starting the Dayton SharePoint User Group. 

I am very happy to announce the SharePoint Saturday event is stopping here in Dayton, Ohio for the first time.  This is not just a “me” thing to make this happen.  I am very fortunate to have met and teamed up with a great group of passionate and dedicated people to form a committee to make this event a success. 

Date:  June, 30, 2010

Website:  www.sharepointsaturday.org/dayton

 

Paint.net – A free, open source image and photo editing sofware

I recently recieved a new laptop.  And with any new computer you try to put as many tools on it as you can to do your job.  However, image/photo editing is one of those tools I usually forget about until I need to do something quick.  Then I go to Program Files and scan for PhotoShop….then I think, “Uh oh….I don’t have it.”    I have used Gimp but there is a major learning curve.  My co-worker Tavis Lovell mentioned, “Hey get Paint.net.  Its free and does a good job.”   I downloaded it; and within 10 minutes I accomplished my task of changing an image.  Paint.net is easy to use and similar to PhotoShop/Fireworks if you are familiar with these toolsets.    So feel free to go the website to try it out yourself.   http://www.getpaint.net/ 

I have also placed this tool under my Resources webpage on this blog.

TeamViewer – A free remote access tool

Another great tool I found with PortableApps.com. 

TeamViewer (http://www.teamviewer.com/)   This tool is free with non-commerical use.  Like most IT professionals, you are one of the family chosen PC support specialist.  This tool will allow you to quickly connect to a end user’s computer without guiding them through the process of turning on RDP.  (If their version of Windows even have it.  Most copies do not.)

I will be adding this tool to my resource page.

Happy Holidays!   Tony Maddin

Prezi – A great presentation tool

At the December/2010 Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meeting, Sean P. McDonough was the presenter for the night.  Fantastic Topic:  SharePoint 2010 Backup/Recovery

Sean is a fantastic presenter.  I was even more impressed with the tool he used for the presentation called, “Prezi.”  www.prezi.com

The tool is free with limits. 

I had a big presentation at my current employment that I needed to walk my audience through a new process of moving SharePoint team sites from various SharePoint versions onto our new SharePoint 2010 environment.

The tool was a big hit and it inspired great conversations during and after the meeting. 

Big thanks to Sean!   You can visit Sean’s website at http://sharepointinterface.com/

Best Home Server Ever Fit-PC2 by CompuLabs

 

 

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 The Fit-PC2 by CompuLabs is a great home server.  Why?  The design of being small, compact makes it ideal to have it anywhere in your home office.  The device only needs 6 to 10 watts of power!!!  When the device is in hypernation mode it only needs 1 watt of power.  That rocks!  Finally, it runs Ubuntu Linux.  So this means you get the latest and greatest in free, powerful software.  Yeah, Windows pays my bills.  But for a server you want running 24/7 that is at your finger tips as a file server, you cannot beat this little beast.  http://www.fit-pc.com/web/  to view more information.