Windows Media Player 10 – Final

The Player provides faster access to top activities, such as ripping, burning, and syncing. You can also fine-tune the layout, choose from a range of online music and video stores and services, and much more. The menu bar is hidden by default in Windows Media Player 10. You can access the menus or show the…

Virtual Gold and Platinum Awards

I’m sure you’ve heard of gold (500,000) and platinum (1,000,000) records, but have you heard of gold and platinum downloads? The RIAA will be handing awards to tracks that sell a 100,000 copies (gold) on sites such as iTunes, Sony Connect and Napster, while sales of 200,000 singles will qualify an artist for platinum status.


When looking for the audio of the last few nights of speeches I went to American Rhetoric. It’s an archive of – you guessed it – American Rhetoric. If you not sure what rhetoric is – take a look at their definition. Basically it’s a repository of historical audio. I’ve been to the site before,…

Video Search

In the news – Information Week reports that Microsoft and IBM along with some academic help are working on video search solutions. IBM has demonstrated their technology – Marvel, which uses shapes, colors, patterns, etc. to relate video clips to keywords.

DV Rack

The last product offered by Serious Magic is DV Rack. I would stick this one in the ‘utility’ category. Their claim is that, “DV Rack is the first product that can prevent video disasters, help you shoot faster and let you get visibly better quality from your existing camera.” Too bold a claim? Perhaps.

Serious Ultra

Another product of Serious Magic is Ultra – yeah, I think they could have been more descriptive too. One of the main features of Visual Communicator is the ‘green screen’ (or chroma key) technology. Ultra is a chroma key tool.

Serious Magic

Ran across Serious Magic today – had heard a little about their products before but never really taken a look at what they have to offer. Now, I’ve never used their products, and I’m not sure where exactly they fit into the whole video production world. Probably fit somewhere in the middle – sometimes useful…

Winamp Skin File Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability

“A vulnerability has been reported in Winamp, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user’s system. The problem is caused due to insufficient restrictions on Winamp skin zip files (.wsz). This can e.g. be exploited by a malicious website using a specially crafted Winamp skin to place and execute arbitrary programs. With…

Grokking the GIMP

“The first part of this book focuses on mastering core tools: layers, selections, masks, and colorspaces. The second part builds on the first by presenting an in-depth treatment of touchup, enhancement, compositing, rendering, and image creation for the web. The following gives a synopsis of what you will find in each chapter.” Chapter 1 reviews…