Archive for November, 2009

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

techtiplogoThis week’s tip was about online music discovery services. Now, I love music: I create music, play music, and most importantly, listen to music. There are some times, though, when I get tired of my music collection, and nothing good is on the radio. Give up? NO! Last.fm is a website that looks at the artists and songs that you listen to, and makes recommendations on artists that you may like, as well as concerts, video, pictures, artist bios, and other cool stuff like that. It’s free to sign up for last.fm, and it is definitely worth it. Give it a try! Those who like last.fm should also take a look at Pandora.com, which I’m sure many of you have heard of.

Here’s a few of my most recently played songs on last.fm.

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Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Computers can be a great friend to us, yes, but when they fail, they can be one of our most hated posessions. Why? Well, imagine you just finished typing up every single final essay for your senior year, save them, go to print them the next day, and the computer’s dead! You should have backed them up to iDrive. Idrive is a website that offers you 2 gigabytes of safe, online data storage for free. All you need to do is create a free account at their website, iDrive.com, download the application (for Windows or Mac) and start backing up your files. If you want more space, there is the option to upgrade to a paid account.

Also try:

Mozy Home Backup – also free, 2GB of storage, sign up here.

ADrive – free plan offers 50GB of space, supports FTP transfers…

Titan Tech Tip for Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

techtiplogoThis week’s tech tip was about reliable, online databases. Often, teachers tell us, “Don’t use Wikipedia for research, it’s not reliable” and sometimes… they can be very, very right. So, what should you use instead? Try Jurn.org. Jurn is a website that indexes and catalogs articles from over three thousand scholarly journals, so it should be fairly easy to find accurate information for your topic, research paper, or what have you. Google Scholar does basically the same thing, and you can find it at scholar.google.com. Both Jurn and Google Scholar are sort of like free versions of the databases that our wonderful librarians provide for us. Give them a try, or keep them in mind for when research paper time comes!

Titan Tech Tip for Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

techtiplogoThis week’s tech tip is about video conversion. I know a lot of people have MP3 players, iPods, PSPs, and other portable entertainment devices. However, a lot of the time, I hear of people asking questions like “How do I get the video I took with my videocamera onto my PSP” or “Why won’t this DVD go onto my iPod?” Chances are, you need to convert the file to the proper format. WinFF is a program for Windows or Linux that makes it super-easy to do just that. Just select the file you want to convert, and select the format you want it to end up in, for example, “Microsoft Zune” or “iPod fullscreen”, and hit convert. To get WinFF, simply go to www.winff.org, and look under Downloads for the Windows Installer.

For Mac users or as another option for windows users, try Handbrake. It has even more options, and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is available at www.handbrake.fr.