Google Delivers Tools for Converting Blog Platforms

Do you have a blog for which you’re unhappy with the underlying blogging service? If so, it’s not all that uncommon for the issue to arise. Blogging services play a game of leapfrog with each other, and even major blogs are moved to new platforms from time to time.

With this in mind, Google has just released Google Blog Converters.  It’s an open source project that can take blogs from most popular platforms and convert them to other popular ones.

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Jing Capture Software Goes Pro

Jing LogoI’ve been a big fan of Jing capture software for a while now. I use it for all of my screen shots here for WWD, and have also used it to create some short demo screencasts. It works really well for me, and is a great free option for my needs.

Today the folks at TechSmith announced the availability of a Pro version with features aimed at the video capture crowd. For a paltry $14.95 year they have beefed up the service to allow higher quality HD videos, enhanced integration with video sharing sites including a direct upload to YouTube, and removal of any Jing branding.

With the ability to capture H.264/MPEG-4 AVC in addition to the SWF files of the free version, Jing becomes a more flexible option for your video capture needs.

If you’re doing heavy duty video capture, you’ll probably want to consider an upgrade to Camtasia or similar, but for an easy to use screen capture / screen cast solution Jing is a great choice.

Jing is available for both PC and Mac, and is now available in both a free and pro version.

What do you use for screen capture?

Cyworld Packs Up From U.S., Retreats to Korea

Cyworld, the South Korean social network that launched in the U.S. with a splashy party in 2006 has packed up its bags and left the U.S. market. The social network, backed by SK Telecom, will layoff its entire U.S. staff and will continue to operate the English-language site from South Korea. The service really didn’t get any traction. Its localization efforts were mediocre at best. I bet other smaller marginal social networks meet the same fate.

LittleSnapper Preview Screencast

After loving Plasq’s Skitch for a while now, I didn’t think I could have feelings for another screen capture utility. At an early glance, it appears I may need to re-evaluate my former stance. Now a days, I’m really looking forward to LittleSnapper from Real Mac Software.

Today the Real Mac folks have released a great screencast of the application doing its thing, sharing screen captures, and I can’t be more excited! It looks very slick visually, and extremely organized for those hoping to keep their Pictures folder in a somewhat presentable state. Writing for The Apple Blog — and for far less important reasons — I take lots of screen shots, so features such as these have a lot of utility for me.
There’s a lot of other great looking features that I can’t wait to play with. Go ahead and take a look at the video below and you too can get excited.
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TAB Welcomes: Tom Reestman

This is where I’m supposed to write a bunch of stuff about who I am and why you should read my articles until your eyes bleed.
You can read something about me on my author’s page, but here is much more detailed and specific information:

  • I live in a house.
  • The house is in a big city.
  • The big city is in an even bigger state within the US.
  • I have a cat.
  • The cat is fat.
  • I work in some sort of technical capacity with software.
  • I write quite a bit for work, for fun, and now on the Apple Blog.
  • Got my first Mac in ’89. There is currently an iMac, MacBook, Time Machine, Airport Express, two iPhones (original), iPod touch, and three iPods in the house.
  • The cat is still fat.
  • I like to work on computers and read numerous news feeds.
  • Until last January I’d had at least one PC in the house for 15+ years; I know Windows quite well.
  • My daughter has a fish. The fish is not fat. It’s the cat that is fat.
  • My daughter has her own bedroom. It’s a wreck. Actually, I’ve seen wrecks that look better.
  • I have an office. It’s spotless.
  • My daughter is a good student.
  • Did I mention the rather copious amounts of poundage the cat has accumulated?

Perhaps there will be more later. Honestly, though, after the way I just bared my soul to you how can you not want to come back and read my stuff again and again? I welcome, appreciate, and enjoy any and all comments on what I write.

Apple Officially Admits to Faulty NVIDIA GPUs

Following NVIDIA’s July 2008 announcement that a number of their GPUs were experiencing higher failure rates than should be normally expected, Apple today finally released an official support article acknowledging the problem. The article claims that NVIDIA told Apple graphics cards in Macintosh computers were not affected by the problem, which is supposedly related to improper packaging. The reason for the lag time between NVIDIA’s and Apple’s announcements concerning the faulty GPUs is an internal investigation by Cupertino itself which eventually found that MacBook Pro NVIDIA cards were indeed affected.

The GeForce 8600M GT, specifically, is named in the article as having problems, which were used in MBP’s manufactured between May of 2007 and September of 2008. Symptoms include distorted video or no display at all on either the built-in or connected external displays. Anyone affected is directed to take their machine to an Apple Store or authorized service provider to receive a repair free of charge. Those who’ve already paid out of pocket for a fix are also eligible for reimbursement. The offer is valid for two years from the original date of purchase.
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Brick Update: Possible Leaked Photos, Price Points

A number of photos of what are supposedly new MacBook and MacBook Pro aluminum cases have begun to surface.

Yesterday, Engadget posted a picture of a MacBook Pro case in keeping with rumors of a new production process.  The photo originated at a Chinese site, which lends credence to the possibility that they are real, since Apple’s manufacturing facilities are currently based in the country. And as of today, AppleInsider is claiming that their sources “confirm” that this image is in fact of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Soon after the first photos appeared, a Taiwanese site posted three pictures of what it claims are the new MacBook casing, which also show an aluminum body case without keyboard or trackpad components. The space for the trackpad is significantly larger than on the current MacBook, and the case appears to be slightly slimmed down.
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Google Finally Launches AdSense for Games

Google today announced AdSense for games, a year after we first reported its intentions. Google has roped in game developers and publishers including Konami, Playfish, Zynga, Demand Media, games network Mochi Media. This new program would allow social games and flash-based web games to integrate video, text and image ads into the games.

Lijit Launches Publisher Ad Network

Lijit, a Boulder, Colorado based start-up launched its publisher ad network today, targeting blog publishers and offering contextual advertising against search results that use Lijit’s technologies.