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Digitize Your Old 8mm Tapes Using a DSLR

March 17, 2011 1 comment

Photographer James Miller has a tutorial on Vimeo on how to transfer your old 8mm family videos to digital format.

It is more affordable than paying for scanning the frames, but you have to have a DSLR, some tools and a techie bent of mind to pull this off.

A WebM Filter for IE9 from Google

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“Google has released a preview WebM filter for Windows Vista and Windows 7. When installed, the filter will allow Windows programs—including Windows Media Player, Windows Media Center, and perhaps most importantly of all, Internet Explorer 9—to play back WebM-encoded video.

Internet Explorer 9, which was released earlier this week, introduced support for the HTML5 element, which enables plug-in-free, browser-based video playback. While Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all embed video codecs into the browsers themselves, Microsoft has opted to use Windows’ Media Foundation API to play back video. Out of the box, Media Foundation does not include a WebM codec, and so Internet Explorer 9 only supports H.264. With this filter, Google is filling in the gap.”

iPhone Vs. Android: Whose Browser is Faster?

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“Browser performance is a big deal. Browser speed was a major bullet point – if not the top point – in practically every browser release this last year. In the mobile world, the latest iPhone version (4.3) and Android version (2.3) both focused on their improved JavaScript engine and faster browser. Browser performance is all the rage, and everybody says theirs is faster.

We set out to discover which mobile browser is truly faster – when used on real sites. Our goal was to measure the true mobile browsing experience, and see which device comes out ahead. 45,000 page loads later, this report summarizes our conclusions. We can now give a definitive answer to the question: which browser is really faster, from a user’s point of view?

The results surprised us.”

Shorter Days: Earth Now Rotates Faster

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“Using a complex model to perform a theoretical calculation based on a U.S. Geological Survey, Richard Gross of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has determined that by changing the distribution of the Earth’s mass, the earthquake that devastated Japan last Friday should have sped up the Earth’s rotation, resulting in a day that is about 1.8 microseconds (1.8 millionths of a second) shorter.

The calculations, which will likely change as the data on the Japan quake is further refined, have also been used to examine the effects of other recent quakes.

Gross estimated that last year’s 8.8 earthquake in Chile shortened the length of a day by about 1.26 microseconds, while similar calculations revealed the 9.1 magnitude Sumatran quake of 2004 shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds.

Just how much an earthquake affects the Earth’s rotation depends on the magnitude of the quake, its locations and details of how the fault slipped.”