how I upgrade WordPress

I mentioned this morning on Twitter that it took me maybe 30 seconds to upgrade my blog to the latest WordPress release. I thought it might be handy to show how I do it. I'm not sure if this follows best practices, and it might be a good idea to back stuff up before upgrading, but this process has served me well for the last several versions, and it's just so quick and painless that upgrading is trivial. [Read More]

Digital Photography Sessions - Episode 003 - RAW vs. JPEG

It's not a full examination of every technical aspect of RAW vs. JPEG, but I show some of the reasons why I try to shoot RAW almost all the time, as well as some reasons why I sometimes shoot in JPEG instead. Some of the subtle differences didn't really translate into the compressed video files, but hopefully you can get an idea of what the extra data in a RAW file is handy for. [Read More]

Digital Photography Sessions - Episode 002: Basic Workflow

Time for another episode, this time on basic workflow - importing a few photos, deleting the crap, and processing the one(s) that don't get nuked. This time, the dogs were quiet, and The Boyâ„¢ decided not to make an appearance. I might schedule him for a later episode... Episode 2: Basic Workflow weighs in at 12.1 MB, and clocks in at 10:27. Or, if you want a full HD version, use the second link. [Read More]

Digital Photography Sessions - Episode 001

I'm going to try producing a series of presentations in various media to document and share some of the tricks I've learned in my playing with digital photography. There are lots of other resources out there, so I'm not going to try to be canonical or exhaustive, but will try to answer some of the questions that people ask me. This first episode is mostly just an intro/warmup for me, and I picked a basic topic: project and album management in Aperture 2. [Read More]

EduGlu Screencast

I just recorded a (very) quick and dirty screencast to demo the EduGlu sandbox prototype that was put together in Drupal. It's a 23 minute session, and clocks in at 28 MB. I probably rambled a bit more than I should have, but you'll get the idea... (The Anarchy Media Player displays a smallish video embedded on this post, but you can download the video to view at 640x480 if you want to try to read the tiny text in the screencast) [Read More]

On online video quality

I'm preparing a series of screencasts as part of the session at the Open Education 2007 Conference (with my co-conspirator, Rev. Jim Groom). We're doing a two-fold presentation. Creation of an open education resource on early American history. Documentation of the processes used to build said resource, using freely available applications and services. We gave ourselves a very simple constraint. Use only tools that don't require access to a server, and don't require any money. [Read More]

Quickie Screencast: eXe for ePortfolio authoring

I've been using eXe for some project work lately, and thought it might be handy to do a quick and dirty screencast of what it's like to author content using eXe. It's an open source, cross platform website authoring tool that uses some of the same patterns that Pachyderm does - structured content with pedagogical templates. Except it generates plain vanilla html (and SCORM, and IMS CP, etc...) The screencast is just over 19 minutes (sorry for going on so long) and weighs in as a 27MB file. [Read More]

Google Earth Geology Screencast

I promised to do a quick screencast showing what we demoed to one of our Geology profs for using Google Earth to help teach geology (specifically, plate tectonics). Here's a really quick runthrough, using some of the awesome Google Earth add-on layers provided by the San Diego State University College of Sciences. I should warn, though, that since I am not a geologist (I don't even play one on TV) and since it's first thing in the morning, I do get some stuff mixed up. [Read More]

BlogBridge Screencast

I recorded my morning RSS checkin with BlogBridge 4.1 (well, I recorded it with iShowU, but the checkin was done using BlogBridge). The power of the feed star rating feature is really hard to describe - it's much easier to just show it. I wound up with a 16 minute recording, which is about how long it takes for me to check in on 443 feeds first thing in the morning. [Read More]