Being as it’s 2011, I decided it was about time to upgrade to an wireless optical mouse and wireless keyboard, so I ended up purchasing the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 because package deals are always better!
As most of you already know, I try to avoid purchasing anything from Microsoft if I can help it, but when I went out to buy a keyboard and mouse, this looked like it was the best deal and so I figured, let me give Microsoft one last chance.
As far as the keyboard, it is a full qwerty keyboard with a number pad on the side and lots of extra shortcut buttons at the top and on the left side of the keyboard. Now, by no means is this a gaming keyboard, but for the average computer user, this has much more than they need, while at the same time, it isn’t overwhelming and it has a super easier plug-n-play setup, so anyone can use this.
Next is the mouse that came with this package deal. Now, me personally, I like having a bigger mouse, rather than a tiny little thing, so this mouse is perfect for me. I like the texture of it and with all the use I’ve had, I still haven’t had any problems of the wrong buttons being clicked by accident.
One complaint that I do have about the mouse is the scroll wheel. For some reason, in certain programs, instead of scrolling up when you scroll, it jumps up as if you had pressed the “page up” button on your keyboard. Other than that, everything else about this mouse works as it should.
As far as the complaint about the keyboard, when the batteries get low, it seems that the lower right hand corner of the keyboard “double taps” and presses multiple keys when you only pressed one. This only seems to happen when the batteries get low, so if you keep fresh batteries in it, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Overall, for the price, the Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000 is a pretty good deal. I really don’t think that you will come across anything that’s better than this in the price range, so if you have a small budget for a new keyboard and mouse, this might be the way to go!
Photoshop: Remove Foreground Image: Using the Pen Tool
I know there are already a few tutorials on the internet out there about this same tutorial, but I figured I would give you my take on it and hopefully make it easier for anyone trying to get the hang of the pen tool, or how to speed up the process of making a thumbnail for a YouTube Partner video!
For some people, the pen tool is extremely intimidating and confusing, but I’m here to show you that it shouldn’t make you feel that way! The pen tool is an extremely versatile tool and once you learn how to properly manipulate it, it makes your life using Photoshop that much easier!
Before we start, I would like to quickly remind you of just a couple of keyboard shortcuts that will probably be useful during this project.
Firstly, don’t forget CTRL + Z for those of you who are using a Windows computer or CMD + Z for those of you who are on a Macintosh as I am. This keyboard shortcut is the equivalent of “Undo” and will be used often unless you’re perfect and we all know nobody’s perfect, so don’t forget this one!
The next shortcut is just like the previous and it is the equivalent of “Step Backward” which is accomplished by “CTRL + SHIFT + Z” on Windows, or CMD + SHIFT + Z” on a Mac. Now, the difference between these two is that the first one, or “Undo”, only undoes the last step, while “Step Backwards” can step backwards all the way to the first thing you changed.
Last, but not least, is CTRL + Y on Windows, or CMD + Y on a Mac. This “Redoes” what was just undone. This one is just encase you step backward too many times and want to redo what you just undid without physically re-selecting the point in our case.
Now that we have those steps down, sit back, relax, and watch the video for how to remove the foreground image from the background! It’s much easier to visually see how to do this than it is to try and explain it in text for you.
I checked around and I haven’t seen a tutorial on how to do this yet, so here is how to add more than 4 images to craigslist. It’s super simple and anyone can do it! Don’t be intimated by the word “HTML” this ISN’T hard!
The HTML code that you will need to do what I did is below.
Now that I finally have my Verizon iPhone 4, it’s time to jailbreak this guy with Greenpois0n and a Mac! So sit down, strap in, and get ready to unveil the iPhone 4′s true potential as you jailbreak your Verizon iPhone version 4.2.6!
I haven’t kept updated in the jailbreaking community for years now, so I though that this was going to be a little more difficult then it really was. Within 15 minutes I found all the resources I needed and got my new Verizon iPhone 4 jailbroken and ready to rock!
Now, back in the day, this was absolutely not possible, it took hours and sometimes days before you could accomplish a task like this, but now-a-days it’s simple as pie! Wait, what makes pie simple? Nevermind, anyway lets just say that a child could do these steps, so follow along with the video and within the next 10 minutes your iPhone 4 on Verizon firmware 4.2.6 will be jailbroken and fully functional! ENJOY!
For any of you that have a Mac, I would highly recommend downloading MPEG Streamclip just to have it on your computer, because it can be extremely useful even though it’s such a simple little application. Not only can it open just about any video file type you can imagaine, but it also has the capability to download videos directly from url’s, meaning you can just set it to download your video and export it right out in whatever format you want as soon as it’s done. Now that alone is enough to make me keep this awesome app!
For the screen recording done in this video, I used an application called Screenium. It is not a free program, you need to buy it to use it, but they do have a free trial and it is a fairly inexpensive app that is well worth the money even if you don’t use it much.
If you’re looking for tips on naming and tagging your video’s, try searching for other videos that are about the same general topic as yours and gradually narrow it down until you come up with a good title that you want to use. Than for the tagging, just compare with those other related videos from before and type out tag ideas that you think of based off of the tags they used for their video.
There really isn’t much to uploading a YouTube video, so there really isn’t much more I can say, but if you want to get some more tips and tricks related to this topic, check out the video above and I will give you lots of other tricks you can use to speed up your YouTube upload process!