Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Royalty Free Music - More Added

I have added more royalty free music to my YouTube channel. This time the bulk of new videos contain some spectrum visualization as the music plays. This was achieved using Sonic Candle, which is a Java based piece of open source software. I will be doing a guide on how to use it, although it is very straight forward.

So far I have added a music that is ideal for cinematic pieces or anything which requires a bit of ambient or atmospheric music. 

All of which has been created by http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music/ I take no credit for making the music, I am just trying to make a one-stop resource for royalty free music and at the same time mess around with audio visualization.

The playlist is available on YouTube at here

One of my favourites it The Duel


Saturday, 24 October 2015

Royalty Free Music (Creative Commons Licence)

I am in the process of collating a number of bits of royalty free music, the main reason being that I like music and if I require some music for a bit of software, a game or a YouTube I will have a source that I can refer to. It also gives me a chance to mess around with sounds and visualizers when playing them back. Worth doing? probably not but if it is of use to someone else on planet on earth then at least that is something.

All the royalty free music that I find (will all be creative commons that can be used for money making purposes as well if required) will be put into playlists on my YouTube channel. This music is ideal for use within a school environment as students\teachers can use it without fear of breaking any copyright laws.

The first video is from the Rock Genre (All Credit is to http://www.bensound.com for the music) and is called Rumble

The second is also from the Rock Genre (All Credit is to http://www.bensound.com for the music) and is called Happy Rock!


I plan to add a lot more and incorporate visualisations into the video rather than just a static image. Any enjoy the free music!


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Java 8 Update 65 Silent Install

Java 8 Update 65 has been released this week. I have done another video showing how to do a silent install of this version. 



Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Let's Try Videos for Free Software

I will be doing a number of videos that demonstrate free software, from open source software to those from bigger companies. Most of the software I won't have used before but I am using it as a way to try and software that I might find useful for job (to speed things for example).

All the software I will be trying is free, I am not interested in the pro versions of the software that is available. I am looking for useful utilities and software that will help the average home user or techie.

The first Let's Try videos are...

Let's Try Ninite


Let's Try DUMo (Drivers Update Monitor)


I would highly recommend Ninite for anyone (especially techies). It is so simple to use, it is fast and it just works. It saves so much time on downloading all the files separately and having to store them. It is just a pity that Adobe block Ninite from including Flash Player doh!

DUMo I wouldn't bother with. The nag screen and the large amount of ads on the website are too much. (yes I know this website has ads on it, but there aren't that many and they aren't that intrusive). I would rather DUMo linked to the website of the manufacturer for the latest version of just start downloading the file directly as opposed to having to go back to your browser and click through again.


Thursday, 15 October 2015

Run for your lives, the killer USB Stick!

A Russian security researcher going by the name 'Dark Purple' has designed a USB stick that can send 220 Volts when plugged into a USB socket. If this of course happens on a PC or Laptop it will obviously nuke the motherboard, but the same damage will also be done to any other device that has a USB port such as a TV.

The only solution is to remove all USB ports on PCs and Laptops and revert back to using a PS2 Keyboard and Mouse :-)

You can watch the video below



On a separate note, with cloud storage now being so readily available, using USB drives on a network shouldn't be that necessary any more. They generally get corrupted, they get lost, they can contain viruses and all sorts of software nastiness and are just a pain in general. This is especially the case if you work in a school and students are constantly just removing the devices without saving their work first, leading to lost work.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Surprise - Microsoft and Adobe Monthly Patches

The monthly Microsoft and Adobe patches are now available. You guessed it Internet Explorer and Flash make an appearance.

There are 33 CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures) related fixes this month. They include

  • MS15-106 Fixes 14 falws in Internet Explorer
  • MS15-107 Fixes flaws in Microsoft Edge
  • MS15-108 Fixed four flaws in VBScript and JScript in Internet Explorer. This applies to Internet Explorer 7 through to 11
  • MS15-109 Fixes two flaws in the Windows Shell
  • MS15-110 Fixes three flaws in Excel and Sharepoint Server.
  • MS15-111 Fixes five flaws in the windows Kernel

There are office updates to address flaws in Excel for Mac 2011 and 2016. So even Mac aren't immune these days :-P

Adobe have released an update addressing 56 CVE vulnerabilities in Acrobat and Reader. 13 flaws in Flash Player have also been patched.

The Adobe Air Desktop Runtime, SDK and Compiler have also been patched (is this even used?). This applies to Windows, Mac, Android and iOs.

Flash Player update 19.0.0.207 can be downloaded from https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html

The Microsoft Tech Bulletin can be read here https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/dn903782.aspx

Monday, 12 October 2015

Dell to buy EMC for $67 Billion!!!

Computer giant DELL has agreed a deal to buy data storage company EMC for $67bn (£44bn)...EMC of course are the owners of VMware so what will be the knock on affect to VMware users? My guess is that VMware will continue as normal as DELL will focus on consolidating their storage offerings.

In addition to VMware, EMC also own RSA Security and LenovoEMC (a joint venture with Lenovo); did you know that LenovoEMC used to be called Iomega, do you remeber those zip drives?

Of course this all needs to be approved by the powers that be, if it goes through though it will be the biggest technology deal between two companies.

Data storage is of course big business now with massive data centres being built and huge amounts of data needing to be stored. DELL is obvisouly looking to do more than flog the odd laptop and desktop PC and compete with HP, IBM and NetApp in the data storage arena.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Java 8 Update 60 Silent Install

Silent Install Guide - Java 8 Update 60

This is guide on how to deploy an silent install of the Java Runtime Environment. This is the method that I use to deploy the latest version of Java in a networked environment.



You can download the Java 8 Update 60 install files from http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp

Windows Essential 2012 Movie Maker Silent Install

Silent Install Guide - Windows Essential 2012 Movie Maker


This is a video guide on how to do a network install of Movie Maker which is included as part of Windows Essentials 2012. The video focuses on just the Movie Maker component, as students (especially in schools) seem to use it a lot!



You can download the Windows Essentials 2012 Offline Installer from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-live/essentials-install-offline-faq

Flash Player 19.0.0.185 Silent Installation Guide

Silent Install Guide - Adobe Flash Player 19.0.0.185

This is first video in a series covering silent installs, mainly at network deployments.


You can find the download for the Flash Player install files at https://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html you need to make sure that you have signed up to the Adobe Agreement though.