JayCut- An Online Video Editor Worth Knowing

There are times when you are not on your own machine but need to edit a video you took, probably on your smartphone. Or perhaps the video editing application you run on your machine seems too beefy for the little editing you want to do. JayCut, a browser based video editing application could be your answer.

Available in 11 languages, the JayCut web video editor gives you all the basic features you will need to add those touches to your video. You can either upload a video file for editing, record one through your webcam or microphone (audio of course).

Next time you are out and about and need to edit that video, you might want to fire up the browser and give JayCut a try.

Be a true soccer fan- Get the Vuvuzela experience right in your home

It’s taken the world by storm. It is the fastest selling football souvenir on the African continent. Blown collectively, it sounds like a swarm of flies. A traditional South African way of supporting  teams. You guessed right, I am talking about the Vuvuzela. The noisy horn that has become a trademark of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
In case you enjoy soccer and you’d love to have a feel of what being at the stadium in South Africa is like, now can in the comfort of your home. Simply head over to Vuvuzela Time UK and enter your web address without the preceding http:// and hit go. Now as you browse your favorite site, you’d be enjoying the now famous sound of thousands of Vuvuzelas blowing in the background. 
In case you’d want to have the real thing at hand, it is readily available on Amazon. Try it and show your support for your team, get the feel of being on the stadium and enjoy the traditional African way of supporting a football (or soccer) team. Go try the above tool or get a Vuvuzela for a full World Cup experience.

Privnote- A simple way to send longer messages on Twitter

I have become somewhat a power [meaning I spend a lot of time there] Twitter user for sometime now, and I really love it. One thing however, that still irks using Twitter is the 140 character limit. Privnote now makes sending longer messages easier. It’s simple.
Hop onto the site, write you message or note, click submit, get the URL and send that to your recipient. The message self destructs after your recipient has read it. As simple as that. Best of all, it’s free, no need to register whatsoever. You don’t need any email address for anything.
It is also ideal for sending private messages since the URL you send can only be used once, meaning even the recipient cannot use it twice. So next time you want to send me (or anyone else) a message on Twitter and the 140 character limit does not cut it, then try Privnote.

Keepmeout!- An easy way to break your addiction to a site

All of us have sites that we frequent too often at any given time, some to the detriment of our other commitments. Keepmeout! is a simple tool to help you control the number of times you visit these sites.
All you have to do is
1. Enter the URL of the site you want to control your visits to
2. Choose a duration within which you should not visit the site more than once.
3. Hit enter.
Keepmeout! will then return a URL that you will be asked to bookmark. That’s it. Next time you want to visit that particular site you chose in step one, just use the URL you bookmarked. If in step 2 you chose say 45minutes, trying to visit that site more than once will result in this message
You’d have to then wait for 45 minutes before you can visit the site again. Nice little tool to keep you in check. Try it out and tell us what you think.

Photo Rec – Linux saving your deleted data

PhotoRec is a recovery software for data and files, designed to recover lost files including video, documents and files on hard disks, CD-ROMs, pictures and images (hence the name Photo Recovery) from digital camera’s memory.

PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it keeps working even if the file system of the media is severely damaged or reformatted.

PhotoRec is free – this open source multi-platform application   is distributed under the GNU General Public License. PhotoRec is a companion program to TestDisk, an application to recover lost partitions in a wide variety of file systems and fix problems with disks with boot issues.

Operating Systems

PhotoRec runs under

  • DOS/Win9x
  • Windows NT 4/2000/XP/2003/Vista
  • Linux
  • FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD
  • Sun Solaris
  • Mac OS X

and can be compiled on almost all Unix systems.

File systems

PhotoRec ignores the file system and works even if the filesystem is severely damaged.
You can recover lost files from:

  • FAT,
  • NTFS
  • Ext2/ext3
  • HFS +

ReiserFS includes some special optimizations centered around tails, a name for files and end portions of files that are smaller than a filesystem block. In order to increase performance, ReiserFS is able to store files inside the b*tree leaf nodes themselves, rather than storing the data somewhere else on the disk and pointing to it. Unfortunately, PhotoRec isn’t able to deal with this – that’s why it doesn’t work well with ReiserFS.


PhotoRec works with hard drives, CD-ROMs, memory cards (Compact Flash, Memory Stick, SecureDigital / SD, SmartMedia, Microdrive, MMC, etc.), USB memory drives, DD raw image, EnCase E01 image, etc..
PhotoRec was successfully tested with various portable media players, including iPod and several digital cameras.

Known file formats

If there is no data fragmentation, which is often the case, it can retrieve the entire file. PhotoRec recognizes many file formats, including ZIP, Office, PDF, HTML, JPEG and various graphics formats. The entire list of file formats recovered by PhotoRec contains more than 320 families file extensions (about 200 files).

Using Photo REC.

The best way to use  PhotoRec is in a maintenance LiveCD distro . Currently, Photo REC is present in the repositories of major distributions, and  in the following maintenance distros: Ultimate Boot CD, System Rescue CD,  RIPLinux and Parted Magic.
Since PhotoRec works in a non-destructive way, that is, it only reads the media, not writing it in any way, it will need another media / disk to save the files that it identified during the reading. I advise you to boot the compromised system with a LiveCD maintenance distro, any of the distros mentioned above and use a PenDrive as auxiliary memory for storing the recovered files. Pendrives with 4, 8, 16 Gigabytes of ram or more are suitable here, depending on the extent of the damage on the analyzed hard drive .
PhotoRec, despite running at the command line, is an interactive program and very easy to use. Note: The disk to be analyzed should be unmounted. When you enter PhotoRec specify which disk is going to be analyzed, which file extensions  PhotoRec should look for and where the read files will be stored, and just let it work. Once retrieved, the files can be analyzed since  PhotoRec retrieves the files and places a generic name on them. In my experiences, I have a success rate of almost 100% with graphics files, audio and some video files. With document files in proprietary formats, results may vary, since proprietary file formats may not be fully recognized by PhotoRec.
PhotoRec is also very useful to do forensic analysis of hard drives. Along with TestDisk, it can recover files from formatted partitions and get proof and evidence that would otherwise be lost. The caveat to be made here is  about the process of Zero-Fill, which writes a pattern on the HD , making impossible to recover it later.
PhotoRec and TestDisk  are creations of Chistophe Grennier.

Site: http://www.cgsecurity.org/

Apture- Digitizing the art of story telling

The art of story telling, which has been all but consumed and replaced by the term ‘blogging’ is a very interesting and satisfying art. However, it can also be very challenging in terms of coming out with credible stories from various sources in an era of information overload. That is where Apture comes in.
If you are a regular on this blog, you might have noted how easily different media are embedded in our posts. Check this post out. What Apture does is to make the adding of different forms of media to your story from different sources- Twitter, YouTube, Flikr and a host of others- easy and in a way that helps to keep readers longer on your site.
With the introduction of the awesome Apture Search Bar (which you can see in action just under your address bar by scrolling down this page), your site just got upgraded to ‘web 2.0 compliant.’ It has really helped increase the number of shares that stories on this blog enjoy, aside from the giving readers the ability to search for real time information about anything both on this site and across the web, from sources such as Twitter.
The search bar also helps brand your site with its customization options as it has been used on this site. If you have not installed Apture yet on your site, I seriously recommend you do. It is free (unless you make millions of hits) and available for all popular platforms. Another good thing Apture is how it easily helps you make very relevant Amazon recommendations to your users in the context of your story. Need I say more to convince you/