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May 18, 2022

XA40 Features That I Like

The Top 3 Features Of The Canon XA40 Camera.

The Canon XA40 camera is a great choice for professional videographers. It has three key features that make it stand out from the competition. First, the camera allows multiple audio inputs - allowing the videographer to use multiple mics at the same time. Second, it has a powerful 20x optical zoom lens that allows you to capture close-ups of your subject from a distance. Third, the camera's dual SD card slot makes sure you have a good backup plan in case something happens to the primary card.

Multiple Audio Inputs on the Video Camera

While many video cameras only have a single input for an external microphone, there are now a number of video cameras on the market that have multiple inputs. This is great news for anyone who wants to do video interviews because it means you no longer have to worry about connecting your microphone to the camera.

Just because a camera has multiple inputs, however, doesn't mean that it will work well with all microphones. Some microphones are designed to be plugged into a standard audio input, while others need their own power source. Make sure you know what type of microphone you're using before you start the video project.

Having multiple audio sources works well in Final Cut Pro. You can easily select the audio channel to use and mute the other channels.

20x Camera Zoom

The Canon XA40 is a great camera for anyone looking for an affordable, high-quality zoom camera. The camera has a 20x optical zoom, which means you can get close to your subject without having to move around. This is great for events or nature photography where you need to be able to capture a wide range of images without having to go too far from your subject. The image quality is also fantastic, with the ability to shoot in both 1080p and 4K resolution.

In my tests, I find the zoom to be similar to the 300mm lenses on a Nikon DSLR. You can zoom into a scene without a loss of video quality. The lens can give you a range of 29.3 ' 601mm.

Canon xa40 with Dual SD Card Slot

When it comes to video, the more safety you have, the better. That's why dual SD card slots make it easy to keep your footage safe by allowing you to record simultaneously to two cards. This way, if one card fails or is corrupted, you still have the other copy of your footage as a backup.

You can also set it so that if one card happens to fill up before your shoot is over, you can simply switch to the other card and keep going without missing a beat! This is useful when shooting in 4K which takes up a lot of space.

The nice thing too is that you can set the video to be on one card and photos to go on the other card. This makes it easy to separate video and photo work on a project.

May 17, 2022

Canned Responses in Jira

Easily Create Responses to Your Testing

Canned Responses in Jira is a powerful feature that can save you time and improve your productivity. It allows you to create and store reusable responses for common tasks, such as creating issues, assigning them to someone, or commenting on them. This can be a huge time-saver if you need to respond to the same types of issues frequently.

To create a canned response:

  • In the issue's Quick Actions menu, select Create Canned Response...
  • Enter your response text in the editor window and click Save .
  • The canned response will now appear in the list below. You can edit it at any time by clicking its name. To use it in an issue, just type $ followed by its name (e.g., @$yCannedResponse).

This is useful for QA to create custom responses to testing results. This helps maintain some stability in the testing results.

Canned Response
Sample of where the Canned Reponse is in the comment text dialog box.

Some Example Canned Responses

Issue Ready

*Ready:* Tested using the react app on the QA Server with the latest-$issueKey$ branch

(/) Validated that

Failed Issues

Hey $assigneeFirstName$, I found an issue testing this issue.

Any Testing Steps?

How should QA test this ticket? Do you have a case study so we can validate this functionality? What are the risk points?

What are the expected results of going to each environment'

May 16, 2022

Yellow Can Man

Getting the Dumpster on the truck

This week's video features a truck loading up a 15-yard Dumpster onto a truck. Probably not the most exciting video that I have posted up on this site, but it is interesting to watch how they manage to get the heavy dumpster up on the truck. It seems like it would be difficult to get such a large object onto the back of a vehicle, but these professionals make it look easy!

I think this video is worth watching because it shows how much effort goes into waste management. It can be easy to take for granted all of the work that goes into keeping our environment clean, but videos like this remind us of just how important it is. I encourage you to watch this week's video and learn more about what goes into waste management!

Watch the Video!

May 15, 2022

Declutter Time

Take Time to Declutter Now

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in your home? Are you struggling to find a place for everything? If so, it may be time to consider donating some of your belongings to a declutter donation center.

Donating your excess stuff can be incredibly freeing. It can help you get organized and make space for the things that matter most to you. Plus, it's a great way to help those in need.

There are many declutter donation centers out there, so do your research and find one that best suits your needs. Some centers accept donations of all kinds, while others specialize in certain types of items. Be sure to read up on the center's policies before making any donations.

If you're not sure what to donate, here are a few ideas:

  • Clothing: Donate clothes that are no longer wearable or no longer fit. Hey if your not going to wear it anymore, why are use still keeping it.
  • Books: Donate books that you've already read or don't plan on reading again.
  • Toys: Donate toys that are no longer played with or have been replaced by newer versions.
  • Household Items: Donate unused furniture, appliances, and kitchen supplies."
May 14, 2022

Beep Clock

Convert Decimal time to something readable

Have you ever had the need to convert a time format to 2.563 hours into something more human-readable? If so, you're not alone! In fact, this is a common task that many people need to do on a regular basis.

Luckily, there's an easy way to do this - and it doesn't require any special software or tools. All you need is a basic calculator! Here's how it works:

First, divide the number of hours by 60 (or 6 if you're working in minutes). So, in our example case, 2.563 divided by 60 equals 0.041666667 (or 4 minutes and 16 seconds). Now take that number and multiply it by 100 (or 10 if you're working in seconds). So 0.041666667 multiplied by 100 equals 4.16667 (or 4 hours and 16 minutes).

And voila - your time has now been converted from Hours:Minutes:Seconds format into something more human-readable!

Better Solution has a handy tool to convert decimal time into something that is more readable and easier to explain.

It's a handy tool to have when you need to know the conversion.

This online tool will help you convert decimal hours to hours, minutes and seconds.

Beep My Clock

May 13, 2022

Macintosh ExFAT Format

Best Format for USB Drives

Macintosh ExFat Format is the best way to format your USB drive for use with a Macintosh computer. This format provides compatibility with both Mac and Windows operating systems, making it the perfect choice for cross-platform users.

If you're having problems copying large files to a USB, chances are it's because the USB is using an outdated file system. Unfortunately, the only way to convert to ExFAT is to reformat the USB.

Enfain Ex F A T

Use ExFat Format

USB thumb drives are a convenient way to move files between computers, but their size can be limiting. A USB thumb drive formatted with the Macintosh ExFat file system can store large files without running into the size limitations of other file systems.

The ExFat file system was designed for flash drives and other portable media. It supports files up to 16 terabytes in size, making it ideal for storing large video or image files. The ExFat format is also compatible with both Windows and Mac computers, making it a versatile choice for transferring files between different platforms.

Microsoft Patents

Microsoft owns the patents on several elements of the ExFAT technical design. This means that any company that wants to use this technology must license it from Microsoft. While this may seem like a burden, it is actually a good thing for companies. Microsoft has a strong track record of protecting its patents and ensuring that its technology is used in a responsible way. This means that companies can be confident that they will not face legal challenges from Microsoft if they use ExFAT in their products.

May 12, 2022

Random Words

Generate Random Words for Testing

LaunchBar is a powerful productivity tool that helps you work faster and smarter. It provides instant access to your files, folders, applications, and more. With LaunchBar, you can launch apps with just a few keystrokes, search for information on the web or your computer quickly and easily, open documents and emails with just a couple of clicks, and more.

This week's LaunchBar action is a list of random words. This is useful when you need to test a listing functionality.

Launch Bar Random Words

Installing the Action

  • Download the Randoms Word Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "Random" and use the down arrow to select Ransom Words
  • Hit Enter to generate the Random Words
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
May 11, 2022

Canon XA40 Time Code

Basics of Time Code

The Canon XA40 is a great video camera for professional use. It has excellent features, including time code. Time code is very important in professional video production because it allows you to synchronize different pieces of footage together. The Canon XA40 makes this process easy and efficient, which is why it's such a popular choice among professionals.

Time Code Settings

Resetting the Time Code

When you start a new project, it's always a good idea to reset the time code. This way, you'll know exactly how much footage you actually shot. This is especially important if you're working on a tight deadline. By resetting the time code, you can avoid any confusion and ensure that your project stays on track.

There are two modes to consider:

Preset - This resets the time code back to 00:00:00:00. In most cases, this is what you should select one.

Regen - This checked the SD card for the last media and start from that point. This is useful if you switch SD cards for different projects.

May 10, 2022

Release Engineer Queue Boss

Having a Skill Engineer Available can Help the Release Deployment

Back in 2011, I wrote up the need for an Engineer Queue Boss. This is a short follow-up to that post. (Things have changed in the 11 years since I posted it.)

Release Engineer Queue Boss

An Engineer Queue Boss is someone that handles any issues that Quality Assurance or Customer Support finds. The purpose of this position is to take the load off other engineers so they can focus on their tasks and not be distracted by current issues.

The Engineer Queue Boss needs to have a strong understanding of how the product works, as well as the ability to communicate with both customers and engineers. They need to be able to prioritize tasks and work with other teams in order to get things done quickly and efficiently.

The Engineer Queue Boss will work with the rest of the team to triage and prioritize production release issues, then work to resolve them as quickly as possible. They must have excellent communication skills, be able to effectively manage their time, and have a strong understanding of how the software works.

This position is essential for keeping engineers focused on their tasks and ensuring that customer support and quality assurance are able to do their jobs without being overwhelmed by current issues.

May 9, 2022

Cash App Phone Scam

Why Do they keep calling me?

Cash App is a great way to send and receive money, but there are some scams that you need to watch out for.

One scam is when someone asks you to pay for something with Cash App and sends you a fake invoice. Be careful of any requests like this, and always make sure that the person or company you're paying is legitimate.

Another scam involves someone posing as a Cash App representative. They may ask for your personal information or try to get money from you by saying there's been an issue with your account. Don't give them any information and report the incident to Cash App immediately if this happens.

Phone Call

Listen in to this Cash App call that I got last week - Oh, I don't even have a Cash App account...

May 8, 2022

Keeping you and your loved ones safe from online scams

Tips and Tricks to keep you safe

Safe Online Scams

Online scams are becoming increasingly common, with catfishing alone costing Americans $201 million in recent years. While it may not be possible to achieve total security, educating yourself on the telltale signs of a scam is more important than ever. Modern scammers target their victims on every communications platform from email to mobile phones.

How to spot a scam

The first step to protecting you and your loved ones from scams is being able to recognize their many forms. Scams usually play on our emotions by promising rewards that are too good to be true or making threats. Instilling a sense of urgency is a key part of many scams. These criminals will aim to convince you to part with your money or personal information before you have time to detect the scam. This is often done by masquerading as an official government organization such as the IRS and threatening legal action should you refuse to comply.

The vast majority of communications from scammers will be unsolicited. As such, communications requesting money, and notifying you of unexpected charges or promising rewards should be seen as highly suspicious. However, not all scams are initiated by the scammer. Online dating is rife with catfishing, a scam where the criminal will assume a fake name and persona, convincing victims to send them money under the pretense of romance. As online dating increasingly becomes the norm, users of these platforms must be aware of the potential risks. Tech support scams have been one of the most nefarious and successful criminal enterprises over the last few decades with call centers making millions of dollars each year from mostly elderly victims. These scams usually originate from popup ads or viruses claiming that your operating system has detected an issue that must be resolved. These popups usually point to a phone number claiming to be official tech support. In reality, the phone will be picked up by a scammer in a fraudulent call center whose task will be to convince the victim to hand over money in exchange for removing the non-existent virus.

Protecting you and your loved ones

Children and the elderly are most susceptible to scammers and as such are usually their targets. Unlike children, however, it is difficult if not unreasonable to keep an eye on your elderly loved ones. Instead, the best way to protect them is to teach them to protect themselves the way you do, with a few simple rules. Scammers usually look for personal information and bank details. Ensure that they know not to share this information online and to spot strange or unorthodox payment methods such as gift cards. Many scams mimic official government or company websites and emails to lull victims into a false sense of security. Make a habit of double-checking URLs and email addresses before clicking on the contents. If something looks too good to be true then almost invariably it will be a scam. Checking for these signs and avoiding shady websites and downloads will go a long way towards ensuring your safety online.

The world s increasing digitization over the last few years has led to online scams becoming more prevalent than ever. It s difficult to protect yourself on the internet but for those of us who are educated on scams, our greatest worry may be for family members and loved ones. In this case, learning the rules ourselves and passing them on is critical to keeping them safe.

May 7, 2022

RansomWare Attack

Cool Map of Who Got Attacked by RansomWare

Ransomware attacks are on the rise and pose a serious threat to both individuals and businesses. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts data on a victim's computer, then demands payment in order to decrypt the data. Victims can be forced to pay ransom in order to regain access to their files, or face permanent loss of access if they do not pay.

Ransomware can have a devastating impact on businesses, including loss of revenue and damage to reputation. In some cases, ransomware attacks have caused companies to go out of business. Ransomware also poses a risk to individual users, who may lose important personal files if they are infected with ransomware.

Check out the map put together by where Ransomware have been successful.

Website Description

Each dot represents the location of a ransomware attack, with the color of the dot indicating the sector affected (healthcare, education, government, and business).

This map updates daily and pinpoints the locations of each ransomware attack in the world, from 2018 to the present day. Where available, it includes the ransom amount, whether or not the ransom was paid, the entity, sector, and industry that was targeted, and the strain of ransomware used. Our researchers search through country reports, industry news, and cybersecurity databases to find the latest ransomware attacks on worldwide businesses, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies.

Ransom Ware Attack

May 6, 2022

AppleScript Script Menu

Make AppleScript Accessible in Any app

Adding a script menu to the menu bar is an incredibly useful feature that I recently discovered. This allows you to easily run AppleScript whenever you would like, without having to search for it in your Applications folder. This can be really helpful if you need to run a script regularly, or if you just want easy access to your scripts.

Apple Script Menu

Five Things I Learned

Each application can have a specific set of AppleScript files. This helps declutter the menu and have only the essential scripts shown. Every application can have its own script folder - even if the Applicationdoesn't have built-in support for AppleScript.

In the example above, I have two AppleScripts where I generate an anchor tag for HTML or Markdown. The script output is saved to the clipboard - ready to be pasted in any application.

Do you code in PHP, Python, or BASH? No problem, you can always have AppleScript run your code! Here's a sample line:

do shell script "Python3 ~/scripts/"

That one line of code will execute a Python Script. It can be modified to run any Shell command. Now you can run your code anyplace.

There isn't a way to assign shortcut keys to any AppleScript command.

This is the AppleScript that I wrote to generate the HTML tag of the active Chrome Browser:

tell application "Google Chrome"
	set broswerurl to get URL of active tab of first window
	set browsertitle to get title of active tab of first window
	set the clipboard to "<a href="" & broswerurl & "" >" & browsertitle & "</a >"
end tell
May 5, 2022

Random Word

Add a Random Word to any text field

This week's featured LaunchBar action is the basic Random Word. There are times when you are at a loss of what word to put in a field. This action makes it easy to have a random word generated whenever you need it.


Installing the Action

  • Download the Random Word Action for LaunchBar
  • UnZip the file
  • Double Click on the file to properly install it in LaunchBar

Tips on Using this Action

  • Use the LaunchBar shortcut and type in "Random"
  • Hit Enter to generate the Random Word
  • Use "Shift Return" to insert the text in the current application
  • Use "Command C" to copy to the clipboard.
  • Use "Tab Title" to Convert the word to Title Case.
May 4, 2022

Canon XA40 4k Video

Information on Disk Space Size

When it comes to video, capturing the best quality footage is always a top priority. And while shooting in 4k may seem like overkill for some situations, it can be well worth it in the end.

On cameras like the Canon XA40, shooting an hour of 4k video takes up about 70GB of space on your SD card. This means that if you plan on filming for an hour, you should have at least a 128GB card in the camera slot. The amount of disk space required can vary depending on how many audio channels are being used. For example, if you're using two microphones instead of one, then your disk space requirements will go up by 50%.

If you have a 64GB card and are only using one microphone with 4k resolution and 30fps (frames per second), then you'll max out at around 55 minutes of footage before needing to switch cards or start deleting files.

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May 3, 2022

Dev Tools Screen-shot

Comparison Guide to popular Dev Tools

People use different browsers for various reasons. Some people like the privacy feature of Firefox, while others like the way things are bookmarked in Chrome. Still, others prefer Safari because it is a MacOS default browser. Finally, some people use Edge because it is the newest browser and Microsoft is pushing it as their flagship product.

Occasionally I'll get a screenshot of the Developer Tools in a ticket and I can't figure out what browser they are using. Is it Chrome? Firefox?

Should I ask? Maybe I should know based on the screenshot?

Here's a visual reference of Chrome, FireFox, Edge and Safari. This should help figure out which Developer Tool is being used.

Chrome (MacOS)

Apple Safari

Microsoft Edge


May 2, 2022

Stealing Identity

Some Scams Just want To Steal Your Info

I get calls all the time from companies like "Senior Care." Trying to sell me on some low-cost final expense that has "become available recently in my state." I'm not sure how many people have fallen for this, but it's a scam.

The caller usually starts by saying that they are from a company called Senior Care and they offer low-cost final expenses. They'll ask if you're interested in learning more, and then they'll try to get your personal information, like your Social Security number or date of birth. They may even promise freebies or discounts if you sign up right away.

Don't be fooled ' this is a scam! Legitimate companies will never call you out of the blue and try to sell you something. If someone does call you with an offer like this, just hang up. Its not worth reporting to the FTC as they spoof their call-back number.

Are You Trying to Steal My ID?

In this quick call, I flat out asked the caller... are you stealing my identity. Hey if it was a legitimate call from "Senior Care" they would defend themselves...

May 1, 2022

Video Project Distribution


I am putting together some videos for a project that I recently did. The project requires two types of distribution; DVD and USB Thumb drive. For the DVD, I will need to create a menu and put all of the videos into one file. Then, I will need to create an ISO file so that it can be burned onto a disc. For the USB thumb drive, each video needs to be its own individual file with its own name.

Video Distribution2022


First, let's talk about DVDs. Creating a menu with Toast 10 Peo is really easy and it gives your video presentation a professional look. You can also include additional files on the disc such as PDFs or images if you want. The downside is that not everyone has a DVD player anymore, so you may be limiting your audience somewhat by using this format.

USB Thumb Drive

Now let's talk about USB thumb drives. This method is more versatile because almost everyone has one of these and they are very easy to use - just plug them in and go! However, there isn't really any way to create menus or add additional files like there is with DVDs (although this can be done using software like Autoplay Media Studio). Another downside of this format is that larger video files can take up quite bit of space on your thumb drive which may not be ideal if you're trying to transport them somewhere."

When choosing a thumb drive, you have to decide how much storage you need. A 4GB drive will hold plenty of music or photos, but if you want to store a movie or large file, you'll need something bigger.

A 16GB thumb drive can hold up to 4 hours of high-definition video, so it's perfect for storing your favorite movies and TV shows. Plus, the extra storage space means that you can take your entire digital library with you wherever you go.

Amazon sells 16GB ten-packs for $22.94 and the 9Gb sells for $21.20.

No More DVD Production?

DVDs could soon be a thing of the past. With more and more people getting their entertainment online or through USB thumb drives, DVD distribution might not be viable for much longer.

This might be the last project where I'll create DVDs as part of the distribution. I think more projects are going to be distributed online or via USB thumb drive.

The thumb drives should last about 10-years. Assuming that people don't watch the movie from the thumb drive a couple of thousand times.

April 30, 2022

Zoom Tool

Pixelied Zoom tool is a handy tool to use

Pixelied is an online image editor that has 95 feature tools, making it easy to touch up images. With these tools, you can quickly touch up images without having to learn photoshop. Pixelied also offers a wide range of photo filters and effects that you can use to enhance your photos.

The Zoom tool is a neat tool to zoom into an image - especially if you want the user to focus on a particular object. The zoom does a good job keeping the quality image without a lot of pixelation.

Zoom in on Images Instantly

Don't want to waste too much time zooming in on your photo? We've got your back! With Pixelied's Zoom slider, you can simply slide back and forth to zoom in or out of your photo.

Now easily slide forth to zoom in as much as you want into your favorite photo, or pull the slider back to zoom out. Fast zoom has never been this straightforward!

Zoom Images

April 29, 2022

Year On A Page

Posterino is the Best Option

There are several Macintosh applications that make it really easy to create a Year on a Page calendar. These calendars can be used as quick reference tools to help you plan your year.

You can't create Year on a Page printout using Apple Calendar or Google Calendar. The best application that I found to create Year On a Page is Posterino. It's really easy to use and you can produce a simple customize calendar in a matter of seconds.


Here are the steps to create a custom Year on A Page:

  • Launch Posterino
  • In the Template Wizard select Calendars and then double click on the "One Year - plain" Template
  • Select whatever Page size you want. 8x10 is a good standard size to use.
  • To make changes to the calendar, mouse over the months and you should see a cog wheel in the top right corner.
  • Noe you can change the start year and month - making it easy to create a calendar whenever you need it. You can even create a layout for the next three months (quarters).
  • Once your done - just print or save it as a PDF.

YOAP- Posterino

Some Notes

You can add references to Apple Calendars in your "Year on a Page Calendar." The only problem is there is no guide, on the page, to what color goes with the calendar.

There are all sorts of additional configurations in the Adjust panel. You can change the color of the Month, have Weekday have longer names, and more. You can even have adjacent days show up on the months too - in a lighter color. There's also a setting to draw the month frame and grid lines.

There are 11 different Calendar templates to select from in Posterino

Posterino cost $19.99 for a single user or $29.99 for the household. Obviously, there's a lot you can do with this application. The Year on a Page functionality is just one way to use the application.

Online Options

There are some online services that are available that you can use. These are free and don't offer the same customization that Posterino does.

TimeandDate - Create your own PDF Printable Calendar. You can create a login so you don't have to type in events every time you create a calendar. Very popular solution and they have good templates.

CalendarLabs - Quick and easy calendars. Just download the PDF and your on your way. There are some customization available.

April 28, 2022

Xavier Font

Old Font that Still Viable Today

I was browsing around some old fonts that I had on my Powerbook Laptop. I came across Xavier as it was an interesting font type. I thought it would be good to learn more about this font.

Xavier Regular Font

I pulled out my Boston Computer Society CD and found the original font. The font creation date is August 4, 1992, but I think that's the date the CD was created. Here's the text of the read me file:

Dear User,
Xavier is a very elegant "Blackletter" suitable for body text.  If you are familiar with a wide range of typefaces, you may recognize it as an adaptation of "Pamela".
Special features of this typeface include semi-illustrated caps (use option-shift-letter) which will be more beautiful and evident at point sizes larger than 24 points (okay at the beginning of paragraphs/sections, etc.).  Also, check out the characters used as brackets as well as '<' and '>', the dagger character (option-t), and the double dagger (option-shift-7).  
The artwork of some of the characters in this typeface is so intricate that if you try to print every character on one page, a LaserWriter Plus will overrun the font cache and not print the page.  So use the illustrative characters sparingly (generally a good idea anyway from a graphic art standpoint'subtlety is always best).  I imagine if you have a newer LaserWriter (II or greater) you shouldn't have this problem.  
Down to business:
I would like to maintain some control over my work, therefore this typeface is available only to members of CompuServe.  No other party [the end-user, or company specializing in assembling shareware software on disks for sale, or user group distribution of shaweware] is permitted to distribute this software in any way to any other party.
This software is AS-IS.  The bitmaps are not going to be very good (but they will serve you well for the final layout).
If you make your contribution before November 1, 1992--
The price:	     $10 (you may consider it hurricane relief). 
After November 1, 1992:  $15
Thank you very much.
Francis X. Mahoney, Jr.

The mailing address was removed from the Read Me as I am sure that Francis X. Mahoney, Jr. doesn't live at the address any more.

The hurricane relief that was mentioned can't be for Hurricane Andrew as that landed on August 16 - which was 2 weeks after the creation date. I couldn't find any specific storm in 1991 or 1990 that hit the Louisiana area (where the contribution was to go.)

Intersting that this font isn't available any place online. I uploaded a sample text to What The Font and I didn't get any good suggestions.

There are 152 Glyphs in this collection.

Xavier Glyphs
Sample of some of the Glyphs in the collection.

April 27, 2022

White Balance

Tips on setting up White Balance on the xa40

When it comes to video, white balance is key. The Canon XA40 has a range of white balance settings to help you get the perfect shot, but knowing which one to use and how to use it can be tricky.

Canon X A40 White Balance

Four Things I Learned

When you're in manual mode, you can assign White Balance Priority to an assignable button, making it easy to switch to that mode when you need it. This is a great way to ensure that your photos always have accurate white balance, no matter what conditions you're shooting in.

In infrared photography, the white balance cannot be adjusted because it is not possible to determine what "white" should be. The colors in an infrared photograph are determined by the wavelength of light that is being captured, so there is no way to adjust the white balance and make everything look "normal." This limitation can be surprising for some people who are used to adjusting the white balance in order to get accurate colors in their photographs.

The Canon xa40's Custom White Balance feature can provide better results than the automatic mode in changing lighting conditions, close-ups, and certain fluorescent lights. This means that it's really worth knowing how to use this feature.

To use the custom white balance, Point the camcorder at a gray card or white object so that it fills the frame at the center of the screen, and then select the white balance icon on the screen. When the icon stops flashing the camera white balance has been set.

General Tips

Here are some general tips for getting the most out of your XA40's white balance:

1) Auto White Balance (AWB) is great for everyday shooting. It automatically adjusts colors so that they look natural, regardless of the lighting conditions. AWB works best in medium or bright light; in low light situations, results may be inconsistent.

2) If you're shooting in low light or under artificial lighting, try using one of the preset white balances instead of AWB. Tungsten gives a warm tone that's great for indoor shots lit by tungsten bulbs; Daylight produces a cooler tone that's better suited for outdoor shots or shots taken under fluorescent lights, and Cloudy creates a softer look that's good for scenes with mixed lighting sources.

3) You can also fine-tune the color temperature manually if none of the presets fit your needs perfectly. This option is available on all three preset modes as well as AWB mode. To do this, use either the touchscreen or joystick on your camera to adjust the color temperature until it looks right to you. Keep in mind that adjusting too far from neutral can produce unwanted results, so always go slowly when making adjustments!

April 26, 2022

Volume Testing

Know How The System will Handle Large Data

Volume Testing2022

Volume testing is a type of software testing that determines the system's ability to take data in large volumes. This type of testing is often used to test the performance and scalability of systems, as well as their ability to handle peak loads. Volume tests can be conducted on both live and simulated data sets, depending on the needs of the organization.

One key consideration when conducting volume tests is determining how much data to use. Too little data may not accurately reflect real-world conditions, while too much data can overwhelm the system and make it difficult to perform accurate tests. Additionally, testers need to ensure that they are simulating realistic user activity patterns when generating test data.

When volume testing is complete, organizations should have a good idea of how their systems will perform under high traffic loads. This information can help inform decisions about system architecture and capacity planning going forward.

There are a number of tools and techniques you can use for volume testing:

  • Load Testing Tools: These tools help simulate heavy user loads on systems by sending requests at specific intervals and measuring response times.
  • Data Generation Tools: These tools create realistic test data sets that accurately represent actual customer behavior.
  • Transaction Simulation Tools: These tools allow testers to model complex business processes using virtual customers.
April 25, 2022

Unexpected Voicemails

Couple of Weird Voicemail messages

This past week, I received a couple of very unusual voice mails. One was from the Tele-Ministry System and the other was from Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

Tele-Ministry System message

I have no idea how they got my phone number, but they left a message asking me to call them back. I wasn't sure what to make of it, so I decided to do some research online. It turns out that the Tele-Ministry System is a religious organization that uses automated messages to spread their faith. After reading more about them, I decided that I didn't want anything to do with them and deleted the voice mail.

Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes message

Publishers Clearing House (PCH) is a legitimate company that runs sweepstakes and lotteries. However, there are many scams out there that use the PCH name in order to try and trick people into sending them money.

One common scam is when someone calls you claiming to be from PCH and saying that you've won a large prize. They may even tell you to call back on a specific number in order to "claim" your winnings. However, this is not how PCH operates - they will never contact winners directly by phone in order to award them a prize.

If you receive any calls like the one I got, it's important not to give out any personal information or money, and instead report the scammer call back number to authorities.

Voice Messages

Tele-Ministry System Transcript

Full Transcript from Hooper Communications:

Hello this is Tim Hooper from Mobile Alabama for the tele ministry system 
do you want to grow your ministry 
our church system is the only system that can call 1,500 people a day 
40,000 people a month in your own voice to invite to your church 
or to tell about the needs of your ministry 
our sister knows every cell phone number and landline number in the general public 
Pastor, make a message in your own voice and enter in any area code or zip code in our system makes everything all number in 3 seconds 
the person calls can leave a message 
go to your website to make a donation 
you could average 50 plus responses a day from people needing prayer 
people interested in joining your ministry 
people offering to make donations to the ministry 
one telephone call from you to the community could pay for the system in full from their donations
also our system can be used to contact any group of your church and your voice.

Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes Scam

Full Transcript of the scam:

Hello this is a secure phone call from the sweepstakes headquarters at 4800 Signature Dr., Raleigh, NC 
You are a selected winner with Publishers' Clearinghouse Sweepstakes 
and association with Windstar international 
your claim code is 100234 
I repeat 100234 
This represents the grand prize package of 2.5 million 
and the most awesome bonus prize ever 
A brand new 2022 BMW congratulations 
Please call our claim department at 623-264-1613 
Again 623-264-1613 
We will be expecting your call for clearance 
There will be agents available to assist with your delivery schedule thanks for your patience...
April 24, 2022

Buying a House in 2022

Some Lessons Learn in the Early Stages

We are in the early stages of looking for a new house. This is the first time in nearly 15 years that we are house hunting and things have changed a lot. The market is hot and there are so many choices out there! We want to make sure that we find the right home for our family, so we are taking our time to look around and figure out what's important to us.

One thing that has surprised us is how expensive houses have become. Even though our income has grown since we last bought a home, it seems like prices have skyrocketed! We will need to save up more money if we want to buy something in today's market.

Another big change since 2008 is how popular online tools like Zillow and Trulia are. It's really easy now to see what houses are being listed for sale in your area, as well as get an idea of what they might be worth. This has been really helpful for us as we start our search - it gives us a good baseline understanding of pricing in different neighborhoods.

Overall, buying a home today feels very different than it did 15 years ago! But that doesn't mean it isn't still an exciting process -we can't wait to find the perfect place for our family

Buying A Homein2022

Things I have Learned (so far)

The housing market is hot right now and you have to move fast if you want to buy a house. As soon as you find a place that you like, put down an offer - even if it's not an "all-cash offer." Chances are the sellers won't pay attention to your offer if it's not all cash.

Moving is Stressful

Moving is stressful. It's a process that takes longer than some people think it will. And it can be expensive. But, there are ways to make the process easier and less expensive.

The first step is to plan ahead and get organized. Start by sorting through your belongings and deciding what you want to keep, sell or donate. Next, create a budget and timeline for your move. This will help you determine how much time you need to pack and how much money you need to budget for moving expenses such as truck rental, packing supplies, and movers' fees if needed .

If possible, try to schedule your move during the off-season when rates are lower at moving companies. And take advantage of free or discounted boxes from local stores or online sources like U-Haul Box Exchange. You can also save money on packing materials by using old newspapers, towels, or blankets instead of bubble wrap or packing peanuts .

Finally, don't forget Murphy's Law - Anything that can go wrong during a move usually does! So be prepared for unexpected delays and costs by having extra cash on hand just in case something goes wrong .


Finding a home that's available and fits your needs can be tricky. With everything being online, it's easy to get lost in the shuffle of listings. The best way to find an available home is to use multi-listing services (MLS). MLS databases compile information from many different real estate sources into one place so you can search for properties more easily.

Another advantage of using MLS is that you have access to more properties than you would if you were only searching on individual websites. This is because not all real estate agents list their properties on every website. By using MLS, you'll have a greater chance of finding the perfect property for sale.

If you're looking for a new home, don't miss out on the benefits of using MLS!

Get Everyone Involve

When looking for a house, it is important that everyone in the family is on the same page. This means knowing what each person wants in a home and getting everyone involved in the house-hunting process.

For example, one family member might want a large yard while another wants plenty of bedrooms. If these needs are not communicated and considered during the search, it could lead to disappointment and frustration down the road.

It's also important to keep everyone's budget in mind when viewing homes. Trying to find something that fits everyone's needs and budget can be difficult, but it's definitely worth trying! By working together as a team, you're more likely to find your perfect home - sooner rather than later!

Keep a Journal

If you're like most people, you're probably in the process of house hunting right now. And if you're like me, you may have already found yourself falling in love with a few houses that are perfect...except for one thing: they don't have a journaling area.

Don't worry - I'm here to tell you that keeping an active journal can help make up for this lack and still help with the house search. How? By giving you something to reference later when trying to recall things that you liked in other houses.

For example, let's say that one of your favorite features of another house was the huge windows in the living room. If your new home doesn't have any windows at all, but does have a great fireplace instead, being able to remember what it was like having natural light streaming into the living room can help make peace with your decision.

In short, keeping an active journal is a great way to supplement your memory and keep track of all the little details about each and every house that catches your eye (good or bad). So go ahead and start writing - who knows? It might just come in handy down the road!

Different Agents

It can be a good idea to work with different agents when buying a home. Different agents have unique experiences that can help you find the perfect home. They may know the territory better or they may know what to look for when walking through a house.

When working with different agents, it is important to keep in mind that each one has their own strengths and weaknesses. You may want to ask your friends and family for referrals, or look online for reviews of local agents. Once you have a few names, interview them to see which one would be the best fit for you.

Be sure to let your agent know what you are looking for in a home and how much you are willing to spend on it; this will help them focus their search on houses that meet your criteria. And don't hesitate to ask questions - an experienced agent should be happy to answer any of your concerns about the process of buying a home."

April 23, 2022

Trivia Generator

Learn something new in the Random Trivia Generator

Trivia games are a great way to kill time and learn new things. Who knows, the information you learn might help you win at a quiz show! There are all sorts of trivia games out there, from general knowledge questions to specific topics like movies or music.

If you're looking for a fun way to test your knowledge, try playing some trivia games online. You can find quizzes on just about any topic imaginable, so there's something for everyone. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time, but it's also an excellent opportunity to learn new things. So what are you waiting for? Start playing some trivia games today!

Try the Random Trivia Generator, its a fun site to learn all sorts of interesting facts.

Website Information

RTG helps you fill your brain with useless information

Random Trivia Generator seems like a contradiction because trivia can already be seen as random. For instance, why do you need to know which bird lays the largest eggs? You don't, but it's always fun to know the answer in case there is no Internet connection around and someone desperately needs to know. P.S., the answer is an ostrich.

Trivia Generator

April 22, 2022


Service Blocking Keyboard Maestro App

Sentinel One  Cyber Security

SentinelOne is the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) powered cybersecurity platform that prevents threats at a faster speed, greater scale, and higher accuracy than humanly possible.

The platform uses AI to identify and prevent cyber threats in real-time, across all devices and networks. It does this by analyzing data patterns and behaviors to identify malicious activity before it can cause damage.

Since SentinelOne is powered by AI, it can detect threats that traditional security measures cannot see. This makes the platform incredibly effective at preventing cyberattacks from causing harm or stealing valuable data.

In addition to its threat prevention capabilities, SentinelOne also provides comprehensive reporting on all activity across your network so you can stay informed of any potential risks.

Sentinel One Keyboard Maestro

Keyboard Maestro

Apparently the Keyboard Maestro application is considered a threat in the SentinelOne world.

When you uncompress the file, immediately SentinelOne will remove the Keyboard Maestro Engine. There is no chance to override it. Poof! it's gone.

Without the Keyboard Maestro Engine you can't use the application. THere's no way around it.

You can get approval from Admin that the file is safe, but the file has been removed. Someone from IT will need to log in to the computer and disable the SentinelOne and unzip so that SentinelOne doesn't delete it.

It's one thing to protect a computer, but should you limit the productivity of the users?

Why Keyboard Maestro?

Keyboard Maestro is an automation tool that helps speed up personal productivity. Users can save a lot of time by not having to type repeated statements.

Keyboard Maestro has an excellent ClipBoard History manager that makes it easy to recall previously saved clipboard content - saving lots of time from copying common text and images. You can even save the content to be reused over and over again.

Keyboard Maestro has the ability to tap into Chrome. Users can parse URLs to be used in other apps. For example, if I am in Slack and I want to post the current Jira ticket that I have open, I can type a simple command and instantly have a Markdown parse version of the Jira page.

There's so much more that Keyboard Maestro can do to help users be more efficient in their day-to-day activities.


According to the Developer, SentinelOne needs to fix its software. They have voiced their complaint and nothing happens.

I wonder what other applications are being prevented installed by SentinelOne.

April 21, 2022

Real Audio Player

Good Audio Codec that made Sharing Audio Fun

RealAudio was developed as a streaming media format, meaning that it can be played while it is downloaded. It is possible to stream RealAudio using HTTP. In this case, the RealAudio file is retrieved similarly to a normal web page, but playback begins as soon as the first part is received and continues while the rest of the file is downloaded. Using HTTP streaming works best with pre-recorded files so some alternative protocols have been developed which work better for live broadcasts.

One such protocol is RTSP (Real-Time Streaming Protocol), which allows for more reliable streaming of live content by establishing control connections between servers and clients before starting the transmission of data packets. RTSP also allows for seeking within streamed content, something that's not possible with HTTP streaming alone.

Real Audio Logo

Real Player Information

There was an extension available to export Real Audio format in Sound Edit Pro. This is what I used in the late 1990s to convert audio to Real Audio format. It allowed me to share my audio recordings with friends and family who did not have the same software that I did. The quality of the converted files was excellent, and I never had any problems with them.

In the early 2000s, I started using Real Player Producer which offered better sound quality and you could convert multiple audio clips at once. This software was a great alternative to other programs like Windows Media Player or iTunes. It was easy to use and allowed you to customize your audio files in many ways. You could add effects, change the pitch or speed of the clip, and even add text or images. This software was a great way to improve your audio files and make them more unique.

Real Audio files use the .ra extension. These files are audio recordings that can be played back on a computer or other device. The .ra extension is also used for Real Audio helper files, which are text files that contain a link to the actual audio recording. These helper files can be opened with any text editor.

Rogue Amoeba Fission has the ability to open up Real Audio formatted files.

I never used the streaming services that Progressive Networks offered. It was an expensive solution for a simple hobby.

April 20, 2022

Quality Photos

You Can Take Awesome Photos using a Video Camera

Are you looking for a camera that can take great quality photos in 4k format? If so, then the Canon XA40 is the perfect option for you! This camera has a photo quality of 3840 by 2160, which means your photos will look amazing. Not to mention, the XA40 is also capable of recording in 4k format, so you can capture all of your memories in stunning detail. Plus, it's easy to use this camera even if you're not an experienced photographer - making it the perfect choice for anyone.

Sample Photo

Canon X A40 Photo
Photo Enhanced by Luminar Neo

Things I Learned

You can't take a photo while you're shooting a video - at least not in the Canon XA40.

The Canon XA40 has a great feature that allows you to assign one of the assignable buttons to take photos. This is a quick way to take a photo, and it's very convenient. I highly recommend setting up one of the back buttons to quickly take photos

From the Canon Manual: Photos taken with the Canon XA40 are in three sizes. The first size is 3840x2160 and it is 3,080KB. The second size is 1920x1080 and it is 880KB. The third size is 1280x720 and it is 420KB

The iPhone file size is 4032''-3024

Photo Format: DCF (Design rule for Camera File system), compatible with Exif Ver. 2.3, JPEG compression

MetaData Info

Interesting MetaData that is produced in each photo. Note that the GPS isn't included because the XA40 doesn't have any GPS information.

Name: IMG_0131.JPG
Location: /Users/cryan/Desktop
Dimensions: 3840 x 2160
File Size: 4.1MB (4,143,372)
Date Created: 4/18/22 11:14:04 AM
Date Modified: 4/18/22 11:14:04 AM
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon XA40
F-Stop: F4
Focal Length: 3.7 mm
Exposure Time: 1/100 s
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Date Time Original: 4/18/22 11:14:02 AM
Date Time Digitized: 4/18/22 11:14:02 AM
White Balance: Auto
Metering Mode: Center weighted average
Flash: No flash function
Exposure Mode: Auto
Digital Zoom: 1.0
Color Space: sRGB
Orientation: top, left
Pixel X Dimension: 3840
Pixel Y Dimension: 2160
X Resolution: 72
Y Resolution: 72
Resolution Unit: inch
April 19, 2022

Pet Testing

Talk to Your Pet While Testing

Debugging code can be a difficult process, but luckily there are a few tricks that can make it a little bit easier. One popular technique is called rubber duck debugging. This approach involves explaining the code to a rubber duck (or some other inanimate object). By vocalizing your thoughts and walking through the code step by step, you can often find and fix errors more easily.

This method has been shown to be surprisingly effective, even for experienced developers. In fact, one study found that programmers who used Rubber Duck Debugging were able to solve problems 34% faster than those who didn't use the technique. So if you're struggling with a particularly tricky bug, give rubber duck debugging a try ' you might be surprised at how well it works!

For QA, I submit a new concept of Pet Testing.

Pet Testing

As a QA Engineer, you conduct testing by explaining the testing logic to your pet. Basically, you would be talking to the pet to explain why you are testing a certain area. This allows for a clear understanding of what is being tested and why. In this way, pets can be an effective tool for quality assurance.

One common use case for this technique is when testers are trying to verify that an application behaves as expected under different conditions. Explaining your tests to a pet can help ensure that all potential scenarios are considered and accounted for. Additionally, it can help identify any potential issues with how the application is being tested or with the test plan itself.

Of course, using pets as part of your QA process requires some extra effort on your part ' but the benefits can be worth it! By taking the time to communicate with your pet about why you're doing each test, you create an additional layer of clarity and communication around your work ' and that's always good news for quality assurance

Spawns Other Pet-Type Testing Terms

This could spawn off other type of pet testing terminology, such as:

Aardvark Testing - Aardvark Testing is a process for identifying and fixing defects or errors in a software program. It is used to determine whether a particular type of bug exists in the software. Aardvark Testing can be used to find bugs in the code, design, requirements, or documentation.

Aardvark Testing is named after an animal that eats termites. Just as the aardvark eats termites, Aardvark Testing eats bugs. The name was chosen because it is easy to remember and fun to say.

Rabbit Testing - Rabbit testing is a process of verifying the quality of software products and services through rapid and repetitive execution of tests. It helps to identify defects early in the software development life cycle, which reduces the cost and time required for their correction. Quick testing is an efficient way to ensure that high-quality products are delivered to customers.

The goal of quick testing is to identify problems quickly so that they can be fixed before they cause serious damage. Quick tests can be run on every build, allowing developers to find and fix problems as they occur. This approach helps reduce the number of defects that make it into production, improving the quality of the final product.

Sloth Testing - Slow down and take your time testing. Make sure to test all the fundamentals of the application - but go slow. This is a good time to add bandwidth throttling to see how the site performs when service is slow. Testing under load conditions can help identify potential problems and bottlenecks in your system before they become real issues for customers.

Sugar Glider Testing - Sugar Gliders are nocturnal animals that spend the majority of their time active at night. This makes them a perfect subject for black-box testing, as they will not be disturbed by the testers. Black box testing is a type of software testing where the inner workings of the software are unknown to the testers. This allows for unbiased and accurate results. Sugar gliders have been used in black-box tests in Europe for over a decade with great success. The use of sugar gliders in this type of testing is humane and provides valuable information about how the software works under different circumstances