10. November 2006 · Comments Off on Saved by S.U.P.E.R. · Categories: Technologies

Got an audio file that Audacity can’t import?  Got a video file and need to grab the audio off it for a podcast?  Did you ask the sound guys at your conference to record the speakers onto DVD — and they created a DVD with VOB files?

The last was my situation yesterday.  Having inadvertently deleted an audio file I recorded at the Global Summit, I dipped into the DVDs expecting data DVDs and found they’d been formatted as DVD DVDs.

Fortunately a co-worker heard my cries and came to the rescue. (Okay, I was whinging in the kitchen, but the end result was the same.)

Enter – SUPER (c) or Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer. SUPER is a freeware, proprietary software package that can play and convert video files to a huge range of other formats, can play and save Internet Media Streams. 

The download was a little slow – 25 MB took about 7 minutes – and the web site is a bit daggy looking, but don’t let that put you off. 

Once you’ve installed it, the program pops open, you adjust the settings and just drag in your file on top of it.  Conversion happens!

SUPER (c) merits a lot deeper exploration and I look forward to playing with it some more.

09. November 2006 · Comments Off on Social responsibility: whose business is it? · Categories: Events, Issues

A Reuters’ “Newsmaker” event that ties together news stories, blogs and a live online debate. The live debate is sponsored by Reuters, The Conference Board and the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard University.  The panel will include a wide range of executives from the corporate and not for profit worlds.

The live debate is going to happen at 6:30pm ET in the United States on 9 November, but if you miss that perhaps they’ll make an audio file available for download after the fact.


05. November 2006 · Comments Off on Cultural ignorance and eBay Australia · Categories: Technologies

As part of an international community, whether you sell, teach, or learn online – you need to take the culture and current events that affect people in other countries into consideration. Especially if you’re providing a service or trying to sell to them.

One would think that a huge organisation that’s supposedly built on facilitating communications and sales would have this down pat.

Apparently not, from the theme eBay Australia is using on the home page of the eBay Australia site (screen shot taken Sunday, 5 November 2006).

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