Getting older drivers to work in Windows 8

Should you have an old device that Windows 8 does not recognise or will not install, try using a Vista driver. A lot of Windows 7 drivers have code limiting their use to Windows 7 only, where as Vista drivers do not.


A quick screen recorder - Screencast-o-Matic

If you are looking for a quick screen recorder without the bells and whistles with a free15 min. recording limit, then head over to screencast-o-matic.com

Make sure your microphone is ready to go, then visit Screencast-o-Matic, and click “start recording.” No login needed. Say yes to any dialog boxes that might pop up. And then you will get this dotted box.

Anything that is inside the box screencast-o-matic will record. To resize the box, click and drag any of the little squares.

Check the volume on your microphone by looking at the meter on the toolbar. Click the down arrow next to the meter to choose a different microphone.

Click the WebCam icon to choose your WebCam and turn it on.

Your WebCam video will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. Even though it is outside of the recording area as designated by the dotted box, the WebCam will still be recorded.

Click the record button (red circle). When you’re done recording, you can grab the red triangle at the bottom of the WebCam window to resize it. Click and grab the WebCam video to move it where you want it to appear in your screencast.

You can now choose publish it on YouTube or to Video File (saves to your computer).


iTunes Stuck on Accessing iTunes Store

If you've ever loaded up your iTunes and it gets stuck on "Accessing iTunes Store" then you can feel the frustration of just waiting for it to complete but it just stays on the message and only goes away when you click the little "X"

 If de-authorizing, repairing, re-installing the program does not solve the problem then try this:
 on a Windows machine go to the START button, the search box type, "CMD" which will find the cmd.exe but don't press enter.  Right-click and click "RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR."  At the command prompt, Type "NETSH WINSOCK RESET"

You will need to re-start your computer after that but should be okay.


Transfer Files Between Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive

BackupBox is a clever web service which allows you to transfer your files between Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, SkyDrive, Amazon S3 or any FTP drives.

You can schedule or do the transfer immediately. You can select to transfer the entire contents or select a particular folder alone.

BackupBox is definitely a time and bandwidth saver when you want to move files from one service to another without any manual intervention

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