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Title: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on September 08, 2011, 04:10:33 pm
Looking to create a simple personal web site.
Not Facebook  >:(

I used to have Geocities way back when. Now I'm at Yahoo. They don't offer anything that I can tell.

Any free, simple hosting sites out there for this kind of stuff? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on September 09, 2011, 01:40:12 am
I'm interested in this as well.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Wilson on September 20, 2011, 04:53:28 pm
I'm not sure if this is just for the creation or if Google actually hosts it for you.

https://sites.google.com/
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on September 21, 2011, 11:47:17 am
I will check that out.


Now, another problem.

A little history: I can listen to music in my car from a USB memory stick. I simply drag the files Iíve ripped to my computer from there to the stick.

When I put it in the car, some folders show up, other folders do not. Looking into it further, the car only accepts MP3 and WMA. I believe itís not seeing the .WAV files. Looking at the files, some are ripped wma, some mp3, some wav. How or why they are differentÖ I donít know. I always did it the same way with Windowís media player.

Anyway, I think itís a matter of getting the right file and all of them the same. Is there an easy way to take those files on my computer and convert them to mp3? 
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on October 04, 2011, 08:46:31 am
So figured out the above problem with my music files. They need to be in an mp3 format. For some reason, files got recorded differently.

Anyway, the iTunes tool easily handled conversion. Converted and then loaded them to the stick and all is good. I just need to figure out the iTunes options and capabilities now. The organization of my files are all over the place.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 04, 2011, 09:56:01 am
Mac, you're going about this all wrong. Personally, I play vinyl in my car. Only problem is that I have to drive really slow and avoid pot holes on the roads. No file conversions whatsoever.  ;D
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on October 04, 2011, 09:58:53 am
Anybody knows, taping a quarter over the needle on the arm will solve the jumping about problem.

Now... you can speed back up.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on October 04, 2011, 10:03:51 am
(http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i266/Chiprocks1/Smilies/0%20All%20Smilies/notworthy.gif)
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 08, 2013, 12:14:25 pm
Band Web Site

Question for you internet geeks.

My band has still been tossing  around ideaís for a name. Just when we think we have a cool unique name, bam, some band has done it. This is discovered by just a quick cursory google check.

Well, we think we have come up with a name that a band has not grabbed ontoÖ yet. I did a check and came up with a butt load of hits, but no band names or sites.

I can type in the address line, variations of what I presumed site would be to check. Sometimes I see various iterations. Other times it comes up blank.

My question is, what more can I do to validate we have something we can take ownership too. Is there a website to check domain names?  Or do we have to wait to apply (go daddy) to find out?

Also, the best situation for us is to have our bandname.com, but that is taken by a graphic web site that just uses it for a splash page. I guess we could contact him to negotiate something. Otherwise come up a variation? Bandname.net?

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 08, 2013, 08:23:36 pm
Honestly, I think your best bet would be to contact the office that deals strictly with Trademarking a name. But this can run into big money should you move forward. They may offer you alternatives to what you can try before filing with them and dishing out cash. Keep in mind, just because you get the name you want on "GoDaddy" or any other website, that won't keep anyone else from laying claim to your name. It has to be official, i.e. legal which cost money. So if you just do it that way with getting a website, don't be surprise if someone else stumbles across your name and then discovers it hasn't been trademarked yet and decides to do it themselves officially and reap the rewards from it.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 09, 2013, 05:50:35 am
Wait, so Go Daddy is not official. If you buy XYZ.com, someone else can take it?

How?

What is the trademark against?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 09, 2013, 06:10:03 am
It's not legal. Getting a Trademark is akin to getting your band name notarize with official documents. Go Daddy is nothing more than a public signup sheet. I'm not an expert in this, so you really need to call their office and hearing it from the horses mouth before you go any further. Better to be safe than sorry. Who knows, they may have good news and tell you it is an alternative.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 09, 2013, 06:53:41 am
OK, then will do.

Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 20, 2013, 11:35:54 am
So we agreed upon a name. Until itís written in stone, Iíll reserve publishing it. We are going to approach an individual that has the dot com we want. Heís not really using it. We have a plan B if that should fail.

So I thought I asked this before. I donít see anything in a search. I would like to build the site. Iíve been using WIX. It has great templates, easy to use, update, etc. Itís free. Thus it does have a unique web address. They do offer to link to your registered domain, but thatís like $4/month. Until we go on world tour, have limoís and groupies, I ainít payiní some monthly fee.

So is there sites to give you the tools to build your person website and export it to the domain we purchase?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 20, 2013, 11:39:14 am
You could do a search on YouTube for Website building and add tutorial into the mix and you should get a nice sizable return. Yes, you'll have to sit down and watch some of them to see if the programs are what you're looking for and whatnot.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 20, 2013, 11:39:57 am
As for your band name, I'm still holding out hope you go with Mac and the Cheeses.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 20, 2013, 11:45:34 am
Quote
As for your band name, I'm still holding out hope you go with Mac and the Cheeses.

OHMYGAWD.... Who'd thunk the name is taken...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyCoLh3mRiE
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 20, 2013, 11:46:39 am
Hahahahahahaha.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 27, 2013, 06:57:56 am
So what is the current state of affairs of pictures on the internet?

Iíd like to build our website using mostly graphics. I mean there is not much to talk about the band except the basics of who we are and where we are playing. Iíll use free fonts, that much I know.

So can I use photos, any photos, I find on the web? OK, I know logos and proprietary images are forbidden, but what about joe blow that has taken a picture of a guitar or clouds or some such. Can I use them?

Iíve already looked up free public photos and those are anything but free.

Iím also not using these images to make money, like a product. Just to dress up a web page.
Am I being stupid here? This is something you just donít do?

edit add: I did find this... Wikimedia (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Reusing_content_outside_Wikimedia)
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 27, 2013, 07:12:49 am
I don't think grabbing random images online even matters, especially if you are not selling it for profit. Besides, with everything out there, how can anyone possibly monitor what a Website has? I think you are fine if all you are doing is just 'dressing up' your site. Granted, once you start to make a name for yourself and get a following, you may want to swap out any images that you didn't personally take for your own. Not for legal reasons, but simply for the fact that it would look tacky and cheap if some of your fans recognize the images belonging to someone else.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 27, 2013, 08:16:11 am
Yea, I was pretty much thinking what you've suggested. I just want to get the web site up and going.

Even think I'll use some kind of photoshop like tool to alter the image just a little.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 29, 2013, 06:35:46 am
How about logo's? How close can you get your logo to look 'similar' to another. Is it subjective?

I found a logo, but what if I did it with different colors and different layout? But the core idea was the same.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 29, 2013, 06:45:42 am
Well, if you're dressing the site up with it, anything and everything can be used. But you need to think long term. As I mentioned earlier, your fans will know and may comment on it, be it positive or negative. And I'm sure that you will want to brand yourself with your own identity from music, fashion and design. Personally, if I were you I would spend a little time working out some original logo designs. You can borrow the 'feel' from other more popular logos, but I wouldn't outright swipe it.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 29, 2013, 07:19:47 am
Yea, I'm never been a fan of stealing a design. I just appreciate good design and want something like that in creativity. I was trying to convince myself for a few nanoseconds, it would be OK.  :-\

I'm going to ask my nephew if he would like to take a stab at a couple of things. Logo and header design with font.

I was going to ask you, but figured you were quite busy and I couldn't pay you either.

I'm also thinking about going to our community colleges and tasking some of the graphic and design classes with a challenge (This actually happened to me when I was there in some graphic classes). Again, I couldn't pay anything... it would be just a real business challenge.

I've got a web page design I like, from Go Daddy, and now need to put some creative juices into making it look good for us.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 29, 2013, 07:23:13 am
Normally I'd work on anything you wanted. But I've been so swamped lately that it temporarily derailed my own Sketch Thread that I set up a couple of weeks ago. Ugh!!!
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 29, 2013, 08:06:28 am
You bastige.... you set a goal for yourself and you're derailed already?

Dayum dude



I keed, I keed



That kind of stuff happens all the time. **** happens
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Neumatic on August 29, 2013, 09:24:59 am
You know, Squarespace has all these built-in templates and a What You See is What You Get editor, it's pretty cheap and combine that with some cheap Shutterstock images if you really need them, it's not that expensive to get a site up and running.  And you can get some good discounts as well, they advertise on a lot of Revision 3 and Twit shows so check one out and go to the commercial and there should be a discount code.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 29, 2013, 09:32:36 am
I forgot all about Squarespace since the demise of TRS. They always plugged the site. Since then, I haven't heard anything about Squarespace, even on other Rev3 shows.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on August 29, 2013, 09:38:23 am
SquareSpace (http://www.squarespace.com/stories/#seth-godin)

Mac, I know you're working within Go Daddy, but you should check it out. Get some ideas and whatnot. Who knows, this may in fact be easier than Go Daddy. Props to Neumatic for reminding me about this site. What shows are currently using the discount codes to get a better pricing deal btw?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Neumatic on August 29, 2013, 09:54:00 am
I have no idea, all I can think of is that 23andMe commercial.  They gotta be plugging it on some show... I think Framerate might be, and How Did This Get Made.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on August 29, 2013, 10:22:20 am
Thanks guys....

... I walked through it quite a bit. I like some of the stuff.

I was wondering about the trial setup. I don't see how that works. I don't want to commit to anything at the moment. I just want to give it a go and see what works. I don't see anything regarding the policy for Trial and the questions area doesn't have any answers.

Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on January 09, 2014, 09:51:50 am
Youtube video's

Is there a way to somehow capture a youtube video like an .mp4 file and play it when I want?

The reason I ask, I view 'drum cover' video's of people playing songs a decent way and want to watch these and play along while I learn and practice on my kit.

Right now, I have a wi-fi connection to my laptop and it's very sporadic on good streaming. I have to start, wait, restart, etc. I think it would be much easier to have the file available (like a .mp3) and just play it through a player without issues.

Thoughts on capturing the video?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 09, 2014, 10:06:32 am
Every Browser comes with a bunch of different apps that allows you to download videos specifically from YouTube. Chrome has what is called Chrome YouTube Downloader App/Extension. It's very good at what it does. Once installed, you open up a YouTube video page and look below the video for the Channel's logo Icon / Avatar. To the right of that Avi you will see a 'Subscribe' button and to the right of that it will now have the 'Download' button. Click on the Download button and it will give a few choices of what you can save the file as. MP4, FLV, etc.... Just know beforehand that this app only works for those uploading the video haven't disabled the ability to download.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on January 09, 2014, 10:21:46 am
Well, that's cool.

Do I need to be running Chrome? I honestly am not sure what that is.

I exclusively use Firefox. Maybe that has something?
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on January 09, 2014, 10:25:02 am
Ya know what I just realized... I do have a download button for audio of youtube of songs. I don't recall where I got that button. Hmmmm.

Probably virus ridden.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 09, 2014, 10:28:27 am
Once the file is downloaded to your computer, you can access it like any other video or audio file. You don't need browser to play it. Firefox has Download Helper which is just as good as the Chrome app. DH can download pretty much any video and not just YouTube videos, but it's not the same as Chrome in that you will have to look elsewhere for the download button.
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on January 01, 2015, 10:42:56 am
Mystery solved: Why raw spaghetti always snaps in more than two pieces

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--7b6OZxz2--/iiep7v9swmxgdnm2eetg.gif)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADD7QlQoFFI
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on January 01, 2015, 03:36:18 pm
Wet noodle for the win.  ;D
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Mac on December 18, 2016, 08:55:21 am
I couldn't find the Fake thread...

Your favorite shopping app may be fake (http://dealnews.com/features/Your-Favorite-Shopping-App-Might-Be-Fake/1864889.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Features_121816&utm_term=Promotional)
Title: Re: Tech Schtuff...
Post by: Chiprocks1 on December 18, 2016, 09:25:24 am
I would post this is the App thread as well. Good information to keep tabs on in the future.