Alternativa à Snipping tool do Vista

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O Vista tem me dado algumas senão muitas dores de cabeça por isso e a bem da verdade por os meus PC são velhotes mantenho muitos deles no XP…, sim eu sei, deveria utilizar  o Linux, mas tenho tempo nem pachorra para mexer nas  máquinas já instaladas

Uma das coisas que mais me tem custado no XP depois de ter encontrado no vista  a snipping tool é exactamente a falta dela por isso quando encontro algo que pode fazer as mesma funções tenho logo que experimentar…

Recentemente descobri num dos blogs que costumo seguir este software que se afigura muito promissor.

Cropper

Point and shoot screen captures

Cropper is a screen capture utility written in C#. It makes it fast and easy to grab parts of your screen. Use it to easily crop out sections of vector graphic files such as Fireworks without having to flatten the files or open in a new editor. Use it to easily capture parts of a web site, including text and images. It’s also great for writing documentation that needs images of your application or web site.

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The basic Cropper UI

Community Plug-ins

A community plug-in project is available on CodePlex
http://www.codeplex.com/cropperplugins

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Tutorial para a instalação do Joomla (básico)

Joomla! CMS version 1.5 stable has been released
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Existem ai muitos tutoriais sobre o Joomla até mesmo em português muito completos, este não seguramente um deles, serve apenas para chamar à atenção da relativa facilidade da instalação pelo menos para testes…

Basic Joomla installation tutorial

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 5:49 am

Joomla is a popular web-based content management solution (CMS).  As a CMS, it lets you manage your sites’ contents like documents, pictures, HTML and other web documents.  This free web application could be used as your corporate or community website, complete with a secured login/logout for users, administration and of course content editing and management.

Joomla requires a PHP webserver and MySQL like the one packaged in XAMPP.  We have written about XAMPP and SQLyog to guide you with the installation of the required software.  The steps below will guide you with installing Joomla.

You can get the Joomla package from their official website: http://www.joomla.org/

Step 1. Start the Apache and MySQL services.  In XAMPP you will need to click the Start buttons next to each process:

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Step 2. Put the unzipped Joomla package on the htdocs folder of XAMPP. I have XAMPP installed on my C:\XAMPP directory so the Joomla folder goes to the C:\XAMPP\HTDOCS folder:

You can rename the Joomla folder to anything you want.  In my setup I renamed it to myJoomla.

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Step 3. Browse the URL where Joomla is placed.  If you have it on your computer with folder named “myJoomla” the URL will be http://localhost/myJoomla. You should see the Joomla installer open on your web browser:

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Step 4. Follow the seven steps of the Joomla installer.  First step is the language so just choose the language that you want to use.  At the second step it is important that you meet the pre-installation check wherein a list of all minimum requirements need to be met:

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Step 5. Read carefully the license agreement, press next if you agree to the statements provided in the agreement.

Step 6. Create a mySQL account that will be used by Joomla so it can save data to the MySQL database.   Enter the account details on the fields

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Step 7. You will not need to enable the FTP settings on the FTP configuration screen.   This is not required on a Windows OS since you can directly alter the Joomla files using explorer.  If you use a secured web host, you should set an FTP account that can access the root directory.  You might need to get with the host admin to get the username and password if you want it to be a generic account separate from your user account.

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Step 8. Enter the main configuration settings.  Enter your preferred site name, admin email and password:

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Step 9. At this point you will get a hurdle with a message saying that you need to remove the installation directory:

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Go to the Joomla directory and delete the “installation” sub-directory.  Only this directory needs to be removed so make sure not to touch the other files and directories.  image

Step 10. Whew! You’re done! You now have your own Joomla website. If you used the same “myJoomla” folder name then the URL will be http://localhost/myJoomla/

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Isn’t it a breeze to setup Joomla?  On the next posts we will talk about how to customize Joomla.

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Poirot (by Scribefire)

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Estou sempre a testar plugins para o Firefox, muita paciência tem ele por comigo pois tenho sempre uma centena de extras instalados, claro que está muitos deles até me esqueço que existem outros são simplesmente indispnesáveis.
Hoje instalei dois novos plugins  no meu Firefox um que se chama ScribeFire e permite entre outras coisas muito interessantes realizar este post, e ou outro que se chama Zemanta que complementa o 1º.

Poderia efectuar de outra qualquer maneira mas como sou um novato nestas andanças de blogues estou sempre a tentar experimentar  coisas novas nem sempre resultam…
Poderia efectuar este post num qualquer blog de tecnologia e não neste mas como estou atentar integrar tudo aquilo que pode estar à minha disposição decedi utilir um serviço do Google que permite configuar alertas e foi o que fiz, utilzar um dos alertas que tenho configurado “Poirot”.

Agatha Christie’s “Poirot” PBS promo

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Como fazer o download de videos dos sites da Microsoft…

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Estou sempre à procura de coisas como esta o que pode parecer um contra censo neste tudo em tempo real por isso aqui vai a minha desculpa:

Muitas vezes torna-se difícil prestar atenção aos vídeos que estão disponíveis nas páginas web no trabalho por estou inserido numa espécie de open space muito concorrido e barulhento o que dificulta a audição e a concentração, bem poderia sempre utilizar auscultadores, mas o telefone e pergunta muitas vezes despropositada dos colegas tornam isto numa tarefa hercúlea, depois porque alguns deles depois de uma reciclagem podem fazer parte de um wiki ou outra ferramenta de trabalho…

E descobri o seguinte artigo:

How to save a Showtime (MMS) video stream to disk

Microsoft IT’s Showtime offers tons of useful videos. Yesterday I tried to watch Advanced Malware Cleaning, by Mark Russinovich, but got immediately upset by the glitches of the streamed content, even though I tried to watch the low-res 300 kbps version on my 400 kbps connection. Showtime’s FAQ says you can download the video if logged through .NET Passport. I didn’t find any link which would allow me to do that, however.

After a quick search I found an article explaining how to save any video stream with the excellent VLC player. Unfortunately, it assumes you can view the source code of the web page with the embedded video and copy the actual link to paste into VLC. That’s not the case of Showtime’s videos. They play on a Windows Media Player control inside the browser which hides the video address.

I found two ways to workaround this. The first is to use URL snooper, whose latest version (v2.18.01 Beta) has a simple mode which starts listing multimedia links as soon as you launch the executable. URL snooper uses WinPCap to analyze every packet transmitted across the network card.

Finding the hidden URL with Firebug
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The second way is to use Firefox’s Firebug to find the hidden object inside the HTML. Figure 1 shows the hidden link for the Advanced Malware Cleaning video, which, if appended to the domain name, yields:

http://msexp.streamnavig.com/platform/msexp/metafile.asp?e=E0072&s=0369_en_w</pre><br />That's not yet the real link, but just a <span style="font-style: italic;">metafile</span> that will redirect the player later. You may open that link in Windows Media Player but you still can't view the actual address. To download the metafile paste that link into the address bar of Firefox and press Enter. It'll launch Windows Media Player. Just close it. Back to Firefox type Ctrl-S to save the page. Open the saved file in a text editor and look at the <span style="font-style: italic;">ref</span> tag. That's what we're looking for. This is what I got:<br /><br /><pre><asx version="3.0"><br /><abstract>Microsoft</abstract><br /><author>Microsoft</author><br /><copyright>Microsoft</copyright><br /><entry><br /><abstract>Microsoft</abstract><br /><ref href="mms://a2.v148539.c14853.g.vm.akamaistream.net/5/2/14853/v003/1a1a1a72db3eb01f920167db4fb41745a9188ffd69d8399dcb2c97f865c62f5dc02f9ccbfc30689dd0ff6cdf44bc2c5bc83ba01888b7fc2c5c93c5/0369_w.asf" /><br /><title>Microsoft</title><br /><copyright>Microsoft</copyright><br /><author>Microsoft</author><br /></entry><br /></asx></pre><br />In my case, the URL is:<br /><br /><pre>mms://a2.v148539.c14853.g.vm.akamaistream.net/5/2/14853/v003/1a1a1a72db3eb01f920167db4fb41745a9188ffd69d8399dcb2c97f865c62f5dc02f9ccbfc30689dd0ff6cdf44bc2c5bc83ba01888b7fc2c5c93c5/0369_w.asf

If you used URL snooper, at this point you already had the real link. Now just follow the standard procedures for VLC (mine is 0.8.6a):

  1. Go to File, Open network stream…
  2. Select HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/MMS.
  3. In Advanced options, check Stream/save and click Settings.
  4. In the Outputs section, check File, choose a filename, specifying the appropriate extension (in the case above ASF) and, very important, check Dump raw input.
  5. When the download finishes just open the file in Windows Media Player.

When you have a time just check how great VLC is, despite the extremely simple interface. With the exception of Real, it is able to play any kind of input.

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