VideoSkip Exchange started

One of the great things about VideoSkip is that the users themselves can edit movies and share their edits, via .skp files, with other users. I order to facilitate the process, I’ve started hosting a forum, entitled “VideoSkip Exchange” in order to do just that. You can find it at https://videoskip.org/exchange or https://prgomez.com/videoskip/exchange/

BTW, the extension version of VideoSkip is now live. You can install it in Chrome, Firefox, and their derivatives. Unlike the standalone version at https://prgomez.com/videoskip and other links (below), which edits videos that are downloaded to your computer or mobile gadget, the extensions can do the same for movies streaming from any online source.

Here are the links:

Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/videoskip/mlmifkfgafheljfcjlgoiggcfjenjeed

Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/videoskip/

Standalone app for computers: https://videoskip.org/app

Standalone app for mobile devices: https://videoskip.org/mobile

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VideoSkip player released

With so many people staying at home these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, some are running out of movies to watch. Or, to put it another way, the movies that they or their children still haven’t watched contain objectionable material that they’d rather not see. This is why I have created the VideoSkip player, a browser app that gives users full control over what is shown or heard. The version just released works with videos that have been downloaded locally, and I’ve started work on an extension that will do the same with streaming content from any source. Here’s the link to the player:

https://prgomez.com/videoskip

If you want to contribute to its development, here’s the GitHub page:

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Mobile-friendly PassLok released

It’s been a while since I looked into PassLok on mobile devices. Well, things have evolved and now smartphones and tablets are faster than they used to be, and can handle things they couldn’t handle before. So the newest version of PassLok (2.4.16) removes a number of old limitations placed when the code was running on a mobile platform. You can now insert images and files to be encrypted, and integration with the texting app is tighter.

One good way to run it is from a browser bookmark from one of these sources: PassLok.com, Autistici, Site44.
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Calculators in 2020

I’m old enough to have seen the beginning of calculators, which had just replaced slide rules. Now, cell phones and tablets are about to replace calculators for good. They may have done it already. Or maybe calculators are here to stay. This article attempts to shed some light on this not-so-hot issue, and I do this by comparing pretty much everything available at the beginning of 2020. No one is safe. Read More

Make a ukulele sound like a guitar (almost)

Those of us who have attempted (rather unsuccessfully) to learn guitar and ended up learning the ukulele sometimes miss the “fuller” sound of the guitar, which makes it appropriate for sadder songs, just to mention one possibility. The re-entrant high-G tuning of most ukuleles doesn’t help much in this regard, but if you are, say, in a gig situation where you are going to amp the instrument anyway, there’s an inexpensive solution that will supply the “missing strings” without having to change your uke or your playing style at all. It’s called an “octaver pedal.” Read More

At last! The pretty good MIDI guitar

I have this thing for making a guitar sound like something different, like a piano, or a marimba. Those instruments produce short, “plucky” sounds like a guitar, so why not? One way to achieve this is to output MIDI instructions from a guitar, which has been attempted with rather limited success ever since MIDI was invented. Well, I’m happy to report that the wait might be over for the majority of us guitar (or ukulele) hacks. It’s a gizmo called “TriplePlay Connect,” and you can get it for under two hundred bucks. In this article, I make a pretty thorough review of it, including how to connect it for the quickest best results. Read More

Fiction section started

You may not know this, but prgomez.com began as a promotion website for my fiction, under pen name PR Gomez. This aspect got rather buried over time, but it’s back. You’ll find a FICTION button on the header, which will take you to a sort of blog where you can download my fiction in epub, pdf, and kindle formats, so you can read it comfortably on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. I’m starting with some short fiction entirely for free. I hope you enjoy it and pass the word to others.

Here’s the link to the first item: a short-short story about what might happen to you when you click “I accept” on a software installation without reading the fine print.

 

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PassLok Universal released

Here it is, the latest variation of my PassLok encryption app. PassLok Universal is a lot like PassLok for Email, with these few enhancements:

  1. It runs with just about any email service, not just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook online
  2. It includes all the password management power of SynthPass
  3. It that weren’t enough, it also includes the page isolation functions of Page Cage

All of it launched by clicking a single icon. Which functions become active depend on what’s on the current page: encryption/decryption if that material is on the page or can be put into it, passwords if a login is visible, page security otherwise.

Here’s where you can get it for Chrome, or for Firefox. Read More