Open Broadcaster Software – OBS Studio Version 20.0 Released

Developers over at Open Broadcaster Software have released OBS Studio version 20.0. This is a major release with two bug fixes, some updates, and new features. There are some new options under a "View" menu.

You can unlock these features by clicking "View" and then select "Docks". You want to uncheck "Lock UI". Now you will be able to access new features.

All User Interfaces that can be adjusted have undock and close icons. This allows you to customize your OBS Studio user interface. You can move sections of OBS Studio around.

Clicking an undock icon which is next to an x, will undock this portion of OBS Studio. This will make that specific section seperate from rest of the user interface. Thankfully, you can reset your user interface by clicking on "View" then select "Docks".

Then you select "Reset UI". This will reset all changes you made. You can drag and drop any windows in and out of the main user interface.

To hide window objects, just click an "X". You can always readd them by going to "View" then "Docks" then selecting which one(s) you want. Now in order to lock your changes, you go back into "View" then "Docks" and select "Lock UI".

OBS Studio version 20.0 comes with a new theme called "Rachni". Click on "Settings" then under "General" tab look for "Theme". You can choose between Dark, Default, and Rachni.

Filters and Sources come with a "Default" button. Hence the term, this will reset any changes back to default settings. All sources have a lock button.

Select a source and click on a lock icon. By default all my sources were NOT locked after upgrading to OBS Studio version 20.0. This version comes with preview scaling.

Also, the mixer now includes a clipping warning by turning red when your audio begins to distort. Stinger transitions and Microsoft's Faster Than Light streaming are now supported. Two major bugs were fixed:

* window size settings
* graphical processing unit not supported crashes

You can update your OBS studio with built in automatic updates. You will be prompted that a new version of OBS Studio is available. Also, you can manually check for updates by going to "Help" then select "Check For Updates".

Discord – Closes Alt Right Chat After Charlottesville Fiasco

Technology company Discord, today announced that they closed an alternative right wing groups altright.com servers. This comes a few days after a Unite The Right rally that took place on August thirteen two thousand seventeen, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Discord provides free chat and voice communications to around forty five million users.

There was a clash between right and left wing protestors that caused one fatality and many injuries. Discord announced their decision to shutdown altright.com via Twitter:

"Love. Not hate.

Discord's mission is to bring people together around gaming. We're about positivity and inclusivity. Not Hate.

Not violence. Today, we've shut down the altright.com server and a number of accounts associated with the events in Charlottesville. We will continue to take action against white supremacy nazi idealogy, and all forms of hate."

People at Discord also posted this same message to their official FaceBook page. Discord claimed that altright.com violated their community guidelines. You can use discord in three quick ways.

They have a mobile application for both Google Android and Apple iPhone. Also, they have a downloaded Microsoft Windows application. You can even use Discord via just a web browser.

Discord targets gamers, but I have seen other uses for Discord text and voice chat. Discord is not the only tech company that made decisions to cut ties with their customers so to speak, after events in Charlottesville, Virginia. GoDaddy earlier this weak cut ties with one of their clients Daily Stormer.

Daily Stormer had written an article disparaging the one victim whom lost her life in Charlottesville. Google also reacted to the Daily Stormer's article. Without choosing sides between the left and right paradigm, you have free speech until perhaps you cross the line, and violate a technology company's community guidelines.

AMD Radeon Vega RX – Drivers Version 17.30.1051 Available

Advanced Micro Devices released their new graphics software Radeon Software Crimson ReLive version 17.30.1051 for Radeon Vega RX series graphics cards. Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition. There are five known issues with this software.

* radeon wattman overclock
* 3dmark firestrike hangs
* radeon settings gaming tab reset
* hdmi intermittent signal loss
* windows media player hangs

You can download Advanced Micro Devices Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition for free. This software is NOT intended for use with Apple Boot Camp. You will need administrator rights to install this software.

You will need to have Windows 7 service pack one or Windows 10. Windows 8 is not listed as being supported on their release notes page for this graphics card. This driver is version 17.30.1051 and windows store version 22.19.666.

Following desktop video cards are compatible with this software:

* Radeon RX Vega Series

Following laptop video cards are compatible with this software:

* Radeon RX Vega Series

This Radeon Software Crimson ReLive software supports Windows 7 x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit with service pack one, and Windows 10 x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit. Also, you can install this video graphics driver software using Advanced Micro Devices automatic detection tool. You can manually select your driver.

Finally, you can download either a 32 bit driver or 64 bit driver to your computer and install them.

Vid.me – Allows Uploading Videos Directly From Youtube Tutorial

Vid.me, which is a video platform similar to YouTube, allows content creators to upload videos directly from YouTube. Instead of uploading your video content from your computer, you just submit a YouTube video Uniform Resource Locator. Vid.me advertises this feature for just YouTube, but I think you can upload videos from other video platforms.

You want to first login to your Vid.me account. Once logged in, look for a "Upload" button. Click on "Upload" and you will be given three options to upload video content.

* Choose a video or GIF file
* Paste a video or GIF link (URL)
* Drop a video or GIF file here

You want to select the middle or second option "Paste a video or GIF link (Uniform Resource Locator). Grab a link from your YouTube channel(s). Paste it into this link box.

Here is an example YouTube video Uniform Resource Locator:

Now click on a "Continue" button. Vid.me will now download and process this video from a link you supplied. Your video will finish processing, with a thumbnail.

That is all you have to perform in order to upload a YouTube video to your Vid.me channel. Video processing times vary, depending on how large your video file is. This can be a conveniant feature if you no longer have access to your video content, except from YouTube or another video platform.

Also, Vid.me is accessing this data from another video platform instead of your computer. I notice that whenever I upload videos to YouTube, that my Internet download speed is extremely slow at same time. This could help alleviate this problem if you need to multitask.

Vid.me allows three gigabytes of uploads per week for accounts that are not verified. Each video must be thirty minutes or less. Basically, Vid.me requires that your channel have at least fifty subsribers or more, before they will lift these restrictions.

NameCheap – Shared Web Hosting Email Alias Forwarder Tutorial

Recently, I started another business venture to supplement my income. Instead of creating a brand new domain for my business, I decided to use a subdomain of anetcomputers.com. I did not necessarily want to create a separate email account for this business.

Namecheap has a feature with their shared hosting, that allows you to create an email forwarder. For example you can have all emails directed towards abuse@domain.com get fowarded to help@domain.com. This tutorial is for NameCheap customers whom are using shared web hosting.

You want to log into your NameCheap cPanel account for your shared hosting account. Scroll down until you see "Email". Click on "Forwarders".

You want to create an email account forwarder. This is not necessarily an email alias per se. However, this is exactly what I wanted for my new business venture.

Click on "Add Forwarder" under "Create an Email Account Forwarder". Under "Address to Forward" enter in the email alias address, so to speak, that you want mail forwarded to. Using the example from above, you would enter in "abuse".

Choose from a drop down list under "Domain, what domain you want to use. If you only have one domain with NameCheap, then you won't need to select a different domain. In a "Forward to Email Address" box, enter in the email address you want emails forwarded to.

Using example above, you would enter in help@domain.com. Down below click on "Add Forwarder". You have no created an email forwarder, which acts similar to an alias.

All emails sent to abuse@domain.com will get forwarded to help@domain.com. This can become conveniant for you for multiple reasons. I choose this route instead of purchasing a separate domain.

Also, this saves me hassle of creating a separate email account and having to monitor another email inbox.

Rufus – Creates Bootable USB Flash Drives

Rufus is my preferred application to create bootable Universal Serial Bus flash drives. This program is free and open source. This is a stand alone program that supports Windows XP and newer operating systems.

You can run this program on both thirty two and sixty four bit operating systems. Rufus will create bootable flash drives for both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems. For example you can create a bootable Ubuntu installation Universal Serial Bus flash drive.

All you have to do is download an ISO image and then burn it to a flash drive. Mount a Universal Serial Bus flash drive. I always just use default settings with Rufus.

Select your ISO image using a "Click to select" icon next to "Create a bootable disk image using". All of your data on your flash drive will become deleted. Then you just click on "Start".

Burning large ISO's to bootable image can take awhile. Developers of Rufus claim that this application is faster than unetbootin. Also, there are updates available with this program.

I think automatic updates are disabled by default. Click on "About" in bottom left of Rufus. Select "Updates". If a newer version of Rufus is available you will be able to download it.

Remember, Rufus is a stand alone executable. This program does not get installed into Programs and Features. You can even change the language that this programs uses in upper right hand corner.

You can choose a blank volume label for your bootable flash drives or enter your own.

Cisco 7960 – IP Phone Configuration For Voip.ms

My current VOIP service providor is VOIP.ms. This type of VOIP service is not for an average user. You will need to know how to configure a Session Initiation Protocal phone.

Also, it helps to know basics of VOIP and session initiation protocal. I recently acquired three Cisco 7960 Internet Protocal phones. Luckily, they were already configured for use with sessition initiation protocal.

I did not have to reinstall a firmware in order to convert into using session initiation protocal. I am going to walk you through configuring your Cisco 7960 for use with VOIP.ms. You need to unlock a phone configuration by pressing a "settings" button.

Scroll down and highlight "Unlock Config". A "Configuration Password" option opens up. Enter cisco for a password.

Click "Accept" after you enter in cicsco. You have now just unlocked your Cisco 7960 ip phone's configuration. You can now edit settings.

Click on "Network Configuration" and press "Select". You want to scroll down and make sure DHCP is enabled if you have a DHCP server on your network. If you chose to set a static network configuration, make sure to configure it for your local network.

If you have a local Trivial File Transfer Protocal server scroll down and change that server address. You do NOT need a Trivial File Transfer Protocal and it is optional. After making any necessary changes in "Network Configuration", click on "Back" button.

Now you want to select "SIP Configuration". Choose "Line 1" and click on select. As long as you unlocked this phone's configuration successfully, you should see an "Edit" option.

Click on "Edit" to edit Line 1. You want to enter in your VOIP.ms account number in "Authentication Name" field. Enter your password in "Authentication Password field.

Scroll down and highlight "Proxy Address". Enter your appropriate VOIP.ms proxy address ie. denver.voip.ms. Click "Save" after making any edits.

Scroll down and look for "Preferred Codec". VOIP.ms recommends choosing g711ulaw. Look for "Register Expires". Edit this and change to 180, which is what VOIP.ms recommends.

Finally, look for and make sure that "Register With Proxy" is set to YES. Press "Save" anytime you make any changes in these menus. Press back until you get to Cisco phone display.

Attempt to make an outgoing call. If you are not able to make a successful call, you may need to adjust the "Proxy Port" in "SIP Configuration" then "Line 1".

Avconv – Linux Command Converts MP3 Audio From MP4 Video

I want to write this blog post, showing you how you can archive MP3s from MP4s. So as an example, my live streams are
recorded via a screen capturing program that saves them in MP4 format, which is a video file format. Well I want to take these live streams and then extrapolate the audio from that video file.

Here is what I use to perform that task. I use what is called Bash on Ubuntu. It is a free tool that you can install on Windows 10.

I would recommend that you use Linux. It will be much faster. You need some type of Linux distribution, ie. Mint, Debian, Suse, etc.

Ubuntu is my preferred distrobution of Linux that's easy to use. So here is the command:

avconv -i example.mp4 -ac 1 -b:a 32k -ar 11025 example.mp3

What I want to do is I want to take the audio out of that mp4 video and then convert it into an mp3 podcast. This command will convert your mp4 video file into an mp3 file. It will extrapolate the audio track from this mp4 file.

You can use this avconv Linux tool for other video formats such as wmv, avi, flv, etc. The above example will create an mp3 file with one channel mono sound, 32 kilobits per second, and 11025 sample rate. You can adjust these parameters to your liking.

Since I mostly just talk on my livestreams, I don't necessarily need stereo sound and a higher sample rate. Also, I can keep my mp3 file sizes to a minimum. This avconv media converter runs much faster on a dedicated linux machine.

For stereo sound you would replace the number one above with a two, for two channels. Also, for stereo sound you would want to record at 128k instead of 32k. Finally, you can change the above sampling rate to 22050, 44100, 48000 or to whatever you would like.

Logitech – Powerplay Charging System For Wireless Mice

Logitech has released their new powerplay charging system for wireless mice. What makes this product unique is that this wireless mice charging system is actually a mouse pad. The Logitech G903 and G703 mice include an optical sensor.

Both right and left mouse keys are programmable. This mouse pad and mouse charging system is designed to charge either mice while in use. Most other charging mice systems require those mice to remain idle.

An energy field is created above the mouse pad to keep charging either the Logitech G903 or G703 mice. The Logitech powerplay wireless mouse charging system retails for $99.99 and will become available in August of two thousand seventeen. A Logitech G903 wireless mouse retails at $149.99 and a Logitech G703 wireless mouse retails at $99.99.

Both wireless mice are available for purchase as of June two thousand seventeen.

Skype – Permanently Retires Windows Phone 8, 8.1, 10, RT, & TV

I recently logged into an email account for another we domain, besides this one. I received an email from Microsoft Skype claiming that they detected me using Skype on a non computer device. I only use Skype on desktop, laptop, and androids.

Microsoft is retiring the following Skype versions.

* Windows Phone 8
* Windows Phone 8.1
* Windows 10 Mobile
* Windows RT
* TV

These versions of Skype will be retired permanently as of July first two thousand seventeen. You will no longer be able to sign into your Skype account from afore mentioned versions of Skype. What is strange I have never used Skype on any devices that would use these Skype versions.

You can verify what current versions of Microsoft Skype are available for download and use.