WebRTC is pretty cool. It allows any web browser to make voice and video calls to any other browser – no extra software required!
The problem is that while there are tons of guides and gobs of sample code out there, nobody really explains how it works.
The end result is that you program away, and then discover that OOPS! It’s not connecting…
So, let’s see how to make WebRTC actually work!
Video captures are pretty easy with Snagit. There’s only one problem: That dreaded ‘No Mic’ error!
It’s almost made Snagit infamous instead of famous.
Solutions abound, but THIS one actually works.
It’ll cost you a few bucks, but the same trick works with other video and video capture software.
Which probably means it’s a Windows issue in the end, but whatever…
Taking screen captures is pretty easy. But what about VIDEO captures?
It might seem like you need a PhD in computer science, but it turns out that recording a video of a single window or your desktop is VERY easy these days.
Here are 3 easy ways to do screen recording on your puter, and the first one won’t cost you a penny!
When I watch a movie on my NVIDIA SHIELD TV, the Kodi media player conveniently lets me download subtitles from OpenSubtitles.org if the file doesn’t have any.
It’s pretty handy!
But then when I want to watch that same file in VLC media player on my laptop, well… No subtitles!
What to do, what to do?
It turns out VLC has your subtitle needs covered, and you probably didn’t even know it…
VLC media player is free, popular, and just awesome. It’ll play just about any audio or video file you throw at it.
Beginning in version 3.0.0, it supports hardware acceleration so that it should play even hi-res vids smoothly.
But quite often when you try to play a 4K (2160p) video, the playback stutters and is basically unwatchable.
Turns out there’s a very simple fix that works 95% of the time! And it’ll take you all of about 10 seconds to do it…
Chrome is a fantastic web browser – except when it eats all your CPU power and crashes your puter.
What’s going on here? I thought Chrome was lean, mean, and zippy?
Well, it IS… But the Software Reporter Tool that it downloads and runs to scan your computer “for evil add-ons” may be up to more than just making sure Chrome runs well (which is hilarious, since it ends up crashing the puters of so many of us!).
Whatever… How do you turn the dang thing OFF?!
Microsoft can’t seem to get Windows 10 right, and maybe now we know the reason: because they just announced Windows 11!
Coming sometime around the end of this year, Windows 11 promises to be everything Win 10 is not.
There’s only one problem: Everyone is claiming (including MS) that you’ll need a super-modern puter to run it. In this vid, I take a look at Windows 11 and its system requirements. I also review past Windows releases, and how each time, the same thing happened.
In short, YES, your computer will run Windows 11 just fine! Nothing to see here…
Even if you don’t know the term ‘phishing scam’, chances are you’ve already been targeted by many of them.
A phishing scam is when someone uses a genuine-looking e-mail, login page, SMS, or whatever to fool you into giving up personal data – like logins, passwords, card and banking info, etc.
They often involve some kind of ‘hook’ that makes you worried or scared. When that happens, you stop thinking and fall into the trap.
But these scams are very easy to avoid with a bit of extra attention. I’ll show an example of a phishing scam I received recently and then take it apart piece by piece so that next time, you’ll know exactly what to look for to protect yourself!
Ah, the internet!
It’s so incredibly useful, and at the same time you won’t find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. Well, technically, it’s more useful than villain-y.
Still, it’s good to be careful!
So what’s the best way to stay safe when using the internet? Strong passwords? Antivirus? Browser add-ons? Privacy enhancers? VPNs?!
That’s all well and good, but there’s one trick that will never let you down…
This is a fun one!
You get a new motherboard with an Intel 500 Series chipset. You decide to just use the integrated graphics in the CPU, but you can’t boot!
It turns out your actual boot drive is missing from the Boot options menu. Gonzerooni!