How to Prevent Your Computer from Sleeping and Hibernating in Windows 7

I just bought a new PC laptop and am busy adding new software, setting up Outlook, loading my favorites, etc. My biggest hurdle was getting all of my files downloaded from MozyPro, my online vault that automatically backs up my laptop every time some changes. Getting this done was easy, but it took hours for the download to complete. One reason is because as soon as I retired for the night, my computer did too.

The next morning, I thought I’d be all set up and ready to go, but my laptop had gone into Sleep mode.

The first thing I did today was change my settings for Sleep and Hibernation. Here is a link that explains how to do this in plain English, Sleep and Hibernation for Windows 7.


Record Better Sound with the iRig Mic for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

If you’re not satisfied with the sound quality when you record videos with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, get the iRig microphone. In the video below, I’ll show you the difference in the sound quality when the mic is used. It has three settings that will change how the sound is picked up in various situations.

  • Low intensity setting will capture all the sounds around you.
  • Medium intensity setting cuts out the noise around you and is ideal for busy tradeshow interviews, podcasting, and other similar work. This is the setting I use.
  • High intensity setting cuts down the background noise, but records loud.

I want to use my iRig mic with other gadgets other than the iPhone or iPad (if I had one). I found an adapter that works. It turns the iPhone connector into a standard mic plug. K-AD-IMIC (iPhone iMic to standard mic plug Adapter, 3.5mm TRS Male to 3.5mm TRRS 4 conductor Female).

I also want to use my other microphones with the iPhone so I purchased the adapter, KM-IPHONE-MIC (iPhone 1/8 inch microphone adapter – 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm Microphone Input Jack).



Use the iGo Battery and Charger to Juice Your iPhone and Other Gadgets Without an Electrical Outlet

Have you been away from your home base and your gadget battery was dead, or close to it, and there was no electrical outlet anywhere? Or have you been at the airport, coffee house, or bookstore, and the few available outlets were taken? Me too. That’s why I’m so excited about the iGo. It’s a battery and charger in one. You can use it to charge various gadgets without an outlet, just by changing the tip.

I made this quick video to demo using my iGo to charge my iPhone (you can order various tips to fit whatever gadget you use, including a laptop).

You can purchase the iGo from Amazon (this is a link to the unit I purchased on Amazon for my iPhone) where it’ll probably be less expensive than buying from the manufacturer. Two tips came with this order: one for my iPhone and an extra tip for a BlackBerry. Other tips are available, if not on Amazon, check out

So don’t get caught with another dead battery and nowhere to plug it up. Impress your friends and colleagues with this simple but powerful technology and charge your battery anywhere with iGo. Let me know what you think.


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Use Photos and Video Clips to Create a Video to Promote or Recapture Your Event

Last Friday, I produced another successful seminar as part of my lunch ‘n learn series, Digital Breakthroughs. The room was full of meeting planners, small business owners, and employees from local corporations and universities.

After the seminar, I created the video below using a combination of digital photos, videos, and text.

  1. Downloaded all photos and video footage from my iPhone and Flip camcorder to my laptop.
  2. Opened photos in Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  3. Cropped photos I wanted to use, and deleted the ones I didn’t need.
  4. Uploaded the photos and a jpeg of the flyer I’d used to promote the training to into a new project.

Back on my computer, I had to edit some of the videos.

  1. Converted videos from the seminar that were on my Flip camcorder to Windows format using Movavi Video Converter (the next camcorder I purchase will produce videos in a Windows format so I can skip this step).
  2. Started a new project in Camtasia and edited some of the footage into two, 10 second clips so I could add them to the Animoto project. I rendered each of these videos to the Flash format.

Back on, I worked with the main video.

  1. Added my edited video clips to the project.
  2. Created a couple of text slides.
  3. Created the video and exported it to YouTube.

Now on YouTube, I did the following.

  1. Opened the main video in YouTube’s Video Editor.
  2. Added all the video clips of testimonials from attendees and trimmed them in YouTube’s Video Editor to capture only a few seconds.
  3. Added a slide transition between each clip.
  4. Saved all this as a new project in YouTube, added the title, description, and keywords.
  5. Added annotations to the video: one with the URL to my Website and another with a live link to my YouTube channel’s homepage.
  6. Published the finished video.

Note: If this had been a video I’d use multiple places and various ways, I’d have done Steps 2 and 3 inside Camtasia.

And here it is!

Clips from Seminar: Get Organized So You Can Think with Peggy Duncan

Room for Improvement

I’ve made this list of what we can do the next time to shorten this process.

  • Get a camcorder that records in a Windows format. If I have anything that will need editing on my laptop software, I won’t have to convert first.
  • Record 7-10 second video clips of the speaker in action. This would eliminate the need to edit later.
  • Take tighter photos to eliminate the need to crop.
  • Take horizontal and vertical photos, mostly horizontal. This will add more variety to the video. All or most videos will be horizontal.
  • Walk into the audience and take photos instead of from the same angles. This way, different people will appear in the shots.
  • Capture the diversity of the audience. It was great and we need to showcase this. I’m going to set up my Flip video camcorder on another tripod and record the audience.
  • Pay more attention to the venue lighting.

If all this sounds like a lot of work, it’s not when you know what you’re doing. And it beats watching junk on TV any day!

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