Adobe Hue

Adobe released another app for iOS devices on June 15. This one is called Hue. In some ways, it is like the app Color (formerly Kuler). But it works for video. Essentially, you take a photo and select the desired color which you can then apply to a video clip (or an entire sequence of clips). You place these files into your Creative Cloud library and can then access them with tools like Premiere Clip (iOS) or After Effects (on the desktop). I thought it might be helpful to provide a quick overview of the tool. Read more »

Oops – part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I reported that a hard drive crashed on one of my computers. I also mentioned that I would follow up my original post with an overview of the hardware aspects once that was completed. I did order a new hard drive and it was delivered in a few days. Here is the saga of my hardware efforts. Read more »


I recently had the opportunity to experiment with IBM’s Bluemix facility. This is one of those instances where I am overwhelmed at the possibilities. This service relies on the open source Cloud Foundry. Bluemix is a PaaS (Platform as a Service) environment, it is also MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) environment. This quote (from the Bluemix documentation) summarizes the capabilities:

“In general, you don’t have to worry about the operating system and infrastructure layers when running applications on Bluemix. Layers such as root filesystems and middleware components are abstracted so that you can focus on your application code. However, you can learn more about these layers if you need specifics on where your app is running.”

Let’s take a look at some of the capabilities (I am hoping to do a series of posts about this technology as there is so much to it). Read more »


There is a simple fact we all try to ignore (things die). In this case, one of the computers I use on a daily basis decided to have a snit (and go to digital heaven or what ever alternatives exist for bits) over the weekend. First, when I powered it on, I was presented with the famous chkdsk utility. After running through that, I then saw the infamous “Startup Repair Launcher.” That is never a good sign. I knew this was going to happen as I had experienced several bouts of chkdsk recently (and they seemed to be increasing in frequency). I thought readers might be interested in learning more details. Read more »

Southern Illinois

My wife and I recently visited southern Illinois. I thought it might be a bit different to review our trip (I do have other interests than technology). I have included a brief video introduction. If you are interested in learning more, I have also included a slideshow of some of the views at the Garden of the Gods. Read more »

Working Connections 2015

I had the great honor of teaching at Working Connections in Springfield, Illinois during the week of May 18 – 22. This is a great event for community college faculty and staff. You have the ability to network with peers from throughout the state. I renewed friendships with many and met a number of new friends and colleagues. There were 4 different tracks available at this event:

  • Building web pages with Adobe MUSE and web analytics
  • Computer forensics and ethical hacking
  • Inspiring creativity and innovation in the classroom using technology
  • Designing websites with Dreamweaver CC and Windows 10/ Office 16

Each class provided a “deep dive” into specific aspects of technology and potential uses in the classroom. There were also a number of opportunities to network with peers. I put together a short overview of some of the highlights of the week in this video. If you teach at a community college in Illinois or surrounding states, you really should consider attending this event. It happens every May in Springfield, Illinois.

As always, I look forward to your comments.

Creating a new WordPress site

Some time ago, I posted basic information about securing your WordPress sites. Given that post has not been updated since 2012, I thought it was time. Rather than just re-hash the existing information, I decided to take a slightly different approach. I recently saw the need to create a new WordPress site and did so. I thought it might be helpful for readers of this weblog to review my thought processes as I developed the site.

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