Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"School and Study Tips" and "LinkedIn Tips" Have Moved; Sony, SCU, SJSU, Del Mar, and Downtown SJ Content Temporarily Missing

Are you looking for content on this site and got the error "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."? If so, then maybe these links may help:
  • For LinkedIn tips: The content that was on this site was either deleted because it was obsolete or updated and moved to the LinkedIn Notes blog.
  • For downtown San Jose residents and visitors: The content that was on this site was either deleted because it was obsolete.
For techies: Yes, I know I could have used 301 redirects to make the transition of content from one place to another as seamless as possible for machines doing search engine optimization (SEO) as well as humans. But there are a lot of reasons I didn't do that. To start, I saved some money by moving my web site content with low traffic to Blogger sites. I might further elaborate on the reasons I didn't use 301 redirects in a future post.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Updated Personal Blog, Added Picture in Title

I started this blog in 2005, so 10 years later it seemed like a good time to update it to take advantage of features that Blogger makes easy to add to a site. Most of the features were probably available in 2005 with WordPress plugins, but wasn't that serious of blogger. I just wanted a decent looking place where I could occasionally share information that I think might be useful to others. The same holds true today, but I thought it might be fun to take advantage of features that are now easy to implement in Blogger.

So during this upgrade of this personal blog, I figured out one thing that might be useful to you if you're using Blogger: How to put a picture next to the title.

You can see in the upper left corner of this page that my picture is next to the title "Rick Upton". It took a little experimentation to figure out how to do this.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, February 17, 2014

Taking Video from DVD+RW Discs to an MPG file to YouTube

I recorded video to a DVD+RW disc. When I open the disc on my computer, I see a number of files, including files with the extension VOB. Each VOB file is a segment of the complete video that I want to be able to play on my computer and upload to YouTube.

To combine five VOB files on my DVD+RW disc into one file called newfile.mpg on my computer's hard drive, I executed the following command:

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Combining VTA Light Rail or Bus Schedules into One Personalized Schedule

On the Santa Clara County's Valley Transit Agency (VTA) website, schedules are available in text format. The problem is that I want one schedule that shows me when the next light rail train is coming at a station I am going to depart from, but the VTA site doesn't provide such a schedule. You might want a single schedule to show you when the next bus is coming for a stop that serves multiple bus lines. So here below are some rough instructions as to what I do to combine two schedules into a single schedule, two times (one for northbound, and one for southbound). If you have any questions about the process, post a comment and hopefully I'll have some time to make the instructions clearer.