A colleague asked me the other day if I could download a video clip from the BBC News website so that she could use it in her training course (to save having to load up the website and play it “live” from there!)
I said anything is possible 😉 Took me on a little journey but finally found a way without having to resort to any browser plugins or switching to Windows to download a video grabber program. Decided to write a bash script to pull all the elements together too Continue reading →
Say you have a remote machine that you can ssh into, it is running an X server, and you want to take a screenshot of what is on screen. You will need imagemagick installed on the remote machine for the import command to work.
1. After you have ssh’d in:
This will save the screenshot to the remote machine’s tmp folder. You will need to scp across to get it!
Word and LibreOffice can do this as a built-in feature but Sharepoint and Google Drive/Docs can’t. Given that Sharepoint is a nightmare to just use (!) I tackled the problem on Google Drive. What we are seeking to achieve is to have a main or master document that pulls in other documents, correctly formatted to make a full document. This is useful when “writing a book”, or creating a Health and Safety file or Employee Handbook. Once again I can’t take all the credit for a lot of the coding, the initial script to pull in formatted data from other documents is due to Henrique Abreu with additional help from Mogsdad and Serge Insas. Continue reading →
I need to write this up before I forget what I did!
This is quite complex and draws on several resources. Why do this? Because in my organisation many have not/cannot move to online systems, we do not have the resources (e.g. tablets/laptops), or what we need is not yet written/ready, so whilst we can easily input data with google forms, we still need a paper copy in order to act on the contents and record actions. In addition this gets the data into a digital format we can work with (on the google sheet), making it easier to work with and interrogate later, without having to input it from the paper form. Continue reading →
Another solution to digital signage, this time using Google Slides and Chromium (or Chrome) in Kiosk mode.
I am using the base of a linux install (Crunchbang) and Chromium, but the basics transfer across to Chrome and other OS platforms with some tweaking.
The Google Slides Toolbar or Transport
Web Page Presentation
Updating the Slides
Sharing the Slides
Locking Down if keyboard/touchscreen in use
Am grateful for the work done by Mark Pajak at Bristol Museums on setting up Chrome/Chromium in kiosk mode, and to Google Slides users on the google groups forums and good old StackOverflow for other snippets.
Everybody’s doing it! Just search for CSS3 spinner on the intererweb or visit codepen.io and you will find a variety of spinners. One thing that they all seem to have in common is that they don’t give you the complete solution, i.e. how to make the darn thing run on a web page and disappear when you want it to. This post seeks to address this, along with the sister post about a loading image spinner. Right down to business! Continue reading →
I need to write up the top of this post about Webconverger, but have been busy figuring out all the useful options for it. In simple terms, its a locked down bootable kiosk. Very clever, works on 486 and 686-pae machines. Also here so I can browse this whilst booted into webconverger 😉