I took notes during today's presentations.
Steve's Notes about Raspberry Pi 400
"Six (or More) Ways to Setup a Raspberry Pi 400"
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21AEltSVitQfLVlyY&cid=96508A9EAB95409B&id=96508A9EAB95409B%21887&parId=96508A9EAB95409B%21886&o=OneUp (PDF download available)
Pi 400 (computer in a keyboard) specifications:
Broadcom BCM2711 quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.8GHz
Dual-band (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz) IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN
Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
2 × USB 3.0 and 1 × USB 2.0 ports
Horizontal 40-pin GPIO header
2 × micro HDMI ports (supports up to 4Kp60)
H.265 (4Kp60 decode); H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode); OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.0
MicroSD card slot for operating system and data storage
78- or 79-key compact keyboard (depending on regional variant)
5V DC via USB connector
Operating temperature: 0°C to +50°C ambient
At Microcenter (Yonkers):
$69.99, in stock as of today
Raspberry Pi imager:
Vidcap HDMI to USB-C 3.0:
2 for $9.97
Inland 118992KN6Y, 5V 3A USB-C
Microcenter (sorry, no link)
HDMI to VGA adapter, with audio out
Sylvania SP772_FD rechargeable Bluetooth loudspeaker
$5, Family Dollar (sorry, no link)
Who's got what Pis in stock and at what prices?
But it didn't show Microcenter's 400's.
Asa - Speech Recognition 2022 Update
Asa talked about Windows Speech Recognition (WSR) available in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11 by searching for "speech recognition" in your Start Menu. He pointed out that similar software is available built-in in the OS, in Android, IOS, and MacOS.
Brendan - CryptPad
CryptPad is an online document storage, editing, and sharing solution that is built with the Zero Knowledge concept. The server software can't read your data, and the company running the server can't spy on you. (This also means you MUST NOT lose your password; they can't reset it for you.) This is possible because all fo the cryptography happens in the client software running in your browser. The platform supports editing rich text, spreadsheets, and slide decks. It supports uploading and sharing any kind of files with yourself and with others.
I wrote these meeting notes in CryptPad. See them here: https://cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/view/TsA0akLnIczDPzzWQaVEvUZzYjVfd6uxcWkgSI1cTSk/
Hank - Downloading Video Files from YouTube and Other Sites
Download video files using 5kPlayer. It supports downloading from many video hosting platforms.
Use SwitchSound from NCH to convert audio file formats; includes the ability to extract audio from a video file.
Use Audacity to edit audio files.
Brendan also suggested you can use YouTube-DL to download video files from dozens of hosting sites including YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. This is a command line tool, but there are also GUIs available that invoke the YouTube-DL command line tool for you. This is free open source software.
Brendan also suggests that when other methods fail, Open Broadcast Studio (OBS) can always record whatever is presented on your screen, in the same way Zoom can share your screen and broadcast it to a meeting. Recording from the screen this way incurs a "generation loss" as you decompressing the original file, displaying it to the screen and speakers, and capturing and re-compressing the decoded output. So try using a video file downloader tool before trying OBS.
Other Random Access Topics
Hank reminded us that Windows Movie Maker was discontinued by Microsoft ages ago, but you can still find it archived somewhere.
Brendan pointed out that KDEnlive is the best free open source software alternative, which runs on Windows (also MacOS and Linux). It is more advanced that Movie Maker, but you can learn to do basic operations quickly if you are patient.
Hank and others discussed EUsing's free utilities for Windows, including Free IP Scanner.