Convert M3U to MP3 Files

M3U files are simple text files which point back to a website and the actual location of the MP3 file.

Here’s how to get the MP3 file.

  • Open Notepad or something smillar.
  • From Notepad open the M3U file.
  • You will notice a web address in the file.
  • Copy that address and paste it in your browser.
  • The MP3 file will start playing.
  • Right click on the player and do a Save As.
  • Now you’ve got your MP3 file!
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LastPass Tutorial

LastPass is the program I use and recommend for people to handle their passwords.  It’s a bit complicated, but worth the effort once you get it set up.

Leo LaPorte did a nice video tutorial which I have included below.

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Heartbleed and Steve’s Thoughts

As the media ramps up the hype on the new Heartbleed vulernability, Steve Gibson did a great Security Now Podcast #450, explaining the real issues. Here’s my take on what he said.

  • There is no indication that the bad guys have used this vulnerability in the past two years.
  • According to Netcraft, “the heartbeat extension was enabled on 17.5% of SSL sites.”
  • Steve, “It is only for us, connections that we make from this point until the website has secured itself, that are at risk.”
  • You can use LastPass or SSL Labs to check if a particular website is still at risk. If it is still at risk – don’t use it.
  • Here’s the LastPass Test -
  • Me – If you are a LastPass user, LastPass has a Security check which will notify you of problem sites and where you need to change passwords.
  • Change Chrome Settings to “Check for server revocation.” Notice that it is off by default.


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Viewing Speaker Notes When Presenting

Usually in PowerPoint what the audience sees, is what the speaker sees also. There is a way however for the speaker to view his notes, while the audience is looking a the pretty picture on the screen.

Here’s how to do it.






Click on the Slide Show Tab and click on the Presenter View box.

Now when you are giving your presentation, you can see your notes.

This unfortunately doesn’t work when you don’t have the projector hooked up so the only way to practice is to hook up a projector and practice ahead of time.

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Skype Phone Adventures

I’ve been looking for another inexpensive way to make phone calls as I close in on my 1000 minute plan. I believe I pay an extra 20 cents a minute for overages, so it can be expensive.

I’ve decided to signup for a Skype Phone number – they give you an actual phone number that people can use to call you. Cost is about $5 to $6/month.

I also signed up for a monthly unlimited US and Canada phone plan – cost $3/month.

All together a cost of $8 to $9/month.

While I could use a computer to make phone calls I prefer to use my tablets and Nexus 4 to make the calls using my wireless network and the Skype app.

I also like that it records voice messages and will send you an email when you do get a call if you happen to miss the call.


The only thing I don’t like is that there is no easy way to enter phone numbers or transfer phone numbers to the Skype app. Right now I have to manually enter the phone numbers. It would be nice if you could import a CSV file.

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Adobe Bloat in Premiere

Here’s a tip from Robert Ballacer @padresj on how to get rid of the extra files that Adobe Premiere creates during a video project, but never gets rid of after the project is done.

- Control Panel – Folder Options – Check Show Hidden Files.

- My Computer – C: – Users – go to your User Name folder

-  AppData
- Roaming
- Adobe
- Common
- Media Cache Files
- Select all the files and delete them.

If you do Premiere projects all the time, he suggests creating a shortcut to the folder on your desktop.

Thanks Padre.


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Show File Extensions

One thing I do with all the computers I work on is to make sure I turn on the Show File Extensions. I’ve never understood why this function is not automatically turned on. If you look at a file that says “openme” it could be a .txt file or a malicious .exe file. You need to know which it is by turning on file extensions. Here’s how to do it in Windows 7.


- Start
- Control Panel
- Folder Options
- Uncheck the option which says “Hide extensions for known file types.


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