The Best Browser-Based Screenshot Program I’ve Ever Used

Dedicated screenshot programs are great but I’ve recently been looking at screenshot programs that work as browser extensions. These offer ease of installation and great convenience as they are always accessible from an icon in your browser toolbar.

I’ve been reviewing these extensions and have come with a gem.  It’s free, it’s powerful and really ease to use … Read More

Great Big Story: Micro Documentaries From Around The World

Stories from over 80 countries, told through the lens of micro documentaries.

The Great Big Story makes the world a little bit smaller by bringing overlooked, unexpected, and amazing stories from over 80 countries through documentaries that range in length from brief (less than two minutes) to short films.

The site has a new story each day, and the videos in each section offer a wide selection to choose from. Videos are divided into sections: Planet Earth, Flavors, Origins, Frontiers, and Human Condition. There’s also a ‘Playlists’ section where you’ll find videos in categories like Great Big Historias, Funk Plus One, Beyond Paradise, Eyes on Africa and the history of video games.

The quality of the documentaries is high and the cinematography is outstanding, from the less than two minute micro documentaries to the 30 plus short films.
The stories themselves are engaging and strike a good balance between having enough information to keep you engaged if you’re a detail kind of person and light and short enough if you just want to be entertained.
Most (but not all) videos are narrated in English, with English sub-titles where other languages are used. The documentaries ads that you can click to remove..

My recent venture to the site found plenty of topics of interest, from a brief history of the doughnut box, building the world’s largest telescope, Alaskan bell ringers, an Everest climb, the oldest pub in the world, street artists, life in space, the warriors of Hula, and more.

You can view all these on the website, on the Big Story YouTube channel (which has more categories for the films) and there are apps for Android and iOS for mobile viewing.  Read More

How To Install Only The Driver On Nvidia Graphics Cards

When you install Nvidia drivers for a graphics card there are several items (including tracking telemetry) that are installed at the same time. Here’s how to install only what you want and need.

If you own an Nvidia graphics card, you may have noticed that several items are installed when you upgrade your driver or perform a clean driver installation. The driver is necessary, but what about the other items? Depending on how you use your system you may want all, some or none of those components.

One of the things I love about Nvidia is that they release driver updates frequently. One of the things I’m less crazy about is….frequent driver updates. The latest driver download on Windows shows several components (you’ll need to select Custom install instead of Express install to see these options):

Graphics Driver
3D Vision Controller Driver
3D Vision Driver
HD Audio Driver
NVIDIA GeForce Experience
PhysX System Software

Typically I only install the Graphics Driver and PhysX System as 3D isn’t something applicable to my system. I check for updates manually, so I don’t need the GeForce Experience component that checks for updates, among other things.

You’d think that choosing those options and a clean install would install only those components. Not so. A look at running processes in Task Manager shows some Nvidia entries. Those are extra telemetry tracking on Windows systems. There is no option to disable them during or after installation. I’m not opposed to tracking telemetry on general principles, but the lack of transparency during installation and the ability to opt in or opt out are problematic.  Read More