Wednesday, December 24, 2014

EPUBOR All DRM Removal - Tutorial

It happened to me that all my digital books bought online are protected by the digital restriction management (DRM).  In the case of digital books, the DRM restricts users a great deal.  It prevents them to transfer their ebooks to different devices.  It only allows them to read the ebook in only one device.  Although these restrictions, there is still more limitations: as owner you cannot make comments (kindle files), in some cases you cannot even highlight text (pdf files). You cannot extract or add pages/images, you cannot print your ebook, in some cases, you are allow to print a limited number of pages. To complicate matters further, companies can track every single movements you do, such as how long you opened the file, how many times you opened it, which pages you read, what kind of books you read, and so on... Therefore, they can conduct large scale surveillance over people's media viewing habits.  In summary, you cannot enjoy your ebook freely as you wish. The DRM can be quite frustrating... fortunately, there is program that can actually remove the DRM from your ebook and do with your ebook all what the DRM prevents you to do. The program's name is Epubor All DRM Removal.  As it names implies it supports a wide variety of formats, it is a kind of all in one program.  So, you don't need to buy several programs to remove the DRM from different formats.
IMPORTANT
This program works with files (pdf, kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, Kobo, etc) that have been previously opened in your computer.
HOW TO USE THE EPUBOR All DRM Removal
1.- Make sure you can read the file in your device.  In this case, I opened the file with Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).

1 FILE OPENED IN ADE

2.- Open  now Epubur ALL DRM Removal (in this review I am using the v.1.0.12.12).  The program will automatically load and add any DRM file. 

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3.- Look for your file: if it is a pdf file then find it inside ADE folder, if kindle format, find it on Kindle folder… and so forth. Then, drag it to the main windows.

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4.- It will pop up a small windows saying: "DRM is removing..." Just wait, it will take less than a minute to remove it.
REMOVING THE DRM IN PROCESS


5.- You will notice that the DRM has been successfully removed when you see a  check sign in "status"

4 STATUS REMOVED

6.- To find your file click on "Remove DRM", I will open the file where your file without DRM is located.

DRM REMOVED

7.- Click on your file to open it.  I will open with your default pdf reader... You won't need now the ADE.  The quality of your file is virtually the same as the original file.

5 FILE OPEN IN ADOBE


8.- The most important, when your file is opened, go to documents properties, you will see that you have no longer restriction on your file. You can print the number of pages you want, make comments, copy and paste text and the most important transfer it to any other device. The Epubur ALL DRM Removal  is very handy and fairly light, worthwhile of buying it!!!

DOCUMENTS PROPERTIES


Do you like it? BUY IT or try it by yourself, there is available a trial version at:

http://www.epubor.com

Friday, December 19, 2014

Show laser at the Marina Bay Sand Hotel - Singapore

Bellow is a branch of photos I took during the laser show at the Marina Bay Sand Hotel. It is not easy to make this kind of photo unless you have a camera with manual control. It is not easy because the 'object' in this case the light is constantly moving. To capture the background (hotel building) I needed some exposure time since it is completely dark. So, I used manual control, 6 seconds exposure at f/8. See below the results. Of course to shoot at this setting you need a steady tripod. 

If you want to see panoramic views of this place during the day, click here. This place at night is also a perfect setting to shoot portrait photos with bokeh effects, click here to see some examples.
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wandering around Marina Bay at night

Traveling can be a source of nice and new experience as long as you dare talk to people and do what you normally don't do: hanging out with people you don't know.
On my last trip to Singapore I met by chance a German girl who was traveling alone in Singapore. The morning I checked in, I saw a girl working on her laptop next to the hotel counter. She was alone, so I dared to talk to her.  She told me that she is German and that she grew up in Bremen and that currently she was pursuing her Ph.D in Germany.  She added that she was traveling alone around south east Asia and that this trip was a kind of relax before going to Sidney were was expected to present her research paper in an international conference.
I told her that I lived in Germany some months, and that I traveled a lot there... I uttered some German expressions telling her that I love reading and writing.  As the conversation went on we could find common things between us... Suddenly she suggested something: "I heard about a night show at the Marina Bay Hotel, people comment that it is  a nice show".  I also read about it - I said- however, I didn't go yet to that place.  However, if you are free at night we can go together. She  agreed!!!  Below see some photos of that night.  These photos are specially beautiful owing to -besides the model- the bokeh effect... click here to find out what bokeh is about

That night, although we were still strangers from each other, we talked about different topics, about our dreams, fears, about our nice and sad experiences, I make jocks and she laugh a lot... At the end, after walking some kilometers we came upon a Thai restaurant which is located next to a bridge from where we could see the Marina Bay! So we enjoyed Thai food :)

My photography gear was an AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens mounted on a Nikon D9.  The lens is awesome to create bokeh effect.
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Marina Bay Sand hotel & Merlion park (some panoramic views) - Singapore

The following pictures is a compilation of some photos I took during my last two trips to Singapore! Each picture displayed below is composed of several (from 4 to 8) vertical shots. Then using photoshop I aligned and stitched those images together to form a single panoramic image. Yes, vertical images can capture more of the sky and ground as can be seen in the photos; enjoy it!

_DSC0267-Edit.jpg 1. This photo is about 300° panoramic view. As in photo #3, The Marina bay sand hotel is located in front of the Merlion Park, however, in this photo these two structures seem to be located at the side from one another.

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2. Marina Bay Sands hotel and the Arts Science museum taken from the a bridge covered by an DNA-like structure.
 _DSC0266.jpg 3. The Ars Science Museum, the Marina Bay Sands hotel and the merlion statue.
 _DSC0240.jpg 4.The Merlion Park viewed with the Singapore skyline in the background. The merlion statue has a lion's head and a fish's body.
 _DSC0229.jpg 5. A close up of the Marina bay sand hotel and the museum art science !!!
 _DSC0112-Edit.jpg 6. On my walking tour in Singapore I stopped at the Saint Joseph's Church which was built a century ago. From this church I took this photo.
 _DSC0467-Edit.jpg 7. After visiting the Garden by the Bay (upcoming entry), I took the rear side of the Marina bay sand hotel. it can be spotted the Singapore flyer and part of the Garden by the Bay as well.
 _DSC0335.jpg 8. In the middle of this cement jungle, I came upon this beautiful view... do you know the name of this flower? By the way, would you like to try it as a desktop background?? it is quite relaxing... just try it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Itshukushima Shrine / O-Torii Gate - Miyajima Japan

Itshukushima Shrine which is a world heritage site is located at Miyajima Island.  Miyajima is part of the city of Hatsukaichi and is situated off the coast  of the city in the Seto Inland Sea.  It is said that owing to its geography and dark-color looking, the island has been an object of natural worship for people living nearby.  The island has been one of the three most scenic spots on Japan and is also one of the most famous Japanese island.
  Itshukushima Shinto Shrine is said to have been built at its present site by Saeki Kuramoto who was an influential figure in the Suiko  era (A.D. 593). 
This shire is built of camphor wood and is about 16 meters high.

  There are several ways to go to this place from Hiroshima. I opted the cheapest one: train. I took the train at Hiroshima downtown and got off  at "Hiroden-Miyayima-Guchi" (last train station).
  From Hiroden-Miyayima-Guchi station, I took a ferry.  It takes about 15-20 minutes to be at the Itshukushima Shrine.  The shrine is visible even from the Hiroden-Miyayima-Guchi station station. There is a restaurant on-board providing a variety of food from local to European dishes.   Wines and beers is also available. I took there a Japanese beer while staring the shrine from the boat :)
First snapshots from the boat. By the way, I went there in March, so the temperature during this month is still very cold, so as in the photo of the ferry people prefer to remain inside where there is heater. 
On Miyajima Island -it is said- there are about 23 shrines in total including those located along approx. 31 km shoreline of the island which some of them can be seen from the boat. On this trip I saw only this one :(
The shrine was designated as a world cultural heritage site and recognize as fulfilling the standards by UNESCO in 1996.
  The origin of the 'torii' is said to be that when 'Amaterasu-oh-mikami or the Sun Goodness (the most powerful God in Japanese mythology) hid herself in the cave of heaven, 8 millions gods had chickens cry.  After a while one of the chickens fled and perched on a tree, which could be literally described as 'tori' (meaning chicken) was 'i(ru)' (meaning to be) on the tree.  There are of course another explanations many of them adapted from foreign countries.
  aaaaaaaaaaa The most frequently question among tourist I heard that day was: What is the "torii' gate for? The 'Torii" gate usually standing on the boundary of the sacred and non-sacred land, symbolizes a shrine.  Inside the 'Torii' gate goods live and outside of it no gods live.  Even when there are no buildings, a 'Torii' gate is built to express that some gods are residing in the areas.
Building materials for 'Torii' gates are wood (Japanese cypress, Japanese cedar, etc.), stone or copper-covered wood, and lately even iron pipes or ferroconcrete.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hiroshima - Japan

The A-Bomb Dome, a Word Heritage Site
The A-Bomb Dome was initially built as the Hiroshima Prefecture Commercial Exhibition Hall in 1915. The building was standing within the immediate vicinity of the "ground zero". As can be seeing, the structure was severely damaged by the atomic explosion on the 6th of August 1945.
The structure reminds us of the unprecedented horror and destructive power of nuclear bombs.
  The Hiroshima Prefecture Commercial Exhibition Hall before and after the atomic bomb explosion.  it is one of the very few buildings that remained 'stand up' that day.  The atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m., on August 6th, 1945 the final year of the Second World War, by the U.S. Army.  It was the first dropping of its kind in the world history during combat, and killed about 140.000 of the city population, then estimated at 350,000 people.

The bomb dropped in Hiroshima was approximately three meters long and weighed four tons.  Because  the final bomb was shorter than the initial design, it was dubbed "Little Boy".  It is said that the bomb carried about 50 kilograms of uranium 235, but the instantaneous fission of less than 1 kilogram released the energy equivalent of 16,000 tons of high-performance explosive.  The A-Bomb dome remains as a living witness of such tragic day.


Hypocenter
The nuclear weapon "Little Boy" dropped on the city of Hiroshima  exploded about 600 meters above this spot.  It killed about 150,000 people in Hiroshima by the end of 1945 with roughly half of those deaths occurring  on the day of the bombing.  Among these victims -it is said- 15-20% died from injuries or the combined effects of flash burns, trauma, and radiation burns, compounded by illness, malnutrition and radiation sickness.
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At the instant of the detonation, the temperature at the center exceeded a million degrees Celcius, generating an enormous fireball. Within 1 sec of detonation, it had extended to its maximum diameter of 280 meters.



THE PEACE FLAME
The peace flame is another monument dedicated to the victims of the bomb with an additional symbolic purpose to console the spirits of the A-bomb victims.  The flame has been continuously burning since was lit in 1964.  It is said that will remain so until all nuclear weapons on earth are abolished  and the planet is free from the threat of nuclear annihilation. 


The Peace Flame


The Memorial Cenotaph
At the moment of the explosion, an extremely high pressure of several hundred thousand atmospheres was created.  The surrounding air was thrust violently outwards and produced an intensely strong blast.  the blast pressure 500 meters from the hypocenter  was an enormous 19 tons per square meter.  Buildings were crushed and people were blown through the air.  One of the structures that remain stand up was the Hiroshima Prefecture Commercial Exhibition  known now as the A-bomb dome.
 
The A-bomb Dome seen through the cenotaph and the peace flame.  The cenotaph carries the epitaph in Japanese meaning: "please rest in peace, for [we/they] shall not repeat the error." 


The Memorial Cenotaph, the peace flame and at the end the A-bomb dome (above).

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Children Peace Monument
 It is a statue that was based on the true story of Sasaki Sadako and is dedicated to her memory.  Sasaki Sadako was a junior high school girl who died as a result of the radioactive aftereffects of the atomic bombing.  She believed that if she folded 1,000 paper cranes, she would get well.  The statue depicts a girl with outstretched arms and a folded paper crane rising above her.  To this day, people from all over the wold either bring many folded paper cranes to the statue or send ones to the city to replenish the statue.
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Thursday, January 2, 2014