Category Archives: Technology

Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder

zoomq3Would you like a simple and relatively inexpensive way to video record yourself playing music or doing something else that requires good sound quality?  Josh and I used to record ourselves playing piano and drums using the Web camera in my laptop, but the sound quality was bad.  We looked into buying a new microphone to plug into my laptop, and there are some options for that.  However, for just a little more, we found the Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder, which records the audio using two good microphones, plus records the video, all in one little package that you can take anywhere.  It’s like a mini digital camcorder or Flip recorder, only with good microphones for recording strong sound like musical instruments.  We bought one, tried it out, and liked it a lot:

Zoom Q3 Handy Video Recorder (Metal Blue)

We also found it easy to post the videos you make on YouTube.  If you would like to see an example of a video recorded with the Zoom Q3, then check out this YouTube video of Josh and I playing piano and drums:

Josh and Mark playing Piano and Drums

You Never, Never Know the True State of Mu

My college statistics professor taught us one of those unique lessons that apply in a broad way to real life beyond the basic mathematical concept…

“You never, never know the true state of Mu.”

For those not familiar with statistics, the Greek letter “Mu” represents the *real* average for a set of numbers.  For a small set of known numbers, you can easily calculate the value of Mu.  However, consider a meaningful question, like, “What is the average age of all people living in the United States?”  You can approximate the average using statistical methods, by taking samples and whatnot, but you can never know the *real* average age.  There is just too much data changing too quickly.

So, it is with all aspects of reality, beyond simple things like averages.  While you can approximate reality based on the perceptions you have and the conclusions you make, you will never, never know the true state of reality.


Send Faxes over the Web for Free

faxHave you ever needed to fax something, but you don’t have a fax machine?  Well, if it’s simple text, an MS Word document or a PDF document, then you can send it as a fax over the Web for Free.  There are many Web sites that do this, but most of them want you to subscribe or include ads in yoru fax.  So, my favorite is:

It’s always been fast, reliable and ad-free!  You can send 2 free 3-page faxes per day.  And, you can send additional or larger faxes for about 10 cents per page.


Mind Mapping

freemindHave you ever tried to brainstorm about something and wished you had a tool to document what you’re thinking without slowing you down?  Well, what you’re looking for is called Mind Mapping software.  Whether you’re writing a book or creating a Web site, it may be just what you need.  In fact, I used it quite a bit in the early stages of creating YouCanRelate.

There are a few options out.  I use one called FreeMind.  You can read all about it and download it here:


Just search on “mind mapping” for other options.