Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ever dealt with MKV files?

Have you ever had to deal with this file type? Sometimes I wonder why the tech world confuses things and created a whole bunch of different formats to play a file when we can all just stick to one type of file. I miss the old days when any video you find can be played on any device. As you know I am a big fan of reality TV shows and recently I have found that a lot of my shows are available online in MKV format. As I expected, these files fail to play on my computer or tablet which is quite the bummer. I knew there had to be a solution as I noticed several users easily play these files.

With a little bit of searching I managed to find Movavi which is an MKV file converter. I tried a bunch of different software and even online websites that claim to convert my MKV files to something that actually works but I haven’t had luck until I tried Movavi. If you are looking to watch your favorite TV show or movie and it’s in MKV format, here’s a simple guide to get it to work on your favorite device.
•    Download the Movavi video converter from their website (
•    Once you open up the software you will find it is quite easy to use. If you are not the type to handle software that much it can be a challenge so let me guide you.
•    First you select “Add Video”
•    In the “Convert to” section you have to choose a video format. This can be a little tricky. Make sure you choose a file you identify. Generally, the mp4 file format is fine. If you would like to play your file on a portable device as well, Movavi gives you options to directly choose the file type based on your device. Choosing a file type compatible with a portable device will usually work on a desktop computer as well.
•    Next, you choose where to save the file. I usually save it on the desktop and then move it.
•    Once this is done, click “convert” and you are done!
On researching this, I found that MKV is actually a great file format because it can save size but may not be the best option as it does not work with many players.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Summer Activities for Kids

Hot hot summer indeed! Summer is here in our part of the world and it's never been hotter. Imagine 30-34C temperature everyday coupled with humidity equals to sticky day. Anyway, summer vacation means a lot of time for kids to do a lot of summer activities that they will enjoy. Encourage your kids to do other stuff aside from playing games online ad with their gadgets/ It's healthier if they can also interact with other kids.

 Let them choose what they want like swimming, arts and craft, singing, dancing or even playing musical instruments where you can also get gig bags for guitars if they are hooked into it. Doing what they love will make them enjoy what they are doing rather than imposing them a certain activity that they will hate.

Have fun and stay safe this summer.