Thursday, May 6, 2021

Blue Yeti USB Microphone Review

In this Blue Yeti Review I will cover some of the key features and functionality of the World's #1 USB Microphone. I've been creating video content for my YouTube channel for many years now.

Most of my videos are tutorial and review videos of products and services that I use. In many of these videos, I do a voice-over and have used many different headsets to record my audio.

For most part, I've used the Logitech USB Headset which has worked pretty well for me. However, it was time for me to create better quality audio and so I researched many different USB microphones and headsets.

My research finally led me to buy the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. I've had it since February 2021 and have been testing it for these past few months.

In this blog post, I will share my honest opinion and experience using the professional mic. You can check my brief video review below, of the Blue Yeti in which I recorded my voice-over using this USB mic.

First of all, it's a very solid mic, built with quality material and craftsmanship. It's very sturdy and has a relatively heavy base and a foam padding at the bottom to absorb vibrations.

Secondly, I found the Blue Yeti very simple to set up. It's pretty much plug and play without any additional software or drivers to install. It's designed to work on Window and Mac computers. I'm personally using it on a Windows 10 machine.

Thirdly, it has several audio settings called pick up patterns. There are 4 pick up patterns which allow you to adjust the audio for various types of recording. I will cover these pick up patters in more detail in the section below.



HOW TO USE PICK UP PATTERNS IN BLUE YETI?


(1) the CARDIOID mode works best for podcasting, Twitch streaming, music recording, instruments and voice-overs;

(2) the BI-DIRECTIONAL mode records from both, the front and back, of the microphone. This mode is great for recording a duet or a two-person interview;

(3) the OMNI-DIRECTIONAL mode picks up sound equally from all around the mic. This setting works best, for recording a live band performance, a multi-person podcast, or a conference call;

(4) and finally, the STEREO mode uses both the left and right channels to capture a wide realistic sound image which works best for recording an acoustic guitar or choir.

OTHER FEATURES OF THE BLUE YETI


Blue Yeti USB Microphone
The Blue Yeti also comes with a built-in headphone 3.5 mm output jack to which you can connect an external headset. This can come very handy for instant playback.

It also has a volume control nob which enables you to control the volume of the external headset.

There is also a mute button on the front of the mic, which is very useful when you need to mute and unmute the mic during a conversation or meeting. When muted, the red LED light will blink.

IS THE BLUE YETI RIGHT FOR YOU?


Overall, based on my own experience using the Blue Yeti these past few months and recording several voice-overs and on Skype/Zoom calls, I can definitely recommend this USB mic.

That being said, the quality of the audio will also depend on your room set up. For example, if you have a lot of echo in your room, it will easily be picked up because the Blue Yeti is a very sensitive mic.

One thing I found useful for me is to have the GAIN nob set to the 12 o'clock position. If you get background noise, like a hiss, you can use Audacity to remove the background noise. I've created several Audacity tutorials, including one on How to Remove Background Noise using Audacity.

Blue Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle
The standard Blue Yeti comes with a regular desktop stand as you can see from the image posted above.

However, you can also get the Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle which includes the Compass Premium Microphone Boom Arm.

It also includes the Radius III Custom Shockmount which is designed to isolate the mic from noise, shock and ambient vibration.

And finally, you get it comes in three different colors: Blackout, Silver, Midnight Blue, and also a whiteout. I got the midnight Blue color Yeti and love the look and feel.

I'm a happy camper with my purchase and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good quality mic that's easy to use and reasonably affordable.

Do you own the Blue Yeti microphone? If so, what has been your experience with it. How have you used it and for what purposes? Please feel free to share your feedback below. If you're looking to buy this USB mic and still have questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER: If you use the link above to purchase the product. I may earn a commission as an Amazon affiliate. This recommendation and review is based on my firsthand experience using this product myself.

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Firefox 88 Review 2021

Mozilla released Firefox 88 on April 19, 2021. This is the fourth major browser update in 2021. Mozilla continues to roll out new browser updates every month this year, as it did in the year 2020.

There was not much in terms of major updates in this new release, but I’ll cover a couple of notable changes in this Firefox Review.

The key changes that I'll cover in this new browser update include: protection against privacy leaks; a small change in Firefox Screenshots; and JavaScript support in PDF forms. So now let's dive right in...

First up, Mozilla has introduced a new protection against privacy leaks on the web. Trackers are no longer able to abuse the “window.name” property to track users across websites. In Firefox 88, Window.name data is limited to the website that created it, in order to protect against cross-site privacy leaks. I won’t get too technical about this but you can read more about it in this detailed blog post.

Next up, a little change in Firefox Screenshots. The Take Screenshot option is no longer listed under Page Actions. Firefox users can right-click on a page and then select Take Screenshot. Alternatively, if you go to the Customize Menu (in the top-right corner of the browser) and choose Customize Toolbar. Here you will see a Take Screenshot button which you can drag and drop to the Firefox toolbar.

And finally, Firefox 88 now supports JavaScript embedded in PDF files. This was included because some PDF forms use JavaScript for validation and other interactive features. So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 88.



You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes, you’ll find the links below. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox remained steady compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome has continued to outperform. Well, that's it for now, until next time, thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Firefox 86 & 87 Review 2021

In this Firefox Review, I cover some of the key changes in Firefox 86 and Firefox 87 which were released on February 23rd and March 23rd respectively.

I missed the Firefox 86 review, so I’m covering some of the notable changes in both these updates in this bog post and video review which you will find below.

So far, Mozilla has released three major browser updates in 2021. Mozilla will continue to roll out new Firefox browser updates on a monthly basis for the rest of this year, just like that did in 2020.

Now, let's dive into some of the key changes and improvements in the new Firefox updates.

First up, Total Cookie Protection which is part of Mozilla's Enhanced Tracking Protection to protect your privacy online. You’ll find Total Cookie Protection in STRICT MODE. It’s designed to isolate cookies (or tracking data) by website. So, each site gets its own cookie jar, essentially, preventing cookies from being used to track you from site to site.

Secondly, SmartBlock which is a tracker blocking mechanism for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode. It's designed to intelligently fix up web pages that are broken by Firefox's tracking protection without compromising your privacy.

Thirdly, enhancement in the Picture-in-Picture Mode. PIP-mode allows you to pop, videos out, of their webpage so they are always floating on top enabling you can to watch while continuing to browse.

Firefox now supports simultaneously opening and watching multiple videos, in Picture-in-Picture and this is great (for example) if you’re watching several games.

And lastly, improvement in the Print Functionality. If you want to print (CTR+P) a web page, you'll notice a cleaner design and better integration, with your computer's printer settings.


So these were some of the notable changes in Firefox 86 and Firefox 87. You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, I was not able to run the browser test successfully because I experienced some issues with my computer. But, I’m pretty sure that Google Chrome continues to outperform Firefox overall.

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: Browser Benchmark Tests Performed Using Browsermark from Basemark | Firefox information and logos used under Creative Commons License Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) | Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks, or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries | Google and the Google logo are registered trademarks of Google Inc., used with permission | Images and graphics used are public domain via Pixabay unless otherwise mentioned | Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Firefox 85 Review 2021

Mozilla released Firefox 85 on January 26, 2021. This is the first major browser update in 2021. Mozilla continues to roll out new browser updates every month this year as it did in 2020. There were a few notable changes in Firefox 85 which I will cover in this Firefox Review.

Firstly, Firefox now protects you from super cookies which are a type of online tracker that can stay hidden, in your browser and track you online even after you’ve cleared your cookies.

 By isolating super cookies Firefox prevents them from tracking your web browsing, from one site to the next. You can read more about it in this blog post.

Secondly, there were some small improvements, in Firefox Bookmarks. If you bookmark a webpage in Firefox, it adds it to the "Other Bookmarks" folder and will place this folder in the Bookmarks toolbar.

Many users didn’t like this when it was first implemented, so Mozilla has made an option available to hide it. You can right-click on it and uncheck "Show Other Bookmarks" to hide this in the future. Also, Firefox now remembers your preferred location for saved bookmarks.

Thirdly, in the Firefox Password Manager you now will notice this new option to remove all logins. This can come handy, especially if you want to delete all your logins at once.

And finally, Firefox 85 spells the end of support for Adobe Flash. As I had mentioned, in my previous Firefox update Firefox 85 onward will not include support for Adobe Flash. You can check this article  from Mozilla to learn more about it.



So these were a few notable changes in Firefox 85. You can check the list of detailed changes in the Release Notes. In terms of the Browsermark Benchmark test results, the overall performance of Firefox declined slightly compared to the earlier version. On the other hand, Google Chrome has continued to outperform.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas & Holiday Greetings 2020

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays 2020

As I look back, in the rear view mirror, to this year 2020, it’s certainly been a year like none other. Who could have imagined a global pandemic that would shut down not only cities and communities, but whole countries. As we say good bye to 2020 and step into 2021, even through all the challenges that we’ve had to go through and changes that we’ve had to adjust to, I’m incredibly grateful for making it this far.

I’ve not created as many YouTube videos as I would have liked to, but I’m grateful for whatever I’ve been able to accomplish and many people that I’ve been able to help through my videos as well as answering hundreds of questions from subscribers and viewers. I dedicate this video to all my YouTube subscribers and viewers.

Even through all the challenges, this is still a very special season and a great time to take a moment and acknowledge your support and love during this year. I’ve enjoyed creating tutorial videos and reviews in 2020 and I hope to continue doing so in the new year 2021. This holiday and Christmas season many of us will be spending it away from our loved ones, but whatever you do, I encourage you to take the time to celebrate this special season with family and friends, even if it’s virtually. 


I take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Make the best of your time with your near and dear ones. And as we close 2020, my hope and prayer is that the New Year 2021 will be your best yet. Wishing you happiness, hope, peace, love and much success in all your endeavors.

In closing, I would like to give a BIG shout out with a heart filled with gratitude, to my subscribers and viewers from all over the world, for your continued support this year. Always remember that I appreciate you very much and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the visits, likes, shares, comments and of course for subscribing. It means a whole lot to me.

At the time of this writing, I’ve uploaded over 700 videos, have almost 18,000 subscribers, and over 7.2 million views across my YouTube channel. One of my goals each year is to always improve my video creation skills and focus on creating quality content, this year was no different. I hope to continue creating and sharing quality video content in 2021. Thank you once again…stay safe and blessed!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

How to Control Tweet Replies on Twitter

Twitter is among the top social media platforms today. Accordingly to stats from the Q1 2019 Earnings report, Twitter had 330 million monthly active users.

Like most social networks, Twitter tests and implements new features and functionality to their website.

A few months ago, Twitter beta tested a reply moderation feature which seems to have been received well by the testers.

So recently, Twitter decided to roll out this new feature across the platform. When you send a tweet out on Twitter, other users are able to respond to your tweets if you have a public Twitter profile.

In the past, when you tweeted, anyone could reply to your tweet, whether they are following you or not.

HOW TWEET MODERATION WORKS


With this new reply moderation feature, Twitter users will now have 3 options to control who can reply to their tweets. Now, when you tweet, you will see these 3 options are listed below:

  • Everyone: this is currently set as the default option. If you have a public Twitter account, anyone user will be able to reply to your tweet.

  • People You Follow: this option only allows people that you follow on Twitter, as well as people that you @ mention in the tweet, to be able to reply to that tweet.

  • Only People You Mention: this option will allow only people that you @ mention in your tweet to be able to reply.

To see this first hand, you can watch this video tutorial below on How to Control Tweet Replies on Twitter:



NOTES ABOUT THE REPLY MODERATION FEATURE


  • The above mentioned reply moderation feature applies to only those tweets that you specifically mark as such.

  • If you use one of the reply moderation features to limit replies to your tweets, it will display as such and other users will be able to see that the particular tweet is limited in term of replying.

  • This moderation feature will not limit other Twitter users from liking or sharing your tweet (or re-tweeting it). They will also be able to vote on polls (if your tweet includes a poll).

  • The moderation set for a particular tweet cannot be edited once the tweet is published. You would have to delete the tweet and then create a new tweet.

  • If you delete the original tweet, any replies or retweets (of the main tweet) will lose any previous restrictions that were set.

Overall, I like this new tweet moderation feature because it will provide much more flexibility for certain tweets and users to freely share their opinions without fearing haters out there.

It will also help curb trolls and spammers whom you see very often on Twitter. Have you used this new reply moderation feature? Please feel free to share your thoughts and if you intend to use it on your tweets. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

How to Embed Twitter Timeline on Website

Twitter is one of the top social media platforms that marketers use to share content with others. If you have a website or blog, you can also showcase your tweets by embedding them right on your website.

In an earlier blog post, I shared with you How to Embed Facebook Posts, as well as How to Embed a Facebook Page.

This embedding feature can come very handy because you can showcase your Facebook and Twitter posts with others without them having you leave your website.

Also, in an earlier post I shared with you How to Embed Tweets on your website. In this blog post, I'll focus on how to embed your Twitter timeline in Blogger.

In this video tutorial below, I walk you through the process step-by-step on How to Embed your Twitter Timeline on your website or blog. Further down below, you will also find written instructions on how to do so:



In order to embed your Twitter timeline follow these steps:

Step 1: go to this website URL
Step 2: enter your Twitter handle (for example, @ajgodinho)
Step 3: click the little arrow button
Step 4: choose the Embedded Timeline option
Step 5: copy embed code (using the Copy button)
Step 6: paste embed code in HTML editor of website

Note that you can also use the "Customization Options" links on the page, if you wish to customize the way the embedded Twitter timeline looks like. For example, you can you can choose a Dark or Light theme.



If you're also interested to learn How to Embed Tweets on your website, feel free to check out this video tutorial below:



Well, hope you found this Twitter help blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section. Thanks for stopping by!

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