Creating a Custom Calendar with

  • Episode 273
  • December 11, 2012

Robbie and Hillary show you how to create your very own custom calendar with free software. Perfect for gifts and complete with your own photos.

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This episode is sponsored in part by: Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Hillary Rumball present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Happy birthday to Chrisreich.
  • Viewer Comment: Show us the postcard wall!
  • Presenting Brother's MFC-J4510DW and the new Business Smart Series of printers from Brother Canada—coming next week to Category5 Technology TV, and you can win one!
  • {play 11:21}Having ordered Brent Spiner's CD "Dreamland", autographed, Robbie is impressed that Brent himself delivered it to the post office. Note: The CD is available on Brent's web site:
  • {play 13:17}Feature: Creating a custom calendar using
    • Signing up for your free account.
    • Step one to creating your own calendar: finding and organizing 12 or more high-resolution digital photographs.
    • Publishing a calendar with is entirely done through your web browser, with no need for software installation. This means it works perfectly on Windows, Linux and Mac.
    • Choosing the theme for your calendar. Robbie chooses the Modern theme so his photos will fill the entire page without borders.
    • Adding some events to your custom calendar. For example, this could be family birthdays if you're giving the calendar as a gift to a family member.
    • Adding public holidays for your region to your custom calendar, automatically.
    • Navigating the calendar months on Lulu Studio™.
    • Selecting a grid layout for the currently highlighted month.
    • Creating your images to be the correct size for the calendar image (optional).
    • Adding your photos to your custom calendar.
    • has a 10 MB limit per image for your calendar.
    • Using the web interface to add a photo to your calendar, move it and crop it.
    • Using the GIMP to create specifically sized photos for your calendar (optional).
    • Positioning your photograph subject to avoid the pinhole when creating a custom calendar.
    • Creating an attractive photo vignette using the GIMP.
    • Viewer Question: Can these custom calendars be sent anywhere in the world?
    • Saving your custom calendar.
    • How warns you if your photo is not high enough resolution for your calendar.
    • Wrapping up your calendar: previewing and finishing, and ultimately ordering a copy of your custom calendar.
  • {play 37:20}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
    • How Google's calendar outage took down the Category5.TV web site (until Robbie patched the site).
  • {play 45:40}Viewer Questions.
  • Viewer Question: I've installed Linux as my main operating system and find it very easy to use. I'm using VirtualBox, but it doesn't seem to work with the USB ports with a Windows guest. How can I get USB support in the guest OS?
    • Obtaining the "non-free" version of Oracle VirtualBox from using their provided repositories and Synaptic Package Manager.
    • Installing the GPG key for the VirtualBox repository so you don't get errors when running apt-get update.
    • Downloading the VirtualBox Extension Pack to add non-free features to your virtual machines such as SATA and USB 2.0.
    • Installing guest additions in your virtual machine guest.
    • Ensuring your USB controller and USB 2.0 are active on your virtual machine guest.
  • Hillary's Question: Where do I get some free Christmas music?
    • What SHOUTcast is and where it came from.
    • Accessing an assortment of free Christmas radio stations from around the world via SHOUTcast's Seasonal & Holiday Radio Stations list.
    • Accessing SHOUTcast radios on iOS or Android via free apps.
  • The upcoming Christmas Special will be laden with awesome prizes from Brother Canada, Eco Alkalines, Thermaltake, and more.
  • Happy 121212 at 12:12.
  • Our Facebook page has a lot of behind the scenes photos and video clips.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Hillary Rumball


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