Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Photoshop Ico Filter Plugin

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Macro Pictures

Julie writes a great post on how to take great macro photos using pretty basic equipment. I'm definitely going to give this a go when we get our camera back from being repaired.

How to take great macro pictures without a lot of equipment

I receive frequent emails asking me how I take such nice close up (macro) product images for my reviews. As a result, I thought I would share some of my 'secrets' for macro photography. Some people think that if they buy the most expensive bazillion mega pixel DSLR camera on the market, that they will automatically become a professional photographer with the ability to take perfect shots. I've found that while good equipment is very important, you definitely do not have to spend $1000's dollars to get excellent results.

My equipment list...

Nikon Coolpix 8800 digital camera
Nikon Speedlight SB-600 External flash
A good place to work (your 'studio')
Poster board
Adobe Photoshop CS2


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Outlook, Vista Sidebar Gadgets, New Web 2.0 Tools, Job Tracking Software and More

Outlook Category Organiser

Aladdin's sidebar to Outlook that allows instant control over your categories. Select a contact and the categories are assigned, make changes by using the checkboxes. Filter by categories is easy, select the category (or categories) and click Filter...DONE!

Make Windows and Windows Live your own

Sidebar Gadgets, Emoticons, Toolbar Buttons, Web Gadets, Display Pictures, Winks, Side Show Gadgets


Map your photos, show your favourite places, organize your photos with tags.

The first video guide for Hotels

Question Form

questionform is a web application for creating, publishing and analysing online surveys and forms

Side Job Track

Create projects, send estimates, track services, invoice clients.

With Side Job Track you can quickly and easily manage your side jobs with simple, straightforward project tools. Side Job Track's flexible data entry lets you to decide how to best fit your specific needs. If you have access to a web server, you can even create completely customized estimate and invoice templates.

Morgue File

A place to keep post production materials for use of reference, an inactive job file. This morgue file contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

RSS Widget

The RSS widget lets you add your own RSS feeds. Select the widget, type in a title and a URL for the RSS feed to see content for that feed. You can also configure title or description view, change the font, size, mark as read and more through the edit drop down menu. Additionally you can set up multiple RSS widgets and then apply the properties of one widget to all of them, ie color, size, etc.

“Clip to OneNote” Firefox Extension

There is a useful Firefox extension that allows you to send webclippings from Firefox to OneNote. It was developed by Gmx Lee for OneNote 2003. You can get it directly from his website. Even though it was developed for OneNote 2003, it also works with OneNote 2007.

Patrick Schmid

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Cool Tech Links for today


File And MP3 Tag Renamer is a powerful, easy-to-use multiple files renamer and mp3 file renamer .With this powerful program,you can quickly and easily batch rename files and mp3's with a number of possibilities and options, including change case, change the file extension,insert string,delete string,replace/remove string,set the file attributes&time stamps,and enumeration renaming allows you to add number sequences to your filenames.

Batch Rename.EXE allows you to run dynamic lists of files through an extensive array of filename filters to ensure that your files are labeled and organized exactly how you want them. Use filters to add information (Prefixes, and Suffixes), remove spaces, change capitalization and more. The file selection wizard allows you to build a list by using both file directories and drag and drop list creation. You can dynamically add single files, directories and sub-directories to their evolving file list.Use the renaming wizard with six variable fields to add information such as a formatted dates and identification numbers to file names.Finally, use the wizard to virtually review you filename corrections. You can rename the files into their original folder, or select a new destination folder for them.

Plug-n-Play Hardware KeyLoggers - Useful but Dangerous
Check the connection between your keyboard cable and the desktop - the white AA battery sized hardware device is actually a keystroke logger. These deceptive KeyGhost hardware keyloggers plug-in between your keyboard and Desktop PC and will largely go unnoticed by the computer user. Once plugged in, it tracks and records all computer keystrokes in it's internal Flash memory. The keystrokes can later be retrieved using any text editor.While most antivirus and antispyware can safely detect and block software keyloggers, hardware keyloggers that attach to the PC or Mac via USB ports or PS/2 keyboards may be tough to discover since they do not install any software on the computer.If you suspect that the computer is running keylogger software in the background, use the virtual on-screen keyboard to type your important usernames and passwords.

Picasa 2.7 No Longer a Memory Hog, Supports Google Video
Google has just updated your favorite photo management software to version 2.7 and the new release is lightning fast when compared with Picasa 2.6.Picasa 2.7 has better integration with Blogger and also allows you upload videos directly to Google Videos from Picasa.Picasa 2.7 has better integration with Blogger and also allows you upload videos directly to Google Videos from Picasa.Picasa 2.7 is available for XP, Vista and Windows 2000.

filehippo Download Free Software

Free Fonts

Share your trip. Remember the wedding. Laugh with your family. Your photos tell your story. It's easy, and it's free.

Free Online File Conversion

The PC Decrapifier

Your brand spanking new PC boots up only to greet you with a plethora of pop up advertisements pestering you to pay for anti-virus software or sign up for a music service. Your desktop is littered with website links for 'special offers.' The system tray is already full of programs that continuously use your internet connection to make sure that you're 'up to date.'"When did I ask for this?" you ask. Well, you didn't and that's where the PC Decrapifier comes in. The PC Decrapifier attempts to remove all of the crap on your PC that you never asked for or wanted. To manually remove all of this stuff by hand can take at least an hour (depending on the severity of the infestation.) The PC Decrapifier will detect the 'crap' on your system, you choose what to uninstall, then sit back and let the PC Decrapifier work its magic.

Steve tells how he set up a PC for his Mum!

To date I have worked mainly with IT professionals and super users, I haven't really any experience of working with people who have spent all of their lives without touching personal computing, here are a few things I learned:

Function Lock?!

Who’s bright idea was it to come up with the Function Lock key? It’s really annoying. Here I’ll talk about my experience with a couple F-Lock “enhanced” keyboards and what I did to “fix” them.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard
The MS Natural MultiMedia Keyboard has the F-Lock off at power up, and with F-Lock off, the F-Keys aren’t F-Keys, they are their alternate function. Every time I boot my PC I need to hit the F-Lock key to get Insert to work instead of PrtScn.

Logitech Office Comfort Keyboard
The F-Lock is still off at power up, but the F-Keys are opposite of the MS keyboard. Meaning, with F-Lock off, they act like F-Keys not the goofy alternate function. The other thing I like is that they use a more normal layout for the PageUp, PageDown, Home, End, and Delete keys. The downside is that you still must press F-Lock to use Insert, like the MS keyboard.

The Fix
If found this awesome little utility called KeyTweak. It makes use of Microsoft’s Scancode Map registry key to remap your keyboard. This means that it doesn’t run any silly program in your system tray all the time. It just modifies the registry and then it’s done.

With the Logitech keyboard I created very simple mapping and effectively swapped Insert and PrtScn keys. That way I don’t have to touch F-Lock unless I want to use PrnScn and everything is as it should be.

Windows Media Player Plug-in for Firefox
Today I am very proud to announce that we have released another official Microsoft plug-in. It shows another level of interoperability and eagerness in working with the Community to get this released. This plug-in allows you to use Windows Media Player inside of Firefox. It is designed to support the following Windows platforms:

  • Windows XP SP2 (x86)
  • Windows XP SP2 (x64)
  • Windows Vista (x86)
  • Windows Vista (x64)

Port25 is hosting it, and you can download it from here; Media Player Firefox Plugin - DownloadWindows

Preview of upcoming RSSOwl 1.2.4 available

The RSSOwl Team is happy to announce that a preview of upcoming RSSOwl 1.2.4 is now available for download. We are very busy working on the 2.0 release, but there was some time left to adopt the latest version of SWT from the Eclipse 3.3 development cycle. Windows Vista users will benefit from a much better look and feel and those that don't want to use the Internet Explorer as embedded browser on Windows can now switch over to Mozilla (XULRunner). For a complete list of changes in this preview, please consult the changelog.

Userform - Splash screens

When you have made that project that you are proud of and want to give it that finishing touch then why not give it a professional view and finish it off with a splash screen. The key to this is to remove the Top caption or Title area. If you have a look at all applications that have a splash screen you will see that they have no Top caption.

The following technique has these basics that you can use in your splash screens.

  • No Top Caption
  • Hides application, so that all that is viewed is your splash screen
  • Fades in, waits a few secs then fades out with a new image.
  • Closes the userfrom and then loads up your spreadsheet.

All you need is to design your Userform and add images etc, then use via import the 3 modules into your project.

AutoPatcher Status Report
We're nearly there now, i'd say at very least 95% of the work has been completed on the new releases. Really sorry it's taking so long to complete them, especially to those who are waiting for CD/DVD orders to be fulfilled. You can find precise details of exactly whats left to be done in the new progress report.

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