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Picasa has it all – and looks great doing it!

October 5th, 2006 Author: Carlin P.

This is photo software that even the least organized shutterbug will love. The first, and I think ultimately best, feature of Picasa is that it scans your hard drive (once, or every time you start the program) to hunt down photos wherever you may have stashed them. It then organizes them by folder and by year, so no matter how disorganized your hard disk may be, you’ll never know it by looking at your photo library in Picasa. There are also built-in backup utilities so you can be sure your photos are saved to another drive or burned to disk.

Once Picasa has scanned your drive and found all your pictures, you’ll be treated to a beautiful, easy-to-use interface that lets you easily scroll through your photos in many ways: thumbnails, full-screen galleries, and even in a cool ‘timeline’ layout. You can enhance and correct images, too – there’s even a great ‘I’m feeling lucky’ option that auto-corrects the image. I had pretty good luck with it, but it won’t work on every on (much like the ‘auto levels’ feature in Photoshop if you’re familiar). Read the rest of this entry »


Blogging for donuts or dollars / Need a good host?

September 16th, 2006 Author: Matt P.

So you’ve got a great idea / topic for a blog but you’d like to see if you could make a little money off of it, well then you are going to need to get WordPress hosted because they don’t allow advertising on the free WordPress.com site.

I got lucky and found what I think to be is the ISP offering the greatest services and control I’ve ever seen…Their implementation is actually far superior to anything I imagined would be out there. Also, their support has been extremely friendly and fast! Once I dialed in the number and hit 3 for tech support, I’ve gotten someone on the 2nd or 3rd ring so far…and the longest it took for a change to be implemented was like 3 hours.

ANHosting is their name and making website hosting is their game (and boy am I lame). Read the rest of this entry »

Then, why are you leaving all your impossible-to-recreate data solely on a hard drive that has a life expectancy of 3 – 5 years?  I’ve had two die after 6 months so they can pretty much go any time.

You get back from vacation, sunburned and tired, you finally muster up the energy to transfer your images from your digital camera, and then create a slideshow for the family with them.  You think you are done?  No way, you’ve got back those babies up or they could be wiped out any day.

By not taking steps to back up your memories (data), you are asking for major heart ache down the road. Read the rest of this entry »


Blogging for fun!

August 23rd, 2006 Author: Matt P.

I’ve made fun of bloggers for years saying things like “Oh, I’m going to put that up on my blog” (where the “that” is some mundane minitute you find in life) but now that I have embraced blogging, it’s cool to do so don’t let the stigma of pocket-protecting, high-waisted-pants-wearing, living-in-their-parents’-basement, allegeric-to-light, four-eyed bloggers, keep you from joining the fun (btw, I’ve met two of those criteria in my life).

Blogging is a fun and easy way to keep folks up to date on what is going on with you or your family. I’ve maintained a personal family website since 1997 with photogalleries so that my mom (who lives an ocean away) and other friends and family can see what projects we’ve tackled, what crazy new hairstyle I’m sporting, whether I have a black eye or not, and basically keep them involved in our lives. Read the rest of this entry »



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