Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

A Sunset

(aka “Sunday Beauty #119”)

What goes up, must come down.

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Skyline Sunset IV” by Jeff Pang, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Tip of the day: I’ll say it again: If you do not recognize the Sender, delete it (unopened). If you do recognize the Sender, still don’t trust it implicitly — email accounts get hijacked and they also can be “spoofed“. Most of us have learned this, I know. But it’s still news to some.

Today’s quote:Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ~ Groucho Marx

My sincere thanks to you faithful friends who ‘chipped in’ and helped me keep advertisements off of this website this past year! (Time flies, doesn’t it?)

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

April 7, 2013 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , , | Leave a comment

Saturday Software Giveaway

Folks, I have another nice surprise today. My recent license giveaway received enthusiastic audience response and feedback, so for those who missed out, I am repeating it.

PearlMountain Image Converter is a photo converter as well as batch image converter, which helps you convert images to other formats, resize, rotate, crop, add watermark, apply effects and add border to thousands of images at a time.

Some of the features include:

•    Convert thousands of files at once in batch mode.
•    Supports the most popular image formats: BMP, JPEG, TIFF, RAW, PNG, GIF, TGA, and PSD, and almost all image formats.
•    Save operations that you usually use as profiles and bring convenience to you in the future.
•    Convert between many different image file formats.
•    Resize image for any different use, such as for web, e-mail, photo printing, Facebook, MySpace, mobile phone, ipod/ipad/iphone, etc., with optimum quality.
•    Add image and text watermark for Image Copyright Protection
•    Adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in batch to make your images look more special.
•    Apply borders to your images.
•    Crop photos, removing unwanted areas.

Product info page: http://www.batchimageconverter.com/image-converter/

Due to time constraints, I only had time to play with test this utility a little bit. So I can only tell you it worked, and that I enjoyed the animated GIFF feature (aka “no product review here.”) And for me, there was zero “learning curve”, as I have used this type of graphics program before. But even if you have not, learning how to make optimum use of this photo/image tool should not take long.. maybe, mere minutes. (The link above has a illustrated How To. Take a peek, and see for yourself.)

I can also say that the feedback I received from prior winners was positive.

PearlMountain has again generously donated ten licenses to me, and I have had the pleasure to give them away – to the first ten people who leave a comment with a valid (not Facebook) email (so I can send you the license keycode). This software retails for $29.90.

Thank you, PearlMountain!

You can download a full-featured “trial” version, here, if you’d like. It will put a watermark on any output files, but otherwise performs just like the paid version.

Sorry, the giveaway has been given away.

Today’s quotable quote:It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.” ~ Mark Twain

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May 19, 2012 Posted by | computers, free software, tech | , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

A Gift For You

Folks,
To help celebrate this special weekend, I have a nice surprise.

PearlMountain Image Converter is a photo converter as well as batch image converter, which helps you convert images to other formats, resize, rotate, crop, add watermark, apply effects and add border to thousands of images at a time.

Some of the features include:

•    Convert thousands of files at once in batch mode.
•    Supports the most popular image formats: BMP, JPEG, TIFF, RAW, PNG, GIF, TGA, and PSD, and almost all image formats.
•    Save operations that you usually use as profiles and bring convenience to you in the future.
•    Convert between many different image file formats.
•    Resize image for any different use, such as for web, e-mail, photo printing, Facebook, MySpace, mobile phone, ipod/ipad/iphone, etc., with optimum quality.
•    Add image and text watermark for Image Copyright Protection
•    Adjust image brightness, contrast and saturation in batch to make your images look more special.
•    Apply borders to your images.
•    Crop photos, removing unwanted areas.

Product info page: http://www.batchimageconverter.com/image-converter/

Due to time constraints, I only had time to play with test this utility a little bit. So I can only tell you it worked, and that I enjoyed the animated GIFF feature (aka “no product review here.”) And for me, there was zero “learning curve”, as I have used this type of graphics program before. But even if you have not, learning how to make optimum use of this photo/image tool should not take long.. maybe, mere minutes. (The link above has a illustrated How To. Take a peek, and see for yourself.)

PearlMountain has generously donated ten licenses to me, and I have  had the pleasure to give them away – to the first ten people to leave who left a comment with a valid (not Facebook) email (so I can send you the license keycode). This software retails for $29.90.

Happy Mother’s Day! (And thank you, PearlMountain!)

*** Update: Sorry Folks, but that’s all the licenses I have to give away — for now. ***

You can download a full-featured “trial” version, here, if you’d like. It will put a watermark on any output files, but otherwise performs just like the paid version.

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Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

 

May 12, 2012 Posted by | computers | , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Trick For Keeping Your Pictures In Order*

A Reader Asks A Good Question..

Q:I have a folder with 200 pictures which I have arranged in a very specific order. I want to burn them to a CD, but when I try to burn them in Roxio they burn to a cd but not in the order that they are in the folder. Any help is appreciated. “

A: The trick for resolving this puzzle is to understand that computers will do their own arranging (and assigning), using a pre-configured, rigid, logic — generally alphabetical order (aka “naming convention”).

So even though you have carefully nudged the icons representing (for human viewing) your photos (actually JPEG files) around into an arranged order of your liking, the machine will still think of the files in terms of IMG0001.JPG, followed by the “greater than” IMG0002.JPG (2 is “greater than” 1) which will be followed by the “greater than” IMG0003.JPG. Etc.

So the answer is to rename the files , and do so in an order that matches your order.

If you had just a few files, you could manually rename the first image by giving it a name and adding a one. Repeating for the second image, but adding a 2. And, repeating for the third image, but adding a 3. As I did for this collection of screenshots that were going to be a slideshow (and needed a certain ‘order’)

But since you have so many, you need an easier way – what is called a “batch rename” by us Über Geeks.

1) Arrange the photos into the order you like.

2) Click on one of the images to turn it blue (aka “select it”)

3) Hold down the Ctrl key and press the “A” key (or Edit > Select All). This will turn all the images blue (all are now ‘selected’).

4) Right-click on the first image, and choose Rename from the context menu (the name of small side window that pops open).
Your cursor will now be blinking inside the file name ‘box’.

5) Type in a ‘name’ — preferably something related to your project, or the subject matter.
(This one might be “fishtrip”, for example.)

IMPORTANT  Do NOT add a number — this is done automatically during the rename process

Press Enter.

Note: If for some reason you are unhappy with the result.. say you made a mistake, you can Undo the rename you just did by pressing Ctrl+Z (or going to the Edit menu and choosing the top choice – “Undo rename”. (I love Ctrl + Z!)

Now that you have put your ordering in terms a computer cannot argue with, your CD burning software, or “import”-ing into PowerPoint, or whatnot, will respect and follow your arrangement.
Because “fishtrip (4).jpg” is ‘greater than’ (aka “alphabetical”) “fishtrip (3).jpg” … right? Right.

Remember folks, machines are kinda dumb: they can only “think” in binary (a 1 or a 0)(aka “true or false”, “on or off”). They cannot “see” your photo – they see C:\User Name\Pictures\IMAG0001.JPG. (which is really just a big block of 0’s and 1’s…)

Sorta related: Make Your Photos and Videos Automatically Fly From Your Camera to Your Computer

I spend much of my obsession for technology, by looking for the latest technology in computers and computer accessories on Amazon .. Today, I came across a technology that I did not know about that is just downright impressive.” Read more..

* Orig post: 10/24/11

Today’s quote:A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

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April 10, 2012 Posted by | advice, computers, how to | , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

What? More Facebook? | Inside Your PC

Yes, folks. A bit more on Facebook…

Facebook: What happens to active users when jobs come back?

There may be an inverse relationship between jobs and Facebook growth. In other words, more jobs may mean less Facebook time.Read more..

(I like that optimism.)

Really busy again today, so how about a quick repost of a good article you may have missed.

What The Inside Looks Like…

Today’s article is going to be just a little bit different, and it will be ‘short and sweet’. On several recent onsite repair jobs, I have opened the computer’s side panel and heard the client exclaim, “that’s all that’s in there? I was expecting more.. more.. stuff.” I am always bemused by people’s reactions when they look inside a PC for the first time.
(Yes, there’s a lot of open space inside a desktop PC. Laptop’s are different, and every nook is filled.)

So today – for those of you who have never seen the insides of a computer – I provide two simple photos: inside a desktop, and inside a laptop. (Your configuration will have some differences..)

Fairly high-end desktop (aka “loaded”), yours may not have so much in there..
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Inside a laptop
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Today’s quote:Remember, men need laughter sometimes more than food.” ~ Anna Fellows Johnston

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February 8, 2012 Posted by | computers, Internet | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Sunday Beauty 57

Another pretty picture for your Sunday.

Click on image to see more from this artist

Visp, Canton of Valais, by Jerry and Cara. Courtesy of Flickr Commons

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September 4, 2011 Posted by | Digital Images | , , , , | 6 Comments

Sunday Beauty #56

Here is another pretty picture for your Sunday..

Click on image to see more by this artist

“My shield” by Ed Bierman, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

… Okay. I know you noticed this is different than my usual, and that you’re wondering: what’s so “pretty” or “beautiful” about this image?

A: It’s not a recent picture of me (or, you). And that’s a beautiful thing..

Life may or may not be treating you too well at the moment, but.. that ain’t you. This was the image’s “blurb”:

“Foxy got fixed so has to wear this for a few more days”

Looking at that brightened my whole day!

(And, yes, I have had days where I felt like that was me…)

Enjoy your Sunday everybody!

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August 21, 2011 Posted by | Digital Images | , , | 4 Comments