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Written by GreyHead   
Thursday, 09 October 2008 01:26

Q: My hosting package is up for renewal and I’m looking for something a bit more reliable – any recommendations?

A: I've used Dreamhost for my own sites for five years now and am happy to continue with them. Reliability is good (not perfect) and they let you know of the problems they know about! Plenty of on-line help and a responsive and sensible help desk. Pricing is low to middle, excellent value for money.

I've used maybe a dozen other isps whilst trouble shooting for clients and haven't yet seen anything that tempts me to change.

Bob

:: originally posted in a reply to the EuroCoach list

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 17:45
 
Random letters and digits PDF Print E-mail
Written by GreyHead   
Thursday, 09 October 2008 01:18
Q: when I type I get lots of numbers and random letters and digits, instead
of the letters I select.

A: Looks like you are using a laptop and have the NumLock key on (or maybe
fn+NumLock) so that you are typing 4 5 6 in place of u i o . . .

Bob

:: originally posted as a reply on the EuroCoach list
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 17:45
 
How to create MP3s PDF Print E-mail
Written by GreyHead   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 10:49
Q: what software you recommend to convert a wav file to an MP3 . . .
 
A: There are many products that will do this, One that is free and effective is Audacity  It's an audio studio that will allow you to edit your tracks, adjust the volume and balance and save to MP3.
 
Bob

:: from an original post to the EuroCoach list
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 17:45
 
How do I re-size pictures? PDF Print E-mail
Written by GreyHead   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 10:58
 

Q: Picture resizing software. Can anyone recommend a package?

A: It really does depend what you want to do with your images. A bit more detail would help give you a better answer.

My current preference is for FastStone Image Viewer which has replaced IrfanView as my image tool of choice. They also have a simpler Photo Resizer which may be the right tool for you. Both are free for personal and educational use ($35/$20 respectively for a commercial license).

The free Google Picasa is an excellent image manager that will let you crop, re-size and adjust the image quality with a simple easy to use interface. But it's really intended to be used to manage all of your images.

The Swiss army knife of free image tools is IrfanView - it can handle just about any kind of image and pretty much any manipulation - but it's not always obvious to learn.

If you just want to do a few images then surprisingly Microsoft Word doesn't do a bad job. You can use the crop and resize tools on the image toolbar; compress the images to make the change permanent then save the doc as html to re-extract them.

Going a little more sophisticated Paint.Net is a free fairly full-featured image editor for Windows with the .Net framework. Some features I don't like but I do use it for cropping and re-sizing.

For completeness - the ultimate in free image software is The Gimp which is getting closer to PhotoShop functionality and is almost certainly overkill for your needs.

Going in the other direction, if you need thumbnails then Fookes software Easy Thumbnails is free. (Fookes also have Easy Imager for $35 which I haven't used though Eric's products are usually practical and very good.)

Again for completeness, if you need to process batches of images then ReaConverter Pro is excellent - $40 for the Lite edition, $99 for the Pro version.

I hope this helps.

Bob

Last Updated on Friday, 11 September 2009 08:22
 
Posting to Joomla with ScribeFire PDF Print E-mail
Written by GreyHead   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 04:14

I just set up ScribeFire to let me post to this site - and I spent a very frustrating half-hour because I missed a vital step . . .


ScribeFire is a FireFox extension that allows you to post to your web-site directly from your browser. ScribeFire has built in support for several popular blogging platforms but does not directly support Joomla.
This has been solved by a plug-in written by Justo DeRiviera - his instructions are here but they miss that vital step so I thought I'd re-write them to remind myself how not to waste so much time with my next website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 17:46
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