Adobe Releases

Adobe releases three new public betas pf Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Fireworks, and Adobe Soundbooth are available as free downloads. These are free betas until the launch of the new Adobe Creative Suite which is scheduled to release September 23, 2008. The betas will be active for 48 hours, after which only Creative Suite customers will have the ability to use the betas until the next release of the Creative Suite. To download the betas and try them for yourself, visit Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com
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10 Reason Why you should use Opera

Despite its low profile, Opera offers a host of features that set it apart from the browser pack. According to Jack Wallen, Opera is fast and stable — and it contains many features other browsers can’t touch.

I have gone through many browsers in my lifetime of IT. From Lynx to Mosaic to Mozilla to Netscape to Firefox to Internet Explorer to Safari to Flock. But there’s another browser that peeks its head in and out of that cycle — Opera. Opera is a browser that gets little press in the battle for Internet supremacy. But it’s a browser that is making huge waves in other arenas (Can you say “mobile”?) and is always a steady player in the browser market.

But why would you want to use a browser that gets little love in the market? I will give you 10 good reasons.

#1: Speed

It seems no matter how many leaps and bounds Firefox and Internet Explorer make, Opera is always able to render pages faster. In both cold and warm starts, Opera beats both Firefox and Internet explorer. We’re not talking about a difference the naked eye is incapable of seeing. The speed difference is actually noticeable. So if you are a speed junky, and most of you are, you should be using Opera for this reason alone.
#2: Speed Dial

Speed Dial is one of those features that generally steals the show with browsers. It’s basically a set of visual bookmarks on one page. To add a page to Speed Dial, you simply click on an empty slot in the Speed Dial page and enter the information.When you have a full page of Speed Dial bookmarks, you can quickly go to the page you want by clicking the related image. For even faster browsing, you can click the Ctrl + * key combination (Where * is the number 1-9 associated with your page as assigned in Speed Dial).
#3: Widgets

Opera Widgets are like Firefox extensions on steroids. Widgets are what the evolution of the Web is all about — little Web-based applications you can run from inside (or, in some cases, outside) your browser. Some of the widgets are useful (such as the Touch The Sky international weather applet) and some are just fun (such as the Sim Aquarium.) They are just as easy to install as Firefox extensions.
#4: Wand

Save form information and/or passwords with this handy tool. Every time you fill out a form or a password, the Wand will ask you if you want to save the information. When you save information (say a form), a yellow border will appear around the form. The next time you need to fill out that form, click on the Wand button or click Ctrl + Enter, and the information will automatically be filled out for you.
#5: Notes

Have you ever been browsing and wanted to take notes on a page or site (or about something totally unrelated to your Web browsing)? Opera comes complete with a small Notes application that allows you to jot down whatever you need to jot down. To access Note, click on the Tools menu and then click on Notes. The tool itself is incredibly simple to use and equally as handy.
#6: BitTorrent

Yes it is true, Opera has a built-in BitTorrent protocol. And the built-in BitTorrent client is simple to use: Click on a Torrent link, and a dialog will open asking you where you want to download the file. The Torrent client is enabled by default, so if your company doesn’t allow Torrenting, you should probably disable this feature. Note: When downloading Torrents, you will continue to share content until you either stop the download or close the browser.
#7: Display modes

Another unique-to-Opera feature is its display modes, which allows you to quickly switch between Fit To Width and Full Screen mode. Fit To Width mode adjusts the page size to the available screen space while using flexible reformatting. Full Screen mode gives over the entire screen space to browsing. In this mode, you drop all menus and toolbars, leaving only context menus, mouse gestures, and keyboard shortcuts. The latter mode is especially good for smaller screens.
#8: Quick Preferences

The Quick Preferences menu is one of those features the power user will really appreciate. I am quite often using it to enable/disable various features, and not having to open up the Preferences window makes for a much quicker experience. From this menu, you can alter preferences for pop-ups, images, Java/JavaScript, plug-ins, cookies, and proxies. This is perfect when you are one of those users who block cookies all the time, until a site comes along where you want to enable cookies.
#9: Mouse Gestures

This feature tends to bother most keyboard junkies (those who can’t stand to move their fingers from the keyboard.) But Mouse Gestures is a built-in feature that applies certain actions to specific mouse movements (or actions). For example, you can go back a page by holding down the right mouse button and clicking the left mouse button. This is pretty handy on a laptop, where using the track pad can take more time than you probably want to spend on navigation. But even for those who prefer to keep their hands on the keys and not the mouse, the feature can still save time. Instead of having to get to the mouse, move the mouse to the toolbar, and click a button, you simply have to get your hands to the mouse and make the gesture for the action to take place. Of course, this does require the memorization of the gestures.
#10: Session saving

I love this feature. All too many times, I have needed to close a browser window but didn’t want to lose a page. To keep from losing the page, I would keep a temporary bookmark file where I could house these bookmarks. But with Opera, that’s history. If you have a page (or number of pages) you want to save, you just go to the File menu and then the Sessions submenu and click Save This Session. The next time you open Opera, the same tabs will open. You can also manage your saved sessions so that you can save multiple sessions and delete selected sessions.
The upshot

With just the above list, you can see how easily Opera separates itself from the rest of the crowd. It’s a different beast in the Web browsing space. It’s fast, stable, and cross platform, and it contains many features other browsers can’t touch.

Source: Author: Jack Wallen

Art Scholarship

Here is your chance to earn $20,000 scholarship towards your education – plus other prizes like cash, art supplies and exhibit opportunities, Drawing, painting, photography, graphic arts, sculpture and mixed media are some of the categories you can utilize. Visit www.EnslaveArt.com for contest and submission details, official entry form and rules and regulations. Deadline submission is December 31, 2008

Snipping Tool

Now that I have my website up and fully functional. I want to be able to insert screen shots from surfing the web if I find something of interest to share with my readers. I want to be able to save the files to my computer to upload to www.photobucket.com Microsoft Windows Vista Premium, Business software solves that issue by including the snipping tool. To some of you techies who already know this, good for you but I just discovered the snipping tool. I am learning about new tools and stuff within my Microsoft Windows Vista platform. Just go to start and type in snipping tool and viola’ there you have it. Than I saved my images to www.photobucket.com to store all the images in a format for me to use any way I choose.

Source: Microsoft Windows Vista snipping tool. Just type snipping tool in your Google toolbar.

WordPress Plugins

There are mega millions of wordpress plugins available on the internet. I’ve test drived many today for this website and narrowed it down to a few that seems to work very well with my website.I I hope that some of you find these choices very helpful. I must admit I am one of those individuals who thought that it was very easy to start your own website. It is a lot of baby steps before you get to the fun stuff like blogging, posting youtube or google videos, educating folks and just simply writing about whatever comes to mind.

Adman 1.6.7.1 Plugin for inserting ads right in the middle of posts. By uberdose.
Adsense Injection 2.0 Inserts Adsense into your blog without a log of fucking around. By Dax “The Hammer” Herrera.
AdSense Manager 3.2.13 Control and arrange your AdSense & Referral blocks on your WordPress blog. With Widget and inline post support, configurable colours. By Martin Fitzpatrick.
Adsense Target Beta 1 Provides more control of how google_ad_section targeting is employed on your WordPress blog. By Kirk Montgomery.
AmazonSimpleAdmin 0.9.4.1 Let’s you easily embed amazon products into your posts by use of [asa]ASIN[/asa] tags. Supports the use of templates. So you can choose from various presentation styles and of course create your own template in a few seconds. Needs PHP 5! By Timo Reith.
Chitika eMiniMall widget 1.0 Adds a customizable Chitika eMiniMall as a sidebar widget. By Chitika.
Chunk Urls for WordPress 2.0 This plugin shorten urls in comments so that they won’t break your site. By whoo.
Digital Fingerprint Beta 0.2 This plugin enables you to easily and quickly search the web for potential cases of plagiarism and content theft. It works by adding a customizable “digital fingerprint” to your RSS feed in posts that you select (or all posts if you wish). You can then easily monitor the blogosphere for your digital fingerprint in the hopes of finding potential content thieves and scrapers abusing your content. By Kirk Montgomery.
Easy Gravatars 1.2 Add Gravatars to your comments, without requiring any modifications to your theme files. Just activate, and you’re done! By Dougal Campbell.
FeedSnap 1.1 Plugin for displaying RSS Feeds. By Paul Morley.
Fix Database 1.0 This plugin will repair any tables that need repaired, then it will optimize the tables. By Donnie La Curan.
Flickr Manager 2.0.4 Handles uploading, modifying images on Flickr, and insertion into posts. By Trent Gardner.
Global Translator 1.0.6 Automatically translates a blog in fourteen different languages (English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Greek, Dutch, Norwegian) by wrapping four different online translation engines (Google Translation Engine, Babelfish Translation Engine, FreeTranslations.com, Promt). After uploading this plugin click ‘Activate’ (to the right) and then afterwards you must visit the options page and enter your blog language to enable the translator. By Davide Pozza.
HeadSpace2 3.5.1 Meta-data manager on steroids, allowing complete control over all SEO needs such as keywords/tags, titles, description, stylesheets, and many other goodies. By John Godley.
Hello Dolly 1.5 This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Louis Armstrong: Hello, Dolly. When activated you will randomly see a lyric from Hello, Dolly in the upper right of your admin screen on every page. By Matt Mullenweg.
InstantUpgrade 1.0-beta2 Upgrade your WordPress installation with one simple click via the InstantUpgrade panel. Attention: This is a BETA release; if you don’t know what that means, you shouldn’t be using this software. By Alex Günsche.
One Click Plugin Updater 2.4.3 Upgrade plugins with a single click, install new plugins or themes from an URL or by uploading a file, see which plugins have update notifications enabled, control how often WordPress checks for updates, and more. By Janis Elsts.
Pagebar2 2.21 Adds an advanced page navigation to WordPress. By Lutz Schröer.
Position Yourself 1.2 Gets matches from Google results for your keywords By Kim Kennof.
Robots Meta 3.0.6 This plugin allows you to add all the appropriate robots meta tags to your pages and feeds, disable unused archives and nofollow unnecessary links. By Joost de Valk.
SABRE 0.7.3 Simple Anti Bot Registration Engine By Didier Lorphelin.
Search Unleashed 0.2.20 Advanced search engine that provides full text searching across posts, pages, comments, titles, and URLs. Searches take into account any data added by other plugins, and all search results are contextually highlighted. You can also highlight incoming searches from popular search engines. By John Godley.
SEO Slugs 1.0 Removes common words like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘in’ from post slugs to improve SEO. By Andrei Mikrukov.
SEO Smart Links 1.6.2 SEO Smart Links provides smart interlinking for your blog and additional SEO features for advanced users. By Vladimir Prelovac.
SEO Title Tag 2.3.2 Search engine optimize your blog’s title tags. Create a customized title tag for any post, static page, category page, UltimateTagWarrior tag page – indeed, any URL! And will auto-insert the tag name into the title on tag pages generated by UltimateTagWarrior plugin. Admin allows for mass editing of title tags. By Stephan Spencer, Netconcepts.
Simple Feed Copyright 1.0 Adds a simple copyright notice at end of full text articles in your feed. By Quick Online Tips.
Simple Tagging 1.7 Simple Tagging is another tagging plugin for WordPress: smarter, better, faster icon smile WordPress Plugins By Amaury BALMER.
Smart Youtube 2.2.1 Easily insert YouTube videos in posts, comments and RSS feeds. By Vladimir Prelovac.
Social Bookmarks 4.0.65 Adds a list of XHTML compliant graphic links at the end of your posts that allow your visitors to easily submit them to a number of social bookmarking sites. Use the plugin options in Options>Social Bookmarks to configure the plugin. By Apostolos Dountsis.
Spam Karma 2 2.3 rc4 Ultimate Spam Killer for WordPress. Activate the plugin and go to Manage >> Spam Karma 2 to configure. See Spam Karma 2 >> About for details. By dr Dave.
Ultimate Google Analytics 1.6.0 Enable Google Analytics on your blog. Has options to also track external links, mailto links and links to downloads on your own site. Check http://www.oratransplant.nl/uga/#versions for version updates By Wilfred van der Deijl.
wp-cache 2.1.2 Very fast cache module. It’s composed of several modules, this plugin can configure and manage the whole system. Once enabled, go to “Options” and select “WP-Cache”. By Ricardo Galli Granada.
Flag Comments 1.7 Flag comments for moderator action. By Watershed Studio, LLC.
WP_Auctions 1.0.4 Implements the ability to run auctions on your own blog. Once activated, add the widget to your sidebar or add <?php wp_auctions(); ?> to your sidebar. Please note that deactivating this plugin will erase your auctions. By Owen Cutajar & Hyder Jaffari.
Akismet 2.1.8 Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put <?php akismet_counter(); ?> in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin. By Matt Mullenweg.

Getting my WordPress website ready to use for blogging.

It is soo easy to say “I going to start my own website”. It is time consuming and could be considered an unpaid job or volunteer work. I have new respect for those who have fully functional websites. It has not been an easy to get my website to where I want it. I have started over repeatly, changed the themes a zillion times until I snatched a nice user friendly  theme from http://www.blogsdna.com/ called a Public WordPress Theme Xeiro 1.1 (Pronounce it as Zero). I am going to ride with this one until I am at least able to design my website with Adobe Creative Suite. The next thing I did was start toying away with the millions of wordpress plugins that I found over at http://wordpress.org/ which have soo many that make you want to put all on your page. I ran into that issue and it will change the format of your theme and with some themes, it will stop all together. Well, this is my venting for the day about getting my website http://thephotographer4you.com online adsense ready and to blog.

Torrents

 

My son and I was discussing the difference between a http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol) and http://www.limewire.com/last night. I asked him what did he think the difference was and he said that “LimeWire” was much faster and “torrents” were more thorough in filtering the junk files. I would have to say I agree to some degree. It seems that LimeWire files do download much faster but may have a lot of files which contain trojans and incomplete files. Torrent files are just as risky however there are comments left from users of the torrent and it will become well know if a trojan or incomplete file is downloaded by a user. I found http://www.bittorrent.com/ to be the most stable torrent that will download files from http://h33t.com/ and a few other top torrent http://www.zeropaid.com/links/bittorrent/ sites on the internet. There is a bit of a debate about the legality of downloading p2p files which I choose not to debate about in this blurp of an post. Most of these sites will allow you to download files to experiment before buying the product. Years ago, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napster made it possible to share files but was shutdown due to copyright infringement. Poor thang did know what hit him. Now we have torrents and file sharing software all over the internet and in some cases; free for the taking. I strongly suggest that if your going to download files from the internet to install one of my favorites to protect your computer from the stuff that will kill a computer faster than you can blink an eye. Check out http://www.kaspersky.com/beta or for the the full working product http://www.kaspersky.com/. I prefer Kaspersky because it checks every download and ANY changes to your system. It never let me down. Now I am sure there are some who would bash the product and may even curse me out for suggesting it. There is absolutely no reason to pay for a torrent subscription because there are too many free torrents on the internet to experiment with for your P2P. Just be careful about what you download to your computer system. You been warned……buyer beware and be extremely careful about what you download from the internet.

Models Beware

 

There are literally thousands if not millions of sites, storefronts and fake agencies posing as the real deal. There are many young ladies who want to be in pictures, become actresses/actors and basically will believe any photographer who tells them they have what it takes to become successful in this glamorous industry. I strongly suggest that upcoming models read www.modelingscams.org Hopefully after reading through this site, young ladies and men will not be lured into the lion’s snare of fake photographers and agencies.

Register To VOTE

Are you registered to vote? Well, now would be the time to get it done and you can do it all online from your computer. Click on the link on the right side bar. Deadline to register to VOTE is October 4, 2008. Don’t wait to the last moment to get your vote in for this election. “Who did you help register to vote this year?”

States in jeopardy:

Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Colorado, N. Dakota, New Hampshire, Alaska, South Dakota and that the few places that need help with registering to vote.

Want to see the deadline to register to vote for your state:

http://www.rockthevote.com/

http://www.rockthevote.com/voting-is-easy/important-dates/

http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/state_by_state_info_2.html

Work From Home

A lot of people would love to work at home if only they could find a legitimate company to assist with finding a telecommuter position. Well according to http://www.aboutus.org/WorkAtHomeCareers.com

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