Panoramic photos and Quicktime VR

January 30, 2007 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Photoshop, Pictures | 1 Comment
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On the road again

1. Download and install SurroundPhoto on your computer (if you are doing this at home I make no guarantees about any download software, ok?): http://www.download.com/SurroundPhoto/3000-2192_4-10263471.html?tag=email

2. Read this document about creating a “Photomerge” in Photoshop.

3. Either take your own photos (http://www.instructables.com/id/EO4N7KKG05EUHCAMGQ/)

OR I will show you where to find some sample images.

Then, take your panoramic JPG and open it up in SurroundPhoto. Tweak. Create a Quicktime. View. Experiment.

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Google updates its image search – I miss the old version

January 25, 2007 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Google has updated its image search tool and has added some frivolous mouseover effects.

In the old days (last week), you would clearly see basic info below each thumbnail. Now you must hover over the thumbnail to see details.Old and new google images

You may like the cleaner look but hear me out. When you are searching for an images there are times when the details (size and source) do matter. Cleaner web design is great but not at the expense of useful information.

To restore the “old” search you can follow these browser specific steps- click here.

Yours truly,

Cranky

Microsoft pays to change Wikipedia entries

January 25, 2007 at 3:32 pm | Posted in unwise | Leave a comment
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We hear it all the time, “Why can’t I use Wikipedia?  It’s so easy.”

Yes, it is so easy to change information on Wikipedia.  That’s why Microsoft agreed to pay a writer to “correct” some Wikipedia entries related to some Microsoft tech specs.  This is against Wikipedia policy.

The bottom line: maybe the entries are wrong.  Maybe others are being paid to create entries that may be right or wrong?  Trust me, this won’t happen with the folks at Encylopedia Brittanica.

Read the full story here. 

State of the Union Recap

January 24, 2007 at 11:07 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Here are the videos and graphics that I shared with some of my classes today. Plus some bonus footage at the end of the post. The Washington Post videos require a free account- well worth it.

State of the Union highlights: Washington Post

State of the Union graphic shows how much time was devoted to various topics: Washington Post

The Democratic response to the State of the Union Address by Senator Jim Webb, VA: CSPAN via Google Video.

Lastly, watch VP Dick Cheney closely in this brief clip. Is grabbing his wallet and counting cash or using his Blackberry for a little texting? You decide.

Flash MX 2004

January 22, 2007 at 1:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Once again, my hosting company (lunarpages.com) is having issues.  I may switch back to paper.

Good thing I have the daily link as a handy backup.  Onwards.

Web design 2 folks:

1) Go to this link: http://www.atomiclearning.com/flash_mx_2004pc

2) Scroll down to section H: Buttons.

3) Put on your headphones for this video tutorials and start with lesson 1- creating basic buttons -and move through all of the lessons in this section.

4) NOW…try to make your own custom buttons.

Intro to Computers Quiz

January 22, 2007 at 8:45 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Follow the link: http://school.discovery.com/quizzes19/rmilstead/computerhardware1.html

Meet the Proteus

January 19, 2007 at 9:04 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Meet the  Proteus.  A catamaran that skims the surface of the waves, carrying a crew of two and two tons in smooth comfort for  thousands of miles.  The Proteus had her maiden voyage in the San Francisco bay yesterday.

Chronicle article here.

Photos here

Inventor’s website here. 

Cell Phone did NOT cause fire

January 19, 2007 at 8:54 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Earlier in the week I told some of you about a man burned in a Vallejo hotel room fire.  Initially, the cause of the fire was pinned on his cell-phone battery.  Investigators have confirmed that the phone’s battery still works so the guilty party is still at large.

Now they say that the cause of the fire may never be known.  According to the Chronicle, the injured party was not a smoker and spontaneious combustion has been ruled out (how?).  Strange.

Flash tutorials

January 18, 2007 at 1:31 pm | Posted in tutorial | Leave a comment
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Tutorial: Creating a Flash preloader

Tutorial: Creating the structure of a Flash-based site

Tutorial (audio and video): Atomic Learning Flash tutorials

Martin Luther King

January 15, 2007 at 6:55 am | Posted in history | Leave a comment

2007mlk.jpgTake a few minutes and listen to the last speech given by Dr. King.  His “Mountaintop” speech took place the night before his death.  Link here

In 2006, construction began on the King Memorial, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Click here for a virtual tour of the memorial.

The National Civil Rights Museum is built in and around the Lorraine Motel where Dr. King was assasinated on April 4, 1968.  Exhibits chronicle the civil rights movement in America.

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