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Friday, July 23, 2004

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) Cards, Postcards and Mousepads

I have taken my nice photo of Echinacea flowers and made it available on mousepads, greeeting cards and postcards.

You can browse and order by visiting my CafePress Shop

You can also browse my other shops by visiting my Products Page.

Career-Op: Doctor's Orders

Career-Op: Doctor's Orders
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

You might not think that there are many similarities between a high-tech careerist and a medical professional, but over the years I have noticed a few. The most striking one is the fact that we often ignore the advice of doctors and dentists, much like our clients ignore our own recommendations for improving their technology experiences. If you think it is frustrating to have your advice fall on deaf ears, imagine the plight of your doctor. There are ways, though, to help get your message heard, but it takes more than the usual supply of patience.

Energy Saver: About sleep and idle modes in Mac OS X

Here is a great tech notes I turned up from the "Recent Changes" page I mentioned earlier this week.(Apple Tech Note: Energy Saver: About sleep and idle modes in Mac OS X)

People often ask me what exactly happens when they put their computer to sleep and this note includes all the details. While this note is directed at Macintosh users, Windows machines operate in a a similar fashion. Here is a sit with information on How to set up Power Management on Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

200 Digital Photography Tips

MalekTips.com offers up 200 Digital Photography Tips on its web site.

I foresee a lot of time spent sorting through this great resource.

Via MacMerc

Apple Knowledge Base Updates

Whether you are a computer geek, like me, or just interested in keeping up with changes, fixes and issues with your Macintosh, the Recently Updated page of the Apple Knowledge Base is a great place to visit.

This page lists all new or changed knowledge base articles in reverse chronological order. Even better, there is an RSS feed that allows you to monitor these changes without visiting the page each day.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Quicken File Maintenance

If your Quicken file has suddenly started acting strange, you may need to do a little file maintenance it get it back into shape. I recently had a client call with just such as problem and here is how Intuit recommends you fix it.

File Maintenance Symptoms (from Intuit.com)

General file maintenance may be necessary if you have experienced system errors or if your computer locks up while using Quicken. Not properly shutting your computer down when Quicken is running can also cause data file problems.

If you are experiencing any of the following situations, we recommend that you perform file maintenance on your data file: Categories and numbers are not associated with the correct transactions or accounts in reports.

Categories/classes are missing from your Categories & Transfers list.

You are unable to assign a Category to an item in a split transaction. [Read more]

Read about File Maintenance for Macintosh

Read about File Maintenance for Windows

California Wildfire Viewer

California Wildfire Viewer

During the last fire season I discovered this resource for monitoring wildfire activity. This excellent, interactive map resource includes location of each fire, perimters and a relief map along withe roads and other resources. You can zoom in and out, select a particular fire and view various levels of detail.

Posted in response to this post on blogging.la

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Event: Mailbu Art Festival

Malibu Arts Festival
July 24& 25, 2004
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
23555 Civic Center Way

This is always a great, eclectic mix of many different types of art in a beautiful location. Take some time to swing by the beach afterwards. Our favorite is Leo Carillo State Beach on the far western end of Malibu. A longer drive, but well worth the trip.

Info on Leo Carillo State Beach

Photos from one of our previous visits

Monday, July 19, 2004

More Photographic Fun

Photographic.com has a nice article on Easy In-Camera Special Effects.

You might be surprised at the different effects you can get without using any fancy equipment or even your computer.