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January 2014

Friday, 31 January 2014

Since I will be using a slide show program on the web site I am working on, I decided that the photos could be no larger than 1024x768. I spent much of yesterday reducing photos from 1280x960. I am still not done, though. And I need to tweak all the web pages I have produced so far.


 

In the last two days, we've gotten about 12 inches of snow. I'm glad I have been keeping up with the plowing, or I wouldn't be able to even go to town. I need to go to town, as there is an indoor flea market at the greyhound track today and tomorrow.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

 

Thursday, 30 January 2014

I plowed the 6 or so inches of snow we got yesterday, and now I have another inch or so to plow. Once it starts, it's just a never-ending task. It's supposed to be clear tomorrow, but the temperature will remain slightly below freezing.


 

I downloaded a lot of the pictures for the car club web site from the club's email. Since the guy who sends the pictures out has no expertise, the pictures are all the size they were taken. That means I am going through them and trimming them down to a decent size for the web site. 1280 x 960 is my standard for web pictures, and it should reduce pictures that are 3.5MB down to about 270KB.

I have hooked up some of the pictures and have finished the basic page layout for all the web pages. It is now just a matter of adding each new web page. I am very thankful for cascading style sheets at this point.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

After several weeks of no precipitation, we finally got a bit of snow yesterday. The weather people are predicting a boatload of snow for today and tomorrow. That will keep me busy plowing snow and shoveling the front porch. I'm not sure how much that will affect our snow pack, which is the really important thing.


 

I am now working on a web site for the local car club that I belong to. It seems I'm the only one in the club who knows anything about how to create and maintain a web site.

I'm going to do a site with no content management system, i.e., static web pages. There will be tons of pictures and slide shows and I am gathering all of those up now. I will also publish a calendar of local car events by using Google calendar embedded in a web page.


 

Silly sign of the day:


 

Free/Open Source Software

 


 

Security Theater/"Intellectual Property"

 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Over the weekend, I purchased the DVD of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. When I got it home, I attempted to back it up to hard disk. I was unsuccessful. This movie is another of Paramount Picture's attempts to prevent purchasers of their movies to do anything with it except use it as a Frizbee. I could not use Handbrake on it, as there were 89 chapters and the indicated file sizes added up to the terabyte range. So I ran it through VLC and recorded the result. About 2/3 through the movie, the sound dropped out and never came back. This just indicates to me the extremes movie distributors will go to to prevent their own customers from using the purchased product in a legitimate manner. I will boycott new Paramount movies in the future.


 

I was listening to the Everyday Linix podcast yesterday and one of the hosts mentioned that he had backed up over 300 of his movies to hard disk. I looked at my backups and came up with the following: