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Sites for downloading free backgrounds

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

For my web site project, I have found that using only solid color backgrounds can become really boring. I know that solid color backgrounds are good in the sense that they are not distracting from the main content of a web page. But sometimes they do work. In my search for cool backgrounds on the web, I found a post on delicious.com about different sites that will generate a background for you to your liking and then let you download them for free. Not all of them are that great in my opinion (watch out for number 14 on the post) but others are close enough to what I was looking for (such as number 13). Number 2 on the list is also pretty cool. So if you’re tired of solid color backgrounds, hopefully you’ll find the following post helpful:

http://resources.savedelete.com/15-best-sites-that-provide-background-patterns-for-free-download.html

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Resizing images for web based use.

April 22nd, 2010 Comments off

In the course of designing my photography website, I had to deal with alot of photographs that I had taken over the years. These files were of all different sizes, formats, and locations. I run Macintosh and I had not been using iPhoto for organization. So I needed simple program to process all of my photos into one size and format to then be uploaded to my website, where I’ve chosen “simpleviewer” to display them.

After googling “image resizer”, the results all offered “online services” (aka pain in the a-55 try to get you to pay for stuff websites). Most of them were complicated and slow. Then I found “Image Resizer”, developed by John Wordsworth. It’s a 1mb mac-compatible program available for free on Apple’s website: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/imaging_3d/osximageresizer.html . This program offers all that you need in the simplest package. For those of you dealing with image files that may be large or not properly formatted, I highly recommend this program. You can choose to manage pixels in height/width, output folder, naming system, and formatting. You can also drag many files at once to be processed consecutively. Though I don’t know if this program is available for Windows, I’m sure there’s much more offering out there in this department. I hope this post is helpful!

On a lighter note, I found an interesting/scary article on “Cybernukes” (aka the potential end of the internet as we know it). Enjoy!

http://www.renesys.com/blog/2010/04/how-to-build-a-cybernuke.shtml