Web development, IT related & other timbits of Geekdom

| Text Editor Quest/Preferred Software | My OLD Laptop Specs | My I5 Specs |

| My NEW Laptop Specs | My I3 Specs | unsung image archive | Photography Tips |

| Standard OS Customization Software |

links to useful web development resources and timbits of useful information and code I’ve discovered as I code web pages:

  • During Windows Install get partition error relating to partition having EFI system and can only install to a GPT disk…whatever the hell that is. Video
    Anyway, install boot disk, get to install screen, click shift-F10 to open command prompt. Once at command prompt enter:
    list disk
    select disk 0 (assuming this disk to install to….)
    reboot with install disk, should now be able to install to that drive. Continue hating Windows.
  • DNS Ad blocking hostfile site: That great DNS ad blocking site with the host file.
  • Windows 10 – Right click image resizer. This is awesome! Custom size too!
  • Preferred Linux Distro: Linux Mint with XFCE Be sure to get the XFCE goodies!
  • Is twitter down? : Check here!
  • css at your fingertips : CSS Cheatsheet PDF
  • css positioning
    learning position: in CSS Great tutorial
  • css resource/tutorials/ tips/ wisdom
    simply a must resource for all webdevs alistapart
  • kill windows restart nag
    so windows decided to update and every 15m is nagging you to restart. you want to pull out bill gates heart with pliers. well. there is a simple way to stop the nag. just enter sc stop wuauserv from a command prompt. this little saviour from here.
  • web developer’s browser checklist. fantastic.
    here. Gotta love all the EI red Xs eh Devs? Eh?! Sigh……
  • doPDF – free PDF maker!
    Acrobat reads for free but doesn’t write for free, so use doDPF. 🙂
  • ROM Burning Software: Burn Aware Free is the DVD burnware of choice. (As of June 2011)
  • Video card comparison: Wonder if there is enough of a difference in the cards to justify it? Check out this great site. ( worked as of Aug 2011)
  • Website Buttons: House of Buttons.
  • Bandwidth Test: Find out here or here.
  • Video without flash: I’ll need to check this out : videojs.
  • Useful site evaluation tool: I think I fixed all my ‘issues’.Web Accessibility eValuation ToolWAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.
  • Music/MP3/FLAC Player: Music Bee – Love the customization and it is great for grabbing album covers.

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The Text Editor Quest!

  • I’ve been installing and uninstalling text editors for years. Will you be my text editing hero? Further info on my quest for a solid free text editor for Windows 7 Windows 10. Found this awesome page comparing text editors! I know you are out there somewhere! Trying Bluefish V2.2.7 – no crashes so far…spelling checking is solid…tabbed pages…. could it be?!

    Yes! After years of searching…. My text editing champions are Bluefish or Notepad++!
    Bluefish has spellcheck, colour coding but crashes : bluefish.exe libcairo-2.dll (Win7) and loses settings. uninstalled. >> Ugh. Trying it again. (Sept. 2015) As of June 2018, Notepad++ has integrated spellcheck into its editor. So, for now… I’ve switched back to Notepad++.
    The vanquished:
    > Note tab Light no spell check otherwise decent/doesn’t colorize code. uninstalled.
    > Crimson Editor spell check only highlights does not replace. (so what is the point :P) uninstalled.
    > PSPadcrashes blah. uninstalled.
    > Notetab++ Fixed spellcheck soooooooooo….. it is back in use.
    Jarte: Now trying Jarte. Nope. Uninstall.
    > EditPad Light : No spellchcker
    > Akelpad: Why oh why can’t spell check be installed by default?!!!!!
    > Textpad : Let’s try another one… This one claims to have a spell checker….So far so good….Hmm.

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My New Laptop Specs:

  • Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming – 7577
  • CPU: 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 8GB, DDR4, 2400MHz (Intend on bumping it up to 16G) Hoping I get a single 8G stick.
  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 graphics memory
  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
  • Battery: 56 Whr, 4-Cell Battery
  • Storage:128G SSD & 1T HD

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My Old Laptop Specs:

  • Dell Latitude e6420
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel® QM67 Express Chipset
  • CPU: Intel i5-2520M @ 2.5Ghz
  • RAM: 4G DDR3 1333Mhz (Intend on bumping it up to 8G)
  • Bios: Originally A08 Updated to A12
  • Audio Controller: IDT 92HD90
  • Battery: 90W

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My i5 Box Specs:

Ha! This CPU is a beast. It has outlived two motherboards and IMHO is still well worth getting a third. It is presently dead and sitting idle.

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My i3 Box Specs:

After the i5 continually exceeded my expectations it was hard not to stick with an Intel CPU. Cash is tight so I opted for the i3.

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Photography Tips

I enjoy photography but taking certain types of photos properly seems to elude me. So when I see tips I post them here.

  • Night sky photograph
    This photo was shot with an Olympus E-M1 and an 8mm f1.8 lens, 50 seconds @f1.8, 2500 ISO. When photographing stars, a good method is to use the “500” rule. Divide the focal length of your lens by 500 to obtain the longest exposure you can use before getting “star trails.” So, dividing that 500 by 8 is 62.5, the longest shutter speed I could have used after which I would have seen streaks. Shooting in an area like Dubois, on a moonless night, really allows the star field to shine (an unintended play on words!!). Photo inspired (and info from) @jaydickmanphoto who you should follow on instagram.

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Windows 10 installs:

When I get a new computer or have to reinstall Windows, these are my first software installs to customize the environment.

ChromeOS installs:

When I get a new computer or have to reinstall ChromeOS, these are my first software installs to customize the environment.

Linux installs:

When I get a new computer or have to reinstall Linux (usually Mint with XFCE), these are my first software installs to customize the environment.

  • Bleachbit: To erase files, optimize hard drive space
  • Clementine: MP3/FLAC player
  • Background Changer: Variety
  • Conky: Customizing the desktop
  • Conky Manager

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