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The Girls

November 27th, 2007  · stk

Our baby chicks are now 8 weeks old! See how they've grown, learn where they were born, their breed, what great layers they are and see their new (unfinished) coop.

8 Week-old Chickens: An Update

Our four chickens are eight weeks old. (For those that missed it, we got 4 baby chicks, in early October).

At first, we kept them in a file-size, cardboard box. A 100-watt lightbulb kept things a toasty 85°F for the fragile tweeters. Gradually, we reduced the wattage down to 40-watts.

Just like human babies, the baby chicks ate a lot, slept a lot (and pooped a lot). The peeped a bunch too. The louder they peeped, the unhappier they were. They became used to people, as we pulled them out and let them bumble around the house (till they pooped, at which time, it was 'back to the box').

We discovered their breed and even where they were born. They've long since outgrown their cardboard box and (soon) will be moving into their new digs.

To get the scoop ... read on ...

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Preparing Photos for the Web

November 23rd, 2007  · stk

A 10-step, practical guide for preparing digital camera images for display on your website or blog. The software-independent guide covers important steps for editing, optimizing and working with photographic data files in JPG format. Several links to freely available, quality image-editing software packages are also provided.

A Practical "How-to" Guide for Using Digital Camera Images on the Internet

As a web-developer and b2evolution forum moderator, I often work with people (or companies) that are new to blogging, authoring web pages, the Internet or even *gasp* the computer. Most want to use digital camera images on their new blog or website. Many think that they can just upload the image files that they get from their digital camera.

A website has 30 seconds to impress. Take the time to prepare your digital images.

"Hey, it's a digital camera, right?"

In one sense, they can. The file format generated by most digital cameras is a JPG file, which is an ideal format for the Internet. But, even though it is possible to transfer the image straight from the camera, to a website, it would be a mistake.

This article will tell you why.

It will also provide a practical, 10-step guide for preparing digital camera images for the web. It will cover several basic, but important steps for editing, optimizing and working with photographic data files in JPG format. The guide is software-independent, but several links to freely available, quality image-editing software packages are provided.

If you are new to digital cameras, image-editing or JPG files and want to use your digital images on the Internet, on your blog or website, you will benefit from reading this practical guide.

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Laughing on Linux

November 8th, 2007  · stk

After we moved Randsco to a dedicated Linux server, I've been able to (again) use UNIX line commands via shell access. Sweet. Here's a growing reference of Linux ditties (currently just a one-line recursive, global search & replace)

It's been ages (1999) since I've worked on a Unix operating system (Sun Microsystem - Solaris). Since our recent move to a Linux web-server, I've had fun dusting off my rusty memory of line commands.

Gosh, 'Nix is such a more robust operating system than DOS or XP!

In any case, I had the need to do some fancier-than-normal stuff and thought it would be a good idea to jot the commands down, in case I needed them again. So, here's my (slowly growing) list of tested, linux-based one-offs.

 

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