Updated side photo.
Posted on October 30th, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

Not that it matters. 😆


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Debating on getting my Master’s.
Posted on August 31st, 2013 @ 7:47 pm

I am thinking of going to get a Master’s degree.  I’ve been debating it for the past 6 years, but I think I am finally in a place where I can get afford to get one.

Now, I have to decide should I get one in IT, health care, or one that is a blend of both.  What school should I attend?  Should it be online or a classroom setting?

So many questions and I feel so lost.

I do see one degree that looks reasonable, except for the internship class.  I don’t want to have to take an internship and take a break from my job.  On that, I can’t afford. I guess on this one, I will ask for further information on the program.  If I can avoid the internship and use my job experiences, I could go for the rest of it.


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Spammers are evil
Posted on August 13th, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

I have been hounded lately by spammer bots registering for a user account on this site.  I installed a CAPTCHA on the registration form that I had no longer linked.  Hopefully that will stop the bots.

I also deleted the majority of the user accounts on the SQL tables.

I did not install it on the comments section, yet, but if the spam bots get worse, I will.

Not that anyone reads this.


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Remember this quote of a #FlickrFail
Posted on May 21st, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

“…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”

– Marissa Mayer,Yahoo! CEO

HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE? Sorry, that’s my frustration talking.

I must say I am NOT happy with this Flickr revamp. They redesigned it yesterday and it looks like Tumblr threw up on it. It’s not user friendly.

Let me explain what I find wrong with the redesign:

What I find wrong with Flickr #1

What I find wrong with Flickr #1
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On this first image, my problems are labeled #1 and #2.  For  issue #1, my problem is the three dots is not intuitive.  I had to click around before I figured out that where the rest of the menu of options was located.  I think for this, a small down arrow would have made more sense.

Issue #2’s problem is that I do use collections.  I have a collection of sets of photos taken in Georgia.  I have another collection of photos just taken in Savannah.  Sure, there is overlap, but for a person looking for Savannah photos, they don’t have to bother scrolling in sets or the Georgia collection on non-Savannah photos.  Instead of putting collections in the drop down menu, place a link next to the Sets button.

What I find wrong with Flickr #2

What I find wrong with Flickr #2
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In this second image, I am now in the sets. The box labeled 3 shows an example of what Flickr ruined with its new look.  It is hiding the details of the photo.  I chose that photo to represent that set because it’s a rabbit in Christmas lights.  You can’t tell what it is now.

What I find wrong with Flickr #3

What I find wrong with Flickr #3
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However, if you go into the set, you’ll see the thumbnail is now showing all of the bunny.  Why can’t it be consistent? And if you look at what I have labeled 4a, you’ll see that I have images and nothing else.  Maybe I have a story with that photo?  I can’t display it with an excerpt, unless I use this type of URL with Flickr:

Flickr Backdoor

Flickr Backdoor

Shouldn’t I have the option to use that style as my default. By the way, it only works for the photostream and nothing else:

What I find wrong with Flickr #4

What I find wrong with Flickr #4
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In this shot, I can have an excerpt display if I had one, but take a look at note 4b. Even using this URL, the site is wrong in saying I have NO PHOTOS!

But wait! There’s more!

What I find wrong with Flickr #5

What I find wrong with Flickr #5
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Take a look at the item labeled 5. It simply says where the photo was taken. In the old Flickr layout, it had it displayed on the map. What is someone saw this photo and wanted to visit Babyland General. Did you know it has since moved since I took this photo? By taking away the maps for those that like and uses the geomapping feature, this new layout has taken that feature from us.

And back to sets again. What if you had a long description that featured HTML? Well, this new layout doesn’t comply:

What I find wrong with Flickr #6

What I find wrong with Flickr #6
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Take a look at that! You can’t read the FULL DESCRIPTION without a hover over. And what about my other pet sets? I am trying to help you. This REALLY ruins the link I have handy for my Historical Markers collection.

These are just the little things I have noted for now. There is MORE wrong with this new layout than I have noted. They taught me in my IT class that form follows function. An impressive graphical user interface is worth nothing if your program doesn’t work. What good was this redesign if it broke what was working with Flickr?

And then let’s go back to Ms. Meyer’s quote?  According to that logic, this is a professional photo:

Bad picture of an otter

I KNOW this is a horrible photo.  The point being that some of use, even as amateurs, adopted a Pro account because we like sharing our photos with family, friends, and strangers. We know our photos aren’t that great.  As for those that are professionals, are you really going to tell me my shot of foot taken with my old cell phone from 2004 is just as great as my professional quality photos? Or can even compare to my friends of professional quality?

I told my little sister to assume that Yahoo! would ruin Tumblr based on its past with Flickr.  And that was before this redesign.

Let’s just say I am disgusted.  And if you read the Feedback on the Help Forum, you’ll see I’m not alone.


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Little Tweaks Here and There
Posted on March 4th, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

Last week, I was in Orlando for some training.  Part of that training dealt with Internet coding.  It made me miss the days when I tweaked and configured this site.

Today, I logged into MySpace.  And I found my Imood indicator.  I forgot all about it! When you are depressed all the time, it makes no sense to update it.

So, today, I have tweaked the sidebar.  I added me Imood indicator and added a Twitter panel. I wish the old Twitter php code I had still worked.

And speaking of Twitter, looks like it’s going to kill Tweet Deck. 🙁 I really like Tweet Deck. I don’t like to use everything in a browser.


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Removing Notes From Facebook
Posted on January 18th, 2013 @ 7:21 pm

Have some old notes on Facebook you want removed?  Of course, Facebook makes it hard to delete those old notes.  You have to delete them one at a time?

Thankfully, there’s a way you can automate that process.  Or at least I did.

I used Firefox and downloaded the iMacros Add-On.  You can create scripts with this add-on to automate common clicks.  I’m sure there is more, but for now, I just wanted to delete notes.  I then followed the directions at Softpedia.

But I know not everyone can use simple text directions.  So, I have laid them out and will provide the script I wrote.  The script I recorded:

VERSION BUILD=7601105 RECORDER=FX
TAB T=1
URL GOTO=https://www.facebook.com/YOUR USERNAME HERE?sk=notes
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:ViewFullNote
TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Edit
TAG POS=1 TYPE=SPAN ATTR=TXT:Delete
TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:BUTTON ATTR=NAME:confirm&&VALUE:Confirm

And yes, it looks like a bunch of gibberish, but it’s not. Here are the important parts you need to know:

URL GOTO=https://www.facebook.com/YOUR USERNAME HERE?sk=notes

This part will require customization by you. Where I have YOUR USERNAME HERE, you need to replace that with the username your developed for your Facebook account.

Now for the most important part of the script!  The code and a breakdown of what it does:

TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:ViewFullNote

This will open the note.  As I may, a screenshot:

Delete Notes 1

TAG POS=1 TYPE=A ATTR=TXT:Edit

This will open the edit screen for your note:

Delete Notes 2

TAG POS=1 TYPE=SPAN ATTR=TXT:Delete

This will delete the note:

Delete Notes 3

TAG POS=1 TYPE=INPUT:BUTTON ATTR=NAME:confirm&&VALUE:Confirm

This confirms the delete.

Delete Notes 5

So where is this functionality stored in iMacro:

Delete Notes 6

iMacro is an add on. When activated, it was on the left side of my browser.  I gave the script a name of Remove Notes.iim.   To execute it once, you just click the Play button on the Play tab. But if you want to delete ALL your notes, use the Play (Loop) function. You can open a new browser window, run the script in the background as you surf in the old browser window.

I did this this morning and removed about 700 old notes on my Facebook account.  The past was gone!

I wish I could tell you more about iMacro, but I am just learning to use it myself.


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Another Project 365
Posted on January 3rd, 2013 @ 5:59 pm

Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! by peachy92

After taking a year hiatus, I have decided to do a Project 365 again for 2013. I thought it would be good for me to get into a routine again and something to prompt me into get back into using my camera.  When you take a photo for  730 days straight, after a while, you just need a break.

This time, I decided to have a theme for the project. My theme this year is to take all the photos in the Hipstamatic iPhone app.  I found last year I goofed off a lot with that app.  It does post processing, which you can’t manipulate directly, but it can take the boring into something interesting. So that picture of my dinner at Cracker Barrel that would be boring as a normal cellphone shot may seem a lot more interesting with the Chunky Lens and Tasty Pop flash.

And for those that don’t know Hipstamatic, it’s an app.  It had different settings for processing a photo.  Some setting mimic flashes.  Some mimic films.  And others mimic lens. You can mix them around and get a different shot each time. And when I am bored, I will play with it.


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I Sure Have Neglected This Place
Posted on December 19th, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

I just realized tonight that I don’t even have a robots.txt file.  I haven’t had one in years.  I found this out yesterday when trying to set a directory to private.  I wanted to share a Christmas letter with some folks, but needed it to be password protected.  I didn’t want a bot to find it an index it into Google’s archives.

So now, I have to get back to developing a robots,txt file.  Need to refresh my skills on that.


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“Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength”
Posted on July 24th, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

Treated myself to Captain America this evening.
Treated myself to Captain America this evening. by peachy92

I don’t go to movies that often. In fact, I am miserable in the movie theater.  I hate sitting for 2 hours straight.  I rather watch a movie at home because I can crash on the couch, pause for a potty break, and not feel like the people behind me at sitting on top of me.

Yet, Friday, after work, I went straight to the movie theater across the street and saw Captain America: The First Avenger.

I went and saw Iron Man 3 years ago with, well, you know who, and enjoyed it.  The only issue with seeing Iron Man is that he refused to stay for the credits and we missed the Nick Fury part.  My parents taught me to stay for the credit to let the crowd exit first and not to fight the crowd.  I hated that as a child, but as an adult , I see there point.  5 minutes of credits will not hurt me, unless I really have to use the bathroom.  I wanted to do the same for Iron Man, but didn’t. After we watched Iron Man, Joey introduced me to the whole Avengers thing, including watching a Captain America made for TV move from 1979.

I did not go see Iron Man 2 when it came out.  I finally saw it yesterday when I got it on Blu-Ray. I wasn’t able to just go to the theater at the time it came out.  I didn’t have the heart. I didn’t see The Incredible Hulk.  Truth be told, I am not interested in the Hulk.  The Bill Bixby version was on TV when I was a child.  It was probably in reruns.  Doesn’t matter.  All I know is that I would hide behind the sofa. I don’t want to relive the fear of childhood, no matter how irrational. However, I did go see Thor back in May with my father for his birthday. So after seeing 2 of the Avenger films, and being exposed to some of the team’s history, only fitting I’d want to see Captain America: The First Avenger.

I think I liked Captain America better than Thor.  I felt I got a better introduction of what makes Steve Steve, as opposed to what made Thor Thor. Plus, I think I have a thing for 1940s themed items.  After all, I did like Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. And even knowing how it had to end, in a way, it still broke my heart to see the ending.  I think Chris Evans did a great job as Cap and I was able to forget he was also the Human Torch.  Tommy Lee Jones was perfect as well. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled off his character like he did.

I don’t want to post more and spoil the movie. But, if someone in my family wants to see it again in the next month, I will go back with them.  And now, I do want to see The Avengers film.

Why must I be such a geek at times?


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Pinhole
Posted on April 25th, 2010 @ 3:48 pm

Pinhole Photo of the Chattahoochee River
Do not adjust your eyes.  That is a bad photo.  It is meant to be blurry.  The photo was not taken with a digital camera.  The photos was not taken with a traditional film camera.  This photo was taken with a pinhole camera.

A few days ago, I saw a post on Flickr about pinhole photography. It had a link to a pinhole camera tutorial.  I thought it looked cool, so I decided to try it myself.  I made my own camera yesterday.

Today is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.  What better day than to try it?  I took my camera out to the river and started taking some shots.  Only 4 of the photos came out to something recognizable.  I was cool with that.  I’m just happy to see that something I made from hand did take some photos.

When I went to pick up the pictures, the ladies at CVS were freaking out.  They had no clue what happened to my pictures.  They were trying to think of an explanation as to why my photos were horrible.  I told them I was expecting them to be bad.  They couldn’t even make a disc of the photos.  Once I explained that I took the photos with a homemade camera, they wanted to know how I did it.  I told them I couldn’t explain the logic behind how the camera works, but it does work. They felt better when I left and told me to keep experimenting.

I will have to try this some more.  Also, I got some older pictures placed to disc again this weekend.  I found a cute photo of our late Lucky, as well as some pictures from the time I saw Richard Marx in 1998. I need to round up all the negatives I have here at my apartment and get them scanned to disc sometime next month.  I am also waiting for my Fujifilm camera to return from the shop any day now.


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