So a lot of people have asked me how I photoshop my landscape photos so I finally got around to doing a little post about it. Surprisingly it is actually really quick. Below are screen grabs from photoshop of the steps.
Last Friday I spent the morning looking into the Instagram API thinking it would be cool to have our members be able to share their photos on the site via instagram. So this is a quick and dirty implementation but it works. There are a couple of things to keep in mind though. Instagram has a limit on the number of calls you can make to the API per hour which is set at 5000 so if you have a really busy site you may need to look into another method but for most sites this should be sufficient. The other thing is at this point I am not using the pagination feature of the API so I will only be showing the last 60 images uploaded with out tag. I will be writing the pagination code soon and will add it in another post.
Why are cable companies ruining the internet? OK so maybe they are not ruining the internet but they are definitely ruining what I want the internet to be. Continue reading
This past weekend was the annual NENPA newspaper conference here in New England. I went in with high hopes. Having been following the national discussion on the future of newspapers and journalism very closely for the past couple of years. The chance to go listen to the experts talk about these challenges and find out what there thoughts are really had me excited. Unfortunately it felt like they were just reading old news from my RSS feed. Nothing new was brought to the table and the facts and opinions they did bring up were either flat out wrong or so outdated that they are no longer correct.
This is something I have been waiting for, well since I started using Gmail. I have tried the chrome plugins for notification but non of them really accomplished what I was really looking for. As soon as I saw the GMail blog post about these notifications I turned them on and I don’t think I would want to live without them again.
This is a new category for the blog I plan on using it to share my thoughts and vision about the ongoing battle between New and Old media. It is a very interesting time in news as the web gains market share and Newspapers try to hold on to what they once had. For me this is more than interesting it is my life. Working for a small family owned newspaper as a photo editor/web developer I am stuck right in the middle of this transition. I love the web and get most of my daily news from. As much as this transition to the web is disrupting traditional media it is a very exciting time and the best part is that it has not been figured out yet.
The Chrome web store is now live and, at least in my opinion it is very cool. I keep reading about how this is no more than glorified bookmarks, and why is this necessary. These questions are coming from a lot of the tech journalists I read and look up to, I would really expect them to be a little more forward thinking than they are.
Tonight there is a wide spread Comcast internet outage all over the east Coast. This problem is being caused by a problem with Comcast’s DNS servers. A quick and easy way to fix this is to change the DNS servers your local computer is using from the default to Google Open DNS which is 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 . I am using a Windows Vista Machine right now so it is the only one I know how to do this on but I am thinking most windows versions will be about the same.
To do this in vista go to
Network and sharing center->manage network connections
Now you should see all of your network connections. Right click on the active connection (the one getting you on the internet) and click properties then internet Protocol version 4, once highlighted click on properties. Under the general tab click the radio button for Use the following DNS server addresses and put in the following numbers
Now click OK, restart your browser and you should be online.