Monday, November 25, 2013
Basically, noise can sometimes be caused by poor soldering, cold joints, dirty boards, frayed wiring, or damaged parts. I won't go into the parts issue much, as that is another journey in itself. Let's focus on free repair techniques here.
I've had an cheap pair of CA-2012 speakers for years, and yes, they do sound like garbage. Their quality was then affected even more when the speakers began suddenly emitting a loud, buzzing hum. The sound is similar to a 200Hz tone, but much more distorted. I remember (I was much younger back then) putting the speakers away and hooking up my computer to the AUX jack of a boombox instead. At that time, it seemed much simpler to put the problem aside and get a temporary fix.
1. Save Error
"An error occurred while trying to save or publish your post. Please try again."
Oftentimes, getting this message meant that I had to copy all my HTML code into Notepad, sign out, close my browser, and open it again. If I'm lucky, it disappears after a browser restart. (Figure 1)
Sunday, November 3, 2013
November 13, 2013
Columbus, Ohio based web service company looking for work at home candidates. Main tasks include system administration, marketing, and some graphics work. Post-secondary students majoring in Computer Studies
or similar are encouraged to apply. Competitive pay.
November 4, 2013
We need an graphic and web designer for our new web page as well as for marketing materials. A
university/college student willing to work part-time online will be a perfect fit.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
With ridiculous prices for commercial suites, many small businesses are embracing free and open source software. Most of these programs allow commercial use, and best of all you can customize and rework them to your liking. Unfortunately, the lack of open source talent challenges employers who plan to use these apps in their business. It's true that most people have never touched GIMP or LibreOffice in their lives, and it's a pain to retrain all your staff. However, you've got a perfect place for your job listings right here, and it's free!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
When we talk about facial retouching, Photoshop comes into mind. It's for many reasons one of the most effective suites on the market, and is favoured by many professional photographers and editors. However, many of the results created in Photoshop can also be accomplished in GIMP without too much effort.
The main topics I’ll cover include the following:
- Removal of basic blemishes or acne (concealer)
- Elimination of stray hair
- Eye retouching (removal of red blood vessels, highlights)
- Soft skin effect/airbrushing (equivalent to foundation makeup)
- Facial reshaping (nose, lips, eyes)
- Jaw and head structure
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
I've been using portable programs for many years now, and I thought that it would be a good time to share this with you. Basically, these apps do not require installation and directly run off a USB drive. You simply click on the executable and the program starts instantly, loading itself into the RAM without writing any registry keys or traces. When you close the program, it disappears completely from the host computer. It's not in any way permanent or damaging.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
The "commercial use allowed" versions typically range from $250 to over $500 for a single copy. It's disgusting. I get it.
Now, one thing most people don't realise is that many employers take part in something called the Microsoft Home Use Program. Basically, the program allows businesses to provide their workers with cheap (nearly free) versions of Office to use at home. Many places actually provide this option, namely large enterprises who buy large quantities of Office to install on their thousands of networked computers.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Also called "bullet points", those dots or symbols are a handy way to create lists of information. However, the process to create these notes is not a simple one, unlike the simple press of a button we are used to in Microsoft Word. The official website tells users to use Paragraph Styles, while a Python script is also available to complete this task. Both of those methods are confusing and really designed for advanced users.
Of course, I'm going to teach you a easier way do so in Scribus. Here's a sample document of gibberish I just made (Figure 1).
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Original Photo, Brightness Adjusted, Exposure Adjusted (Using Photoshop)|
As you can see, the brightness adjustment does not change the lighting of the scene realistically. It's almost like adding white paint to the image to make it brighter, which makes it look washed out and unrealistic. In contrast, the Exposure adjustment looks much more realistic - almost as if you made the shutter speed slower.