Hello folks. As you can see looking at the bottom left, for some reason I’m not tracking referrers or googles. Not sure why as everything SEEMS to be working. Can any of you blogpshere experts point me in the right direction of how to get this working? I’m hosting this blog on DDN (Dominodeveloper.net) so it may also be specific to using the hosted service. Any help is appreciated.
Since I spoke about digital cameras, I realized there were a couple of digital newbies out there, so I decided I would post some info on great ways to order prints for your digital photos and to store your photos for others to see.
One of the easiest ways to get the most out of your digital photos is to upload them to one of the several on-line photo services that exist. I myself use two separate services. One is Club Photo, and the other is Ofoto. Both services are very good, and each has their benefits. The gist of any on-line photo service is that you are allowed to upload your photos, and then share them with others or buy prints and other photo related items. Items include everything from framed photos, lockets, mugs and mousepads to food related items. Cookies, cakes, suckers, you name it, you can get your picture on it. That all being said, there are some differences in on-line services. I’ll start with Ofoto.
Ofoto is owned by Kodak and is a free service. You can upload your photos using a web browser or the free tool they provide. Once the photos are on-line, you can place them in various albums and allow your friends to come and see them. Being a Kodak company, the prints you order are gorgeous. They also have great and fairly fast service. On average their prices for items are higher to make up for the service being free. Also, they don’t allow any way for you to download full resolution copies of the originals. So as a backup service it’s not a viable option. Also, only Ofoto members are allowed to view your photos. So, if Uncle Bill wants to view the photo album, he has to sign up for a membership
My other favorite service is Club Photo. Club Photo will allow you to post pictures to share for free, but to really get the full benefits, you have to get a gold or platinum membership. The memberships do several things for you. For your yearly fee, you get discounts on all purchases as well as more permanent storage space. You also get a bunch of prints free, as well as some album software. Those are all minor however to the ability to download your full-resolution images. Now this is a setting you can set yourself. You can either allow or disallow the full-rez downloads of your photos. For serious photographers, this is a huge deal. They can still share their work at lower resolution, they can download the full-rez pictures AND they can limit people from ripping off their work. To me this is worth the price of admission alone. It’s also an on-line backup of your full-resolution images. Lastly, to allow people to see your pictures, they don’t have to become a member. So unlike Ofofo, your friends can see your pictures without signing up.
Both have their place and on-line services like this are an invaluable tool in any digital photographer’s toolbox. If you are getting into digital photography, do yourself a favor and check these services out. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
I’ve been a digital camera enthusiast for over five years now, and I’ve kept upgrading cameras along the way. Our household currently has a Canon Powershot G2 as well as a Powershot S400
I haven’t shot on film in that entire time, and sometimes I really miss the features, control and feel of a true SLR camera. Well now that can all change with the release of the Canon EOS Digital Rebel. This baby sports a 6.3 megapixel sensor, is compatible with over 50 Canon lenses (as well as third party lenses) and is at a list price of $999. Now many people might think that a thousand dollar camera is too much, but I guarantee you that this thing will fly off the shelves at that price. 1K for a digital SLR is unheard of, and is a huge win for Canon.
I’m hoping to pick one up soon, and if I do, I’ll report back with my findings.
In the meantime, do any of you dabble in digital photography? What are you currently using? Discuss!
Well since I was getting this blog up and running, I was interested in grabbing some of the icons that bloggers seem to use. I was wondering if there was a resource that housed a bunch of these buttons and lo and behold, there is! It’s the site of blogger Taylor McKnight.
There are currently over 1400 icons! This may be old news to the veterans of the blogging community, but for us newbies, it’s a great resource. Enjoy!
Well, I’ve finally made the jump into the blogging world. Who the hell am I? Well, My name is John Roling and I have been working with Notes and Domino since 1995, and have been actively developing with it since 1996. I’ve even written articles for DominoPower in the past (wow, has it really been two years.) All of this leads to me being sort of an online junkie, and a person who loves Domino.
Why do I love it so much? Well it got me into the field I really wanted to be in. Lotus Notes propelled me out of being a bank account rep and into the technology world. I loved it, learned it, taught it, and then got a job administering it. Not too long thereafter I was developing for it, and the rest is history. I owe a lot to Lotus. As such, my car license plates say Notes R5, and my car is lovingly called Iris. Yeah from fan to fanatic.
So why should you come back? What do I have to offer? Well, much like John Head I’m a gaming fanatic, so you’ll occasionally see news from me on that front (although John has that covered well.) I’m also a gadget freak, so you will see info from me on all the latest gear that us as techo-geeks will be lusting after. Sometimes there will be poetry, sometimes there will be rants against stupid decisions in the world, and every once in awhile you will get a story on a drunken escapade involving members of the Lotus community. I feel I have a good perspective to offer, and I hope you do too.
Look out world, here I come…
When I’m not doing Domino tech and the like, you can generally find me in Macromedia products. I love Dreamweaver and Flash, and was excited when Macromedia released their latest MX 2004 versions. I’ve been playing with Dreamweaver a lot and I love it, but I haven’t had a chance to play with Flash yet. Well, now I’m kind of glad I haven’t.
Basically, you can find a bitch session here. It’s at Mike Chambers blog. He’s a guy in charge of a lot of the Flash stuff going on, and it’s a good read. Hopefully they will patch it up and everyone will be happy.
I’m curious, how many of you use Macromedia stuff. It’s definitely nice to have some different stuff other than Lotus to rely on once in awhile!
Update: I just got my PC Magazine, and they seem to love the Macromedia Studio MX 2004 suite, giving it a 5 out of 5 rating. No mention of all the difficulties people seem to be having in Flash. Oh well, I agree that the suite rocks, I just hope they get the nagging glitches fixed.
Wow, am I loving this blog software or what? It’s truly amazing what a great program this is, and what a tremendous amount of effort it has been to put together a killer blogging app. More to come as I tweak this damn thing.
NOTE: This was my first post on Blogsphere and in public. My prior posts were all done via Blogger.com and a private blog.
Okay two weeks again. Just when I was getting good too. Oh well, life gets in the way I guess. Well, that weekend went rather nicely. The XM was great for the drive and Kali was wonderful in the car. A four hour car ride each way and she was pretty much an angel. Hope that trend keeps up. Seeing the parents was nice too. All in all, a good weekend.
Since then I’ve been really deep in the development world at work. It’s been a lot of fun and has made the last two weeks go by pretty swiftly. It’s amazing, only two more weeks of season two of American Idol. It’s been going on for months, and now it’s almost over. Go Clay!
More good news the other day. Salem Pax, the blogger from Baghdad is back. He had been silent since early in the war and many feared he was dead. His blog is a very interesting read. Check it out. It’s the war from the perspective of an Iraqi who wants democracy, but isn’t exactly fond of how everything we’ve done has gone. It’s probably the most honest account of the war you are going to see. Now that he has access to the internet again, you can see his accounts of the war.
Saw X-Men 2, X-Men United this past week, and it was great. Really looking forward to the Matrix Reloaded too… This is turning out to be a great year for movies. The final Lord of the Rings, American Pie 3, Terminator 3! The list goes on. Good to milk those sequels I guess 🙂
Mother’s Day this weekend too, glad Jen tells me exactly what she wants. And as for my Mom, anything with pictures of Kali work out well for her.. Clubphoto is a godsend in that department!
That’s all for now, gotta run and grab some Chinese food on the way home from work.
Well, I’m back to posting within a week, but that’s still better than my previous bi-weekly attempts at personal publishing 🙂 I have been developing applications for three whole days so I’m starting not to see straight. I love being able to develop, it’s probably the most fun part of my job. But alas, I’ve hit a wall.
That’s okay, tonight will consist of some mindless TV (Fox’s Fastlane) and then on to the computer at home for some Neverwinter Nights gaming. We’ve skipped two full weeks of our Friday night ritual, so it’s time for some mindless bloodlust after the mindless TV. Ahhh Relaxation!
And tomorrow I will return to my birthright, the land of corn, Iowa. We’re visiting my parents so Kali can see grandpa and grandma. It’ll be nice. I can use a relaxing weekend in the middle of nowhere. Who knows, maybe I’ll get some golf or some horseback riding in too!
One thing that will make the driving bareable will be my XM Satellite Radio. I have the Delphi Ski-Fi unit, and it should allow me to listen to uninterrupted music all the way from Chicago to Iowa. It worked well on my test in the car today. Now we just have to see how it will hold up on the trip. My guess it will hold up flawlessly…
Lastly, with all the work I’ve been doing lately, you start to lose sight of the important things in life. That’s why I taped a couple of fortune cookie fortunes to my monitor at work. This will always remind me that “Family is more valuable than money” and “You have so much to be thankful for.” Indeed. Indeed I do.
AHA! A post just THREE days after my previous one. Something must be amok! Actually, it’s the Friday before Easter, and half the business world took today off, so it’s been a slow one on phone calls. Made for a nice change. Got to catch up on some development work that I’ve had coming up. It was a nice day actually.
The dev work made me really want to start working on my personal website at roling.com. Basically I want to revamp it and make it more visually appealing and maybe even more interactive. Also, I’m going to add the blog to the site, so the world can actually see what I’m up to out there. Seems weird to bare your soul to the world on the web, but I guess that’s what makes us tick as narcissists. Once I get the whole thing done, I might re-do the entire site in Macromedia Flash. Basically just to get using some of my Flash skills so they don’t get stale. Then when someone comes to the site I’ll have a lo-band version and a high-band version. Now to get motivated, and to get time…
Well no NWN tonight. Our DM didn’t have enough time to work up a module for us, so we’re holding off another week. I’m starting to have withdrawals. Might have to finally fire up the MOO3 for a long romp.
Another thing at the homefront was the addition of a small swing set for Kali in the back-yard. Jen bought it on Tuesday and she and my mother-in-law put it together the other day. Along with the playhouse that my parents got her, the backyard is starting to shape up to be a nice play area for Kali. I think she’ll be spending a lot of time outside this summer. She’s so damn cute. It’s nice to have a Daddy’s girl.