Affinity blog postings

Affinity Postings

Earliest: March 20, 2009Latest: August 12, 2017Total: 35

August 20, 2013

PicMonkey

Thanks to the technology changes with HTML 5 and CSS 3, the web browser can do a lot more than just serve up web pages. Developers have been busy making Chrome and Firefox an essential tool for everyday needs, and in some cases replacing desktop applications.

If your doing any photo changes for the web, you should look into PicMonkey. The services is free for basic usage, or you can upgrade and get access to additional components. What makes PicMonkey great is that you can create different types of collages. This is great when you want to show lots of image in a single image. 

When you create a collage, you can select the number of images you want and how to display it in the collage. PicMonkey has the ability to edit the image within the collage, you can zoom in or re-touch the photo. Other web editors don't allow you to do.

Once you change and manipulate your image, you should use Yahoo's Smush.it to reduce the image size for emails and websites. Smush.it reduces the size without sacrificing on the quality of the image.

There's lots of Web 2.0 tools out there, you can check out Web 2.0 Tools over at Scoop.it! They have a blog of all sorts of creative tools that you can tap into to make your task much easier.

March 4, 2013

Windows 7 unable to access Facebook

This weekend I was trying to debug a Windows 7computer that was not able to access certain websites, such as facebook.com, nytimes.com and cnn.com. This only happened to the desktop computer and no other computer on the network. When I tried ping nytimes.com on the desktop computer, this is what I got:

Pinging nytimes.com [170.149.168.130] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 144.24.124.100: Destination host unreachable.

I searched around online but didn't see anything that would help. I checked the virus status, using SpyBot and Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool and they didn't find any issue. The host file, and Firewall connections did have any IP address or websites blocked. Nothing came up as the root of the cause. There's nothing in the Event Logs that would explain why the site was blocked.

I also cleared all the cache files from all the browsers, Firefox, Safari and Chrome and it didn't make any difference.

I even tried resetting the TCP/IP stack, as per suggested by Microsoft:

ipconfig /flushdns
nbtstat -R
nbtstat -RR
netsh int reset all
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
REBOOT

One thing that I did notice when I used Fiddler2 was that when I would try to access facebook.com, it would hang at fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net. There's no logical reason to why this is happening.

I am still looking into the cause, but one interusting bit is that when the computer was taken to Best Buy's Geek Squad, they had no problems accessing the Facebook sites. Which is weird, because this issue is specific to this computer. No other computers on the network encountered this problem.

The search goes on. One possible solution would be to install Windows 8, but we're not sure if that would really solve the problem.

April 12, 2012

Send to Kindle

Have you ever browse the web and found an article that you would like to read at a later time on your Kindle? For example, let's say you found a great article about Who really found the Titanic? and you wanted to read it offline on your Kindle. There is an easy way to get web content onto your Kindle.

There is app called, 'Send to Kindle' that makes it really easy to send Web content to your Kindle. You can setup this App in Chrome or Firefox very quickly. What's great is that anytime you find an article that you want to read later on your Kindle, you simply click a button. You just have to remember to sync your Kindle before heading out.

I find it great for researching CSS3 topics or when I find a long article and want to read it on the train. Here are some resources where you can find some good content to read:

You can be creative in your Google/Bing search too:

  • Project Blue Book - You heard of it? But have you actually read it?
  • Lincoln Conspiracy
  • JFK Umbrella man
  • Missing Gold of Atlanta
  • Unsolved Mysteries of Boston

As you can see there's a lot of cool content out there, you won't have to worry about buying books on Amazon.com. Try 'Send to Kindle' out and you'll find it to be a great productivity saver.

From the product description page:
Send to Kindle is a Browser extension for Kindle owners who prefer reading web content on their devices. It?s designed to offer a quick way for pushing web content to Kindle, so you can read articles or news later on your device.

You can download the app here:
http://www.klip.me/

July 17, 2009

Google Chrome Icon

The icon that Google Chrome uses looks very similar to Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 application icon. This is a picture of the two icons in the quick launch bar:


March 20, 2009

Works in IE8!

I just testing this site using IE 8, which was officially released last night. I didn't encounter any issues using the latest browser from Microsoft.

I still think that Firefox is the better browser to use on this site and will continue to build the site around FireFox and Google Chrome.