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james 42

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Use Flickr's Camera Finder to see how a camera performs in real life (Download Squad)

May 4th 2010 9:38PM The problem with this post is that it works off the assumption that the camera will have much effect on the quality of the image. Cameras don't make great photo, great photographers do. An pro level camera will not let you take better pictures, the only thing that can do that is experience.

A great camera can make it easier for a great photographer to make a great photograph but the great camera can't make a great photograph by itself.

But, that does not make the EXIF feature of Flickr any less fun. Here's a fun fact, if you upload an unedited JPG image to Flickr, you get a lot more EXIF data than if you edit and save it before uploading. Including (at least for Nikon DSLRs) the number of shutter actuations.

2 web pages, 1 tab - Google Chrome Dual View (Download Squad)

Nov 8th 2008 9:06PM Not quite, Browser Browser for Cruz is still the only intelligent implementation of this concept I have seen.

2 web pages, 1 tab - Google Chrome Dual View (Download Squad)

Nov 6th 2008 10:48PM Cruz ( has a plugin called 'Browser Browser' that blows the doors off both of these. But it's Mac 10.5 only. Dual View looks nice though because it allows the windows to be resized. Might be wrong, but I don't think Split Browser can do that.

Lee's Favorite Apps: Notepad++ (Download Squad)

Oct 13th 2008 10:40PM Great app, I use it all the time.

Brad's favorite apps worth paying for: Carbonite (Download Squad)

Oct 13th 2008 10:18PM I've been running Carbonite for a couple of years now with little trouble. But I've not had to restore any data from it yet and that is where the rubber meets the road. I have heard nothing but good things about Mozy and probably would go with them if I were not already with Carbonite. I've got my important data on four drives, one of which lives off site, so I probably will never need to put it to the test. But $50 a year is cheap insurance.

Seven Web Redesign Planning Tools (Download Squad)

May 31st 2008 1:08PM I have not found one that is easy for the average user. But then, I have not found any of the 'site tonight' type services to be usable either. The only self publishing platform that I have seen that my clients have been able to really deal with are blogs, WordPress, Blogger, and TypPad.

The other issue with CMS that small business owners won't understand right off, or like, is that content needs to stick inside the template. Though, I admit, from my perspective that might not be a bad thing. I have had more then one site that started off looking OK enough, but over time started looking like a seedy Las Vegas strip after adding 'eye catching' content the client insisted on.

Seven Web Redesign Planning Tools (Download Squad)

May 31st 2008 1:00PM Sue, I agree with you. I should have been more clear. Small business owners should have control over their registration accounts, but leave it to the designer to setup the DNS. The reason I personally take this route is that should something happen to me, I would not want my clients to loose their domain names.

Of course, that makes it a little harder for me should they do... unexpected things...

This is more an issue when dealing with small designer shops and should be a consideration for the business owner. Not so much of a problem for larger design shops where it is unlikely that only one person would be responsible for tracking and maintaining this information.

One of the best things a designer can do for a client is provide clear and quick communication. When my clients get freaked by an email, fax, or letter relating to their webs site that they don't understand, the first thing I want them to do is to call me.

Seven Web Redesign Planning Tools (Download Squad)

May 30th 2008 9:41PM Spot on article. I would add that the client should have control over the domain registration and web hosting. Don't leave it to the designer, do it yourself and keep track of all the different accounts associated with the site.

Also, it's worth discussing email for the domain. I recommend that clients use Google Apps so they can access it anywhere, anytime, but be sure to back it up so you don't loose anything.

10 Web Grades for Small Business (Download Squad)

Mar 21st 2008 2:58PM Sue,

I appreciate your response and always look forward to discussing web site development here. I wish there were more articles like this.

eM Client takes on Outlook, Thunderbird (Download Squad)

Mar 21st 2008 12:36PM As much as I love Thunderbird, saying it is anything like Outlook makes me think the writer has not used Outlook in a corporate setting.

This app looks promising.