When presenting pictures in a blog or on a website they are viewed by the reader in a browser. The photos are rarely shown full-screen. As the page is opened there is a short delay for the pictures to download. Depending on the users Internet connection speed and the number and size of images, this may be just a moment or it can be an annoying wait. There is some control we can exercise to minimize this time. Fewer and smaller pictures is one way, but even without compromising the look and content there are some steps to improve the presentation. Before I explain my approach, take a look at this photo:

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If you have not already done so, click on the image for a larger size view. The photo on this page is not of bad quality, is it? I don’t mean artistic quality, but how well detail and colors are rendered on the page. A bit of explanation for my less knowledgeable readers: To show a picture in a browser window, that picture has to be downloaded from some server on the web, and possibly rescaled, before it can be displayed. It stands to reason that this can be done faster for a smaller file size. More »

Say you’re doing a project for school, a presentation, or you simply need to get a hold of an application’s original (512 x 512) icon. Searching Google Images may do the trick, but you’ll often find yourself with pictures that are too small, blurry, modified or just not the one you’re looking for. This short guide will show you how to get your hands on an application’s original icon, right from within itself.

Power users should know that most Mac OS X apps (be they Apple-developed, or created by third-party devs) contain something called a “Resources” folder. This folder is mostly used by the application itself to get the images and sounds it needs to display / play throughout the course of running. Yes, you’ve guessed right: this is the place you need to be to start looking for that app’s icon set. We’ll use Apple‘s GarageBand as the example for this short tutorial.

1. The first thing you need to do is navigate to where GarageBand is installed on your computer. If you have it already living peacefully in your Dock, just right-click its icon and select “Show in Finder.” Whether or not you’ve placed the music-making program in your Applications folder, you can simply fire up Spotlight (CMD + Space) and do a quick search to locate the app. Hold down the Command (CMD) key and hit Return (Enter) with the GarageBand selected in Spotlight. Congratulations! You’ve found where GarageBand is situated on your Mac’s hard drive.
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I am a multi-monitor Windows Vista user ever since I got hooked on multiple monitor at work. Two monitors make doing multiple tasks at one so much easier.If I am working on an article or trying to be creative in Photoshop, everything is just much easier because I always have multiple applications open at once.  One feature that I wish I had as soon as I purchased my two monitors and hooked them up was the ability to stretch my wallpaper across both monitors.I wanted to use a very large and wide photo as my background that would like cool displayed across both monitors. Something like the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco or a cityscape.

After installing and uninstalling Ultra Mon, a third-party shareware utility that I heard is great for multi-monitors, I wanted a easier solution and not something that I had to run in the background.  A few weeks go by until I accidentally stumble across how to natively stretch your wallpaper across multiple monitors. More »

This How To is made for those that refresh pages very often and look for ways to improve their efficiency. It’s a small trick. Ok, there are 3 ways to refresh a page in firefox efficiently:

1. Pressing F5, this is simple and fast way, requires your finger to press a key.

2. The RAW refresh is the second most efficient way, it’s used when you want to refresh a page that loads from the cache some images instead of contacting the server. Therefore even you have a new picture on a page you’ll still see the old picture. To RAW refresh press CTRL+R.

3. The third method is to push the refresh button which is located through the toolbar’s other extensions and buttons. More »

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