The best image compressor, I’ve found that’s free!
Jan26

The best image compressor, I’ve found that’s free!

17SHARESFacebookTwitter If you have been reading my blog, which likely isn’t the case, you’ll have read that I went back to my parents place for Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year. I took a few pictures here and there, and they were large files which meant they needed compressing before I could upload them to my blog. I looked at a few software’s and most if not all I came across either placed a watermark on your image (As it was the free version of that particular software I downloaded) or you had to compress files, one by one; a timely process if you have lots of images. I have my laptop, on which I had already installed a software before-hand called “Fast Stone Image Viewer“. As you can see from the image above, there are lots of options and this may look complicated, especially if you are only looking for a simple image compressor to compress your large files. However this gives you lots of options. For example, as you can see in the image above, you can add a border to give off a nice effect around the image itself. You can also see me highlighting with my cursor on the “Batch Covert” option in tools, once you have highlighted the images in the Fast Stone Image Viewer browser. Simply click that and you’ll be brought to this part of the program: From the above image, you can see that it has all the images listed on the right hand side. You can make additional changes, such as adding a border, changing the names of the files etc in batch and generally selecting the best options which you want personally. This tool is very handy. It has compressed my images from around the size of 3-4mb to 1mb. (While keeping a very high resolution of over 2xxx by 2xxx) You can of course make the resolution smaller, which will significantly cut down the size of the file, while seeing no reduction in quality. Best thing of all about this software? It is free.  When I mean free, it isn’t that bullshit, which comes with Ad-ware or you do not get messages popping up all the time suggesting you to buy the “pro version”. This is totally freeware. Although they do sell a version which you can buy, you really don’t need it, if the above is all your are looking for. You can download the software on their website...

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Google interactive timeline

5SHARESFacebookTwitter How Google started and the amount of users on the web....

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New Design
Jan25

New Design

3SHARESFacebookTwitter In light of Chinese New Year/Lunar New year, I changed the design of this website to something different. I was getting tired/bored of the old design; it had a few issues. Plus, with this design I am able to do more – in terms of back-end changes and I think it looks better – all in all. Old design: New design:   Although when I look back at these screenshot’s, the first doesn’t look too bad; if I am honest. However I like change especially this change, I feel my website looks more modern. New logo:   The sub-logo or slogan says “Welcome to my life!” in Mandarin. I feel the language looks visually beautiful, so I used Mandarin for this reason. Although most of this blog is in English, hopefully if anyone asks about what it means, they would have either of read this or they can alternatively just ask me. : ) Though I doubt many people read my blog anyway....

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WordPress media uploader
Jan15

WordPress media uploader

5SHARESFacebookTwitter I’m a little late on the WordPress update as of recent to 3.3, however I’m loving the new layout and features, that I’m now discovering. The biggest feature in the update, in my opinion, is the new media upload function. It works similar to that of Google’s online Picasa; which I use frequently. Which is originally why I used Picasa. However with this update in mind,  I feel no need to make use of Picasa. Although I’ll use a lot of webspace, uploading my own photo’s to my own server, it will be much much easier now. Before I had to upload my pictures one by one. Now it is as simple as copy and drag into this new uploading function. Thank you...

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Switching Web Hosts
Dec07

Switching Web Hosts

5SHARESFacebookTwitter I’ve been doing some moving around of my websites to other web hosts recently. However the reason I made the recent move to another host was because I disliked the way their support system is structured. It seems they use third-party providers to provide support for customers. While that was OK for me, the design was pissing me off and I am not going to pay $30 per month for something like that. Although if I am honest, they provided a decent enough service and they provided it free (I signed up using a coupon which allowed me to use their hosting services for free). So I won’t bad mouth them or say they were bad, that would be totally unfair. However, I will not be continuing my subscription with them. The reason I switched to that host The previous host I had before the host I mentioned above, sucked big balls. Their server seemed to always overload or have slowdowns which would affect me when I was at work typing up an article on my military website or my space website. Plus I believe it probably put off users as even when I thought at the time, things were normal, it was far from the truth. So I made the switch, I saw considerably improved speeds and I didn’t regret switching one bit. As for the crappy host or slow host that I was with, I paid around $15 per month, then I switched to a better host, which was $0 for three months and now I am with a host which is $3.95 per month. It’s quite funny. However now I believe I’m with a host that I’ll be with for a long time. After my websites pick up traffic and after I start making a decent net-profit, I’ll probably switch again to Eleven2 hosting, which is one of the most renowned hosts I’ve come across on a web hosting forum called “Web Hosting Talk”. It is funny because when I was in the UK, I used to rent a dedicated server which cost me around 120GBP or $240USD per month when I was running my free web host. That server was a beast and the host I was with (WiredTree) were of epic proportions. If I ever need a dedicated server or a VPS, I know exactly where to go, WiredTree or either KnownHost. (As price matters :D) I moved to another host, which for the good of things, is considerably cheaper. (Although they do seem stable enough, in fact their name is “StableHost”) – They have been around for quite and while and I moved...

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