Scanner Software

October 31st, 2012

I have an old AGFA SnapScan 1212u scanner and it’s always worked fine for me. However, when I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Snow Leopard, the scanner no longer worked. I remember looking for a solution at the time, but didn’t find one. In the meantime, I had the scanner attached to an old Mac Mini that I currently have attached to my computer. If I wanted to scan something, I’d remote into the Mac Mini, open scan from the remote computer and then move the file to MacBook Pro. It worked, but it also meant I had to keep my scanner next to the TV! Not ideal…

I did another search recently for some scanner software and discovered this post. The post gives two possible ways to get old scanners working on new operating systems. The first way is free, but involves a little more work than I wanted to do. The second way was to install Vuescan software. That’s what I chose. I spent the $40 and within a few moments I was scanning. If I had a little more time I’d probably go the free route. It involves installing binaries, and would be fun to configure. But, alas, we don’t always have the luxury of time…

So far I’ve been very happy with my purchase of the Vuescan software.

How to Prevent a Directory Listing of Your Website

April 12th, 2012

Something I had not done for my website was blocking directory listing of files on my web server. I do this for a couple of reasons. One is privacy. I store some files on my web server that I don’t necessarily want to be sharing with everyone. None of the stuff is top secret or valuable, but from time to time I might drop a PDF or MP3 on the web server so that I can retrieve it at a later date.

The other reason to hide the directory listing is to keep others from easily identifying vulnerabilities on the site. This isn’t a security measure by any means, but it keeps people from nosing around.

Read more about how to prevent a directory listing of your website here.

Bad Apple…

February 2nd, 2011

I just realized that the Adobe products for the Mac will not open as separate applications in dual monitors but are always tied to the top menu bar. I probably haven’t explained this properly but try this:

1. Lauch Photoshop and Dreamweaver on your Mac.
2. Move Photoshop to your right monitor.*
3. I’m assuming your left monitor is the main.
4. Go into Photoshop and build a web comp. or wireframe.**

Notice anything funny going on? File, Edit, Image, Layer, etc., all these lovely menu items are stuck to the top of the main monitor. Isn’t it fun running the mouse all the way over across the 2 screens to select one of these menu items?

On the PC you can drag the entire application to it’s own monitor. This is great when you are buidling a website – put PS on one side and Dreamweaver on the other. I should probably learn more keystrokes to bypass this issue but instead I’ll go on using the PC for now.

* Fun times.
** By now you’ve no doubt figured out the problem.

New site…griffinadhesives.com

July 14th, 2010

Check out this new site I’m working on. Still needs some work, but it’s up there!

Griffin Adhesives

6 GB ram upgrade…thumbs up!

June 18th, 2010

I consider this to be an essential upgrade for anyone with a late 2008 MacBook Pro. I got my upgrade from OWC. I’ve also bought ram for my Mac Mini from OWC and it’s been rock solid for several years.

AT&T u-Verse…

August 15th, 2009

I’ve had AT&T u-Verse for a couple of months now. My impressions…

  1. Pricey. Not entirely AT&T’s fault, since I did opt for the  AT&T u-Verse u200 Double Pack. Comes with (1) DVR unit and broadband. I upgraded the broadband to ELITE 6mbps downstream ($10/upgrade from standard) + (1) extra non-DVR unit ($7). That brings the grand total to $114. HD is another $10/mo. so I skimped on that. My total bill with taxes and such is $119 — more than I was paying with Comcast.
  2. Fast. I haven’t had a problem running 2 laptops over the WiFi. Even when streaming a movie from Netflix. Mind you, I haven’t done any diagnostics…this is just my impression.
  3. Wifi died on AT&T router. After a month, the radio on the router took a dump. Fortunately, I had another WiFi router to pick up the slack. It’s worked just fine with the other router broadcasting the WiFi. I did have to change some settings on the routers, but that wasn’t too difficult.
  4. Broadband tech service sucks. My mistake in dealing with the router problem mentioned above, was in calling AT&T’s customer service to help me with the problem. I explained the problem to the support guy over and over again and he just didn’t get it. He wasted a good hour of my time, after which I told him I’d fix it myself. I would advise checking the forums for any problems before calling tech support.
  5. DVR accessible by other receivers. I like that I can watch my recorded shows on the other TV that doesn’t have a DVR.
  6. No down time. Other than the WiFi problem, AT&T broadband has been stable at all times of the day. This helps because I work from home and telecommute often, and when I had Comcast it was always dropping out.

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Roku Netflix player…

March 25th, 2009

I got the Roku Netflix player today, plugged it in, configured it and within a couple of minutes was watching an episode of The Office via Netflix instant play. It comes with the option of hooking it up via ethernet cable or over your wireless connection (it’s wireless g). Simply put, it’s awesome and works great. I’m not sure how to shut it off…maybe it doesn’t shut off…but the stream was very acceptable. Not the kind of quality you’d expect with DVD or cable but sufficient for watching TV show and movies. I’m not a quality purist, so don’t take my word for it, but I’m very happy. I had been streaming films through my Macbook Pro and the quality is equivalent. Well worth the $100 IMO…

Pogues @ The Tabernacle, ATL, 3.9.09

March 10th, 2009

We wanted to see Shane. I think that was the case with most everybody at the show. And the man came through! I was surprised…McGowan made it through the set and sounded amazing. He’s still got the pipes. Of course, he was sloshing beer around a bit towards the end of the show, but I was impressed and it was one of the best shows I’ve seen. The Tabernacle was packed. So much so, that it was difficult to find a place to stand without security asking you to move. Which they asked us on several occasions. Mik and I ended up going to the floor and though it was sweaty, at least no one was asking us to move. Just slamming into us…but that’s fun.

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The Magnetic Fields @ Atlanta Symphony Hall, 10.17.08

October 19th, 2008

I’m one of these folks who came in late to the game. I got 69 Love Songs a couple of years ago and realized The Magnetic Fields was a great band. I never really expected to see the band live anywhere. I thought they’d broken up. Fortunately for me, they went on tour this year, and though they didn’t play any of the songs I was hoping to hear – songs I’m familiar with – they put on a great show.

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Tom Waits: Glitter & Doom Tour @ The Fox Theater, ATL, 7.5.08

July 8th, 2008

So, I can now cross-off on my list of things to do in life, “See Tom Waits live!” Living in Ohio for most of my life, I really didn’t think it would happen. I had the unfortunate luck of missing Tom at House of Blues Cleveland last year. I had simply forgotten to check one of my throw-away email accounts that was getting Ticketmaster updates and missed the pre-sale. So, of course, all the tickets were gone by the time I figured out what was going on (basically, I missed the pre-sale, logged-on to Ticketmaster the morning tickets went on sale publicly and was ready to go at 10am but my one attempt at exactly 10am was not good enough to get a single ticket!) And they were sold out from then on…unless you had $400 to shell out on eBay.

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Hatch Show Print @ Zoo Atlanta

May 25th, 2008

This was my second AIGA event at Zoo Atlanta, a place I now know to be THE ZOO in Atlanta. Perhaps I am wrong. Anyone reading this, please set me straight, otherwise. Like the Sagmeister event, I stopped at the Neighborhood Bar just north of Grant Park. It was, like before, the magnet for the hipsters with their brats. It’s annoying to be there since I’m like the lone wolf just trying to get a little buzz on and the young parents are eyeing me like I’m there to abduct their child. I mean, come on, it’s a BAR. I’m over this quickly, though I’m aware of the parents disquiet when one of their kids gets too close. I’m reading Wired magazine…I could see if it was Playboy or Hustler…
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Sagmeister @ Zoo Atlanta

April 25th, 2008

The Stefan Sagmeister event was held at Zoo Atlanta. As a noob to the ATL, I wasn’t sure if this was the Atlanta zoo or some other place just given the name of zoo. There are morning zoos, etc. Perhaps the name referenced some other place, like an estuary. I wasn’t sure so I googled it. I discovered that Zoo Atlanta was located in Grant Park and the exact location I was looking for the Coca-Cola Amphitheatre was here as well. I had asked some folks at work, mentioning the Coca-Cola name and I drew blank stares. Perhaps I am an idiot, I thought to myself. As someone who is involved in the industry of branding I wonder whether it’s getting to be confusing. Names change…I went to see Radiohead at the Lakewood Amphitheater. When I mentioned it to ATL locals they said, “Oh yeah, that’s at Hi-Fi Buys.” “No, my ticket says, ‘Lakewood Amphitheater.” “No, that is Hi-Fi Buys…you’ll see when you get there.” Sure enough, the exit signs off the interstate were labeled, “Hi-Fi Buys”, and not, “Lakewood Amphitheater.” Well, whatever. I made it to the show. I could not care less the name of the joint.
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Mohawk Paper 101, AIGA Atlanta, 2.29.08

March 2nd, 2008

This was a great AIGA event sponsored by Mohawk and Mac Papers. It was held at the Mac Papers Creative Design Center a great place to find not only Mohawk paper but a lot of others as well. As a newcomer to Atlanta, these events are a great way to meet and network with people in the design community. I also learn to find my way around Atlanta! I’m still not used to the SW and NW streets with identical names…
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Adobe Flex 3 | Air Tour w/ Ben Forta

January 23rd, 2008

Wow. This was a great presentation by Adobe Director of Platform Evangelism, Ben Forta. Flex 3 is about to be released publicly and Adobe has gone to great lengths worldwide to promote it and it’s sister product, Air, a new app that works as a desktop application connected to remote servers. Air is something like the Flash player that installs on your machine locally and can accept content locally or remotely. There are already some examples on the Adobe Air pages.

The Flex 3 Builder has until now been available to the public as a beta application. Considering this tour Adobe’s Flex 3 Builder product should be out in a matter of months if not sooner. Also worth checking out are Eclipse and Aptana.

AIGA: Green Salon, 1.3.08 @ 6:30 p.m., The Center for Design Studies

January 6th, 2008

It’s no earth shattering revelation that the Green revolution has really hit its stride and I’m grateful for it. Not only does it elevate our sense of responsibility for the environment and our lifestyles, but it also brings a lot of green business opportunities into the limelight. And that to me is really the only way any new ideas are going to get the funding they need to move forward, possibly on a massive scale. Money talks…
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Officially South of the Mason Dixon

December 30th, 2007

Reagan and I have officially taken up residence in Marietta, GA. Actually, we’ve been here since the 19th of December…almost 2 weeks. Finally got the computers unpacked after a long and unnecessary delay by Comcast. Now it’s time to get back to work!

I’ve added a few web sites to my portfolio page. I plan to continue developing my online portfolio over the next few days and maybe weeks. Some new projects may see the light of day as time allows.

I’m still in the market for work here in Atlanta, so if you like what you see and need someone full time, part time or on a freelance basis, send me a line!

Moving to Atlanta!

November 16th, 2007

My wife and I are moving to Atlanta…just in time to avoid the Cleveland winter! Anyway, I’m officially in the market for a job doing Graphic Design or Web Design. I’ll be in Atlanta November 19, 20 and 21 for a visit, then permanently in Atlanta December 20th. As you can see, I put my AIGA badge up in the sidebar. Also, a much more extensive portfolio is located here.

I’ve been working at Cleveland.com doing graphic design and web production for the past 19 months. Cleveland.com is the online home of Cleveland’s daily newspaper, The Plain Dealer, and Northeast Ohio’s community newspaper organization The Sun News. I’ve also been busy with my own projects—like this website—implementing CSS and learning PHP, working with feeds and database content. I’m also a print designer and I know a little Flash. It’s fun stuff!

Don’t let this opportunity to hire a great asset to your team get away! I expect to be overwhelmed with offers so make your offer early and make it good! Contact me.

Download my resume here.

Google Calendar and iCal…

October 18th, 2007

I’ve managed to get my iCal and Google calendars merged. In some respects it’s unnecessary to use both Calendars but I like using iCal when I’m at home on my Mac. It looks much nicer than Google Calendar and I don’t have to log-in to Google.

The major advantage of using Google Calendar (IMO) is that it’s online so it’s accessible from any computer on the Internet (well, assuming it’s not blocked by your company…). The big drawback is that it is ugly. The problem with using iCal exclusively is that to publish it online you need a .Mac account or some other way to serve it that seems to be a pain in the ass. I hope Leopard addresses this issue. And if not, when I get some free time I may figure out how to use OSX’s Apache server to get this thing working…

Anyway, if you log-in to your Google Calendar you can get the RSS feeds for the calendars—personal and/or public—then subcribe to those calendars in iCal. That’s it.

Silkscreen font…

October 18th, 2007

Found this nice little font while reading about RSS feeds on the WordPress site. Silkscreen is a good font for small text and it is available for Mac, Windoze and Linux. The best part is that it is free to use! (Silkscreen created by Jason Kottke…thanks Jason!)

Killer of Sheep, 1977

September 22nd, 2007

I had the good fortune of seeing Charles Burnett’s, Killer of Sheep, at the Cleveland Cinematheque this past Monday. If it wasn’t for the lengthy introduction of the film I would have missed the first 15 minutes due to Cleveland’s construction detours, which seem to be every other block.

The film was nothing short of amazing. Sometimes I read the descriptions of films and they come off as lukewarm…I felt this way when reading the description of Killer of Sheep, but it was so highly recommended I figured I had to see it.
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Blog moved…

September 16th, 2007

After much ado, I’ve officially moved my blog. Just over to www.house-of-wonder.com/blog. I’m back in the game now…

One of the things I’ve been working on is installing multiple blogs within a single database. That was the reason for the move. I have a couple of other blogs—somewhat off topic—that I’d like to get moved from their present locations onto my server within my site. My plan is to create several subdirectories then install WordPress into those directories. The other part of this is directing the domain names that I have registered to those subdirectories. It’s something I haven’t done…one of these days!!

Dilemma

June 29th, 2007

Well, it seems that fortune is not smiling on designers in Cleveland who also happen to be major fans of Zappa. Helvetica, the movie about the font, is scheduled to screen at the Cleveland Cinematheque the same night as Zappa Plays Zappa comes to Cain Park. And of course, Michael Beirut is coming to the Cinematheque screening which is really the kicker since I had planned on skipping the film for the show but now I have reservations about that plan…I missed Dweezil and the gang when they performed last fall in Akron, so I really want to see them. But skipping out on the film and Michael Beirut really annoys me. Well, I have a few weeks ahead to decide on Plan B…

Yellowtail…

June 18th, 2007

I know what you’re thinking. I thought the same thing and pictured a nice chunk of wasabi, some soy sauce and a cold beer. This Yellowtail is different. Check it out, though. It’s a neat project and fun to play with. I found this on Say No to Crack.

Documentaries at the Cinematheque

May 19th, 2007

I was intrigued by the little pictures in the Cleveland Cinematheque film schedule and so went to see a trio of documentaries last night. Yes, I sat through 3 movies at the Cinematheque. I’m surprised that one has to pay at all for the last film if you’ve managed to endure the first 2. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the Cinematheque, it’s not the most comfortable place to see a film. We’re talking wooden theater seating. Not a lot of chance to fall asleep there. Read the rest of this entry »

Stumble Upon Flock

May 4th, 2007

I haven’t posted here for a bit and I realize it’s because I’ve been busy with things like work and reading a lot of feeds. Though I really like Netvibes, it has become something of a time vampire…

So, today while clicking around, reading blogs and such, I came across Flock a new web browser…and it’s web 2.0, dude! Well, I don’t know if it rains this weekend maybe I’ll look into it more this weekend. Seems intriguing, though I must admit, I’m easily intrigued.

While reading my former teacher Al Wasco’s blog I discovered Stumble Upon. Another way to waste time because instead of finishing your work and shutting off the computer to do things besides chatting, blogging or playing Bejeweled while Skyping your friend in the UK, you can spend countless hours with Stumble Upon an open invitation to hop down the rabbit hole and follow links aimlessly…it really is a blast !

RIP Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

April 12th, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

This is devastating news…I suppose the rational mind reasons, “Well, he was old and lived a full life.” But it’s hard to imagine such an iconoclast and important person removed from the scene. He was someone very special and the world will miss him dearly.

Exercises in Style

April 3rd, 2007

Is your content boring? Maybe your style needs a workout. Check out Exercises in Style, Matt Madden’s website featuring some creative ways to consider displaying your content.

Oh, and by the way, this site has nothing to do with style sheets…or does it?

Netvibes…

March 26th, 2007

I started playing with Netvibes last week some time and lo and behold it’s been featured on Lifehacker today. One thing I’ve been looking for is a way to get feeds and other info I like onto a start page. Something a bit more than a feed reader. Netvibes seems to do the trick.

I encourage anyone looking for something along these lines to check out Netvibes. Just log in with an email address and start customizing. More info can be found here.

Javascript menu

March 20th, 2007

This menu looks cool. Don’t have a use for it right now, but you never know!

Learn CSS Positioning in Ten Steps

March 20th, 2007

I’m always on the lookout for tutorials that give simple explanations to working with CSS. This one has it. From BarelyFitz Designs.