The Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) update appeared on the Toph's XP system again, and he remembered he does not want this spyware. The Toph did a search on this, since he can't remember what he did before and why. First, why? Since the purpose of operating system patching, if done at all, should be strictly related to security and function to the benefit of the user, not DRM that cripples the machine at boot to the benefit of the operating system licenser; therefore Toph opts not to install this update.
Action: Perform the search as above and identify appropriate solutions such as discussed and directed in these three pages. In the Toph's case, the less radical remedy described in the last page worked fine before, and should continue to do so. It's important to apply all steps so that other users to the Toph's machine won't go ahead and unwittingly install this ill-directed "update" at shutdown. The Toph wishes he didn't have to waste his time (and the casual reader's time) on this, but hopes this account helps others.Tags:posted by TT 6:27 PM
The flickr photostream for photowalking8 in Half Moon Bay is now sizable and incisive. There are "meta" pictures of photographers using outsize equipment taking pictures of each other, sometimes while while the other is photographing (and you can even check out what they're shooting), human interest shots, surfing and biking-on-the-jetty action, lots of birds, scenic views of Pillar Point Harbor in heavy fog. It's worth seeing because many of the photographers achieve publication quality results.
The Toph learned how to IPTC tag multiple images in Irfanview: simply select all of the the images you want to tag in thumbnail view (invoked separately from Irfanview), set the tags, copyright, and whatever other fields apply to the selected images just once and you're done, all will be tagged. Then go back to Irfanview and set individual additional tags and write a custom caption. Then upload and each of the new images in your photostream correctly displays caption and tags. This system is efficient and effective for performing non-destructive edits to JPEGs; i.e orient from landscape to portrait if necessary, and perform IPTC tagging with access to all fields.Tags:posted by TT 5:58 PM
It's kind of a shock to see the newspapers waste away as Scobleizer and others discuss. They're not the same. Instead of about 10 news stories on the front page, there are three fluffed out features with graphics all over the place, like a large, messy magazine.Tags:posted by TT 11:46 AM
Today is HMB photowalk. It's a little new yet, but Thomas Hawk mentions it. Robert Scoble brought a wildlife lens to share.Tags:posted by TT 1:34 PM
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