The Day My PC Crashed – White As A Sheet 2

PC Crashed

I Knew It Was Coming

On Thursday 20th February 2014 my PC crashed and I could not recover it this time without major surgery.

I knew it was coming. My PC had slowed down markedly all of a sudden and I could hear the disc chattering more than usual. Sounded like bad sectors to me (areas on the disc probably worn out). And which bits of the disc get used the most? Yep, the important bits where the operating system lives.

I thought, I’m going to have fix that pretty soon, I’ll back up again at the weekend and sort it out then. I procrastinated a bit because although I have everything to do a total rebuild it takes a few days. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Transparency

Transparency

Transparency / Gradient / Opaque / Opacity

You can overlay one image onto another so that the foreground image does not completely obscure the background. Here are a couple of ways this can be done.

One way is to discard the background so an image like a logo or a person can be overlaid onto whatever background or colour is required. PowerPoint slides and web pages are typical examples of where you might want to do this. In this example the logo has no background and overlays the grey lines without obscuring them. This is not really transparency but amounts to a similar effect. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Canvas Resizing

Resize Canvas

Resizing The Image Canvas

Sometimes an image is just the wrong shape. There are two easy ways to deal with this, one is to crop the image and the other is to increase or change the canvas size.

Increasing or changing the canvas size is straightforward enough on images that have a uniform background but images with a variable background are not so easy. I will show you how to deal with filling in the new canvas area where the background is simple and some ideas on how to deal with more complex and variable backgrounds.

The video below explains how to resize an images canvas and work with the new canvas areas. What you will learn is listed below the video. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Resizing

Resize an image

Simple Ways To Resize An Image

Another very common and simple thing that you might want to do to an image is to resize it. This is a very easy and quick to do.

The video below explains the few simple things you need to know to effectively resize an image. What you will learn is also listed below the video.

What You Will Learn About Resizing

What is resizing? Resizing is the process of making an image bigger or smaller. The proportions of the image can be changed but this will usually result in a noticeably distorted image. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Cropping

Cropping

Simple Ways To Crop An Image

Cropping is one of the most common things that people do to images.

The video below explains some simple and fairly basic cropping. What you will learn is also listed below the video.

I will explain more of the available cropping options and advanced features in a future article.

What You Will Learn About Cropping

What is Cropping? Cropping is the process of selecting one or more areas of an image and discarding the rest. For example, if you have an image of a cat and a mouse, you can select just the mouse and discard the rest of the image. Cropping usually reduces the size of an image as a consequence of selecting less than the whole image. READ MORE

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Simple Tech Tips – Working With Images – Introduction

Working with images

Working With Images Can Be Easy!

You can do some very complex things with images but most of the time most people only need to apply simple changes to them. This series of articles will deal with those simple popular changes to images that will get you by in the majority of cases. Changes like cropping, resizing, etc.

You can use whatever image editing software you like but in this series I will be using Paint.net because it’s free and easy to use. If you have used Adobe Photo Shop you will find Paint.net familiar but lighter. Paint.net uses less of your computers resources which makes it pleasant to use. READ MORE

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How To Create WordPress Menus For External Pages

Wordpress menus

WordPress Menus – More Powerful Than You Might Think!

Creating WordPress menus or sub menus to external pages without utilizing WordPress pages or a plugin is not a secret but many people don’t realize that you can do this so I hope this demonstration will succeed in showing you how easy it is.

The Main Points

The great thing with WordPress menus is that they are flexible enough that you can have your cake and eat it!

To Create a sub menu of external links without using WordPress pages:

  • Go to Posts -> Categories from your WordPress dashboard.
  • Create a category with a suitable name for your menu.
  • Go to Appearance -> Menus
  • Choose the menu category you created and add to menu
  • Now you can create external link items:
  • Line them up appropriately and save the menu. It should look similar to this:

I recommend you use a WordPress page instead of a category for the main menu item and add the same menu options within it as I think it looks tidier and offers another option. READ MORE

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