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I’ve had several people comment on my facebook and other social network walls about sharing my Intro to Web Development seminar & resources with them, so here is the powerpoint presentation and several resources that were used in the class.  Thanks!

1 Apr 2011

Intro to Web Development Class

Author: dustinwa | Filed under: General, Tech, Web Design

Take a look at this link also for a really good HTML/CSS Tutorial to give you a better understanding of web design basics before you get started on the advanced stuff.

Have a great day! Thanks!

31 Mar 2011

…Quotes from Webdev Seminar follow up.

Author: dustinwa | Filed under: General, Tech, Web Design

Good afternoon everyone!

This third edition of the my Tech Tips newsletter will quickly cover some Free or Discounted Software that you should look into for your home computer.  

Most of us still have some semblance a budget, and it always helps to curb some of our spending by finding alternative applications or software at discounted prices for our technological requirements. Here, I’ll give you a short list of software and their descriptions to help!

Software Alternatives
Ever wanted to manipulate Photos or Graphics, but didn’t want to buy Adobe Photoshop CS5 at $999.00? I don’t blame you.

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) presents itself to fill this gap. GIMP is a freely distributed program (open source-by donation) that works on nearly all operating systems and is very similar to some renditions of Photoshop. Or if you just want something quick to organize and make minor corrections onto your photos, you can always use Google’s very own Picasa, a well designed program with a web-application feature for sharing online. Even further slimmed down is IrfanView for quick edits.

Speaking of Google, the web application Google Voice is a great complement to the popular video-chat program Skype. Google Voice let’s you call internationally for minimal fees ($.02/minute), and unlimited texting is free. Other features include giving you a single phone number that rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Check out the Google Voice Blog for further details on it’s possibilities.

Sometimes applications like Windows Media Player, Quicktime, RealPlayer, or even iTunes can seem bloated and clunky. Introducing VLC Media Player, easily the best video player I’ve ever used. Other apps often fail at finding the right video decoder (“codec”) in order to play the many different flavors of video files, but VLC Media Player has always played everything the first time. It handles DVDs, VCDs, web streams, TV cards, and a whole lot more.

PDF Manipulation
PDFCreator creates a virtual printer on your computer that, if you print a document to it from any program, creates a PDF of that document that can be read on any computer with Acrobat Reader on it. After installing PDFCreator, all you have to do is print like normal and out comes a PDF!

Secure Storage
TrueCrypt enables you to convert a memory stick into a strongly encrypted data storage device, meaning that you can store personal data on it without worrying about losing it and having personal information get out and about.

For more software alternatives, see the following websites: AlternativeTo, Lifehacker: Superior Alternatives, and The Simple Dollar:30 Essentials.

The Holiday’s are quickly approaching, so hopefully this will help to save some cash on some upcoming purchases!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the latest edition of Tech Tips!


8 Nov 2010

Tech Tips #3

Author: dustinwa | Filed under: Emerging Technology, General, Tech