Resize Images Online

resize.jpegThe website was created out of frustration of users asking questions like How do I resize images? How do I make images smaller? and How do I shrink this picture for an avatar?. The Shrink Pictures tools was created—to resize images anddigital forums so that it would not be difficult to post pictures in a Forum or in a blog and send them by email.

Here are 5 easy steps:

1. Browse your computer and select your image/photo to resize
2. Select the new size for your picture – use a preset or choose a custom size
3. Optionally, add an effect to your image
4. Select output image/picture quality Lower quality means a smaller file
5. Click “Resize” and wait for the processed images to be displayed

To shrink a picture to avatar size, use Shrink Avatars tool.

Source: ShrinkPictures.com

The Blogger’s Code of Conduct

In order to counter abusive online behavior, Tim O’Reilly and others proposed the Blogger’s Code of Conduct. The proposal contained ideas that focus on self-regulation. They proposed that bloggers should take responsibility for their words and also for the comments that they allow in their blog. They should set their tolerance level for abusive comments, consider eliminating comments that are anonymous, and ignore trolls. When it comes to conversations, bloggers should take them offline and to either talk directly or through an intermediary. The more important ideas of the Code of Conduct are to tell the abusive person of his misbehavior online and to remember not to say anything online that you wouldn’t say in person.

Viva Viviti!

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There are many blogging tools like TypePad and WordPress that went through tremendous changes with regards to their user interfaces. While Viviti, a weblog service host is taking on a newer direction. Viviti is now providing the user flexiblity and time saving way to blog by letting them edit and manage their blog contents right on the page itself. They did not do away with the simple text editor which is standard in all blogging tools. But what you can do it easier with just a click and drag. there are also ready made templates. Yous can still customize your page with your own HTML or CSS. It is also offering a free domain mapping. This simply means that when you buy a domain in another vendor, you can direct it and let it go through Viviti.

Moms and jobseekers as bloggers

How would blogging benefit jobseekers? Showing up on searches of your name is a tricky process of links and popularity, but done correctly, a high-ranking blog could show potential employers a more complete and impressive picture of you than any CV can. With a well designed blog, you could put your best foot forward online.

Both stay-at-home moms and mothers working full-time will be able to make full use of blogs because there are many moms blogging about domestic and parenting issues online. Blogs are great venues for meeting moms, exchanging tips and giving advice on various topics. Whether your kids are infants or all grown up, you’ll still be able to pick up some hints from supportive moms. And it won’t cost you much time–a few posts a month will only take a few minutes to write, unless you want to put in much more work into them.

The Rising Popularity of Blogging

With the ever rising popularity of blogging, different groups have expressed diverse opinions about how blogging has blurred the line separating it from giving credible news to society. There have been questions raised as to its legality, especially about copyright, because bloggers would tend to breach the limitations of laws pertaining to it.

Even minority languages have also been influenced by blogs. Through blogging, minority language publishing has found its way which would otherwise has not been possible because of lack of economic possibility. Being inexpensive, different groups of people have been brought together and closer to one another by the rising popularity of blogging.

Why you should start a group blog

One blog is usually enough for anyone to maintain. But starting a group blog can be a good way to keep in touch with people have the same interests as yourself or have a shared history. These can be family members, former schoolmates and friends with common hobbies. Here are two reasons for group blogging:
Shared responsibility. Posting can sometimes feel like a chore when you cannot think of anything to write. Having other blog authors in the group allows you to post less frequently and alternate so that there is less pressure.
Likemindedness. The ties that bind the group together provide subjects to write about. Family and friends can update each other and reminisce through the group blog. Hobbyists could write about their projects. A group of knitters, for example, can post photos of their projects and how-tos.

In the next post, we will look at tips for group blogging.

Blog Types – What They Are

Blog types differ in how contents are delivered or written. One group of blogs is based on media type. A vlog is a blog made up of videos; a linkblog is one made up of links; a sketchblog is one made up of portfolios or sketches; a photoblog is one made up of photos. Tumbleblogs are those blogs with shorter posts and using mixed media. Phlog is a rare type of blog hosted on the Gopher Protocol. There is a blog type that is written by a mobile device such as a mobile phone or a PDA, called a moblog.

Freelance Web Designer as a Full-Time Job?

Even though most see the job of a freelance web designer as something extra, an auxiliary source of income to complement your regular earnings, some are still able to make their entire living out of such jobs and progress well enough in the market to establish them as a near-permanent source of income. Is this the right choice for you though? You may be convinced it is, but the reality could actually be slightly off.

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering taking up a “career” as a freelance web designer for good. First, remember that you’ll be working from your home entirely. This may sound like a good thing at first, but it can easily backfire if you’re not careful – home is usually the place most of us associate with relaxation and getting away from all the stress, so it’s easy to get distracted on your own desk.

Second, working as a freelance web designer means your income won’t be guaranteed. Both legally, as well as in general – you can’t rely on having the same paycheck next month, and you can’t prove you got that paycheck either, so it can become very difficult to take out a loan or mortgage, unless you started reporting your income – which would make it eligible for taxes, of course.

On the other hand, it can definitely be great and very rewarding to be a freelance web designer – you just need the right sense of balance and self-control. You never know, it may turn out to be your dream job!

Amatomu Blog Search Engine

In March 2007, web entrepreneurs Matthew Buckland and Vincent Maher founded Amatomu, a blog search engine and article aggregator that focuses on blogs published in South Africa.

As a new site it is still in its testing phase. Only a select group of users was into it. However, it was unexpectedly swarmed in by bloggers when a member of the select group leaked information about the search engine’s existence.

The site can track trends and monitor keywords. It also ranks bloggers and provides statistics and graphs for their blogs. Then, these are organized by Amatomu bases on topic and lists of keywords.

Google Fiber

 

 

Google Fiber is promising 100 times faster internet service than any broadband service available has now announced that it is broadening their service and will start to provide for the people of Austin, Texas. It will be their second big city following Kansas. Don’t get too excited as it won’t start until next year. Homes connected to Google fiber in Kansas are feeling happy and satisfied with the service.

The service however isn’t cheap. There’s obviously a price for super fast internet connection. It will be $120 for internet connection plus TV connection. For just the internet, it will be $70. Since they are fairly new, they have a promotion for people who are signing up. They are waiving the $300 connection fee/installation charge. With this deal, there’s a reason for other internet providers and cable companies to worry. Unless they have something much better to offer, then more and more customers will be signing up.