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USB Cables For Most Phones, Tablets and More

A realtor friend was holding an open house in my neighborhood last weekend and she has various Apple products. She mentioned needing more USB connector cables as some had gotten lost or broken or both. I’m a huge fan of having plenty of charging cables. I’ve always got at least …

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Securing E-Commerce Sites With SSL Certificates

At the end of last week’s post Perform a Security Audit, Use Stronger Tools, I mentioned we were in the process of adding SSL certificates to three of our sites so that we could accept credit cards directly. SSL certificates are now in place on all three sites and we …

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Not Just Another Brick In The Wall

Any time I hear something about a brick wall, I think back to my youth and listening to Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Of course there is also a movie The Wall that goes with the music. To go with the music and movie, we have a new collection of seamless …

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Fonts Unleashed Free Fonts Coming To An End

Loyal readers have probably noticed the last of “Font Friday” posts for the last several Fridays. I certainly didn’t forget to post new fonts. Unfortunately the value of our server space and my time in adding fonts far outweighs the benefits. There will be no new fonts added beyond what …

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Google Provides Web Fundamentals and Best Practices

Whether you have no Web design experience or you are an experienced developer, there is always something to learn to improve your skills. Part of the learning involves the tool or tools used to build a site, but there is also a lot of knowledge about making a site that …

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New Wacom Intuos Tablets Give Designers Creativity

Loyal readers know that I believe all designers should have a graphics tablet as an input device. I wrote Everyone Should Have a Wacom Tablet, Here Are The Two Best Options last fall giving the reasons and two great options. Just to clarify, we aren’t tablet about tablets running iOS …

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Perform a Security Audit, Use Stronger Tools

I’ve written about various maintenance issues in the last ten days. From a design standpoint, I wrote When Did You Last Polish Up Your Portfolio? as a portfolio is a very important tool to show off your work. There were also two posts on tools for keeping your computer running …

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When Did You Last Polish Up Your Portfolio?

Most artists have some sort of a portfolio that shows off the work they’ve done. I have a book of what I consider some of my best photos. But the latest portfolio I’ve been building is online projects. The page is still a big work in progress, but the Web …

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QNAP TVS-871 NAS Stores Terabytes of Data Safely

We’ve been using a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive in our office for quite a few years. It is a great backup device since any single drive can completely fail and there will be no data loss. Just replace the bad drive and the data will be rebuilt. If you …

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Stage Photos Before Clicking the Shutter

Now that nearly everyone has a digital camera, businesses will often try to save money by shooting their own photos. This is often the case for photos I receive for Web design projects. Unfortunately many of the photos have severe flaws because the scene wasn’t properly staged before the shutter …

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Install Tiles in Your Artwork With New Seamless Textures Collection

You may be designing a brochure, artwork or vehicle wrap, applying a cool surface to a 3D rendering or just modifying your Windows desktop, seamless textures provide infinite possibilities. A new collection of seamless textures featuring 144 different tiles patterns has been added to our Textures Unleashed collections. If you …

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One Day Lifetime Update Sale on System Mechanic Pro

In the last year, I’ve written a few times about System Mechanic Pro. If you want to read the previous posts, I’ve included links below. iolo System Mechanic 14 Professional Restores Computer Speed iolo System Mechanic 14 Professional Revisited System Mechanic 14.5 Delivers New Ways to Accelerate Internet Speed The …

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Fixing A Dark Photo for National Dog Day

Yesterday was National Dog Day and I wanted to honor my dog Freckles. As I looked through old photos, I found a whole series that were severely underexposed as shown in the JPG file below. If you are shooting with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera, I’ve always recommended …

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Quickly Tinting Seamless Textures To Match Color Scheme

Recently I was making some changes to the CorelDRAW Unleashed and Vehicle Templates Unleashed sites and I wanted to integrate seamless textures into the headers and footers of those sites. I turned to our Textures Unleashed collections to find the perfect texture to use as a starting point. For both …

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