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22nd February 2010 - by Judy of the Woods
There is some confusion over the meaning of pixels, resolution and dots per inch (dpi). Pixels and resolution are closely linked and relate to the screen or monitor, as well as images and other material displayed on them, whereas dpi relate to printable material.
Screens, pixels and resolution
To make it easier to visualize resolution, I created an images (left) representing simplified screens with each square representing a pixel. The area of a screen is divided up into a certain number of pixels. This is the screen's resolution.
Because the pixel number displayed and screen sizes vary greatly, from tiny mobile phone displays to 30" monitors, the number of pixels are more difficult to translate into resolution in a meaningful way, which is why the resolution is also referred to as pixels per inch - ppi.
21st February 2010 - by Judy of the Woods
Last week was one of those weeks. I was minding my own business (literally), hunched over the keyboard, hammering away at it. It was around 7:30 pm and pitch black outside when he called. The voice came from the porch, the side of the cabin.
To put this into perspective, look at my name. Yes, that is where I live. On my own. In the middle of a dark wood, with no car access. You don't hear people approach. I do have a telephone. People call me before they visit. No one, and I mean no one, ever, ever, calls around after dark without letting me know by phone first. (scribble, scribble, 102 uses for cider vinegar, and a water pistol). But W is not like other people. He doesn't even approach with a torch (flash light). I would see it. The path runs in front of the window of my one room cabin. My desk faces the window.
"Do you have any sage?"
To put this into perspective, W walked about two miles to ask for a herb. W is no stranger to strangeness. A week earlier he called around but did not see me at my desk, but seeing my bike in the shed and washing on the line he deduced that I can't be far, so he goes into my workshop and lies down on the floor for a nap, since I must return before long. W is someone I only know for a few weeks. This is not an old friend, just to put this into perspective. He called around twice before. The first time to ask if I was a herbalist (no), the second to let me know that the atmosphere in the old railway carriage where I used to live - now the garden shed of the place where he lodges - was not so pleasant now since the little incident with the tightening nut of the garden sheers.
20th February 2010 - guest post by Alison Kerr
The course Online Profits gives a good explanation of several different marketing models. One of these is the Niche Model, often presented in the form of a blog. I'm fairly new to marketing models, but I've read a good amount recently and I hope my explanation makes sense. Feel free to add or correct in this thread.
Niches are characterized by interested visitors who are engaged in the topic, but not necessarily seeking to purchase anything. While they might find a blog through seeking to answer a question or solve a problem they will come back to read because they are interested in the niche/topic.
A blog in a given niche, say parenting, might support a lot of readers without producing any income for the owner. Since we are all in business to make money, and need to be to justify the time we spend on what we do, this is bad for the blogger.
There are several recognized routes to monetizing a blog and some that just don't work.
15th February 2010 - by Judy of the Woods
Printer Friendly Service
If you sometimes print web pages you can use this very useful free online tool, Print What You Like which helps you remove all the stuff you don't want to print reducing the amount of ink and paper you use. It can also be used to create simplified pdf files of interesting web pages to store on your computer for reference. Yes, you could simply save a web page as is, but it is easier to read pages without all the extraneous stuff like adverts, banners and anything else not of interest.
When you sign up with the service, you can place a link they provide in your bookmarks which allows you to call up the tool. When you visit a web page you want to edit, save or print all you do is click on the bookmark and the editor appears inside your browser next to the page. The editor allows you to save a page with one click.
8th February 2010 - by Judy of the WoodsIf you provide an email address on your website for your readers, you need to protect it from spam robots, or "bots". A spam bot is a piece of software which is, in effect, an automated web surfer which travels at lightning speed around the internet, clicking from one page to another, across to the next website, and so on. It searches for any text that looks like an email address. It collects the address, and then you receive emails offering substances to enhance your manhood or great riches at the casino.
Fortunately, spam bots don't see the page like a human eye does, and they can be easily fooled. There are several methods you can use to foil their evil plan.
5th February 2010 - by Judy of the WoodsIf you have a plain html website which is periodically updated, you can let your readers subscribe to an RSS feed or RSS email updates. This can easily be done with a small piece of free software called RSS Builder which creates an xml file to upload to your server. Xml is a strict type of html code which can be read by RSS feed readers. Once you have created our feed, you have to register a channel, i.e. create your feed online. You can do this by using this free service RSS Express, where you can also validate the feed to make sure it does not create an error report - xml is strict. Just enter the url of the xml file and click validate. RSS builder works very well, and validates nicely. If you don't want to download RSS software you can create the xml file at RSS Express on this page by filling in the form fields.
5th February 2010 - by Judy of the WoodsIf you have a plain html website you don't have to miss out on some of the great features of proper blogs. Comments are one of the most obvious and useful features of blogs. You can get third party comment widgets which is cut and past java script, which is very easy to install, and is run on the supplier's server. The basic code is just a few very short lines, one being the link. It is quite basic, but does allow some customization, and above all, it allows communication with your readers. And, if that wasn't enough, they are either free or very low cost.