Cal Fire Website For Fire Information Throughout California, plus webcams and NASA "Fire and Smoke" satellite photos.
Cal Fire Homepage: http://www.calfire.ca.gov/
CA Division of Forestry "Current Incidents" Webpage: http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current
Rim Fire (Yosemite): http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_details_info?incident_id=889
USDA Fire Detection Maps - (excellent current maps of fires in progress): http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us/activefiremaps.php?sensor=modis&extent=conus
Regional Webcams (Yosemite vicinity, etc.): http://ssgic.cr.usgs.gov/dashboards/WebCam.htm
(recent stills only, at present).
NASA Fire and Smoke views (Rim Fire): http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/index.html
NASA Fire and Smoke Home Page (features headlines on the Rim Fire with more photos): http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/fires/main/usa/index.html#lowerAccordion-set1-slide10Ocean Webcams Added and Moved To a New URL: www.offshoretheater.com Weather and wind info plus Google maps, etc., are included.The New Local Webcam URL
: http://www.offshoretheater.com/beach-cameras/This PC World article rates Dashlane as being a reliable password manager. It comes in both free and premium versions.PC World
: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043301/review-dashlane-is-a-robust-password-manager-with-a-gorgeous-interface.htmlRobosizer rapidly contours emailed photos to your configuration.
I have found this free photo file image resizer to be so useful and efficient that I am taking the occasion of this post to mention it again. Whether you are simply compacting images in full size or reducing them in size to facilitate their convenient emailing, Robosizer automatically performs the task with reliable efficiency. I have been sending out sixty or seventy resized scans of color slides per email that can initially be 2 to 3 megabytes in size, or greater, in a breeze. They are usually reduced in size to 200 kb to 350 kb. As soon as you mouse-click to attach the photofiles to your email, Robosizer proceeds to rapidly convert them to a substantially reduced size, contoured to fit your email format and with plenty of sharp detail and true color. The picture itself remains unchanged. I cannot imagine the amount of time required to perform these tasks manually. Robosizer makes it possible to email large quantities of pictures without hang-ups over server limitations (within reason) or time consuming upload periods. If you have any possible need for this type of augmentation to your email program, it could well be worth your time to check it out. Works with all popular email programs, browsers and instant messengers.
Robosizer supports: Outlook, Thunderbird, Webmail (Gmail, Yahoo etc.), Skype, ICQ, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and more than 30 other apps. Robosizer's list of supported applications
: http://www.robosizer.com/supportedapps.htmlThe Robosizer website
Saved suggested URLs from the Slo Bytes BB for 2012 and 2013. Mainly DougD postings.WEATHER and TIME Websites.
Here are a few of the many weather websites: (Please add any websites that are found to be informative).http://www.goldcountryweather.com/satellite/ssec/us-composite/us-ir.phphttp://www.goldcountryweather.com/eastpacificsat1.htmlhttp://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_norhem_00.gifhttp://www.wunderground.com/US/Region/US/2xJetStream.htmlhttp://www.intellicast.com/National/Wind/JetStream.aspx
World Time Server: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/current_time_in_US-CA.aspx
Official U. S. Time: http://www.time.gov/timezone.cgi?Pacific/d/-8/java
Greenwich Mean Time + World Time: http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/A Number of Worthy Programs Brought Forward From The Prior BB. UD:1-12-12. For back reference, these programs might still be of interest for future installations:
Free Youtube Downloader: http://download.cnet.com/Free-YouTube-Downloader/3000-2071_4-75219434.html?tag=rb_content;contentMain
YouTube Downloader HD: http://www.youtubedownloaderhd.com/
IOBit Smart Defrag 2: http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html
MyDefrag ver. 4.3.1: http://www.mydefrag.com/
Foxit PDF Reader: http://download.cnet.com/Foxit-Reader/3000-10743_4-10313206.html?tag=api&tag=nl.t700
IOBit Malware Fighter: http://download.cnet.com/IObit-Malware-Fighter/3000-8022_4-10967594.html
IOBit Advanced SystemCare: http://download.cnet.com/Advanced-SystemCare-Free/3000-2086_4-10407614.html
Recuva - recovers files deleted from your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or MP3 player.http://www.piriform.com/recuva
J Album www.jalbum.net
Nice slide shows, easy to use. Cons: doesn't automatically resize images
Visual Slideshow http://visualslideshow.com/
Offers transitions, special effects, resizes images
Numerous scripts for creating slideshows Cons: I didn't find a script that created both thumbnails and main images.
An old favorite. highly configurable, resizes images
Microsoft WORD Viewer: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=4
Slider Technology JQuery Plugin: http://www.rockingteam.com/2010/05/jquery-beforeafter-plugin-to-show-the-difference-in-two-images-using-a-slider/http://www.catchmyfame.com/2009/06/25/jquery-beforeafter-plugin/http://plugins.jquery.com/node/12369
CMS "Bounce Back Ultimate" (portable) Computer Recovery Program: http://www.cmsproducts.com/Default.aspx
Track a Stolen Laptop: http://preyproject.com/
Numerous Flash Drive Programs Liberty Key: http://www.liberkey.com/en.html
Mozilla Plug-in Checker: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/plugincheck/
Monitor Laptop Components:
Speccy System Informationhttp://www.piriform.com/speccy
CrystalDiskInfo - Disk Information Toolhttp://crystalmark.info/?lang=en
CPUID - Hardware monitoringhttp://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
Two Quality Smiley/Emoticon Websites: http://www.freesmileys.org/ http://www.pic4ever.com/
Photo file "Stitching" Programs For Panoramic Photographs:
Autostitch ver. 2.2: http://itunes.apple.com/app/autostitch-panorama/id318944927?mt=8
(Free DEMO version plus various retail offerings).
Arcsoft Panorama Maker 6: http://www.arcsoft.com/panorama-maker/ http://www.filecluster.com/Photo-Graphic/Editors-Utils/Download-ArcSoft-Panorama-Maker-6.html
The "trial" version is free, $80.00 for the retail product (which is often included free with digital camera purchases). You might like to search the Internet for other offerings as there are quite a few new photo stitching and panorama making programs available.
Wind Current Websites Show Atmospheric Flow Plus Temperatures.
Wind Map For The USA: http://hint.fm/wind/
(mouse-click to zoom-unzoom map).
Global Wind Current and Precipitation Map (click FWD to set in motion): http://policlimate.com/weather/current/gfs_water_plan.html
North American Cloud Movements: http://www.goldcountryweather.com/satellite/ssec/us-composite/us-ir.php
USA Temperature Map: http://www.wunderground.com/US/Region/US/2xTemperature.html
Global Temperature Map: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/forecast/world-forecasts/world-temperatures.html
World Temperature/Wind Readings: http://www.eldoradocountyweather.com/world-mesomap.htmlCheck out the "weather" around the Sun and how it affects the Earth: http://spaceweather.com/
Union of Concerned Scientists "Climate Hot Map:" http://www.climatehotmap.org/
The above map references locations where global warming is having an impact.Have You Been Using The Duckduckgo Search Engine? Try Duckduckgoog.
Netted by the Webbys explains the added capabilities of the former DuckDuckGo, in the new, enhanced superseding search engine, DuckDuckGoog. The new search engine combines Google Search results (encrypted) with the so-called !bangs direct search features of DuckDuckGo.
Here is the new enhanced variant of the Duckduckgo search engine, Duckduckgoog: http://www.duckduckgoog.com/
Netted website explains the advantage: http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=ea7544b086a8473bd90e4c1e3&id=de31e7117a&e=86034449fb
Further explanation from lifehacker.com: http://lifehacker.com/5927309/duckduckgoog-combines-the-best-feature-of-duckduckgo-with-google
Worried About Bandwidth Usage In Windows 8? Meter Your Wireless Connection!
Windows 8 Mega-Guide! 50 Insider Tips From Computer Shopper.
Computer Shopper: http://computershopper.com/feature/windows-8-mega-guide!-50-insider-tips
US Stream Offers Live Streamimg Websites, + Lists of Other Streaming Sites.
These are streaming opportunities to observe activities in progress that might not be getting mainstream news up-to-date coverage, plus various videos, including documentaries.
US Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/new/explore/news
Wikipedia - List of Steaming Websites: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_streaming_websites
TechSupportAlert.com - Five Top Video Streaming Sites: http://www.techsupportalert.com/top-5-video-streaming-websites.htm
Buffalo Tech - free Video Streaming Websites (documentaries, etc.) - some ads: http://library.buffalo.edu/multimedia/find/freevideo.php
blog.ButterMouth.com - Ten Top free Sports Video Stream Sites: http://blog.buttermouth.com/2012/05/top-10-websites-to-sports-streaming.html
Review of Streaming Websites: http://www.worldtvpc.com/blog/top-streaming-websites-in-depth-reviews/
How to temporarily disable Microsoft Security Essentials (for troubleshooting or installations). I should mention that this should rarely be necessary.
PC World: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025707/how-to-temporarily-disable-microsoft-security-essentials.html#tk.nl_pwr
Mozilla Thunderbird's Comprehensive "How To"/FAQ Webpage. Lots of helpful info here:
Mozilla Thunderbird Help Page Index: https://support.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/kb/category/20
The USGS Online Map Service Allows For Viewing and Downloading PDF Files.
The United States Geological Survey affords numerous excellent offerings for interested parties. Their map service now allows for downloading GeoPDF files of topographical maps, plus numerous other types. Very worthwhile if you have an interest. View a map and "snip" or printscreen a portion of it for saving to a folder. You may also order printed maps, if desired.
USGS Website Home Page (for everything): http://www.usgs.gov/
USGS Introduction Page (with an interesting 3D effect): http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/gmna/
USGS Historical Map Search Webpage: http://nationalmap.gov/historical/index.htmlMulti-gigapixel High Resolution Computer Stitched Panoramic Photography.
The Internet offers a number of opportunities to view panoramic stitches of very high resolution subjects. You can observe the panorama and then zoom way in to note specific details at an extraordinarily close range. Very entertaining and educating for the curious. High resolution computer screens make it even better. With the right equipment, an experienced photographer could stitch their own gigapixel panoramas.
Wikipedia on Gigapixel Imagery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigapixel_image
The Vancouver Gigapixel Project: http://www.gigapixel.com/
(The galleries have numerous gigapixel panoramic photographs).
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu: http://www.gigapixelperu.com/Machu_Picchu_16_Gigapixels/Welcome.html
(Be sure to focus in on the top of the pointed mountain behind Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu - pronounced "Way-na" - as it has also been extensively developed).
Gigapixel Photography: http://gigapixelphotography.com/olympic-games-vancouver-athletes-village-sochi-house-sports-fans/
111 Gigapixel 360 degree (almost) Panorama of Seville: http://www.sevilla111.com/default_en.htm
320 Gigapixel 360 degree Panorama of London - The World-s Largest Gigapixel Panorama: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/02/21/320-gigapixel-photo-of-London-is-the-worlds-largest-panoramic-photo
Added 3-30-13: Curiosity Rover - 4 Billion Pixel Inter-active Panoramic View of Mars: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2301619/Amazing-FOUR-BILLION-PIXEL-interactive-panorama-gives-360-degree-view-Mars-standing-Curiosity-rover.htmUsing RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) For Storage.
How to Use Multiple Disks Intelligently: An Introduction to RAID This article defines the different RAID types and how they are utilized. A PC operator might consider to assemble some older drives for such usage, although with the low cost of terabyte drives, it might not be worth the effort. An array of new terabyte drives might still appeal to some. Interesting to know about, in any case.
Wikipedia on RAID: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
How To Set up RAID on Windows 7 -
HowToGeek: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/36504/how-to-create-a-software-raid-array-in-windows-7/jQuery Image Wowslider ver. 4.2 is here already.
Gosh, we just got through looking over version 3.9. The new features of Wowslider v4.2;
"July 24, 2013 WOW Slider v4.2
* New demos: Premium, Gothic, Chess
* New transition effects: Page and Domino
* Pause/Play option. See live demo of the Pause/Play button."
A Free Dictionary Covering Specific, Comprehensive Categories at One Website.
A fairly comprehensive free dictionary offering, with dictionaries covering:
Dictionary/thesaurus, Medical dictionary, Legal dictionary, Financial dictionary,
Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia encyclopedia. This has a lot to offer all at one website.
The Free Dictionary by Farlex: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/word