walgreens online photo center.

Since I purchased a digital camera a few years ago, I never had the need to print photos out. Any photo that I really liked ended up on my web site or as a desktop picture. Now that I have a baby – and multiple people who would like printed photos, I decided to it was time to check out some online photo services that offered easy printing solutions. I happened to have an online account with Walgreens already for prescriptions and I am signed up to get their generic web site announcements via email, so when I saw that they offered online uploading, organizing, printing, etc I thought I would give it a shot. It would be one less account to create.

I sat down with my mother and chose 30 pictures in Apple’s iPhoto that we wanted processed. I had to download a browser plugin (under 1mb) which allowed me, once I was logged into the Walgreens online photo center, to choose a folder on my computer with pictures. I could select one at a time or all. Then, all the pictures I selected were uploaded to Walgreen’s web site at once. Once the pictures were uploaded, I could do minor adjustments (rotate, redeye, sepia, black and white, etc), choose borders for the pictures, create calendars, create greetings cards, or order matte/glossy pictures in any size.

I quickly and easily chose multiple prints, some 5×7 and some 4×6. The pictures were ready to pick up within the hour and they looked great. Better yet, since I have family all around the country – Walgreens makes it possible for me to upload, edit, order the pictures then have them developed at any Walgreens in the US. This is wonderful for me since my grandparents live far away…but they have a Walgreens around the block. I would highly recommend this service.

print file size command.

Earlier today I was asked for the command to show a file size in UNIX and so I thought I would share. There are, of course, a few ways to do this. One great little command to keep handy is:du -h. The du (display utility) will print out the size of a file or directory. The -h will make it “human readable” (put the sizes in Byte, Kilobyte, Megabyte, Gigabyte, Terabyte and Petabyte). So, next time you need file or directory sizes, use du -h and be done with it!

hello sony grand wega!

Sony TV

This has been a very exciting month for me. Multiple people asked me what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas and since my primary focus was on my son Evan’s birth and the end of Amy’s pregnancy, I kept telling everyone if they wanted to get me something, just get my a AmEx gift card or money. With all of that money plus some of my own I decided to upgrade for a 27″ TV to a Sony 50″ Grand WEGAâ„¢ 3LCD Rear Projection HDTV. I am upgrading to a HDTV satellite in the next two weeks and am very excited to catch the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl in HDTV. A big thanks to Doug for pushing me to finally get a decent TV.

macbook pro afterthoughts.

It has been over two weeks since I bought my MacBook Pro and I thought I would share some of my thoughts so far.

  • I have to say, one of the coolest features that I have enjoyed is the built-in iSight. I can easily show off Evan to others without messing with any cables or worrying about camera position.
  • The backlit keyboard is awesome. I love using it in the dark.
  • This computer is fast! Now when I use my Mac Mini, I feel like it is super slow 😉
  • I chose the matte screen because the glossy screen a) reminds me of cheap PCs b) it is what I am comfortable with…and what reminds me of my beloved PowerBooks of the past. I am very happy I chose this option because I rarely watch movies, etc that the glossy screen is good for. Why am I mentioning this? I have been getting a lot of flack from most people I talk to. I am sure at least Ben will back me up on this one.
  • Within an hour of setting my MacBook Pro up, I had my development environment set up and I was ready to go…with style.

All in all, I am very excited about my purchase and look forward to enjoying it for several years. (I collect Apple hardware so this is not going anywhere!)

I Am Back

After a few days of not posting here, I am back. Every time the new year approaches, I begin to re-assess what I want to do for the year like most people. Last year I wanted to establish myself and my consulting business, get involved in some big projects, and learn more about WordPress. Looking back now, I ended up working on a few big projects, the most visible (as soon as it launches) is Ookles. I had the opportunity to work with some outstanding talent and I learned quite a bit about CSS, Google Maps, project management, contracts, and the art of communication. I also had a great year with my consulting company. I have helped a number of people build their personal and company web sites, and I learned quite a bit by working behind graphic designers for the first time. Thanks to Alex King, I also built quite a few custom WordPress CMS web sites, blogs, and etc which pushed me to learn more about WordPress, AJAX, and PHP. In the next coming year, I hope to improve my time management (so I can spend as much time with my son as possible), release a few plugins for WordPress, and move my more technical posts to my company’s blog so I can begin offering a place of centralized WordPress and XOOPS CMS HOWTOs and tips to my current and future clients. I should have everything up and running in the next few days so I can begin posting blog items: http://www.sdacinc.com/blog/.

Evan is here and home!

Evan on the ride home

Well, the full story is available on his web site. He is absolutely wonderful and we are excited to have him in our home. I never thought I could be so tired, but hopefully we can get some sleep tonight. My posts will be very limited over the next few days so happy holidays to all!

christmas/birthday ideas.

I am not an easy person to buy for, but there are a few things I would like this year. I usually ask for money or gift certificates, but if you want to get creative or bring a smile to my face, here is a few ideas:

Hmm…Ben do you remember what I did with the multi-colored iMac posters I had hanging up in our old office?

I can just hear a few people saying to themselves…wow that is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a poster, but I love Apple and history…so think of it is as a 2 for 1.

getting close to the big day.

Every day Amy and I get another day closer to meeting our son Evan. We are both so excited about this we can barely stand it. Every day I get a phone call from Amy, I think “this is it!”…but nothing yet. I might not blog for a few days in the next few weeks, so if I go “silent”, time to move on over to Evan’s blog which I will keep up to date for sure.

macbook pro it is!

Well, I have been patiently waiting to buy a nice Apple laptop and finally something looked and sounded good to me – the 2.16Ghz MacBook Pro which I bought today. My first impressions: “wow this packaging is really nice”, “wow this is super fast”, and “great job Apple”. I love Apple and their products because they understand the whole user experience down to the last detail. The packaging itself is art. The lines of their products are well thought out and beautiful. There is so much effort put into the little things that it makes the product as a whole a wonderful and exciting thing of beauty. When the new PwerBooks/MacBooks came out, I was sold when I saw the MagSafe power adapter. So yes, I am quite excited. I am even more excited that it is a business expense. 😉

ultimate tag warrior wordpress plugin.

I am always looking for new ways to optimize and improve jappler.com and this past weekend I installed and configured a new wordpress plugin: ultimate tag warrior. Not only does it take care of my tagging needs with each post, but it also allows me to create a tag cloud (see the home page), and it automatically adds keywords within my meta tags. If you are new to WordPress or need any of the functionality listed, check it out!