Circle ManagementI’ve just started to follow +Kamal Tailor on the back of his post below, not…

Circle ManagementI've just started to follow +Kamal Tailor on the back of his post below, not so much because I aspire to follow his OCD approach but because I figure anyone who gives that much attention to detail in using G+ is definitely going to be helpful to me. As a bonus, he posts a lot of pretty interesting stuff anyway. Be warned though. He thinks he is ugly. He says so in his profile. They are many reasons why someone might say such a thing. I leave you to try to figure out his. via Read more […]

Please follow me does not work +Gary Schuster, your request for people to circle you will mostly …

Please follow me does not work +Gary Schuster, your request for people to circle you will mostly be missed.Took me ages to get the hang of G+ and I only recently started to see more people following me (and hopefully finding what I say and share of interest).You might want to look at the posts and videos from +martin shervington  who provides great guidance on using G+Asking people to follow you is not really how Google+ works. At the moment, pretty much no one will be seeing anything you post. People Read more […]

I changed the cover photo on my profile recently to this one of a narrow boat exiting a lock. Tra…

I changed the cover photo on my profile recently to this one of a narrow boat exiting a lock. Travelling the man made waterways of the UK is one of my favourite pass times.Typically, I hire a boat for the family and friends for a week and do a circuit of some kind that takes in both city and countryside worlds. You see a lot of evidence of the past when you pass through a city on the waterways including signs of many brands from long ago. Places like Birmingham have more miles of waterway than Venice! Read more […]

I am curious about how so many people manage to easily find and incorporate images into their Goo…

I am curious about how so many people manage to easily find and incorporate images into their Google+ posts to illustrate their points and attract the eye. I find the operation clumsy on both the mobile apps and the browser version unless I am using one of my own readily downloaded photos. I assume most of the high profile posters are using either creative commons sources or have licensed and are using some stock library (which I cannot justify for personal use).(Photo by luc legay: http://www.flickr.com/photos/luc/) via Read more […]

Music from my time

Many of the social networks and forum sites ask you to populate some kind of profile and those often include a question on what music you like. I always have a lot of trouble with this.  I like a vast vast range of music ranging from classical to some of the latest pop ditties (snigger), from some many countries using a wide range of different instruments (including different ways of using the human voice). Some music moves me greatly.  However, I remember the names/writers/performers Read more […]

Pen friends

I recently decided that I should broaden my network of contacts and find out something more about people in other cultures and countries, thus I decided to revert to something that I thought of as old fashioned, namely gaining some pen friends, or pen pals if you prefer. Of course, being a computer addict and barely able to read my own writing, there was no way I was going to resort to actually scribing on dead trees. I knew though that I wanted something more that what the social networks tend Read more […]

Echo from the past: Butterley Engineering 1985

A lifetime ago, I worked for a heavy engineering design and manufacturing company in Ripley in Derbyshire. Sadly the site was run down last year with business transferred elsewhere within and without the holding company. The manufacturing site has some historical relevance though and the aditnow.co.uk website and forum has been tracking the demolition works.A friend pointed out to me a recent posting of a copy of a 1985 company magazine featuring news about improvements to the site and a photograph Read more […]

Raw v. Jpeg again

Revisiting the raw v. jpeg debate, a key difference is that the raw file is what the sensor captured without any processing (other than some compression, if selected) being applied whereas a jpeg (or TIFF) is what the camera itself post-processed from the sensor data in accordance with various camera processing settings. The preview on the camera shows you the embedded jpeg preview in the raw file if you are reviewing a raw shot, and that includes application of the picture control camera settings. Read more […]