Archive for July, 2007

Jul 27 2007

Framing Pictures

Published by under Activities,Photography

Since buying my wonderful Canon EOS 30D in January [2007], I have taken a few pictures that I would like to get framed. I have already got them printed up at 10×15 but this is not really a standard size to be able to buying a pre-made frame. I was rather shocked when I got a quote of £50 per picture.

Although I could probably get a better quote if I looked around I decided that I would instead have a go learning to make my own picture frames. I previously purchased some mounting materials and a 45˚ mount cutter so I can create a mount for my pictures, I got those from a local stationary shop (the Press Shop in Smith Street, St Peter Port). I also already had a craft knife for trimming down the mount.

What I didn’t have was the framing wood, glass, backing board, paper tape (for sealing the frame) or tools. The other day I came across diyframing.co.uk, they can supply all the materials required for framing and a broad selection of tools for amateurs right though to professionals. In fact their main aim seems to be helping people set up their own framing businesses. To get me started I have ordered a start pack which contains glass and backing board, I also ordered framing wood and paper tape.

Rather that ordering online I phoned them up in order to check about postage to the Guernsey and also about getting VAT removed. The person that I spoke to was extremely helpful and was quite happy to answer all the questions I asked. With regards postage, they had to call me back the next day after weighing the items but it work out very reason able and, two days later, the parcel has arrived.

The last items I require in order to start framing is a mitre saw, some glue, and fixings. All of which I shall be getting from B&Q this evening.

In total I think this will set me back approximately £70. One the face of it that seems quite a lot to me (my friends know I don’t like spending money!) but that is considerably less than the £150 I was quoted for professional framing 3 pictures and most of the money was for tools which will be reused in future framings. If, but some strange quirk of fate, I manage to get good at framing I may even add it as an option to Encaptured.com but I shalln’t make any promises just yet.

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Jul 20 2007

Sticker Books From Moo.com

Published by under Bookmarks,Photography

Most people that are reading this will probably already know that I use Flickr for hosting photos. Most people will also know that I have, in the past, ordered MiniCards and NoteCards from Moo.com. It is true that I have fallen in love with their simple but effective ideas and the top quality products they produce.

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprise when, having recently fix my website contact form, I got an email from Rachel Bremer. She wanted to let me know that Moo.com has just released another product for your Flickr photos called StickerBooks. The book contains 90 stickers on 15 tear-out sheets and is a bargain at only £4.99 ($9.99 US).

This time the picture on Moo.com contains hands holding the sticker books to give a bit of scale. My guess is that if each sheet contains 6 stickers, each stickers is going to be about the size of a postage stamp.

I’m impressed that Moo.com has taken the effort to contact people that are talking about their products. Seeing as they have got free postage during July I’m definitely going to ordering me some stickers. This is one case of direct marketing that has worked. And, if their aim was to induce a viral marketing campaign then I am quite happy to assist.

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Jul 11 2007

Submarine Builder In Guernsey

Published by under Activities,Guernsey News

Sometimes whilst using Google you happen across a website that is completely off the subject you were looking for but that is absolutely fascinating. Today this happened to me. I’ve completely forgotten what I was originally looking for, but I found a website for someone living in Guernsey that is building a Personal Submarine (psub).

When I first started reading the site I thought it must have been in one of the Guernsey’s in the USA, but as I continued reading it became obvious that it is indeed the little island on which I live.

I still haven’t been able to work out who it is, he is only referred to as Jim or James, and I don’t recognise him from the pictures or where the pictures are taken. He seems to have links to Peter and John Frankland but that is all I can work out. If anyone knows who the builder is or where it is being built please can you let me know.

I’m definitely going to be keeping an eye on the site and I’m going to make sure I’m there when it has it’s maiden voyage. It’s not every day something like this happens on this tiny rock and I wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

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Jul 06 2007

WiFi on a Mac at the Pelican Cafe

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Several times now I have tried using my MacBook Pro at the Pelican cafe in Guernsey. Each time however I have been able to connect to the network but wasn’t able to get access to the internet. It seemed that the DHCP service on the router wasn’t correctly sending out its details.

Today I finally figure out how to get things moving. Rather than trying to go down the DHCP route I opted to manually configure my TCP/IP network settings. In the Pelican they’re using a Linksys router which, by default, have an IP address of 192.168.1.1. I connected to the wireless network and tried pinging that address and got a response, so entered that address as the router in the TCP/IP settings. Next I pick a random 192.168.1.* address for my machine and left the subnet mask as 255.255.255.0.

The last bit of information you need to be able to use domain names in your browser is DNS server addresses. Rather than trying to remember these I’ve set up a network location on my machine called “Open Wireless” in which I’ve set the address of the OpenDNS routers:

  • 208.67.222.222
  • 208.67.220.220

So all I need to do is set that as my computers location when I get to the pelican.

Hey presto – Vanilla Late, Tomato & Mozzarella sandwich and free internet access. What else can you ask for at lunch time?

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