Thursday, March 27, 2008

Protect Your Privacy When Downloading

Lifehacker: "Whether you're downloading copyrighted material or not, no one likes to have their activities online monitored. Let's take a look at ways you can protect your downloading and file sharing privacy, and prevent the big media companies and other anti-P2P organizations from spying on your file sharing habits."


Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I was always curious if I could make any money with my photographs. So far it was nice hobby but would not be nice if I can finance my next upgrade from selling photos? It has to by part-time work since I am not going to quit my current profession soon ;-) I tried microstock site while ago and I was frustrated with rejections. Couple days ago I found a place on internet where I could get knowledge from others. It is called Microstock Group, a meeting place for microstock photographers. I read posts on forums and it seems to be normal that beginner are having more rejections until they learn what this website want. More over, different microstock website want different photos and has more or less strict approval rules. The I found Microstock How To with lots of interesting info about most popular websites.

I decided to give it another try and enrolled to sites which are so called "Big 7":

  • Shutterstock

  • IstockPhoto

  • Dreamstime

  • Fotolia

  • Stockxpert

  • BigStockPhoto

  • 123rf

  • Since I am newbie I decide that I will try to upload 500 random pictures from my collection to see how it would work for me. I did not make any particular selection, I chose randomly. Different sizes, subjects, quality.

    Shutterstock. The number one site for microstock. It is truly efficient. Uploading thru FTP took 8 hours. The you can submit pictures in 50 piece batches. User interface is ok but I wish it remembers tags I used before and somehow let me to reuse them. They are quite strict, my rejection rate is about 90% but in couple cases I thought photo is bad and not interesting but they approved it. I am in the middle of submitting process so I can give exact number when I am done. They are quick, most photos were reviewed on same day.

    Istockphoto. I am a little disappointed with them. After whole day it's still not up and ready. I had to upload my photo id twice and approval is still pending.

    Dreamstime. I can upload only 100 files. FTP upload is available but I blocked my bandwith trying to finish upload to other sites :-)
    Royalty Free Images

    Fotolia. This are the guys. I tried while ago. It took almost whole day to upload 500 files. Submitting interface is a little better. It remembers categories but still do not remembers tags. There 10 photos displayed per page so it would slow me a little even if it seems to be easier to fill data per each photo. After one day they did not touch any of my pending photos.

    Stockxpert. They wanted 10 photos for approval first and do not give any status for this process.

    BigStockPhoto. FTP works but I am limited to 250 pictures. In addition to that they only review 20 photos at the time so I am done here for a while. I hate that they not only require 7 tags like others but also at least seven words description. Category selection also sucks.
    Stock Photos, Royalty Free Stock Photography, Photo Search

    123rf. FTP upload seems to be quite fast but then if I want to display pending queue it is not paged and tries to download huge web page :-) They also want photo ID for verification.
    Download Stock Photos & Illustrations. As low as $1 at 123RF

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Lightroom 300 Presets

    Inside Lightroom - site is a resource for tips, tricks and also hosts Lightroom Develop Presets. Download.


    Other cool presets: L7Foto

    Monday, March 24, 2008

    Bug in Lightroom 1.4: Exif Datetime is corrupted in exported files

    It seems that 1.4 has a bug: the “time taken” is set to midnight in copies of the file that are exported. The Lightroom database and the original files maintain the correct time, but when you export a copy, the time is reset to midnight. It necessary to downgrade to an earlier version of Lightroom.


    The Lightroom 1.4 update has been temporarily removed from the web site in order to allow time for additional investigation into several bugs that were discovered after the update was released. At this time, we recommend uninstalling Lightroom 1.4 and installing Lightroom 1.3.1.

    Friday, March 21, 2008

    Babka piaskowa z makiem / Bundt cake with poppy seeds


    * 1 glass of wheat flour
    * 1 glass potato flour
    * 1 glass of sugar
    * 250g of butter
    * 4 eggs
    * 1 glass of poppy seeds
    * 1 1/3 glass of milk
    * 6 dried figs
    * 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    * 2 teaspoons of almond extract


    Mix wheat flour with baking powder. Pound butter, adding gradually eggs, sugar and both types of flour. Add milk and sifted poppy seeds. Pound all ingredients one more time, add chopped figs sprinkled in flour and mix. Paste into bundt pan oiled with butter and powdered with bread crumbs. Bake in oven heated to 350F for 50 min

    Babka piaskowa z makiem / Bundt cake with poppy seeds


    3 yolks
    200g of powdered sugar
    120g of butter (add in portions)
    120g of flour
    250g of ground walnuts
    Wafer (for a bottom of pan)
    3 egg whites
    80g of sugar (froth with egg whites)

    Mazurek Orzechowy

    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    Sigma 50mm f/1.4

    The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new large aperture 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM standard lens. For Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.
  • Standard lens with large maximum aperture of F1.4.

  • It creates sharp images with high contrast and ensures superior peripheral brightness.

  • Incorporates molded glass aspherical lens, perfectly correcting coma aberration and creating superior image quality.

  • Super multi-layer coating reduces flare and ghosting.

  • Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensuring silent, high-speed AF

  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4

    Babka cytrynowa / Lemon Bundt Cake

    Babka, or Bobka, also known as baba, is a sweet pastry yeast cake.

    1. Lemon Cake Mix
    2. Instant pudding
    2. 2 eggs
    4. 3/4 cup of apple souce
    5. 1 1/4 cup of skim milk

    Mix all together, bake for 1 hr in 375F

    Babka cytrynowa

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008

    EclipseXSLT - XSLT Support for Eclipse

    I kept searching for XPath tool and found really nice Eclipse plugin called EclipseXSLT.


    I also found the other one, XPath Plugin, but it seem to be very limited in comparison to first one.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    Free XPath Query Tool for Windows

    I was trying to find free tool for testing XPath Queries. It looks like SharpDevelop IDE got XPath Query tool.

    XPath Query in Sharp Develop Read about it in this article.

    If you already got Visual Studio 2005 on installed there is nice plugin called XPathmania debribed in this blog entry.

    XPath Query in Visual Studio 2005

    Friday, March 14, 2008

    Skype 2.0 for Linux released

    Skype has released the final version of Skype 2.0 for Linux. The internet telephony application has been available as a public beta since November, but the latest release includes a ton of bug fixes and a few new features.


    transKode Script

    Convert audio files from inside your favorite music/playlist manager with transKode, a free plug-in for Amarok. If you've never installed an Amarok script, it's simple—grab the package ending in from the link below, head to the Tools->Script Manager menu, then hit the "Install" button and point to where you put that package.


    Wednesday, March 12, 2008

    Reuters: Internet for pornography, not voting: Ex Polish PM

    Poles should not be allowed to vote online because the Internet attracts people who watch "pornography while sipping a bottle of beer", a former prime minister told his party's Web site.

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski and other leaders of his conservative party have said they wanted to rejuvenate their ranks and reach out to Internet users after losing power last October when younger voters flocked to their centre-right rivals.


    openSUSE Forums

    In order to provide a better service to the existing openSUSE Community and to our new users, we’re pleased to announce that, and the openSUSE support forums at (the three largest English speaking dedicated SUSE forums) are joining forces to merge into the new official openSUSE Forums at

    SUSE Forums
    SUSE Linux Support

    Friday, March 7, 2008

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