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Friday 6 April 2007

Guardian, Lonely Planet, Hewlett Packard ‘photographic opportunity’

Fifteen years ago, when I earned part of my living as a freelance photographer, the going rate for a cover shot on one of the small magazines that I worked for was £200. The magazine sold 12,000 copies each month and that payment gave the publisher the right to publish the image one time only.

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Filed under: Photography,The media — GS @ 4:40 pm
Wednesday 28 March 2007

Cowboy opticians and cheap spectacles (hooray)

I could write a book about my bad experiences with opticians over the past twenty-five years.

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Filed under: Health,Shopping — GS @ 1:47 pm
Monday 26 March 2007

Free books

Project Gutenberg has 20,000 free out-of-copyright books online. Page By Page Books is also worth a visit.


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 2:03 am
Sunday 25 February 2007

Free wifi wireless hotspots in Manchester

A useful map of places that offer free wifi in Manchester city centre.

There’s talk of free wireless internet across the whole of Greater Manchester by next summer. Which will be great if they can do it.

It would totally change the way that I work, that’s for sure. Though I wonder if restricting it to 256k would be a huge mistake.

Such a low speed would rule out watching almost any kind of streaming web video and everyone seems to reckon that the future of the web lies with… video.


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 12:53 am
Friday 9 February 2007

‘Snow chaos’ doesn’t hit Manchester. Hundreds of thousands severely not affected by lack of weather disruption

Looking out of my high-rise window across the whole of south Manchester, the only snow I can see is about 15 miles away on the hills of the Peak District and some more further east on the hills near Stalybridge…

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Filed under: The media — GS @ 7:34 am
Wednesday 7 February 2007

Resource-hungry websites

The animated Flash advertisements on some websites can hog an extraordinary amount of your computer’s processing power.

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Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 10:11 am

Free painting software

I’ve been looking at some free painting programs. In particular I wanted something that had realistic natural-painting tools (oil, watercolour, crayon, pencil, airbrush, pastels) to use with my graphics tablet.

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Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 9:58 am
 
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