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About PixelOz1

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  • Birthday 02/03/1967

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    Vega Alta, Puerto Rico
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    I love computers in general, I love art in many forms including digital artwork, I'm technically inclined (er, nerdy, er, ahem). I like reading about many things and many hobbies, the computer itself being my favorite, 3D modeling, CNC and rapid prototyping, electronics, Illustration, photography, graphic arts, paper model building, paper model design, radio control scale model building, cooking, movies, love Sci-Fi in general, like the artwork in Sci-fi a lot, etc., etc., etc.
  1. Updated the second Mac retro wallpaper to its final version (version 1-1) I repositioned the computer display to a better location which I wanted to do for quite a while and I also raised the level of the grids on the floor a little bit cause they were a tad too low. Now the 3 variants that I did (I did an Apple an Atari and also an Amiga version of this design with different colors and illumination) have the computer display in the same position. These are the updated links: Direct link Deviantart: http://fav.me/d36deof Direct link to Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/?6qjr6gj9mhagob6 Again, in Deviantart if you want to see my whole folder with the other wallpapers of this series and my other free things: http://pixeloz.deviantart.com/ There in Deviantart click on the Browse Gallery button if you want to see all the other things. And the whole Mediafire folder: http://www.mediafire.com/?xym304qv5byua
  2. Regenerating Nostalgia - Apple Wallpaper HD This is a wallpaper that I did in Blender 3D as a tribute to the golden days of computing in the 80s when computers still had limited colors and sound and when they still had limited multimedia capabilities but they were starting to move very fast in that direction. Those were the days when personal computers were starting to move into the mainstream which led to their eventual acceptance in the 90s as another household item so the pretty logo may bring back some fond memories for some people. It's in many resolutions from 1024 x 768 all the way to 2560 x 1600 pixels in several different aspect ratios like 4:3, 16:10, 16:9, etc. and I also adapted it to 4:6 ratio IPhone format with 320 x 480 resolution and also 640 x 960 resolution. I used very little compression to preserve a higher quality. The IPhone versions were cropped from the high res render so they are not as optimal but they still look a bit good and they also have the old Apple letters logo in them. I wanted to do something in 3D with a pseudo sci-fi theme cause I like sci-fi a lot. It was started in Blender 2.49b and finished in Blender 2.5x (about the second half of the work) and one of the reasons that I moved it to the new Blender fast was because it had a much faster renderer and I was planing to use the internal Blender renderer only and see what it could do cause it has become quite capable and one can get pretty decent results with it with a little bit of effort. It took quite a while to render (like a day and a half) even on a i7 2.66 Ghz CPU with all 8 threads cause I rendered it in very high resolution and it uses ambient occlusion and quite a few lights with many samples. It also has some post processing in Photoshop CS4 for some glow effects and a bit of correction of color and light in some areas. So there it is, I hope that some people from the old school of computing and/or sci-fi fans like me and others like it. You can modify it as long as it is for your own personal use. You can download it from here: Deviantart: http://fav.me/d36deof Mediafire: http://www.mediafire.com/file/gvfcwrdz7c3o...paperVer1-0.zip
  3. I improved that Mac retro wallpaper that I did to make it more like the original. It is still not exact but much more closer to the original and the widescreen versions resemble it more now. You can find it in the same places in Deviantart and Mediafire: http://fav.me/d236wzy http://www.mediafire.com/file/mjetwjyztw2/...DVersion1-1.zip I also did a new Mac retro wallpaper in Blender that is more elaborate and you can find it too in my gallery in Deviantart and in Mediafire.
  4. Updated There is now an updated: 1.1 Edition of the free e-book with the following changes: (You will find two different submissions in Deviantart, one named Free Paper Model Design eBook2 for the high res version and another named Free Paper Model Design eBook1 for the low res version and the low and high res versions are both also available at my Mediafire folder) • Creation of a high resolution version for printing or higher quality with redone rendered images. All of the rendered images have been re-rendered at higher resolution (2048 x 1536 pixels - 3 megapixels instead of 640 x 480 pixels for the low resolution version) and the same for many other bitmap illustrations or photos with the exception of screenshots. High resolution version also have less compression for even better image quality. • Slight improvement of several images, photos or illustrations for more clarity. • Correction of many typos and other errors. • Several changes in different parts of the text, many of them reflecting changes or updates related to software but several other improvements too. • Changes to software programs information to reflect software updates and prices for such. Update to corresponding updated software screenshots. • I now indicate the software version number in the list of programs for all the commercial programs so you know what version the given prices correspond to. Even though I mentioned their versions sometimes in the text I didn't specify it in the list in some instances and now I did. • Elimination of the All Rights Reserved Message. This message doesn't belong cause in modern copyright law it is not necessary to state such when it is desired to use it (when you desire to reserve all rights) in copyrighted material and the information of which rights are reserved is clearly explained in the copyright page of the book and the message was contradictory to it. • Highlighting of menu items, commands, keyboard shortcuts, program functions, etc. Parts of the text that mention things like items from menus in software or labels of the functions of programs or commands in dialog boxes for example have been highlighted in bold letters for easier recognition. • Several of the names for functions or commands in software (in menus or other parts of the interface) have been corrected to be exactly as they are in their respective programs for easier identification in them. • Adding Homer Simpson like model picture and a few changes to corresponding text to explain better the concept of different orientations in the same model and/or part in page 84. • There is now a description and basic information on the usage of the new Blender 2.5 paper model unfolding script called Export Paper Model From Blender in page 54. • Corrected a few details of the Credits page and made some changes according to changes in some images. • Inclusion of a new cartoonish submarine 3D model in the IncludedModels.zip file and a rendering of this and a description of the model in the book in the A Submarine section in chapter 6 – Designing Some Simple Models. • Changed page numbers to different sides on odd and even pages. • Corrected pictures and text of the circles with high nodes on pages 117 & 118. (It said 64 nodes and showed illustrations of 128 nodes and now it says 80 nodes and shows illustrations of 80 nodes. • Fix for the image on Surface Development on page 120. The bottom of the full oval had a center oval that didn't belong that was left there by mistake when I did the illustration (a leftover), also the color of that oval that was beneath that one is supposed to be gray not blue-green cause it is for the full oval cone and not the truncated one. • The Open Source software improvements section on page 206 has the new modified Blender 2.5 roadmap and corresponding changes to its accompanying text. It also mentions now the improvements to K3D in the newly released version 0.8 and the recently released illustration program sK1. • In page 120 in the second paragraph almost at the end in the sentence that says: "If you want your outline pattern to be cleaner with less lines you decrease the value of the slider to a lower angle number until you are happy with the result or you decrease it if you feel that some fold lines in particular should be included." The second decrease word (shown here in bold) should really had been increase instead and now it is fixed. • In page 132 in the second paragraph where it talks about paths and Bezier curves, there are improvements in the explanations cause it was a bit confusing between the use of Paths and/or Bezier curves. • In the first edition of the book the key combination given for the Loop Cut tool is incorrect. It says Ctrl+K when it should be Ctrl+R or K and then selecting Loop Cut and now this has been corrected. This same text is now on page 153, second paragraph. • Those parts of the text that mentioned CorelDraw's Dynamic Guides tool or its Illustrator equivalent (Smart Guides) now also reflect the addition of this tool to the program Serif DrawPlus which has recently added the tool to the program in version X4. • In chapter 7 – A Bare Bones Way Of Creating Paper Models With A Computer I said in the previous edition of the book that I couldn't find a way to open the Cone Layout program generated patterns in Solid Edge 2D. I couldn't manage to open any AutoCAD files before in Solid Edge 2D and that is because there is a step that you have to do in the program before you are able to do this and this is explained now in the book in the section titled: The Confusion Between UV Texture Unfolders and Paper Modeling/Others Unfolder in chapter 2 – Modern Paper Model Design (page 48 third paragraph). • An few hyperlinks have been updated. • Page 219 has a new paragraph (second paragraph) that talks about my new PDF tutorial called: Clearing The Confusion Between Total Image Resolution, Image Size And Dpi. • The definitions of texture baking and dithering have been added to the glossary. • A few more Blender keyboard commands or icons/menu functions are given in different parts of the text. This is still no substitute to learning Blender by standard means and it's intended as a courtesy to people that are learning it to make it a little easier for them. • The included 3D Blender models were fixed a little bit in some areas, some small quirks or errors were corrected (a few small ones). The sharp edges were marked and the Edge Split modifier was applied to all of them to all corresponding parts. • It is 238 pages long now but this is due mainly to the expansion of the text because of the bold highlighting.
  5. Windows 7 Lag

    One more thing is that if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 you will have to do something extra to be able to run SFC /scannnow and that is that you have to run it from an administrator console and not the regular console. What I mean is that in Vista and Win 7 when you run the command prompt you have to elevate it to administrator privileges before you are able to use that command. To do that you go to Start menu and click on All Programs and the click on Accesories then click on Command Prompt but with the right mouse button instead and then in the pop up menu that appears you will select Run as administrator and that will activate the command console but with elevated administrator privileges (in a similar way to the Linux su console command) which will allow you to use the SFC command. Observe that at the top of the console the message is different, it will read Administrator: Command Prompt instead of just Command Prompt.
  6. Hi I'm David Guzmán - PixelOz and I have just finished writing a new completely free e-book about how to design paper models with computer software. It shows a lot of the software programs that can be used to do the job but it is based mainly on Blender 3D and an illustration program of your choice. It is 227 pages long and includes hundreds of color illustrations and images to help people understand the concepts of the e-book better. All the 3D images of the book were created with the open source program Blender and it was written entirely in another open source program which is Open Office Writer with some illustrations made with CorelDraw X3. I found while researching the subject and with my own experience that where many new paper model designers were having a we bit of trouble was not in some complex thing but in the basics of the subject and I decided to write something to shed some light on the subject and this e-book was the result of that. The zip file contains the e-book in PDF format, a few 3D Blender files that can help a bit with practice and an additional unfolding script to the one that Blender already includes that has other special capabilities written by a talented programmer named Čestmír Houška (Czestmyr). You can download the e-book from here together with other free stuff that I make like wallpapers, icons, etc.: http://pixeloz.deviantart.com/ Here in Deviantart hit the Browse Gallery button to see all my things. You can also download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=bef98dd...8eada0a1ae8665ahttp://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=bef98dd...8eada0a1ae8665a This is the first time I write a book but I put a lot of effort into it and I really hope that it helps to clarify some things that are sometimes a bit confusing to new designers. Browsing around many paper modeling forums I noticed a lot many of the troubles that some new designers were having with it and that's why I decided to put model design aside for a while cause it seemed to me that this could be better for the community overall. That is also the reason of why it is mainly based around the Blender 3D program because it's a 3D program that is capable enough and it can be accessed by anybody without having to worry about the budget cause it is completely free. Despite that it shows a lot of the programs that can be used to do paper model design and it teaches very important principles about paper model design that can be translated to many other 3D programs out there. In addition as I state in the book the Blender 3D software is in a crucial moment of its life cause it's in the middle of a mayor overhaul toward version 2.6 (it will be ready around summer) that is making the software much more powerful and it has a complete interface redesign that promises also to make the software easier to learn and use. At the moment until the new version is finished the book is based in the latest production version of Blender which is version 2.49b which is still very capable. I want to clarify here as I also stated in the book that the book is not intended to teach you how to model in 3D Blender, it presumes that either you already know or that you are going to learn first and that's because there is plenty of tutorial material out there on how to learn Blender and also there are several books in the subject already and I wanted more particularly to concentrate in teaching how to use it to create paper models and to teach the important basics about it cause there wasn't as much quality material specifically written for the subject that we paper modelers love that was free. If you do find any serious error in the book (or a small one) you can post the message here or write me a private message so I can attempt to correct it and publish an updated version.
  7. Essential Windows Programs

    Second Part Again many people mention Winzip and many people mention also Winrar which are both good commercial programs and some people mentioned 7Zip but I have to say again that with 7Zip is no need to use Winzip as 7zip does most of the same things without problems for free and it also unzips .rar files so you don't need Winrar either for most everything that you do. It has the following supported formats: • Packing / unpacking: 7z, ZIP, GZIP, BZIP2 and TAR. • Unpacking only: ARJ, CAB, CHM, CPIO, DEB, DMG, HFS, ISO, LZH, LZMA, MSI, NSIS, RAR, RPM, UDF, WIM, XAR and Z. It's available here: http://www.7-zip.org/ IcoFX is a free icon editor that can create Windows and Mac icons and it can even create Vista format icons (which compress 512 pixel images in Png inside the .ico file for small file size – there is an option in the menu for this) and they remain compatible with Win XP. It has support for full 32 bit icons (24 bit + 8 bit full alpha transparency). You can get it here: http://icofx.ro/ It has a free sister application named AniFX to create animated Windows cursors but it is an early version and it is still a wee bit behind IcoFX but it is making progress and it is very usable already. http://icofx.ro/anifx/index.html If you want to listen to or render midi files with much better quality than with those internal synthesizers that Quicktime or Windows offer you can use Synthfont. It can render to a .wav file or to Mp3 format. It is a free program that can use sound fonts to render higher quality midi files that you can listen in your favorite Mp3 player device or application. For you to really see this program with quality you need at least one good quality General Midi Sound Font file. There are several ones and I personally have used this one a lot cause is very good and is way better than those 2, 4 and 8 megabytes Creative Labs Sound Font files that are so common. This is called Personal Copy (PC51d.sf2) and it is a self extracting .exe file that when uncompressed forms a 57 megabytes Sound Font file. It is originally based on the Sound Blaster Sound Fonts files but it has been modified and improved extensively and it's a very popular Sound Font file for its quality. It is very good for most midi files overall and it is quite good with midi files that were designed for those old Sound Blaster 16, Awe 32 ad Awe 64 cards: http://www.personalcopy.com/sfarkfonts1.htm Right below that one is the lite version that takes far less to download and still sounds very good and there are other high quality free Sound Fonts that you can access through that same page. Another very popular high quality sound font freely available in the net is the Fluid Sound Font that is about 144 megabytes when decompressed. Now, usually higher size means higher quality Sond Fonts but that is not always the case but this one is very good. You can download it here on this page: http://soundfonts.homemusician.net/collect..._release_3.html Be forewarned that the higher the file size the higher are the memory requirements (read the page where the PC51d Sound Font is mentioned cause there is more info on that there) to load them in an old Sound Blaster card and in software Sound Font players such as Synthfont and that the larger ones may require a more modern higher performance computer and may not play in those old Sound Blaster cards, just try to see for yourself which ones your PC is capable of playing, if it can play all of them then good for you cause you have a choice. If your PC or sound card can't play the larger ones use a smaller one and that's it but most PCs today can play fairly large ones. Sometimes you find Sound Font files compressed in the Sound Font Ark file format (the ones I mentioned here do not need it except for the Fluid Sound Font). To decompress those you will need this utility that has and automatic Windows installer (it is also available for Mac): http://www.melodymachine.com/files/sfark_setup.exe With Synthfont you will be able to listen to midi files with much higher quality and to turn them into Wavs, Mp3s or Ogg Vorbis files with much higher quality too. For Flight Simulation fans there is a pretty good free flight simulator which is Flight Gear and the new version 2.0 has been released very recently (There are versions for Linux and Windows and the 1.9.1 version is available for Mac): http://www.flightgear.org/ For children and adult LEGO aficionados as well so they can create virtual LEGO 3D models there are 3 good ones that I know of: LEGO Digital Designer from LEGO themselves (For Windows and Mac): http://ldd.lego.com/ LDraw (more like a collection of programs and utilities in different Linux, Windows and Mac versions) from: http://www.ldraw.org/ And LeoCAD (Linux and Windows) from: http://www.leocad.org/ A good paint program for children that is free and very easy to use and has a few special effects like sounds etc. is TuxPaint (Available for Linux, Windows and Mac): http://tuxpaint.org/ A good couple of free games are Neverball and Neverputt which come together with the same installer. Neverball is a wee bit like Marble Madness and Neverputt is a 3D game with the mini-golf theme. Both of them are fully 3D and physics based and they are available for Windows, Linux and Mac: http://neverball.org/
  8. Essential Windows Programs

    Some software that I recommend: (This is kind of a tutorial-post so I'll divide it into two posts cause it is very long) In the graphics department Inkscape is the best free vector drawing (illustration) program out there so if you can't afford to buy CorelDraw or Illustrator or the like that's the one to get. It's available for Linux, Windows and Mac and you can get it at: http://www.inkscape.org/ For 3D modeling and animation software Blender 3D is the best free one and in summer when the new 2.5x version (currently at beta 4) is done is going to be much, much better. If you are going to get into Blender at this time (if you are a newbie) I suggest that you wait until winter of this year when the final changes to 2.5x are done it is released cause the interface has changed drastically so that way you don't have to re-learn it in 2.5x. The wait will be well worth it. In the meantime if you still want to try it you can use the latest stable production version which is version 2.49b. It's available for Linux, Windows and Mac and you can get that one at: http://www.blender.org/ The Gimp is a very good image editor that is very, very capable. It is not Photoshop but it can do a whole lot of things that Photoshop can do. I have used both of them extensively and I can tell you that most of the things that the average person does with photos and images can be done with The Gimp. It doesn't have support for higher bit images like Photoshop does already (that feature is still in early stages in the The Gimp) but many people out there do not need such higher end features and I've done many photo restoration and touch up jobs with The Gimp that had excellent results to say the least. The Gimp offers many things such as layers, masks, all kinds of selection with feathering, customizable brushes, scripts and plug-ins of many kinds, compatibility with Photoshop brushes and other things, opens and writes Photoshops files very nicely with all layers, etc. With the layers effects script it can even do very nice and similar layer effects to those of Photoshop although is not as easy to use in that respect as Photoshop but it does a very good job and it is way better than to do this manually. The only thing with this is that you have to install several other things for that last feature to work (Python and three libraries to make Python support work in Windows and you have to install all this in this order: Python first, the 3 libraries after, then The Gimp and last is to download the Layer Effects script file layerfx.py file and place it in the The Gimp plugin folder) and during The Gimp installation you have to be sure that you select custom install and select Python support in the check box, if Python and the 3 libraries are not installed first this option will appear grayed out) but they are relatively easy to install and there are tutorials out there on how to do this. The new version 2.8 that will come out later this year (at about Fall 2010) will have the option of using only one window for the program like Photoshop for those that hate the multiple window interface (such as me but I have used it like that with no problem anyway) and it will be a toggle for those that like it the older way. Also the new version will have text editable on canvas and layer groups that Photoshop users ask so much for. I highly recommend this program for people that do not have the budget to buy Photoshop cause I believe that it is the best free image editor out there. You can get this open source program here and it is also available for Linux and Mac: http://www.gimp.org/ You can get full Python in (install this before the libraries and before The Gimp): http://www.python.org/download/ I recommend that you install Python 2.6.5 with Windows installer (32 bit) in Windows instead of version 3 cause it is more compatible with the current production Blender which is 2.49b and many of the current Blender scripts. These are the 3 libraries that you need to install to make Python support work in The Gimp in Windows (install after Python and install before The Gimp, if you already installed The Gimp first then deinstall it). All of them have Windows automatic installers so they are very easy to install. PyCairo: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/binaries/wi...win32-py2.6.exe PyGObject: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/binaries/wi...win32-py2.6.exe PyGTK: http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/binaries/wi...win32-py2.6.exe The last thing to install which is the Layer Effects script is available here: http://registry.gimp.org/files/layerfx.py After downloading the file you have to place it in the The Gimp plugin folder and then you start The Gimp and the Layer Effects item will appear at the bottom of the Layers menu. Instructions about all this are available in this page: http://registry.gimp.org/node/186 For CAD software I don't think that there is yet a really, really good free 3D CAD software out there (perhaps with the small exception of Google Sketchup) but there are a few good free 2D CAD programs out there (these compete with AutoSketch) and I think that the very best of those is DoubleCAD XT. Even in the free version it is highly praised (For Windows): http://www.doublecad.com/Default.aspx There are other few free 2D CAD software out there that are pretty good like FelixCAD from Graebert. "Free for first 1 million users" but it has been like that for quite a while already (For Windows): http://www.graebert.com/index.php?option=com_cad&Itemid=52&id=Desktop %26 UMPC#://http://www.graebert.com/index.php?o...sktop %26 UMPC#://http://www.graebert.com/index.php?o...sktop %26 UMPC#://http://www.graebert.com/index.php?o...sktop %26 UMPC# Siemens SolidEdge 2D for Windows (completely free 2D CAD Drafting - the 3D version is commercial): http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_u...e2d/index.shtml Google Sketchup is sort of a 3D modeling and light 3D CAD hybrid but even in the free version it is very capable and it's one of the easiest to learn 3D programs out there (For Windows and Mac): http://sketchup.google.com/ For music one of the best at the moment is LMMS - Linux Multimedia Studio which is also available for Windows now and the name is probably going to change in the near future because of that precisely. This one follows along the line of programs such as Fruity Loops: http://lmms.sourceforge.net/ For web authoring probably one of the best free ones available is Kompozer (used to be called NVU and it's available for Linux, Windows and Mac): http://kompozer.net/ I know that many people like MS Office but frankly I have used both MS Office and Open Office a lot and Open Office is free and it will do 90% (or more) of what most people want to do with a word processor and the other applications that it includes are not bad either. I mean most people will use it to write a simple letter or a resume or recipes or whatever specially at home and you don't need any bells and whistles for that that MS Office may provide and Open Office has plenty of those anyway for most purposes. I just wrote an entire 227 pages book in OO Writer with hundreds of illustrations in it including vector illustrations from Open Office Draw and many bitmap images and it worked like a charm. The truth of the matter is that the majority of things that people want to do with a word processor they can do with OO Office so why pay hundreds of dollars for functionality that you don't need? Also the new version 3.2 opens even faster now. The only thing that I had a bit of trouble with at first was that by default OO Writer anchors images as paragraph and then they start to jump around and blank pages start to appear randomly all over the document when the document becomes a bit large but this have a very simple solution that works like a charm and that is to right mouse click over your inserted images an anchor them as characters, then you place the cursor to the right of the image and center it (or flush them to the left or right) as it was a piece of text and the problem disappears altogether. What I still find is that MS Power Point is much better than OO Impress but OO Impress is still very usable. Open Office is also available for Linux and Mac: http://www.openoffice.org/ If you want to import PDF into Open Office you can use this extension (The Sun PDF Import Extension): http://extensions.services.openoffice.org/..._popular?page=1 OO extensions are very easy to install, all that you have to do after you install OO is to double click on the downloaded extension file and run the installer and OO will install it in the proper place.
  9. Windows 7 Lag

    Reinstalling Windows every time you get an infection? My God that is way to drastic! If you are going to do that every time your computer gets infected your are going to do a lot of installs and in the big majority of cases is not necessary whatsoever. Imagine configuring the OS and reinstalling all Windows applications and utilities and configuring everything, that is two to three days of work if you are a knowledgeable PC user unless you have a full disk backup system or if you know how to use the system restore feature to restore the system to an earlier restore point. There are many free tutorials on-line that tell you how to use the system restore feature. Infections nowadays are pretty common and there are many ways to deal with them. Even the best anti-virus programs sometimes miss a virus or two so it is a good idea to scan Windows periodically with good free anti-spyware programs or additional free on-line virus scanners. Be careful with anti-spyware programs, there are a lot of fake ones out there that are really trojans and will only damage your system. Here is a list of the bad ones, don't get any of those: http://spywarewarrior.com/rogue_an [...] m#products I have used SuperAntiSpyware for years and it has proven its worth and in anti-virus forums is one program that is constantly recommended: http://www.superantispyware.com/ Even the free version is very capable and a good compliment to your main anti-virus program. And another very good free program that is very similar is Malwarebytes Anti-Malware which is also frequently recommended in anti-virus forums (well you already know about that one): http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Again the free version is very good and as a matter of fact sometimes is better not to get the full versions of them cause those offer real-time protection and in some cases that conflicts with your main anti-virus real-time engine so those free versions are good to have as backup to run them once in a while to keep your system cleaner and safer. Another option that you have is to use free on-line virus scanners like Nod32 or Mcafee. They scan and remove viruses and spyware programs from your Windows installation and they are free and easy to use. Nod32 free on-line scanner: http://www.eset.com/online-scanner Mcafee free on-line scanner: http://home.mcafee.com/Downloads/FreeScan.aspx One other thing that you can do is to use the scannow feature of Windows (Windows 2000 to Windows 7 have this) to check that your Windows files remain intact and in the original versions. This is of course after checking for and removing any viruses or malware programs from your Windows installation. This feature will check Windows files against the installation disks. It doesn't matter if you have installed any service packs it will work. You go to start menu and in accessories activate a command prompt and then in the window that appear type sfc /scannow (with the space in between) at the command prompt and it will check all system files. It may prompt you for your Windows disk so have it handy or better yet put it in the CD tray before you start the process and let it run until it finishes. If you have Windows 2000 be careful that you have at least Service Pack 4 installed before attemting to use the scannow feature: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/814510 Further assistance on resolving persistent viruses in Windows can be obtained from some online forums such as the Malwarebytes on-line forum: http://forums.malwarebytes.org/ and the Superantispyware forum: http://forums.superantispyware.com/ These people are usually very good in helping others to remove persnickety virus and malware programs. One last thing that you can do is to use a registry cleaner. If all else fails you can try this. I know that many people don't recommend using registry cleaners but I have used Eusing Free Registry Cleaner for years in many computers without problems at all and if you do not know your way around the Windows registry it may be an option. You can get that from here: http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleane...try_cleaner.htm After install click on Scan registry issue button at the top left and let it run. After it finishes scanning click on the second button below that one called Repair registry issue and it will repair the errors found. Don't worry if it finds a lot cause it is common to find plenty of those and many of them are not that significant and Windows runs just fine like that so you do not have to do this all the time. Just use it when your Windows installation gives you too many problems an you have tried everything else first. You have the option before attempting to scan and repair to save a backup of the registry as it is that you can use to restore the registry to the state that it was before repairing it. It is in the File menu, the first item that you see called Backup Full Registry... in the window that appear choose a location where to store the file and give it an appropriate name like RegistryBackup03May2010-1 and that's it. You can use the third button to the left Restore previous registry to locate and load the file that you saved to restore the registry to the previous state. I hope that this helps.
  10. Oh well I aquired Adobe Creative Suite CS4 Web premium recently and I'm quite happy with it but I always keep an eye for the new features of the new software. Illustrator and Photoshop are still in my opinion the best illustration and bitmap/photo editors out there respectively even though I do have a lot of experience with CorelDraw in PC and is a program that I like a lot and it even has a few things that illustrator doesn't have and does a few things better than Illustrator but I still think that Illustrator is superior overall. In respect to CS3 installation problems I remember trying Illustrator CS3 and Photoshop CS3 demos in Windows Vista on that same PC and I couldn't make them run at all. Now, CS4 runs fine in Vista but CS3 gave Adobe a lot of headaches and user support calls. My guess is that Adobe is going to be much more careful with their software from now on with respect to that and that CS5 probably will have far less installation and compatibility problems than previous ones or at least I hope so for the sake and peace of mind of their users. If you are interested in those video acceleration features of Premiere in the new CS5 be forewarned that those features in particular are compatible with only a limited selection of CUDA capable graphic cards and not with all CUDA graphic cards and in Mac the selection of compatible ones is even narrower so before you buy the software for that feature be sure that either your CUDA graphic card model is in the compatibility list or that you also have budget enough to get one that is compatible. Some additional cards will be made compatible later on according to Adobe but this could take some time.
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    When you have too many pop up ads it could mean that your computer is infected with some sort of adware so be careful. It is not normal for too many pop ups to appear. If this happens with too much frecuency maybe you should check you computer with another tool apart from the anti-virus that you have installed because anti-virus programs (even the best of them) some times miss one virus or malware of one kind of another. Maybe you should check your computer with one of those free on-line antivirus scanners such as: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ This is one of the few on-line scanners that I found that works in the Mac but you have to use Firefox for it to function. If you know of another one you could try that too. These type of antivirus programs usually remove found infections. If you try it and it works (if it does find and remove something from your Mac) maybe you should use it once in a while (perhaps every month or every two months) to prevent more infection problems.
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    I don't mind the features that you mentioned that much but I think that bad navigation is something that should be knocked out of a web page. You can have certain creative freedom but I never do that at the expense of sacrificing ease of navigation and too many people forget that. I can navigate virtually any page with ease but here and there I find a page in which the navigation doesn't make sense and makes you search more than you should. I have been browsing for more than ten years and I'm computer savy so I don't get into trouble with it but I've seen people sacrifice some basic stuff that can certaintly confuse the newbies. A page with well organized and well done navigation should be very straighforward and intuitive to navigate and if it isn't the new computer users are going to be confused with it. I've seen pages that were a joke in terms of organization and navigation. Big No-no.
  13. This is a recreation of those Old style Mac II Wallpapers that I did but in modern high resolution. It is not an exact duplicate but it's very close. It was created at high resolution in two renderings, one for 4:3 (square) monitors and another for widescreen monitors. It was created using Blender. Actually I'm not sure if the original was a wallpaper or a picture that was used to show the Mac II color prowess but it was hard to see a brochure or photo of the Mac II not showing one of those pictures so it might bring back fond memories for some Macintosh users. In addition, I'm not sure but I think that the original image was 640 x 480 in only 256 colors dithered so it didn't look as smooth (it appears to be smooth in the Mac II photo below because in the photo the image is greatly reduced). I hope that the Mac community enjoys it. You can download a zip file containing many resolutions from 1024 x 768 all the way to 2560 x 1600 pixels in several different aspect ratios 4:3, 16:10 or 16:9 from the link below. It includes now a couple of slightly different IPhone versions. I used little compression to preserve their quality: Here in Deviantart press the Browse Gallery button to see all my things. http://pixeloz.deviantart.com/ You can also get my things here: http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=bef98dd...8eada0a1ae8665a Like I said, I included a reference picture of the old Mac II that shows one of those original images.