Recycling Blues

The time has come! My old friend, my first Mac, is going to the recycling bin at last. The IIci was, in it’s time, the fastest Mac in the lineup. But old age and the learing insult of having been on a storage shelf for many years has taken the life out of it.

We Mac users have a habit of holding on to our machines like you hold on to those things from your childhood that you will never play with again, but just can’t seem to let go of. Look at them on the shelf and say, “remember when?” We also give our computers names, as if they were real. We’re a little nuts, but happy about it.

So, farewell, rest in peace, or pieces as it were, return again as a plastic bag or metal part and just “remember”.

Fixups in the Cloud

"Cloud Computing" You'll hear that more and more, What it means is using storage space or online applications that don't reside on your own computer, controlling it over the internet. You already may use it if you use services like Shutterfly or Flickr.

If you're looking for a way to correct some Christmas photos or want to make a good photo better, check out some of the available online photo editors. These are lower on the "complication" scale than Photoshop, but many offer decent abilities to work on your photos.

Some that offer many of the same tools as Photoshop are "
pixlr", "splashup", "Phoenix" by Aviary, and "Sumopaint"
These have a similar tool set as Photoshop or Elements but are of course slower due to working over the internet connection. You can still get some decent effects, do some layered imaging, etc.



Then there are the more simple applications that are limited as to the effects you can accomplish. Many still offer enough to be useful and don't take any time at all to learn how to use them. Just upload your picture and go to work on it. Save it back to a folder on your hard drive when you're done, and it's ready for you to print it out for an album or to give to your favorite "art critic". Some of these are "Picnik", "PicMagick", "FotoFlexer", "pixer"


Even Adobe is in on the bandwagon with its "" which I've found to be way too slow and kludgey to use yet. Just keep in mind with any of these programs that upload time, speed, and mouse response time are greatly increased over a native program on your own computer. If you're willing to put up with a slower yet Free option, then by all means check these out, choose the one you like best and go to work. Also, many of them will link into your online photo storage such as Flickr or Facebook.

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