5 hours 24 min ago
Here you go folks!
Jane D had the last word with
8 hours 28 min ago
Super photos everyone. My difficult choices are:
1st Paul - lovely low shot emphasising the nature of the shore with the colourful ship in the distance.
2nd Mary-Ann - super lighting and angle with the tree branches and sky giving height to the photo.
3rd Kasey - who can resist this lovely animal portrait? The low shot brings the viewer close to the dog and makes it very personal.
Well done everyone else. Sorry for the slight delay. Computer problems.
Over to Paul for tomorrow's challenge.
Thanks again for choosing my photo Brian.
Today I would like to see a photo taken from a low down perspective - within a hand's span of the ground. I'm looking for good foreground and background interest. It doesn't matter if the background is out of focus as long as it adds to the photo.
Click here for some super photos to inspire you.
Colour or mono. Have fun.
The full rules are here. Below is a summary.
Photos must be taken between now and 8.30 p.m.
No manipulation of your photo is allowed except for cropping and straightening.
Photos cannot be changed once posted.
If you want your photo to be judged, put ‘Mine’s in’ before or after the photo.
The winner is to be announced at 9pm approx.
The winner is to set the Challenge as soon as possible - 10am the next day at the very latest.
If 1st fails to set the challenge by 10 am then the 2nd place takes over the daily challenge. (Or 3rd if neither first nor second are available).
Any other decisions regarding changes to the rules for the day is the Judges decision on the day (Eg. Can I change my photo?).
The person who sets the Daily Challenge should delete the thread after 2 days.
How to upload to the IHC/Forums Here. (Courtesy: Scottishladdie) List of daily challenges here (Courtesy: Dipper)
5 hours 23 min ago
Anyone want to play the three word game, I start with three words and then the next one adds three more.
While I was........
10 hours 56 sec ago
Thanks all for the entries, my choices are:-
1st - Witchone - a pair of monstrous, yet beautiful dogs! - I wouldn't fancy the feed bill!
2nd - Mastro888 - gorgeous sun dappled avenue
3rd - David Ore - with the raging bonfire - looks hot even n the computer!
Thanks again everyone and now over to Kathy!
All welcome using any camera or phone with the proviso that pictures are taken in j.peg format and as near on automatic setting as possible.
If you want your photo to be judged, put ‘Mine’s in’ before or after the photo.
Camera to be identified with entry.
Photos must be taken between now and 20:30 British Time.
No manipulation of your photos is allowed except for cropping and straightening.
Photos can be changed within 10 minutes of posting (allows for errors).
Photos should be entered via the green tree upload
The results are to be announced by about 21:00. The person placed 1st will set and judge the following days entries as soon as possible. If not available pass judging to 2nd place by 10.00am at the latest. The member posting the Daily Snapshot Challenge should deleted thread after 2 days.
8 hours 20 min ago
I brought a pack of Blue Ribbon Chocolate bars
They used to have a lovely hazel nut taste, but now they have no tast at all, just like eating a chocolate covered waffer.
What do you think are not as good as when I was a kid?
1 hour 21 min ago
The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant it was delicious to breathe in.
1 hour 24 min ago
This is a gallery where you are invited to post one of your images that you are pleased with so that folks can comment on them. So please enter the image into your own Gallery, to be found in your profile, then copy the image and a link back to it, into this thread. The Gallery will last for one week.
NO images from current competitions please - they have a place already and this is for those that might otherwise go unseen. Also, please, no links to other images which do already have a place of their own i.e. comp entries, blogs. There is only so much viewing time that any one person has and this gallery is an attempt at making available those photos which may otherwise be missed.
If your image is posted badly or you are not satisfied with its presentation and decide to repost it then please remove one of them. Images cannot be changed mid-week - there is always next week, and please try to comment on as many other entries as you can - we all like to have feedback. As with all galleries, silence please whilst viewing - any difficulties then please ask in a separate thread or email me via my Contact button and comments please in folks' own galleries.
I will replace the Gallery, barring unforeseen circumstances on Wednesday evening at approximately 7. p.m.
And if you are having problems posting your images I did a tutorial (which is compatible with Mozilla Firefox) and it is here
Note: Because Angie is not on-line I have done it for this week only.
11 hours 26 min ago
Any member with experience? seriously thinking about this for our next car, (although it will be a few years in the future) probably something like the Nissan Leaf, our neighbours Norway are now world leaders in the use of electric cars, unfortunately Sweden is a long way behind, but there are plans to improve the situation, (could change quite quickly if the social democrats come to power in the autumn, which is now looking very probable), I have read reports of Swedes who have bought one as a second car but which has instead become the primary transport! most major manufacturers have a plugin electric in their range and more are on there way, I read an interesting article a couple of weeks ago about the Swedish government putting money into research of a system (already tested) that would allow electric cars to drive and charge at the same time on the Swedish motorways (charging circuit in the road), it has been calculated that this is all that would be necessary to allow an electric car to criss-cross the country without having to stop and recharge (all points being covered within the range of an electric car from the nearest turn-off point on the motorway), with the present pollution problem the UK is experiencing it is perhaps time to start thinking "green".
7 hours 9 min ago
11 hours 25 min ago
R.I.P. Windows XP!
This is a heads up for all those still using Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, on the 8th April 2014 all support will end, this means you should take some form of action. After this date there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 after the end of support date may expose you operating system to potential risks, I will not go into detail here, there are many sites on the Internet that will give you more information, obviously if the PC is not used online there are no immediate problems, but any online use will make your system vulnerable to security risks and viruses, also suppliers of software and hardware will also remove their support as newer versions of their software/hardware are made available.
So what are your alternatives:
1. Buy a new PC with Windows 8, if so you are in for an (unpleasant?) surprise if you are used to the the XP GUI (Graphical User Interface), Windows 8 is very different, a lot of users find it difficult to get grips with, so much so that they have to download software to give it the classic feel, (I had to do this for my wife, she just couldn’t get on with it).
2. Install Windows 8 on your present hardware, chances are that if you have been running XP for a number of years your PC is probably not up to it.
3.Buy a Mac (if you have the money).
4. If your present PC works well with XP you could install another (free) operating system Linux!
Now I can hear you all sighing that Linux is only for nerds! which is absolutely incorrect! and to prove this I have put together a blog on this site at, http://www.myfinepix.co.uk/blog/346606/678748 which will show you what a modern Linux distribution ( Ubuntu) looks like, no you do not need to be able to use the command line (unless you want to) it is all GUI driven nowadays, and you will find the way most programs work is similar to Windows, it is extremely configurable so you can more or less change what you wish, and as long as your PC is not too old it will work as fast if not faster than XP, if your machine is ancient there are even versions that will work on that, (though the GUI will be a little different).
So what are the other advantages:
1. A modern operative system with good hardware and software support.
2. Does not require anti-virus, anti-malware or similar programs.
3. Frequent security and software updates
4. Free support via the Internet and specialized forums.
5. In principle all software is free, mostly on par with Windows and is open source.
Most distributions of Linux can be downloaded as a Live CD nowadays, which means that you can boot from the CD and test to see if all hardware is discovered and run (although slowly) the OS to see if you like it, this does not affect the OS that you have on your hard disk! If you like what you see you can then install it to your hard disk, either beside your present OS or replace the old system entirely, there is a wizard that helps with the very few configuration steps, this is no more difficult than learning let’s say a new camera.
Still feel uncertain? (OK most users have never installed an operating system from scratch) but like the idea of Linux, then you can always buy a PC with Linux pre-installed, you will find a number of UK suppliers of these PC’s, point your browser towards “UK linux computer suppliers” you will find several who sell ready made systems, Dell also sell Ubuntu laptops in the UK.
Please check out the associated blog, you are in for a pleasant surprise!