Monday, June 30, 2008

Conger Collection

Melva and Mr. Dickie on Melva's birthday in January 2008.

Photo: Cyndi Henthorn

Self-mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others. (Daily Reflections For Highly Effective People, 13 Jun)

Say you are well, and all is well with you and God will hear your words and make them true. (James Russell Lowe in Family Feelings by Vanceburg and Silverman, 18 Jan)

Today I finished a project to consolidate various articles about members of the Conger family into one PDF document that I posted on my genealogy website. Friend, Robert Guilinger, and I gathered these articles during the years when we were working on Conger genealogy together. I titled the collection, A Collection of Documents About Members of The Conger Family. I posted to my Henthorn Website News blog to let folks know that this new 53-page document is now available. The Internet is a great tool for anyone interested in cheap or free ways to publish genealogy and family history information.

Mr. Dickie

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mr. Dickie's Boston Fern

Photo: Mr. Dickie

When I count on others for security, approval and prestige, I'm expecting too much of them and too little of myself. (A Time to Be Free, 22 May)

I'm competent in carrying out the duties of my life, even though at times it appears that I have a learning disability. (Mr. Dickie after, Meditations For Parents Who Do Too Much, by Jonathon and Wendy Lazear, 31 May)

The diningroom of my Grandmother, Augusta Carlson, had a bay window on the south side. For many years there was a beautiful Boston fern growing in front of the window. I remember how much I admired that fern each time we went to grandmother's house for a visit. The fern grew in that window until the house was sold. Aunt Ethel Swanson took the fern to her farm house near Colon, NE where she grew it near one of the south windows in her house.

Melva and I have several Boston ferns growing in our house. There are two ferns in this picture growing in front of the large livingroom window on the west side of our house.

Yesterday I learned more about the Google Picasa photo program. I downloaded the program and installed it on my laptop computer. After I started the program I found the button for the BlogThis! feature which allowed me to more quickly upload photos to this blog. I also was able to get the program to make a short movie that played with the RealPlayer. Late in the day I got the program to read my thumb drive looking for more photos. Many tiny thumbnail photos were produced on the screen. When I clicked on those I could view the image in a larger size. I think the program is going to be very handy.

Mr. Dickie

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Melva's Block Quilt

This is a picture of Melva's Block Quilt taken near the flower garden along the back fence in our yard.

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing. (Theodore Roosevelt, in Acts of Faith, 15 April)

We know by know that our reactions to the events in our lives can cause us more grief than the events themselves. (A Time to Be Free, 30 May)

Mr. Dickie

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Mr. Dickie in Annapolis, MD

I'm still seeking a better method to post photographs to my Google Blog.

I downloaded the Google Picasa photo program to my laptop computer. That process took about twenty-five minutes because of my phone line link to the Internet. Once the program arrived at my computer I installed it. That took a few more minutes. Then I let Picasa create a catalog of all of the photos on the computer. It didn't read the thumb drive, just the photos on my hard drive. That's all right. I can copy the photos from the thumb drive to the hard drive later if I want to.

Next I used the "BlogThis!" button of Picasa to select this photograph for uploading to my blog. Some of the photos I have aren't the best quality because the camera I was using wasn't of high quality. This photo falls into that category.

The final test of the "BlogThis!" function was when I finished typing this entry and clicked "Publish Post."

Success! The process worked. The photograph was quickly uploaded from the computer to my blog.

In the days ahead I'll want to spend more time learning more about everything I can do with the Picasa program. If I learned something useful I'll write more about it in this blog.

Mr. Dickie

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Something to Think About

  • Every day is a blessing to behold. (Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 17 May)
  • [We need] Time away from noise and demands and interruptions, from the tyranny of things undone. (Mary H. Frakes, MindWalks, p. 202)
  • Our greatest problems in life come not so much from the situations we confront as from our doubts about our ability to handle them. (Susan Tyalor in Acts of Faith, 7 Apr)

Mr. Dickie

Thursday, June 26, 2008

It's Too Hot For Comfort!

Photo: Corel

  • I have much more to be grateful for than I realize. Too often I don't remember to give thought to all the things in my life that I could enjoy and appreciate. (One Day at a Time in Al-Anon, 5 May)

Summer is here with a vengeance. Here in Washington, DC you can fry an egg on your car hood or your bald head.

For the last week I have been going to two of the AOL genealogy chatrooms in the evening. Both rooms have about one dozen visitors at a time. In the "Special Interests" room I have been reading profiles whenever anyone has taken time to create one. Many folks are so worried about the Internet they won't consider having a profile.

I believe it's a good idea to upload photographs that I want to use in my blogs ahead of time. This seems to work best. When I try to load a photo while I'm typing this kind of blog entry I often can't get it to work. There is one drawback that I am not comfortable with yet. The file names of the stored photos are very long and the process of acquiring the file name via copy and paste is somewhat tedious. There's probably something I don't understand. There often is.

I had an appointment this morning with my dermatologist. I got a clean bill of health. He told me to stay out of the sun and wear SPF 70 sunscreen when I have to be outside. He also told me to come back in a year because he could see sun damage that ought to be monitored at my age.

Mr. Dickie

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ruth Henthorn's BowTie Quilt

Whatever comes we must prepare to face it. There
are no guarantees.
(Jonathon and Wendy Lazear, Meditations for Parents
Who Do Too Much, 24 Apr)

This is a BowTie quilt made by my mother, Ruth Henthorn. We took the quilt outside to display on a quilt rack.

The photo was uploaded to Google Picasa and then I was able to figure out a way to cut the URL for the photo from one of the Picasa pages. I don't think the way I got the photo into this blog entry was the way to do it. It will have to do for the moment because I can't understand how to do it in an easier way.

There's something called, Blog This! which I think I should use. I don't understand how it works yet.

Mr. Dickie

Picasa Web Albums

Google offers a place to store photographs called Picasa Web Albums. I'm trying to understand how this works. So far I know that the photos I included in the various postings so far were automatically stored in this area.

I also discovered that an album of photos stored in Picasa can be included as a slideshow in a blog posting. I tested this feature and got it to work. I deleted the slideshow after the test because some of the images in the album repeated. I don't understand yet why that happened. I didn't want to delete the duplicates unless I could understand where each image is being used.

Next, I'm going to experiment with Picasa uploading to see if that works better than uploading a photo while typing a blog entry. Uploading a photograph as one of the steps in posting a blog entry isn't working very well. About 80% of the time the upload fails. That's driving me nuts.

There's always plenty to learn. Sometimes the instructions are good and sometimes they seem to assume a lot. It's fun when it works and very frustrating when it doesn't.

Mr. Dickie

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Crazy Posting

Photo: Mr. Dickie & Melva at Yoho Family Reunion, New Martinsville, WV

More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind. (Eric Butterworth, in At My Best, 2 Jun)

Last night I checked my Google Henthorn Website Group to see if anyone had become a member or made a new posting. There was one completely off-topic posting. I think this happens a lot on the Internet.

Someone posted a rather long message about Islam with lots of links to other websites. I wonder if this kind of posting is done manually or automatically. My first reaction was to send a message to the "idiot" who posted flaming him for making an off-topic posting. On second thought I decided the best thing to do was use the incident as a learning experience. I spent about fifteen minutes learning about how to use my website moderator tools to block the person who posted and to delete the posting.

I suppose I'll consider making the Group "private" if this kind of thing becomes a problem.

Yesterday evening after a storm passed through our neighbor came to the door to let us know there was a wonderful double arc rainbow to the east of the house. I grabbed my shoes and the new digital camera and rushed outside to see the show and take a few photographs. I hope I got something worth sharing on one of my blogs.

Mr. Dickie

Monday, June 23, 2008

Mr. Dickie's Slide Show

Here's a HotLink to an AOL Journal where I created a slide show with eleven photographs I took of flowers that are in bloom right now inside and outside our house. Melva and I have been growing plants under lights and in the yard for many years. Because we've had lots of rain this year and because we remembered to feed the outdoor plants with Miracle Gro we are having very good luck.

The slideshow uses the FlashPlayer to present the photographs in the Ken Burn's format. If you'd like to stop the show and view a still of a photograph in a larger format just click on the moving image.

The journal works best when viewed over a high speed Internet connection. I'm still using a phone line to access the Internet and quite often I get a little black box with a swear word symbol because the server times out.

Use the browser back button to return to Mr. Dickie's Blog.

Mr. Dickie

Frustration Level

Photo: Corel

  • Character is developed by the daily discipline of duties done. (Alan L. Roeck, Look to This Day, 21 May)
  • Life has to be lived, that's all there is to it. (Eleanor Roosevelt, in Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant, 18 Apr)

I've been having computer and Internet issues for a couple of days. My level of frustration keeps rising. I've had trouble almost every time I've tried to upload photos. The uploads never finish. I was able to include a "small" version of a Corel photo with this entry. I think it worked because I told the blogger to post a small sized photograph.

I'm reading a book about Google that I recommend. It's titled: Google Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks. I like the book because each subject is covered in two pages using colored screen shots and numbered colored bullets to help the reader find the place that's being explained. I checked the book out at the library.

Did you notice that I have stopped complaining about having trouble getting a blank line to appear between paragraphs? I don't know how it works. Things just worked better after I put a "bullet" quote at the beginning of the message. I like including a quote at the beginning of the blog entry, so it's working out to my satisfaction.

Mr. Dickie

Sunday, June 22, 2008

How Slow Can You Go?

  • ... I am suggesting that we be realistic enough to realize ahead of time that very few things in real life are ever perfect ... (Joyce Meyer in His Passion, Day 121)
My slow connection to the Internet is driving me nuts. Today I had trouble again when I tried to upload a photograph to this blog. I suppose I notice the uploading problems more now because I have been working with large digital photograph files.

Yesterday, shortly after I made a posting to my Arrow Prayers blog, I received an Email Alert notifying me that someone had posted a comment to the prayer I'd just posted. When you set up the blog there's a switch you turn on to cause this to happen. Most of the time visitors to my various blogs haven't been posting any messages. It's always nice when someone takes the time to let me know they visited and that they liked what they saw.

My daughter gave me a Compaq Presario desktop computer loaded with the Windows95 operating system. I've been uninstalling some of the programs I found on the hard drive. Many of them no longer worked on the computer because I don't have the CDs that go with the programs. Lots of the programs were tutorials for children. Today I decided to run the defragmentation program. I suppose that will take several hours. I'm getting ready to install some of the programs in the Lotus SmartSuite. If I get lucky and the programs load and work then I will be able to recover three databases that I have maintained for many years: my address file, my book catalog and my music catalog. I also have some genealogy text files in the AmiPro format that I want to recover. The CD drive on the computer works. I've been listening some of my music on CDs.

I'm certainly having lots of fun including photos in the various blogs I'm writing. I'm always trying to learn more about what we can do on the Internet.

Mr. Dickie

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Saturday in Maryland

Photo: (Corel)

  • Strange how much you've got to know before you know how little you know. (Anonymous, Meditations for Parents Who Do Too Much, Jonathon and Wendy Lazear, 18 Jun)
  • We went to the big flea market at St. Mary's Catholic Church this morning. There were lots of vendors and customers. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carter, who live in our development, set up a table. I bought two CDs for a dollar each. I got one my Miles Davis - Love Songs and another by The Marsalis Family - A Jazz Celebration.

    I've been thinking about the possibility that I'm going to offend someone with some of my genealogy postings. I have lots of material that others shared. Some of the material contains information about the living. Because I have easier ways of sharing information on the Internet there's always a temptation to quickly post something that someone else might want to remain private. Once something is posted to the Internet it probably is more complicated to "delete" than to just remove the posted item. I've said for years that it isn't possible to use the words "genealogy" and "privacy" in the same sentence.

    Mr. Dickie

Friday, June 20, 2008

I Can't Find It!

Melva Henthorn's Daisy Applique Quilt
Photo: Mr. Dickie

  • ... if you go through life with a nasty attitude, no one will want to be around you. (Teresa Ann Willis, It's All Good! 21 April)
  • Yesterday I was reviewing four Corel CDs. I'd installed the Photo House program on my laptop computer. I forgot where the program came from. It took me many minutes to notice that that program was only available from one of the four CDs, the one with Word Perfect Suite 8 on it. It drives me nuts when I have these little memory issues.

    This morning I tried to include a photograph in this blog entry. The phone line connection to the Internet seems to be too slow. I tried twice and thought I never did get the upload completed. Then right in the middle of typing this blog entry the photograph showed up. Go figure!

    I did manage to make postings to my three AOL blogs. I'm trying to post new information to my genealogy website more frequently. Today I posted a descendant chart for the John Clifford Drum family to the Website-News and two obituaries to the Website-Obits. I'm using the RootsMagic program to store my genealogy files on my laptop computer. Using this program makes it very easy to quickly extract information that I want to share.

    If you are a visitor to my genealogy website on AOL I hope you will take a look at the latest addition. I created a Google Group and installed a link to the group on the website homepage. Please consider registering as a member. Then feel free to use the Group to post queries, comments, and questions. You can also share photos and files in sections of the Group.

    I'm still trying to figure out how to keep a blank line between paragraphs. Sometimes I think I have it and then when I save the information I discover that I don't. I think this time I succeeded by accident.

    I'm using the old computer my daughter gave me to play some of my music CDs. I needed a device near the computers that would play CDs. The Sony radio I sometimes used had a bad selector switch. Every once in a while I'd notice that I was only hearing one channel.

    Yesterday I created GEDCOM files for all of the genealogy I have on my laptop. I saved the files on my thumbdrive. As long as I can find the thumbdrive and it doesn't fail I should be able to move the genealogy data to another computer if this laptop fails.

    Using computers is fun when it works and maddening when it doesn't.

    Mr. Dickie

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Computer Problems

Photo: Corel
  • By now you should have realized you cannot solve the problems in your life. No matter how hard you try, you cannot do it. Want to know why? It is because you think you are in control when you really aren't. There is a divine source, a powerful force, a perfect order that controls everything. When you recognize it, acknowledge it surrender to it, you won't have to struggle to solve problems. There won't be any. (Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 28 April)
  • Yesterday I brought a spare monitor down from the attic. I used it to set up a Compaq Presario computer that my daughter gave me. The computer is loaded with Windows95 and has a 2GB harddrive and 32MB of memory. The reason I'm interested in this older computer is that I have three databases that I can't use right now because the computer where they were located broke down. I'm going see if I can load Lotus SmartSuite on this free computer. I was using Lotus Approach for my databases and the data was stored in the DBF format. I still have the files that tell Approach how to display the data.
  • The three databases I lost were: 1) my book catalog, 2) my music catalog, and 3) my address file with records of Christmas cards sent and received over a ten year period.
  • Last night I had trouble with the Dell Latitude laptop that I am using to access the Internet. The computer locked up and I wasn't able to turn it off even after I disconnected the cord running to the wall outlet. If I disappear it will be because I no longer have a computer that can access the Internet.

Mr. Dickie

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Mr. Dickie, the Thumbdrive, and the Library

Photo: Corel
Life is too short to always try to be right, or, to put everything into the category of right or wrong.
(Mind, Body, Spirit, 31 May)
  • I received a very nice Father's Day gift from my daughter. She gave me an HP PhotoSmart M737 digital camera that she bought in a silent charity auction at work. There can't be any more excuses for not joining the era of digital photography.
  • There's just one problem. Nowadays the products we buy no longer come with a User's Manual. There's no way I can learn to use all of the features of the camera without a manual. I quickly found a copy of the manual, in PDF format, on the HP website.
  • Once I located the manual I thought it would be easy to download a copy to my computer. I didn't think about my Internet connection. I'm still dragging my feet. I still access the Internet using a phone connection. I tried to download the file a couple of times and each time the process failed without even giving me a message about the failure.
  • A while back when my laptop stopped working when the clock battery failed I paid a repair shop to copy the files to a thumbdrive. That's more new technology that I knew nothing about. Once I realized how convenient a thumbdrive could be I bought myself another one to use with current projects. I bought a 4GB device that ought to take me quite a while to fill up.
  • Getting back to the User's Manual problem. Yesterday I decided to take the thumbdrive over to the county library where I quickly obtained a reservation on computer #21. The library computers have high speed Internet connections. I plugged the thumbdrive into the side of the monitor, signed on to the HP website and clicked on the button to download the file. Much to my surprise the file was downloaded to the thumbdrive so fast I thought this way of getting the file wasn't going to work either. I just couldn't believe what had happened. I had to open the User's Manual file on the thumbdrive to convince myself that I really got it.
  • I left the library relieved to have my own copy of the 50-page User's Manual. Now I can read the instructions whenever I need to. I haven't decided yet whether I want to print out the pages or not.
  • I'm thankful for a generous daughter, the digital photography revolution, the invention of the thumbdrive, and fact that my public library offers free access to the Internet. It doesn't get any better that this.
Mr. Dickie

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Henthorn Website Group

Photo: Corel

For a long time I have been thinking about whether I should create a Guestbook on my Henthorn genealogy website. I've never been impressed with the entries in most guestbooks. I wanted a way that would encourage visitors to the website to communicate with me and with other visitors to the website. One way that this might be accomplished is through the use of Groups. Free space for such a purpose is offered by AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Google. AOL has posted an announcement saying they will be dropping group support in July.

I decided to create the Henthorn Website Group on Google. If you are a visitor to my genealogy website I hope you will consider becoming a member of the group. The process is simple. Once you are a member please post a profile and message to introduce yourself. To start I set the access level to: Public.
Beside being able to create a profile and post messages you can comment on the messages that someone else posted. You can start a discussion about a topic you want to talk about. You can post files and you can post photographs. That's what I know so far.
I envision the Group as a place where people with similar research interests can post queries, share information and get to know one another. If you have any suggestions or questions let me know and we can work on them together.
Here's a HotLink that will take you to the Henthorn Website Group.
Remember to have fun with your genealogy and be willing to share with others.
Mr. Dickie

Monday, June 16, 2008

Mr. Dickie's Latest Photograph

I'm ready to "go digital." My daughter, Cyndi, bought me an HP Photosmart M737 digital camera for Father's Day. This weekend she helped me install the ScanDisk 1GB USB memory card I bought for the camera. This card should hold about 265 pictures. The construction of the card is interesting. The card actually folds into a right angle. The reason for this is that the card has a USB connection built in. You can plug the card into the USB port on the computer and load the photos on the computer.

To test the rechargeable AA batteries and the camera we took several test shots in the livingroom.

For your viewing enjoyment and critique here's, Mr. Dickie's Father's Day Photo.

What Are You Waiting For?

What are you waiting for? With all you say you want, there is:
A dream for you to follow;
A goal for you to set;
A plan for you to make;
A project for you to begin;
An idea for you to act on;
A possibility for you to explore;
An opportunity for you to grab;
A choice for you to make.
If not, you shouldn't have anything to talk about.
(Source: Iyanla Vanzant, Acts of Faith, 25 April)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Thoughts

Photo Credit: Internet (David Austin Rose)

Yesterday I spent some time trying to learn about programs that can be installed on the ScanDisk U3 thumb drives. I found websites that list programs that fall into this class. One of the most intriguing was Open Office Portable. This is the free set of programs that includes word processor, spreadsheet, and presentations, drawing and possibly database. Because I still access the Internet using a telephone line I quickly realized that downloading 220MB of programs to the thumb drive would tie up our telelphone for many hours. Maybe that isn't such a good idea when I don't know whether it will work or not. More research and discussion is needed.

Melva went to quilting class this morning. She's working on making a quilt using blocks that she bought sewn together at a yard sale. Maybe she can get help from the other students. She's ready to pin the three layers together. At the last class session there were too many other projects underway.

This morning I posted to three of the blogs I have on AOL: Arrow Prayers, Website News, and Obits. For the last few days I included a photograph from Corel with the Arrow Prayers posting. The information for the other two was extracted from one of my genealogy files that I now have loaded into the genealogy program, RootsMagic.

At some point AOL moved the information in my Member Profile to their AIM service. The AIM profiles have more options than we had in the old way of doing things. For example, this is another place that photographs can be saved and shared. The profile is also automatically linked to my AOL blogs. When I make a posting a few lines appear on the profile page. I've looked at lots of profiles in the last couple of weeks. Most people either aren't using them at all or they are using a very small subset of the profile capability. Perhaps they are too concerned about privacy issues to get involved.

I discovered that the Blogger has a new feature, Slideshow. To find out how it works I posted some Sunset photos, taken by someone else, on the bottom of my blog page.

This morning I tried several times to include a photograph in this posting. Much to my amazement the photograph quickly uploaded. Then the "Done" button didn't display and my connection to AOL and to the Google Blog was lost. If you see a photograph at the beginning of this post you'll know I finally got it to work. I'm going to post the text before I try again.

Hooray! It worked. Third time's the charm.

Mr. Dickie

Thursday, June 12, 2008

This and That

Cyndi invited us to lunch at College Park on Saturday the 14th. We will celebrate Father's Day and our wedding anniversary which is next week. Melva and I are going to set up a table at the county flea market in the morning. This one is in the parking lot of the nearby swimming pool. There is a farmer's market at the same time. That's what draws traffic to the flea market which usually only has four or five vendors.

I've been having fun learning about the Corel Photo House program which I found on a CD of the Word Perfect Suite 8 which I bought many months ago. This program has some pretty good photo editing functions.

I have another Corel program on a CD. This one is Print House. Both of the Corel CDs have photographs on the disks. There are 200 on the Photo House CD and 1000 on the Print House CD.

I've also been learning about the HP PhotoSmart Essential program. There are two versions. One of them comes on the SanDisk Cruzer thumbdrives. This is very useful for moving photo files back and forth between the thumbdrive and the computer. The other version is a free download that you install on the PC. It is very useful because it can read a photo folder and create a thumbnail display of all of the photos in the folder. It also can display a photo in a large size and it can very quickly make a full screen slide show.

I can't remember if I wrote about my Father's Day gift from Cyndi. She bid on an HP PhotoSmart M737 digital camera at cancer silent auction at work. She got the camera and gave it to me. Speaking of being technically challenged, I still haven't put in the memory card or the batteries. I'm suffering from my phobia about dealing with new things. If I don't have it working by the time we get together on Saturday I know she will just take the matter into her own hands. Maybe that's what I'm waiting for.

I'm certain I'll have lots of fun with it once I get started.

Mr. Dickie

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bad Weather

Last night we experienced some bad weather. There was lightning followed by hail and rain and some wind. The first couple of lightning bolts were close enough to get our attention and hold it. The storm lasted fifteen or twenty minutes. The lights dimmed a couple of times but the power never went off.

The storm brought quick relief from the very high temperature of the last couple of days. I took advantage of the lull in the heat to mow the yard this morning.

Mr. Dickie

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Corel Print House Photos

We live in a small house. There isn't enough storage space. When I try to clean up some of the clutter things often get worse. After the clean up something will be out of sight and out of mind.

This afternoon I was in the basement looking in a box where I stored about twenty CDs that pertain to computers. One of the CDs I found in the box was for the Corel program Print House. When I read the back of the CD I was surprised to see that the CD has at least 1,000 photos in the JPeg format. I brought the CD upstairs and spent about an hour looking at the photos with the HP PhotoSmart Essential program. I'm very impressed with the professional quality of the shots I found on the CD.

Now that I've located this set of photographs and the set of 200 I looked at the other day on the Corel WordPerfect Suite8 CD I'm wondering what projects I can do that would make use of some of these shots.
Here's one of the photographs from the Flowers folder.

Mr. Dickie


This afternoon I've been having some fun creating a photo album of "Swirls." I used the Corel Photo House program to create the photographs from photos that I modified using the "swirl" and "vignette" functions of the program.

I hope you enjoy this sample image.

I'm fascinated by the toys we have available to entertain us.

Mr. Dickie

2006 Trip to Pennsylvania

Today I created an album of photographs we took in the summer of 2006 when we took a vacation trip to Longwood Gardens and Strasburg, Pennsylvania. The railroad at Strasburg is called "The Road to Paradise." If you want to take a ride on a steam locomotive it's a great place to visit. The Pennsylvania Railroad Museum is across the street.

Mr. Dickie

Awesome Beauty

Here's a photograph that I found on the Corel WordPerfect Suite8 CD.

There are over 200 photographs on the CD. I selected some of them and copied them to my 4GB Cruzer thumb drive.

From time to time I'll share some of them in posts to my various blogs.

Mr. Dickie

HP PhotoSmart Essential

Yesterday I downloaded and installed a free version of HP PhotoSmart Essential. This program is very powerful. It has good photo editting features along with slideshow and photo file movement features.

A slightly different version is loaded on SanDisk Cruzer thumb drives. With this program it is very easy to move photo files back and forth between your PC and the thumb drive.

Mr. Dickie

Monday, June 2, 2008

The High Mountain Museum, Bend, Oregon

Outdoor Sculpture
The High Mountain Museum
Bend, OR

Slide Shows

Yesterday I discovered the website of Apparently this slideshow works with AIM. I tried to create a three slide show and then put it on my Obituaries blog to test it. I couldn't get it to work.

Later I tried to find information on AOL about how the and AIM work together. I didn't have any luck.

So far I've learned that uploading any photographs using telephone access to the Internet is tedious to say the least.

I'm also trying to understand the differences between a private and a public gallery. I realize that if I want others to see my private gallery I have to send them an invitation. Am I right that often the viewer has to register to access the private photographs?

Mr. Dickie