Images for Blog/Website (Guide for Pudin)

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Dear Pudin. I had explained a few times to you on how a little adjustment to the jpeg quality can save a lot of bytes and the image will load a lot faster, but you seemed to be confused. So this post tries to explain what I meant.

All software such as Irfanview and faststone have option to adjust the quality when saving in jpeg format. Play with quality setting and you will save a lot of bytes. For me, most of images I post here are 70% in quality and a few were down to 60%.

This is where to adjust in Faststone. (Images are from last Raya in Palong 1 N9)

This image size is just 81kb due to saving it in 70% jpeg quality

This image below is 303kb, nearly 4 times bigger due to 100% quality. Can you spot any different with the above picture?

MapSource for Map, BaseCamp is a no-no

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For now, MapSource is the only software for me to view maps, plan routes and transfer to my Garmin Edge 705. Garmin stops making MapSource available on the net. What you will find in Garmin website is the update of the MapSource. Garmin sort of replace MapSource with BaseCamp. But I don’t get it. Installed once but had no idea how to use it.

After updating my windows, I lost my MapSource. After googling I managed to find out how to install it without original CD.

Actually the update available is the full version of MapSource but you cannot simple click to install it. You have to extract it first with WinRaR.

Then, you will find the files as below. First, double click ‘MSmain’ to install. Then click ‘Setup’. Easy if you know it!

Pictures with GPS tagging

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When I purchased Nokia N8, the GPS info that tagged with images fascinated me. Now, a lot more things I can share in my blog. Things that came to my mind was the food that I enjoyed I will published here with GPS coordinate. What you have to is just key-in the coordinate in your GPS devise.

Then Canon S100 that I recently purchased also comes with GPS info. Now more and more info will be available to whoever follow this blog.

Then, the next question is which image browser can read all those coordinate? My main image browser is Fast Stone Image Viewer. But it cannot read the GPS data. After browsing, I came across GeoSetter. It works perfectly for me.

Samsung i8910

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Handphone is not an easy gadget anymore. You must have computer and know computer to do necessary updating or improvement to your handphone else you will under-use it.

Handphone can be your best friend that have everything that you need.

Few months ago I bought a used Samsung i8910HD. It has great camera and video but lousy firmware. So I spent a few nights to search and learn from the internet how to update the firmware and ended up with 3rd party firmware, Hx Custom Roms which gives additional features and even have overclock mode! Another famous custom firmware is http://i8910tuning.com/. Samsung stops releasing firmware for i8910 long time ago!

Flashing and debranding i8910 with new firmware was really frightening. I might ended up with a useless brick if it did not go well. So must learn and understand first and go ahead only if you are confident enough.

Primary Harddisk Upgrade

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I just upgraded my hard disk to 1 TB which cost less than RM200. Everybody needs bigger HD since most of us become photographers either using DSLR or just camera phone.

What you need to do is:

  • Connect your new HD as secondary HD.
  • Use clone software (which freely available) and clone old HD to new HD
  • Then change cable to make new HD as primary HD
  • Then use partition software to adjust the partition (if your HD have partition)
  • done!

Cloning/copying 400GB data took more than 3 hours

I just used the software from http://www.easeus.com