Windows 7 Upgrade for cheap

There’s a preorder for Window 7 going on right now. $50 for Home Premium and it sounds like you can do a clean install to upgrade straight from XP to 7. I’ve been really impressed with it so far and I’m ready to upgrade all of my machines. The regular upgrade price is suppose to be around $120. I put my copies on order at Amazon.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

New Image Organization Strategy

I have just shy of 10,000 images archived and managing them is not an easy task. I decided to go with Picasa because of their software which turns out to be fantastic, I don’t think I had used it since version 1 or 2, and it is free. I doubt I’ll be hitting the 1GB any time soon and I’m uploading 1600×1200 which are good enough for 4×6’s if anyone wants to order prints.

My new photo organization strategy will let me move to a different host quickly if I outgrow Picasa. Previously I only had one folder called “Images” with a bunch of subfolders for different sets like “Andrew Birthday 2002”. For my new system I renamed my “Images” folder to “Image Archive” and created a new folder called “Image Gallery”. Here’s how my workflow is going to go now:

  1. Camera imports go straight into “Image Archive/_Import”
  2. Sort through and star favorites of the imports
  3. Copy favorites to a folder in “Image Gallery” for publishing
  4. Move imports to an appropriate folder in “Image Archive”
  5. Process images in the Image Gallery folder leaving original files alone in the Archive
  6. Image Gallery folders are then printed and/or posted to the web
  7. Run backup sync to external hard drive

Previously I was creating a “picks” subfolder inside each set’s subfolder and didn’t have an easy way to see the images I had printed or posted to the web. I was also resizing for the web before uploading so I’d sometimes have “web” folders under the “picks” folder. This will keep things nice and tidy.

I might refine my directory structure or naming scheme eventually, but having a completely seperate folder with my full size favorites ready for use will make getting things published a lot easier. The Archive will now strictly be an organized vault of the original images coming off the camera.

Other photo news, I sold the D70 for $340 and I’m just waiting for my $200 cashback from Microsoft at the end of the month. That brings my upgrade cost to $360 dollars, not too shabby.

Inline text box spell checking in Firefox

Firefox 2 added spell checking in text areas, but I just found a little tweak that extends spell checking to inline text boxes. Big help for keeping blog titles and such spelled correctly. Here’s how:

  1. Type about:config in the address bar, hit enter
  2. Filter on spellcheckDefault
  3. Double click the entry and change the value to 2

Also if you haven’t upgraded to Firefox 3 go grab it right now. Lots of memory leaks have been fixed and overall things are much more responsive.