For 2023 - we are now fully retired from IT training.
We have made many, many friends over 25 years of teaching about Python, Tcl, Perl, PHP, Lua, Java, C and C++ - and MySQL, Linux and Solaris/SunOS too. Our training notes are now very much out of date, but due to upward compatability most of our examples remain operational and even relevant ad you are welcome to make us if them "as seen" and at your own risk.
Lisa and I (Graham) now live in what was our training centre in Melksham - happy to meet with former delegates here - but do check ahead before coming round. We are far from inactive - rather, enjoying the times that we are retired but still healthy enough in mind and body to be active!
I am also active in many other area and still look after a lot of web sites - you can find an index ((here))
Switching from Adobe Photoshop to Gimp - testing it on animals
We got an unexpected chance to stop away for a couple of nights - Lisa, me and Gypsy - and yesterday we headed out. Equally unexpected, we find ourselves back in Melksham tonight; "please find attached" to this article pictures from the return journey.
The new MacBook Pro I'm now using for almost every one of our courses comes with the Snow Leopard version of Mac OS X ... and with it iPhoto. Previously, I've used Adobe Photoshop to trim / straighten / resize / adjust pictures, but rather than upgrade / get a fresh license for my limited use (as opposed to Lisa's wider use) I decided to see what iPhoto could do for me. In image editing and resizing and clipping, frankly, "frustrating" and I suspect that I was hoping it could do a lot more that it can.
The dog is allowed in a taxi but not on the seats. That means in the tiny well, or on my knee!
So - now back home, and I've downloaded "Gimp". I've heard a lot about Gimp in the past, but been frightened off with things like dependency downloads, and the lack of time in my schedule to learn something else ... but the X11 support that it needs on the Mac is nor standard and the theory is "plug and play". And I'm delighted that turned out to be the practise too!
Of course, with any new software "toy" there's a lot to be learned, so I've been spending a few minutes of "quiet time" this afternoon learning things like image rotation, clipping, resizing and renaming with GIMP - and I seem to be doing OK ... witness the pictures taken on the journey home.
I'll be filling you, dear reader, in further with our "overnight away" ... I should have know it was going to be an interesting one when we set off, slightly later than we should have done, yesterday ... and everything from a haycart to a wide low loader carrting an army tracked vehicle pulled out in front of us, leading me to expect us to miss our train at Westbury. Turned out the train was 15 minutes late, and all was well in the end.
I'm hoping it will be "all's well that ends well" about the return journey too. Certainly little glitches (such as a reduced train service on Fridays!) caught us out, but we got back in good time. As I write, I'm in something of a limbo, waiting for news of what's going on. They say "the waiting is the worst" and I certainly hope so. (written 2010-08-06)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG914 - Well House Consultants - Other Software 
It's just not cricket - (2004-10-06) 
Learning to Twitter / what is Twitter? - (2009-03-28) 
RT @brento - a valuable source for the twitter newbie - (2009-05-20) 
Windows 7 and Open Source Programming - (2009-10-22) 
Go Programming Language and Courses? - (2010-01-26) 
Should I use Open Source or Commercial software? - (2011-03-26) 
QR codes - graphics images that provide quick phone links - (2012-01-18) 
Seeing how Melksham has changed over the years, via an iPad - (2012-01-30) 
iPad and iPhone programming - our seminar weekend with Xcode - (2012-03-11) 
An email marathon - (2012-10-15) 
Email from Christopher Columbus to announce finding America? - (2013-01-29) 
Using Pygments to colour our training examples - (2013-03-10) 
Libre Office - unable to get past REOPEN WINDOWS? question - (2014-09-22) 
FileMaker Day to Unix Time conversion - (2015-02-15)
Some other Articles
Robust - testing the systemBe gentle rather than macho ... regular expression techniquesHow Green is my train?Dartmouth, Kingswear and TorbaySwitching from Adobe Photoshop to Gimp - testing it on animalsDefining static methods in PythonMelksham Area Board meeting of last weekBath to Devizes bus via Melksham - changing again in SeptemberCommunity consultation - a true open inputAmbassador or Anorak?
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