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I have been a user of Adobe software almost from the day the Adobe business was created. I used some of the products like Aldus PageMaker before they became Adobe products. I have several full suites of Adobe web and graphic design.

Adobe and many other such products have gone to a subscription / creative cloud-based (CC) distribution. I presently have a CC subscription to the Adobe Photo Editing package with PhotoShop, Lightroom, and a few other accessory applications.

I lost my old Creative Suite (CS) install due to a Drive C: failure on my PC. They are “buy and install” rather than a cloud subscription. I have all the CS install disks; CS5 on CD (The newest (2010), CS Premium and CS Premium2 on CD (CS3), and a whole lot of single Adobe program CD’s.  They are old but certainly still work. I must decide if I want to move to the Creative Cloud and incur all the expense. CS5 is eight years old!

One of my passions has always been within computer graphics and design. Whether it is page layout or web design. It’s why I created and use TEDatum as my publishing URL. It means Tippecanoe Electronic Datum, a reference to electronic data used in printing. I am also doing a lot of 3D graphics for CAD and 3D printing which is also electronic data.

Eight years is a big gap in high quality professional grade computer software, without upgrades. That is why I presently use the Creative Cloud (CC) versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.

I just rebuilt my spouse’s simple 3-page website, using a free trial (1 week) install of Adobe Muse CC. It produces a static html5/java-based website. Yes, it is html but there is no html hand coding. It is all done graphically. Very nice to use. It took me about 6 hours to learn to use the program and re-create the website. I originally built her website with Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.

What I like is with the newer versions of the program, the video display scales well with my 4K UHD monitor. Older software does not always do that. Consumer grade 4K monitors didn’t exist eight years ago. Today’s published websites need to adjust for various screens or viewing devices. It’s a new experience in creation.

Adobe certainly provides much more power than I need or can use all at once. I enjoy the fact that what I am learning is from using the some of the best tools I can afford.

The last five to eight years I have been creating all my websites with Content Management Software (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. I am currently mentoring a friend on using Joomla to create a website for his social group. I like what a CMS website provides and how it operates. The one issue is the huge number of files required to create a site. Somewhere between 3,000 to 6,000 files! Really Huge!

My wife’s website has 3 html pages and maybe 20 support files total! About 300kb in files. Big difference and a totally different experience for the visitor.

But what is happening is I am getting a renewed interest in the totally unique design experience of non-CMS web design. Truly a different way of “playing” with web design layout.

I am not getting any younger. Time only moves in one direction. I want to experience the creative juices flowing within, doing total hands-on website design before age shorts out too many brain cells.

When I find a subject in need of a website, I will be playing with the latest tools from Adobe. I think it is perhaps time to rebuild (?)

Website ISP Propaganda

I call misinformation disguised within a planned marketing effort, propaganda. The formal definition is, “Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

All media in the United States has become a competition. So, they have become propagandists, rather than true reporters. It has become so dominate in our culture, most people younger than myself are desensitized by the constant exposure, they freely accept the spin on the truth. Fact is now replaced by opinion which is broadcast by medias as fact. Media now invents the news, without concern for truth.

Independent thinking and judging in every society is replaced by certain members who interpret the facts for others to “better understand”. They are called “leaders”. They make decisions for the others. It’s the basic rule of domination. Media is guilty. Religion is guilty, Military depend on it. Even the animals do it.

Recently I did some research into the ISP (Internet Service Providers). There is a secret little war going on between these providers of service. It appears a dominate but silent major owner has developed named Endurance International Group (EIG). Here is a “mission statement” quote from a review site that talks about EIG, “…transforms opinions shared on social media into a review site for consumers. We currently focus on web hosting reviews.”

Since when have reviews of opinions on “social media” replaced true fact finding? I have stated many times in other blogs, “Opinions are not facts.” Opinions are an interpretation of facts. Not the unbiased truth. Dominate leaders promote their opinion, not fact. Consider the conflict between cults and religions in this world. Jim Jones, David Koresh, ISiS.

This EIG may be bad, good, or indifferent. But I noticed the loudest nay-sayers of this group are smaller ISP’s blasting this growing menace to their way of life. If someone was dominating my way of business, I certainly have a negative opinion. I might even go to war. That’s because my opinion is biased to my own interests.

So, this is how “being social” really works. Nothing is truly how it is presented in opinion. That’s because opinions don’t have to be the facts. It is how I want or think things should be. Opinions are reflections of truth and reflections can be distorted to something unrecognizable.

The ISP I have been using for over a decade is now on the “black list” of the EIG haters group. It’s being reported by the propagandists that my ISP is now “DOOMED” to failure and all the people served are going to exit screaming for better service (which of course the “savior” writing the comment provides) This is a blatant example of bias and self-serving prophecy. In business we call it, “a self-fulfilling prophecy” when we do it to ourselves.

Am I running and screaming from my ISP? Hell no! I believe nothing I read and only half of what I can see…  Maybe later though, if the facts I experience  tell me. That’s MY opinion.

Feel the Love

I enjoy exploring new challenges. They permit me to stray from a hard and true single-minded repetitive process. I am OK with that, because mostly… what I do, is what I enjoy.

I glance at the road around and behind me from time to time. Sometimes I see people following where I am headed. They are the “fans” who love whatever I make.

Occasionally there is no one there. I made a change to a road less travelled when no one is watching. This time it was the road to the mountain of new knowledge and skills.

I have a little moto, that keeps me […] Continue reading » Feel the Love

Qualified Person

Edgar Allan Poe

In the construction trades and probably everywhere people perform tangible physical work, there is a term used when safety is being defined. It is the “Qualified Person”. There is no one definition of the term as it is used in a very broad sense. OSHA defines it as:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) CFR Regulation 1910 defines a “qualified person” as “one with a recognized degree or professional certificate and extensive knowledge and experience in the subject field who is capable of design, analysis, evaluation, and specifications in the subject work, project, or product.” OSHA CFR Regulation 1926 defines […] Continue reading » Qualified Person

Looking Below the Surface

Microsoft has produced something very nice. It’s the Surface series of tablet, laptop, and desk computers.

They are not the lowest cost computers. To be good, low price cannot be the most important feature. Quality is all about getting return for what is paid. I didn’t pay for my Surface. <G> It is on permanent loan to me. Subject to recall but not likely. If I had paid for it, I think it is worth the original cost. That’s good because the cost and features of the Surface series have increased since this machine was built.

The Surface brand represents the machines for which Windows 10 is designed. Could they […] Continue reading » Looking Below the Surface