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8/30/08 / Dell

9:57 PM Pixelpost or WordPress?

I’m playing around with two photoblogs right now, trying to decide which one to keep and actually start posting photos to (instead of spending time figuring out how to do it – incidentally, that reminds me of how my earlier years using a computer were spent more in fixing the thing than actually using it).

I need to chart out the pros and cons of each system so I can have it all in front of me to make the choice.  Visually I think they’re both fine.  Here’s the same photo in both:

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Pixelpost with Pixelfy theme.20080829_2158184

WordPress with Grain theme.

Features comparison chart (in order of importance)

Concept Pixelpost WordPress with YAPB plugin Comment
EXIF data Built-in Yes* (see below)  
EXIF keywords (tags) Yes, uploaded with image Yes, manually entered  
Showing photo location on a map (without geodata encoded in EXIF) No Yes, with Geo mashup plugin  

Showing multiple photos on single page

Yes, with various addons *Yes, with NextGEN gallery plugin, but can’t figure out how to display EXIF data through it Not something I’ll be doing often, but I’d like to be able to when I want to
Adobe Lightroom integration Yes, with this addon No  
Give photos ratings Yes, with addon Yes, with plugin for rating posts  

According to this chart, I should go with the Pixelpost platform.  I think, though, that I prefer the look of the WordPress/Grain blog overall – even though I’ve had an easier time configuring the Pixelpost/Pixelfy one (HTML vs. PHP, which I know nothing of).  So it seems I have a decision still to make.

9:10 PM I was just mentally noting earlier that, in my lifetime (so far), I can think of maybe only a handful of breakout companies – companies that garnered a lot of attention during a particular phase.  Companies that came to mind were Microsoft, Dell, Google, and Starbucks.  I remember each of these companies being hugely popular in the media and popular opinion at one point in time.

Speaking of Dell, though, I went garage sale shopping again today.  We were looking for a bookshelf, lamps, and other furniture items, but we found none of it.

I did, however, find what I consider a breakout garage sale item.

 

This Dell (really it’s a Sony, which is confirmed by the “Trinitron” logo in the top-left corner) P1110 is a 21″ CRT computer monitor.  It weighs 70.5 pounds.  The lady I bought it from, who used to have a graphic designing business, was just glad to get it off her hands because she had to move.  Although they can be had for really cheap these days (I saw it listed online for $15 by someone in Texas), I imagine this must have cost at least $7-800 brand new back in its day.

After bringing it home and hooking it up, the first thing I did was look up the operation manual online.  After setting up basic settings (resolution, refresh rate), I read about calibrating it.  I noticed that black didn’t appear as dark as I’d like it to, but after spending at least two hours, reading at least 10 different documents (with 10 different tests to check your monitor’s color setup), and using QuickGamma software, I’m pretty satisfied that I’ve got it set to the best of its ability.

Other than that, I found a book (for 50 cents) by one of my long-time favorite writers, Talks and Dialogues by J. Krishnamurti.

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