Can You Remember Your Passwords?

I’m one of those “bad” people who has trouble remembering my passwords for all of the different websites and groups I belong to. By having only a few passwords, which are easier to remember, I am also compromising the personal data stored on these different sites. I have heard this lecture numerous times from my computer-techie husband…but truthfully, the idea of having to remember dozens of different passwords just stresses me out!

And then I found this book, Upgrade Your Life by Gina Trapani. She presented this great idea where a person chooses a base password and then adds part of the site name to create a unique password.

Let me give you a basic example…

You pick a base password like BEAR5 (maybe bears are your favorite animal and 5 is your favorite number). Then you sign up for a Google account…your unique password for Google would then be BEAR5GOO. Then you sign up for a Yahoo! account and that unique password is BEAR5YAH.

This way, you only have to remember BEAR5…but each different site that requires a password would have a unique password.

With a system like this, you wouldn’t need to write down your passwords, and yet your accounts would be more secure. Just keep in mind, don’t use your most public information for your passwords (name, birthdate, names of your spouse and children, etc.). But there are still plenty of other base passwords that are special to you but aren’t really known to the wider world.

This idea has really intrigued me and I’m going to do it…change all of my passwords. Then I’m going to take down all of the sticky notes containing sensitive information that I have hidden around the house. My hubby will be so proud!

I’ll report back on how it goes…

Free Fonts!

I love fonts! Do you remember using a typewriter and you were lucky if you had one of the fancy ones that had more than one typeface? Now with the advent of computers, we have thousands of fonts/typefaces available to us. There are just so many to play with!

I found this website that has 1001 Free Fonts…both for Windows and MAC. So if you are looking to spice up your document formatting…check out these fonts.

I really like Glamour Girl, Polo Brush, Speed Ball no. 2, and Moo Cow (for when I’m in one of those moods!).


Public Domain Images

If you are a collage artist like me, then you know the importance of finding images that are in the public domain. This means images that have had their copyrights expired or the creator has expressly given the public the ability to use their work.

Did you know that the minute you commit an original piece to a tangible medium…it is automatically copyrighted? You do not have to put the copyright symbol on your work in order for it to be copyrighted. If you are concerned about copyright then check on the web for more details on how long particular copyrights last.

You might think this is an entry all about copyright…but really it’s to let you know about a fabulous web resource called Wikimedia Commons. This site has thousands of images that can be used free of charge. You’ll want to read the fine print, because some of the images have conditions for public use (like wanting you to credit them if you use them).

Here’s the link…go check them out! And if you have images that you have created and want to put out in the public domain…check out how to upload to Wikimedia Commons.

Wikimedia Commons

Converting Pixels to Inches…How to print a great picture

Do you wonder what size an image or picture will print at? And whether it will be crisp enough? Here’s a tip on figuring all of this out…

You take the pixels and divide by the DPI (dots per inch) to get the size in inches. So if you have an image that is 600 pixels by 300 pixels, you divide 600 by 300 to get 2, and you divide 300 by 300 and get 1. This will give an image that is 2 inches by 1 inch.

You may be asking why 300 DPI? If you are posting an image to the web, you can use 72 DPI because clarity is not as important, and it’s much harder for someone to copy your image (because they won’t want 72 DPI). An image printed at 300 DPI is considered to be standard for most print jobs. For professional photos, you would consider printing at an even higher DPI.

Just remember…the higher the DPI, the bigger the file.

So, one more example. You have opened a photo from your digital camera in your imaging processing program. You want to resize it and print it as a 5×7. Multiply 5 inches by 300 DPI to get 1500 pixels. Multiple 7 inches by 300 DPI to get 2100 pixels. You then resize your photo to 1500 by 2100 at 300 DPI in order to print a 5×7 photo.