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Developer's Corner / Re: Menu for image site with over 20,000 images
« on: December 08, 2016, 09:15 PM »
A site map or listings page is going to be the most practical. The pages can then have breadcrumbs on top: USA > UTAH > Canyonlands

Yes, have already implemented that, many thanks.  :)

Developer's Corner / Menu for image site with over 20,000 images
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:54 PM »
I have them stored in folders as below:

    Top: country
Child 1: state-province
Child 2: area

So far there are 34 "Country" folders, and some of these have up to 40 "State-Province" sub-folders, and some of those have 10-15 "Area" sub folders.

For example:

      Grand Canyon
      Glen Canyon
      Lake Mead
      Petrified Forest
      Monument Valley
      Bryce Canyon
      Arches National Park
      Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
      Dead Horse Point State Park
      Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
      Goblin Valley State Park
      Green River State Park
      ... and about five more.

I've attempted to create a menu for this, but am bewildered on what sort of layout would cope with the large number of links.

My current attempt is a drop-down with countries listed across the top.  However, given the amount of links in each state this is becoming cumbersome, and looks terrible on a page. Also there would need to be at least three-lines of links.

I've also tried one page with all links on that page, as per example above.  That works well, but looks odd.

The above example of the USA is the largest collection of galleries, so the above example gives a fair idea of the problem.

(I also have a music section with over 1200 albums that I dealt with using a one page, alphabetical listing, with sub-pages for artists with more than one album.  That worked, but my wife asked if there was any way to reduce the number of clicks in getting to her music of choice.  So far I haven't thought of an answer, apart from "no".)

However, if that's what's necessary, I have the template ...

I don't think there's a right or wrong answer here, but would really appreciate your comments.

If you this far, many thanks for your perseverance, and hopefully your suggestions.

Living Room / Re: Guide to Living with Introverts
« on: December 08, 2016, 06:15 PM »
I agree with this cartoon, and here's a way to see if someone is worth cultivating...

Me: Ask me if I'm a policeman
Friend Who Should Know Better:  Are you a policeman?
Me: No.
Friend Who Should Know Better:  Uh?
Me: [Hysterical laughter]

I've met about seven people in three years who understand that, so my circle of acquaintances is not large.

I'm possibly not worth aquainting then ;-)

One can't make judgements in a forum. :).

although I'd ask 'Why?' rather than 'are you...'

You would receive the statement, "never mind, just ask".

Please don't follow this to its conclusion.

Living Room / Re: Guide to Living with Introverts
« on: December 08, 2016, 03:43 PM »
I agree with this cartoon, and here's a way to see if someone is worth cultivating...

Me: Ask me if I'm a policeman
Friend Who Should Know Better:  Are you a policeman?
Me: No.
Friend Who Should Know Better:  Uh?
Me: [Hysterical laughter]

I've met about seven people in three years who understand that, so my circle of acquaintances is not large.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:44 PM »
Agree with your comments.  Technology seems to have developed the idea it's about the technology - which is fine, but it's always been about getting the job done, and often that aspect falls by the wayside as eye candy intrudes into the process.

I like W10, and it may well keep me on Windows instead of full-time Linux in place of XP, but most stuff in the world now has a "don't worry, we know what you want and this is how it is.  Trust us, you'll see." type of approach.

I can cope with change - Windows XP DID NEED and still does need security work - but wholesale change?

Having said that, I'm complaining at the beginning of a project, without having too much interest in MS' future intentions, or what's under the hood.

It may well be W10 is the genesis of a common system across all devices, and if they pull that off, MS will recover a lot of customer confidence and support.  However, there's a real danger of them becoming Apple-like - tied to an infrastructure.  Apple do it well, although it doesn't please everyone - I just wonder if MS have the ability to be successful in that arena, particularly regarding "quality" and "it just works".

Time will tell.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:24 PM »
The acid test will be when somebody who has used only Win XP or 7 installs it or gets a machine with it new and tries it out.

I started in computers with banking data in the '70s, then PCs in the late 80s.  Unix to DOS, then Windows 2.0 through XP.  Retired May 2014, but continue archival intranet coding for various groups.  Surprisingly an interesting task that produces a lot of satisfaction and unusual challenges from time to time.

My thoughts on W10

Intro: I realise it's unfinished software, and buggy.

1.  It's not that intuitive - whatever that means - I've been running XP since it came out, as well as Mint.  Never tried Vista 7 or 8.  W10's "Libraries" are complicated, and I don't like the "everything in one spot" approach, so am seriously thinking of setting up custom menus and toolbars as I have in XP.
2.  The start menu is full of rubbish, and that takes time to cleanup.
3. And the process for sticking stuff on the taskbar means it often has to be stuck to the start menu first.  ????
4.  Firefox 32/33 crashes regularly for no apparent reason.
5. Since MS updated the build to 9860, the OS takes ages to boot to a usable state.
6. A lot of stuff is managed by the Windows Store, requiring a MS account and the cloud.  Didn't Apple bashers complain about being tied into that infrastructure?  Wonder how the same argument applies now that MS is doing similar.
7.  Hate the "tile" icons.  Even I could make better than those, and I'm not a coder or graphics person.
8.  In File Explorer there's no horizontal scrollbar on the left pane folder view.  Apparently when the mouse moves to the right-side of that pane the border moves?  Nope!

There's some nice stuff - like these things:

1. The way windows disappear/close - only since the build update.
2. Snapping Windows.
3. God Mode.
4. Clickable path links in the address bar - like breadcrumbs in a browser.
5. Tiles are "Windowed" and not full screen.
6. OS is fast response and snappy, very little lag.  Nice.


However ... all I want to do is "USE" my pc, not reconfigure it completely to how I had it before.  Security's supposed to be much improved ... yep, but my gripe is that a pc is a TOOL, not a &^%*$ lifestyle.  Keep user stuff simple, allow me to pick up the new bits and pices without having to enrol in University to learn to use the thing; and keep stuff outa my face.  Microsoft, are you listening?  Nope.  I've got over the initial "where is this hiding", and "oh %$##, how do I do this", scare;  like a lot of W10, but I might stick with Mint and XP when the Preview expires - unless MS gives a good incentive to dump XP and Mint.

W10 doesn't allow me to do my job any better, easier, or more efficiently.  It may well be more secure, and have less overhead for "obsolete" equipment - supposedly anything older that yesterday; but I have to spend a ridiculous amount of time learning how to use it.  It doesn't make me feel more comfortable, happier, satisfied or even more secure.  Just makes me angry.


PC Stats:
Pentium Dual-Core E5300 @ 2.60GHz 64-bit, 4GB RAM, NVIDIA FeForce GT610, 3xIDE HDDs and 3xSATA1 HDDs, 2x19" Samsung SyncMaster monitors, Win XP SP3, W10 Linux Mint16 loaded on 3 separate hdds.

Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today?
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:27 PM »
To me "down under", a cartoon also includes single-picture (or a strip of several) with captions.  In that sense, my favourites, in order, are:

The Wizard of Id
Footrot Flats
Spy v Spy
Andy Capp

Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide.
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:22 PM »
Here's something to consider for the future ...


Can see the logic if phones get bigger - 6.5" screen almost the same as a 7" tablet.

Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor?
« on: October 26, 2014, 02:18 PM »
I've got 2 x 19" 5:4 - one portrait for web coding and the other landscape for everything else.  Some images are portrait mode, which look small on the landscape monitor,so that's a bonus having two monitors.

But I like bacon too.  :)

I'm moving house tomorrow, and just got the newsletter - guess I'm taking a hard-earned break for the rest of the day to read this epic issue!  Many thanks ...  :)  :)  :)

Thanks folks.  Might not be here often, and I tend to lurk more than leap out into the open, but I'm still interested in learning so I'll be around.

Living Room / Here's Me!!
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:31 PM »
64 year old married male living in New Zealand.  Joined military out of school for six active years, then working with computers since 1972 maintained an IBM 360 with many peripherals, then as a Health and Safety contractor, college lecturer, then back to computers in 1991 self employed as a system analyst moonlighting as a repair tech and corporate trainer.  Retired at 57 years just as Vista was released.  Since then been learning Linux, mainly Mint and how to get stuff working in Linux.  Also photography - our region is seabound on two sides and has some magnificent scenery.  Rode a motorbike seriously since 17, got my license at 32 and gave up at 63 due to health problems, and my wife lost confidence as my pillion. (No incidents, just early Alzheimer's.) Have two daughters living in the area with seven grandchildren, two sons out of area with six grandchildren: oldest grandchild = 25 years, youngest = 3 years.  Now spend most days surfing the web and/or walking the beach about 200 metres away.

Here's a link to the local community, about 30 minutes drive to NZ's largest city Auckland, with about 1.8 million people - too many people and far too close, but that's how it is.


In image 3, look for the big tree to the right horizontally and almost centre vertically.  We live in that general area, quiet, close to town and beach.  The beach is about 1.5 miles long so there's plenty to see on the gallery.  Scenes shown are from all along the beach.

Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:00 PM »
This is just outside the window to the North across our back section in bad weather ...

and these are also North, but very early in the morning ...

It says East on the pictures, but my internal compass was wonky ...  8)

My experience was from my mother-in-law who died at 84yrs after a stroke, which came after 6 years of dementia.  She could remember her early life - from about 4years old - until she was about 60yrs, but nothing after that.  My wife is one of seven children, and my mother-in-law was one of 14 children.  She gave up her life at 21 to return home and look after 8 siblings after both her parents died.

She married twice, having all children from her first husband.

We wanted to look after her when she got sick, and while we had many, many difficulties from her dementia we also had many, many laughs.  [ASIDE - In NZ our emergency service phone number is 111, and we had several call charged to that service when they should have been free - and we did not make them.  For a while we wondered what had happened, and why they were on our bill, so we called them to query he charges - if the Emergency Services Call Centre thinks the call is frivolous, as we had repeated called them, they charge $8.00 per call.  Apparently when the call came through there was no talking, just background noise - TV etc.  After a while we realised m-i-l was using the digital, wireless phone as a TV remote, as her favourite channel was Channel 1.  So she pressed 1-1-1 without any response from the TV.  Hilarious now we had the reason.]

However, we made lots of small video files over the years as my wife wanted to know the "who, how, why, when, where" and so on of things that had happened in her childhood; how certain people were related to her; how they stored food; how they prepared certain dishes, what natural medical remedies they used, and so on.  This took all of three years and continued when my wife's sister took a share in helping out, but we now have a video library that not only includes practical stuff, but also lots of time of her talking "in the flesh" so to speak.

This library has been well used, and copied for any family member who wanted it.

It took a lot of time and effort and some small cost, but the result is invaluable and irreplaceable.  While we remember people - in our memories, on film or in pictures, they are never gone.

So while this is different to mouser's post, we share similar experiences and good thoughts.

Just my 2c worth, but I strongly recommend doing this before it's too late.

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