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Pexels.Com – Pro Bono Media Contents to your Heart’s Content

Welcome to the Pexels world!

www.pexels.com

The website offers hefty loads of superbly quality photos and videos to your hearts content. The photos are highly screened by the management from the contributors before being placed for free to be used with fantastic copyright exemptions.

Know their copyright pro bono here or read below.

ALLOWED

» We tried to keep the Pexels License as simple as possible. Keep reading to find out more.

» All photos on Pexels can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use.

» Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated.

» You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you like.

NOT ALLOWED

» Respect the hard work of our contributors and keep these restrictions in mind.

» Identifiable people may not appear in a bad light or in a way that is offensive.

» Don’t sell unaltered copies of a photo, e.g. don’t sell it as a stock photo, poster, print or on a physical product without adding any value.

» Don’t imply endorsement of your product by people or brands on the image.

» Don’t redistribute or sell the photos on other stock photo or wallpaper platforms.

Anybody can download or upload files in there website. You can sign-up if you want more of them or you are willing tho give them some generous hands in expanding their creative tentacles. You can contribute videos and photos you like to be used without prior sanction from you or from your subjects.

To be guaranteed of higher quality and thought-of entries, Pexel individually check each entries before allowing it to appear into their website.

And Google Images will hard-pressed to come close to the images and video contents of the site. This is truly a creative haven for designers and visual mongers alike.

What more…

They come up with a WordPress plug-in which will enable you to directly post high quality images in a click away. Just like what I did with the image above. Click the Pexel button and there you have it, thousand of images at your disposal.

There WordPress Plug-in is available here.

Let’s here more from them…

The Pexels visionary estatement…

Empowering Creators

By providing free stock photos Pexels helps millions of creators all over the world to easily create beautiful products and designs.

Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.

Only free images from our community of photographers and sources like Pixabay, Gratisography, Little Visuals and many more are added to our photo database. We constantly try to deliver as many high quality free stock photos as possible to the creatives who use our website.

Pexels is run by Bruno Joseph, Ingo Joseph and Daniel Frese. Bruno and Ingo co-founded Pexels together in 2014 and Daniel joined them in 2015.

We help millions of designers, writers, artists, programmers and other creators to get access to beautiful photos that they can use freely which empowers them to create amazing products, designs, stories, websites, apps, art and other work. We call it: “Empowering Creators”

Pexels needs contributors with creatively generous minds and hearts. You might just one to lend a hand, contribute here.

Note: Provisions of this website is of no guarantee. It may change without prior notice. So your due diligence is anticipated. 

Full Page ScreenGrab Chrome Extension

Today, let me introduce to you one the simplest but very useful web tools you can ever use.

Have you ever wanted to save a screen capture of a web page, only to find out that it has only captured part of the page that is visible to the browser ? – how about the ones left at the bottom. Either way, what you’ll do is do several screen captures of the whole web page and maybe seam them on together.

Well, not now.

This software or Google Chrome Extension has been with us for a long time. Till I need to capture my portfolio website, that I tried gleaning the Chrome extensions came across this cute tiny screen capturing extension.

This cute drop of software was developed by Peter Coles – a software engineer that hails from New York City. He graduated with degree in computer science at MIT in 2007.

You can learn more about Peter Coles here.

Perter simply called his genius as Full Page Screen Capture. It captures the whole page of a website a will. After installation, a cute camera icon will appear at the upper right hand corner of the Chrome browser. Click it and consider everything as done. It will capture every visible area of your within the browser limit. Clean the easy. It doesn’t include tabs and sliders – just the page from headers to footers.

What’s in it for you?
» One-click full page screen capture. No hibby-gibbys.
» Captures full page of a website, downwards or sideways.
» Content-conscious capturing. Captures only the inside working part of the website.
» No problem with sticky website header. It gets it done.
» Captures at high-resolution. No problem.
» Opens in separate page for you to chose what more to do with it.
» You’re given the choice to save it as PNG, PDF or JPEG.

The of this hefty-feature software is made available by Peter at GitHub. Go get it.

Screen Grab Samples

Below are the screen grab samples of one of my websites – ADAMS PROJECT. If you can see, it captures that entire website from header to footer. I wonder how this will do with Facebook news feed with thousands of news piling up down to the bottom. 🙂


For more info kindly visit Full Page Screen Capture.

PRICE FREE (Open-Source)
AVAILABILITY Google Chrome File Extension

Top Ten Technological Breakthroughs of 2018

Tecnology as we know it, is contantly evolving forward, or if it is really bringing us forward – either to a clif of destruction or to the glorious mountain of a promising daylight fostered by technology.

This 2018 we have handfuls of newly brewed or highly evolving technological advances pre-thought for the benefit of mankind.

Check this out!

1. Dueling Neural Networks

This technology will further reinforce Artificial Intelligence with human-like imaginative functionality. It will enable AI to create ultra realistic images and sounds it has never seen before.  Nevertheless, men of science draws their concern as this might exude bad effects due to its capability in tricking and faking reality.

Some advocates includes Google with their Google Brain, Britains  Deep Mind and nVidia.

2. Artificial Intelligence in the Cloud

Companies like Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft are vying their way towards further and cheaper commercial accessibility of AI. This is done for the benefit and profit of companies that are interested and transitioning to AI-based operation and services. Though this might put human manpower in the waters, we must be at the cautiously optimistic side of technology.

3.  Smart Cities

From the word itself, the city that thinks. Alphabet, a Google mother company is installing intelligent analytics in some cities to rethink and assess on how an ideal city should be built and lived. With this, cheaper, healthier, safer and sustainable cities will always be the crux of the genius.

4. Stem Cell Based Embryos

No need for sperm or egg cell, just a preliminary cell or stem cell will do in creating embryo-like structure necessary or tantamount into coming up with fully functional human being. This of course raise brows with some ethical and moral advocates.

5. 3D Metal Printing

3D printing using plastic variant as substrate is king due to its availability, malleability and cheaper value. Nevertheless, metal variant is taking its best foot forward in 3D Printing.

What’s in it for us, you ask?

Imagine printing a similar custom part of your car when parts has already traversed its half-life or end-of-life right at the comfort of your house or at a shop nearby instead of storming the factory for your part. Besides, it’s being a “print-on-demand” feature it can print complex metal contours to fit replaceable parts and can even enable you to choose the quality of metal you want to print.

Advocates includes Markforged, which manufactures 3D metal printing machine. Another is Desktop Metal, which introduces 3D Metal Prototyping machines. Star Rapid, is in 3D metal printing services and more.

6.) Real-Time Language Translation Device

Google came up with a language translator earpiece – the Pixel Buds. Though, right when this writing is being made, there could be handfuls of translator apps out there that can be use without an earphone, just the native mobile phone speaker. Nevertheless, the earphone might just be of great help in converting and relaying clarity of the speaker.

The person to be translated will be the one to ware the earpiece and the one at the other end holding the mobile phone will be receiving the translation in real-time – and English as the default language.

7.) Natural Gas with Zero Carbon

We think that fossil fuel has no way to go but to carbonize the ecosystem of men through it’s highly toxic and seemingly non-renewable carbon emissions. But take it from Net Power, a power plant just outside Houston Texas, is coming up with a cleaner by-product of natural gas with zero carbon footprint.

The carbon dioxide will be subjected to a very high temperature and pressure processes resulting in a supercritical CO2 as the working byproduct which can be extracted and used cheaply.

8. Zero-Knowledge Proof

Zero knowledge proof is particularly beneficent with online transaction and personal verification system. This works to verify your identity without divulging your age or your bank accounts. Courtesy of the now famous cryptoconcurrency technological hype.

This system uses crypto security algorithm to do online transaction. This is in cohorts more in particular the ZCash – digital currency launched in 2016. The zk-SNARK (zero-knowledge succinct non-interactive argument of knowledge) system gives user to transact with considerable level of anonymity. Unlike Bitcoin and Etherium that make other transactions visible, ZCash just do the opposite.

9.) Foretelling the Future with Genetics

Science can now predict or at least hold a high probability of your future well-being and emotional composure by  studying your genetic make-up. This genetic breakthrough can now tell you with higher probability what physical trouble (e.g. cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s etc..) will you be in the future and what character or attitude you will develop at certain age.

According to their millions of studies, your genes are consistent with what you’re overall composure will be at the certain point in you life. But the studies have to be built on stones. They still have to objectively establish the fundamental scientific surety everyone can count on.

10.) Qubits

Our well-known and normal computers today use what is known as binary bits the 0s and 1s to represent an on and of of data. However, little did we know that there is more to computing than meets the regular end-users – the Qubits! This stands for Quantum Bits. Quantum bits don’t turn of the data by showing 0, or data truancy by showing 1. Instead it shows both binary at the same time. So, two qubits can represent two numbers, tree qubits for eight numbers and so on.

Quantum computing also takes data by storing it in sub-molecular level duly modeled for computing purposes. This will, in simple term, makes today’s powerful computers an abacus of tomorrow. Quantum computers are still at its best potential and still rudimentary for now as it do certain tasks as accorded accordingly. But, you bet as technology continue to move forward at blinding pace, quantum computing will be the new age of disruptive computing technology.

So, there goes the top ten promising technology of today and the coming future. We’d better be at the receiving end of the technological spectrum and be the wide-eyed wanderer of it’s spectacular fireworks.


Basic Structures and Operations of a Hard Disk Drive

As of this writing, hard disks drives are still the major secondary storage device for desktop computers as well as some other laptop brands as well as servers.

What is a Hard Drive?
Hard drive is just one of the major computer components. It is part of a computer’s memory sector. It’s major operation is to retain and save files and programs for later use.

One of hard disk’s physical structures are thin but rigid metal, glass, or ceramic platters covered with a substance that allows data to be held in the form of magnetized spots. Most hard desk drives may consist of two precisely positioned platters – the greater the number of platters, the larger the capacity of the drive. The platters in the drive are separated by spaces and are clamped to a rotating spindle that turns all disk-drive unit to prevent any foreign matter from getting inside. Data maybe recorded in both sides of the platters.

Hard disks drive stores data respectively in tracks, sectors, and clusters. The Operating System do it’s job in monitoring sectors and data recording on the drive sectors.

Tracks, Sectors and Clusters
On the disk, data is recorded in concentric recording band called Tracks. Unlike on a vinyl phonograph record, these tracks are neither visible grooves nor a single spiral. Rather, they are closed concentric rings; each tract forms a s full circle on the disk. When a disk is formatted, the disk’s storage locations are divided into wedge-shaped sections, which break the tracks into small arcs called Sectors. When you save data from your computer to a disk, the data is distributed by tracks and sectors on the disks. The smallest unit of disk drive that will be able to be written or read is called a Cluster. A Cluster is a group of sectors on a storage device.

Gaps of Read/Write Head and the Platter
Hard disks are sensitive devices. The read/write head does not touches the desk entirely but rather rides on a cushion of air about 0.000001 thick. The disk is sealed from impurities within a container, and the whole apparatus is fabricated under a very clean conditions. Else, all it would take is a dust particle, a fingerprint smudge, or a smoke particle to cause what is called a head crash. This head crash happens when the read and write head comes into a close contact with the platter.

A head crash may also happen when a HDD gets a hard bump on hard objects such as when a CPU or a laptop is dropped.  The common consequence of mishandling or a bump are lose of data and an inoperable hard drive.

Fortunately, their are lots of company who offers date retrieval over an ill-fated hard drive, but up to certain extend only and for a hefty price.