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Photoshop math

When it comes to Photoshop, I'm an expert. Photoshop is designed, for the most part, for print design. It isn't exactly what I'd call web-friendly. Over the past few iterations Adobe has done things that help us web, icon, and what I call "scratch graphics" designers do stuff more easily.
However, I'm working in Photoshop right now and just realized that I started calc.exe for the zillionth time. Looking back over the years, I've realized that every time I start Photoshop, I have inevitably started calc.exe or pulled out my graphing calculator (now dead - a huge nuisance - should probably replace it but my experience was that it regularly chewed through batteries).
So, what I'd love to see in Photoshop is allow every field that takes a number to also take a mathematical formula and evaluate it. Real example of how I want it to work follows. Take the "Canvas Size" dialog:

For this case, I want to increase the width of the canvas to 886*2-1 pixel…

1and1.com dedicated servers...

So you are a small business like me and you have a Geocities/Yahoo/freebie website. Ads pop up all over the place and, well, it looks ugly.

Or maybe you pay something like $10 per month for scripting abilities and get embarrassingly slow speeds with the site when visitors do their thing and, uh, visit.

Or maybe you need some sort of customized setup. Or you are tired of paying tons of money for a few gigabytes of bandwidth per month. Or you run the web server on your Cable/DSL line and have an outage every month or two. Then let me point you at my provider:

http://www.1and1.com/?k_id=9130514

If you visit forums, you will probably find users ranting about how horrible 1and1.com is. Those users are paying for the $2/month service. 1and1.com dumps something like 300 websites onto a single server blade and then moves onto the next blade, dumps 300 more websites, etc. They don't give a darn about you if you go with their shared hosting services. And why should they? You aren't…

The world's first unified language

is source code. The various programming languages on the planet. It never ceases to amaze me, I can go to a page completely written in Japanese but the moment they get to source code, they start speaking a language I understand. I don't know a single word of Kanjii, but I do know C/C++ and even if the programming language isn't something I know, I can understand the gist of what the person is trying to get across.

Unlike most languages that carry cultural baggage, source code is internationally independent. Sure it is "written in English", but that is inconsequential. Most of those same Japanese pages use unrecognizable variable names and comments, but it is really easy to figure out what they are saying based on the source code...even the Japanese parts.

For some reason I see more Japanese results for really cool but slightly obscure stuff than any other country. And they seem to write better quality code than most American programmers. While businesses outsour…

VerifyMyPC works!

Despite the doubts people constantly send my way, VerifyMyPC works. Last night it caught an automated software installation of a Java-based application that was installed via a webpage _without_ my express permission. Needless to say, it got uninstalled.

It was a pretty harmless application written by computer nerds. Math nerds who know how to write computer software, specifically. The program's name is GCalc.

VerifyMyPC (http://www.cubiclesoft.com/VerifyMyPC/) notified me that GCalc was installed, which immediately sent me on a panic to figure out what it was because I knew I hadn't installed it. Searched Google for 'gcalc' and came up with the page I had visited. Once I figured out that it was pretty harmless, I just ran the uninstaller.

This is what makes VerifyMyPC so awesome. It catches things that wouldn't be found out otherwise. Sure it doesn't have a magical, happy "fix my system and make it better" button, but there is a reason for that: Magical…