Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Permanently Disable the Grid when files load in GIMP 2.10.*

So today I was struggling to find the Option to permanently disable the Grid by default without always having to Uncheck the Grid for each image loaded under the menu item:
    View > Show Grid

& I managed to find the option under the following menu item:
    Edit > Preferences > Image Windows > Appearance > Show grid (Under Default Appearance in
    Normal 
Window)

Thursday, December 9, 2021

I am a Christian


I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches
So I call upon His name.


When I say... "I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner
Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Adding a favicon to your website ;-)!

Hi Guys

I hope you're all keeping well, & looking forward to the festivities ;-).
I just wanted to let you know about favicons, & how to add them to your website.

What is a favicon >
A favicon is just a little icon / logo in the top left corner of your tab so that your website is easily recognizable to others.
It also makes your website look more professional as it has your icon / logo when your site loads in the browser.
Users are also able to find it at a glance if they have multiple tabs open in their browser(s) ;-).

I hope that helps (HTH)
Take care

Here's more information about what a favicon is:
https://www.w3schools.com/howto/howto_html_favicon.asp

As well as some favicon generators:
https://realfavicongenerator.net/
https://www.favicon-generator.org/
https://www.favicongenerator.com/

I hope you all enjoy the festivities & God bless ;-).

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Short History of Teddy the lion who was a member of the Recces in the 70's & 80's

 A Short History of Teddy the lion who was a member of the South African Recces in the 70's & 80's

Just BE

 Just BE

BE Strong Enough To Face The World Each Day
BE Weak Enough To Know You Cannot Do Everything Alone
BE Generous To Those Who Need Your Help
BE Minimal With What You Need Yourself
BE Wise Enough To Know That You Do Not Know Everything
BE Foolish Enough To Believe In Miracles
BE Willing To Share Your Joys
BE Willing To Share The Sorrows Of Others
BE A Leader When You See A Path Others Have Missed
BE A Follower When You Are Shrouded In The Midst Of Uncertainty
BE The First To Congratulate An Opponent Who Succeeds
BE The Last To Criticize A Colleague Who Fails
BE Sure Where Your Next Step Will Fall, So That You Will Not Stumble
BE Sure Of Your Final Destination, In Case You Are Going The Wrong
way.......
BE Loving To Those Who Love You
BE Loving To Those Who Do Not Love You, And They May Change

Above All Else, BE Yourself

Keep In Mind That Believing In Yourself Is Half The Secret To Success
the Other Half Is Having The Support And Encouragement Of Someone
who Cares......

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Free or very Cheap Website Starter Templates

This blog has been configured to open links in new tabs, however if for some reason it opens the tab in the same window, please use Ctrl + Click on Windows to Open the link in a new tab window.

https://wordpress.org/

https://www.w3schools.com/w3css/w3css_templates.asp

https://wrapbootstrap.com/

https://www.fiverr.com/

https://codepen.io/

Please remember that even though there's many free website builder templates out there, it's probably still a good idea to employ a honest web developer to help you get your personal or business website up and running.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

My Coding Resources

- W3Schools          - https://www.w3schools.com/         [Training]

- TutorialsPoint      - https://www.tutorialspoint.com/     [Training, nice resource but opens up too many tabs for my liking]

- PHP                       - https://www.php.net/                        [Custom development]

                                 - https://www.phptutorial.net/             [Training]

- Laravel                 - https://www.laravel.com/                  [Custom MVC development]

                                - https://laravel.com/docs/8.x#getting-started-on-windows

                                - https://laracasts.com/series?curated

- StackOverflow    - https://www.stackoverflow.com/        [Coding forums & support]

- WordPress         - https://www.wordpress.org/               [Content Management System - CMS]

- GIMP                    - https://www.gimp.org/                         [Creativity & design]

- Pixlr                      - https://www.pixlr.com/                         [Creativity & design]

- Bootstrap           - https://getbootstrap.com/                    [Mobile 1st CSS framework]

- Code Pen          - https://codepen.io/                                [Custom website templates]

- Sublime Text     - https://www.sublimetext.com/             [Text Editor I use for coding]

- Notepad++         - https://notepad-plus-plus.org/downloads/      [Text Editor I use for coding]

- Network Direction  - https://www.networkdirection.net/                 [Networking & Infrustructure]


- YouTube              - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=376vZ1wNYPA      [Complete Laravel 8 Tutorial | Laravel 8 From Scratch | Full Laravel 8 Course | Laravel For Beginners]


- eBooks            - https://leanpub.com/                       [Training]


- Arduino [AI and Robotics]


This starter kit was great. I bought this and worked through the examples

    - https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoStarterKit

Here's a robot made with arduino

    - http://www.instructables.com/id/Synopsis/

Here's a robot arm I also played around with. You can buy it from SA suppliers actually!

    - http://lifehacker.com/build-a-kickass-robot-arm-the-perfect-arduino-project-1700643747

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Why do Jews kiss their hand and touch the side of the building before entering their homes?

As I'm not Jewish I was curious to know why Jews kissed their hand and touched a part of the wall just outside their house before entering.
So naturally I did a web search for (why do jews kiss their hand before entering their homes) and found the following results which I scanned through as I found them (helpful) but honestly an information overload:

Why Kiss the Mezuzah? [source => www.chabad.org]
Why Kiss the Mezuzah? [source => www.aish.com]
Practical Spirituality: Touching the Mezuzah [source => www.ninaamir.com]

Apparently Some Jewish people kiss the mezuzah to remind them of God, and to protect them when going out and coming home.

If you are Jewish and can summarize why Jewish people do this in a nutshell please get in touch.
Hope you find this post interesting and can make more sense out of the links above!

Introduction: The tale of the Monks

Once upon a time, two Japanese monks were walking along a road together. The rain the evening before had left large puddles in their path, so they made their way with care. When they came upon an intersection covered by an especially large puddle of mud, they noticed a young woman who had stopped at the edge of the puddle. She was dressed in a white silk kimono, and her dilemma was obvious: there was no way she could cross the intersection without soiling her gown. The first of the two monks asked the woman if she would like some help. She answered yes. The monk then scooped her up in his arms, walked straight through the mud, and put her down on the other side. The woman thanked him and continued on her way. The monks resumed their journey, but a rift had developed between them. The second monk refused to speak to the first. They walked together in an uneasy silence until that evening when they reached their destination, the lodging temple. It was there that the second monk turned to the first, pointed his finger, and demanded, "Why did you do it?" The first monk was taken by surprise. "Do what?" he asked. "Don’t play dumb with me" snapped the second monk. "You know what I’m talking about. You know very well we monks are not supposed to have anything to do with woman, especially shapely young woman such as the one you carried across the puddle back at the intersection. Tell me, why did you do it? Why did you pick her up?" The first monk paused for a moment, shrugged, and then replied, "I put her down a long time ago. Maybe you’re the one still carrying her."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Useful Keyboard shortcuts that are not commonly used (OS >= Windows 7)

Alt + spacebar (windows Keyboard shortcut ALT + SPACEBAR) => Open shortcut dropdown menu of the current window
Alt + left mouse click and drag (Select text using alt key in MS Word) (MS Word, Notepad++) => Vertically / horizontally select text
Ctrl + tab number, e.g. Ctrl + 1, Ctrl + 5, Ctrl + 9 => Navigate to the 1st, 5th and last tab in your web browser.
Ctrl + +, Ctrl + -, Ctrl + 0 => Zoom In, Zoom Out and Reset Zoom in your web browser.

* NB: I'll continuously update this document as I think about other useful keyboard shortcuts.
However if you would like to share your top 10 keyboard shortcuts that are not mentioned above and not commonly known particularly focusing on the MS Windows OS please add a comment.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Laravel 5.* release notes and other useful goodies

Release Notes
Laravel 5.0 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.0/releases
Laravel 5.1 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.1/releases
Laravel 5.2 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.2/releases
Laravel 5.3 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.3/releases
Laravel 5.4 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.4/releases
Laravel 5.5 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.5/releases
Laravel 5.6 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.6/releases
Laravel 5.7 release notes - https://laravel.com/docs/5.7/releases

Other Links
Laravel 5 file upload - http://tutsnare.com/upload-files-in-laravel/
Laravel 5 file upload - http://itsolutionstuff.com/post/laravel-5-fileimage-upload-example-with-validationexample.html
Laravel 5 file upload - http://itsolutionstuff.com/post/laravel-5-image-upload-and-resize-example-using-intervention-image-packageexample.html
Adding class .active to current link in Laravel 5.2 - https://github.com/dwightwatson/active

Creativity, Inspiration, Design & Dev Resources

codepen
CSS Half Circle -> https://codepen.io/xram/pen/thLsk
CSS CRESCENT MOON -> https://codepen.io/chaika-design/pen/eRZxNJ
HTML5 grid layout -> https://codepen.io/krugert/pen/bxgqoP

text / sites
A Complete Guide to the Table Element -> https://css-tricks.com/complete-guide-table-element/
HTML Imports -> https://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/webcomponents/imports/
create a half moon like arc in css -> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44606989/can-we-
CSS design - rainbow -> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/27730476/css-design-rainbow
HTML5 Template Tag: Introduction -> http://robdodson.me/html5-template-tag-introduction/

CSS Layout - Horizontal & Vertical Align -> https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_align.asp
-   horizontally left & right align element(s) -> https://www.w3schools.com/css/tryit.asp?filename=trycss_layout_clearfix

laravel news -> https://laravel-news.com/
-   Laravel Enum Package -> https://laravel-news.com/laravel-enum-package
-   Manage your Language files from Artisan -> https://laravel-news.com/manage-language-files-artisan

javascript output
-> https://www.w3schools.com/js/js_output.asp

opentutorials -> https://opentutorials.org

youtube
Rainbow Loading Page Animation - Pure CSS Tutorials - How to create Rainbow Animation With CSS -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fgUiEk1yj0
30 Genius hacks for your life -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdLQ-mJi7rU
colour picker -> https://www.w3schools.com/colors/colors_picker.asp
css clear property -> https://www.w3schools.com/cssref/pr_class_clear.asp
-> https://css-tricks.com/almanac/properties/c/clear/
Learn HTML5 in 15 minutes! -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY2RLgTmiZY
HTML5 Tutorial For Beginners - part 1 of 6 - Getting Started -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTw2EDkaDQ

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Developer Guidelines

1. Introduction
2. Coding Guidelines
2.1 Bracing
2.2 Single line statements
2.3 Commenting
2.3.1 Copyright notice
2.3.2 Documentation Comments
2.3.3 Web Service Comments
2.3.4 Custom Server Control and ASP.NET AJAX Control Comments
2.3.5 Comment Style
2.4 Spacing
2.5 Naming
2.6 Namespaces
2.6.1 Assembly Namespaces
2.6.2 ASP.NET Website Namespaces
2.6.3 ASP.NET Web Service Namespaces
2.7 File Organisation
2.7.1 File Organisation
2.8 ASP.NET ID Prefixes
2.9 Data Access
2.10 Data Access
2.10.1 Cache Your Elements
2.10.2 Prefer [] over item()
2.10.3 Avoid the use of ‘eval’
2.10.4 String manipulation
2.10.5 JavaScript compression
3. SQL Guidelines
3.1 Parameters and variables
3.2 Control statements
3.3 Naming
3.4 Paging
3.5 Exceptions and business logic

Introduction

This document contains the recommended guidelines for C#.NET and SQL Server development projects.

Laravel 5.4 release notes and other useful goodies