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Ning and Bebo Among Fastest Growing Social Media Sites

Posted by Janet Dodrill at 4/30/2009 4:37 PM

By Janet Dodrill

In the April 20, 2009 Mashable (The Social Media Guide) article, ‘The Fastest Growing Social Sites’ (, it states that Twitter, Facebook (leading over MySpace), and LinkedIn are among the big three in fastest growing social media sites, with Twitter growing by 2,500 percent in the past year, and that number is expected to grow. Follow CDPUG on Twitter at

Two other social sites are gaining notable popularity–Ning and Bebo.

Been thinking about creating your own social network, and want one for free, that is easy to customize and manage? Try Ning ( Create an online social experience from one of over 50 themes, with this unique tool. Work with familiar features like video, RSS, messaging, and receive updates from your friends from other popular social media sites and from other favorite webmail programs–and organize into one inbox, and much more. Since April 2009, Ning has reached 1,000,000 social networks. Search and browse from thousands of new social sites, and join the ones that interest you, or start your own!

Bebo ( lets you explore new videos, music, authors, groups (like ‘Susan Boyle 2 Win’, ‘Spongebob World’, ‘Adidas’), gives you mobile phone accessibility, apps, and an instant message utility (also accepts AIM); allows you to share by keeping track of many of your other favorite social networking sites in one place; encourages you to invite friends to join your network. Bebo encourages users to give input on improvements by contacting company team members. It recently had a one month growth surge of nearly 50 percent.

Photoshop CS4 Creativity Tour Coming to Columbus May 13 2009

Posted by markphoto at 4/9/2009 4:18 PM

If you have never seen Bert Monroy’s work, you are missing some of the most AMAZING photoshop work in the world!

He is coming to Columbus on May 13, as part of the Photoshop CS4 Creativity Tour.
For more information about the seminar, look to
To see more about Bert, check out his site 
p.s. that “photo” on the front page of his site was NOT taken with a camera, but done COMPLETELY in Photoshop from scratch! – here are the stats…
This is my latest and most ambitious digital painting of a Chicago scene unveiled at Photoshop World in Miami on March 22, 2006. 
It is a panorama of the Damen Station on the Blue Line of the Chicago Transit Authority.
Adobe Illustrator was used for generating the majority of the basic shapes as well as all the buildings in the Chicago skyline. 
The rest was created in Photoshop.
• The image size is 40 inches by 120 inches.
• The flattened file weighs in at 1.7 Gigabytes. 
• It took eleven months (close to 2,000 hours) to create.
• The painting is comprised of close to fifty individual Photoshop files. 
• Taking a cumulative total of all the files, the overall image contains over 15,000 layers.
• Over 500 alpha channels were used for various effects. 
• Over 250,000 paths make up the multitude of shapes throughout the scene.

Stump the Gurus (feat. our own Spike Radway) from NCMUG

Posted by markphoto at 4/9/2009 4:13 PM

Has you MAC ever done anything to you that has confused you? Not been able to print? WIFI gone crazy? We’ll have answers for you. Our Anual right of spring “Stump the Gurus” will be our April Meeting. Scheduled to appear are the following Gurus – Marv Leventhal, Bob Hammer and guest Guru
Spike Radway of Team Spike.  There may also be a guest Guru from afar (still working on that). So bring your questions about your mac that have stumped you – They’ll have answers for you!

see you April 27th at 7pm for Stump the Gurus.

For more info,

Photoshop – An interesting stop-motion

Posted by markphoto at 4/9/2009 4:01 PM

Meatspace Photoshop… An interesting stop-motion

Project Management: Keeping Track of STUFF

 CDPUG General Meeting Review
Project Management
by Mark Smith of Cobalt Group, Inc.

Meeting Date: March 26, 2009

Reviewed by Elaine Trapp

About two dozen CDPUG members and guests gathered in Dodd Camera’s downtown meeting room to hear Mark Smith, principal and partner in the Cobalt Group, address the topic of Project Management. The 12-year-old consulting firm, whose motto is “connecting people and ideas to knowledge and action,” has worked in both the public and private sector.                      

Mark outlined his Practice Model:

Identify Opportunities/Build Capacity/Sustain Changes/Measure Outcomes

His view of sustainability, a popular term in business today, entails the ongoing, the long term. His view of leadership is “the convergence of knowledge, experience, emotional intelligence, communication skills and the courage to execute with both intensity and consistency.” He discussed the difficulty of having enough time to capture all the things that have to be done. He talked about the stress of keeping track of STUFF, “anything you’ve allowed in your mental or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but you haven’t yet determined what to do with it.” Mark called these “open loops,” those times when your brain keeps reminding you of things to do precisely when you cannot do anything about them.”

He defined peace of mind as productivity and has identified a five-stage cycle of Collect, Process, Organize, Review, and Do as a daily exercise toward achieving that goal. He recommended a review at the end of each day to decide what moves up on the list, what moves down, what can be delegated, and what can be tabled.

Mark maintains that it’s “what gets measured that gets done” and offered these keys to getting things done:

  • have fundamentals in place so they can be tracked
  • perspective is important
  • leadership buy-in is essential
  • plan for change and change the plan
  • anticipate everything, expect everything
  • know what outcomes you want
  • remember, what gets measured, gets done.

During a Q and A session after the presentation, several online project management tools and software were mentioned. Among them were Attask, Ganttchart, Timeslice (for the Mac), Versiontracker, Things, Omnifocus, Merlin, and Officetime. After two books about project management were raffled, the meeting was adjourned.  Mark Smith may be reached by e-mail at

(Editor’s Note, Presentation notes and photos may follow)

Adobe offers Adobe® Flex™ Builder 3 Professional FREE for unemployed developers

Posted by markphoto at 4/6/2009 10:33 PM

This is from Adobe’s website:

Adobe Flex Builder 3 software is currently available for free for software developers who are affected by the current economic condition and are currently unemployed.

Program eligibility:

To receive the product under this program, you must attest to the fact that you are currently unemployed and that the software will be used only for your personal use not for any production or commercial purposes.

I attest that the following statements are true: 
1) I am not currently employed or being paid to develop software applications or web pages 
2) Adobe Flex Builder 3 Software I receive under this program is for my personal use to learn about Adobe Flex and improve my skills 
3) My license to use Flex Builder 3 under this program will not be used for production or commercial purposes, nor will it be transferred to any other person or entity, including to my employer should I become employed. 

I don’t know how long this will last, but you can find details at

April is Recycle Old Computer Equipment Month

Posted by markphoto at 4/6/2009 3:20 PM

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District is sponsoring Recycle Your Computer Month during the month of April.
Residents can recycle unwanted home computer equipment at local collection events sponsored by participating cites. Please visit: for a list of participating cities and collection dates.
What if your city is not having a computer collection? If your city is not participating in this event, you can recycle your equipment directly with RET3 Job Corp. RET3 accepts and recycles computers year-round. Equipment can be turned in at the warehouse facility, located at 1814 East 40th Street in Cleveland. Equipment can be dropped off Monday through Friday at the rear of the building from 8:00-3:00. RET can be contacted at (216) 361-9991 or RET3 Sponsored Event. The Cleveland-based nonprofit will delete files on newer computers, fix them and donate them to schools.
These Dates are NOT controlled by RET3 and are subject to change, please check back at the site mentioned above for the correct dates as they are subject to change.

Microsoft to shut down online encyclopedia, discontinue software

Posted by markphoto at 3/31/2009 11:21 AM 

Microsoft is shutting down its Encarta encyclopedia Web sites and will also discontinue its Student and Premium Encarta software products.

“The category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed,” reads a note explaining the move on the MSN Encarta Web site. “People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past.”

The Encarta Web sites worldwide will shut down on Oct. 31 and Microsoft will stop selling the software products by June this year. One exception is the Encarta Japan Web site, which will stay live until the last day of this year.

People who have paid for a subscription to MSN Encarta Premium, which offers them access to more information, will get a refund for fees paid beyond April 30, although they’ll continue to be able to access the site until it shuts down in October.

Microsoft will continue to offer technical support for the software products for three years.

Macworld Expo moves to February in 2010

Posted by markphoto at 3/31/2009 11:16 AM

Macworld Expo will shift its dates to February in 2010 and open its show floor to attendees on Saturday, as part of the first steps to remake the long-time Mac trade show after Apple’s decision to end its involvement.

The 2010 edition of Macworld Conference and Expo will kick off on 9 February at San Francisco’s Moscone Center and run through 13 February. The conference portion of the show, slated for the Moscone West hall, will run from Tuesday through Saturday.

The expo portion, to be held in Moscone North, runs from Thursday through Saturday.

Read more about it at macworld story
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