Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mini Technology for Maximum Fun

Today’s fun comes in a small package.  Small but amazingly creative and wonderful.

Have you ever wanted to expand the capabilities of the camera on your cellphone?  Like being able to take up-close and personal photos of a delicate flower, a spider’s web, the wart on your friend’s elbow?  (Well, maybe not the wart.) The results you get probably won’t win any photography contests.  You’ll look at your picture, sigh, and then click the trash-it button.

What about getting a fish-eye pic?  Or wide angle?  All a no-go with a cellphone camera.  Until now.

Thanks to some very creative folks, you can now purchase a fisheye, macro and wide angle lens for your cellphone.  These lenses do not discriminate against cellphones.  They will work with ANY one that has a camera.

How?  How in the world can you attach a lens to a cellphone? you ask.

Boy, I didn’t realize that you were so skeptical.

By a powerful magnetic ring, that’s how.

The wide angle/macro lens sells for $20.  That’s the price of a trip to the movies with nachos, popcorn, and a drink.  The fisheye lens is $25.  Bundled together you get them for $40.  What a bargain if you ask me! You can find them here if you are interested.

And, if you are into photography this next item is such a fun lil’ item.  A mini camera that is a 1/16 scale model of a your real-life DSLR camera — detachable lenses and all!

With the holidays coming up before you know it, you can start dropping hints that this would make a great stocking stuffer.  Great for the photographer in your life (ahem, that’s you, my friend). Display it on your desk (but be careful not to lose it in the clutter).  Hang it on a chain around your neck.  Use it for a claymation movie with your GI Joe figures.  You can find it here.

Make Friends with These Plugins

Here are three great WordPress plugins that you ought to make friends with — assuming that you are using WordPress on a self-hosted site.

The first plugin has to do with publishing posts.  Let’s say that you are extremely ambitious and on-the-ball.  You type up scads of posts.  They are sitting patiently in your post draft area.  Waiting.  Waiting.  Waiting to be published.

Or, maybe you want to go on vacation.  And you want to keep up posting on your site.  But you don’t want to take time out of your vacation to write and publish something.  What’s a body to do?

Instead of having to go in and write and publish each post when you want a new one, you can use a plugin to create a schedule for your already written posts to automatically be published.  Sweet!

That plugin is called Scheduled Draft Publish Plugin for WordPress. (Say THAT fast 10 times!)  Dagon Design created it.  Take a look at it.  Try it out. I think you’ll like it.

Worried that some disreputable person might copy content from your site and paste it into theirs thus stealing your content?  Never fear!  Blog protector is here!  PC Drome has written a nice plugin that disables text selection and right click.  That makes is harder for someone to scrape text from your site.

The third plugin helps you to reply to the comments left on your blog. If you respond to a comment on your blog, the person who wrote the comment probably won’t check back to see that you made a response to his comment.  If you reply through e-mail, your comment doesn’t show up on your blog.   Ugh!!’s Greymatter Honeypot has a Comment E-mail Responder plugin that fixes that dilemma.  When that plugin is installed, you can respond to a comment on your blog and your response shows up on your blog AND is sent to the person’s e-mail.  Two responses in two places in a one-time effort.  Nice.

Hope these plugins make your bloggin’ world a little brighter!