photos http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4443/all en-US Get Free Media Software for Your Windows PC http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5021980078_e558347f02_z.jpg" alt="man with laptop" title="man with laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the advantages of Apple computers is that they come with pre-installed software like Apple's iLife. iLife includes programs for managing digital photos, editing home movies, producing music, and making websites. The great news is that Windows users no longer have to be left out of the fun. There are free software programs available on the Internet in each of these categories. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own" title="Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a>)</p> <h3>Managing Digital Photos: Google's Picasa</h3> <p><a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Google's Picasa</a> includes many features similar to Apple's iPhoto. It locates photos on your computer and neatly organizes them by date. You can easily improve your photos with editing tools like red-eye elimination, cropping, straightening, or adjusting brightness. Once edits are complete, you're ready to share an album. Picasa makes it easy by syncing with Picasa Web Albums, Blogger accounts, or Facebook (with <a href="http://apps.facebook.com/picasauploader">a free plugin</a>). If you prefer video, you can turn your pictures into a movie slideshow, add background music, and automatically upload them to YouTube.</p> <h3>Editing Home Movies: Windows Live Movie Maker</h3> <p><a href="http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker?os=other">Windows Live Movie Maker</a> is easier than ever to record digital videos thanks to camcorders, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/digital-camera-buying-guide" title="How to Buy a Digital Camera">cameras</a>, and cell phones. It helps you take those clips and turn them into impressive movies with titles, credits, background music, and animated transitions. It works similarly to Apple's iMovie. Windows Live Movie Maker displays your videos in a timeline format so you can easily view the frames that you want to edit. A preview screen immediately shows what the edited video looks like. Add the finishing touches by experimenting with dozens of preloaded transitions and visual effects. Then, quickly and easily publish your movie to the web with direct links to Facebook and YouTube.</p> <h3>Producing Your Own Music: Audacity</h3> <p><a href="http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/">Audacity</a> is not &ldquo;pretty&rdquo; software, but when you get past its rough appearance, you'll find it to be a simple tool for making high-quality recordings. Aspiring musicians will love it for fine-tuning tracks and combining multiple recordings into home-produced songs. For the more casual user, you'll find it useful for cutting your favorite song down to a 30-second ringtone or putting together a voice-over for a home movie. You start by recording from a microphone or importing an existing track. Audacity will give you a visual representation so you can edit it by selecting the portion of the audio you want to work with. You can delete sections you don't want, add in sound effects, or decrease static from your microphone. Expect to spend a little more time learning how to use it than you would with Apple's Garage Band, but with the money you'll save it should be well worth it.</p> <h3>Making a Website: Weebly</h3> <p><a href="http://www.weebly.com/">Weebly</a> is unlike the other iLife alternatives in that it's an online service. This means that you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/website-101-how-to-build-a-site-and-get-it-online" title="Website 101: How to Build a Site and Get It Online">build your website</a> by visiting and developing on weebly.com. There are many free alternatives for creating websites, but what separates Weebly is that each step is incredibly user-friendly, whether you are designing, building, or publishing. You start by selecting one of their website designs. Then, drag and drop the features you want from their toolbar onto your website. You can choose text areas, pictures, YouTube videos, maps, or many other items you're used to seeing on the Internet. When you're finished, just click &ldquo;publish&rdquo; and choose to either publish for free at &ldquo;yoursite.weebly.com&rdquo; or upgrade to something more traditional like &ldquo;www.yoursite.com.&rdquo; Weebly is even more cost-effective than Apple's iWeb, which requires you to have Apple's $99/year MobileMe service to take advantage of publishing.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Mike Lammers. Mike is a &quot;tech guy&quot; striving to make technology easier to use. He's the founder of <a href="http://ohrizon.com/" target="_blank"><span>Ohrizon.com</span></a>, a website with the motto that &quot;every overpriced software has an affordable alternative.&quot; Read more by Mike:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/fixing-photos-with-gimp/">Fixing Photos With GIMP</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/openoffice-vs-microsoft-office/">OpenOffice vs. Microsoft Office</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.ohrizon.com/too-many-passwords/">Too Many Passwords?</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mike-lammers">Mike Lammers</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-free-media-software-for-your-windows-pc">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-why-apple-is-still-on-a-tear">10 Reasons Why Apple Is Still on a Tear</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-fantastic-freebies-for-your-pc">101 fantastic freebies for your PC</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-last-almost-forever-with-some-simple-tricks">Make Your Computer Last (Almost) Forever With Some Simple Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/apple-introduces-most-outrageous-rewards-program-in-history">Apple introduces most outrageous “rewards” program in history</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Technology apple computer software computers photos programs websites Mon, 08 Nov 2010 13:00:11 +0000 Mike Lammers 280494 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/516804923_f648a48765.jpg" alt="Lost wallet" title="Lost Wallet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s not a fun feeling. You&rsquo;ve reached the checkout at the grocery store, you feel into your pocket, or purse, and realize that your wallet is missing. You heart stops, you walk out without your shopping and proceed to panic. But there is one way you can significantly increase the chance of your wallet being returned intact.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re like me, your life is in your wallet. From various forms of I.D. and insurance cards, to credit and bank cards, business cards, receipts and all sorts of other junk, my wallet is a portable filing cabinet. And to lose it is to lose your mind, at least for a while.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">But what could you put in your wallet to dramatically increase the chances of getting it back? As Richard Wiseman, a psychologist found out, the answer was surprisingly simple &ndash; <strong>baby pictures. </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">As <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6681923.ece">The Times reported on July 11</a> hundreds of wallets were distributed around Edinburgh, with different photos and contents.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Richard Wiseman, a psychologist, and his team inserted one of four photographs behind a clear plastic window inside, showing either a smiling baby, a cute puppy, a happy family or a contented elderly couple. Some wallets had no image and some had charity papers inside.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The results were conclusive. The wallets containing the baby pictures won by a landslide. A staggering 9 out of 10 wallets were returned. And when there was nothing in there at all, except the usual cards and cash, just 1 in 7 wallets came back to the owners.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are the results in full:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>The baby photograph wallets had the highest return rate, with 88 per cent of the 40 being sent back. Next came the puppy, the family and the elderly couple, with 53 per cent, 48 and 28 respectively. At 20 per cent and 15, the charity card and control wallets had the lowest return rates.</em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">So, why the massive difference between results? This all seems to be related to evolution:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>..the result reflects a compassionate instinct towards vulnerable infants that people have evolved to ensure the survival of future generations. &ldquo;The baby kicked off a caring feeling in people, which is not surprising from an evolutionary perspective,&rdquo; he said.</em><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Fortunately, I already have baby pictures in my wallet, of my two little girls. But what if you don&rsquo;t? You could always ask a relative for a great picture of your niece, nephew or grandkid. But if you don&rsquo;t have any of those options open to you, Dr. Wiseman has some sound advice: cheat.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>&ldquo;If you want to increase the chances of your wallet being returned if lost, obtain a photograph of the cutest baby you can find, and ensure that it is prominently displayed,&rdquo; he said. </em></p> <p class="MsoNormal">And if the worst should happen and your wallet does go missing, it&rsquo;s wise not to wait for its return, even if it is showcasing the cutest baby on the planet. The <a href="http://www.fdic.gov/CONSUMERS/CONSUMER/moneysmart/index.html">FDIC Money Smart Education Program </a> offers the following step-by-step advice:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1. File a police report.</strong><b><br /> </b>Your bank and credit reporting agencies will need a copy of this report and its case number. Explain the following:</p> <ul> <li>When you first noticed your wallet missing</li> <li>Where you think it was lost or stolen</li> <li>The types of currency and information that were in it.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>2. Notify your bank. </strong></p> <ul> <li>Provide a copy of the police report and case number.</li> <li>Be prepared to close your accounts and move your funds to new ones.</li> <li>Ask your bank to contact the major check verification companies. They need to notify stores not to accept any further checks from your account.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Cancel your ATM card. Get a new one and set it up with a new PIN.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>3. Cancel all of your credit cards immediately. </strong></p> <p>Your credit card companies will send you a new credit card with a new credit card number. They may also ask you about recent transactions to determine if they are yours.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>4. Notify the three major credit reporting agencies: </strong><br /> For each of these agencies, ask for the fraud or security department. Ask them to put a fraud alert on your credit report.</p> <ul> <li>Equifax &ndash; 1-800-525-6285</li> <li>TransUnion &ndash; 1-800-680-7289</li> <li>Experian &ndash; 1-888-397-3742</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>5. A few weeks after the incident, get a free copy of your credit report.</strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Use this to determine if fraudulent transactions have been made in your name.</p> <p>Do you have any other tips for making your wallet safer of more likely to be returned? Let us know.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/debit-or-credit-which-one-should-you-choose-at-the-checkout">Debit Or Credit? Which One Should You Choose At The Checkout?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-spare-a-square-5-quick-tips-on-toilet-paper-usage">&quot;Can you spare a square?&quot; 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/uglify-your-stuff-to-keep-it-safe">Uglify Your Stuff To Keep It Safe</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Credit Cards General Tips Shopping baby lost photos pictures purse stolen wallet Tue, 14 Jul 2009 12:00:06 +0000 Paul Michael 3384 at http://www.wisebread.com How to bake sourdough bread (and save a buck on every loaf) http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fresh-baked-loaf.jpg" alt="Just-sliced loaf of fresh-baked bread" title="First slices" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="205" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I doubt if the cost of yeast is really breaking your household budget. If you bake a lot you probably already buy yeast in bulk, so you're not paying the per-packet price anyway. And yet, baking sourdough bread (or rolls or pizza crust) is just so cool. My wife and I haven't bought yeast for years, but we bake bread all the time. And that's what this post is about--baking sourdough bread.</p> <p><img width="300" height="296" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/bubbles.jpg" alt="Sourdough starter" />Carrie wrote a great post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-kitchen-could-be-a-yeast-farm">getting your sourdough starter going</a>, so I'll mostly skip that step. You can catch wild yeasts in your kitchen, spend a few dollars on a packet of fancy &quot;San Francisco&quot; sourdough starter, or just use your last packet of store-bought yeast to kick off your starter. It doesn't matter.</p> <p>I'm going to use that phrase a lot: It doesn't matter. By that I don't mean that the bread will come out the same no matter what you do. What I mean is that <em>it will be bread</em> no matter what you do. In fact, that's the theme of this whole post: Making bread is easy. It's possible to screw it up, but most people succeed on their first try. My wife and I have been baking bread at least once a week for years and we haven't had a failure yet.</p> <p>So, assuming you have a jar of starter--even if it's just a couple cups of water, a couple cups of flour, and a packet of store-bought yeast--here's what you do. When you're done, you'll have a fresh-baked loaf of bread. You'll also once again have a jar of starter--which is why you'll never have to buy yeast again.</p> <p>Whichever technique you use to create your starter, remember that it's a living thing. We think of ours as a pet. (We named her Bubbles.)</p> <h2>Feed your starter</h2> <p><img width="300" height="237" align="right" alt="Starter after feeding" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/after-feeding.jpg" />Step one is to feed the starter. You have to do this every week or so whether you're going to bake anything or not, so you might as well bake something.</p> <p>Feeding your starter just means putting it in a big bowl and adding some water and some flour so that the yeast have something to eat. After a week, even in the refrigerator where yeast grows pretty slowly, the yeast will have eaten pretty much all the sugar in the flour, so you have to give it some fresh flour if you want it to live.</p> <p>So, how much water and flour do you need to add? It doesn't matter. What I usually do is add as much water as I want for whatever I'm baking. If I'm baking a full-size loaf of bread, that's usually two cups of water, for pizza dough, one cup. (Lately I've been using a bit less for bread, because I had a couple of loaves rise so much they didn't fit in our bread box.) I add about as much flour as I added water.</p> <p>The books say to add all-purpose flour, because whole-wheat flour has oils that can go rancid.</p> <p>Let your starter feast on that fresh flour for a while. How long? It doesn't matter. The yeast will start growing right away, so in as little as 20 minutes you'll have doubled the amount of yeast. You could go on to the next step as early as that, if you're in a big hurry. You could leave it over night, if you wanted to bake bread first thing the next morning. I usually feed Bubbles right after breakfast and then go on to the next step right after lunch.</p> <p>The books on these things always emphasize that you should keep your starter in a glass jar, as the alcohol and acid produced can leach things you don't want to eat out of metal or plastic containers. For the same reason, they often say to use a wooden spoon rather than a metal one.</p> <p>The starter won't grow very fast while it's cold, so it's good if the water you add is warm. Just make sure it isn't so hot as to kill the yeast. (The books say 110&deg; F. I just go with &quot;warm&quot; and haven't killed Bubbles yet.) You can add cold water and it'll still work, it'll just take a little longer.</p> <h2>Save your starter</h2> <p><img width="300" height="242" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/dough-and-starter.jpg" alt="After saving the starter" />This is the only other step that's different from making bread with store-bought yeast. Once your yeast has had a chance to feed for a bit, pour some back into the jar where you keep your starter. How much? It doesn't matter. I always pour back 2 cups so that we always have the same amount. One cup would be enough. You could pour back variable amounts if you wanted.</p> <p>Put something over the jar with your starter, but don't close it up too tightly. The covering is to keep dust out, keep the starter from drying out, and keep it from exchanging smells and flavors with everything else in your fridge. Since it's alive, though, it'll produce carbon dioxide, and if you have a tight lid the pressure can build up enough to break the jar.</p> <p>Put your starter in the fridge. You can leave it for a week or two. If you're going to go be away from it longer than that, you can freeze it. It may not be as lively as usual the first time or two you use it after that, but it'll usually survive.</p> <h2>Make dough</h2> <p>With the part of the starter that you didn't put back in the fridge, make bread dough. Making bread dough, of course, is easy--just add flour until it's dough and knead it for a while.</p> <p><img width="300" height="287" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/ingredients.jpg" alt="Bread ingredients" />What flour? It doesn't matter. Whatever you like. All-purpose flour will make fine bread. I like bread made with whole wheat flour better, so I almost always use mostly whole wheat flour. I like the way the bread comes out if I use some bread flour, though, so I usually do. You can also put in moderate amounts of all kinds of exotic flours, if you want. We got a big bag of rye flour for 99&cent;, so I've been putting some of that in every loaf just lately. I often put in a third of a cup of rolled oats or of corn meal, just to add a bit of complexity to the bread. I don't think I've ever added brown rice flour to the bread, but I bet it would be good. I almost always add a couple tablespoons of flax seed meal for the fiber and the omega-3 fatty acids.</p> <p>There's a lot of other things you can add. You can put in some oil or butter, if you want. I usually don't, because the bread is just as yummy and lower in fat without it. You can put in some sugar, if you want. That can speed up the rising a bit, by giving the yeast some simple sugars to eat. If you put in a lot, it can also make the bread a little sweet, if you like that. I've been known to add sugar in many different forms--white sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses. Just lately we've been adding corn syrup. (We've had this bottle for years, because our previous cat had diabetes and our vet suggested we keep it on hand in case of insulin shock. Rather than throw it out, we're putting a tablespoon or so in loaves of bread here and there.)</p> <p><img width="300" height="267" align="right" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/kneading.jpg" />We don't put salt in our bread, because we like it better without, but lots of people do. (If you make your bread in a bread machine, don't skip the salt. Salt retards the growth of the yeast; if you skip it, the timing in the bread machine will lead to the bread rising too quickly and then partially collapsing. If you're baking it yourself, you can just go by how the bread looks and it'll be fine.)</p> <p>Add whatever flour and other ingredients you want. Once it's not too sticky, start kneading. Add flour as necessary until you get dough. That's really all there is to this step.</p> <h2>Let the dough rise</h2> <p>I usually do two risings. I form the dough into a ball, put it back in the same bowl I used to mix it, and then cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. (The tradition is to cover it with a damp cloth. It doesn't matter. The covering is just to keep dust out of the dough and to keep it from drying out.)</p> <p>The traditional rule of thumb is to let the bread &quot;double in bulk&quot; at each rising. I usually do a short first rising--just 20 or 40 minutes--and then form the loaf and let it rise again in the loaf pan. You can also just do one rising, forming a loaf and letting it rise in the loaf pan right from the start. You get bread either way.</p> <p><img width="300" height="279" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/dough-in-bowl.jpg" alt="" />How you do the rising makes a difference in the texture of the bread--whether it has lots of little holes or fewer, larger holes. If your starter is a San Francisco-style culture, doing a long first rising and then a long second rising may give you bread that's more sour than you get from just one rising.</p> <p>One thing about sourdough is that there's likely to be a lot of variability at this stage. Depending on a lot of different things--how long it's been since the last time you fed starter, how long you fed it this time, how much sugar you put in the dough, how moist the dough is, how much you kneaded it, and no doubt lots of other things--the bread can double in bulk in anywhere from 20 minutes to 3 or 4 hours. (This is probably the reason that people ever even invented yeast packets.)</p> <p>Forming the loaf?&nbsp; Just knead the dough into an oblong blob that'll fit in your loaf pan.&nbsp; You probably want to grease the pan so the bread will come out easily.&nbsp; Drop the blob in the pan and let it rise.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Bake the bread</h2> <p>Once the bread has risen enough, turn on the oven and bake it. I bake mine at 350&deg; F, but I'm sure you could bake it at other temperatures.</p> <p>I do a couple of things to save energy, and because I like the way the bread turns out. One is to just put the dough into a cold oven and then turn the oven on. Unlike with cakes and pies, there's no need to preheat the oven. Another thing I do is to turn the oven off about 15 minutes before the bread is ready to come out--it stays hot long enough to finish the bread.</p> <p>You're supposed to be able to tell of the bread is done by thumping on the bottom of the loaf and listening to the sound, so I always do that. My bread is always done, though, so I've never heard what it sounds like if it isn't done.</p> <h2>Quality control</h2> <p><img width="184" height="300" align="right" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u203/saved-starter.jpg" alt="" />The bread will slice better if you let it cool some before you cut it. But who can wait that long?&nbsp; We always cut a couple of slices right away and perform quality control.&nbsp; Fortunately, it's always of high quality.</p> <p>Besides just eating it yourself, you can also give bread away to friends and relations.&nbsp; It's always appreciated as a gift by people who imagine that it's a lot of work to bake bread.&nbsp; In fact, though, it isn't.&nbsp; The only real issue is wall-clock time.&nbsp; It probably only takes about half an hour of actual work to bake a loaf, but that half hour is spread over at least half a day.&nbsp; If you have to spend all day at work, it would require some pretty fancy scheduling to be able to be there for each step along the way.&nbsp; So I&nbsp;can see why some people buy store-bought bread.</p> <p>If you can bake your own bread, though, there's only one reason not to make it sourdough bread--if you bake so rarely that your starter would die between loaves.</p> <p>As I say, we haven't bought yeast in years, so baking sourdough bread does save us a bit of money--but that's not why we do it. We do it because it's fun, because we enjoy kneading the dough, because fresh bread is better whether it's sourdough or not, because we can make the bread exactly the way we like it, because we can make it different every time, because we can use premium ingredients--and still make it cheaper than store-bought bread. But mostly because it's fun.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-bake-sourdough-bread-and-save-a-buck-on-every-loaf">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-simple-tips-to-improve-homemade-bread">4 Simple Tips to Improve Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-besides-frugality-to-do-for-yourself">The many reasons--besides frugality--to do for yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-bread-and-biscuit-recipes-that-bake-in-a-flash">10 Quick Bread and Biscuit Recipes That Bake in a Flash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-recipes-for-homemade-bread">10 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dump-cake-and-other-sweet-easy-treats">Dump Cake and Other Sweet, Easy Treats</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking bread bread dough Cooking DIY Homemade how to how to bake bread photos pizza dough sourdough sourdough bread Fri, 13 Mar 2009 18:40:13 +0000 Philip Brewer 2930 at http://www.wisebread.com The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/souvenir.jpg" alt="Souvenir shop" title="Souvenir shop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a rule, we don’t buy souvenirs for their usefulness. A t-shirt from the Hard Rock Café or a shell sculpture from Hawaii isn’t going to increase your productivity — in fact, dusting it may just make your life that much harder. But souvenirs are good things to have: they’re meant to remind us of the amazing experiences we’ve had. Your souvenir doesn’t need to be useful or productive. </p> <p>As you travel, there are many options for meaningful yet inexpensive souvenirs, which I like because that means I can save up and travel again that much faster. Personally, I also try to find souvenirs that I’ll have the opportunity to see in my day to day life, so that I have the benefit of my happy memories every time I put on a piece of clothing or walk by a pretty picture on my wall.</p> <p><strong>Use your camera.</strong> I take as many photos as I can when I travel. And, while I get plenty of shots of the local sites, I also make a point of taking photos of the people I travel with and the friends I make along the way. After I get home, I don’t let my photos languish in a scrapbook. Instead, I do things with them:</p> <ul> <li>print and hang photos on my wall</li> <li>use photos as wallpapers on my desktop</li> <li>make my photos into personalized cards, bookmarks and anything else I can think of</li> </ul> <p><strong>Buy local clothing.</strong> Instead of picking up yet another t-shirt emblazoned with a city name, try for something that you’d be excited to wear. I’ve found gorgeous embroidered tops in Morocco, beaded sandals in Israel and a fantastic rugby jersey in Ireland. And because I managed to find places that catered to a local clientele, I could, at the most expensive, pick up an outfit for the same price I would pay at home. </p> <p><strong>Find the local bookstores.</strong> I know plenty of people who like hitting up the local history section, but I prefer to find a couple of local authors who write fiction instead. My favorite find was a set of mystery novels set in Cardiff, written by a local man — I feel like I got a lot more local color than even a history of Cardiff could give me. And there’s nothing wrong with finding your local books at a used bookstore: local histories and such are notorious for rapidly going out of print, making a used bookstore a surprisingly good option. </p> <p>There’s nothing wrong with a keychain or a coffee mug, but there are so many options beyond the hotel gift shop. If you have any time to just look around your destination, and find a small market, a used bookstore or any other opportunity for truly unique souvenirs, I highly recommend it. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-and-best-airport-buys">The 8 Worst and Best Airport Buys</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amazing-aaa-discounts">Amazing AAA Discounts</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-fall-and-holiday-travel-deals">7 Ways to Get the Best Fall and Holiday Travel Deals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Travel photos souvenir Mon, 21 Apr 2008 15:15:08 +0000 Thursday Bram 2030 at http://www.wisebread.com A New Walgreens Development: Free Photos on April 9th! http://www.wisebread.com/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/disposable camera.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">My junk drawer is full of almost-expired disposable cameras.<span> </span>Dropping one off at the local Walgreens is not only a great way to avoid waste, but it won&rsquo;t cost me a dime!<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s the scoop on the next great freebie from Walgreens!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you just got your free ink refill from Walgreens last promotion.<span> </span>Not surprisingly, they&rsquo;ve found another super way to get you back into the store.<span> </span>Free photo development is a weakness of mine, and if you&rsquo;re game, you might want to pop in and take advantage, too!<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">My junk drawer is full of almost-expired disposable cameras.<span> </span>Dropping one off at the local Walgreens is not only a great way to avoid waste, but it won&rsquo;t cost me a dime!<span> </span>Here&rsquo;s the scoop on the next great freebie from Walgreens!</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Maybe you just got your free ink refill from Walgreens last promotion.<span> </span>Not surprisingly, they&rsquo;ve found another super way to get you back into the store.<span> </span>Free photo development is a weakness of mine, and if you&rsquo;re game, you might want to pop in and take advantage, too!<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.walgreens.com/dmi/filmcoupon/default.html?ec=hn524r_getcoupon">Here&rsquo;s the link to the printable coupon.</a><span> </span>Take it in to any participating Walgreens store this <strong>Wednesday, April 9th</strong> along with your roll of film or disposable camera, and there is no charge for one set of 4X6 prints and negatives.<span> </span>I&rsquo;ll admit that I&rsquo;ve almost completely gone online developing through a service that both stores and prints my photos.<span> </span>However, this is great for getting through the pile of disposables that I am just too lazy to mail in.<span> </span>The promotion will develop 35mm, APS-film or the disposables with <strong>any number of exposures</strong>!<span> </span>(Time to take in that roll of 48!)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The one-hour photo service may be slow on this day, due to high volumes of processing.<span> </span>I would plan on dropping off your film and expecting to get it later in the day.<span> </span>Also, it might be a great time to take advantage of some additional deals that Walgreens is offering, including:</p> <ul> <li class="MsoNormal">200-speed 35 mm film (24 exp) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Size D and C batteries (4-pack) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Scotch Tape (3-pack) for <strong>99 cents with coupon</strong></li> <li class="MsoNormal">Wal-itin 24-Hour Allergy Relief (30 ct.) <strong>FREE after Rebate!</strong><strong> <br /> </strong></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">You might also want to look at other <strong>FREE After Rebate</strong> products from this month&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.walgreens.com/store/rebateclub.jsp?_DARGS=/store/rebate_page.jsp_A&amp;_DAV=2&amp;start=7">Easy Saver Rebate Catalog</a>, including: Aquafresh Extreme Whitening Toothpaste, Colgate 3600 Clean Manual Toothbrush, SoyJoy bar, Just For Men Haircolor, Tums Quickpack, and jane Be Pure Mineral Blush.<span> </span>(Offer expires April 26, 2008)</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em><span>For more great tips on saving at Walgreens, see Nora&rsquo;s article on <a href="/free-shopping-at-walgreens">how to shop for free</a></span></em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-new-walgreens-development-free-photos-on-april-9th">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-bag-of-yummy-corozonas-chips">Free Bag of Yummy Corozonas Chips!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throw-a-house-party-for-free">Throw a House Party for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-8gb-ipod-touch-from-bbva-compass-bank">FREE 8GB iPod Touch From BBVA Compass Bank (Colorado)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-to-self-with-a-free-subscription">Treat yourself to SELF with a free subscription</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-out-the-vote-and-grab-a-tall-starbucks-coffee-for-free">Get out the Vote and Grab a Tall Starbucks Coffee for Free!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Freebies freebie photos Walgreens Mon, 07 Apr 2008 15:35:29 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1988 at http://www.wisebread.com Help yourself to amazing photos from The Library Of Congress http://www.wisebread.com/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2179047512_9265b7a094.jpg" alt="Ruth" title="Ruth" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="352" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm must confess, I'm a bit of a history junkie. I can often be found digging through The History Channel On Demand shows, all too often because we can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes we have made in the past. So when I recently discovered that The Library Of Congress was releasing hundreds of copyright-free images on Flickr, I just had to find out more.</p> <p>On January 16th, 2008, <a href="http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233">The Library Of Congress</a> made the following announcement:</p> <p>I'm must confess, I'm a bit of a history junkie. I can often be found digging through The History Channel On Demand shows, all too often because we can learn valuable lessons from the mistakes we have made in the past. So when I recently discovered that The Library Of Congress was releasing hundreds of copyright-free images on Flickr, I just had to find out more.</p> <p>On January 16th, 2008, <a href="http://www.loc.gov/blog/?p=233">The Library Of Congress</a> made the following announcement:</p> <blockquote><p><em>...it is so exciting to let people know about the launch of a brand-new pilot project the Library of Congress is undertaking with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/">Flickr</a>, the enormously popular photo-sharing site that has been a Web 2.0 innovator. If all goes according to plan, the project will help address at least two major challenges: how to ensure better and better access to our collections, and how to ensure that we have the best possible information about those collections for the benefit of researchers and posterity. In many senses, we are looking to enhance our metadata (one of those Web 2.0 buzzwords that 90 percent of our readers could probably explain better than me).</em></p> <p><em>The project is beginning somewhat modestly, but we hope to learn a lot from it. Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos from two of our most popular collections are being made available on our new <a target="_blank" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/">Flickr page</a>, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p>I think what excites me most is the &quot;no copyright restrictions&quot; part. As some of you may know, I'm no fan at all of stealing any kind of media, be it music, movies or photographs. Not only is this a fascinating glimpse into America's past, you are also free to use these historic photos as you see fit.</p> <p>Right now the range of photographs is a little limited, based in the early 1900's and then the 30's and 40's. However, the images are often striking, powerful and sometimes funny. As time goes on, more and more of the 14 million images in the collection will be released, with the goal being to help identify who and what is in some of the photos. What a great way to collaborate with the general public.</p> <p>I know I'll be downloading several images for articles on Wisebread, but some of them also make beautiful prints. They would be great for student work, collages, documentary films and books. With no copyright restrictions, it's your call. If nothing else, just check out some great American history for free.</p> <p>Here are some of my favorite images:</p> <p><img width="500" height="370" title="LOC1" alt="LOC1" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2162655731_7144927e48.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="368" title="LOC2" alt="LOC2" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2162723813_9b9fa5836e.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="364" title="LOC3" alt="LOC3" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2163727816_8e80aabac0.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="405" title="LOC4" alt="LOC4" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179866866_d4de124225.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="383" height="500" title="LOC5" alt="LOC5" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179913094_3a1591008e.jpg" /></p> <p><img width="500" height="408" title="LOC6" alt="LOC6" src="http://healthcarehacks.com/files/fruganomics/u17/2179930812_1c734d4726.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-yourself-to-amazing-photos-from-the-library-of-congress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-awesome-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-get-at-the-library">12 Awesome Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Could Get at the Library</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s">Invest Your Time in These 13 Things While You&#039;re in Your 20s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Flickr government Library Of Congress photos sharing Wed, 30 Jan 2008 00:02:55 +0000 Paul Michael 1700 at http://www.wisebread.com Are You Stealing From Your Photographer? http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/weddingphotog.JPG" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="364" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dear readers,</p> <p>We&#39;ve removed this article from our archives. We have great respect for photographers and their work. We believe people should not reprint copyrighted photographs, even if it is only for personal use. If you would like the freedom to make unlimited reprints of your wedding photos taken by a professional photographer, negotiate with your photographer and ask for unlimited reproduction rights upfront. </p> <p>Wise Bread is a community blog created by many talented writers. The views of each writer does not necessarily represent that of the entire blog. </p> <p>Yours truly, </p> <p>Will Chen</p> <p>Editor </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-stealing-from-your-photographer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-self-portrait-photo-ever">Best self-portrait photo ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fbi-considered-its-a-wonderful-life-communist-propaganda">FBI Considered &quot;It&#039;s A Wonderful Life&quot; Communist Propaganda</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/weird-things-you-didnt-know-about-valentines-day">Weird Things You Didn&#039;t Know About Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-flush-299-down-the-toilet-and-fish-it-out-again">How to flush $299 down the toilet (and fish it out again)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Commentary copyright photos portraits Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:17:40 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1676 at http://www.wisebread.com Where Are my Photos? Picturebug Goes out of Business http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/picture bug photo.jpg" alt="Hanne with her Grandmother" title="Hanne with her Grandmother" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="248" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Today I received a notice that <a href="http://www.picturebug.info/">Picturebug</a> is going out of business.<span> </span>Who is Picturebug?<span> </span>I’m not sure.<span> </span>I had never heard of them, but apparently they are a picture service similar to <a href="http://www.shutterfly.com/">Shutterfly</a> or <a href="http://www.snapfish.com/">Snapfish</a>.<span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">My email contained a link to their website which confirmed that they have discontinued their service and users will no longer be able to order prints of any photos stored by the service.<span> </span>I guess if I had used the service this would be a bummer.<span> </span>I do use online photo services for both printing needs and as a backup photo storage method to my PC and backup discs.<span> </span>Now I will rethink that strategy.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">According to the Picturebug email:</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong> </strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><em>“For customers who need access to their photos, we will provide them to you on a CD for $19.95 including shipping &amp; handling. Please email us at<span class="yshortcuts"><span><a href="mailto:xxxxxxx@digibug.com">xxxxxxx@digibug.com</a></span></span> to request your CD. We will provide you with instructions on how to order your CD. Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing.”</em></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Really?<span> </span>So anyone who actually used the service is now out $20 just to retrieve their photos.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If that isn’t bad enough, folks visiting the Picturebug website are directed to a “Partners Page” where you are told that while they can no longer fulfill order requests<em>, <strong>“The services listed below are among the best in the market for sharing, prints and online photos. We highly recommend you <span>try several of these services</span> to see which ones work best for you</strong></em>!”<span><span> </span>I was not surprised to see that the dozen or so links to other photo services were affiliate links.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>So let me recap.<span> </span>Users of Picturebug are out of luck, unless you want to pay $20 to get your own photos back.<span> </span>And for every “Partner” service you sign up for, Picturebug will get a minimum of $13 on referral commission.<span> </span>I guess this is a great way to make some money if actually processing photos doesn’t cut it.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span> </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Does anyone here use <a href="http://www.picturebug.info/">Picturebug</a>, anyway?</span></p> <div style="float: right; margin: 1em;"> <script type="text/javascript"> digg_url = 'http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business'; </script> <script src="http://digg.com/tools/diggthis.js" type="text/javascript"></script> </div><br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-are-my-photos-picturebug-goes-out-of-business">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-dumbest-big-purchases-people-make">The 7 Dumbest Big Purchases People Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/your-ssn-can-now-be-accurately-guessed-using-date-and-place-of-birth">Your SSN Can Now Be Accurately Guessed Using Date and Place of Birth</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-secrets-to-scoring-the-best-price-when-buying-on-ebay">7 Secrets to Scoring the Best Price When Buying on eBay</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-places-to-get-coupons-online">The Best Places to Get Coupons Online</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs digital online photos shopping Mon, 08 Oct 2007 15:28:09 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1266 at http://www.wisebread.com Best self-portrait photo ever http://www.wisebread.com/best-self-portrait-photo-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-self-portrait-photo-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/nasa_helmet_cam.png" alt="nasa self portrait" title="nasa self portrait" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Above: Astronaut Clay Anderson capturing an image of his helmet visor reflecting the international space station and the Earth. August 15th. Photo by NASA. <a href="http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/6866/nasahelmetcamuc8.png">Click for larger version</a>.</em> </p> <p>I&#39;m a big fan of NASA&#39;s <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/Previous_images_of_the_Day_Collection_archive_1.html">Image of the Day archives</a>. It is usually a great place to find spectacular space images. </p> <p>Imagine my disappointment when the image above wasn&#39;t featured as an image of the day. Instead, NASA picked <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_855.html">this photo</a> and <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_890101430.html">this one</a>. Those are nice photos too, but how can you beat the iconic image of earth&#39;s reflection on a space helmet? </p> <p>Captain Picard was once asked if he has ever experienced a perfect moment: </p> <dl> </dl> <blockquote><p><strong>Picard</strong>: A perfect moment?<br /><strong>Anij</strong>: When time seemed to stop and you could almost live in that moment.<br /><strong>Jean-Luc Picard</strong>: Seeing my home planet from space for the first time.</p></blockquote> <dl> </dl> <p>In a small way this photo gave me a sense of what Picard was talking about. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-self-portrait-photo-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Seriously. One person in my group of friends got a digital camera. He took some pictures and shared them with his friends. Everyone oo-ed and ah-ed over them, and then realized that they&#39;d like to have some pictures of their own. They got themselves a camera (or a whole set-up) and began snapping photos. Some became seriously interested, and found themselves buying all sorts of gear (flashes, lenses, filters, tripods, bags, etc.). Several thousand dollars later, they can take any picture they want. And the people around them (like yours truly!) now want to take this newer, even-better sort of picture, too. But many of us don&#39;t want to spend the money it can take to get quality equipment. Here are some questions we&#39;ve asked ourselves and some ways we&#39;ve coped. </p> <!--break--><!--break--><p><strong>Do you really want to go digital?</strong></p> <p>Film SLRs that used to run $500-$700 new are now less than $100 on eBay. These are often in good condition with minimal use, but the owner wants to sell so he can go digital. And, many places that develop film (like Costco) will develop to negative and then scan the pictures to CD or DVD for a price similar to deveoping to pictures, so you can still have your photos on your computer. Also, if you get into it and want to do your own developing or find some obscure old equipment, places like <a href="http://www.frugalphotographer.com/" title="Froog Photog">Frugal Photographer</a> offer a great selection at fabulous prices. The downside? You have to pay for film and processing, and you don&#39;t get to see your pictures before you take them. But if those don&#39;t deter you, film is still a good way to get a quality camera and quality pictures for much less.</p> <p><strong>Links for frugal film photography</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/74781/tips_for_saving_money_on_photograph.html" title="Photog prints">Tips for Saving Money on Prints</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.willegal.net/photo/photo-main_body.htm" title="tune up">Tuning up your own camera</a>-If you scroll down, he also talks about why you might choose to shoot film. </p> <p><strong>Do you really need an SLR?</strong></p> <p>They&#39;re big and pretty, with nice features. But if you won&#39;t use the features or aren&#39;t sure how deep you want to invest yourself in digital photography, a point-and-shoot is still the way to go. Pages like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/2EBPEFXXWVK9F" title="Amazon list">this one</a> give some examples of quality point-and-shoot cameras, and tell you how to learn to use them. Sure, if you decide to be serious, you&#39;ll have to upgrade. But you can milk your little camera for all it&#39;s worth before you do. And if you don&#39;t get serious? You can still take good pictures of the kids for the Christmas card.</p> <p><strong>So you want to go all the way!</strong></p> <p>1. Do your research. For instance, the big camera companies (right now for digital SLRs it&#39;s Canon and Nikon) update their equipment every year or so, but the updates often aren&#39;t worth the hefty price-raise. Instead, wait until they come out with a new model and watch the prices fall on the older ones. Canon even <a href="http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/digital/rebates.html" title="Old Canon Rebate">tends to offer rebates</a> on the old models when the new ones come out, to help sell them off. Online forums are a great place to find these sorts of insider tips.</p> <p>2. Make what you can on your own. <a href="http://sandro.knot.org/blog/?p=94" title="Sandro&#39;s Chaos">Sandro</a> offers a smorgasboard of links for making some of the more obscure equipment on your own. Some of the projects seem to require more than an average knowledge of things like electronics, but all of these projects are probably do-able with a little study.</p> <p>3. Learn for free. <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com" title="Strobist">Strobist</a> , for instance, offers <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html" title="Lighting 101">Lighting 101</a> , lessons on using light well in your pictures. <a href="http://digital-photography-school.com/blog" title="DPS">Digital Photography School </a> offers insights on all aspects of photography, with recent entries on fast lenses, cropping, and cameras for children. And these are only the most popular places to learn about photography for free. There&#39;s no need to take a class when you can learn for free on the &#39;net!</p> <p>4. Get some advice. <a href="http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/05/round-up-starving-student-off-camera.html" title="More Strobist">Here</a> is an off-camera light kit that won&#39;t kill your bank account. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/syltguides/fullview/1DTFRVKCK5CUB/ref=cm_syt_dtpa_f_3_rdssss0/102-9887913-5278551?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_s=sylt-center&amp;pf_rd_r=1XGBR3WRHBMNF6KMZEZ9&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_p=253464101&amp;pf_rd_i=B0007QKMQY" title="Canon kit">Here</a> are recommendations for a solid Canon kit. And <a href="http://www.dpreview.com/" title="DPR">these guys</a> have reviewed just about everything there is to review in digital phogtography. As a last resort, enter the name of the product you&#39;re considering as a Google search with the word &quot;reviews&quot; and you should find something.</p> <p>5. Consider selling your best photos. <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/03/04/an-introduction-to-making-money-selling-digital-photos/" title="Get Rich Slowly">JD&#39;s</a> <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2007/03/04/an-introduction-to-making-money-selling-digital-photos/" title="Get Rich Slowly"> guest Mike Panic</a> already said it, so I don&#39;t have to. The link is a guide and some considerations to selling your pictures as stock photos. He has a lot more to say (and most of it is sound advice) at <a href="http://www.randomn3ss.com/category/photography/" title="Mike Panic">his own site</a>.</p> <p>6. And last but not least, if you&#39;ve been dying to get some good pictures of fish, <a href="http://mit.edu/lxs/www/cichlids/fishphotos.html" title="Shooting fish...with a camera">this</a> appears to be the page for you (WTF!?). </p> <p>Other Helpful Links</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/05/30/the-frugal-photographer/" title="The Frugal Photographyer">The Frugal Photographer</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/02jan21a.cfm" title="Digital Camera Savings">Digital Camera Savings?</a> </p> <p>(Photo by <a href="http://flickr.com/photos/ssh/" title="SSH">ssh</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-photographers-dilemma-quintessential-tips-for-frugal-photography">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-increase-the-chance-of-someone-returning-your-lost-wallet">How to Increase the Chance of Someone Returning Your Lost Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-more-places-to-buy-sell-and-trade-books">17 More Places to Buy, Sell, and Trade Books</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/holiday-gift-giving-for-the-truly-broke">14 Gift Ideas for the Truly Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-inexpensive-souvenirs">The Best (Inexpensive) Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/magazines-for-free-or-cheap">Magazines for Free or Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Art and Leisure digital photography frugal photography photographer photography photos Mon, 23 Apr 2007 21:33:51 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 547 at http://www.wisebread.com