Sunday, April 29, 2012

Adventures in wireless printing

Due to the fact that I take the majority of my pictures with my iphone, I was looking in to purchasing a wireless printer, so I could print directly from my iphone to my printer, hoping to bypass the computer all together.  It is much easier said than done.   Allow me to explain, :)

I bought the Canon MG5320 wireless all-in-one printer yesterday.  Setting it up and getting everything connected via the home network was a piece of cake.  Both computers (one MAC and one PC) printed to it with not problem.  I was able to print to it from the iphone, however, I ran in to a few snags along the way.  I haven't tried printing to it from my ipad yet, but I am sure it would connect and print similar to the way the iphone does.

As an "iphoneagrapher", I use all the cool apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic.  This is where the problem lies.  The dreaded square photo.  I know that I can print them from my computer, but only after transferring the photos and sizing them accordingly using photoshop.  This works well for one or two photos, but I have a ton of photos sitting on my iphone.  In the beginning, I only ever used my iphone to catch those rare moments when I didn't have my good Canon Rebel DSLR on hand, but now, my iphone is what I use for just about everything.  Needless to say, the photos kept piling up.  I didn't offload them to my computer, like I would have if I used my DSLR.  Word to the not let so many pictures pile up on your phone!

So, there I sat, wondering how I could get my square prints directly from my phone to my printer.  I tried everything.  I did manage to get a 4x4 print on an 8.5x11 sheet of paper, but it was not photo paper.  The MG5320 has a bottom tray and a feed tray in the back as well.  This model only allows photo paper in the rear feed tray.  The dilemma being that I could not tell my printer which tray to feed from.  If I could have done that, all problems may have been solved, except for the fact that I would end up wasting a lot of paper.

I downloaded the following APPS in an attempt to get these square prints:
Printcentral Pro
Canon IEPP
Iphoto for the iphone
Photogene 2
Simple Resize

None of the above APPS provided me with what I was looking for.  Do not get me wrong, all those APPS are awesome in certain ways, but did not offer me what I needed.  The only good part is that I now have an arsenal of really cool photo apps!

I had finally come to the conclusion that ordering online would be the only option I would have if I wanted to save some time and money.  I decided I would try Persnickety Prints.  I downloaded an APP called LifePics.  This APP is awesome!  I created an account and chose to upload my square photos.  I logged in to the Persnickety Prints site using the same account.   The process was very easy and I should be receiving my prints in 2-3 days.  The Lifepics app does much more than that!  I recommend visiting the site and checking it out.  I plan to use it for my 4x6 photos and have them printed and ready to pick up at a local photo printer of my choice.  After I get "caught up" on getting my photos printed, I will probably end up printing from home.  A few pics here and there won't take that much time. 

I am looking forward to sharing my prints with you when I receive them! 

P.S.   if someone can create an APP that would print a 4x4 directly to my printer via my phone, now that would be even better!!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cowles Mountain

Yesterday I decided to do something I haven't done in a long time.  A friend of mine had asked via facebook if anyone was interested in hiking up Cowles Mountain.  I love to hike and have not done so since I was stationed in Hawaii.  I only ever went hiking twice out in Hawaii.  I conquered Diamondhead and I went on a hike somewhere in Kailua with a few of my old Marine Corps buddies.  Before that, the last time I went on a real hike, was at Hawk Mountain sanctuary, right before I signed  a few years of my life away to the Marine Corps in 1997.

I don't count any of the countless times"humping", as the Marine Corps likes to call it, as hiking.  Due to the fact that I was not exactly doing it for fun or recreation.  I suffered from shin splints when I was in boot camp.  The pain from a shin splint, if you have never had one, is excruciatingly painful.  It feels as if the muscle lying along the front portion of your tibia is being ripped away from the bone.  Needless to say, I had a very rough time, but somehow managed to pull it together to graduate on time.  Yes, I was almost dropped back in training, but that is another story.

Getting back to the present, I decided that I would take her up on her offer, since Kylie would be in school most of the day and we were going to meet at nine in the morning.  The only other thought than ran through my head was whether or not I would be able to carry Joshua, my 23 pound toddler on my back.  I decided to go for it anyway.  I needed some fresh air and adult conversation.  I was unaware of how steep the initial climb would be.  My calf muscles were not happy with me, but after about the first fifteen/twenty minutes, I was doing much better.  I won't lie, I had to stop a few times, for a few minutes, to give my legs a rest.   I kept telling myself that I was a former Marine and I should be able to handle a 1.5 mile hike to the summit, even if I had an extra 23 pounds on my back, however, I have been out of the Marines for well over ten years, but the motivation and drive was still there.  A little more than an hour later, we reached the summit.   I figured that was actually pretty decent timing, since it was an uphill climb and it use to take me about 28 minutes to run three miles.

The view from the top was amazing.  It was still a bit cloudy and overcast, but it was just amazing how far you could see. 

I had to touch the sign.  It was such a good feeling to reach the top!

The ladies at the summit.

I took this picture about halfway up.  The body of water in the background is Lake Murray.  Mission Trails Golf Course is the lovely green area you see.

This is the view looking to the North from atop Cowles mountain.

Looking towards the East.

View to the south/southeast.

This is the view to the west/southwest.  You can almost see the skyline of Downtown San Diego on the right edge of the photo, but the clouds and haze are a bit heavy.

View to the west.  If it would have been a little more clear, you would be able to see the ocean. 

View to the north/northwest.  You can barely see La Jolla on the left edge of the photo.  The rest is mostly Miramar.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Stamping blog - iStamp with TLC

I have many projects that I create, but I can not always use SU products for everything I do, especially my memory keeping.   In an effort to keep my memory keeping and my SU business blog separated, I created a new blog dedicated entirely to my SU business.   YOu can find it here: iStamp with TLC.
This blog will now be my focused on memory keeping and photos, which is what it was originally intended for.