Resizing and stretching photos to fit a predetermined size.

Many times I get a client that hands me a 4×6 photo and wants me to turn it (somehow) into a 8.5×11 sheet of paper.  But they don’t just want it on the bottom, then want it as a background to put words on top.  Well even if you resize it normally to 8.5×5.667 you are still missing in height over 5 inches.  This is where you have to be creative.  I have seen people stretch a photo and warp the image so bad there is no way to tell what the orginial photo is.  Most of the time these needs arise is for backgrounds of advertising that is a large photo with text around it. I would must prefer just increase the image to 16.5×11 and crop it to 8.5×11 using only half of the image, but sometimes the elements are required.  Sometimes the client wants what they want even if it does not make sense.  So in those situations you have to protect the client from themselves and keep them from warping the photo.  You have to ensure the finished product still looks like a real photo. Read more

Panda antivirus accidentally marks itself as malware

Reported on Z-net today was the fact that Panda antivirus was mistakenly bricking PCs.  This is NOT the case.  To brick a PC means that it cannot be repaired without purchasing parts. (ie new motherboard or hard drive.)  This was a simple mistake that affected a large number of people and should be resolved by the time you read this article. According to a Panda spokesperson, it has already fixed 90% of incidents.  In their estimation it was a small number of their install base.  So what really happened…   Read more

Cannot add Windows 7 PC to domain: What should I do?

Lately many people have complained about getting and error that states: “An attempt to resolve the DNS name of a DC in the domain being joined has failed. Please verify this client is configured to reach a DNS server that can resolve DNS names in the target domain.” This error usually comes up when you are adding a computer to a domain controller right after you have entered the username and password of the account allowed to join the domain. Why this error is confusing is that because you are able to enter the username and password of a user you already know your computer has verified there is a domain controller on your network and has communicated with it. While some say they only get this error with Windows 7, the problems does happen for Vista and Windows XP. Read more