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Enhance your text with an attractive image (Illustrator CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 7/17/18 9:24 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Tips & Tricks

Solid colored text just doesn’t have the same artistic appeal as text filled with a background image or texture, such as wood grain, a painted background, or even a sunset. Background images are plentiful on stock art websites and easy to snap with your camera or cell phone, so there should be no trouble coming up with an interesting image.

To add an image to text, first set some type in a font that is thick enough to display an image inside. Then set both the foreground and background color to none. Select the Draw Inside button at the base of the Tools panel, and Illustrator will display a dotted line around the bounding box corners. Choose File > Place, navigate to the image you wish to place inside the text, and click Place. Reposition the text over the image as needed, select the Draw Normal button at the base of the Tools panel, and you’re done!

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Put a copyright notice in your file’s metadata for added protection (Photoshop CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015/CC 2017/CC 2018)

Posted on 7/17/18 9:09 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Tips & Tricks

If you put your images online, you should protect your digital rights with a copyright. Even if you watermark your images, a copyright notice in your file’s metadata is another simple way to tag your photo as your own. Metadata is not visible in the image—it’s embedded in the file information, and it’s easy to access in Photoshop.

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Use the Cisco IOS console to permanently configure terminal length (CISCO)

Posted on 7/13/18 12:36 PM by Get Schooled in Cisco, in Cisco IOS, in Tips & Tricks

There are simple ways to temporarily adjust your timing so that the terminal length displays all the output in the same window, but if you’re consistently exceeding the default 24-line limit it’s probably time to make a permanent change. The temporary expansion of the terminal length is great if you’re in the habit of hitting the space bar every 24 lines, but the permanent change will improve your efficiency even more. A new default length of 40 lines is considered acceptable by most networks, but it should not exceed that length.

To permanently increase the default terminal length for future IOS sessions, type the following into the console: Router#conf t Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z. Router(config)#line vty 04 Router(config-line)#len Router(config-line)#length ? <0-512> Number of lines on screen (0 for no pausing) Router(config-line)#length 40.

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Auto-focus on the search input field to improve UI (HTML5)

Posted on 12/6/17 9:09 AM by Get Schooled in Auto Focus, in Better UI, in focus on search tool, in HTML5, in HTML5 tips and tricks, in Search Field, in Tips & Tricks, in UI, in UI tips and tricks

More than half of all web users navigate using the search box, so from a user’s perspective that handy rectangle is one of the most important elements of a website. When a website visitor lands on the homepage, usually they will scroll down, then navigate to another page—often via the search box. A simple adjustment to your HTML will autofocus a user’s cursor into the input box as soon as the page loads so they are ready to go. Users that frequently visit the same website, such as those for banks or hospitals, benefit even more from this function as they grow to expect it and can begin typing their destination into the search box immediately after the page loads.

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Use Network Segmentation to prevent a full-access security breach (Networks)

Posted on 10/31/17 3:21 PM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

In medieval times, wealthy Lords built stone walls around their fortresses to keep their castle safe—sometimes they even added a moat! For network security, segmentation is the equivalent of multiple layers of protective walls. The idea is that a hacker can never penetrate the entire system at once without setting off warning bells or hitting a wall.

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Cross-Training: Because Networks are More Complex Than a Sandwich

Posted on 7/28/17 1:58 PM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

You’re hungry, so you walk into a small sandwich shop to get some lunch. You order a ham and cheese sandwich. The order-taker hands your order to someone who pulls out two pieces of bread and puts them on the counter.

Then that person hands the order to someone else who takes out some ham, folds it neatly, and places it on one of the bread slices. They then hand the order to yet another person who brings some cheese to add to the sandwich and, you guessed it, hands the order to another person who comes over and spreads mustard on the other slice of bread. Then, they bring out the closer and the cutter.

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The New Normal: Skills Before Sheepskin

Posted on 7/28/17 1:49 PM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

“Why do I need to learn this?” is a question students have asked down through the generations. What’s the relevance of math, English, history, biology, or anything else to their future? How are they going to use that in their lives? Many parents, teachers, and guidance counselors have done their best to answer it, with limited success.

Today it seems like that question is more relevant than ever. The job market is tougher than ever, yet there are hundreds of thousands of tech positions open and awaiting qualified candidates.

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Improve page load times with CSS3

Posted on 5/3/17 3:11 PM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

One of the most important ways to attract and retain website visitors is to make sure your pages load quickly. Fast load times not only help users but may also improve page rankings in search engines. A major way to speed up page load times is to simply reduce the amount of content that needs to be loaded. CSS3 can help with this effort in a number of ways:

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Authenticate digital signatures with PGP

Posted on 5/3/17 3:04 PM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

Electronic documents and email messages are becoming a commonplace way to conduct business transactions, but it’s important to be able to verify that the author of a document or message is really the person he or she claims to be.
You can use digital signatures to verify identity. This is easy to do with programs such as Pretty Good Privacy (PGP). PGP is based on a public/private key pair; you sign the document by encrypting it with your private key, to which only you have access. The recipient uses your public key to decrypt it. Note that this doesn’t provide data confidentiality because the public key is available to everyone. It does, however, ensure that it was really you who signed it, because no one but you has the private key that’s paired with that public key.

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A simple way to prevent borders from disappearing

Posted on 3/29/17 11:10 AM by Get Schooled in Tips & Tricks

When users zoom in or out on your site, sometimes borders of elements may disappear in some browsers. This may also happen if you use code to automatically resize elements based on screen size. Generally, such problems occur when the browser's display calculations based on the original size and the zoom level results in a non-integer value.

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