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More Lines in Illustrator and Photoshop

had forgotten how hard it is to start a new image from scratch. I must start paying more attention to movies and books so I can have more inspiration. For this week I tried to recreate a really cool shape I saw on Pinterest sometime ago that was about some hipster badges. I thought it was a great exercise and way to lose myself a bit more.

Prefetching, preloading, prebrowsing

When we talk about front end performance we think things like concatenation, minification, caching, or gzipping assets on the server so that the page loads faster and users can complete their goals as quickly as possible. Resource prefetching is another performance enhancing technique. We can use it to tell the browser which assets the user might need in the future—before they even need them.

How to Install QGit Viewer in Ubuntu

QGit is a free and Open Source GUI git viewer written on Qt and C++ by Marco Costalba. It is a better git viewer which provides us the ability to browse revisions history, view commits and patches applied to the files under a simple GUI environment. It utilizes git command line to process execute the commands and to display the output. It has some common features like to view revisions, diffs, files history, files annotation, archive tree.

How to Use A Texture as a Layer Mask

If you've ever wondered how to use a texture as a layer mask in Photoshop instead of always using brushes, then this simple tutorial will show you how to do just that. Unlike brushes which can be painted directly onto layer masks in Photoshop, there isn’t an obvious way to do the same with textures and other bitmap data. For some reason, you simply cannot drag and drop or paste content directly onto masks in the Layers panel. However there is a solution:

Measuring JavaScript Functions’ Performance

Performance has always played a crucial part in software. On the web, performance is even more important as our users can easily change website and visit one of our competitors if we offer them slow pages. As professional web developers, we have to take this issue into account. A lot of old web performance optimization best practices, such as minimizing requests, using a CDN and not writing rendering blocking code, still apply today. However, as more and more web apps are using JavaScript, it’s important to verify that our code is fast.

Black and White to Color Linework

Black and white linework is always nice, but sometimes a bit of color is needed to add a pinch of visual flavor to your delicious illustration soufflé . (Hooray cooking metaphors!) Let’s get into it and show you how to color linework in Photoshop.

Gulp for Beginners

Gulp is a tool that helps you out with several tasks when it comes to web development. So that's what this article is for. It helps you get so good with the basics of Gulp that you can begin exploring everything else for yourself. Tools like Gulp are often referred to as "build tools" because they are tools for running the tasks for building a website. The two most popular build tools out there right now are Gulp and Grunt...

How To Share Wi-Fi Networks With Others Using Wi-Fi Sense

With the release of the Windows 10 operating system, everyone started talking about Wi-Fi Sense. Some say that it is useful, others say this feature is not secure because of the way that passwords are stored. We think that the Wi-Fi Sense is very useful so, if you are a good person and you want to share your Wi-Fi networks then read this article to learn how it is done. In addition, you'll learn how can you connect your Windows 10 device to a network shared by someone else.

Easily Monitor Who Is Accessing Your Shared Network Files And Folders

Have you ever felt that your shared files are vulnerable and want to keep an eye on who is accessing them, but didn't know how? Well, we offer you a solution to that, and it`s called NetShareMonitor. This is a pretty useful application that can tell you almost everything that`s going on with your shared files and folders in Windows with other users within your local network.

Styling a Server-Generated File Directory

what if `index.html` (or the like) was missing? You can configure that behavior. You can configure it to deny access to that directory. Or you can allow it and have it spit out a browseable file directory (sort of like FTP). That can be useful. Just upload files and they immediately appear, no code changes. But a bit boring.

Create Rain Drops System using Thinkbox Frost

In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how you can make Rain Drops System using 3ds Max and Thinkbox Frost system. You can achieve this effect using different Plug-ins or software, e.g. Thinking Particles, Houdini, Maya etc., but we are going to use Particle Flow System of 3ds Max and Thinkbox Frost Plug-in. As everyone knows that Particle Flow is easy to understand and thus it is very easy to create this effect. If you use your creativity and knowledge, you can increase the quality of this effect. So get ready for this exciting tutorial!

How to use an Xbox One Controller on Windows, OS X, and Linux

The Xbox One Controller is a fantastic gamepad, and although Microsoft has only recently started bundled the drivers for it in Windows 10, there are drivers available for Windows 7 and 8 on their website. Mac users do not have an official driver, but there is an lightweight open source solution that works well. For all operating systems, the controller will only connect over the USB cable, not wirelessly, however Microsoft is releasing an adapter later this fall.

How to Add Borders to or Change Borders on a Table

By default, when you insert a table, there is a simple, black border around all the cells in the table. However, you may want to change or remove the borders, and there are a few easy ways you can do this. We used Word 2013 to illustrate this feature. If you have removed all or some of the borders from your table, or you want to change the style or thickness of the borders, place the cursor in any cell in the table...

Delicious Ice Cream Text Vector Effect!

Say goodbye to summer in the northern hemisphere with a delicious, drippy ice cream text vector effect! What a delightful way to end the season. To start our farewell to summer ice cream text vector effect, create a New Document in Adobe Illustrator and choose a fat, rounded font for the word of your choice. I opted for Cartwheel. Expand your text to Objects.

Fix Miracast on a Surface Pro 3

A friend of mine contacted me a few nights ago, having issues getting his Surface Pro 3 to connect to his Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter after upgrading the tablet to Windows 10. Initially, we considered that his Wireless Display Adapter was faulty, so he visited Wal-Mart (of all places) and swapped it with a new one. Same result. The Surface Pro 3 just would not connect to the wireless display network.

How to Block a Program From the Internet

This tutorial will take you every single step of the way through creating a Windows Firewall Rule to block a specific program (whichever you want) in Windows 10. Start out by clicking the Windows 10 Start Button and in the Search section type the word firewall...

How to Configure OpenNMS on CentOS 7.x

Systems management and monitoring services are very important that provides information to view important systems management information that allow us to to make decisions based on this information. To make sure the network is running at its best and to minimize the network downtime we need to improve application performance. So, in this article we will make you understand the step by step procedure to setup OpenNMS in your IT infrastructure. OpenNMS is a free open source enterprise level network monitoring and management platform that provides information to allow us to make decisions in regards to future network and capacity planning.

IFRAME contentWindow is null

I like clean code so I do what I can to avoid unwanted JavaScript global variables. I initially thought that keys(window) would give me window property leaks but that didn't work because browsers returned different results, so I moved on to using an IFRAME to compare default window property keys.

How to Take Screenshots

A screenshot is an image taken by a user to record the visible items displayed on the monitor, mobile device, or other visual output device in use. Today we’re going to show you how to take a screenshot in Windows. All the major platforms have some level of support for taking screenshots. There are many tools out there for taking screenshots in Windows.

Create a Bare-bones WordPress Theme from Scratch

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Developing WordPress themes is easier than you think. If you know a little bit of HTML and PHP, you can create a very rudimentary but functional WordPress theme in just a few minutes. In this screencast, I am going to show you how to create a WordPress theme from scratch.