Not long ago a friend was looking to upgrade the mainstay1 block and tackle system on his sailboat. The question was if the proposed system would provide the anticipated reduction in force. It was an interesting question that, while seemingly straight forward, does have a couple of gotchas. Block (pulley) and tackle (rope) calculations are…
People ask me questions all the time. I figured it would be good to have a good repository for them.
I shared this video1 with Peter, who then asked: I saw that a couple days ago. Awesome! And has some cool practical applications. I [couldn’t] quite tell if the pitch of the robot was adjustable by the user, or of it always jumped in the same direction. Did you get a sense for that? It…
Jeff and Elizabeth were in Washington, DC for the week, but got stuck in made a stop in the wonderful city of Denver on their way back. Jeff asked me: 24 hours in Denver, what should we do? Here’s my quick and dirty short list of things to do in Denver. I’ve tried order it…
My cousin Amanda ((who is, incidentally, the sister of my cousin Nick)) wants to know:
I just finished a painting and I wanted to put it on Facebook, but I need to know about copyright stuff, if I put it on Facebook does that give the Facebook …
I received an email the other day wondering how I inserted the welcome message for certain guests of Andrew Ferguson dot NET.
Would you mind sharing what plug-in you use to do this?
Itâ€™s very effective, and Iâ€™d love to use…
My friend Kelly has a question about adding a Flickr Badge to his hosted WordPress.com blog:
You are the only wordpress guru I know and I have a question.
How do I add a sample of pictures from Flickr on the sidebar of my blog? You do it an…
Several months ago, I received a question about opening up an excel file:
why can’t i open this attachment?
is it an excel file? my mac doesn’t recognize it?
The attached file had a .xlsx extension and that was the giveaway.
If you A) Use Gmail; B) User Gmail Notifier; C) Use Windows; and D) have your GMail preferences set to always use HTTPS:
Here is the official patch from the Gods (i.e. Google) themselves to make your Gmail Notifier work again:
A very good friend of mine wanted to know how to transfer contacts he kept in Outlook from one computer to another. Another thought is that you can export as a Comma Separated Values (Windows) file instead of a Personal Folder File (.pst) . You ca…
My cousin Nick wnats to know:
My question is about copywriting my pictures. To my knowledge every picture I make or take is copywrited just because I did it. I was wondering if putting "all images copyright john doe 2008" on the bottom of every…