Moving layers and objects in Photoshop

There are times when I have struggled with moving objects in Photoshop. If you have felt the same this post is for you.

There are times when I have struggled with moving objects in Photoshop. If you have felt the same this post is for you. Continue reading “Moving layers and objects in Photoshop”

How to Crop & Resize a Photo to Exact Dimensions using Photoshop

How to resize a photo to the exact dimensions using the crop tool in Photoshop.

Resizing a photo has become an essential skill with the adoption of social media as people are finding more need for imagery to fit certain spaces online like facebook, instagram, twitter and LinkedIn to name a few.  Since Photoshop is most used for editing the photos, and if not then most of the other photo editing software has a similar interface, I decided to share how I resize photos to the exact dimensions.

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How much water is enough for a day

I try to find the answer to the tough question of how much water is needed for an individual on a daily basis.

There is no denying the fact that there are advantages of drinking water. However, How much water intake is ideal for an individualdrinking too much water can be detrimental to your health as well. Therefore I wanted to find out what is ideal amount of water intake for a normal human being as once again I have this urge to be healthy and I would be starting this time around by first altering my diet and making it healthy. Of course water is an essential component. Continue reading “How much water is enough for a day”

Recommended apps for new Mac users

I bought a new Mac (finally) about two month back. It is a Macbook Pro with 13” with which I use a Dell 20” external monitor. I would say that I have not been dissappointed.
Having said that I know a new Mac user can get frustrated easily specially when they are shifting over from using a Windows based PC. The frustration levels would be different for different users as that would depend on the number of tasks you typically do not on your Mac. It does become cumbersome as the “dog (you) has to be taught new tricks”. For me though learning new tricks has been the fun part. At times Struggling with completing tasks on my Mac at times does make me feel young as I discover new things.
I have been busy setting up the new business and therefore have not had the time to experiment with stuff on the mac.Now that I have some time (and after kicking myself in the butt and telling myself that now you have the dream machine but you are not experimenting on it) I have been trying to trying to get things done efficiently on the Mac.
I have been using Reddit to find some information. Reddit is an excellent source where the human race shares thoughts, information and people are open to giving advice to fellow humans. If you are not using Reddit on a regular basis I highly recommend it.
For the Mac information I have been using the Mac, Apple, Macapps and other similar sub reddit. I was particularly looking for software that I can use specially for web development and iOS development. Though I would not call myself an iOS developer but I have dabbled in it but I do intend to master it in the next few months. I thought it would be good to share the list of recommended software for new Mac users that I have been able to generate from the various subreddits.

 

 

Mac software for beginners

Thanks to all reddit users who have indirectly contributed to the list. I’m indebited to them.

  • Homebrew – The missing package manage for OS. A must install for web developers and software developers. Free.
  • Growl – The ultimate notification system for OS X
  • Shift It – Managing windows size and position on Ma. Free
  • Adium – Multi platform chat application for Mac which is free.
  • Quicksilver – Productivity app for Mac though Spotlight does a great job now. Quicksilver is available for free. 
  • MusicBrainz Picard– Automatic Music tagging made easy, Picard is free for download. 
  • Transmission – A lightweight torrent application for Mac. Transmission is free for download.
  • Carbon Copy Cloner – Backup your Mac smartly (30 day trial – not free anymore)
  • BetterTouchTool– Get more from your trackpad and mouse when using a Mac. 
  • Appcleaner – A Mac uninstaller which is free.
  • Littleicon – Customize the icons on your Mac for free with Littleton. 
  • Cyberduck – Powerful FTP client with cloud storage management which is surprizingly free. 
  • Textmate – The missing editor for Mac
  • SequelPro – Free MYSQL database management software for Mac.
  • Fluid app – Create any website into an app on your Mac for free. 
  • Skitch – Free screenshot software for Mac. 
  • USBoverdrive – Software to manage USB and bluetooth devices on Mac

All the apps for Mac that have been suggested on Reddit cannot be added to a single post as the blog post will turn out to be mighty lengthy. Therefore I have included ones that I feel are useful for someone like me. The best way to show appreciation for this post is to suggest apps that you find useful on your Mac. Perhaps then I can come out with a second part of this post. Till that time I hope you try some of the apps listed above and try them out!
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Perfect pictures with picture element

One of the biggest challenge of responsive web design are images. In the quest ofpicture tag in html5 delivering crisp images web designers and developers have increased the size of data being transferred for images. Since images attribute to 60% of the bandwidth used to optimize the user experience it is important to have the ability to show different image sizes on different devices.  Images are one of the biggest obstacles in implementing truly responsive web design. Different solutions have been suggested to overcome the problem of implementing responsive images in web design. One of the solution, using srcset attribute, was discussed in a earlier postContinue reading “Perfect pictures with picture element”

Using srcset (Source Set) attribute for responsive images

srcset attribute for responsive images in responsive web designOne of the most daunting challenge for web designers and web developers in implementing responsive web design has been using responsive images. The true benefits of responsive web design can only be yielded if responsive images are used since images are a large component of web design. HTML5 makes developing responsive web design easier. To ensure that responsive images are being used using the srcset attribute ensures that the right size image is served for different screen sizes. Continue reading “Using srcset (Source Set) attribute for responsive images”

Unconventional job interview questions

Sometimes job interview questions can be tricky. Here are some of the actual questions that have been asked from candidates for jobs in top companies worldwide.

Job Interviews are tough but at the same time they are a good judge of the candidate as well. Here are some job interview questions that are interesting and can be a challenge to answer. Some of the questions have links to a Human Resource portal called Glassdoor website where the questions have been discussed with possible answers

Toughest job interview questions people got asked during job interviews

  • Why should we not hire you?questions for job interviews
  • One thing that you would change about your last job?
  • What would a person, who likes you the least, say about you or describe you?
  • You want to design a phone for deaf people — how do you do it?
  • If you were a street sign, what would you be? – Question asked at Sales Associate at Pacific Sunwear job interview.
  • Think of a product or service that no one has ever thought of before, one that you think would be revolutionary for your university. How would you market it? – Question asked during job interview for a Summer Marketing Analyst at JP Morgan Chase.
  • What’s the most creative way you can break a clock? – Question asked at a Apple Intern job interview.
  • What is the greatest risk you have ever taken?
  • “What do you want?” and “Give me some details on how you prepared for this interview.” – The question was asked at a Google Administrative Assistance interview.
  • Have you had a bad experience with an employer? If yes please provide the details. 
  • What do you want out of this job?
  • How long will it take you to add value to the company?
  • What is success?
  • There are infinite black and white dots on a plane. Prove that the distance between one black dot and one white dot is one unit. – Interview question asked during a job interview for Technology Analyst at Goldman Sachs.
  • A disc is spinning on a spindle, and you don’t know which way. You are given a set of pins. Describe how you would use them to determine which way the disc is spinning? – Software Development Engineer at Microsoft job interview question.
  • Describe a dynamometer to us as if we were 8 year old children. 
  • How would you cut a circular cake into eight equal pieces?
  • If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use. – Question asked at an interview for Google Administrative Assistant job interview.
  • How do you feel about working in extreme weather conditions all year round?
  • Do you believe in higher power? – Question asked at a Pepsico job interview.
  • How would you design an elevator? – This one is quite confusing for a non-designer.
  • Name as many Microsoft products as you can.

Enough for now. If you have any answers to the above questions which you would like to share please leave them in the comments. 

via: economic timesforbes onlinetarget jobs