Free Stock Photo Sites

Below is a running list of Free Stock Photos licensed CC0, Creative Commons 0 images that I have found. – CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law. This means the creator has retained no rights to the work and you are free to use the images as defined by the license.

  • Burst – Free photography for entrepreneurs.
  • Death to Stock – We send beautiful photos straight to your inbox.
  • FoodiesFeed – Free food pictures.
  • – Free Stock Photos – Feel free to use them in both personal and commercial projects.
  • Gratisography
  • Life of Pix
  • MMT – Free photos for commercial use. Use them in your website, themes, templates, projects, print materials, social posts, and more. New photos each week. CC0 license.
  • Negative Space – Beautiful, Free High-Resolution Photos with No Restrictions
  • New Old Stock – Vintage photos from the public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.
  • picjumbo – Free stock photos.
  • Picography – Free images to use however you like.
  • skitterphoto – a place to find, show and share public domain photos.
  • – Beautiful free stock photos Hundreds of high-resolution images added weekly. Free from copyright restrictions.
  • Unsplash – Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
  • Yanko Design

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Upgrading my MBP Hard Drive

I am upgrading my 256 GB 5400 RPM drive to a 500 GB 7200RPM drive because I am out of space.  How do I have this much data?  I don’t even store “everything” on this drive.  I used the MY OWC Upgrade Center tool to help me find a drive that would work for my machine. For a little extra cash, I got the USB enclosure. This is great for cloning the drive and I will be able to turn my old drive into a small external USB.

Continue reading Upgrading my MBP Hard Drive

Interesting new search engine, WolfRam|Alpha


Well, its not really a search engine, it is a “computational knowledge engine,”  but I will just say search engine since you are searching the knowledge base for things.  WolfRam|Alpha officially launched yesterday and it is really quite amazing.  Type in a word or query and WolfRam|Alpha spits out what it knows about it.  My first name for instance came back with information on rank, fraction of people with that name, years it was popular, the age of others with that name, etc.

But, the real power comes when you begin combining queries  to do things like math equations, stock comparisons, or sports comparisons.  I think the real value of something like this would be if they offer an API for programmers to call for real time information.  Oh, wait,  I just looked and they are doing that too!

Free DNS Report Replacement = intoDNS


I used to love when it was free and then they changed to a pay model.  I understand they probably need to make money but,

  1. I don’t use these tools enough to feel like I need to buy them
  2. I also know the price is nominal, but if I were to purchase every tool that I rarely use I would be broke

So, I was very happy to find intoDNS.  intoDNS offers that same functionality that I used to get out of when it was free.  I have tried several other free DNS tools, but I do not feel any of the others are really worth mentioning.

IE Now Behaves Properly: IE7-js

So here is a little gem that I wish I had found before now, called IE7-js.  IE7-js is a JavaScript library has been written to make Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE5, IE6, IE7 and IE8) behave like a standards compliant browser. 😀

It fixes many HTML and CSS issues and makes transparent PNG work correctly under IE5 and IE6.

I am just getting my feet wet with this and currently working with it on a new project.  I will post an update on how the experience goes.  Thanks to Craig Quillen for showing this to me.

10 Photoshop Brushes I am Downloading

So I have been seeing many Photoshop Brush lists lately and have picked out a few that will be downloading and trying out.  So, I guess this is my top 10 picks from the Photoshop brush lists that I have seen recently, in no particular order.

dot splatter vol.4 – by brushing up

Oil Stains – by Room 122

Light Beams – by Obsidian Dawn

Fire Brushes – by Resource42

Grungy Wings – by bitbox

Lightening Brushes – by Scully7491

Winter Breeze – by Axeraider70

Light Brush – by anodyne-stock

QuadGrunge – by env1ro

Watercolor Brushes – by BitBox


CSS 3 Border Radius

Border-radius is one of my new favorite additions to CSS 3 and it is already supported in some browsers. Border-radius allows designers to apply radius corners on elements on the page.  There are a few drawbacks to this approach.

  • Users browsing with IE8 and below and a handful of other browsers (Roughly 50% of your audience), will not see the intended effect.  These people will see the content, just without the rounded corners.
  • The pixels on the corners do not render out as clean as I would like them, so it may be a good idea to keep any border colors closer in value to the background color.

So, with that in mind I’ll move on.

Example 1:

This is an example of a div using border-radius.

-moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border: 1px solid #ccc; padding: 15px;

Example 2:

Maybe we can give it some color and depth.

-moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px; border: 2px solid #5c6528; border-top: 1px solid #8b983c; border-left: 1px solid #8b983c; background-color: #c7db4f; padding: 15px;

Example 3:

Maybe the corners need to be different sizes. I used shorthand below where the sizes start at the top left and work around clockwise. This could also be done like this:
-moz-border-radius-topleft:20px; -webkit-border-top-left-radius: 20px
-moz-border-radius-topright:20px; -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 20px

-moz-border-radius: 20px 20px 40px 40px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px 20px 40px 40px; border: 2px solid #5c6528; border-top: 1px solid #8b983c; border-left: 1px solid #8b983c; background-color: #c7db4f; padding: 20px 20px 40px 20px;

So anyway, I was curious about this and thought what I found might be useful to others.