Analyze Your Disk Space

I recently ran out of disk space and wanted to find out for sure what would be the biggest bang-for-the-buck to archive onto an external drive.  Came across TreeSize.  It has a free option and some paid options.  The free option seems to be sufficient for my needs.  Choose a folder and get metrics in…

Getting Started with Blender

Although I mentioned in an earlier article that there were no good and easy-to-find tutorials, I did finally find one.  It’s by CgCookie and comes in multiple parts.  The first part, which largely covers the interface is free for anyone.  All other parts can be seen with a paid subscription. Blender Basics There is also…

Converting 2D to 3D

You would think it was simple to extrude a 2D black & white image into 3D space.  I tried a number of avenues.  They all pretty much have two large steps: 1) Provide a vector file like SVG or DXF and 2) Extrude in a 3D. I tried out a number of 3D modeling programs.…

Comparing renderers for SketchUp

SketchUp is proving to be interesting.  At some point, everyone wants to take their crude models and render them beautifully.  SketchUp does not really come with the ability to render more realistic-looking scenes.  For any functionality that SketchUp lacks, the norm is to search for a solution in the Extension Warehouse. Turns out that there…

Transferring a website only

With BluePrint-Q, I’ve generally been taking on clients’ websites and their domain names.  This past week, I took on TBS Automation.  They have a number of other services associated with their domain name (e.g. mail, SSL) that did not make sense to transfer.  This article notes how we did this: TBS pointed their zone file…

Handling todo lists

I deal with a number of todo lists.  When coding, I place sentinels throughout the source that typically look something like this: //DAN-NOTE: do x, y, and z //DAN-CONTINUE: when picking up on this, consider these //DAN-DEBUG: get rid of this once done fixing blah Then, when I want to run through all of my…

Web-sharing tools

I’m using this post as a reminder on which tools are helpful for improving social and search networks. Facebook Object Debugger: Use this to ensure that Facebook is scanning the website properly.  Especially useful for ensuring the preview image appears properly. Google Webmaster Tools: Shows you what Google sees when crawling the website.  Also includes…