Online Image Compression to Speed Up Your Web Site

  • Episode 255
  • August 7, 2012
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Robbie and Christa take a look into the Web Developers' Toolkit to see how to compress an image to save bandwidth and improve your site's response time.

This episode is sponsored in part by: Netflix, Eco Alkalines and Cordery Electric.

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  • Robbie Ferguson and Christa Wells present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
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  • Category5 Technology TV was featured in the Haliburton Highlander newspaper and on Canoe FM.
  • {play 6:17}Christa Wells states publicly that she will "maybe" open a Twitter account. A glimmer of hope for Twitter users who are Christa fans?
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  • Creating strong passwords with safepasswd.com.
  • Generating extremely strong (more than 300-bit) passwords using KeePassX on Linux.
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  • Why Category5 was removed from Tivo a while ago.
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  • Viewer Question: In a previous episode, you had mentioned an easy way to edit id3 tags on MP3 files. How do I find out what episode that was on?
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  • {play 29:57}Top Stories from the Category5.TV Newsroom.
  • {play 35:51}Using the GiMP (free download) to add a logo to a wall behind your subject in a photo.
    • Zooming in the GiMP
    • Using the marquee (Free Select) tool to trace your subject
    • The reason GiMP's free select tool is better than Photoshop's
    • Creating a layer mask from your selection
    • Resizing your image for web using the GiMP
  • {play 45:37}Using an online tool from Robbie's Web Developer Toolkit to make your images smaller (in KB) without losing much (if any) quality to improve the performance of your web site or blog.
  • Viewer Question: How was the end of your vacation?
  • {play 52:15}Viewer Question: Has Christa backed up her Mac?
  • Robbie gives Christa a reality check with regards to her backup process, which currently involves storing single copies of files on an external hard drive and then backing up to DVD every 6 months or so.
  • How Robbie uses his Pogoplug device to backup his files off-site.
  • Robbie's so particular about his backups that he had 3 copies of everything even when he was on vacation.
  • Important food for thought about your backups.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Christa Wells

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Robbie Ferguson

Don't worry if you find something broken... this is a work in progress.


Robbie Ferguson

I still need to fix several broken images and create more content... this is a huge undertaking! Enjoy!

Robbie Ferguson

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