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Inkscape – Convert Bitmap to DXF

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Google Maps Plugin – Windows Live Writer

This is my third “Windows Live Writer Gallery” plugin.

This plugin will let you Insert the Google Maps code, that Google Maps will produce when you do a search.

The options are, Align map in blog post:

  • Left
  • Center
  • Right

Step 1: Go to Google Maps & search for a map location.

Step 2: Click on the “Link” URL, Upper Right Side of your browser window (see screenshot).googlemap1

Step 3: Right click on the “Paste HTML to embed in website” textbox, & copy that code to your PC clipboard.

Step 4: Select how you want the Map to be aligned in your blog post (left, center, or right).

Step5: Click the “Insert Google Code” button in the “Google Maps Plugin” (when you click the button, the code from Google Maps will be pasted into the plugin).

Step 6: Click the “Save” button, in the “Google Maps Plugin

This example below has a map to  “Disneyland” inserted into my blog.

Download this plugin “Windows Live writer Gallery


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Media Player – Windows Live Writer

This is my second plugin for “Windows Live Writer”.

This plugin will let you add a Windows Media Player to your blog post, options include:

  • Adjust Width & Height of Media Player
  • Auto Start
  • Download Media
  • Full Screen
  • Center Media Player in blog post

The plugin can be downloaded, on the "Windows Live Writer Gallery".

Here is a demo of the player in action. The size of this player is 575 x 400.


For everyone that runs any type of Ads on their blog, I have a new Windows Live Writer plugin, in the works that I think everyone will like (stay tuned).

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MP3 Plugin - Windows Live Writer / 2005

I’ve been busy today, writing my first published plugin for Windows Live Writer.

My new “Insert MP3 Player” plugin is a small Quiktime MP3 player that can be embedded in blog post.

I’ve only tested this on: Mp3

  • Internet Explorer (8.0)
  • Firefox (3.0.1)
  • Blogger

I built my “Insert MP3 Player” plugin with the free version of “ 2005 Express”. The plugin can be downloaded, on the “Windows Live Writer Plugin Gallery”.

Here is how to install the MP3 plugin:

  • Make sure that “Windows Live Writer” is closed
  • Download the MP3 plugin to your PC desktop
  • After the Plugin is downloaded to your PC desktop, double click the MSI Installer
  • Follow the instructions in the MSI Installer, the plugin will be installed in your PC, at “C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins” by default.

Below is the plugin in action..


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Cnc Jobs – 50 States

Jobs can be difficult to find these days.
I’ve put together a list of all 50 US states, that I hope will narrow down that next cnc related job.
This list of states will narrow down the search on the website. I’m looking for work myself, & have searched a lot of sites, I just found Indeed, & have already found two local cnc job leads.
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho
Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas
Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi
Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada
New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York
North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma
Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah
Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia
Wisconsin Wyoming  
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Search Google - for Music

Google is great for searching out webpages, but did you know Google will search for music, video, or just about any type of media? I’ve used the search string hacks for a couple of years now, to find mp3 music. That’s all fine & dandy, the problem is all those long search strings start getting annoying after a while.musicsearch

So anyway, a while back I was doing a Google mp3 search, & came across a site that will let you enter only the info you really care about (song title, etc…), at first I thought hey this is kinda cool, then I got to searching & thought hey this is GREAT!

Why is so great, well first, after you do a music search, you get the usual looking Google search results, here’s the kicker, at the bottom of each search result is a link “scan for music”, what this does is scan the search links for mp3 files, without ever leaving the search results page, then displays the results in the same search results page, & provides all the mp3 download links, all without ever leaving the search results page, now that’s cool!

Google does not own the music search site, they only provide search results.

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CamBam – Creating New Layers

In this tutorial, we will add a new layer to a single layer dxf file, inside the free version of "CamBam [Beta 0.8] Rel 2". I am working with Design21, a free dxf file.

1) Open CamBam (this will start a new project)

2) “File / Open” (This will open a windows prompt) select a dxf file on your PC, & click the “Open” button.

3) Right click on the “Layers” text in the Layers Tree (Left side of the screen) CamBam Tree

4) In the properties pane, rename the layer, & change the color of the layer (the screenshot below has the properties name changed to “Holes”, & the layer color changed to “Lime”)LayerProperties

5) Hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard, & “Left” click to select multiple dxf objects in the drawing area.

6) “Edit / Copy” (this will copy all the selected objects to memory)

7) “Left” click on the “Holes” layer we created earlier (make sure the “Holes” layer is highlighted)

8) “Edit / Paste” (this will paste a copy of the dxf objects we selected in previous step)HolesLayer


We now have a new dxf layer, a few things to mention, If you “Right” click on the “Holes” layer in our example, you will have a few self explanatory options (Set as Active Layer, Hide, Show, Delete, Clear, Select All on Layer).

When finished with this example I deleted the default layer “0”, so I wouldn’t have any duplicate layers/vectors.

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