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USA 2016 – 25 A Tourist in Old Town San Diego (2016-07-19) Historic Attractions | Photo Gallery 03 AUG 2018

Historically home to the Kumeyaay people, then visited by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo in 1542 (and claimed for Spain), then settled in 1821 through the establishment of the Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcalá (1769), then incorporated into Mexico (1821), and then finally part of the United States (1848) – basically put, San Diego has a fair bit of history behind it.

Our first hop off from the entertaining Old Town Trolley Tours Bus was in Old Town itself, or more specifically, in the Old Town San Diego Historic Park – a state protected historical park that commemorates the early days of the town of San Diego. Established in 1969 (and as of 2006 the most visited state park in California), Old Town San Diego State Historic Park is home to many historic buildings that date back to a period between 1820 and 1870.

(In case you are wondering, up until the 1860s, the Old Town area was the heart of San Diego, before it was all but abandoned in favour of concentrating activities at the site of present-day Downtown San Diego, primarily to be closer to the water and thus trade routes.)

The park preserves and recreates Old Town as it existed during the Mexican and early American periods, with five original adobes forming the heart of the complex – one of which being the Casa de Estudillo, which built in 1827 is one of the oldest surviving examples of Spanish architecture in California. It is also considered one of the finest houses in Mexican California.

Other historic buildings include a schoolhouse, a blacksmith shop, San Diego’s first newspaper office, a cigar and pipe store, houses and gardens, and a stable with a carriage collection.

In addition to all the period dress and demonstrations taking place, the park is filled with all manner of restaurants, shops and museums, with many skilled artisans setting up shop and applying their trade here.

In other words, the perfect tourist attraction.

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Johann and I spent a fair bit of time popping our heads in most of the museums on offer, before hopping back on the bus as it headed up through Downtown San Diego on its way over to the impressive Coronado Bridge…

Related Link: Old Town San Diego State Historic Park | Old Town | San Diego | #USA2016

How to Install Custom Photoshop Brushes in CS3 CodeUnit 02 DEC 2011

One of the many things that make Photoshop such a powerhouse when it comes to image manipulation is its ability to be extended through things like custom brushes and shapes, generated by users themselves.

Photoshop CS3 custom brushes are packaged as .abr files and to install them is actually pretty simple.

First, download the custom brush .abr file you wish to install (it may be zipped, in which case extract it first). Next, browse to the install path of your CS3 installation. Locate the Presets folder, and in that, the Brushes folder. The most common path under Windows is usually:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS3\Presets\Brushes

Move your downloaded .abr file into that folder. Note that the file name determines the label under Photoshop, so it is a good idea to give the file a nice descriptive name, like “Polka Dot Brushes.abr” for example.

Now simply restart Photoshop, and you’ll find your new brushes available for use in the system.

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx: How to Run and Adobe AIR App CodeUnit 15 JUL 2010

To run any one of the brilliantly useful Adobe AIR applications floating around there on your shiny new Ubuntu Lucid Lynx installation is actually pretty easy, thanks in the most part to Adobe’s releasing a Debian installer package for the Adobe AIR Application Installer.

So first things first, download the .deb package from Adobe at http://get.adobe.com/air/. Once downloaded, double click and install.

The next step is to then locate the Adobe AIR application you wish to use and download the .air installer file to you system. Double clicking on it should then launch the Adobe AIR Application Installer which will in turn give you the option to install the AIR application you just clicked on. And that’s pretty much it. Follow all the prompts as necessary and note where the executable file gets dumped – that’s the file you’ll want to click on to launch the application after install – though clicking on the original .air application will give the option to execute the already installed application as well!

So, so simple these days! :)

Photoshop CS4: Create Your Own Custom Shape CodeUnit 29 DEC 2009

Creating a custom shape in Adobe Photoshop CS4 is a lot easier than what you might think. After all you’ve seen all these silhouette custom shapes floating around the web, so how come can’t you just produce your own?

Well, let us start at the beginning then. First of all, find the image that you would like to trace, i.e. the source for your custom shape. For this tutorial I’ve gone with a picture of a crouching Tiger Woods, simply because he’s so topical right at this moment – What, he’s like easily 10 over par in terms of women at the moment isn’t he? ;)


Any way, with your source picture located, open it up in Photoshop and create a new layer on top of it: Layer -> New -> Layer…

Next, select the Pen tool and make sure the options selected look as follows: (Hint, the Auto Add/Delete option is quite important here)


Now start tracing around the outline of your shape, starting from one point and then ending up at that same point again.


Once you’ve finished your outline, you now need to go back and cut out the unwanted inside shapes. This is done by changing the pen mode to subtract and then tracing the unwanted shape, exactly how you did with the initial outline.


With everything cutout, you can now go ahead and hide the original image layer, leaving only your tracing exposed:


Next, access the Edit menu and select the Define Custom Shape… option:


Give your shape a name and save – that’s it. If you now access the available custom shapes after switching to the custom shapes tool, you’ll spot your newly created shape lurking in the bottom right of that menu!


Oh, and if you want to keep if for prosperity, it might be a good idea to save the custom shapes list – just saying! :P

When Adobe CS3 doesn’t Want to Install on Windows Vista CodeUnit 11 JUL 2009

Adobe Photoshop Feather LogoRight, you’ve got a shiny new copy of Adobe Photoshop CS3 in your hands and a desktop loaded with Microsoft Vista in front of you. However, each and every time you attempt to install CS3 the installer just bombs out with nary a single error message.

Not cool when you consider how much the application actually cost in the first place!

Anyway, run the installer from the command line and see if it spits out an error. If it does, and the error reads “End Adobe Setup. Exit code: 4” then you are in luck.

(Alternatively, take a look inside the Adobe log file named Add or Remove Adobe Creative Suite 3 Web Premium 1.0.log.gz. Again, if you find a line reading “DEBUG: Error 2739: Could not access JavaScript runtime for custom action Internal Error 2739” then you’re definitely in luck)

The problem is caused due to the MSI installer code running custom Jscript and to fix it one simply needs to re-register the jscript DLL file.

So without any further ado:

Open an administrive cmd prompt
cd windowssytem32
regsvr32 jscript.dll

Note: you might have to run the cmd prompt as Administrator in order to gain the necessary rights in order to re-register the offending DLL.

Abandon Adobe AutoUpdate Software & Sites 04 JUN 2008

With limited, fairly expensive bandwidth at home, you can imagine that I am less than enthralled with products that choose to autoupdate themselves quietly in the background, without any notification of their dastardly deed. One of the prime offenders in this category is none other than good old Adobe which frequently runs an autoupdate in a background, sucking up your precious bandwidth before notifying you that it has downloaded the following gazillion little updates.

Well no more. A lot of people want to know how to turn off this annoying little Adobe hellspawn, and it is my pleasure to tell you just how to go about it.

Firstly, open up any Adobe product that you might have (Adobe Reader is probably the easiest) and locate the ‘Check for Updates’ option somewhere on the menu structure (usually under the Help submenu). Click on it and allow the program to look for new updates unhindered.

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Once the process has finished looking for updates (don’t worry, it hasn’t downloaded anything if you are particularly worried about your bandwidth), a dialog box is shown to you detailing the number of available updates for your Adobe products. On this dialog box, locate and click on the preferences link to bring up a new dialog showing the various settings for Adobe’s autoupdate software.

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Right at the top you will see a checkbox for ‘Automatically check for updates’.

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Simply uncheck this checkbox and Bob’s your uncle – no more unwanted updating by that pesky Adobe software that you have installed! :)