Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Bigger is Better?

Kat Noir's newest set is the first week using the new photo file size.

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Recently I had a post on the Soles of Silk Forum about posting bigger photos on the site. I wasn't too keen on making the files larger than the 1024 x 768 size they were in, but after sitting on it for a week, I have increased photo size to 1280 x 960. This only holds true to this week's update and those which come after it. And yes, I started this with Kat Noir's update because she's someone who appreciates size! I hope you enjoy it too.

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I'm a PC... and Pissed Off!

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

Wow, what a last couple of weeks here in computer land. Not only did I manage to get a adware virus, but I also had an error with the Service Pack 3 update totally kill my system. I was so ready to wave the white flag and find a way to buy a Mac again. I didn't do that, however, and was able to pull through. This is why this week's update is being posted a day later than normal.

This whole ordeal began with the adware. While online I had a prompt to install some Active X content so my Window Media Player could play a file. Well, my dumb ass thought it was a Microsoft prompt, but it was not. After I allowed the download, I was now in the land of pop up windows telling me I had a virus and I needed to download this particular virus program. Now, I was stupid enough to allow the Active X to install, but I wasn't dumb enough to fall for the fact that I needed that software. Obviously the company who produced this adware/virus was also selling the program that "fixed" it. I really despise dumb asses who do things like this.

Once I got the adware out of my computer, I had a prompt to upgrade my Service Pack 2 to Service Pack 3. In the middle of the download, it stopped, telling me I had an error that wouldn't allow the download to complete. Apparently, some of the files did install and my operating system seemed to be in a funk with the mismatched files. I tried to go back and reinstall, but my Windows Installer would not function. I kept getting messages telling me I didn't have access or I might be running in safe mode. Problem was, I do have access and I wasn't in safe mode.

I must have tried five techniques to remedy the Installer. With it in its present state I could not install, remove or update any program at all. It was quite annoying.

To make a long story short, I came to the conclusion that I was just going to reformat my hard drive. Simple, right? Nope. When trying to do so, I was given blue error screens with random code at the bottom. I wrote down the code and each time it was different. Of course, with Windows, those codes could mean about 25 things and since it wasn't the same code each time, I had about 75 possible causes to chase down.

Luckily I saw a post on a forum about switching a setting in the BIOS and I was able to reformat. With all my files backed up, I went for it.

I'm still changing little things to the system to get it back to the way it was before (minus the problems). I got all the graphics programs back and I'm ready to rock with the site here. Thanks for your patience and I hope none of you have to experience what I did above.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Tidbits for October

The blog below was originally published in Soles of Silk's Column section. It was archived and then republished here in 2016.

It's October already. Damn this year feels like is ending before it even began. It seems like only a couple of weeks ago it was July and I was in Cedar Point, Ohio with some friends riding on all the roller coasters I've been itching to get on forever. Ah yes, I love me some coasters! Anyhow, it's much colder now and I thought it was a good time to mention some things related to the site here.

Sole Searching
The first and biggest announcement I have is something I am breaking here first. I have been in contact with Wu over at Wu's Feet Links about doing a new section on his site that will consist of interviews and bios of foot fetish personalities from around the web. This section I've decided to call "Sole Searching." I've already hit up Mommie Dearest for an interview and am working on getting everything typed up. I'm so glad she decided to be my first subject and I'm sure you'll find all the things she said to be an interesting read. I'll be sure to keep everyone informed as to when this section opens on Wu's.

Video Clips Section

Updating the Video Clips section of the site has gotten so much easier. I've been told by a couple of people they like the format much better and that's always good to hear. I was trying to make things more organized with better information for each individual clip.

With people liking the format of the Video Clips section, I am considering matching the post format style in the Models and Contribution galleries. Still just an idea, but I might make that jump. It will be a big undertaking if I do.

Upcoming Shoots
I have slowed down a little in taking new photos. I took a bunch of sets toward the end of summer and with the economy sucking ass these days, I've decided to use some of these sets before I dive in and take a bunch of new ones. I have plenty of sets, so I'm able to do this.

Although I stated the above, there are a couple of girls I've been in talks with about getting together to do some new sets with. Bethany, first and foremost, hasn't been in front of my camera in a long time. At one point over the summer we planned to do a shoot for three weeks in a row, only to be rained out on each and every day! I was so mad because we were going to make use of the beaches over the summer and when she debuted, her set in the bikini was a huge hit.

Abby and Mindee are also due for some new sets. Last week's set with the notebook was the last set I had of Mindee in my stash of unposted galleries. Abby hasn't been in front of the camera in a bit, but I expect her to pose again soon since she moved down the street, literally.

Wallpaper Contest

It's been some time since I did the last Wallpaper Design Contest, so I'm aiming on setting up for the third one here soon. I'm also trying to figure out a members-only contest so all of you may earn extra free membership time. Be on the lookout for both of these in the future!

Kellie joined the 1K Club with this update.

Kellie Reaches 1,000 Photos

Congratulations to Kellie, who reached 1,000 photos with this week's marshmallow photo set. Kellie is the second model on the site to reach 1,000-plus images, with the other being Madison. Don't think Kellie will be stopping anytime soon either. This girl has been throwing ideas at me for new shoots every time I turn around at work. I love her enthusiasm!

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