Monday, June 20, 2005

Apricot - Blenheim (Semi Dwarf) -

Common Name: Blenheim Royal Apricot
Excellent quality canning apricot. Fruit is sweet and firm, top variety in California.Great as a pollinizer too.

Blenheim apricots are the most delicious apricots of all. All-purpose freestone, sweet, aromatic, flavorful. Long-time No.1 apricot in California. They are hard to find fresh because of their delicate nature so they are usually dried to preserve their distinctive sweet-tart flavor and intense color. Late June harvest.
As the owner of a 3-y.o. fecund semi-dwarf Blenheim apricot,...
Our little tree produced, as of Friday, somewhat over 600 apricots,
which were small, juicy and incredibly sweet. Lost nary a one to
squirrels this year, as a neighbor doesn't bother to net her tree as we
do, which makes it much easier pickings for the local
least this year.

The first year we had only a handfull of fruit; last year we had about
70, and this year almost a 10-fold increas over last year. What a joy to
go out before breakfast to pick fully ripe 'cots, just warmed by the
sun, to have with nice thick yogurt and a dash of home made passion
fruit syrup. Yummmm!

Van Nuys, CA

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what does Photoshop 7 do that 6 doesn't?
Several things, but most notable (to me) are:
Healing brush
Patch tool
(both great for removing blemishes without bluring detail. You have to see it in action to appreciate it.)
Crazy new brush settings. You can do all kinds of effects with the brush tool now.
Layers in the Liquify tool. Always sucked that only 1 layer at a time worked before.
Dockable UI. Not a huge benefit, but it can be a helpful.
Asset browser
Several new layer/tool blend modes (Pin Light, Vivid Light, Linear Light)
Tool Presets tab (At least I think that's new in 7)
Web transparency
Rollovers (Image Ready)
In which versions of Photoshop did each of these major features first appear?
* Adjustment Layers: Photoshop 4.0
* Tab palettes: Photoshop 3.0
* Paths: Photoshop 2.0
* Non-dialog based editable text: Photoshop 6.0
* Color Management: Photoshop 5.0
* Healing Brush: Photoshop 7.0 ( Elements lacks many of Photoshop's more powerful tools, such as the Healing brush and the automatic Shadow/ Highlight controls, but there are a few extra features designed to speed up your editing work.)
I've just spent the better part of the evening reading posts on the Adobe Photoshop forum regarding the activation/reactivation process for CS. YIKES!!! :shock: (CS is version 8)
CS has - most processing functions also allowed in 16-bit mode
- Updated ACR
- a much improved file browser
- highlight/shadow adjustment function
Zone Alarm v.s. Sygate Personal Firewall
I used to use Zone Alarm a few years ago and switched to Sygate which I am very happy with. Zone Alarm seemed to use more resources and hogged up memory. ... ZoneAlarm is more novice fireindly but sygate is easier on resources (and a little more technical). As far as protection, they are both basically equal. On my personal computers I usually use sygate, but when it's for someone else I usually use zonealarm....
Sygate is my preference......... it is user friendly, your non pingable... and the advanced rules for networking and IP blocking are super simple .. MORE at
Also locate the folder named "Prefetch" in the windows directory. Delete everything in it (windows will rebuild the contents as you use programs). I had the same annoying problem and found that deleting the contents worked for me. - NOT FOUND by Ed
I do Internet Security Programming for a living and I see so many suggestions mentioning pop up killers,Antivirus Programs,Spyware Killers etc. I have worked with computers since windows 3.1 was new and still have to find a combo better than the following, free pop up blocker,
Spyware Blaster,
Spyware Guard,
Zone Alarm Firewall
Ad-Aware se free for home,and
Grisoft Anti Virus(AVG)
Your system has achieved a perfect "TruStealth" rating. Not a single packet - solicited or otherwise - was received from your system as a result of our security probing tests. Your system ignored and refused to reply to repeated Pings (ICMP Echo Requests). From the standpoint of the passing probes of any hacker, this machine does not exist on the Internet. Some questionable personal security systems expose their users by attempting to "counter-probe the prober", thus revealing themselves. But your system wisely remained silent in every way. Very nice.
Stealth There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!

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Stealth There is NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER that a port (or even any computer) exists at this IP address!
...Etc Etc..............................................
We have determined that your IP address is
This is the public IP address that is visible to the internet.
Note: this may not be your IP address if you are connecting through a router, proxy or firewall.

Trying to gather information from your web browser...
Operating System = Windows Windows 98
Browser = Netscape Navigator 5.0
Trying to find out your computer name... Unable to determine your computer name!
Trying to find out what services you are running... Unable to detect any running services!
We have determined that you have a firewall blocking UDP ports!
We are unable to scan any more UDP ports on IP: . . .
You have blocked all of our probes!
SMC(not responding) Sygate Firewall
You can roll back the version to 5.5 2710 if you like.