Posted on February 8th, 2008
|Yesterday we got notice that the new club house was open. This club house is for residents of the apartment complex, so mom and I went over this morning to see what's there. There's an exercise room with several machines (stationary bikes, treadmills and a few others). We visited the billiard room and played a game of 9-ball (as best I could remember the rules).
After the game, we went to the grocery store for odds and ends of things. I picked up some deli chicken for my lunch. Since my recent discovery that some Hot Pockets and Lean Cuisine meals are within my diet, I checked out a few while we where there and picked up a Hot Pocket for sometime next week.
I spent the rest of the day working on things. I finished up another part of the PC Project, and then I focused on the game I mentioned yesterday. It's now playable, though some features haven't been added yet.
A new project I've been thinking about took form today. I have dozens of backups and thousands of files tucked away. I figure I should go over them and create a clean copy. I decided to start with the large caches of images. I've noticed that many of the images I've downloaded over the years are much bigger than needed. So I wrote a simple PHP script to compare several versions of an image and keep only the best choices. Much of the evening was spent cleaning up images by the score.
As a result, I've managed to cram 27 MB of images into 6 MB. This trick clearly works. All I'm doing is messing with the JPG quality. In a lot of cases, 50% quality is much smaller than 100% quality and the artifacts aren't noticeable. All the script does is take an image, create 5 new image files (75% quality, 50% quality, 25% quality and two PNGs) and allow for point and click comparisons.
Once I've cleaned up the caches currently on the system I'll start going over the backups. In a lot of cases I saved stuff as BMPs. I'll be changing these BMPs to PNGs as I go to squeeze more into a smaller space.
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