Raging Sloth Tech

Dry Spell :)

It sure has been a while since I've put up some updates. Never fear however because I've finally started working on my parallel version of my pngoptimizer. Now unfortunately google analytics tells me that the vast majority of my traffic is people who have come here for the articles I've written on my S95 and particularly my experiences with the HDR feature. I'm assuming that these people have little to no interest in my python tutorials but I do think they may be interested in the finished product. I'm going to go through the steps of making the optimizer work with png images and then expand it to also run jpegrescan on jpeg images (all the heavy lifting is done by the programs it calls anyway). So if you're a photographer or aspiring photographer you may be interested as running jpegrescan on your pictures is a pretty good way of shrinking them down just a little without losing detail and potentially posting them on a website (be forewarned that it will remove your copyright data however to make the file even smaller and I've noticed that photoshop can no longer properly display the graphics either, though every other program I've used does just fine). Anyway eventually these python tutorials will culminate in a user friendly gui application that you can use to run commands on filetypes recursively in a directory. So for example you could have an html shrinking program, a png optimizing program, a jpeg optimizing program, configure this app to run them and let it loose in a web directory to optimize all the files held within.

Anyway after a lot of deliberation I've decided to use the python multiprocessing module rather than my initial plan to use sockets and fork, I'm still undecided as to the gui toolkit to use but that will come later anyway.

PS: if anyone has any requests for articles please leave them in the comments.
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