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Convert bmp, gif, jpeg, png, tif Image Files to PDF for Free

There are a ton of shareware applications that will allow you to convert image files to PDF for free however they typically leave text about their product all over the PDF until you pay for the application. I was able to locate and successfully convert some jpeg files using a freeware application from CNET download center. It is very easy to use however you have to make sure your images are a certain size before converting or it will not work properly. Below are step by step instructions on how to convert multiple image files into one multi page PDF document. Make sure that each of your image files is 600×800 pixels in size or smaller if you want the entire image to fit onto the PDF page. You can also adjust the “Page Size” setting if you prefer to have larger than normal PDF pages.

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Configure Static IP and DNS on HP Photosmart C5150

The easiest way to configure a static IP on the HP Photosmart C5100 is via the web interface. You probably do not know to the IP address of the all-in-one printer since you are just now configuring the static IP and if it is currently on the netork then it has received a dynamic IP address via DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). Regardless its an easy process which I will explain step by step below.

  1. Locate IP Address: First we will need to locate the current Internet Protocol address of the printer. Look in the properties of the printer and look at the Ports tab to see if there is an IP address specified. If there is not then you can print a test page, bring up a command prompt, and type “arp -a”. You should notice a couple different IP addresses of which one should be associated with a Physical Address that begins with 00:19:BB which is Hewlett Packard. Once you have located the IP address take note. It should be an address where the first three octets begin with 192.168.0.
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Firewall Settings for Playstation 3, PS3 Firewall Ports

If your PlayStation 3 is operating slow, losing connection, or just not working right most of the time the chances are that you need to change some settings on your Internet router or firewall. Routers use NAT(Network Address Translation) to allow multiple devices to function behind the router as if they all have the public address that your ISP(Internet Service Provider) has provided to you. The PS3 requires various ports to be open to communicate with other users online as well as other ports to be opened to the PlayStation 3 for other games to function properly. Below I list these ports required for the PS3 to operate, ports required for certain games to operate, and followed by a brief explanation of what you need to look for in terms of configuring your router or firewall.

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TFTP: Error code 1: File not found

You may get the below error code when attempting to transfer files with TFTP.

Error code 1: File not found

If you do get this error the issue is likely that the file does not exist on the server you are trying to place the file on using TFTP. If you are on a linux server you can just touch the file name on the TFTP server before transferring the actual file via TFTP.

TFTP: Trivial File Transfer Protocol

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