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Review of the Shark Steam Mop

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This is a bit off topic compared to what I normally write, but as a busy person timesavers are very important to me. I got a Shark Steam Mop recently. Reading review it sounds like there might be better options, but I'm very happy with this one. If you have floors that need scrubbed and won't be damaged by steam, I highly recommend getting a steam mop. It's amazing how fast these can clean a floor and how well they loosen and pick up dirt. Even greasy areas (like around the stove) clean up quickly due to the heat. Only water is used as a cleaner and it evaporates quickly so the floors don't stay slippery long.

If you're still scrubbing floors on your hands and knees or using a traditional mop, you should give a steam mop a try.


Microsoft Wireless Mouse 4000 Battery Life

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The first battery for my Microsoft Wireless Mouse 4000 finally died. It lasted almost 8 months. The mouse had a red LED that lit up to let me know the battery was getting low. I'm still happy with the mouse. It isn't a high end gaming mouse, but it does well enough and is very portable.


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Only $40 on Steam for the Next Twelve Hours

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If you've been on the fence about getting the next game in the Elder Scrolls series, now's your chance to get it at a discount. There's not much time left though. If you haven't played any of the Elder Scrolls games, don't worry too much. These are excellent open world RPGs that don't rely on knowledge of the previous game. If you like RPGs with large worlds and lots of options, check it out.


Folder Redirection in a Mixed Windows 7 and Windows 8 Environment (Win8\Win7)

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I was hesitant at first to join the systems I installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview on to my domain since I have folder redirection set up. I was worried that after logging my profile into Windows 8 it might have issues in Windows 7. Fortunately, I haven't run into any such issues yet. I've been switching between Windows 7 and Windows 8 on tablets and desktops and haven't had any issues related to my profile.


Maya and Photoshop Texturing in 3D Workflow

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Here is a basic workflow for getting a 3D object into Photoshop from Maya so you can paint on it, and then saving the texture back out. Please don't critique my table. I just tossed it together for the screen shots. I used a texture from for the texture I put on the table. You should check out the site. It has a variety of free and paid textures.

In Maya

  1. Select the UV'd object you want to export. The object should have a basic shader and texture assignment even if it's just placeholder.

  2. Got to File -> Export Selection and click the square for more options.

  3. Choose OBJExport and click Export Selection. You may have to enable a plugin to have the OBJExport option.
  4. Choose a location to save the OBJ file.

In Photoshop

  1. Go to File -> Open and choose your OBJ file. When it finishes loading you should see your textured object.

  2. Under layers you should see your object with a Textures heading below it. Double click the name of your texture and it will open in a second tab.

  3. On the tab with your texture you can choose 3D -> Create UV Overlay -> Wireframe to see the layout of the UVs.
  4. Draw either directly on the texture or the 3D Object.

  5. While on the tab with your texture choose File ->Save As and save a copy over the texture in Maya.

  6. You should now be able to reload the texture in Maya to see your changes.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 December 2011 19:53

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