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Gina Trapani

Tech writer and web developer

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Gina Trapani is a tech writer and web developer based in San Diego, California by way of Brooklyn, New York. The lead editor of Lifehacker.com, a daily weblog on software and personal productivity, Gina has authored two books based on the web site: Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day (Wiley, December 2006) and the second edition, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better (March 2008).

A Sun-certified Java programmer, Gina builds Firefox extensions and web sites. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Wired, Women’s Health, PC World and Macworld magazines. The Wall Street Journal Online profiled her and her work has also been mentioned in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, Wired and PC Magazine.

Book

My latest book, Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better, is a compendium of all the best hacks from Lifehacker.com’s archives, and my personal manifesto on working more efficiently in the digital age.

Check out the official web site of Upgrade Your Life to browse the table of contents, download a sample chapter, and join the mailing list.


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    Lifehacker, the productivity and software guide
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    Women’s Health magazine
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    Todo.txt, an open source repository of scripts for managing a text-based personal task list
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“If I had more time I’d write a shorter letter.” —Mark Twain

If the digital photo you just uploaded looks more washed out in Flickr than it does in your desktop image editor, that’s because Firefox 3‘s advanced color management capability isn’t turned on by default. To turn it on, type about:config in Firefox 3’s address bar, then click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button. Then, in the Filter field, type gfx.color_management.enabled and set that value to true (its default value is false). Restart Firefox. From there on in, your photo colors will be richer than they were. Why isn’t this value true by default? Well, according to Mozilla, you’ll see a 10-15% performance hit using this setting, but if you’ve got a reasonably fast machine, it’ll be worth the better-looking photos. Hit the link below for an extended explanation of Firefox’s color profile support.

3:01 PM on Sat Jun 21 2008
By Gina Trapani
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On the same subject:

Color management tweak in Firefox 3

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Spotted on Joi Ito’s blog: quick and dirty directions on how to “hack” Firefox 3 into delivering richer, brighter colors more faithful to the original photograph (or graphic).

Snip:

I think that the esoteric discussions about color are interesting, but for most people, the bottom line is, if you turn color profile support “on” on Firefox 3, many images will end up appearing much closer to the color of the original and less washed out. You do this by typing “about:config” in the address bar of Firefox 3. Click thru confirmation page and find: gfx.color_management.enabled. Double click that until it says “true”. Then restart Firefox 3.There are a number of monitor color calibration gadgets and software packages like Eye One Match which will allow you to calibrate your monitor (and camera and printer). If everyone actually did this, we’d all be seeing the same colors.

Downside: you void your warranty (browsers have warranties? who cares) and apparently this tweak causes a non-insignificant performance hit.Whatever, I’m just thrilled that favorite snaps I shot, caressed lovingly in Photoshop, then uploaded to Flickr don’t look so anemic anymore. Like “Daniela,” above, an aging camioneta cooling her heels on a beach along the Pacific coast of Guatemala. Or these women from the Gaddi tribe in Northern India, at bottom, climbing a mountain to reach a shrine.

Source: DRIA. Gina at Lifehacker just blogged about it, too.

Gaddi ceremony, Kanyara village, Himachal Pradesh, India

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