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Old 03-13-02, 06:07 AM
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HI everyone, what's this Sierra I see everyone talking about? Is it afilliated with do it yourself, or is it something all it's own? Do you know of any other cool gardening sites? Thanks, Jay
 
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Old 03-13-02, 06:30 AM
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Hello Jay

I'll let Gami, Eric or Fred tell you all about it (Gami's the one who lured me over there...)

Suffice to say that it is another Forum Community similar to this one. (I don't think <well... I hope> the Keepers of THIS Community will not mind us telling you about it since the whole aim of both is to help, communicate with and educate one another)

Here's the home page for Sierra:

http://community.sierra.com/[email protected]@

There are a number of people who have become BB buddies on both sites - mostly in the gardening Boards. One nice thing about Sierra is that we can post pictures...

Over to you, Gang

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Old 03-13-02, 06:30 AM
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Jay,
Its all on its own. The URL is http://community.sierra.com/[email protected]^[email protected] but of course, you will need to reigster first. Alot of us are in both places.

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Old 03-13-02, 08:10 AM
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Hi Jay,

Come on over. Not only am I luring people from here, but I'm luring people from Sierra to help out here too. Everyone has something to offer.

This is an excellent board with lots of great folks. The real only difference in Sierra is that you can post pics of your gardens, etc. That is especially helpful if you need help identifying a plant, or showing plant leaves to help identify a disease, or leaves that are chewed on to find out what insect is causing it, etc. Then, of course, you can just show off your gardens, which we all love to see. You can also post a pic of yourself to use as your signature icon. It's always nice to put a face with the words.

To be able to post pics, it's best to set up your own Member's Gallery. Marilee is the moderator, and you'll need to post in the "General Gardening" section and ask her set up a gallery for you. I just use Gami's Pics. Marilee set Bomber's up as Bomber's Beauties, so you can name it whatever you want. It helps if you ask for it to be set up and name it at the same time.

Sierra has a little different format, and at first might be somewhat confusing as to where to post. Until anyone gets familiar with it, just ask all your questions in the "General Gardening" section. Then browse around and you'll see other "folders" for plant identification, garden tips and techniques, etc. You'll soon learn where to put things. Anything put into the General Gardening section disappears after about 30 days from the last post. So if you have some great info or tip that you want to share and think it's worthy to stay there forever, find that specific folder and put it there.

We're not trying to take people away from here. Several of us go back and forth. Both are great boards.

DIY has a great FAQ section that I refer to quite often.

Hope to see you on both boards!

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Old 03-13-02, 08:42 AM
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Amen to that Gami! The purpose of these two boards is for help and communication and the more people we can get registered at both boards, the more information we will both have. It doesnt matter if you are an expert or a novice. Im sure everyone out there knows a little something that the rest of us may not.

I also encourage people to use a picture a signature, but I really cant say anything since I dont have mine up yet But there is a wealth of information to be gained from both forums. And eventually, it will almost seem as if we become part of your gardening family

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Old 03-13-02, 11:26 AM
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Jay,
I might as well add my two cents worth.
Sierra is not affiliated with the Sierra Club, (thank goodness).
Sierra-on-Line was one o the first PC gaming developers quite a few years back. If you visit their forum listings you will probably recognize many of the games. Now they have expanded into Garden Design, Cooking and other software. My better half uses their Master Cook recipe software.
The garden forums just end up being a bonus for us gardeners.
Come and enjoy,
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Old 03-13-02, 04:53 PM
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Thanks everybody,

That's the most reply's I've had since I've been posting on DIY. Sounds good. Since I found DIY, I can't stay away from it. It just get's better. Thanks to Copernic.com Jay
 
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Old 03-13-02, 05:30 PM
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Hi Jay,

My memory isn't failing me completely, and I don't remember you posting on the garden board before, but just in case, I searched back to the last 100 days to see if you have posted here before, and you haven't--according to the computer!

So, I'm very happy that you finally found the Garden forum and you're happy with your response. There aren't very many questions that aren't answered the same day.

Once in awhile one sneaks through, but that only means that the person who could answer that particular question was probably not available at the moment or for a couple of days.

Even if a question can't be answered (for whatever reason) everybody receives a reply. Oh boy! I went out on a limb, but I think I'm pretty safe in saying that.

Welcme, Jay!


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Old 03-13-02, 06:49 PM
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Speaking of Sierra, anyone having trouble posting??? Im trying to get a picture of me and my better half up there so I can stop being a hypocrite, but Im not having any luck...

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Old 03-13-02, 06:53 PM
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Hi Eric,

I was just checking one more time before going to bed--early tonight.

Yes, it appears to be down at the moment. OKKKKKK, we have something to look forward to tomorrow!

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Old 03-13-02, 08:56 PM
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Hi Eric,
It's midnight in VA.
Couldn't post or login to Sierra tonight!

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Old 03-14-02, 02:20 AM
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Morning all...

5:20 am EST and still no luck over younder....

See ya there if it ever gets back (Marilee emailed about something else and said that they were having some problems - hopes to get everything back up soon)

Howie
 
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Old 03-14-02, 05:51 AM
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Well eventually I hope to have it up. That way I will no longer be a stranger to everyone. Its not the greatest picture of me in the world, but its a very good picture of Tracey

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Old 03-14-02, 08:24 AM
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11:27am et on Thursday.
Sierra is still down!
 
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Old 03-14-02, 10:31 AM
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1:34pm Sierra is back up!

Picture of Tracey and I is up as well. Unfortunately, a sig picture only allows you 10k, so its kinda fuzzy. Working on a better one.

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Old 03-14-02, 12:37 PM
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Hooray for Sierra's underpaid overworked techies!

Bomber,
you're right - sig pics are requred smaller. maybe if you crop it the size(in pixels) will also drop.
I'll go scope 'em out.
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Old 03-14-02, 01:04 PM
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Fred,
Tried that. The beef is its a scanned photo. So dropping the bixels, cut her and i out of the pic (and I didnt think anyone wanted to see just a picture of the patio furniture)

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Old 03-14-02, 01:07 PM
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Hi Eric,

If you want to send it to me, I'll see what I can do. I was able to reduce mine so it wasn't fuzzy, but then there's not two people in mine.

Or try it through Irfanview.

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Old 03-14-02, 01:36 PM
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IrfanView will work.

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Old 03-15-02, 04:52 AM
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reduce the compression and dpi

Try reducing the compression and the dpi. A dpi of 100 should be sufficient. When you save it a jpeg, reduce the compression to say 20 instead of 90.
 
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Old 03-15-02, 05:31 AM
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Thanks Bob,
Eric got it cropped and probably also reduced the dpi.
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Old 03-16-02, 11:09 PM
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Here we go again...

Sunday morning 2:06 am EST

been trying off and on to get into Sierra again - have I got a Leprechaun jumping on my computer, or is it the system again?

Howie

btw, Happy St Paddy's Day!!
 
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Old 03-17-02, 04:04 AM
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Howie,

Five hrs later (7:07am), it appears to be okay - again.

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Old 03-28-02, 08:51 AM
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Hi Nina,

Here's the discussion on Sierra's garden board. I thought I'd better bump it to the first page so it doesn't disappear. As you can tell by the posts, Sierra does have it's down times. So if you can't get through at first, keep trying, as it's usually only down for a few hours. I have known it to be down for 3 days before, but they usually post a fews days before they do that.

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Old 04-01-02, 05:54 AM
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Sierra

I have been with them for about 5 years,

Their Garden thing is to sell their landscape software.

At one time they had a real nice plant encyclopedia
Ortho's homeowners plant diesase and bug book
A great Zone map,
These have all been lost for "Game Room"

I have seen Sierra go down for about a week with no notice.

I wish that they would allow for a FAQ page that would stay.

At $1 per trip, I could retire with the number of times I have posted Tomato BER problems.

Oh well have have fun, you can't get out of life alive

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Old 04-02-02, 08:27 PM
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Hi Byron,

Sierra was down for a week without a notice!? Hmmmmm! Your memory is better than mine. I remember that time it was down for three days! You'd think the world came to an end. Everybody bombarded it when it came back up. Emails went flying.

I 2nd your idea for an FAQ section on Sierra. Won't it stay if you put it in the veggie section? I doubt if we'd get any such privilege now with the recent cutbacks.

Gami
 
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Old 04-02-02, 08:33 PM
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Barb

I did it 3 times, 3 times it was cut.

I had links for BER, Nutrient deficienies and more common disease problems


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Old 04-02-02, 08:40 PM
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Yep, Byron. I know you did. Well, I think they'd stay there now. Moderators can't delete anything--not meaning Marilee. I can't imagine why your (those) posts were deleted. As you say, you were answering them ALL the time. You are so patient!

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Old 04-05-02, 07:31 AM
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Hi Gami! I'm here!

I'm a new member from Sierra that Gami was talking about. I hope to get the hang of this forum real soon. Sometimes these things take me a while. It's because I'm blonde, right Gami?

Shele
 
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Old 04-05-02, 07:41 AM
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Hi Shele!
Welcome! You've picked a great place to come. This is probably the most helpful, informative site for gardening I've come across in a LONG time, not to mention the friendliest I'm sure now with your knowledge, you will be able to help out as much as everyone else. Again, welcome! We're glad to have you

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Old 04-05-02, 09:30 AM
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Hi Shele,

Glad to see you show up. I'm in a hurry to go bowling.

To everyone, Shele and I have been friends for quite awhile, and we do a lot of kidding. So you may have to ignore our remarks to each other once in awhile!

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Old 04-05-02, 09:39 AM
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Thanks for the welcome Eric. I should probably introduce myself. My name is Michele, but I post with Shele, it's easier to type fast! I live in Northwest Ohio (zone 5). I'm married with three kids. I love gardening and I consider myself a hit-and-miss gardener. I plant first and ask questions later. Needless to say, I move plants around a lot, and lose a lot too. I'm too anxious to get started, I'll learn someday!! I love cottage gardens and am trying really, really hard to create that effect all over my yard, with a little bit of success, a case of too many garden areas with too little plants, but I'm getting there!

So here I am! I love to goof off, so I hope you all like to joke around, I'm rarely serious!

Shele
 
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Old 04-05-02, 09:53 AM
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Hi Gami! You always make me feel welcome where ever I am! And yes, we do have fun don't we?

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Old 04-05-02, 09:55 AM
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Shele,
Read some of the posts... You will quickly see that we specialize in humor, will keeping a level of seriousness to the point where we can help each other. All of these posts are funny and helpful at the same time.

So I will say... if you are goofy, like to have fun, and are knowledgeable about gardening, you will fit in perfectly here

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Old 04-05-02, 09:56 AM
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Oh sure Gami... you get to go bowling now, while I have to wait until Tuesday night to go again Have fun What's your average??

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Old 04-05-02, 04:56 PM
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Hi Eric,

My average??? Well, it's come down a bit in the last couple of months. I bowl on 2 aft. leagues, and it's 167 on both of them. My high game THIS year is 246 with a 612 series. BUT, you wouldn't know it the way I've been bowling lately. We make excuses for ourselves because they don't dress the alleys for the seniors, so you never know what to expect and one lane will be completely opposite of the other, and change practically every time you throw the ball. The benefit of that is, it happens to everyone. There are those dreaded lanes that nobody ever bowls good on. Yep, we were there today. My high--167.

What's your average and high games? Does Tracey bowl? My husband skips work on Wed. to bowl, but we're not on the same team. It's the highlight of our week. We'll be on the same team this summer. He's pretty good, but has his off-days too.

Gami
 
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Old 04-05-02, 08:51 PM
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Hey Gami,
I've been bowling since I was 13; I'm now 24. I can't seem to get my average any higher than 160 no matter how hard I try. Right now, it's at 154. My high game is a 235, although this year its a 219 (gotten a few weeks ago) and a 564 series back in September. Tracey doesnt bowl, but she will occassionally come down on Tuesday nights to watch, and then come with us for drinks and free pool at the bar next door.

I love how we can jump to even non gardening topics on this forum As I said earlier... DIY has gotta be the friendliest site on the entire internet.

OK, I've gotta go read Senna's reply on the veggies and post before I go to bed (midnight now and was out drinking tonight). See everyone tomorrow!

Eric
 
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