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Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by hilarygunn, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    Hi, I'm re posting here as suggested attaching scans of the record I'm trying to interpret. I've worked out that the ships are the ones in brackets and the others are shore bases but am stuck on mosy of the rest.
    What is Non-substantive?
    What Badges?
    Under examinations, what are the qualifications he had?
    In remarks, can anyone interpret any of them?
    Thanks
    Hilary
    PS Unbelievable, I can't even mamage that! It won't let me attach them as jpeg images because they're too big. Can anyone tell me what to do to get round that please, bearing in mind that what I've done so far stretches my IT skills to the limit. Anything complicated and I'll have to get my grand daughter to help as usual
    Hilary
     
  2. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Hi, Hilary. Try this method to insert your photos.
    The first is by attachment, where the picture will display as a small thumbnail that, once clicked on opens a larger picture in a 'lightbox', which if you click on it again will open full size on a new page :
    • Click 'go advanced' in the standard posting box.
    • Click on the paperclip icon:
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    • Or this button below the posting box:​

    • This will open a new window that allows you to upload from your computer, click 'Browse' :
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    • this will open up a search box for you to find the image that's stored on your computer. Select the image and click 'open'. The name and location of the image will then display in the 'browse' window.​

    • Then click 'upload'
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    • After a second or two the image will have uploaded to the site, to insert it into your post go to the paperclip again, click on the small arrow next to it and the pictures you have uploaded will display in a box
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    • simply click on the name of the image and it will be inserted as a click-able thumbnail.
    Good luck.
     
  3. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    That's what i did before but it doesn't upload it just says upload failed, which I presume is because it's bigger than the sizes listed below
    Hilary
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Try using whatever photo viewing program you have to resize the image first. There should be some tool that allows you to make the image smaller.
     
  5. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Microsoft Office Picture Manager will resize photos.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Also, you might make two copies of the images, and crop each one in half. That would effectively reduce the size. Allow some overlap so we can paste them back together if needed.
     
  7. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    Thank you all for trying to help but I've tried scanning less than half and it's still nearly 300 KBs - way too big. I don't have the Microsoft office program that was mentioned I just access them with Windows photo gallery and I can't find any way on there of altering the size of images.
    Wonder why there is sUch a small limit on attachments? The only other thing I can think of, and I know it's probably not the done thing, is if someone would let me send them straight to them on a private e mail. I am happy to give my e mailaddress first for you to contact me because it's one I only use for family tree research anyway, so please let me know if that's possible
    Hilary
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Gifworks.com should handle them.
     
  9. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    I would suggest bringing them into the Windows paint program then and resizing them as necessary. Don't edit them, just resize them smaller.
     
  10. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Hilary, I sent you an email with my email address. I'll see what I can do.
     
  11. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    Thanks Lou, will do straight away
    Hilary
     
  12. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    Tks Lou, I've sent them. I'll also have a play with Windows Paint if I've got it and see if that works
    HIlary
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Here they are Hilary.
     
  14. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    That's great Lou, thank you. How did you do it?
    Hope there's someone there who can help me interpret them now
    Hilary
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    I just used Windows Paint and resized them to 25% of their original size and saved them. The I followed the instructions for adding attachments.

    Sorry I can't help with the interpretation, but I'm sure there are some around who can. Good luck.
     
  16. Hans Ludwig

    Hans Ludwig Dishonorably Discharged

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    1. Download winRAR
    http://www.rarlab.com/rar/wrar391b2.exe

    2. Right click on your desktop or anywhere on your computer, click "new" and "new folder." Copy and paste the image into said folder.

    3. Right click on folder and click "add to archive."

    4. Upload the folder turned foldername.rar (whatever you choose to name the file) and upload it to a free file hosting site.

    5. Free File Hosting Service
    RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

    I know many of you are probably overwhelmed by this, but since most scanned images and most digital images are over 2000x2000 and more than a meg each, resizing only works when you know what you are doing. And turning said image into a gif or any other file format destroys the quality of the image.

    So it's much easier to upload the files to a file hosting site and supply the link to the documents for all to download.
     
  17. T. A. Gardner

    T. A. Gardner Genuine Chief

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    I'm not nearly as familiar with RN records as with USN but, it looks like he signed on in 1936 as a "boy" and then progressively advanced in rate as a signalman. He went from ordinary to leading signalman and performed his dutites in a satisfactory manner. The equivalent in the USN would have been seaman recruit to seaman or, E-1 to 3 and then E-4 as leading signalman I believe, if I have the rating conversion right.

    He was "mentioned in dispatches" and recieved an "NGS" medal although I don't know exactly what the RN medal is.

    Again, advancement and rating is somewhat different between the USN and RN so I cannot be sure of everything on this record.
     
  18. hilarygunn

    hilarygunn Member

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    Thank you for your help with resizing lou.
    Thanks for the advice about file sharing Hans Ludwig - does sound a bit overwhelming as you say but it's something to look into for the future.
    And thanks for looking at the records T A Gardiner. I don't know what an NGS medal is either but you're right about his joining up and about his ranking.
    Hilary
     

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