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I used picasa to edit my avatar (crop) then I used Photoshop to resize the photo to 50 pixels wide. (Picasa would only reduce the photo to 320 pixels).
The photo is of myself ( Terry) and my wife ( Teri) taken at Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada on August 18th of this year.
I then used the browse function to find this photo on my hard drive. I hope it looks OK
Terry and Teri ( TnT)