We’ve all experienced it: opening a document on a computer where it’s never been used before only to be faced with one of those "Missing Font" warnings. You certainly don’t want anyone to have to face those when they open one of your files, do you? The solution is font embedding. By embedding the font into the document any end user will be able to see your work just the way you designed it. Ah, but there are traps and pitfalls to beware of when you go down that path.
More blog spam has been coming in lately. The latest is another Search Engine Optimization scam from an outfit called goldmedalseo.com who are so good at optimization that if you search for the keywords "search engine optimization"… (pause for dramatic effect)… their web site isn’t in the first 20 results. No, I lied. Their site isn’t in the first 20 pages of results. When was the last time you reached the 20th page of a web search and thought to yourself, "well, maybe what I’m looking for will be on the 21st page"? (The answer is "never".) Of course, their own invisibility to search engines is not unexpected: They’d have no need to resort to blog spamming if they were actually good at the service they purport to sell. If you do a whois look-up on the domain name "goldmedalseo.com" you’ll find the results hidden by privacyprotect.org — personal sites use this service for privacy reasons, business sites use it if they don’t want you to be able to find out anything about them… for reasons you can well imagine. Hilariously, their web site is hosted at weebly.com, a build-your-own-web-site service for total noobs! The spam came from egihosting.com — a constant source of spam here, so it won’t do me any good to report it.
It was the best of mice, it was the worst of mice. The infuriating way it combines outstanding ergonomics & features with bad design & features makes the Logitech Performance MX mouse an odd animal indeed.
I’ll say it right up front: I now consider this book the definitive reference on processing digital raw files through Adobe Lightroom (or Camera Raw) and Photoshop for those whose goal is to produce the highest possible quality images.
You are therefore pre-selected to submit work for inclusion in International Masters of Photography (Vol 1), a juried annual art photography publication presenting noteworthy photographers from all over the world.
Some spamming scumbags in China want me to undermine my own business and support theirs. How nice.
They’re hacking into servers in Germany, Brazil and Vietnam (so far) to send their spam (hacking like this is illegal just about everywhere) and forging headers in doing so (which is a violation of law in the U.S., not that they care about that). They’re also using virus-infected cable-modem accounts in Canada and the U.S. to send spam, so blocking IP addresses of the “usual suspects” like China, Korea, Germany and Brazil won’t do much good.
I can’t imagine anyone being dumb enough to send work out to spammers in China for Photoshopping, especially to an unknown outfit with no web site and whose only email addresses are with Chinese web mail providers. Yeah, I’m sure people willing to break laws against hacking and spamming will respect your copyright (snigger). They’d never dream of selling your work as their own….
Seriously: They’ve already engaged in criminal behavior just getting this message to you. Don’t even think about giving these people your credit card number. (That may, in fact, be all they’re trying to do: collect credit card numbers.)
So just for reference, beware of spam containing the email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (this last address being the one for requesting that you be removed from their mailing list – don’t even think about sending email there as you just confirm your own email as valid so they can sell it to other spammers).
Notice that they each email account is through a different webmail provider, 163.com, 126.com and yeah.net. Spammers do this just in case one of these sewers (they’re all domains known for spam support) ever gets their feet held to a fire and has to start ditching spam accounts.
I purchased my Toshiba “Thrive” tablet over six months ago, so I’m somewhat surprised, given how fast this technology moves, to find that it’s still available. Its price doesn’t seem to have come down much either, which I hope means it’s doing well in the sales department. In my opinion it deserves to.
No, the K-01 isn’t available with an all-black finish as shown in my Photoshopped image here
How many raw image formats are there? Every year sees the introduction of new cameras capable of saving images in raw format. As digital photography has been mainstream for well over a decade now, the number must be well into the hundreds now and possibly over a thousand. There are almost 40 different raw file extensions I can find, from .ari to .x3f, and countless variations of each one – every different camera has its own raw format, even if it shares a sensor and raw file extension with other cameras.
This video of "Kinetic Typography" is one of the best of its kind that I’ve seen. Not only is the design and execution of the video by Matt Rogers wonderful, the voiceover copy written and read by Stephen Fry is both intelligent and witty. Good stuff here. Enjoy!
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To commemorate the sad (but overdue) announcement from Kodak that they are ceasing manufacture of all slide films I’m making some files available for those who want to give their images a "film look" in Photoshop by showing the film border (formally called the "film rebate", though I’m trying to avoid using the term here as much as possible because the search engines will interpret the word in the retail sense).