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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“A Dream is where a boy can swim in the deepest oceans and fly over the highest clouds.”—Joanne K. Rowling

From time to time I like to use this space to introduce you to computing trends that affect digital imaging. This month Web Profiles is brought to you from the clouds. Cloud computing refers to computing resources that are accessed and usually owned and operated by...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2008 0 comments

“Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done and why. Then do it.”
—Robert Heinlein

Is writing a blog too time-consuming for you? Try micro-blogging. That alternative lets you write brief (usually less than 200 characters) text updates and publish them, so they can be viewed by anyone or by a group who is restricted by the original...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different."--Coco Chanel

My method for selecting websites for this column is no secret; I've talked about it here before and in case you missed it here's how it goes: I look at all of the sites suggested by Shutterbug readers but that doesn't mean they'll make the cut. I...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2008 0 comments

"That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced."--Scientific American, June 2, 1909

A few months ago I mentioned the creation of a new automobile photographic website to replace the aging

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

"Ultimately, my hope is to amaze myself. The anticipation of discovering new possibilities becomes my greatest joy."--Jerry Uelsmann

To find out which famous photographer's style best fits you, take this quiz at: http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?action=go_detail&sub_action=take%20&obj..."...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2008 0 comments

"Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve."--Jules Verne

Next month begins the 10th year for a column that started out life as "Web Site of the Month" and in September 2000 became "Web Profiles." During that time I've showcased more than 400 photographers and photography-related sites and...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

"...anyone can write a nonfiction piece. In fact, all nonfiction writing was just `What I Did Last Summer' over and over again."--Evan Hunter writing as Ed McBain

After returning from a trip to Puerto Rico last year I tried a small venture in self-publishing, resulting in a 7x7" travel photography book. It's like a micro-sized...

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Joe Farace Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.--Andrew Brown

Recently Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen announced that all their applications would move online within 10 years. The same day I saw a headline that "Comcast Blocks Some Internet Traffic," referring to the nation's second largest...

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Joe Farace Posted: Mar 01, 2008 0 comments

"The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them."--Jeff Jarvis

Twice in the past I've tried to create a blog and failed miserably each time, perhaps because the blogging sites, not me, controlled the software used to create and maintain them. Recently my pal Ralph Nelson (http://www.ralphnelson.com"...

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Joe Farace Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

"Living is having ups and downs and sharing them with friends."--Trey Parker and Matt Stone

In September 2007, Yahoo! Photos shut down, disproving the old adage that sometimes the best things in life are not free. Regular readers know I keep lots of my personal photographs on SmugMug (www.smugmug.com) but it's not free. A Standard account costs...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

"Ah, music. A magic beyond all we do here!"--J. K. Rowling

Because a Baltimore guitarist named Joe Farace recorded with a rock group called Orange Wedge I occasionally get e-mail about the band. Recently a German record label called Long Hair (www.longhairmusic.de) that focuses on 1960s and '70s...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2007 2 comments

"At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year."--Thomas Tusser

Christmas seems to have gone from a time of peace and love to one of controversy about how it's celebrated. I tend to think of the holiday in much the way the late Will Eisner expressed in his preface to The Christmas Spirit, a collection of stories featuring...

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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

"A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights."--Napoleon

Recently The New York Times reported that New York City was considering a law requiring photographers to obtain a permit and have $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures on city property, including sidewalks. The film office held a public hearing on the proposed rules...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

"For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them."--Aristotle

PanosFX (www.panosfx.com) is one of my favorite websites offering high-quality inexpensive and free software. I have often written about Panos Efstathiadis in my Digital Innovations column and although I've...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

"Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart."--Douglas Adams

Do you wiki? A wiki is a special kind of website that lets users collectively add and edit content. (Wiki wiki means rapidly in Hawaiian.) If you want to create your own online wiki take a look at Wetpaint...

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