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Web Profiles
Joe Farace Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

“Good authors, too, who once knew better words, Now only use four-letter words writing prose, Anything goes.”—Cole Porter

I had been expecting this for some time and recently received an e-mail informing me that within a few days Comcast, my broadband Internet supplier, would place a limit on my monthly downloads, stating that “usage of more than 250 Gigabytes (GB)...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Feb 01, 2009 0 comments

“I used to hate doing color. I hated transparency film. The way I did color was by not wanting to know what kind of film was in my camera.”—Helmut Newton

Basking in a post-photokina gizmo haze and with dreams of PMA sugar plums still dancing on our dreams amid echoes of “Auld Lang Syne” and Wallace Shawn shouting, “Beware evildoers, wherever you...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

“An optimist stays up to see the New Year in. A pessimist waits to make sure the old one leaves.”—Bill Vaughan

Why not make your 2009 New Year’s resolution a commitment to create a new website or update that old one you made when Coolidge was president? Oh, there are lots of ways to produce a new site. You can always hire a designer, if you can find one that will do...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Jan 01, 2009 0 comments

“I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”—Pablo Picasso

I’ve attended many photokina shows since my first in 1978 where I met two men whose work affects me to this very day. One was Norman Rothschild who wrote a popular magazine column called “Offbeat” and the other was Jean Coquin who had just invented a modular...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace 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...

Joe Farace Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“Something you threw together in crafts class, Princess?”—Buck Rogers in the 25th century

As a kid during the 1950s, I had one of the last Buck Rogers ray guns produced. These were actually flashlights made by Norton Honer but were designed to look like Buck’s ray gun. It’s only fitting that ExpoImaging’s Ray Flash ringlight converter projects light as...

Accessories
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“The night we met I knew I needed you so…”—Ronnie Spector & The Ronettes

If you like having fun with distortion and soft focus you already know about Lensbabies, but did you know that, like the three bears—Cornelius, Alice, and Muffy—there are now three Lensbaby lenses and they are called Composer, Muse, and Control Freak? (I’ll let you figure...

Digital Innovations
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”—Thomas Tusser

Submitted for your approval: Here’s a list of gizmos, gadgets, and gear for the digitally-minded who may have already believed they had everything they wanted but didn’t know they really needed lots more stuff in order to produce the ultimate image. Feel free to use...

Book Reviews
Joe Farace Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”
—The Buddha

Italian publisher FMR recently produced an art book called Michelangelo: La Dotta Mano which, I believe, translates into “You ‘da Man, Mike” or “The Wise Hand” for...

Web Profiles
Joe Farace 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...