Smashing Copyright on Stunning Photographs

Smashing Magazine recently published an article, in blog format, titled Really Stunning Pictures and Photos. The article begins with the presentation of text advertisements from Google Adsense in the main column, and a row of image-based advertisements in the menu column. Further on the article begins as a brief introduction that heralds the effort involved in Photography as a craft and a very brief notice that all photographs are copyright of their respective owners.

The publication then seems to flagrantly and egregiously disregard all respect for copyright by actually displaying copies of photographs hosted on their website that have been scraped off well known photo sharing websites such as Flickr and DeviantArt. While it's very flattering to have a magazine or well known person or organization use one's photo, perhaps an ego trip sometimes, we as photographers shouldn't let third parties arbitrarily steal or borrow creative work or intellectual property by using it without consent or without proper credit.

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A Continued Recommendation for The Center For Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University

Street Shooting - BU CDIALast summer I posted my initial thoughts on the Professional Digital Photography program at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA), as well as some short video clips from the studios. While I've been attending the 18 month part time program I've received numerous inquiries requesting additional advice or insight about the program. I've decided to synthesize my email replies into a single blog entry for the benefit others who may be interested as well. Below you'll find an update on my experiences and some helpful advice.

CDIA DP101 LabI absolutely love the quality of instruction, facilities, and equipment available in the Professional Digital Photography program at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts. They have a well thought out curriculum, outstanding instructors, and state of the art facilities. They are so successful that they've purchased a large building across the street from their primary location in Waltham, MA to effectively double their capacity. They also operate a new campus in Georgetown, Washington D.C., and I've heard they are opening additional campuses in San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX.

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Spring
Conference 2007

Spring
Conference 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Athens, OH


Join us for our fifth annual event. This year the conference will be bigger than ever. 35 sessions to choose from in 7 tracks, plus three hands on sessions! Ben Forta, Adobe's Chief Product Evangelist will be speaking at the General Session Key Note plus, Ben will be back to give a presentation at the Lunchtime Session as well.

    Choose from session in the following tracks:
  • Design & User Experience
  • Using Tools: Tips & Tricks
  • ColdFusion, Java, PHP & ActionScript
  • Maximum Development
  • Web 2.0: Ajax, Flex & Video
  • Application Security & Performance
  • Vendor Showcase
  • Boot Camp: Beginner Level Hands On


Some of this year's speakers include:
Ben Forta, Phillip Kerman, Joseph Lowery, Chris Bate, Rob Gonda, John Cummings, D.Lee Beard, Bob Paquette, Dan Switzer, Bailey Bruce, Doug Ward, Steve Drucker, James Shore, James Shore, Joshua Logsdon, Scott Cantor, Kevin Hoyte, Jeff Carnes, Joel Stanley, Gary Kraeger, more.

We'll have the Vendor Expo where you can meet with the companies that provide the software and services you're looking for!

Registration Fee: $35 [includes your lunch]

Registration is available at http://www.sbconference.com

We hope to see you there!

Spring
Conference 2007 is presented by the Southeast Ohio Creative Adobe Technologies User Group in partnership with Ohio University, the IT

My Recommendation for the Best Massachusetts Home Inspector

Our recent home buying experience was one filled with lots of research, paperwork, planning, and conversing. At times it seemed overwhelming, and my wife did a great job of managing things, especially during times that wore me down. However, among all my interactions with attorneys, real estate agents, insurance agents and such, my experience with the home inspector was the best. If you're in the market to purchase a house in Massachusetts, I highly recommend Paul Rogoshewski of Harmony Home Inspection.

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Running ColdFusion MX 7 on Fedora Core 6 Linux

There's been a lot of talk about how to run ColdFusion MX 7 on Ubuntu Linux, but I haven't seen much about running CFMX on Fedora Core 6 Linux. While both are officially unsupported for use with ColdFusion by Adobe, as a hobbyist you might enjoy working with these or other distributions, as I do. Ubuntu is based on source from Debian Linux, while Fedora Core is based on Red Hat source, and in fact Fedora distros are effectively public betas used towards the development of future Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. According to DistroWatch, Ubuntu is by far the most popular distro out there, for now, while Fedora pulls in at #3.

The problems regarding the installation and configuration of ColdFusion on each distribution are both overlapping and yet distinct, especially where Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is involved (Fedora). FC6 intends to make SELinux security policy administration easier via a graphical troubleshooting tool. (While I was able to install and use setroubleshoot, I was not able to get the sealert client GUI to work, but it does have commandline operations that were helpful... somewhat. See below.)

Here I identify and address 5 problems in order to run ColdFusion on FC6, leaving one problem with SELinux unresolved but with a workaround. Some of these problems and their solutions have been blogged about before, but I found new twists to them in FC6.

I decided to address the issues of Fedora Core because Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 is currently in Beta 2 and is largely based on Fedora, and I hope to be ahead of the curve by the time RHEL5 is released. Since ColdFusion 4.01 in 1998, ColdFusion releases have supported current Red Hat releases.

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Top Companies Using ColdFusion MX

At various conferences I've heard from customers that are trying to make the case for using or continuing to use ColdFusion when pitching ideas to their decision makers or executives. One the most frequent requests has been for Adobe (or Macromedia at the time) to publish a customer list which customers can take to the table.

Such an article was recently published, detailing a partial list of the worlds top companies using ColdFusion MX application server. Of note is a list of ColdFusion quick facts at the end that might be useful as an elevator pitch should you ever find yourself squeezed in with your VP for a few floors.

I would add that countless ColdFusion applications run on private intranets of companies like these which are therefore unavailable to search engines that tally application server popularity based on frequency of file extension.

World's Top Companies Use ColdFusion MX
In use at 75 of the Fortune 100 companies and at more than 10,000 other companies worldwide, ColdFusion MX is one of the most widely adopted web technologies in the industry. Here's a partial list of customers (with links to case studies) who rely on ColdFusion for its signature server-scripting environment.


For years Ben Forta has maintained a similar list, Who's Using ColdFusion?.

This blog entry was picked up on Ray Camden's blog and drew a long series of comments worth checking out.

ColdFusion Protocol Tags CFHTTP, CFINVOKE, CFLDAP support SSLv2

My reply to a comment to an earlier blog entry about importing SSL certificates into ColdFusion cacerts file for CFHTTP purposes warrants its own blog entry here as a separate topic.

The comment:

[cfhttp url="https://httpmailbox1.beta.etrac.net/submit-to-etra... method="post" port="xxx" proxyserver="xxxx" proxyport="xxx" >

I am having the same problem but I am using BlueDragon and CFMX. I am trying to connect to vendor using CFHTTP to send a XML file. The vendor keeps telling me that I am faliing the SSL handshake on his side. I was told by him that I needed to purchase a certificate form a trusted third party which we did (Verisign). This certificate was installed by my server team but I am refused connection at the vendor.

Do I need to export the vendors certificate and install it on my WebLogic server using the Keytool.


It sounds as if the vendor is requiring SSLv3 with client authentication, rather than SSLv2 with only server authentication. The documentation here describes the conditions where you may have to import a certificate into ColdFusion for SSLv2 for server authentication, but this is often confused with the requirement for client auth:

To use HTTPS with the cfhttp tag, you might need to manually import the certificate for each web server into the keystore for the JRE that ColdFusion uses. This procedure should not be necessary if the certificate is signed (issued) by an authority that the JSSE (Java Secure Sockets Extension) recognizes (for example, Verisign); that is, if the signing authority is in the cacerts already. However, you might need to use the procedure if you are issuing SSL (secure sockets layer) certificates yourself.


Lets back up a moment to consider the practical difference between SSLv2 and v3. First, imagine a simple HTTPS connection between a browser and server. A user at a browser types in the URL of a website beginning with https:// and the brower makes the request. Lets assume that the server is using SSLv2. The request gets to the server and the server replies with a message header stating it supports SSLv2 and sends its certificate. The browser receives the SSL certificate, inspects it, and negotiates a session key to be used for the remainder of the request/repsonse communication. This negotiation period is known as the SSL handshake.

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Long weekend in Zion National Park

This past October my wife and I had the opportunity to vacation in Zion National Park in southern Utah, following the Adobe MAX conference in Las Vegas that month. This was my first time in the Southwest USA, and while I'm not inclined to return to the Las Vegas Strip, I would love the opportunity to spend at least a couple weeks visiting Bryce, Arches, and the Grand Canyon. I've been very satisified with the photos I've taken in Zion over the brief three day immersion, so I anticipate photographing much more from that region.

The Wikipedia article on Zion National Park begins with the following:

Zion National Park is a United States National Park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature in the 229-square-mile (593 km≤) park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River... A total of 289 bird species, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), 32 reptiles and numerous plant species inhabit the park...

Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans; the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Anasazi (300 CE) stem from one of these groups... The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the park in 1956.

The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes nine formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. At various periods in that time, warm, shallow seas, streams, ponds and lakes, vast deserts and dry near-shore environments covered the area.


We rented a Chrysler Sebring convertible at the Las Vegas airport, and made the trip to Springdale, Utah in just 3 hours. The highway from Vegas to St. George is largely desolate and uninteresting, but as soon as you get past Hurricane the scenery begins a dramatic change. I won't be renting the Sebring again because my eye level was the same height as the visor and the top of the windshield, forcing me to turn my neck and slouch down in the seat in order to get a good view, and even with the top up I couldn't get past the visor's annoyance factor.

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Adobe MAX 2006 on Flickr

My week in pictures... on Flickr.

Adobe MAX Developer Conference, October 23-26, 2006, at The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

MAX 2006, the annual Adobe user conference, offers the Adobe community an unprecedented opportunity to learn about Adobe software, interact with industry experts, connect with other Adobe software users, and have lots of fun.

Choose from over 100 unique sessions organized into eight tracks in topics such as web design, rich Internet applications, and mobile and devices.

Connect with other members of the Adobe community at a variety of networking opportunities, including the community lounge, sponsor lunches, and "Birds-of-a-Feather" sessions.
www.flickr.com


See also the Adobe MAX 2006 Flickr Pool and all photos tagged with Adobe MAX 2006

Tales told by Simon Brooks

Simon Brooks, a former coworker of mine at Allaire and Macromedia, has become an innovative storyteller and launched the business DiamondScree. Simon's a very nice guy with a great imagination. Check out his website:

Simon began spinning yarns and telling tales in 1991 when he would perform for school groups and families at Youth Hostels in the United Kingdom before moving to the States. In 2003 Simon became a Children's Librarian and freelance storyteller. He has performed for libraries, schools, and private functions and festivals telling to young children and adults. Combining his passion for children's literature and folklore, Simon creates a fun program for all ages. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and faery tales, but Simon also includes stories from South America, Africa, China and Japan amongst other countries and cultures. All these stories are given life and animation by unique voices, as they are acted out in front of a captivated audience.

Simon Brooks performs tales with energy and wit. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, he brings characters like Ananzi the Spider, the trickster Raven, Wayland Smith, Merlin and Dionysus vividly to life. From the world of stories Simon captivates his audience with unique voices to animate characters and with expressive body language, he truly brings the stories to life.


Simon made his first CD over the winter of 2005/6 which was released to great applause in June 2006. "Second-hand Tales" To find a copy of his CD, please visit cdbaby.com Here you will be able to hear his storytelling at his finest.

Visit DiamondScree today!

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