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Archive for November, 2004

Spam Reporting

Posted by Ed on November 24, 2004

Lately I’ve been getting hit a lot by comment spam on my weblog, mostly by online gambling sites. I can sort of deal with this by putting suspicious comments in a moderation queue and then deleting them, but this isn’t going to work forever. A better solutions would be to automatically delete them, but this risks deleting genuine comments too. And getting the spammers shutdown would be the best solution, of course. Spam Cop looks like a good place to report email spammers, but where do we report blog comment spammers? If anybody has any good suggestions, I’d like to hear them.

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Digital Negatives

Posted by Ed on November 21, 2004

A few weeks ago, Adobe released a specification for a new RAW digital image file format, the Digital Negative (DNG). After searching extensively for a good app that could handle Nikon’s proprietary NEF format (Nikon’s own offering which ships with the camera is rubbish), I was very excited to find this. It’s really a big advance for digital imaging, and I really hope the manufacturers choose to support it. The RAW file contains just the raw sensor data, plus some metadata, and does not rely on any processing done by the camera such as white balance, color interpolation, smoothing or sharpening. This gives you the greatest amount of control over your images, and ensures lossless storage.

Adobe has also posted a free converter for converting proprietary formats to the new, open DNG format, which appears to work very well. (It doesn’t autorotate portrait images, but that’s a minor inconvenience.) And opening a DNG file in Photoshop gives you more options than you can shake a stick at.

Go here to register your support for open standards and the DNG format.

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Digital Image Catalogue

Posted by Ed on November 21, 2004

For some time now I’ve been searching for a good application for the Mac to keep track of my digital images. Apple’s own iPhoto has some good points, and version 4 is allegedly much better than its predecessors, but it has two major disadvantages. One is that you have to copy all the files into the database, after which it spreads them haphazzardly all over your disk, meaning you can never find them again without the help of iPhoto. Secondly, and for me fatally, it doesn’t read Nikon’s NEF format.

iView Media and MediaPro are very nice, and both leave your existing file structure intact, but you need the pro version to read RAW files and the pro version costs $199. So yesterday I came across QPict, a really nice app which catalogues images and movies (and fonts), doesn’t harm your directories, is fast, supports a host of RAW formats, including NEF, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. A single user license is $35.

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Cornflakes and Depression

Posted by Ed on November 4, 2004

All I wanted for my birthday was a new president. It’s not much to ask. Instead, it was cornflakes and depression for breakfast yesterday. While it wasn’t officially over, it was clear it could only go one way. By lunchtime, it was done and dusted. Kerry had conceded.

In Ohio, voters chose Bush by 51% to 49, passed Issue 1 (a far-reaching constitutional amendment discriminating against same-sex and other relationships) and rejected Issue 112 in Cleveland (a property levy to give Cleveland’s schools much-needed funding).

And, apparently it was all about “moral values”.

Rudolph says Rome is burning. Today I think I’m inclined to agree.

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