My Cloud Camera

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My Cloud Camera offers free, unlimited storage of camera phone photos and videos. It solves the “Out of Storage Space” problem when taking  cell phone photos or videos. My Cloud Camera automatically uploading all photos and videos to the cloud. It is available for iOs and Android.

I downloaded the app.

Then I got scared.

I read the terms and conditions:

Any medias, photos, videos uploaded through My Cloud Camera website, mobile application, tablet application to My Cloud Camera server are the property of My Cloud Camera. My Cloud Camera have every right to use/sell/direct messaging and My Cloud Camera can use the profile information, photo video for marketing purpose and can sell the data. My Cloud Camera can use the profile information, photos, videos for marketing purpose and can sell the data. My Cloud Camera is the sole and exclusive owner of any and all My Cloud Camera Products, uploaded photos, videos and other medias and its Intellectual Property Rights any and all rights existing from time to time under patent law, copyright law, moral rights law, trade secret law, trademark law, unfair competition law, or other similar rights in any jurisdiction existing anywhere in the world. Please read carefully: My Cloud Camera owns your uploaded photos or videos or any media or any rights to your uploaded photos, videos or its virtual assets or data, all of which you agrees are monetarily without value. My Cloud Camera can sell, rent, or reproduce any photo, video, media or any virtual assets associated with such photos, videos, medias or with any account controlled by My Cloud Camera for any commercial purpose.

That’s right. You are giving up all rights to your life with My Cloud Camera. My Cloud Camera owns the photos, videos, and other media you upload and can do whatever it wants with your data. It can use your photos to make money however it wants to, and you can’t do anything about it. Think about it – advertisements to you, advertisements to your friends, advertisements to people you don’t know, advertisements on pornographic web sites. With My Cloud Camera, the possibilities are endless.

My Cloud Camera scares me.

I deleted the app.


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CM Introduces New Natural Disaster Albums

DisasterDue to continued global warming and the resulting increase in natural disasters, Creative Memories announced today that they are introducing a new line of Natural Disaster Albums. According to Creative Memories, “These new albums provide our customers with the means to celebrate global warming.”

The Natural Disaster Albums, which are available immediately, include Drought, Fire, Flood, and Hurricane. Flood and Hurricane are expected to be especially popular in Florida and other low-lying coastal areas, while the demand for Drought and Fire is expected to be high in California and other areas adversely affected by increased temperature.

The new albums will facilitate the healing process in the aftermath of natural disasters. Creative Memories elaborated, “Customers frequently lose their photographs and other memories in natural disasters. We want to give customers the means to create new albums which document their experience.”

The first four Natural Disaster Album are part of the permanent album line. They will be supplemented with additional albums as environmental consequences dictate.


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How Adobe Defeated Me

adobe-adbe-logoI dislike subscription services and hate being committed to a monthly fee. I have resisted Adobe’s subscription-based business model for years. At work, I use an outdated version of Photoshop, and at home I have used various other image editing programs.

How did Adobe defeat me then? Adobe did it through my kids. That’s right. Adobe is playing dirty. My son signed up for a high school photography class, and to help him out I subscribed to Adobe Photoshop at home. Now, ever month I have a $10.74 charge appearing on my credit card. Thanks, Adobe.

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It’s not too hard!

Mizen_The Expected Lifetime for Printed Security Cards_20171107_Page_10For the past twenty years, I have worked with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to develop standards for the photographic industry. All too often, the standards group comes to the conclusion that because too many factors are involved, it is too difficult to come up with a standardized test that will determine how long a product will last or to determine if it is suitable for its intended application. The committee gives up and choses to work on a different question which has an easier answer.

Questions which currently have no ISO answer include:

  • How long can I display a photograph before it fades unacceptably?
  • How long will photos in a scrapbook last?
  • Is a photo book suitable for long-term preservation?
  • Will digital photos last longer than traditional photographic prints?

The common thread with these questions is that they address issues that are relevant to typical photo consumers.  They are non-technical questions that are relate to how photos are used.

The printed security card industry has taken a different approach. Instead of worrying about the perfect answer, the security card industry has developed standards that combine usage, application, and lifetime requirements into single, probabilistic assessment as to whether the card is suitable for a specific application. The example given here is for an access card, but the standards also include application profiles for health care, national ID, transportation, campus card, driving license, and financial card.

Mizen_The Expected Lifetime for Printed Security Cards_20171107_Page_20My challenge to the photographic industry is to do the same thing: develop standards that provide consumers with guidance as to whether a product will meet their needs, without worrying about the fact that the answer may not be perfect. To assist in this process, I presented a talk on The Expected Lifetime for Printed Security Cards at the 2017 Printing for Fabrication Conference in Denver, Colorado., and at the Fall 2017 TC42 WG5 Photographic Standards Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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50 Inventions


Passport_002The passport is included in the 50 inventions that shaped the modern economy. The modern passport is a relatively recent invention. For most of history, travel documents consisted of a letter of protection, rather than a formal booklet. Governments used these documents to prevent skilled workers from leaving, as well as to control the movement of people from town to town.

It looked like passports were going to disappear in the early 20th century, since free movement of labor ensures that resources will be used most productively. Instead, World War 1 and the resulting concern for security motivated governments to implement additional restrictions on the movement of people. The restrictions evolved into modern passports and border controls, along with the restrictions on where we can work, live, and travel that we live with today.

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Photo Book Construction and Preservation

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I presented a paper on Photo Book Construction and Preservation at the International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Photo Fulfillment in Denver, Colorado. In this presentation, I highlighted different photo book constructions, along with test methods to ensure their permanence.

Photo book permanence is critical since photo books have become the means to preserve photographs for future generations, replacing the scrapbooks of yesteryear. Photo books include photos along with related information creating a unique body of work often dedicated to a specific location, time period, or group of people. They provide a unique perspective on today’s events. Unfortunately poorly constructed books with inferior bindings or unstable images will not survive the test of time. These books result when manufacturers use materials and manufacturing processes that they have not properly tested for long-term permanence. In some cases, manufacturers may not have the resources or expertise for testing; in other cases they may not consider it important. While it is impossible to address apathy, experts within the industry can provide general information that makes it easier to produce high-quality photo book.

For the original presentation, see Mizen_Photo Book Construction and Preservation.

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Am I a victim of Kobe Steel?

Kobe Steel

I have recently posted about the failure of the ball joint that caused the right front wheel to fall off my Ford Fusion, as well as the failure of Minnesota law to protect me in this situation.

There may be more to my case than I initially thought. Quality Progress headlined their December 2017 Progress Report with the admonition: “Dinged and Dented: Falsified quality data and flawed safety inspections tarnish manufacturing industry’s reputation in Japan.” Quality Progress goes on to state:

In October, it was discovered that Kobe Steel, Japan’s third-largest steel maker, had been falsifying its quality data for at least a decade. The organization admitted that workers altered data about the strength and durability of its steel, copper
and aluminum products, and data on its iron ore powder. An internal investigation
uncovered 70 cases of data tampering.²

More than 500 Kobe Steel customers across the world are affected by
the falsified data, including Boeing, Ford, General Motors and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, who are left scrambling to verify the quality and safety of their
own products.

I have no evidence that the front axle on my Ford Fusion was made with Kobe steel, but it sure would explain a whole lot.

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