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Improve Photography recently compared eleven online photo vendors, rating Snapfish and Shutterfly at the bottom, even lower than Walmart. I was surprised at these results since Snapfish, Shutterfly, and Walmart are large enough that they should be able to implement proper quality control programs. I can only guess that these companies do not believe in the importance of quality.

On the other hand, Pro DPI and Nations Photo Lab were at the other end of the spectrum, receiving top ratings.

My take on this survey is that if you don’t like the quality of your photo prints, try another vendor and you may be more pleased with the results.

See 11 Online Print Labs Compared [Print Quality Test] for complete test results.


Solid state drives (SSDs) are replacing hard drives. The advantages are compelling. SSDs are faster, quieter, and use less power, since they do not rely on a spinning disk. Unfortunately, these advantages come with a drawback. They may lose data, particularly if left at high temperatures or stored without power. In some cases data may be lost in a week or less.

  • Avoid storing computers with SSDs in the heat and do not let them sit idle for long periods of time.
  • Use hard drives instead of SSDs for long term storage and be sure to backup your data.

The original presentation from Alvin Cox at Seagate is no longer available on the internet. My guess is that it was removed because someone at  Seagate, which sells SSDs, found the report inconvenient; however, the data remains available through a number of articles, including some of those listed below.


For more details on the reliability of SSDs see the following articles:

SSDs can lose data in as little as 7 days without power
Some SSDs Can Lose data After Just A Few Days In Storage
Leaving unpowered SSDs in a warm room can kill your data fast
SSDs lose data if left without power for just 7 days
Unpowered for a few days, some SSDs can begin to lose data
SSD Storage – Ignorance of Technology is No Excuse 

Note added June 6, 2015:

Alvin Cox’s original presentation is available on the WayBack Machine:

IMG_0065_cropIf you don’t like the way your dinner looks, I have the solution –  Food Mode. Switching Shooting Modes and Scene (SCN) Modes (EOS M3)-3_crop4

That’s right. Some cameras, including the Canon EOS M3, actually include a Food Mode designed to make food look more appealing. Food Mode combines close-up photography with an increase in saturation to make food look better. Unfortunately Food Mode does nothing for the taste of the food so camera makers still have work to do.



The selfie stick is a dangerous, destructive device. In the wrong hands, the selfie stick can wreak havoc, creating chaos everywhere. We have Pizza Hut to thank for this public service announcement:

Please share this announcement with all of your friends and remember to practice safe selfie.


Wonka  Camera_2

Cameras are going to the dogs. Nikon has designed a new dog camera.

When this new camera becomes available, it will take a photo whenever Wonka becomes excited and his heart rate increases. I am expecting photos of every bicyclist, jogger, school bus, and motorcycle that passes in front of our house since these are the things that excite Wonka.

Wonka’s only request is for Nikon to add a selfie mode so that he can capture images that appeal to his sense of vanity.


Now is the time to make plans to attend Forever LIVE! It takes place September 24-27 in Atlanta, and I will be speaking, along with Nick Kelsh, Tory Johnson, Glen Meakem, and others.

Discounted pricing expires May 31. See to register.

North Korea's new miniature nuclear weapon on parade with the older full-size version

North Korea’s new miniature nuclear weapon on parade with the older full-size version

In a followup report to the recent announcement that North Korea has used Photoshop to launch missiles from submarines, we have now learned that North Korea has applied its Photoshop capability to miniaturize nuclear weapons. “With Photoshop we can have any size nuclear weapon we want,” exclaimed an excited Kim Jong Un.

To create miniature nuclear weapons, North Korea was reported to have applied a 10% scaling factor through Photoshop’s Image Size command. “The possibilities are endless, declared Kim Jong Un.” We can create even smaller nuclear weapons using a 1%  scaling factor and at the other end of the spectrum, we can use a 1000% scaling factor to create extremely large nuclear weapons.” World leaders expressed concern that Kim Jong Un would apply the 1000% scaling factor twice in succession, creating nuclear weapons that are 100 times larger than existing weapons.

In response to North Korea’s use of Photoshop, computer software producer Adobe is reportedly developing an update to its popular package that will automatically recognize photos of nuclear weapons and refuse to apply scaling factors when those images are detected.


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