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Color is spelled “color” in the U.S. but “colour” in the U.K and elsewhere in the former British Empire because Noah Webster took advantage of his dictionary to simplify American spelling. My only complaint is that he missed a few words since English still has many words that are difficult to spell.

Note: I wrote the attached post November 13, 2015 but did not publish it because of the court case related to the Creative Memories employee stock ownership plan. The judge that presided over the case now concluded that the potential effect of digital technology was considered in assessing the value of the company at the time of the transaction in 2003 and that management was not required to disclose potential negative consequences of the transaction to employees; consequently, the lawsuit was decided in favor of Creative Memories management. Of course, there were many more issues involved in the case, as well. This post is nonetheless an interesting reflection on the development of digital technology and its effect on Creative Memories.

Nobody could tell you that Facebook was going to be what it is. No one could tell you — no one is going to come in the courtroom and tell you that anyone then foresaw photographs on cell phones of the quality you see today and the expansion of broadband and cellular networks that allows instantaneous sharing of photographs and multiple photographs built into albums. It just wasn’t available in 2003 and wasn’t foreseeable.

Michael Scheier, Fish et. al. v. Greatbanc Trust Company, Lee Morgan, Asha Morgan Moran, Chandra Attiken, and Morgan Family Foundation, November 2, 2015

Strategic Planning_Technology 7-21-03_Page_01In his opening statement, Michael Scheier made the impassioned statement that nobody in 2003 could foresee what happened with digital photography, and specifically with mobile imaging in 2003. Interestingly, I had given a presentation at the Creative Memories 2003 Strategic Planning Session that included precisely this subject. This presentation included five technologies that will drive image preservation, with number one being camera phones.

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In 2003, camera phone sales in the U.S. were 3-4 million, with the forecast that sales would increase to 15-20 million units in 2004. In addition, image quality was predicted to rise, with three megapixel sensors forecast for 2004. At three megapixels, consumers are generally satisfied with image quality, and digital cameras begin to replace film. Finally, in 2003 the revenue opportunity for telecommunications and photo processing industries was also clear.

Strategic Planning_Technology 7-21-03_Page_15In 2003, the outlook was clear. According to Alex Gerard, President, Future Image, camera phones were about to become a “global phenomenon.” or as Tony Henning stated, “This is going to become the most common picture-taking device on the planet.”

The rise of the camera phone was inevitable, and to say that it could not have been predicted in 2003 is clearly not correct.


I am not sure I can solve all your WiFi problems, but I can tell you how I solved mine.

I used to have a DSL modem connected to a Netgear router. It was attached to my main computer located in the kitchen. The system worked but it never worked well. The bedrooms are at the opposite end of the house and had only a weak WiFi signal. Outside stucco walls also hindered  the WiFi signal. Many times I had a stronger signal from my neighbor’s WiFi than from mine.

Everything has changed now. I purchased the $499 eero Home WiFi System from Amazon. The system consists of three routers that may be placed anywhere in the house. They link together to give complete coverage. One for the kitchen, one for the family room, and one for the bedroom. Installation was simple. These routers connect directly to your smart phone, and you do the setup right there on the phone. The process was painless, and it worked. I only wish I had installed the system earlier.


I presented a paper on Long-Term Digital Preservation of Photo Books at the International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Photo Fulfillment in Manchester, England. In this presentation, I highlighted the need to think about photo books as more than a printed book, but instead as a combination of the printed book with related electronic files

Photo books document life. They record activities, events, and people. They give context to photos. They provide an unparalleled source of information about life as it is happening. Photo books are today’s scrapbooks. They are a record of the times, providing a glimpse into everyday life. Preserving the digital photo book file is certainly worthwhile.

When the digital file that created the photo book is available, we are able to find, access, and reprint it. Google and other search services can index it, and it will retain the location, time, and subject information about the original photos.

Unfortunately, most manufacturers do not provide the digital file, focusing instead on offering the lowest possible price.  These files are lost as soon as the book is printed or shortly thereafter and are unavailable to future generations, researchers, and others.

The exception to this is Forever. This company allows you to easily save and preserve the PDF file for any photo books that you create with Artisan software. I use this software to create my photo books.

If you use another service and you’re not getting the digital files with your photo book, ask yourself why not. Even better, ask the photo book supplier for the files, and tell them that if they are unwilling to provide the digital files you will go somewhere else that will.

For the original presentation, see Long-Term Digital Preservation of Photo Books.




This afternoon, I didn’t have anything to do, so like Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod and Kim Jong-un, I climbed Mount Everest. I opened up Photoshop and began editing. It really wasn’t that difficult. A few cloned body parts and a search for the American flag on Google Images put me within range. All I had to do was scale the resulting images to the appropriate size, and there I was at the summit. I think I’ll submit my accomplishment to the government of Nepal.


Now you don’t even have to open a book to read it! That’s right, scientists at MIT have invented a new camera that is able to read closed books. The new camera uses tetrahertz radiation to determine the position of ink within the book. It then uses image processing algorithms to determine exactly which page the ink is on. This system works with up to nine pages, although there is hope that it can be improved to work with longer documents.While the tetrahertz camera may not be practical for reading the latest novel, it should prove invaluable for examining historically significant, fragile documents. For more information, see Judging a book through its cover and MIT Invented a Camera That Can Read Closed Books.

Kim Jong-Un

Kim Jong-un summits Mount Everest


Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod climb Mount Everest


An Indian couple, Dinesh and Tarakeshwari Rathod, recently climbed Mount Everest in their imaginations, using Photoshop to achieve the desired results. They weren’t very good with Photoshop, and their ruse was easily detected, with the Nepal government banning them from the mountain for ten years.



When informed of the Indian couple’s achievements, North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un immediately asked to climb Mount Everest, as well.

See Couple Faked Reaching Everest’s Peak by Photoshopping Photos and Nepal says an Indian couple faked Mt. Everest summit conquest pictures for more on this story.


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