Photoshopping and Digital Forensics
A lot of photos you see posted on the web or sent around by email may have been
", i.e. doctored in an image editing program, such as Adobe's
Photoshop graphics program. Such
has been going on since before the advent of Photoshop, though.A Scientific American article,
Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo
, published on June
2, 2008, details techniques that can be used to determine when photos have
been digitally altered.
There is an article
The Reuters Photo Scandal that discusses the manipulation of images
and the staging of photos for political purposes.
Best Buy Pilot Recycling Program
According to engadget's
Best Buy offers up free electronics recycling in 117 stores
Buy has started a pilot recycling program in some of its stores in the
Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota areas. Stores in those areas will now
accept up to two items per day, per household, including televisions and
monitors up to 32-inches, computers, cameras and other devices not including
microwaves, air conditioners. or appliances.
I've used Office Depot's recycling
program. You can buy boxes in several different sizes into which you can
place electronic items to be recycled. You bring the boxes back to the store
where someone checks that the items they contain are on the list of those
that Office Depot states they will recycle when you buy the boxes. The cost
of the boxes depends on their size. A small box is $5, a medium one is $10,
and a large one is $15. Details on the program are available at
Tech Recycling Services.
Staples also has a recycling program. Details on their program can be
Staples Soul - Recycling. According to the Staple's website, "A
recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is charged to cover handling,
transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such
as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge."
Engadget has information on other recycling services at
http://www.engadget.com/tag/recycling, including information on a U.S.
Postal Service recyling program where the Postal Service allows you to ship
items to a recycling company for free.
Another service I found mentioned in comments to a June 2, 2008 engadget
Staples to stock Flexplay self-destructing DVDs was
GreenDisk. GreenDisk recycles the
All forms of
electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs,
CD-RWs, DVDs et al, video tape (i.e. VHS), audio tape, game cartridges,
DAT, DLT, Beta or Digibeta, and virtually all other type of computer tapes.
Hard drives, Zip and Jazz
drives, jump drives, etc.
All forms of printer
cartridges including both inkjet and toner.
All types of cell phones,
pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cables, and headset accessories
All types of rechargeable
batteries (not regular alkaline ones) and their chargers
All of the small computer
accessories such as MP3 players, iPods, digital cameras, hand-held scanners,
handheld games and other connected devices. (Technotrash Can Only)
All of the cords, cables,
boards, chips, etc. attached to or removed from a computer.
(Technotrash Can Only)
Electronic Book Reading with Kindle
There is a May 28, 2008 article with information on Amazon's Kindle electronic
book reader on engadget
Bezos: second Kindle is "not that near," Amazon to launch paid streaming
. I've considered buying one of those. I'm running out of space to
store all of my books and am storing boxes of books in my attic now. I'd like to
be able to have at least a good portion of them available electronically with
the capability to mark passages I find particularly interesting (I never
markup my physical books, though). But the price has kept me from buying
According to the article, Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has said that
there are 125,000 books available for the Kindle. I didn't know it also could
allow you to surf the web or listen to music in MP3 form. One of those
posting comments to the article stated the following:
Frank - the Kindle can check e-mail, surf the web, &
play mp3s. The browser still needs some work but it is usable. Internet
service is free and at decent speeds as long as you are in a Sprint
service area. The Kindle is definitely a niche device but could become
more mainstream with some changes, primarily price & a larger screen. IMO
it's not as ugly in real life as the pictures represent on the web but
could use a better design. I have a few other quibbles with it but have
no regrets in buying one.