I´ve been trying to post several updates here but Typepad said this date that "since approximately 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time, Six Apart has been
the victim of a sophisticated distributed denial of service attack. This has affected all of Six Apart's sites, causing intermittent and limited availability for TypePad."
Since I don´t have the time to wait all day for Typepad going online again, expect to read the next updates later today.
The trouble with Typepad started back in autumn this year, when casually but recurring more and more “server downtimes” occured, the whole application went out of order for hours (together with a downright awful page speed when online again) and even stored images disappeared. This perfomance problem was getting to be a serious nuisance.
Now the service seems to fail more or less regularly and went offline yesterday for about 18 hours. Results:
Posts made in the last six or seven days vanished
Subscribers to the FeedBlitz service received yesterday notification emails with strange content ("403 Forbidden")
After the printed issue of VISUELL "The News Magazine For the Picture Business" shipped last week with my five-page story about "Middleware Technologies", the story is now also available online (Link).
The story will be also appear translated in the international issue of Visuell next month in December, but without the additional and marvellous comment (Link) of editor-in-chief Stefan Hartmann. As the Krauts are apparently sometimes strange people, no one outside Germany would probably understand the comment without heavy, heavy background information.
However, the story is online only availabe to regular subscribers of VISUELL.
FeedBlitz is a very young service that lets you receive entries of special selected blogs via email. Your email is always on, your browser or newsreader may be not. You can even read them on your cell phone or PDA.
Doesn´t sound too revolutionary? FeedBlitz already is today what the old service of Bloglet never became: reliable. You can even setup anonymous accounts (check "Private" in your
profile), so the owner of the blog doesn´t know who subscribed to the
Next, as a blog writer, you don´t have to hand over your own blog´s password -- as you were required using Bloglet -- because FeedBlitz is working with simple XML-feeds. I´m surprised that Steve Rubel is still using Bloglet.
The best for your boss (or his boss) however might be that your company doesn´t leave these little nasty referrers anymore at the blog you (or your boss, or your PR company) are just reading, like:
host80.uk.corbis.com (that guy had been workig on a saturday -- not to bad for an employee -- reading this old message on Photographer Patrick Riviere)
intranet.corbis.com/About_Corbis/Snapshot/details_0805.asp (the headline at the top is too short to display the full URL)
host9.nyc.edelman.com (a NYC-based PR company working for Getty Images)
It´s also not too bright if those dump blog writers observe that -- just at 09.00 AM local time in Seattle, London and New York -- these referrers are coming in.
This might sound to your boss like: he/she went to work, turned the computer on with a cup of coffee in the hand, started reading blogs, ended up snorting with laughter and went home to file a resume and CV to another company.
This might sound to the PR company of your company: heck, we have a problem. Not with the employees and not with the performance of all the bosses, but with this company at all.
Next, it´s not too bright to google for "Corbis IPO" or similar incredulous things, or even "xyzcompany lawsuit" or "mycompany sold to yourcompany", directly from your desk, if you are working in a big or mid-sized photo agency or PR company. Referrers are kind of omnipresent.
Furthermore, it´s not too smart to download blog content directly to your computer and save it to your local hard disk in a directory called "file///E:/MyCompany/Projects/Competitor/Kill..." as a document for the presentation next morning.
Long story short, sign up for FeedBlitz using the button to the right "Subscribe StockPhotoTalk!", create a Google account, set the preferences there to HTML-mail, let FeedBlitz mail you all the stories from this site to your Google account, then you can copy, change, extract, google and even delete the stuff just as you like it.
And, best of all: if you sign up for the Press Release Cemetery (there is a special button for that particular feed on that site: "Subscribe the Cemetery!"), then you´ll receive all the press releases for free (Link 1; Link 2) in your email!
And, if you are a weird person, you can even sign up for MadPixBiz (again, there is a special button for that particular feed on that site: "Subscribe MadPixBiz!"). The frequency of posts over there is very low (who in the world has consistently the time to write such bizarre stuff?). But the quality... .
However, with an email subscription you won´t be able to read the comments here or see the track backs.
Finally, if you don´t empty your browser´s cache, then the monkey at the top won´t shake his head.
today we celebrate our business expansion to Korea:
정보통신 소프트웨어 분야에서 요즘 가장 경쟁이 뜨거운 분야는 역시 검색 엔진이다. 이에 따라 검색 엔진도 이전처럼 단순한 텍스트 위주의 평이한 검색이 아닌 다양한 멀티미디어 정보를 검색할 수 있는 방향으로 진화하고 있다.
대표적으로 최근 연구와 개발이 활발한 분야는 사진 검색이다. 텍스트 검색 기술이 많은 연구로 일정 수준에 올라섰지만,
그동안 사진 검색은 사진 밑에 달린 캡션을 읽어 사용자가 원하는 키워드와 일치하면 보여주는 수준으로 상당히 기초적인 기술을
이용하고 있어 발전의 여지가 많기 때문이다. 이에 따라 최근 들어 전문적인 사진 검색 기술들이 속속 선을 보이고 있다.
Getty Images launched the "Getty Images Media Manager", available as WorkGroup Edition and Enterprise Edition (Link); JupiterImages reports the results for Q I/2005 (Link) and Google started Video-Blogging/Vlogging (Link here ["video blogging remains in an embryonic stage"] and also there).
Besides this, Phototalk celebrates the first anniversary (started April 11, 2004).
"Corbis sees its secret sauce as being expertise and service. Its newest
business is a case in point: rights representation. It represents
organizations with large collections of visual imagery, starting off
with Andy Warhol Foundation and Marvel Enterprises. More will come."
And, of course, the typical Bill G. visionary incantation: “If you want to be the first in something, you have to be ahead of your time" - - before continuing with "Still, some of the vision won’t be here for another five more years—people putting photos in their homes.”
Can working and blogging coexist? So, sorry again for not having the time and the mood to maintain this blog constantly in these times... . And my truely felt admiration to some colleagues who are able to do so with their own blog despite the huge work of a normal day... . It´s funny however that a blog who is not totally up-to-date receives so many hits ;-) and less funny that I have to pay for bandwith-overusage :-(
So, I´m back soon! And btw: the "About" page has been updated. Hey, and watch this!
Over the last weeks emails popped up with the question "Is this blog related to Getty Images? In any way?". The response to these emails is a very time consuming task. So: no. And it will stay this way. Except for talking about John´s diet and photographer´s choice. The latter will take over the bills when this blog exceeds the Typepad limit of 5 GB bandwidth usage. This will be the case, very soon.
Bad news for those who take part in a Google Ad Program: after the Typepad stats maintenance all site hits and referrers of 39 hours (nearly two days) are - lost:
We were able to recover all of the historical data older than 2 days, and all of the data received within that 9-hour period, which means that the statistics view within the application only shows statistics back for about the last 9 hours (Mena)
Instead of introducing more advanced statistical features (like for example Blogware) - they are necessary for working professionally with Typepad - users now will encounter a decline regarding the "total number of hits". So, you are starting again with less hits today than you had two days ago. Great!
No, not with ads like the blogs from the empires of the nanopublishing media moguls Jason Calacanis or Nick Denton. And no, not as a printed issue (this are doing other people).
But in the Typepad Pro model with "Your bandwidth allotment: 5 gigabytes per month" the end of the road is near: 1.7 gigabytes, 3.2 gigabytes, and so on... . Typepad writes:
"What happens if I go over my bandwidth or disk usage limits? We will be charging overusage fees for bandwidth and disk overusage. We haven’t yet set the rate for those fees, and we will not actually be charging them until we have an option in place to purchase additional bandwidth or disk space at a lower cost. In the time being, the statistics on the control panel should be a good gauge as to how much extra bandwidth and disk space you’ll need."
So, depending if and how Typepad will charge an extra fee for the overusage, a new button "DONATE" might be added to the site.
Camera/Iraq has a continuing interest in soldier photograhy from the Middle East, and we would like to collaborate in the creation of an online exhibition of such work. We were first inspired by excellent early efforts at Phototalk... .
Unfortunately, while scouring soldier photo-blogs or cam-phone collections for that one-in-a-hundred outstanding image, Phototalk encountered pictures lifted from other sources, frequently work by professional photographers. This shouldn't be surprising, really, since the pragmatic goal of a photo-blog is to visualize one's military experience in Iraq rather than to sell photo rights or garner professional notoriety. Content and context trump artistic provenance in soldier photo-blogs.
For a photo editor, however, borrowed pictures creates the possibility of mis-attribution. Contacting soldiers by email has proven difficult because they are otherwise engaged in fighting a war, often gather and present work as a unit rather than exclusively from their own "personal vision," and frequently don't encourage communication by including email addresses or are so flooded with messages that they can not respond. Plus, of course, soldiers are under new scrutiny about what images they are placing online.
Still, the notion of editing an online exhibition is compelling. Please email us if you would like to undertake or contribute to such a project.
This is not entirely the complete story: there is a difference between telling your own war history in your words using (sometimes) other peoples images as an illustration for your text and the (how to say: very euphemistic) categorical statement: "Hey, I took these pix, I created them", which is just a stupid lie. On the other hand, time has shown that at a least one army press officer (with a certain background in photography) had taken private photos with a quality and meaning far beyond the day. It is the old question "who is doing what and how". An undisputed claim: 95 percent of all people reading this blog would present/moblog their own images and never ever other people´s images, except under very special circumstances.
John Schott writes: "The pragmatic goal of a photo-blog is to visualize one's military experience in Iraq". This is absolutely right, but who can visualize your own military experience, your daily life, better than you yourself, in your special situation? No one needs to steal pictures for that.
John Schott writes: "Content and context trump artistic provenance in soldier photo-blogs." With stolen photos? Blogged together with complete book chapters "borrowed" from famous writers? All that without a clarifying explanation?
Where (as a soldier) is your very own experience, your "content and context", if you only cite and quote and/or grab and steal for "visualizing" your "military experience"? Is is still your experience you present (as a moblogging soldier)? Borrowed presentations and visualizations of personal experiences? Do they coexist? What is the next step? Borrowed personal experiences? Where is the real life?
"From time to time we are receiving press releases. Mostly gossip. Sometimes interesting. We do not want to publish them totally or partially on our front page (unfortunately we did this in our first new to blogging dummie time). Some bloggers (you name them) even copy-and-paste press releases as stand-alone messages for the first site. But now: no prime time placement for PR anymore. So we are storing them here, in the backyard. They come in handy sometimes for comparing old and new conditions of a company or discovering gaps between announcements and reality. Please do not mail this kind: "Version 7.0.16 of xyz released" or "Our customers are satisfied" or "CEO moves to another room" or "The bunnies from the sales department all love that italian picture researcher next door".
The "The Stock Photo Industry | Press Release Cemetery" is a Phototalk subsidiary and a sister blog to MadPixBiz. Unlike other blogs we have no intentions to make money with storing and presenting press releases: mixing them up with editorial comments, very thoughtful suggestions and clumsy "interviews". In the end no one knows what´s company advertisement and what´s independent reporting. All that´s left is the omnipresent public relations bubble gum blabla.
However, we appreciate press releases that contain financial forecasts, strategic decisions, transcriptions of conference calls with analysts etc. If you send in press releases which are plain bullshit, we´ll translate them to our readers on the front page."
Hello Marc from Buzznet [a photoblog community, Marc is a co-founder], thx for recommending. If you casually got a list with some photoblogging US soldier from Iraq (something comparable to the Yafro list (1; 2), let us know. Best!
Until the next 3 1/2 weeks until August 2, this blog will be updated only irregularly (except July 19 and in case of big breaking news like Corbis is going out of business or Nikon takes over Canon or Xeni named top photographer of the year).
There are some other things and tasks that need to be done and the very little time remaining will mostly be dedicated to help John over at Iraq|Camera to publish his online book.
And hey, it´s summer. See you soon. If you want to know what´s going on in the meantime: look here.
[Update June 9, 2004: Forget it. There is no way to re-open over 300 posts and reassigning new categories to the old posts. So these new categories only work with future posts or some very important old posts which had been adjusted. Try the Google Search instead. Sorry]