Not sure how many of you folks know about this site, but it’s certainly worth visiting, and signing up for. It will tell you if your email address(es) have been made public, and what info was released in the hack.

Somewhile back, I signed up for their email notifications (free) and yesterday got one. This time the hack included passwords. Then I spent 4 hours pouring thru 467 1Password accounts from 2007 -2008 that I had (foolishly) used the same, simple password on. Fortunately, most are harmless forums or some such, but I did find about 40 which went to accounts with stores. I had to visit each one, and change my password.

THIS time, I’m taking full advantage of 1Password’s unique password generator for each site. At least I won’t have to go thru all this again.

Now I’m off to check that list a second time, and likely make more changes.

What a way to spend the day…



Video Editing software bargain


Most of our cameras include video recording these days, and not all of us use expensive editing suites. However, I just ran across this a few minutes ago, and with the coupon for 50% off (use: VLMACINTOUCH ) it’s an incredible deal ($15). Deal expires March 19, 2017.

Frankly, even at $30 it looks like a bargain.

I have purchased it, but not tested it yet, but it looked too good, and the time is too short, to let it pass without spreading the word.

Of course, YMMV…

Here’s the link:

Your responsibilities when entering shows


When you enter a show, a contest, or something that requires multiple images, you will almost always be asked to put your name in the file title. Then it’s usually also the image name, and/or a number.

We recently had 45 people enter over 250 images for a forthcoming show. The criteria was name and a number between 1 & 6 to uniquely identify each image.

Selections were made and each person’s chosen image was announced, by number.

It’s a simple system, and generally works well. But for it to work, whether you’ve entered “just” an ImageMakers show, or “The International Color Awards” you, as the entrant, absolutely MUST DO one thing: keep track of what you entered!

If a curator comes back to you saying “Great work, send us image # 4” and you have no idea what image number 4 is, exactly whose fault is that? If you sent in 6 named and numbered images, it’s up to YOU to track them, not the contest organizers. If you don’t, then at best someone might take pity on you and search thru their records and find your image and send you a copy, but with “the big boys” you’ll likely just be kicked out for a very amateur mistake.

A word to the wise, as they say, (from someone who has spent -way too many- hours today looking up other people’s entries!)