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Friday, October 31, 2008

Entrepreneurs Support Barack Obama - ScanMyPhotos.com Joins American Businesses to Support Obama

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Dear customers:

Thank you for your ScanMyPhotos.com order to help preserve your special photo memories. Now, is the time to help protect our nation, the economy and commerce. Support presidential candidate Barack Obama.

As a passionate entrepreneur, for the past nearly two decades, my company has supported important civic and pro-commerce issues, including bringing 5,000 people to New York City to support commerce and the airlines after 9/11 (
EPICCUSA.com) along with scores of other grassroots projects. Today, I am joining other entrepreneurs throughout the business world to take a rare political stand. Is it risky sending this message to our customers across the nation? No, because the message is too important.


ScanMyPhotos.com is urging you to join us and vote on November 4th

VOTE FOR BARACK OMABA – Click
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Science, Technology and Innovation for a New Generation

“Let us be the generation that reshapes our economy to compete in the digital age. Let's set high standards for our schools and give them the resources they need to succeed. Let's recruit a new army of teachers, and give them better pay and more support in exchange for more accountability. Let's make college more affordable, and let's invest in scientific research, and let's lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.”
— Barack Obama Presidential Announcement Speech in Springfield, IL
02/10/07












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ScanMyPhotos.com

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Scanning Slides: How to Protect Your Generations of 35mm Mounted Slides




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The same super-fast photo scanning service is also available for scanning 35mm mounted slides. However, both slide and negative / film scanning are separate services, with special feature enhancements and different pricing rates. ScanMyPhotos.com digitally protects your slides too.

New, lower prices for custom online 35mm mounted slide scanning from ScanMyPhotos.com



35mm Slide Scan Prices (cost per slide $US)
Quantity 2000 dpi 4000 dpi
1-25 $1.98 $3.96
26-150 $1.49 $2.98
151-700 $0.98 $2.65
701-1800 $0.82 $2.24
1801+ $0.65 $1.89






As with all our digital imaging services, all orders are processed and never leave our Irvine, California headquarters until it is shipped back to you - All scanning services are completed and mailed back the same business day!



The professional quality slide scans include a free photographic index print (contact sheet). You can easily order additional photographic prints at the time the order is placed. We color and density correct and enhance each image using Digital ICE.

Trust us today to preserve your
35mm mounted color slides onto digital CDs. Slides are scanned at 2000 dpi which outputs at 500dpi @ 4x6 (2000x3000 pixels, or 6MP).

For more info, please visit our
slide/negative scanning section.

Click
here to open and print the downloadable order form.


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Photo Tip: Free Online Photo Editor


Once your photos, slides and negatives are digitized, here is as fun online photo editing tool to add all types of special effects to your pictures then share it on Facebook, MySpace and other social networking sites. The Lunapics image manipulation editing tool includes an animated Gif creator and library of cool visual effects, tweaks and creative tools for drawing, adding speech bubbles, transparencies, and removing skin blemishes. You can resize your photos, edit them, and choose to either download them or send them to your blog.

The photo sample on the right was designed with Lunapics and is called a "Cube Effect."

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A New Way To See and Share Your Scanned Photos



Share It All


You can share any ScanMyPhotos.com PhotoCentral album to a family member or friend with your customized message. PhotoCentral even features an Address Book where you can define groups like My Friends, My Family, Baseball Mothers, etc… - you can share to everyone in any group with a single click. Design your own photo albums, greeting cards and more online and have ScanMyPhotos.com produce it for you with same business day return. Click here to view a sample photo album. Click here to begin.


Photo Blogging

Album owners and their share recipients can add a running commentary to any photo in an album. We call them Yaks. And anytime a yak has been added to a photo, the owner and last yakker get notified by email. The recipient clicks a link in the email and gets sent directly to the yakked photo in from the ScanMyPhotos.com PhotoCentral pro lab service. Click here to begin.


Photo Tagging

You can specify the caption, people, event, date, place, and even rate your online photos. We call this photo tagging. And you can search your albums and albums shared to you for matches to these tags. The ScanMyPhotos.com PhotoCentral service will display the found photos in a custom view – you can even save this view to a new album. And share it! Click here to begin.
To learn more visit ScanMyPhotos.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

How to Organize Your Photos (SaveMyMemories.org)

PREPARE Getting Organized

Like most of us, getting your photos in order represents the big and often daunting task of organizing your life and memories. But when you think about the once-in-a-lifetime photos you've captured, it is well worth the time and effort. By putting these priceless moments into the best available long term, archival preservation repository, we’re safeguarding them for today as well as for future generations.

So whether you're going to organize traditional, digital or a combination of both types of photos, it's important to create a logical method that will help to preserve as well as make them easier to find later.

Creating Categories

With today's digital cameras, it's easy to take a lot of photos. Yet if you don't take steps to organize them, it will be difficult to find the ones you want later. It's much easier to organize a bit at a time - or as you capture your digital photos - than to wait until you have so many that it seems overwhelming.
One way to organize your photos is by creating categories. And believe it or not, there's a logic to it: Do it in a way that makes sense to you! After all, there's no "right" or "wrong" way, yet the options following may inspire you to choose a method that works with the way you think:

Organize by date:

The number of photos you have or intend to have will determine your categories - years, seasons, months or days. If you take a lot of photos throughout the year, this may be the best way.
Organize by subject

If you shoot most of your photos during special occasions, you many want to categorize them by "key words or phrases" - Family Reunion, Ethan's Graduation, European Vacation, Hobbies, and the like.

Sort by project

If you want to share your photos by "special projects," you may want to give them titles - E-mails to Mom, Vacation Album, Father's Day Slideshow, Friends' Collage and the like.

Combination approach

With this method, you can organize by subject, and within the subject folders use "date sorting." Re-naming your favorite photos with the date will help with sorting. For example, in a folder such as "European Vacation," rename a photo in this way - "2006_09_05_Joe.jpg" - to help you easily sort by date. (Try it - you'll be surprised at how well it works!)

PREPARE Label Photos

Your digital camera automatically assigns names to your photos. Temporary at best, they refer to the numerical sequence in which you took them. Clearly, renaming each photo will help you find them later.

Make your operating system work for you by using folders to sort your photos. Renaming the photos isn't necessary in this method as long as you label the folders and use the "thumbnail view" to see the contents of each folder. For example:

For even more precision, add the date of the event to the folder names:

Another method of organization is to re-label the file names of your photos. With this systematic method, your photos will automatically be sorted in order. Here's one way to rename photos:
YEAR_MONTH_DATE _BRIEFEXPLANATION See 'Manage Photos' for description ideas. For example:
• 2005_04_07_Noah + Mark_Puerto Rico.jpg
• 2005_06_09_Mastersons Family Reunion.jpg
• 2005_06_09_Jake + Emily Family Reunion.jpg
• 2006_01_20_Big Snow Front Yard.jpg


PREPARE

Alternatively, some photo management software will sort and organize your photos for you, based on the key words linked to the photo by dates, people, events and the like. Keep in mind, however, that your software may not exist permanently into the future, and the software program typically relies on fragile linkages between the files and the associated metadata - the extra information you may have entered about your photos - stored in a separate database.

Be sure to organize and label photos you print out as well. Typically, organizing by date is a good way to go, yet be sure to document the back of the photograph with "who, where and when" in photo-safe pencil. Many online services will automatically do this for you when you order prints from them, provided that you have entered this information on the website (usually in captions).

Note: don’t make your folder and file names longer than necessary, as some software programs have difficulty dealing with the combination of long folder and file names for a particular photo.

Time & Importance

Sorting your digital photos and electronic memorabilia is a specialized and personal undertaking. While "when," "where" and "who" are the most common methods for describing photos, you can also sort photos based on events and importance. In addition, you may want to use more than one of these methods to sort your photos and memorabilia:

Date


The easiest sorting technique is to place the photos in the order they were taken. Simply identify the date or approximate date of the photo or memorabilia, and label folders or the photos themselves in the same way. For efficiency, some people prefer to label folders and leave the file names as is. In any case, your description should include the date such as "2005_08_10_Yellowstone Trip.jpg."

Big Events

Any event that is monumental in your life should be considered a "big event," right? This includes vacations, celebrations and even experiences such as "first hot air balloon trip." The best sorting technique for theme-related organization is to use of folder subcategories to separate your photos. For example:

Take care! If you implement this system using the album structure provide by a photo management software program, it's critical that you never change the Windows folder names or "folder hierarchy" where your photos are stored, using anything other than the photo management program itself.

Windows Explorer to change the folder names, your photo management software may not be able to locate your album and photo files.

Family Members

Sorting by family members requires the most concentration and planning, and requires the discipline to label every photo. Label by date and then family members' names. Your description should include who's in the photo such as "2005_08_10_Mom and Eric at Yellowstone."

Meaningful categories

Some people prefer using meaningful categories over dates such as - My Hobby, Holidays, Friends, and the like - and within the main category, you can date-sort using subfolders or even individual files. Plan ahead by creating the right set of top-level folders that will stay the same over time.


[source: I3A: Copyright 2007 International Imaging Industry Association]

Scrapblog.com: Create a world for your pictures

Tales from the World of Photo Scanning regularly profiles smart, innovative leaders in the photo industry. Having just returned from addressing Digital Imaging '08, the annual InfoTrends conference, we heard from many creative companies, including ScrapBlog.com, PrintRoom.com, Picnik.com, SaveMyMemories.org and SwissPictureBank.com. More will be profiled in future postings.

ScrapBlog.com: We thought your pictures could use some online scrapping :). We created Scrapblog because we wanted to go beyond sharing our photos and videos online. We made Scrapblog drag-and-drop-easy so that everyone can tell their stories and create beautiful multimedia scrapbooks. Our goal is to enable everyday people to express themselves online in a creative way. We've been developing Scrapblog for over two years. However, what you see online today is only the beginning.

"Scrapblog..has enhanced its drag-and-drop tools for editing and cropping photos…With the new features, Scrapblog now allows "freehand" cropping of photos. In addition to the new scissor-like cropping ability, Scrapblog is also providing an "eraser. Meanwhile, the company has also added a dozen one-click photo effects…" Read More

Taking Great Halloween Pictures

Halloween is spooky, but taking Halloween pictures shouldn't be. From a jack-o'-lantern's scary stare to frighteningly fun costumes, this holiday offers unique picture-taking opportunities. These tips will ease your mind about the unusual challenges that Halloween presents for a photographer.
[Source: Kodak]
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Picnik: Free Photo Editing Site Recommended by ScanMyPhotos.com


Having scanned millions of pictures, ScanMyPhotos.com provides dozens of other photo imaging specialty services, including custom photo restoration and photo enhancements. However, for ordinary photo fixing, we recommend Picnik.com - the online services lets users crop borders, eliminate red-eye and add a range of special effects like blurring, tinting and heat-mapping to any picture.

Photo Editing Made Fun

Picnik makes your photos fabulous with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. Tweak to your heart’s content, then get creative with oodles of effects, fonts, shapes, and frames. It's fast, easy, and fun.
Picnik now faster, with new effects thanks to pixel bender technology, Picnik Inc., Seattle, Wash., announces the adoption of the latest Flash Player 10 and its Pixel Bender technology. With the addition of this technology, Picnik will run faster and has more effects. Also, with this update, Picnik has added the ability for third parties to create new effects for use in Picnik.

Using Pixel Bender, software developers will have the ability to create new effects like Circle Splash and Ripple Blocks. Developers are able to manipulate images down to the individual pixel, at high speed, allowing for more editing and effects. Picnik supports the loading of these effects for use in editing photos directly on Picnik.com. Users can find the new features in the
Sandbox.

Future plans with Flash Player 10 include the addition of super high-resolution photo capabilities, more editing features and the ability to load and save photos without involving an upload to a server.


Click here to visit Picnik.com.

Monday, October 13, 2008

AP: "Analog's Twilight: Slowly, Digital Trumps Physical"

Via The Associated Press

Scanmyphotos.com will turn your entire stash of 1980s Fotomat prints into JPEGs. ITunes is so entrenched that we forget we once had to go to the record store. Your "inbox" now means e-mail, not some wooden container with letters on your ...

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Customer Experience at ScanMyPhotos.com

Dear ScanMyPhotos.com:

I just got my DVDs with the scanned pictures back. What a wonderful job you people did. The Photo album looks really fantastic and the scanned photos on the DVDs are of great quality. Many compliments for your excellent service and reliability. Really, I
recommend you highly to other people who want to scan their pictures. (Actually a friend of mine recently used your services too and recommended your company to me.)

Thank you so much!!

Friendly regards,
Paul G.

Yonkers, NY

Organize and Digitize Your Old Vacation and Family Photos The Easy Way (via Wicked Good Travel Tips Blog)

Thanks to Susan at Wicked Good Travel Tips for this blog posting.

We all have them… shoe boxes filled with prized snapshots from past adventures and family trips - smiling faces bursting with the enthusiasm of being on vacation. The more industrious of us have patiently affixed piles of precious photos into now dusty albums. Well the digital age is here and it’s time to convert all those fading photos (taken long before digital cameras become the rage) into a digitized photo library.

Check out the services of
ScanMyPhotos.com. For just $49.95 they will scan up to 1,000 photos (of various sizes and shapes) into a digital photo album!! (That’s about one large shoe box packed full of photos). They also offer scanning services for slides and negatives, and do video format transfers as well. Once scanned, the original photos are mailed back to you the same day along with a DVD filled with all your images. For an additional $95 you can order a printed book of all your photo images. Read all the details and instructions for sending your photos at ScanMyPhotos. So get your photos digitized and get those smiling faces out of the drawers and onto calendars, mugs, photo books and onto your computer wallpaper!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Lisa Walker, I3A President, to Be Featured Panelist on Topic of Consumer Photo Archiving at Digital Imaging '08, Oct. 16

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Oct 09, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The International Imaging Industry Association (I3A, the leading global association for the imaging industry; http://www.i3a.org) announced today that the organization's President, Lisa Walker, is to be a featured panelist at next week's Digital Imaging '08 ( http://www.infotrends.com).

The InfoTrends event takes place October 15-16 in Burlingame, Calif. The panel, entitled "Just How Valuable Are Those Photos?," is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Walker's remarks will draw from I3A's comprehensive recent work in consumer digital photo preservation, including creation of the informative Web site
www.SaveMyMemories.org. She will outline the risks consumers face with their exponentially growing collections of stored image files, the options available to mitigate risk, and the opportunities and challenges for the imaging industry that arise from this issue.

"Photography has helped people capture and share their lives with others for more than 150 years, from printed photos and albums, to today's online sharing and social networking sites. The imaging industry must now support and nurture that unique and trusting relationship with consumers by creating solutions to address the challenge of dealing with the massive volume of their digital photo collections," said Walker. "I'm glad to have this opportunity to help our industry fulfill that trust and deliver benefits to both the industry and consumers in the process -- a win-win situation."

Walker will be joined on the panel by executives from Swiss Picture Bank, ScanMyPhotos.com, and Eye-Fi, Inc.

About the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A)

I3A's vision is to enable the use of imaging to simplify and enrich people's lives through visual experiences that connect generations, communities, information and services. I3A drives the global imaging industry towards this future by bringing members together to create standards and collaborate on initiatives that advance the industry and remove barriers to growth.
I3A is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization, serving as secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 42 (ISO/TC42) on Photography, and as administrator for the USA Technical Advisory Group for this comm
ittee.
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SOURCE: I3A

MSNBC article looks at impact of camera phones on digital camera market

In light of recent new technologies incorporated into camera phones and multimedia devices, a recent MSNBC article asks: "Do you even have to buy a digital camera anymore?" In most cases, the answer is still "yes," surmises the article. Digital cameras have been incorporated into several types like phones digital voice recorders and media players. And while an 8-megapixel phone sounds appealing, it doesn't necessarily have same qualities as an 8-megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera.

"Can you take a photo with a camera phone that takes as good a picture as a digital camera? That's starting to be the case if you limit yourself to certain really high-end camera phones," said Avi Greengart, Current Analysis research director for mobile devices, in the article. "But in most cases, a $129 Canon or Kodak will take much better digital photos."

Additionally, there's a lot involved beyond megapixels in a point-and-shoot digital camera that enables it to take high-quality photos, said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for The NPD Group market research firm, in the article. "There's the size of the sensor, the strength of the flash, features such as image stabilization and smile detection that camera makers are adding to their products."

Greengart added that most "camera phones still generally are trying to be small enough to be used in a phone, so they end up not using a very large image sensor chip, and in some cases, use a plastic lens, so the whole optical path isn't all that great."

Nokia's N95, a 5-megapixel camera phone that has been a hit in Europe and Asia, with more than 10 million sold, but it doesn't have a flash. While the N95 is available in the United States for around $500, no wireless carrier offers it, says MSNBC. Many U.S. carriers are not eager to bring higher-quality phone cameras to their lineup if there aren't other phone features that can bring extra revenue to the carriers, Greengart said. This has stunted high-end camera phone growth in the United States.


[Source: PMA Newsline]

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

How To Get Back Ups From Your Scanned Photo Orders


All New - Long Term DVD preservation backup service from ScanMyPhotos.com

Extreme BackUp - Yes, in addition to your regular ScanMyPhotos.com order, make sure to have us protect your scans for up to 1, , 6 or 12 months as an added security measure, just in case you lose you DVD or should your DVD fall victim to unforeseen damage. This fee is for storage only, no additional DVDs included in cost.


Your photos are some of your most precious possessions. They are linked to our memories and remind us of important times in our lives, such as weddings, birthdays, vacations or simply enjoying good times with friends. Have us backup your scanned images for 1 ($4.95), 6 ($14.95) or 12 ($24.95) months to help preserve and protect your memories. DVDs can be lost or damaged over time. Ensure that your memories are protected from unexpected events. (Duplicate DVDs not included in cost, only storage of your files)

While our digital repository safely secures your photo images, in the unlikely event that your backup files are damaged or unusable, ScanMyPhotos.com cannot guarantee, warranty or be liable in any way for your files stored in our data room vaults and will refund no more than your charge for the Extreme BackUpSM storage fee.

To order copies of your Extreme BackUp photo files, click here Orders must be placed within the term of your Extreme BackUp period. Ex. If you order just one-month, then you must submit a claim within one month.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A World of Helpful Tips, Savings and Fun Websites - Happy Surfing...


Ticket Stumbler Ticket Stumbler makes ticket buying easy, because it gathers ticket price and availability information from several ticketing vendors including Stubhub, Razor Gator & Ticket City. Football, basketball and hockey are just a few of the sporting tickets offered on the site.

Where's George? "Where's George" allows you to track where all your paper money. By entering in the serial number and date of your paper money you can see where it's been and where it will go next.

Yearbook This is a website where you can upload your photo and yearbook yourself. See what you'd look like with an 80s hairdo, 60s wardrobe and more!

Live Mocha This website brings learning a new language to life. English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese are just a few of the languages offered on the site. In addition to the generic grammar exercises, you'll be prompted to have live dialogs with others fluent in the language you're learning.

Metacafe Metacafe isn't like other video sharing sites like Youtube. Choose from several categories of videos including pets, sports, dance and travel. If you like a video, or you post one of your own, tell you're friends and family about it, because you'll get 5 bucks in your pocket for each 1,000 hits after the first 20,000.

Chegg This website is aimed at saving college students hundreds of dollars when it comes time for buying textbooks. Instead of purchasing textbooks every semester at full price now you can rent "new or like new" books at up to 80% off.

Dog IQ Test Do you know your dogs IQ? Is your K9 a genius? Well now you can find out through 6 different adaptive intelligence tests that you can easily perform at home.

Gyminee Gyminee is a fitness social networking site that not only allows you to track your own workout and diet it also encourages your to join physical challenges with other Gyminee members.

Study Guide Zone This site offers study guides and practice tests for many standardized tests including the SAT, MCAT and LSAT. In addition, study guides are also offered for tests in many other fields including business, finance and teaching.

80s Music Video Link If you're craving an 80s throwback, this website allows you to play over 1000 classic 80s songs and watch music videos too. Also, play some of the classic video games from that decade like Pacman, Donkey Kong & Battle Zone...all for FREE.

Discount School Supplies Learningwire makes "back to school shopping" easy. Instead of waiting in long lines now you can avoid the rush and do all your back to school shopping on the internet. Not only does this website sell many items for cheaper than what you get in a store, but a portion of the money spent goes to the school of your choice.

Homework Help PATH is a FREE avenue students can take to get the extra help on their own time schedule. In fact, PATH offers multiple ways for students to get in touch with credible teachers across the country including message boards, live chats and email.

Scan My Photos Here is a website that can help you backup your photo collection at a very low cost. This website offers scanning services for photographs, negatives and slides. In addition, you can get your VHS tapes transferred over to DVD and have some of your older photos restored.

Zillow Moving can be a stressful time...even if it's just around the block. Well zillow is a website that can help make your transition easier because it gives tips to buyers and sellers as well as "Zestimates" for over 80 million homes across the US.

Coupon Bug Stop looking through endless newspapers and magazines for coupons. Now you can search by category for the coupons you really need. This website offers a wide array of coupons for food, household and personal care products.

Lyrics Fly If you have questions about a particular artist, song, lyric or album this website can help answer any of your questions. You also be able to find other artists with a similar style as well as Youtub videos and MP3's.

Free Online Photo Editing Save yourself a mini fortune and do all your photo editing online for FREE. This program allows you to crop, rotate, add special effects, remove red eye, add text and more!

Travel Clinics If you are going on a family getaway or business trip outside the US, this website will give you travel tips and a list of vaccinations you may need to ensure a safe and healthy trip.

Sleeping in Airports Sleeping in Airports is an ever-growing trend since airlines are more reluctant to issue free hotel vouchers to stranded passengers. This website acknowledges this growing trend and rates the best and worst airports around the world to get stranded in.

Undiscovered Artists When it comes to music people are usually split into two categories, those who enjoy the mainstream hits and those that seek out the less known artists. Well if you fit into the latter category, this website allows you to stream music from those undiscovered artists and vote on them too! Also, if you are an artist, you can upload your own music on this site as well.

Alerts Here's a website that will send you personalized alerts to your email or cell phone. Some of the more popular alerts include listing the cheapest gas prices as well as the latest traffic information, but many also sign up for daily horoscopes and wake up calls!

Map My Run Calling all runners: Whether you are a recreational runner or training for an upcoming marathon...you will find something valuable on this website; including new running routes in your neighborhood, nearby running events, inspirational stories and tips from fellow runners.

Rotten Neighbor Are you curious about what type of neighborhood you live in? Just how safe is it? This website helps you find out if you are either moving to or already live in a quality and trouble-free neighborhood. Some of the rotten neighbors found on this site consisted of those committing noise violations and more serious crimes like sex offenses.

Snopes If you get a chain email that tries to convince you of some urban legend or old wives tale you can test the validity of these by logging onto this website. You'd probably be surprised at claims you thought were true, actually weren't!

Swap Tree If you have DVD's, music, video games or books collecting dust you can trade them for something you rather have. All you have to do is enter what items you have and the items you want and this website will find someone to swap with. Better yet, its free!

Home Exchange If you're looking to eliminate the hotel bill from your next vacation you may want to participate in a new trend called "Home Exchanging". Featured in the movie "The Holiday" home exchanging is simply when two families swap homes for vacation. It's a growing trend that not only saves you money but also affords you to see much of the world.

Letter Me Later Most email services don't allow you to schedule when an email is sent out. Usually, the second you click "send" it's sent. Well, here's a website that lets you write now and send later! (You decide the date and time it's sent.)

Unusual Hotels Does your dream vacation include staying in a unique hotel? Some of the hotels listed on this website have their guests sleeping in an igloo, up a tree, underground or underwater! Staying at any of these hotels will be a truly memorable experience!

World Wide Telescope If you're interested in learning more about our universe this website enables you to do just that! Explore outer space using images stitched together from world class telescopes like the Hubble and Spitzer to give you a true representation of what our universe looks like. This program is suitable for all ages!

Stop World Hunger If you're looking to get involved in a growing volunteer effort to help put an end to world hunger I urge you to give this organization a try. Get involved locally or internationally while teaching other's about sustainable agriculture.

You Tomb Youtomb monitors all the popular videos taken off of Youtube for copyright violations.

E-How Learn how to complete both ordinary and not so ordinary tasks more efficiently by using this website. People from around the globe contribute their ideas on how to complete tasks step by step. For example, if you are looking for tips on how to find cheap airline tickets, brush you pets teeth or making your own lip balm...this is the place to come!

Dress by Design This site allows women to design their own dress from scratch that is custom fit to their body type.

Learn to Type Many employers these days are looking for employees that can type both accurately and quickly. Some may even require a teaching certificate. This website has many keyboarding exercises and speed tests geared people of all levels and ages. In fact, you can even get your typing certificate through this website as well.

Printable Paper Instead of running out to the store to buy a specialty pad of paper...now you can print on your home computer for free. Choose from thousands of categories of paper types including: music, graph, dot, lined and even score sheets.

Price Protector This website saves you from always being the detective. Say you purchase an item...just enter the URL on this website and if the price subsequently drops you'll get an email notification and instructions on how to get the sale price.

Share Documents Online This website is just like Youtube but instead of videos...its word documents. You can publish your own work for free on this website and get reviews from people around the world.

Blurb If you're looking for a fun project on a rainy day...this is it! Rather than keeping all of those memories from a special occasion in your head- now you can publish your own customized book with pictures, photographs, stories and text!

WOW Coupons This website is the #1 source of online and printable coupons and has coupons for everything from food, restaurants and hotels to fitness, retail stores and rebates.

Airport Information This website gives you the latest flight information for all arriving and departing flights...so you are able to see if your flight is on time or not before leaving your home.

The Hunger Site This website provides an easy way to donate to charity. Just with a click of a mouse button you help reduce world hunger, illiteracy or help raise money for free mammograms for women and health care for children. This website even extends its arms to animal rescue and protecting our rain forests.

BuyMyTronics If you have new or old even broken electronics lying around your house you can submit them to this website and get money in return for them...Plus they dispose of them in an eco-friendly way.

Vumber Help keep your identity a secret- by keeping your real phone number personal. Instead you can give you your "vumber" instead of your real telephone number.

[source: WIVB-TV]

Friday, October 3, 2008

ScanMyPhotos.com CEO, Mitch Goldstone to Address InfoTrends' Digital Imaging Conference




See link.

IRVINE, Calif.--“Pictures are everything, we make yours last a lifetime and more,” is what ScanMyPhotos.com has championed as a pioneer in super-fast and affordable photo scanning and digital imaging. This slogan is the foundation for the parent company’s (30 Minute Photos Etc.) 18-years of leadership in the photo imaging industry.

Protecting generations of analog and today’s digital pictures will be the central theme of Mitch Goldstone’s storage and preservation discussion at the annual
InfoTrend 2008 Digital Imaging Conference to be held October 15-16, 2008 at the Sheraton Gateway SFO in Burlingame, CA.

InfoTrends is the leading worldwide market research and strategic consulting firm for the digital imaging industry. Mr. Goldstone will join the panel discussion “Just How Valuable are Those Photos?” on Thursday, October 16 at 1:15 pm.


Conference session overview

According to InfoTrends, “For years now, InfoTrends has used its bully pulpit to publicize the need for easy to use and affordable archiving and backup solutions for consumers. The journey has been slow, but there are signs of progress. New services and solutions have been introduced. Efforts to educate consumers are ongoing. Questions still remain, such as: Are consumers willing to pay for these services and solutions? Does long term retrieval of photos really matter to consumers? During this session, leading vendors will discuss the value that consumers place on their photos and what will compel them to take the next steps forward to ensuring that they are available for generations to come.”


For more information, please visit:
www.digitalimagingconference.com.

Mitch Goldstone, president and CEO of
ScanMyPhotos.com, is a well-known leader in the photo imaging industry. ScanMyPhotos.com has digitally preserved more than 9-million pictures and operates an international Ecommerce photo imaging company, based in Irvine, Calif. They regularly are profiled in the national media for its innovations and entrepreneurial creativity to help picture-takers save and share their generations of photo memories. Recently, ScanMyPhotos.com was profiled in The New York Times by “Personal Tech” columnist, David Pogue and publishes Tales from the World of Photo Scanning [blog.ScanMyPhotos.com]. Goldstone is a longtime member of PMA and IPI and a regular speaker at photo industry conferences and at the International Consumer Electronics Show.

[Via BusinessWire]

Scanning Odd Sized Photos

Customer question: I have photos that I have trimmed to put into an album. Most are rectangular but not standard size. Some are oval and cut in patterns. Can you scan those?

Answer: Unfortunately not. All photos must be either square or rectangular photos. We cannot accept any photos that are odd-shaped or do not have four 90 degree corners. These pictures below, although adorable, are not acceptable for scanning



For more information on custom photo scanning and all digital imaging projects, visit ScanMyPhotos.com and our Frequently Asked Questions help page.

ScanMyPhotos.com Customer Profile: "Thank you for a job well done"

Want to know learn what others are saying about ScanMyPhotos.com?

Dear ScanMyPhotos.com,

I don’t usually write letters such as this but I am very impressed with your service and the quality of your work. I have had 2 boxes (with close to 2,000 photos per box) scanned by your service and the results are amazing. We live in the San Diego area of California that was affected by last year’s wildfires. Several of our friends lost their homes due to the fires, and the greatest regret to them was the loss of their family photos. Their family snapshots and photos are perhaps the one material item that is truly irreplaceable.

Over the past 30 years we have accumulated thousands of precious photos. When we evacuated our home due to encroaching fires last year, we were only able to grab a handful of these photos. Luckily, our home was spared, but we resolved to somehow preserve our photos. When I first heard of your service, I was a bit skeptical but after a little bit of research I felt that the scanning service you offer might be a good way to keep our photos safe. My wife and I actually enjoyed going through our numerous boxes of photos and selecting what we considered the best 5000. We shipped them to you and in less than a week we received our boxes back along with the DVD of the scanned images. The quality is great and we have already shared electronic copies of
some of the photos with family and friends. We are encouraging all of our friends to check out your service. Thank you for a job well done.

Patrick and Maureen O.
San Diego, CA

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Face Recognition: How to Organize Your Scanned Photos

After ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes your thousands of precious photo memories, we thought you would like to learn about a new facial recognition software program to group and catalog your pictures.

There is a new photo management software feature at MyHeritage with face recognition. It is one of the easiest ways to organize your photo collection. Heritage helps you tag all relatives and friends on your photos in minutes and enjoy the new "face cloud" showing you the most important people in your life. The next time you search for a photo of your best friend, or a photo showing both you and your sister, it's just one click away.



Phanfare announces several new features, applications


Phanfare Inc., Princeton, N.J., offers several new features including a new table of contents style as well as plug-ins for Apple's iPhoto, Adobe Lightroom 2, and Apple Aperture. Also new is the Phanfare iPhone App turns your iPhone into a wireless digital camera. Images you take from your iPhone are automatically synchronized back up to the Phanfare service. Any photos and videos on the Phanfare service can be viewed on the iPhone. There are two components of the Phanfare iPhone experience: a new iPhone website that you can see by browsing to www.phanfare.com on your iPhone and a downloadable app for your iPhone that will allow you to take photos and upload them to your account, manage your phanfare connections and see what is new with friends and family.


Additionally, Phanfare now offers h.264 video conversion, an updated Facebook app, open public albums, and geotagging. The new version of the Phanfare Facebook app that will put news items into your facebook profile when you publish photos and videos within Phanfare. This version works with the new facebook and solves that pesky marriage problem by allowing you to link multiple facebook accounts to the same Phanfare account.


Another new feature allows your Phanfare connections to share your albums with people they know and your viewer reports now include anonymous viewers. Additionally, Phanfare users can now buy a one-time archive DVD or a quarterly subscription to get periodic DVD backups sent to your home. The subscription will first send you a full backup of all your stuff and then periodic DVDs with just the stuff you added any given calendar quarter. In a few weeks Phanfare will be introducing a full line of photo books, printed cards, photo cards and photo reprints for Phanfare customers. These products will be produced by high-quality partners, and all the products will be sold directly by Phanfare with the usual satisfaction guarantee. Up to this point, Phanfare has encouraged users to transfer images to Shutterfly, Snapfish, and Kodak for books and cards. Phanfare will continue to support transfers of images to those services, but will also its own solution.
[source: PMA Newsline]

Family website MyHeritage acquires family social network Kindo



MyHeritage, Tel Aviv, Israel, a popular family website, acquired family social network Kindo, London, United Kingdom. MyHeritage has more than 25 million members worldwide and is known for its technology that helps families research their history and stay connected, including Smart Matching and automatic photo tagging. The Kindo team's experience in social networking will help MyHeritage realize its vision to be the "Facebook for families." As part of this acquisition, MyHeritage will also establish new commercial operations in London.


"Adding the Kindo team to MyHeritage puts the company in an even stronger position to realize its vision of connecting families around the world," said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. "The synergy of our innovative, sophisticated technology and Kindo's social networking and marketing expertise will further solidify our position as industry leader."


MyHeritage helps people around the world discover, connect, and communicate with their extended family network and research their family history.


The service is unique in its international reach, currently translated into 25 languages with more to follow. Its growth is based on an increasing desire of families to stay closely connected, learn more about each other, and share their photos. MyHeritage can be accessed through the website or by downloading free software. The London-based Kindo team will become an essential part of MyHeritage. Kindo's users can now get easy access to Myheritage's unique technology and will also benefit from MyHeritage's photo tagging technology, which automatically scans and identifies people in photos, making it easier for families to organize, search, and share their photos.


[source: PMA Newsline]

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thanks for the Plug WIVB-TV News4, Buffalo NBC Affiliate


ScanMyPhotos.com

Here is a website that can help you backup your photo collection at
a very low cost. This website offers scanning services for photographs,
negatives and slides. In addition, you can get your VHS tapes transferred over
to DVD and have some of your older photos restored.

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