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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cnet.com: "Q&A: What is the fastest and best method to scan photos into a computer?"

We appreciate most of the competition that has germinated ever since ScanMyPhotos.com pioneered this new super-fast service for affordable photo scanning and menu of additional photo imaging services for you.

There is a new business book called Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell, which we are buying for employees and especially younger members of our families to teach and inspire. Outliners, reminds us that every "overnight success" takes years of hard work and uncompromising dedication.

We noticed this in a CNet.com forum about photo scanning. The forum has more than a hundred postings, it starts off with a reader recommending ScanMyPhotos.com. Then, there are many who are regularly trying to ambush and replicate our 18-years of toil in the photo imaging industry (as owners of a retail and ecommerce photo imaging business). They are chiming in and trying to pitch their services.

ScanMyPhotos.com so enjoys these comparisons. It is among our biggest source for winning over new customers around the world. Next to the New York Times review on ScanMyPhotos.com, and others in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and scores of others, those start-ups which try to copy our formula and instant 24/7 live customer support are our among our best marketing tools.

Here's a link to the CNet photo scanning forum.

Excerpt from Amazon.com's Outliners review:
Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: Now that he's gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas and the power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. --Mari Malcolm

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