Mar 9, 2016

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Both Paul & Glenn were in the studio today.

 

Glenn started off by thanking the loyal listeners & supporters of KVMR. If you’d like to become a supporting member, please visit kvmr.org.

Paul noted Beatles music producer George Martin has died at age 90.

He went on to say that session musicians were hired to add orchestral music to the Beatles albums. These days sampled music can be bought and mixed in as needed. Apparently, copyright issues are worked out for each use, according to Paul.

Paul went on to say that you no longer have to write ‘copyright’ on what you create — you just have to “make sure it’s witnessed in some form”. The law changed some years ago and using the letter c in a circle along with the date doesn’t have the legal weight that it used to.

Paul brought up the question of “who has the right to your face if your picture is taken in public”. Common law says you must reasonably your picture to be taken in public “even if it’s a compromising picture, as long as you’re not doing something illegal”. Paul clarified that if the picture shows you doing something illegal, you’re out of luck. <Sounds to me like you have no rights to your public photo.> Paul disclaimed legal expertise.

Paul talked about Getty Images where webmasters go to obtain images to adorn their websites. The images come with a variety of limitations on their use. In the Free Web Art portion of their website, they have images that are free for you to use.

Paul said there are companies that scour the net looking for images that are used with out permission. A friend of his was caught using such an image and was sent an email trying to impose a penalty of $500. But it’s hard to know if an email like that is legit or a scam. Paul said that on the internet you’re supposed to get cease & desist order first with no threat of a fine, and you’re given a chance to delete the image. <He didn’t say what his friend did next.>

Glenn mentioned a website called Webshots that makes images and screen savers available. Paul said that they were very popular about 10 years ago, and were rated #5 in web traffic. Webshots lets the public submit pictures for a chance to win prizes, but the pictures become the property of Webshots.

The guys speculated that Webshots’ screen saver will work with the latest operating systems Windows 7 and Windows 10. Their program is called webshots.scr. Paul was impressed by the beauty of their images but he doesn’t use it anymore.
<What is webshots.scr?
More info about it here>

Ron called. He’s experienced theft of images from his website by entities in India that pass them off as their own. He wanted to know what he could do short of spending a lot of money on an attorney.
– Paul didn’t think there are readily available resources to deal with this on an international level. If it were just in the U.S., it would still be expensive.
– You can try to find out who is behind the Indian website with a whois search. You can also use domaintools to get similar info.
– The next step is to find out who is hosting the Indian website and complain the he hosting service that one of their clients has copyrighted material.
– You can also ask Google to not display that company in their search results. Do Google search with the words: google dmca take down.
<I found a couple of webpages to get you started.
Removing Content From Google
Legal Removal Requests
How to Remove Copied Content From Google Search using DMCA>

Glenn gave out the contact info for this show.
You can call during the show at 530-265-9555
Or write to zen@kmvr.org
The website is zen.kvmr.org

Originally InterNIC was a government entity that registered domain names. Registering is done to associate the URL <like xyz.com> of a website with an ip address <so, for example, New York Magazine (nymag.com) will have the ip address 23.235.33.204.> Now, there are many companies that can register your website — such as namesheet.com and godaddy.com. Sometimes, as with godaddy.com, the process is complicated.

Paul said that Google is a good choice for registering your domain name. It’s $12 per year and there’s blogging service that comes with it. To check them out, go to googledomains.com or google.com/domains.

In the last 3+ years since he got his iPad & iPhone, Glenn hardly uses a desktop computer anymore, except if he has to do a lot of typing. Paul noted some of the differences between a traditional computer and a tablet…
– Not all applications run the same way on both.
– The tablet has less horsepower because the emphasis is on saving weight and energy.
– The tablet has less storage capacity and fewer choices for external media (like a CDROM drive).
– Some tablets lack an external port, though Android tablets generally come with a USB port. If it’s a OTG (On The Go) USB, you can get an adapter that allows you to plug in a USB memory stick <and other USB devices — keyboard, mouse, etc.>. So the USB, normally used for charging and transferring file, becomes like the familiar USB slot on your desktop computer. <Many Androids come with a microSD memory card slot, too — very handy>.
– The only way to know if a tablet will work for you is to get one.

One problem Paul’s found with iPhones is if people want to synch their contacts and calendar, they generally have to resort to the Outlook program on the PC, which he called a nightmare.

People may not generally be aware that if they have data on iCloud, it can be accessed from any computer.

Paul said Flickr will let you store up to 1 terabyte of photos for free. Be aware that it can take a long time to upload a terabyte of pictures.
– Other services that offer varying amounts of free storage include Skydrive from Microsoft, Google Drive, iCloud from Apple, Dropbox, Evernote and Flickr.
– If you want 1 terabyte on iCloud, it costs $10/mo.
– Paul likes Google Drive, he gets 15gig of free storage and the ability to edit files of different formats — like .pdf.
– Flickr offers you so much storage because it wants to sell you other services — hard copy prints of your photos, Christmas cards with your images, etc.

Microsoft came into the tablet market rather late with their Surface tablets. The RT version of the Windows operating system, which ran on an ARM prcessor, is officially dead, Paul said. The Surface tablets with RT can still be found for sale. You can replace the RT operating system with Linux.

Latest generation of LED flashlights put out a pleasant white light rather than the fluorescent blue light of older models. The truer white light due to the phosphor coating on the lens. The bluish light of the LED source hits the phosphor, which gets excited and reemits a longer, more pleasant wavelength of light.

Paul wondered how dangerous LED lasers are <laser pointers I assume>. His research turned up very few injuries from shining these 35miliwatt lasers directly into eyes (but don’t try it). However, he did discover that there is a chance of eye injury from the LED flashlights because they use a higher wattage. You may want to at least keep them away from children.

Karen called. She tried saving pictures from her iPhone to her PC and ended up with hundreds of folders with a couple of pictures in each. The photos were automatically deleted from the iPhone.
– First, backup the pictures, maybe to a flash drive, before trying to correct the situation.
– Manually go into each folder and drag each photo into one destination folder.
– Or, google for the words: windows utilities. It can automate the copying process.
– When you plug in the iPhone, Windows is supposed to treat it like a camera and offer to import the photos. It may not have done that in her case. Paul suggested she google the words: import pictures and videos using windows, to find out how to configure windows to do it automatically. <See Peter’s tip below>

Neal called. He has a PC and a Mac on a network and a printer directly connected to the Mac. He wants to know how to make the PC use the printer.
– Check to see if the printer can be connected to the router — does it say Ethernet or wi-fi on the front?
– The less preferred method is to share the printer from the Mac. Go to preferences on the Mac (the gray cog) -> printers icon (you should see a printer that says USB interface) -> click on the printer (the name of the one attached to the Mac) -> tick the check box that says “share this printer”
– Then on the PC look for the network printers and you should see it there if it’s been turned on.

Peter called with a tip for Karen (above) to make copying the pictures easier. He said go to the folder that has those hundreds of folder and do a search (control+F or F3 or whatever Vista OS uses). Search for just a ‘*’. That should bring up all of her photo files onto one screen. She can then select and drag a bunch of pictures at a time, instead of going into each folder individually.

Gina called. She got a 2007 iMac from a friend recently and wanted to know how usable it is and if it can be upgraded. She managed to find the serial number and would like to know more about it. Paul suggested she go to appleserialnumberinfo.com. Enter the serial number there and it will tell you all sorts of things, including whether there are any recall notices.

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