Categories: "General Thoughts"

Happy Thanksgiving!

11/23/05 | by Clarise | Categories: General Thoughts

There are many things to be thankful for...
A beautiful day
Trees Golden Gate
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Colors of Fall
Fall Blue Mountains
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Most especially .....

Family and Friends ...
Family and Friends
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Happy Thanksgiving! Have a great one. :P

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Digital Watermark using Digimarc

11/22/05 | by Clarise | Categories: On the web, Photos

We are working on a Content Management System for a customer and we are applying Digital Watermark to protect the customer's photos from unlicensed use. We are using Digimarc MyPictureMarc™.

It has been a frustrating experience for me since the embedded digital mark keeps on disappearing. I embed the digital mark, save and close. When I reopen the file, the digital mark is gone. It does not happen on all the photos but only some of it. It seems like the watermark does not survive at all.

The photos (from screen shots) below should illustrate my point:
Digimarc Embbedded Verified
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Digimarc Embedded and Verified

Digimarc Saved
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Photo saved. Notice the © symbol in the filename - ©HappyValley1.jpg when it was opened by JASC PaintshopPro

Digimarc Gone
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Closed the file and re-opened.... Digimarc Gone!

We are using an older version of JASC PainshopPro Version 7.04 so the current downloadable Digimarc Plugin does not work. (Separate issue opened with Digimarc). So, we are using the Digimarc interface that comes with our version, seen below:

Digimarc Interface
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Another weird thing: Using Digimarc MyPictureMarc Reader, the file: 37oakrd11170303.jpg does not have the digimarc sign.
Digimarc File List
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Opening it up in JASC,:
Opened OakRd Picture
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the © symbol is not there. But if one reads the digimarc, it is there:
Digimarc No Copyright sign
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These are my Digimarc woes ... XX(

I wrote Digimarc support to see why this is happening. Keep posted....


TechCrunch Meetup/Riya Launch Party

11/19/05 | by Clarise | Categories: In real life, Computers and Internet, Photos

Congratulations to the Ojos team! Joseph and I were at the TechCrunch Meetup #4 - Riya Launch Party. The event was a success. Thanks to Mike for being a great host and for Munjal, Tara and Ojos team for the food and drinks.

Do you know who these folks are? I bet Riya can tell you. &#59;D

Mike's Opening Remarks
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Mike's Opening Remarks

Munjal Welcome
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Munjal's Welcome

Ojos Team
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Ojos Team

Riya and Deven
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Riya and Deven (poor kids .... terrorized by all the camera flashes 88| ... it is hard to be a celebrity)

Tara Demo
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Tara's Demo

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Selling 15 National Parks

10/10/05 | by Clarise | Categories: On the web, Current Affairs

I don't know what Rep. Richard Pombo (Tracy, CA Republican Representative), Chairman of the House Resources Committee, is thinking. According to the Fact Sheet - Pombo Reconciliation Draft Legislation Threatens America’s Heritage, Pombo is proposing to "close 15 national parks and sell them off to the oil and gas industries and private developers; demanded that park vehicles and facilities be turned into billboards for commercial advertising; and suggested that commercial naming rights be sold for park buildings and trails, among other unprecedented proposals." That proposal is simply ridiculous. It infuriates me.

The Sacramento Bee Editorial: Rep. Pombo's yard sale, calls this a “bizarre thought” --- to sell off the National Parks if we don’t drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I think it is not only bizarre but also barbaric. What kind of tactic is that? I hope the people of Tracy, CA know what their representative is doing. I hope they never re-elect Rep. Richard Pombo. I hope the people in the US never vote for anyone who thinks like Pombo.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Source of Picture: US Fish & Wildlife Service -Alaska

The 15 sites proposed to be closed are:

  1. Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas
  2. Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Alaska
  3. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska
  4. Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska
  5. Eugene O'Neill National Historical Site, California
  6. Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
  7. Frederick Law Olmsted National Historical Site, Massachusetts
  8. Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
  9. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska
  10. Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.
  11. Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota
  12. Noatak National Preserve, Alaska
  13. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania
  14. Thomas Stone National Historical Site, Maryland
  15. Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska

For Job Seekers - A site worth looking at ...

10/05/05 | by Clarise | Categories: General Thoughts

Joseph was listening to a podcast a week or so ago (sorry, I don't remember what it was :oops: ) and one of the site mentioned was . The site is easy to use and is convenient. It aggregates jobs from lots of sources like Hotjobs , Monster and other job sites. So, it minimizes going to multiple job sites. It has other features like rankings, mapping where the job location is, and other job hunting tools. So, it is a very convenient site to use. So, job seekers out there, I would certainly recommend this site to you.


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