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Guide to Photoshop Ethics

June 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Article by Zaven Alexandri of AnexTech

With Adobe Photoshop becoming ever more popular and easy to use, most public pictures you find on the internet and other media have been retouched in some way. Being hired to retouch a picture can often provide at least an ethical dilemma which often can lead to a legal problem.

The first thing to consider before photo shopping a picture is if you have permission to use it. Due to the ease of downloading information and images on the internet today, many people assume that all images online are public domain. This is not true and stealing and changing some one’s photograph without permission can lead to legal consequences.

The second consideration you should make before deciding how much to retouch a photograph is what it is going to be used for. If you are editing something that is going to be used to tell a news story, you need to be very careful that you do not over simplify its message. It is not the editor’s job to make heroes look more heroic or villains more evil, changing how people will digest the accompanying information. Stick to simply sharpening the image. Even something as simple as cropping out a small part can drastically change the image’s message.

Finally, when retouching images of people, make sure you ask plenty of specific questions to the client about what they want. Do not assume you know what they want removed off their person. Something you might consider a flaw, might have some mental value to the client.

The Benefits of Real Time GPS Vehicle Tracking

June 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The use of satellite tracking has been around for a long time now ever since the United States Department of Defense has used GPS as its primary navigations system. Of course, it was only a few years ago when they released this technology to the public.

Since then a slew of applications have come up used on cell phones as well as devices that can be used to conduct real time GPS vehicle tracking on a fleet of vehicles. This technology doesn’t just provide people with the technology by which they can retrieve stolen vehicles (much like the LoJack) but serves other purposes as well.

So here are some of the benefits of using the GPS tracking system (in the case of fleet tracking systems):

Benefit #1: Cost-effective

Before this system was used to track a fleet of vehicles, once employees left the driveway, no one knew how they reached their destination after that. All this has changed with the use of this system as it can not only track the location of vehicle but also indicate the time at which the vehicle was at that location. This gives a lot of power to people who are in charge of routing and scheduling as they are not only able to ascertain the shortest route to destinations but also approximate the time.

Benefit #2: Saves overheads

Thanks to being able to route efficiently, there will be no extra billing from employees along with extra expenses on fuel for the same reasons. So when you look at it from an entire fleet of vehicles, you can imagine how much money can be saved every month.

Benefit #3: Prevents misuse of company property

Employees tend to use or abuse company property every once in a while, and if you use such a system, you can be sure that they will not use it for personal purpose when enjoying the day off.

Are The Benefits of Global SIM Cards Worth Purchasing?

June 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While some travelers choose to use their current cell phone service at home when they are traveling abroad, there are others who opt for global SIM cards, and for good reason too. For one, the annoyance of having to deal with no service while being on the road can get to you. But the biggest issue that international travelers might have is the fact that the bills you might receive after using your local service abroad might be a lot more than you bargained for.

This is where a world SIM card can help you, as you get to customize your plan before you travel to a particular country or to several, thus saving you at least 90 percent of the bill that you would spend using other SIM cards.

Yes, up to 90 percent of your current international cell phone bill is saved, and one good reason for this is because you get to stop paying roaming fees every time you pick up the phone to either receive or make a call to your friends, family, or loved ones.

In opting for these international cell phones, you will avoid the embarrassment of not being able to stay connected while being on the road, especially if it is important for you to stay in touch with your colleagues while on business.

All you have to do is choose an international plan that suits you and your travel itinerary for this trip, and you can be on your way, not having to worry about not staying connected or having to pay a large cell phone bill when you get back home.

If you aren’t sure what to make of this, there are several travelers who vouch for these packages, and perhaps you can take your cue from their pleasant experiences before you make a choice to switch your plan.

Three Things to Keep in Mind When Looking For Boat Part and Accessories

June 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Let’s face the fact that not everyone is mechanically-inclined, and don’t have the necessary experience to distinguish between which company is known for quality parts or not-so-good parts. The reason for this is because there are so many companies that offer boat parts and accessories these days.

So, if you are a newbie when it comes to boats parts and their accessories, the first thing that you must remember is that being impulsive when buying these parts is not a good idea. However, there are three things that you must keep in mind before buying these parts or accessories:

#1: Contact as many suppliers as possible

When looking for marine parts, one of the smartest things that you should do is contact as many suppliers as possible since it is always a good idea to see which supplier can offer you the best prices on the parts that you require. Yet another thing that you must keep in mind is that you have to do your research about the parts that you need, and then begin to contact these suppliers.

#2: Find a trustworthy supplier who can give you information about unknown parts

While there are some marine outboard parts that are easy to obtain, and are the only choice, there are others that you might not be aware of, so it is good idea to find a supplier who will answer all the questions you have about these parts. Double-check the information provided to you by doing your research after that or with another supplier.

#3: Certified parts

This is perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind as it is important to only buy certified. Very often, companies that offer these quality parts also make it easy for the customer who is looking for parts by clearly explaining each part and accessory in their catalogue by providing accessory or Mercury outboard parts diagrams for people to take a look at.