Thursday, November 26, 2015

6 Ways Your Photos are in Danger: Part 3: “Free” Services

There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

We’ve entered a new era in commerce, one that’s changed everyday life dramatically. Companies everywhere are rushing west to the Silicon Valley—a sequel to the Gold Rush is underway. But instead of panning for gold and silver, these organizations are cashing in on a new precious material: you. And yes, we’re talking about the biggest names, like Google and Yahoo.

Here’s the truth: if a company offers you an elaborate product for “free”, realize it will be making its money in some other way. Most likely, this ‘other way’ is the sale of your personal information to third-party advertisers. It is common practice among companies who conduct business principally online. Remember: if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product. Did you really consent to this?

Remember: if you’re not paying for a product, you are the product.

The more companies know about you, the easier they can target ads and other messaging to you specifically.

You could easily lose your data.

Some “free” providers even take ownership of your photos, nullifying your rights to your own digital property. To make matters worse, they don’t guarantee permanence, and claim no responsibility for ensuring that your photos will be there for you in the future.

It sound outrageous, but sometimes companies shut down or change direction without warning – never offering their customers a chance to preserve their content. Don’t allow this to happen to you and your memories. Be discerning about which companies you trust with your photos.

(Part 3 of a document published by Forever)

Such a Pig

Well, she is!

Streaker is her name, I believe.


And Streaker was actually up and around this visit to Oatland Island! In the past it’s been a bit warm and in the afternoon which is, apparently, her nap time. All I got last time was this;


But this time she was getting fed a treat of apples and was okay with some paparazzi… as long as the apples kept coming.

Love Mary’s photos of her enjoying her snack, even though there is a lot of goo involved.


Once the apples were gone, her snout went to the ground, snuffling out any morsel that may have been left behind.

It was nice to see her, though.

And we were off, leaving the little farm section for now, on to other animals and leaving the screaming human kind behind.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Are you ready to see more fun pictures?

Saturday was a lot of fun and I love Mary’s pictures. What I love more is taking pictures of Mary taking pictures.

I’m going to start though with this.


Mary loves to come and visit this beauty. She always wants one after a visit with her. She’s content with taking pictures.

I think.

She spent some time getting up close and got some really cute pictures of an itching problem.


I don’t know how she managed to scratch that itch, but she did!

After a few minutes she wandered away and Mary followed.



They looked like they were having quite a conversation!

Here are the shots Mary got during that conversation.


I love watching these conversations.