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Wanna help find Steve Fosset? Here’s how…


By now I’m sure most of you know about Steve Fosset and how his private plane disappeared somewhere in Nevada on September 4. So, what can you do about it? You can help find him by reviewing satellite images and marking them as either having ‘something of interest’ or ‘nothing of interest.’ The images that get marked as ‘something of interest’ will be forwarded to a team of experts for a more in-depth review.

How do you review these images? Go to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to begin reviewing the images. The Amazon Mechanical Turk allows humans to help accomplish a task (here’s a more detailed description), which is a very interesting way to harness the collective intelligence of humans.

Some interesting info on how Amazon got these satellite images: Google purchased 6,000 square miles of satellite imagery, at the request of Richard Branson (Steve Fosset is a friend of Branson’s), from one of the two companies they purchase satellite photos for their Maps and Earth products. The cost for these images: $100,000.

Now, let’s all hope Steve Fosset is found soon – whether the Amazon Turk site contributes to it or not.

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Filed under: Amazon, Digital Photos, Search

Tagging Photos in Windows Vista Destroys Metadata


If you’re using Windows Vista do NOT use Vista to tag your photos. Apparently, Vista destroys a photo’s metadata if you tag the photo. Microsoft hasn’t said if or when they will fix this but I’m sure they will.

“A bit of bad news about Vista if you’re a photographer. Apparently if you tag a photo’s metadata in Vista, it destroys other important metadata used by image editing apps such as Photoshop. Microsoft’s gotten reports of RAW files generated by Nikon cameras being unreadable after being tagged with Vista or Microsoft’s Photo Info tool.”

Good thing I’ve only used Windows Photo Gallery to view photos.

Filed under: Digital Photos, Microsoft, Software, Vista, Windows