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About Thomas Hawk

Thomas Hawk is a San Francisco based photographer and technology writer. He publishes the web site Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection and is also the Evangelist and CEO of the photo sharing site Zooomr.
Adobe Contest Looking For #1 Photoshop Fan

#1 Photoshop Fan from Adobe Next Photoshop Evangelist on Vimeo.

Oakland PD Using Flickr Photos To Identify Looters

I saw an article on the the San Francisco Chronicle web site today entitled “Oakland Police Looking for Looting Suspects.” The article reports on the Oakland Police Department’s latest efforts to prosecute looters who participated in last week’s Johannes Merserle protest that turned violent with rioting and looting taking place after dark. Oakland PD has now released a number of photos of alleged looters from that evening’s protest.

Flickr’s ‘Your Contacts’ Page Gets Improvements

Improved Contacts Management – Flickr Blog Yesterday Flickr released a revamped version of your "Your Contacts" page on Flickr.

Flickr Improves Your Contacts Page

Microsoft’s Windows Live Social Network

I got my first invitation today to join a "network" on Microsoft’s new "Windows Live" social network. Here are some of my rough initial thoughts.

What Home Entertainment Technology Will Win?

There has been a lot of new news lately around the idea of home entertainment and media and I wanted to write a post reflecting on recent announcements coming out of Microsoft on their Media Center platform in Windows 7, the new XBox 360, an increasing role for Netflix’s "watch now" technology and today’s announcement regarding Netflix by TiVo.

Picasa to Feature Facial Recognition Software?

Picasa Gets Smart With Facial Recognition The Inquisitr has a post out saying that at noon today Google’s Picasa is going to introduce facial recognition technology and a new downloadable Picasa photo editing program beta.

Xbox 360 To Stream Netflix Movies

Microsoft and Netflix Unveil Partnership to Instantly Stream Movies and TV Episodes to the TV via Xbox LIVE: Exclusive agreement creates game-changing home entertainment experience; more than 10,000 movies and TV episodes will be available to watch instantly at no additional cost to paying subscribers.

Getty To Sell Stock Photography Through Flickr

Yahoo! Inc. – Getty Images and Flickr Announce Exclusive Partnership to Offer New Collection of Creative Imagery Getty Images and Yahoo today announced a partnership which will allow Getty Images to begin marketing select images that Flickr users upload online.Getty to Offer Flickr Images for Sale

Microsoft’s Pro Photo Summit

My pal Robert Scoble has a blog post up entitled "Is Microsoft Trying to Capture the Photography Market?" Robert’s post is in part a reaction to Microsoft’s invite only Pro Photo Summit which is taking place this week up on Wednesday and Thursday at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond. Scoble is going to be attending as am I.

Follow These 10 On FriendFeed

I’ve been pretty active on FriendFeed for the past couple of weeks and it has definitely become one of my new top spots on the web. In many ways FriendFeed simply replaces a lot of other sites where I was spending time in the past. It has completely replaced Twitter for me for instance and has also taken my chunk of time that I used to spend focusing on my Flickr contact’s photos (I now see all of these photos on FriendFeed instead of Flickr directly itself).

Program For Stolen Laptops

LoJack for Laptops by Thomas Hawk, on FlickrI just purchased a three year subscription to

PicLens – New Way To Browse For Pictures On The Internet

Well I’ve been using PicLens for a few months now, and I’m a bit late with this post, but if you haven’t installed PicLens yet for browsing photos on the web you are missing one of the most beautiful ways to view photography on the internet yet.

The screenshot above does not do justice to the visual experience. PicLens is hands down the best I have ever seen photos look online.

Flickr Favorites Is On FriendFeed

FriendFeed Adds Flickr Faves

TiVo Wins Patent Dispute

Just off the wire, Dish Network has failed to convince an appeals court to overturn TiVo’s earlier patent win against the company. TiVo’s earlier win is upheld.

Petition Against Video On Flickr

With less than 24 hours behind Flickr’s announcement yesterday of adding video to their service, the early sentiment from existing Flickr users appears to be largely negative.

Flickr’s Major Upgrades

Flickr launched their widely rumored video service today. Videos are limited to 90 seconds in length and 150 MB in size. Only Pro members can upload videos. The video above is one of the first videos on the service from Heather Champ’s photostream. More information from the Flickr Blog here.

Photoshop Express’ TOS Gets Updated

TWIP has a post out on Adobe updating their TOS for their new online Photoshop Express product. Initially some photographers had been concerned because the previous terms of service with the online service suggested that you were signing over rights of your photos to Adobe by using the service.

Adobe’s TOS now reads:

Most Flickr Users Don’t Have Uploaded Photos

Webometric Thoughts: Average photos per Flickr Member: ZERO

Webometric Thoughts blogs that based on a random sample of 324 Flickr users that 216, or 67%, had zero photos.

If this is true that would leave you to believe that more people may be consuming photos on Flickr than publishing photos on Flickr.

From Webometric Thoughts:

Web Pages I Just Couldn’t Live Without

A year ago I blogged about the 25 sites that were on my Firefox bookmarks toolbar. These represented the 25 sites that I used the most in my day in day out online life.

I thought here now one year later I’d refresh this post showing which bookmarks were removed from my toolbar over the past year and which ones were added. I’ve also added comments on each link.

Links removed in the last year.

TiVo Comes Under Attack

Sparks fly over copyright at Tech Policy Summit | Lawgarithms | ZDNet.com Denise Howell has an informative write up on a copyright debate held last week at the Tech Policy Summit in Hollywood.

Participants in the debate included TiVo VP and general counsel Matt Zinn, Executive Director of the Copyright Alliance Patrick Ross, Fred von Lohman from the EFF and moderator Doug Lichtman of UCLA Law School.

Two things I found interesting in the article.

No Blu-Ray For Xbox 360

Microsoft says no Blu-ray for Xbox 360 | Special Coverage | Reuters

Reuters is reporting on comments by Aaron Greenberg, group product manager for the XBox 360, that Microsoft is not currently in talks with Sony or the Blu-Ray Association to integrate Blu-Ray into the XBox 360.

This is disappointing.

Microsoft Could Be Better for Flickr

Boing Boing is out with a post this morning, "Some Flickr users wary of a MSFT takeover."

Thomas Hawk Flickr Image Highlighted in Yahoo Search

The Microsoft-Yahoo Deal and Photos

Well two days ago, in light of the woes coming from Yahoo’s earnings conference call, I suggested that maybe now was just the time to pack it up and sell the ship to Microsoft, and it seems like somebody decided to take my advice. Only joking of course.

Browsing With iPhone Is Abject Faliure
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"Even the iPhone’s browser can disappoint. It has a version of the Apple Safari browser that doesn’t support Flash, a programming language widely used on Web sites, so users are limited in what they can see on the Web.