links for 2010-07-26

  • So you want to be a wedding photographer! Fantastic. Whether you’re looking to start a career or you just need to know enough to convince an ex-girlfriend you’re the type of professional she should hire, even though she specifically asked you not to attend her wedding three weeks ago in a private message on Facebook, this guide can help. A marriage is both the end of a life-chapter and the beginning of another chapter that isn’t quite as interesting and the characters aren’t as likable. Try to remember that. Remember all of that as you crouch in your suit before sunsets, immortalizing the day on film for you and your true love, and also that doctor guy she’s marrying.
  • Citizen Effect's CitizenGulf project will become a National Day of Action on August 25th, in alignment with the week of the fifth anniversary of Katrina. The benefit — to be promoted by Gulf Coast Benefit — seeks to help fishing families find a new, more sustainable future by providing education resources for their children. ??Make a direct impact on fishing families in the Gulf.?? Catholic Charities of New Orleans is the beneficiary of all CitizenGulf National Day of Action donations. Citizen Effect will send 100% of donations (less credit card fees) directly to Catholic Charities to support education programs for fishing families.
  • There’s a never ending supply of information out there for us web designers. If there’s something we need to learn, we can find it in one form or another. Sometimes it may be on a blog or it could be in a book. While you may have to shell our some money for a good web design book, there are a number of them out that have online versions that are totally free. Here are 10 you should find very useful.
  • In what will surely become a landmark case — or at least a massive thorn in the MPAA and RIAA's clubbed, pygmy feet — a judge has ruled that bypassing DRM via hacking, reverse engineering or any other means is not in itself illegal. The case itself ruled that General Electric, in using hacked security dongles to repair some uninterruptible power supplies produced by another company, did not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Why? Because the end goal was legal. If the hacked dongles had been used for the forces of evil, the story would be different. While this doesn't sound immediately applicable to DRM-protected software, music and movies, bear in mind that the DMCA is the foundation for every spurious copyright claim made by RIAA, MPAA and the myriad of other digital rights groups. In essence, this ruling means that you're free to break DRM on media that you own. No longer is it illegal to rip your own DVDs or crippled audio CDs onto your hard d
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