Why I’m dropping the blog’s Creative Commons license

MacBook Air on a table

For the two people who pay attention to my blog’s footer or other details, I’ve decided to drop the blog’s Creative Commons license and revert back to a typical copyright notice. While technically Creative Commons licenses are irrevocable, and thus any material someone’s used before this point will stay honored under such a license, I’ll … Read more

Ways to attribute Flickr Creative Commons photos

Fremont bridge, Seattle

Creative Commons photos are quite useful for websites and bloggers, but do require attribution for their creators to be included. This includes the photos offered on services such as Flickr. The Creative Commons wiki recommends photo attribution includes the following information: Title of the photo Author of the photo Source of the photo, preferably as a link to … Read more

Flickr now allows users to set Public Domain licenses on photos

SpaceX launch

Flickr’s announced it’s now allowing users to select public domain licensing for their photos, as part of their existing Creative Commons licenses. While Flickr’s long been one of the biggest and most enthusiastic photo sharing sites to offer Creative Commons photos, the lack of CC’s public domain option has been one of the more noticeable omissions. One … Read more

My favorite free sources of photos

Seattle skyline

As you’ve noticed, I make use of a lot of photos for my blog posts. While some of these are pictures or screenshots of things like TV shows, movies, or comics, others are photographs I use as a way to illustrate a blog post, such as the one I wrote about Radio Shack going under. … Read more

Microsoft is getting rid of traditional stock clip art from Office

Microsoft Store

Yes, it’s true. One of the long-time mainstays of Microsoft Office, the stock clip art, is going the way of Clippy. Microsoft’s dropping support for clip art in Office, arguing that nobody’s using it anymore, and the images included were outdated. Its replacement? Built-in use of Bing to search for images filtered for Creative Commons licenses. Microsoft’s … Read more

Favorite blogs and websites: Flickr Creative Commons

MacBook, notepad, and iPhone

This week’s “favorite blogs and websites” entry is Flickr’s Creative Commons page. Flickr’s Creative Commons page lists various user-posted photographs that’re licensed under one of several Creative Commons licenses. Given the popularity of Flickr for professional/amateur photographers or for large amounts of image storing (casual mobile phone-using photographers seem to have flocked to Instagram or … Read more

Wall-to-wall wallpaper sources for your computer (or iPhone/Palm Pre)

MacBook Air on a table

Most computer users, of course, are interested in customizing their desktops with their favorite wallpaper. However, there’s an overwhelming number of sites to choose from, some offering better quality backgrounds than others. Here’s several sites that provide sources of quality desktop wallpaper: MacDesktops: While it’s dedicated to providing wallpaper for Mac users, users of other … Read more