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August 24th, 2005

B&W Texture, 1988; Thoughts on flickr’s 2006 account changes

B&W Texture, 1988

This was for the graphic design class in 1988 that I did so poorly, as I recounted here. The idea was to have some rich textures to show off. This one was done with india ink, washes, and black and white colored pencils. I still quite like this texture.

Something like this makes me think of Creative Commons licenses and how I am not really using them. Every time I look at them I am not quite sure how to license my work. I really don’t want to give all my stuff the same license, and doing it on a case by case basis seems too hard to me.

I guess metadata is hard.

On a downbeat note, it seems that flickr will transition all their users to yahoo membership accounts in 2006. I hate that idea. I lost my “artlung” account on yahoo.com several years ago and I can’t log in because I gave them a fake DOB way back in 1997 or so. If I can’t have “artlung” as a username and you don’t provide me with a mechanism to retrieve it or even talk to a human being about what it might make to do that, then your service is stupid.

More on the conversion here: Top 5. Do I have to log in via Yahoo!?

Please note that we will be migrating all independent Flickr accounts to Yahoo!’s network in 2006. At that time, if you have not done so already, you will be asked to create a Yahoo! ID (or link your account to your Yahoo! ID if you already have one) in order to continue using your account. We’ll provide further details about the merge as the date approaches.

In the post “One Less Password” on flickr blog, Stewart Butterfield indicated nothing of the sort.

I appreciate the service flickr provides, and I don’t want to migrate away from it, but I will if they make me do this. I’m preparing for this eventuality.


Comments: 2

Jukebox JT

August 25, 2005 12:56am

Re: Yahoo! and Flickr – I don’t believe you will lose Artlung as a display name on Flickr if you get there first. I do not own ferreteer as a login on Yahoo! When I merged my Yahoo tferreteer account and my Flickr Ferreteer account, it allowed me to keep Ferreteer as my display name on Flickr. Don’t know if that’s going to change, but that’s the way it’s working now.

As far as someone to talk to for retrieving login information – that’s bad – especially if they use a different criteria for validating identity than they use online. It’d be too easy to socially engineer info out of the unskilled international workforce that they’d hire to support the incredible volume of requests.

And why would you use a fake brithdate that wasn’t easy to remember in the first place? I’ll never forget my fake birthdate: Jan 01, 1945. This year, I am 60 fake years young.

Jukebox JT

August 25, 2005 12:57am

Re: Yahoo! and Flickr – I don’t believe you will lose Artlung as a display name on Flickr if you get there first. I do not own ferreteer as a login on Yahoo! When I merged my Yahoo tferreteer account and my Flickr Ferreteer account, it allowed me to keep Ferreteer as my display name on Flickr. Don’t know if that’s going to change, but that’s the way it’s working now.

As far as someone to talk to for retrieving login information – that’s bad – especially if they use a different criteria for validating identity than they use online. It’d be too easy to socially engineer info out of the unskilled international workforce that they’d hire to support the incredible volume of requests.

And why would you use a fake brithdate that wasn’t easy to remember in the first place? I’ll never forget my fake birthdate: Jan 01, 1945. This year, I am 60 fake years young.

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