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And now, the winners of the Best Hint contest for August. Of the 132 hints published last month, the list was narrowed to about 15 semi-finalists in one round of voting. To pick the winners, all semi-finalists were then rated as shown in the "How to Win" section of the rules. After the dust settled and the scores were averaged, the results were: Congratulations to all the August winners, and best of luck to everyone for September -- just three more iPods to go, and I have a feeling that some of today's iTunes 7 tips will be amongst our finalists at month end!

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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: ryebrye on Sep 15, '06 08:07:22AM

Yipee! I'm glad I could share a helpful tip... and I'm even more glad to have shared it in a month that had the prize contest going on!

To all you dreamers out there - I'm living proof that if you work hard, get frustrated, and try to find an easy way to do something - and then share that easy way with people on a hints site running a contest - that you too can be part of the american dream!

- RyeBrye (Winning hint #3 - Emailing Excel docs / other office docs as html formatted mail)



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A prize for bad advice?
Authored by: Phosphor on Sep 15, '06 08:28:47AM

2nd place goes to the "Work directly with camera storage cards in iPhoto" hint!?!?

I'm sorry, but this sets a bad precedent for rewarding a hint that is just plain bad advice.

Ask anyone who has ever lost one-of-a-kind pictures, or corrupted an entire card (necessitating a reformat) because they engaged in this practice. You might get away with it 99 out of 100 times, but on that one occasion where you destroy images because of a power failure, or some other momentary glitch and you'll be cursing the practice.

I commented about this after the original article, and EVERY reputable camera-tech author will tell you: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS!!! Copy your files from the card to your hard drive before you do ANYTHING else with the files. Just get them off the card and onto the hard drive.

I ususally love this site, and all of the extremely interesting and valuable tips I glean here, but this tip gets two thumbs down, and you deserve a pie in the face for awarding it a prize, Rob.

You goofed, man.



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A prize for bad advice?
Authored by: macevangelist on Sep 15, '06 09:06:33AM
Thanks for your comment. Now I know how Einstein felt after Hiroshima. On the other hand I never came across data corruption from just reading a media storage and that's exactly what the hint was talking about:
You cannot make changes to the pictures, nor can you drag the pictures individually to your iPhoto library, but you can see everything on the camera.
Is it equally a bad idea to go through the pictures on the card with the Finder? What about all the applications that the camera manufacturers offer, those that have a feature to preview the pictures you're about to transfer? And is it OK if I preview the pictures on the camera itself?

I'm very sorry my hint tore open an old wound of yours.

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A prize for bad advice?
Authored by: Mr. H on Sep 15, '06 09:07:37AM
I think one of us is reading the hint wrong.

It only allows you to view the images, not edit them, so it is hard to see how this could cause any damage. I'd say that the title of the hint is flawed ("work with" implies more than just viewing), but the hint is useful if you want to import a subset of images into iPhoto.

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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: Phosphor on Sep 15, '06 09:21:21AM

What I'm saying is:

Get your files off the card and copied onto your hard drive.

THEN, browse to your heart's content, using whatever you want.

This is just the prudent thing to do. Like I said...you may get away with it 99 times out of 100, but on that one occasion where it fails you, you will be kicking yourself in the butt. It's never happened to me, but then, I follow the advice I've always read about NOT browsing from the card, or doing anything but transferring the data as smoothly as possible to a hard drive.

Given an either/or scenario...I've never read any in-depth articles where the author would recommend browsing directly from the card from your computer over copying them first and THEN browsing.

But hey, it's YOUR data. You can do whatever you want. But don't come a'bawling if you lose images.



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: macevangelist on Sep 15, '06 09:53:57AM

So after spoiling my joy over winning a prize, you now say that you actually do not care about OUR data and if we were ever to lose data you would be the last person we could come "a'bawling" to?

What have I done to you?



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: Phosphor on Sep 15, '06 10:15:42AM

I know you're being facetious, but in an effort to set others square about the intent of my message and commentary:

Everyone can do what they want. I really don't care. That's like asking me to care deeply about somebody's dog that gets killed along a highway 5 states away. It sucks, but there's nothing can do about it.

But what I do care about is the widespread dissemination of information that could prove injurious. I care about offering a obverse view, when that view might be worth some careful consideration.

Do I care to spend time citing innumerable sources, or proving my worth as a commentator?

No to that as well.

Don't get me wrong—I'm happy you won your prize. I just think the award was given under some dubious criteria.



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: internetdetritus on Sep 15, '06 04:49:00PM

Congratulations! You've won the first annual "best rain on someone's parade" contest. Your prize of sour grapes will arrive in the mail.

And to keep this comment topical, it seems like a pretty good hint to me. Learning of a new undocumented behavior is always welcome, and I can think of a few cases where I would find it useful to peek directly at the contents of my camera's memory. Chill out, man.



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: rocteur on Sep 16, '06 03:30:24AM

It must have been a poor month for hints if the best tip of the month is Edit iTunes Smart Playlists via Option-click... I can't believe it.



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: ryebrye on Sep 16, '06 07:23:16AM

Don't be a [mp3] Playah-hatah



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 16, '06 09:40:36AM

Got to agree. Second prize to ctrl-click.



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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: unforeseen:X11 on Sep 17, '06 08:25:27AM

Agreed. Sorry, but that's lame...

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Best Hints contest winners for August
Authored by: luomat on Sep 18, '06 07:07:27AM

How in the world did a one-line tip that was astoundingly obvious merit first place? The first thing anyone would try would be option-click, isn't it? (Note that I didn't submit any tips during this time, so it's not as if I was hoping to win myself, but this just strikes me as a really odd choice given some of the really creative, intricate and/or difficult to discover tips. Nothing against the tipster, I just don't get how this was considered the #1 tip.



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