Sunday, February 17, 2013

Technics: 2/3 banks in USA: bear brunt of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacls

Can you imagine the panic in a bank when it realizes that it is under attack from a hi-ly organized crew of cyberattack hactivists who are onto the fact that the bank is using its firewalls as the first line of defense against them?  The worst of the attacks are of two kinds:  Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) where the bank can't perform its functions over its internet technology system to service customers, government obligations, or inter-bank operations; and Zero-Day attacks which bring into action a previously unknown vulnerablilty of its system, a latent vulnerablity that the attacker has located and is exploiting.  Altho the article below is an infomercial, it provides strong visualization of its argument with mention of endorsements and awards, etc, at Corero Network Security.  Many businesses have to be aware that not only free-lance IT anarchists are at work on these mess-you-up projects, but also sophisticated competitive businesses who want to bring you down and keep you down as competitors, even tho your products may be superior to theirs.  Their hired mischief-making hactivists are superior to your outdated cyberdefenses (which are probably based on firewalls, which the hacktivists know how to circumnavigate).

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Dark Reading (Feb17,2k13) Protect the business, Enable access

Two-Thirds of Banks Hit By Cyberattack In Past 12 Months

Inadequate technology and insufficient personnel cited as the key obstacles to preventing attacks
Jan 22, 2013 | 02:46 PM |  0 Comments

Hudson, Massachusetts, USA, January 22, 2013 - More than two thirds (64%) of IT & IT security practitioners reported that their banks have suffered at least one Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in the last 12 months, according to independent research commissioned by Corero Network Security (CNS: LN), a leading provider of network and application layer DDoS defense products. The research of 650 IT and IT security practioners at 351 banks, including from some of the largest in the world, also revealed that 78% of those surveyed believed that DDoS attacks will continue or significantly increase in 2013, leaving them vulnerable to cyber attacks that could lead to downtime and compromised data.
Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, almost half of respondents (48%) said their banks had suffered multiple DDoS attacks in the past 12 months. They stated that along with DDoS attacks, Zero-Day attacks, an attack that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability, are considered to be the most severe security threats. Among the key barriers impacting banks ability to deal with DDoS attacks, 50% cited insufficient personnel and expertise and a lack of effective security technology as the most serious concerns, followed by insufficient budget resources.
Despite the recognition that the threat of DDoS attacks is not abating, the survey revealed that banks are still predominately relying on previously deployed traditional technology, in particular firewalls (35%) to protect their organisation from today's sophisticated attacks.
"The belief that traditional perimeter security technologies such as firewalls are able to protect against today's DDoS attacks is lulling not only financial institutions but organizations across every sector into a false sense of security," said Marty Meyer, President of Corero. "Many Organizations assume traditional firewalls can provide protection against DDoS and Zero-Day exploits at the perimeter, yet this is not what they were designed to do and therefore attacks are still getting through. Organizations need to add First Line of Defense solutions that can provide this protection and are able to remove all of the 'noise' at the perimeter before it hits the network so that firewalls and servers can optimally work on the functions they were originally designed for. "
The findings add further support to the trend that hacktivist groups proactively target banks with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo and Capital One and others again allegedly being actively targeted with DDoS attacks since the end of 2012.
"It really comes as no surprise that DDoS attacks are one of the most severe security risks cited by the banking industry and these results clearly demonstrate the level to which they are being targeted on a continued basis" said Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute. "When such an attack occurs, the time and efforts of IT staff are devoted to dealing with the problem instead of managing other IT operational and security priorities. This leaves financial institutions open to more dangerous attacks that further compromise their infrastructure"
To download the full report, please go HERE
About Corero Network Security:
Corero Network Security (CNS:LN), an organization's First Line of Defence, is an international network security company and the leading provider of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) defense and next generation security solutions. As the First Line of Defense, Corero's products and services stop DDoS and server targeted attacks, protect IT infrastructure and eliminate downtime. Customers include enterprises, service providers and government organizations worldwide. Corero's solutions are dynamic and automatically respond to evolving cyber attacks, known and unknown, allowing existing IT infrastructure -- such as firewalls -- to perform their intended purposes. Corero's products are transparent, highly scalable and feature the lowest latency and highest reliability in the industry. Corero is headquartered in Hudson, Massachusetts with offices around the world. For more information on Corero's First Line of Defense products, visit:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

PoliticsUSA: Navy Seal who shot Bin Laden: Now can't earn a living

The Obama administration apparently has thrown its assassin to the dogs after a successful mission.  It's hard to think of a government leadership that can be so calloused.  But that seems to be just what Americans have got.

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Esquire (Feb12,2k13)

February 11, 2013, 6:00 AM

The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives.
The Shooter
Published in the March 2013 issue
Phil Bronstein is the former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and currently serves as executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting. This piece was reported in cooperation with CIR.

The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care.
It was a mild spring day, April 2012, and our small group, including a few of his friends and family, was shielded from the sun by the patchwork shadows of maple trees. But the Shooter was sweating as he talked about his uncertain future, his plans to leave the Navy and SEAL Team 6.
He stood up several times with an apologetic gripe about the heat, leaving a perspiration stain on the seat-back cushion. He paced. I didn't know him well enough then to tell whether a glass of his favorite single malt, Lagavulin, was making him less or more edgy.
We would end up intimately familiar with each other's lives. We'd have dinners, lots of Scotch. He's played with my kids and my dogs and been a hilarious, engaging gentleman around my wife.
In my yard, the Shooter told his story about joining the Navy at nineteen, after a girl broke his heart. To escape, he almost by accident found himself in a Navy recruiter's office. "He asked me what I was going to do with my life. I told him I wanted to be a sniper.
"He said, 'Hey, we have snipers.'
"I said, 'Seriously, dude. You do not have snipers in the Navy.' But he brought me into his office and it was a pretty sweet deal. I signed up on a whim."
"That's the reason Al Qaeda has been decimated," he joked, "because she broke my fucking heart."
I would come to know about the Shooter's hundreds of combat missions, his twelve long-term SEAL-team deployments, his thirty-plus kills of enemy combatants, often eyeball to eyeball. And we would talk for hours about the mission to get bin Laden and about how, over the celebrated corpse in front of them on a tarp in a hangar in Jalalabad, he had given the magazine from his rifle with all but three lethally spent bullets left in it to the female CIA analyst whose dogged intel work and intuition led the fighters into that night.
When I was first around him, as he talked I would always try to imagine the Shooter geared up and a foot away from bin Laden, whose life ended in the next moment with three shots to the center of his forehead. But my mind insisted on rendering the picture like a bad Photoshop job — Mao's head superimposed on the Yangtze, or tourists taking photos with cardboard presidents outside the White House.
Bin Laden was, after all, the man CIA director Leon Panetta called "the most infamous terrorist in our time," who devoured inordinate amounts of our collective cultural imagery for more than a decade. The number-one celebrity of evil. And the man in my backyard blew his lights out.
ST6 in particular is an enterprise requiring extraordinary teamwork, combined with more kinds of support in the field than any other unit in the history of the U.S. military.
Similarly, NASA marshaled thousands of people to put a man on the moon, and history records that Neil Armstrong first set his foot there, not the equally talented Buzz Aldrin.
Enough people connected to the SEALs and the bin Laden mission have confirmed for me that the Shooter was the "number two" behind the raid's point man going up the stairs to bin Laden's third-floor residence, and that he is the one who rolled through the bedroom door solo and confronted the surprisingly tall terrorist pushing his youngest wife, Amal, in front of him through the pitch-black room. The Shooter had to raise his gun higher than he expected.
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Music: Justin Timberlake: Live performance at Hollywood Palladium sizzles

This very opinionated report leans long to the "celebrity" side of Roger Freidman's mandate, not to the showbiz side -- at least not to the musical showbiz at hand.  We get no intimation as to the musical qualities of Timberlake's singing last nite.  And that's, obviously, what JT was most focussed on.  But regarding which JT didn't get a break from the apparently tone-deaf RF.  Too bad for the reporter.  Hey, Mr Timberlake you're pissin' 'em off, just like you planned.  (8-)

Musikos, refWrite Backpage music newspotter, analyst, columnist

Justin Timberlake sizzles in hi energy show, 

but insults the media in comeback

by Roger Freidman

Showbiz * 411 (Feb11,2k13)

I  like Justin Timberlake and I enjoyed his big comeback show at the Hollywood Palladium last night. So I was a little shocked when at the end of almost two hours, Timberlake at last spoke to the audience. He said: “I love you Los Angeles, I love each and every one of you. And don’t let the stupid fucking media tell you otherwise.”
Through almost two hours of energetic dance music, Timberlake had not spoken to the wildly happy crowd of 4,000-plus fans–most of whom were jammed like sardines onto the floor of the Palladium. Some, like yours truly, were up in the balcony where there were leather benches to sit on. The bass was so overdone that the benches shook as if they were vibrating furniture from the Sharper Image.
But the audience didn’t seem to mind the lack of modulation or communication. They loved everything Timberlake did, whether it was a hit like “Cry Me a River” or “Rock Your Body,” faithful covers of the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body,” or INXS’s “I Need You Tonight.” Timberlake, dressed in a sharp suit and untied bowtie, very Rat Pack, channeled Michael Jackson, Prince and Robin Thicke, as well as a little Daryl Hall. He avoided doing any ballads, which is too bad, because it would be nice now to hear his voice challenged. He can do it. He has the chops.
Timberlake also failed to show his sense of humor, or any of the wit that we’ve seen on “Saturday Night Live” [TV humour show] Again, this was a surprise. He just delivered the songs, one after another, without comment. He also makes a near fatal mistake by using a guitar and a piano as props he’s supposedly playing. He’d be better off sticking to singing. Elton John or Billy Joel, he clearly isn’t. And just as he did years ago, he insists on playing his guitar with his back to the audience. I would just drop all this aritifice and stick to what he does best.
Jay Z and Timbaland were special guests last night. Justin will announce a tour starting in late summer of arenas, with Jay Z. I’m already buying earplugs. Jay Z is the guest star on Timberlake’s soulful single, “Suit and Tie,” which I think is a terrific record. Unfortunately, Justin performed it last night at twice its regular speed. Please, let’s hope he can that back to its proper, delicious pace. Nevertheless, it’s clear that he and Jay Z like each other. They have a natural rapport. That ticket will be very hot this summer.
I have no doubt Timberlake’s album, “The 20/20 Experience,” is going to be good. And the tour, from Live Nation, should be a huge hit after some tweaking. (How about clips from those Andy Samberg videos? Or Timberlake in skits?)
But the “stupid f—ing media” would like not to be insulted if Timberlake is going to achieve these goals. We’ve always liked him. I had no idea he hated us so much.  [Hey, Roger, don't lose your flimflam, don't take it so personally.  You may not be someone JT has in mind. -- Musikos] Where is all this anger coming from?  Maybe it’s time for a new publicist. Justin, no one thinks you don’t like your audience.
PS Seen at the show: Selena Gomez, Hunter Hayes, Neil Patrick Harris, Beyonce (Mrs, Jay Z). Mrs. T, Jessica Biel, must have been down front or backstage. Selena Gomez– I spoke with her. What a nice girl. She’s working on a new album. Her “Love You Like a Love Song” was a great single. There’s a lot to come from Selena…

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Publishing a book: From time of conception to shippping of the product: Seth Godin's graph of flashpoints

A graph with write-ups for 9 flashpoints.  In the title, "shipping" refers to an author's experience with the possiblity of her/his book being published and shipped to bookstores, beginning with the moment of conception or arrival of an "idea for a book."

-- LitCritikos, refWrite Backpage literary matters -- newspotter, analyst, columnist

Hat Tip to Byron Borger.

Seth Godin's blog (Feb9,2k13)

The roller coaster of shipping

Perhaps something like this has happened to you. Here's an annotated graph of what it's like to make a book, with 'joy' being the Y axis with time along the bottom (click to enlarge)...
1. The manic joy of invention. The idea arrives, it's shiny and perfect. I can't wait to share it.
2. The first trough of reality. Now that I've pitched the idea to someone (and I'm on the hook), the reality of what has to be done sets in precisely as the manic joy of invention disappears.
3. WaitThe epic pause of reality. It's not quite as bad as I feared. I can see a path here, maybe. I'm still in trouble, sure, but perhaps...
4. The horrible trough of stuckness. The path didn't work. The data isn't here. Critical people have said no. People in critical roles have said no. I can't find any magic. Sigh.
5. Flow. This is why we do it. The promises made as a result of #1 pushed me through the horrible trough, and the lights are coming on and my forward motion, my relentless forward motion, may just be contagious. Let's not talk about this, because I don't want it to dissipate.
6. The pre-publication lizard-brain second-guess. I see the notes that have come back to me, all that red pen, the not-quite-ebullient look on the face of a trusted reader. I am sniffing everywhere for clues of impending doom, and yes, there they are.
7. The realization that it's good enough. This is the local max, but not the universal one. Optimists welcome. It's not perfect, but it's going to ship, and good luck to it.
8. Post-partum ennui. "Why haven't you read my book yet?"
9. Life. And this is the long haul, the book in the world, the hearing about a book you wrote ten years ago that's still impacting people. The crepe paper grand opening bunting has been taken down and there is no one left to write a snarky review, because the book is on its own, touching, spreading and being.
And then, sometimes, #1 happens again. Or not. 

History: Annah Arendt: A glimpse thru the lens of Danish filmaker Margarethe von Trotta

Hannah Arendt was a sociopolitical philosopher who became involved, as a reporter for the New Yorker magazine, in the famous Eichman trial.  I most appreciated this glimpse of her as an historical personage, and of her own most famous moment -- whether the also-famous and controversial film director Margarethe von Trotta's interpretation is the best or no.  The movie appears in this video as very good work.

-- Videoviewer, refWrite Backpage video newspotter, analyst, and columnist

YouTube (Feb9,2k13)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Video: On the trail of Fairtrade cotton: A world organization buys from self-organized farmers-workers

This educational video is about the supply chain, from grower's coops in Africa thru entry of their commodity into the world market -- all at a fairer price than otherwise can be gained.

-- EconoMix, refWrite Frontpage ecomomics business labour
    newspotter, analyst, columnist

Fairtrade video

On the Trail of Fairtrade Cotton from Fairtrade International on Vimeo.

Video: Scourge of NTDs: Neglected Tropical Diseases are now fully targetted by business and World Health Organization

There's another blog, Christian Medical Observations and Ruminations, that a friend edits.  They've taken on learning about the billion-victim Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and are joining as a supporting organization the World Health Org's campaign against 17 NTDs, supported by major pharmaceutical companies, Business and Human Rights, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and thousands ordinary folks like us.  God bless 'em, YouTube now has a set of videos on the NTDs, gruesome as they are, they're must viewing!  This subject matter shoud be tawt in schools — not just public schools, but Christian and Jewish and Muslim schools too.  A hi proportion of the world's doctor's and nurse's (compared to the relative sizes of such schools to the given student population in, say, North America) seem to come from these sources — and it's obvious the world — our world — God's world — is going to need young new medicos with the mettle to rise to the needs of the more than a billion sufferers of this select menu of illnesses.  This video is from Kenya.

Videoikos, refWrite Backpage video newspotter, analyst, columnist

YouTube (Jan30,2k13)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sports: NHL Hockey: For both cellar dwellers the outlook is grim

Grim outlook, but one of these teams has to win, correct?

Sportikos, refWrite Backpage sports newspotter, analyst, columnist

Leafs on the road in Buffalo tonite

Tuesday, 29.01.2013 / 10:01 AM / News

MAPLE LEAFS Toronto (2-3-0) at SABRES Buffalo (2-3-0)


Season series: Despite it being early in the season, this is the second meeting between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo went into the Air Canada Centre for its second game of the season on Jan. 21 and left with a 2-1 win.

Big story: With both Toronto and Buffalo coming off tough road losses, the game Tuesday night is a big opportunity to build some positive momentum and climb out of the place both teams are currently sitting -- the Northeast Division cellar.

Team Scope:

Maple Leafs: In their last game the Maple Leafs appeared headed to a second impressive win in three games after taking a 2-0 first-period lead against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. After the opening 20 minutes, however, things stalled out significantly for Toronto. The Leafs managed just 17 shots on goal over the course of the entire game while giving up 42 shots on net and they were eventually victims of a Rangers comeback that was punctuated by a four-goal third period. That the loss came on the heels of 7-4 loss at home against the New York Islanders made the blown lead a tough pill to swallow, particularly considering that just three nights before their loss to the Rangers, the Maple Leafs had spoiled the Pittsburgh Penguins' home opener with a stunning 5-2 victory.

The loss to the Rangers was a particularly rough night for netminder James Reimer, who had an opportunity to grab the reins of Toronto's unsettled goalie situation after Ben Scrivens was pulled from the loss to the Islanders two nights earlier. If the Maple Leafs can manage to get solid play on the back end, however, they could wind up surprisingly opponents. With 11 goals in the last three games, it would appear the offense is not the problem.

Sabres: Buffalo might have been among the most impressive teams in the League in its season opener. On the strength of Thomas Vanek's five-point outburst, the Sabres trounced the Flyers 5-2 for a statement victory and knocked off the Maple Leafs in Toronto a day later to open 2012-13 at 2-0-0. Since then, however, the Sabres have hit the skids. Not only has Vanek missed time due to a muscle strain, but the team is now mired in a three-game losing streak after getting swept in a home-and-home against the Carolina Hurricanes and suffering a 3-2 loss to the previously-winless Washington Capitals this past Sunday.

Perhaps more forboding is the Sabres' lackluster offense of late. Since its season-opening win over Philadelphia, Buffalo has averaged just two goals per game while surrendering an average of 2.50 goals per game over the same stretch. If the Sabres' don't turn it around soon, things could be get out of hand very quickly. Buffalo doesn't have more than one day off at a time until Feb. 13 and 14, meaning there is little time for the players to catch their breath if the team starts to slide.

Who's hot: The Sabres' loss to the Capitals Sunday was the first time this season Jason Pominville failed to register a point, but he is still off to a strong start with three goals and five assists through five games this season. ...Mikhail Grabovski has scored a goal in each of the last three games for Toronto and added two assists over that span for good measure, while Nazem Kadri has quietly put up five points in five games this season.

Injury report: Thomas Vanek (lower-body injury) is considered probable for Buffalo Tuesday. The Maple Leafs, who recently lost Joffrey Lupul for six weeks with a broken forearm, may also be without Clarke MacArthur (lacerated finger), who is considered questionable.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Video: Frontpage story: Fire in Brasil niteclub

Brasil niteclub fire traps most of 2,000 college, students death toll above 200

Technics: Free foto-editing: 4 + 5 apps to make foto-editing cheaper and to retain quality

I gathered the offerings of two autorities in the field of altnerative foto-editing apps (alternative to the very expensive Photoshop).  First, is Nancy Messieh (4 of her selections), and, second, is  Taty (6 selections).  I'm hoping to try some of these out, and you may hear of my results  — if I like them!

Technowlb, refWrite Backpage technics newspotter, analyst, columnist (Jan28,2k13)

Crop, Retouch, Fill, And Create New Images With These 4 Online Photo Editors

free online photo editorsWhile there is simply no comparing robust photo editors like Photoshop or Gimp to online alternatives, sometimes a simple online tool is all you need to get the job done. Whether it’s content aware cropping and filling, applying filters and textures, or even doing a little bit more Photoshop-like tasks like using a cloning stamp, there’s a wide array of online tools that will get the job done, and for free.
We’ve put together a list of four online tools that should be in the arsenal of any photographer, designer, or blogger, making it easy to get basic photo editing tasks done on the fly, and in some cases, even on your mobile phone. In no particular order, here they are.


Content Aware Cropping with Croppola

If you’re looking for the perfect way to crop your photos online, look no further than Croppola.
The free online service goes beyond giving users a way to simply crop images. Croppola provides users with content aware cropping, meaning that it will suggest, based on your image, how it should be cropped.
Upload your image to Croppola, and choose the dimensions of your new cropped image – the options include maintaining the image’s aspect ratio, square, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and more. It even has a setting to crop an image to the Facebook timeline’s cover photo.
free online photo editors
After choosing the crop, you can download the cropped image to your computer.
With Croppola, you can crop multiple images on the website, and download them all as a zipped file. Find out more about Croppola here.


Content Aware Filling with WebInPaint

While Photoshop offers users a great content-aware filling feature, not everyone can afford Photoshop. If you want to use the feature online, give WebInPaint a try. The free service allows users to upload images to the website. Simple swipe over the parts of the picture that you want removed, and WebInPaint will do the rest.
For a free, online service, WebInPaint works surprisingly well. We tested the service with busy photos filled with distractions that we wanted removed, we tried it with simple images, removing just one element, we tried it with black and white photos and color, and in all situations, it was able to successfully remove the parts of the image we didn’t want. An example can be seen below. Before putting the image in WebInPaint it looked like this:
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And after removing one element from the photo, this is what it looked like:
[Notice the anti-Christian religious prejudice in removing a Sign of the Cross from what's probably a monastic encrypted to tomb!  AG]
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Robust Photoshop Features with Pixlr

If you’re looking for an all-in-one online photo editor, Pixlr is one of the most robust options out there. We’re also big fans of the fact that it looks and feels a lot like Photoshop, making it pretty easy to use. You can upload images directly to the site, or even just import an online image using the direct link to the JPEG. Another great feature that Pixlr offers users is the ability to create new images with transparent backgrounds, so you can create PNG logos without having to worry about having access to Photoshop.
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Pixlr is packed with basic and advanced editing features – from cropping and resizing to a clone stamp, magic wand, layer,s and much more. Pixlr is also available as a mobile app.


Apply Filters with PicMonkey

With an Instagram-led obsession with filters, no online photo editors list would be complete without at least one option which gives users access to lovely vintage filters. PicMonkeydefinitely fits the bill with a ton of filters to choose from. Not all of them are available for free however, with some features limited to paying members. A membership will set you back $4.99 a month.
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Other than adding filters, PicMonkey also provides users with basic photo editing features, retouching, adding text, frames and textures to images, and more. Find out more about PicMonkey in our in-depth review here.

5 Free Alternatives to Photoshop You Should Try

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free alternatives to adobe photoshopWith digital photography largely taking over traditional film photography’s place, it has become more and more important to have an image editing software. The king of kings is, of course, Photoshop, but with a price tag of $699 for the full version, many started to wonder if there aren’t free options around that could do the same things Photoshop does. 
What program you need depends largely on what you will use it for. We’ve previously published a list of free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop which are under 2MB. Today, we’ll be looking at a couple more, very capable, great Photoshop alternatives.


Paint.NET is a program rich in features, tutorials and with a supportive community to help most new users through their learning curve and issues. Paint.NET started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft which was meant to substitute Microsoft Paint, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. It has a large number of buttons that are exactly like Photoshop and an equal number of Photoshop features, which makes it a very strong candidate as a substitute for those looking for a Photoshop like program. I dare say that most of what can be done in Photoshop can be duplicated using Paint.NET.
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GIMP is, without a doubt a very capable image editing software with many of the same features as Photoshop. And if you require a program that allows you to create several layers, manipulate individual parts of the picture, create filters and tools and work with a variety of formats, including most Photoshop native formats, such as PSD; then GIMP is the right program for you.
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For those who have used Photoshop before, the interface will seem reasonably familiar, with many of the buttons having the same name and being in similar places on the interface. For those who have never used advanced image editing software before, GIMP has a very comprehensive list of tutorials, from beginner to advanced level which can be found atGIMP’s Documentation page. Or you could just take a look at these 5 Websites To Learn GIMP Online.
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PhotoScape is built to be user-friendly, with an intuitive choice of projects to select from, which vary from image editing and GIF creation to a wizard to combine pictures together or take screenshots. It certainly does not have as many features as Photoshop does, but can do, with a single click or two, many of the same things it would take a Photoshop user several clicks to do.
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VCW VicMan’s Photo Editor

VCW comes bundled with optional web album software, but even without it, the VCW can be a very handy tool for image editing. The program has an old interface and doesn’t look visually attractive, but the tools work well and allow you to do most of what you’d need from a simple photo editor, such as cropping, drawing tools, contrast and color adjustments, effects and filters. The program also comes with a video tutorial to help you master it all.
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Picnik – an online option

Picnik is a simple but helpful online photo editor which can help you with either basic adjustments such as sharpening and red eye or more advanced filters under the “create button”, which opens options for features such as text and color effects and many of the same filters you can find on Photoshop. It is not designed for layered editing or advanced manipulation of images, but it does a very good job with one click pre-set adjustments.
free alternatives to adobe photoshop
As with most programs, there are probably more options than you imagine, and th examples above are just a sample of what is available online to substitute commercial software. Finding the program that can do what you want or need it to do can sometimes mean finding a program with simpler features, but that does those things well. On the other hand, if you want flexibility and control over all the aspects of your image editing, you can also find options above that will give you tools to fulfill all of your needs.
Do you use any of the free alternatives to Adobe Photoshop listed above? Have you compared any of them to Photoshop for particular tasks? Tell us your thoughts.