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    Posted on December 30th, 2007 Alan 3 comments

    My in-laws received this Westinghouse DPF-0802 Digital Picture Frame for Christmas. Pictreframe

    They also received a 1Gig card which came preloaded with 512mb of family photos. 

    The frame has a resolution of 800×600 pixels and has 128mb of internal flash memory.  It supports the following memory cards: CF I,II / MD / MS / MS Pro / MS Duo / MS Pro Duo / SD / MMC / XD.

    I located a very nice free image resizing program called VSO Image Resizer and promptly went about resizing all photos stored on the 1g card; some up to 5mb in size.  I  reduced the disk usage from 512mb to 30mb !

    I wanted to copy some photos to the internal memory but they didn’t have an appropriate cable (USB to mini-USB).  I went shopping and a basic mini-usb to usb cable cost $27. Rediculous.  Fortunately I passed by the console accessories aisle and found a mini-usb to usb and charger combo cable for the PSP for $4.95.  I bought it and it worked fine.

    Though with the Image Resizer program, the internal memory was sufficient to hold all their photos, it became clear that the easiest workflow would be for Sue to simply pull the 1gig card from the Picture Frame, plug it into her laptop which has a camera card slot, copy over the photos she wants and plug the card back into her Picture Frame.

    I’ve been keeping my eyes open for a universal card adapter to  buy.   The  Picture  Frame  with it’s support for numerous cards could actually serve as an adapter to move files from one card to another.  I  was able to copy photos from Jane’s new Sony Cybershot camera.   She didn’t have her USB pc cable but I was able to read her Memory Stick Pro  Duo 2g card from the Picture Frame and connect my laptop using the cable I bought to download them.

    Sonyw80

    Technology gets more accessible but remains as hard for normal  folks to use.

     

    3 responses to “Digital Picture Frame & Photo Sizes”

    1. westinghouse buyer

      I bought the same frame a few days ago. I’m wondering if you know of any problems with this frame like those reported in the article below with other brands, but not with the Westinghouse. I have had no problems — but then I have not hooked it up to a computer. Yet.

      Here’s the link and article:

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BU47V0VOH.DTL&type=tech

      Article:Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving:/c/a/2008/02/14/BU47V0VOH.DTL
      Article:Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving:/c/a/2008/02/14/BU47V0VOH.DTL
      SFGate
      Back to Article
      SFGate
      Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving

      Deborah Gage, Chronicle Staff Writer

      Friday, February 15, 2008
      Sold at Sam’s Club, the ADS Digital Photo Frame – 8″ has …

      An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful new Trojan Horse from China that collects passwords for online games – and its designers might have larger targets in mind.

      “It is a nasty worm that has a great deal of intelligence,” said Brian Grayek, who heads product development at Computer Associates, a security vendor that analyzed the Trojan Horse.

      The virus, which Computer Associates calls Mocmex, recognizes and blocks antivirus protection from more than 100 security vendors, as well as the security and firewall built into Microsoft Windows. It downloads files from remote locations and hides files, which it names randomly, on any PC it infects, making itself very difficult to remove. It spreads by hiding itself on photo frames and any other portable storage device that happens to be plugged into an infected PC.

      The authors of the new Trojan Horse are well-funded professionals whose malware has “specific designs to capture something and not leave traces,” Grayek said. “This would be a nuclear bomb” of malware.

      By studying how the code is constructed and how it’s propagated, Computer Associates has traced the Trojan to a specific group in China, Grayek said. He would not name the group.

      The strength of the malware shows how skilled hackers have become and how serious they are about targeting digital devices, which provide a new frontier for stealing information from vast numbers of unwary PC owners. More than 2.26 million digital frames were sold in 2007, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and it expects sales to grow to 3.26 million in 2008.

      The new Trojan also has been spotted in Singapore and the Russian Federation and has 67,500 variants, according to Prevx, a security vendor headquartered in England.

      Grayek said Mocmex might be a test for some bigger attack, because it’s designed to capture any personal, private or financial information, yet so far it’s only stealing passwords for online games.

      “If I send you a package but it doesn’t explode, why did I send it?” he said. “Maybe I want to see if I can get it out to you and how you open it.”

      The initial reports of infected frames came from people who had bought them over the holidays from Sam’s Club and Best Buy. New reports involve frames sold at Target and Costco, according to SANS, a group of security researchers in Bethesda, Md., who began asking for accounts of infected devices on Christmas Day. So far the group has collected more than a dozen complaints from people across the country.

      The new Trojan isn’t the only piece of malware involved. Deborah Hale of Sans said the researchers also found four other, older Trojans on each frame, which may serve as markers for botnets – networks of infected PCs that are remotely controlled by hackers.

      There is W32.Rajump, which deposits the same piece of malware that infected some of Apple’s video iPods during manufacturing in October 2006. It gathers Internet Protocol addresses and port numbers from infected PCs and ships them out, according to Symantec. One destination is registered to a service in China that allows people to conceal their own IP addresses.

      Then there is a generic Trojan; a Trojan that opens a back door on PCs and displays pop-up ads; and a Trojan that spreads itself through portable devices like Mocmex does.

      How all this malware got onto the photo frames and what it’s doing there is unclear. Trojans can download other Trojans, which is part of how botnets are controlled.

      While SANS is investigating the infections, the retailers are saying little.

      Sam’s Club said it has found no infected frames, and its distributor, Advanced Design Systems, did not return calls seeking comment.

      A few Target customers complained about frames distributed by Uniek, a store spokesman confirmed. Target is no longer selling those frames, but that’s because the frames didn’t sell well over the holidays, he said. Target has found no infections, he said, but is watching for them.

      Best Buy said one line of its Insignia frames – also now discontinued – was infected during manufacturing but would not provide details.

      Costco did not return calls seeking comment.
      How to avoid problems

      Protecting against these new computer viruses, which so far are aimed at PCs running Windows, is hard – and sometimes impossible.

      Updated antivirus software works unless the malware writers get ahead of the antivirus vendors, which is what happened with the new Trojan. Computer Associates, for example, just began protecting against it last week.

      While some advise disabling Autorun in Windows, which allows devices to run automatically when they’re plugged into a USB port, it’s not a failsafe. Doing so requires some computer expertise, and this Trojan re-enables Autorun if it’s turned off, according to Brian Grayek of Computer Associates. “If you plug in (the frame), you’re already infected,” he said.

      Deborah Hale at SANS suggested that PC users find friends with Macintosh or Linux machines and have them check for malware before plugging any device into a PC.

      She also recommended backing up data with an online service such as Mozy.com that offers free backup for home users with less than 2 gigabytes of data. But it does not back up the operating system, she warned. If you’re attacked and your PC fails, you’ll have to reformat and reload all of the programs.

      If you think bought an infected device, e-mail SANS at info@sans.org and call your retailer.

      — Best Buy: (877) 467-4289

      — Sam’s Club: (888) 746-7726

      — Target: (800) 591-3869

      — Costco: (800) 955-2292

      E-mail Deborah Gage at dgage@sfchronicle.com.

      http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BU47V0VOH.DTL

      This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
      © 2008 Hearst Communications Inc. | Privacy Policy | Feedback | RSS Feeds | FAQ | Site Index | Contact

    2. westinghouse buyer

      We bought the same Westinghouse DPF-0802 Digital Picture Frame a couple of days ago at Best Buy in Emeryville, Calif. We have not yet hooked it up to our computer. We became a bit concerned when we learned from this article in today’s (Feb 15 2008) San Francisco Chronicle that other brands, although not this one, were infected with an especially nasty trojan horse. Anyone had problems?

      Or are people OK with this one? Anyone tested it?

      Thanks.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BU47V0VOH.DTL&type=tech

      Article:Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving:/c/a/2008/02/14/BU47V0VOH.DTL
      Article:Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving:/c/a/2008/02/14/BU47V0VOH.DTL
      SFGate
      Back to Article
      SFGate
      Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving

      Deborah Gage, Chronicle Staff Writer

      Friday, February 15, 2008
      Sold at Sam’s Club, the ADS Digital Photo Frame – 8″ has …

      An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful new Trojan Horse from China that collects passwords for online games – and its designers might have larger targets in mind.

      “It is a nasty worm that has a great deal of intelligence,” said Brian Grayek, who heads product development at Computer Associates, a security vendor that analyzed the Trojan Horse.

      The virus, which Computer Associates calls Mocmex, recognizes and blocks antivirus protection from more than 100 security vendors, as well as the security and firewall built into Microsoft Windows. It downloads files from remote locations and hides files, which it names randomly, on any PC it infects, making itself very difficult to remove. It spreads by hiding itself on photo frames and any other portable storage device that happens to be plugged into an infected PC.

      The authors of the new Trojan Horse are well-funded professionals whose malware has “specific designs to capture something and not leave traces,” Grayek said. “This would be a nuclear bomb” of malware.

      By studying how the code is constructed and how it’s propagated, Computer Associates has traced the Trojan to a specific group in China, Grayek said. He would not name the group.

      The strength of the malware shows how skilled hackers have become and how serious they are about targeting digital devices, which provide a new frontier for stealing information from vast numbers of unwary PC owners. More than 2.26 million digital frames were sold in 2007, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, and it expects sales to grow to 3.26 million in 2008.

      The new Trojan also has been spotted in Singapore and the Russian Federation and has 67,500 variants, according to Prevx, a security vendor headquartered in England.

      Grayek said Mocmex might be a test for some bigger attack, because it’s designed to capture any personal, private or financial information, yet so far it’s only stealing passwords for online games.

      “If I send you a package but it doesn’t explode, why did I send it?” he said. “Maybe I want to see if I can get it out to you and how you open it.”

      The initial reports of infected frames came from people who had bought them over the holidays from Sam’s Club and Best Buy. New reports involve frames sold at Target and Costco, according to SANS, a group of security researchers in Bethesda, Md., who began asking for accounts of infected devices on Christmas Day. So far the group has collected more than a dozen complaints from people across the country.

      The new Trojan isn’t the only piece of malware involved. Deborah Hale of Sans said the researchers also found four other, older Trojans on each frame, which may serve as markers for botnets – networks of infected PCs that are remotely controlled by hackers.

      There is W32.Rajump, which deposits the same piece of malware that infected some of Apple’s video iPods during manufacturing in October 2006. It gathers Internet Protocol addresses and port numbers from infected PCs and ships them out, according to Symantec. One destination is registered to a service in China that allows people to conceal their own IP addresses.

      Then there is a generic Trojan; a Trojan that opens a back door on PCs and displays pop-up ads; and a Trojan that spreads itself through portable devices like Mocmex does.

      How all this malware got onto the photo frames and what it’s doing there is unclear. Trojans can download other Trojans, which is part of how botnets are controlled.

      While SANS is investigating the infections, the retailers are saying little.

      Sam’s Club said it has found no infected frames, and its distributor, Advanced Design Systems, did not return calls seeking comment.

      A few Target customers complained about frames distributed by Uniek, a store spokesman confirmed. Target is no longer selling those frames, but that’s because the frames didn’t sell well over the holidays, he said. Target has found no infections, he said, but is watching for them.

      Best Buy said one line of its Insignia frames – also now discontinued – was infected during manufacturing but would not provide details.

      Costco did not return calls seeking comment.
      How to avoid problems

      Protecting against these new computer viruses, which so far are aimed at PCs running Windows, is hard – and sometimes impossible.

      Updated antivirus software works unless the malware writers get ahead of the antivirus vendors, which is what happened with the new Trojan. Computer Associates, for example, just began protecting against it last week.

      While some advise disabling Autorun in Windows, which allows devices to run automatically when they’re plugged into a USB port, it’s not a failsafe. Doing so requires some computer expertise, and this Trojan re-enables Autorun if it’s turned off, according to Brian Grayek of Computer Associates. “If you plug in (the frame), you’re already infected,” he said.

      Deborah Hale at SANS suggested that PC users find friends with Macintosh or Linux machines and have them check for malware before plugging any device into a PC.

      She also recommended backing up data with an online service such as Mozy.com that offers free backup for home users with less than 2 gigabytes of data. But it does not back up the operating system, she warned. If you’re attacked and your PC fails, you’ll have to reformat and reload all of the programs.

      If you think bought an infected device, e-mail SANS at info@sans.org and call your retailer.

      — Best Buy: (877) 467-4289

      — Sam’s Club: (888) 746-7726

      — Target: (800) 591-3869

      — Costco: (800) 955-2292

      E-mail Deborah Gage at dgage@sfchronicle.com.

      http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/02/15/BU47V0VOH.DTL

      This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle
      © 2008 Hearst Communications Inc. | Privacy Policy | Feedback | RSS Feeds | FAQ | Site Index | Contact

    3. I want to comment that my Son-in-Law….the proprietor of this blog….has done a great job with our Westinghouse picture frame. Now, Alan, about that IPOD………….

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