For a while now, I’ve been carrying a digital camera (Canon S-100 “Digital Elph”) in the same bag that I use to carry my laptop, PDAs, celphone, etc. to/from work. This morning I thought of a new use for it. The parking structure next to where I work is a dangerous place. I constantly hear about people’s cars getting dinged, and I got a few scratches myself before I started avoiding the too-tight inside spaces – the ones labeled “compact cars only” even though on any given day at least half of them seem to be occupied by pickups, SUVs and minivans. However, one can never be too careful. As an additional safety measure, I’m going to start using my digital camera to snap a picture of the cars on either side of me every morning that I park there. That way, if I find any marks I can match them up against the colors and – if necessary – license plate numbers of those cars. It’s much easier than writing down the same info in a PDA or notebook, and seems like a great way to take advantage of the way digital photos that you don’t keep are absolutely free.