Friday, August 04, 2006

Day 165 - Photo Storage

Today's Tip - Keep your photos online for easy sharing and safe backup

Digital cameras have become extremely cheap the past few years, so much so that buying one will pay for itself in a couple months in saved developing fees. Chances are you've got them all on your hard drive or still on the camera.

What you might not know is that all data storage goes bad - its not a matter of "if" its a matter of "when." And if you're baby's memories are all digital and you lose them...that's it. They're gone.

You can backup all your pictures, but that's hard to remember. Plus, if you keep the CD at your computer and there's a fire or water damage, that's gone too. Plus, how do you show off your baby's latest foray into unrolling toilet paper without sending big clunky files through email.

The answer, is Flickr. Run by the folks over at Yahoo!, its a nice, easy to use free site where you can store all your photos online. Your photos will be safe from pretty much everything, and its a no cost way to keep them somewhere other than next to your computer. And anyone can look at them anywhere, any time. The more technically saavy of us know its been around for awhile (at least in web terms), and there are a whole host of techy things you can do with it if you're so inclined.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Flickr ... I highly recommend their service. However, I also recommend paying the $25 annual fee to use their PRO account. Their FREE account does NOT store original copies of images! They are vastly reduced in size!!! Flickr's prints are also good quality. Not to mention that there are some nice printing options available as well. Good luck!!!

10:10 PM  
Blogger Classic Jef said...

thanks for the advice! Even though digital is great, I still can't get rid of my film camera. Prints from digital just don't look the same...I'll check out Flickr's though!

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That only solves part of the problem. What do you do for non-photo files?

Personally, I use Data Deposit Box for my Online Backup. I've tried a few other online backup tools but find this one a lot easier to use.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Classic Jef said...

Good point. Video files need backup too. Maybe YouTube?

6:29 AM  

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