The flip side of digital photography

Should you be old enough, you'll remember how different photography was before the arrival of digital cameras. Not only was it difficult to get great photos, the kind that were good enough for publication, but it was difficult to develop them and reproduce them. There were real barriers to entry and to success in the [...]

A review of Google’s Backup and Sync

Google launched this new service in the second half of 2017. I remember being prompted by the Google Drive app to install an upgrade, and after it completed, I noticed a new app called "Backup and Sync" had been installed, and the Google Drive app had become an alias. The new app sat there unused [...]

Fun with technology

I've had multiple Drobo units since 2007. To this day, I still enjoy adding a hard drive to a Drobo. It's one of those things that can be an ordeal on other tech, but on a Drobo, it's been made fun through proper planning and design. It lets you that it's low on space, you [...]

A comparison of CrashPlan and Backblaze

I've been a paying CrashPlan customer since 2012 and my initial backup still hasn't finished. I've been a paying Backblaze customer for less than a month and my initial backup is already complete.  I'm not a typical customer for backup companies. Most people back up about 1 TB of data or less. The size of [...]

The value of a good backup

While working on the fifth episode of RTTE, I learned first hand the value of a good backup. The hard drive on my editing computer (my MacBook Pro) died suddenly and without warning. Thankfully, my data was backed up in two geographically different locations. The day my hard drive died, I'd just gotten done with [...]

An update on CrashPlan

Updated 11/01/16: I've revised my opinion of CrashPlan. See here for the details. Back in April, I wrote about CrashPlan, a wonderful, multi-platform piece of software that lets you back up to friends' computers for free. I said that I used it to do trans-Atlantic backups, from my computer in Romania to my parents' computer [...]

Metadata: DNG vs RAW

Generally speaking, I prefer the Adobe DNG format over the proprietary RAW format given to me by a camera, because I like the fact that it's more or less future-proof. With a DNG file, the meta-data resides inside the file -- like with a JPG -- but the format is lossless, same as a RAW [...]

CrashPlan works for transatlantic backups

Updated 11/01/16: I've revised my opinion of CrashPlan. See here for the details. Last week, I wrote an article called "What's On Your Drobo", and in it, I mentioned that I was going to try to use an app called CrashPlan to do backups from my photo library in Romania to my backup location in [...]