Absolutely Priceless

Just in case anyone is still worried about all those irreplaceable memories - and the years of comments and likes from friends and family that go along with them - I'm workin' on it.

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Followup: Comparing my Current B2 Storage Costs against Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive

This is a quick followup to my post from this week about backing up my family’s photos and home videos with Google Photos and B2. A reader asked why I use B2 over Amazon's cheaper S3 Glacier alternative. I started to reply directly, but then like everything I write, it kept growing. And then I thought my answer might be interesting to others as well. So, here you go...

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My Family’s Photo and Video Library Backup Strategy in 2020 - Plus a Fun Anecdote I've Never Told Before

Two of the topics I've written about the most on this blog are backing up your data and photography - not professional, artsy photography, but more in the sense of your family's photo and home video library. I'm a huge nerd for these topics. Part of the reason for that is my own obsessive personality traits, but also because of my affinity for nostalgia and history. My life, to a certain degree, is documented through the literal data I've created over the years. And the lives of the people I love are likewise documented through the digital archives I keep. So when those two topics intersect, holy cow do I ever proudly fly my geek flag.

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Gone

So, uhhhh. This isn't good. I really hope I'm just confused and not sounding a false alarm, but... Back in April I wrote a quick post about how I was backing up the shared iCloud Photo albums that my friends and family all use to send pictures and videos of our...

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More Apple Photos Fuckery

Back in May I posted a Twitter rant about how iCloud Photos was fucking up videos I shot on my phone after upgrading to iOS 12.3. I'm happy to report that hasn't happened again. But now I'm running into this... Every two months I upload a bunch of photos to Shutterfly...

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macOS Photography

Finder Folder Actions not being triggered when files are added with rsync

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how I was automatically capturing the photos and videos my kids' daycare emails to me and importing them into Photos.app. The major pieces of that script worked fine - parsing the emails, downloading the images, and then rsync'ing them down to my Mac...

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Backing Up Shared iCloud Photo Albums and Where to Find Them on Disk

In my quest to backup ALL THE THINGS, I turned my attention earlier this week to the shared iCloud Photo Albums my friends and family use to pass around photos and videos of our kids. All of the items in my iCloud library (and my wife's library) are combined and backed...

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Fixing a Broken Service With a Tiny Bit of Automation

This post is a nice, unintentional follow-up to yesterday's one about backing up all of my family's photos and home videos. Anyway... My kids go to a fantastic daycare. My wife and I couldn't be happier. The teachers are wonderful, they love our children, and our kids adore them, too. But,...

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Backing Up Everything (Again)

This will take a while. Bear with me. I'm obsessive about backing up my data. I don't want to take the chance of ever losing anything important. But that doesn't mean I'm a data hoarder. I like to think I'm pragmatic about it. And I don't trust anyone else to do...

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Switching to Google Photos from a Dropbox Photo Library

Five years ago I went all-in and migrated my ancient iPhoto library to generic files and folders on disk inside of Dropbox. I wanted something I could access from anywhere, and - perhaps more importantly - was future-proof. I liked this solution so much I started writing a book about...

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Photography

Twelve Hours

A few months ago I wrote about how I've spent my software career constantly building new ideas and putting them out into the world to see what sticks. It's scary as hell to release a new product into the world - never knowing how it will be received. But that's...

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How to Export Slow Motion Videos From iOS to Facebook

This was a puzzler. I've had an iPhone 5S since last fall, but haven't ever done much more than just play with the slow motion video capture feature. Yesterday though, I had a need to take a slow-mo video and post it to Facebook. I recorded the video easily enough, set...

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Photography

Dropbox Photography Introduction

What follows is the first half of the introduction to the book I'm working on about organizing your photo library with Dropbox. I thought some of you might like to see what I've been working on as I get closer to launching in July. I adamantly believe that our photos and...

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Photography

iCloud Doesn't Backup Your Photos

I had a conversation yesterday with two friends. Neither one is technical at a developer level, but both are long-time Mac and iPhone users. They know their way around the platform. My first friend, we'll call him Ted, said he was having trouble with his iPhone. His photos and videos had...

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Backups Photography

Printing and Mailing Photos to Your Grandparents

We have a three month old kid. That means we take a lot of photos. I've done the math, and in the last three months we've taken 1,202 photos of him. As I'll write about in my upcoming book on Dropbox photography, all of those photos are stored and sorted...

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Nostalgia - Rename Your Photos

I have a problem. Half of my photos come from my iPhone (via the Dropbox uploader), which creates filenames based on the date they were taken. But all the photos from my awesome DSLR are named BLAHBLAH_7001.jpg and BLAHBLAH_7002.jpg. That annoys me. I want all of my filenames to be...

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Download All of Your Flickr Photos and Sets

iLife '09 was released today. And with it came a much improved version of iPhoto with facial recognition, geotagging, and Flickr and Facebook support. With so many new ways to slice and dice my photos, I wanted to start over with a clean slate and get everything organized in iPhoto...

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