In today's digital photography age, we're producing gigabytes and gigabytes of photos. Many more than we ever did in the days of film. This makes people who normally wouldn't think about proper backup practices need to learn these things. Suddenly a photographer has a need to be computer literate, if not a computer expert. For many of you, this takes you out of your comfort zone.
Here's a couple of key things you need to understand about long term storage of digital photos so that your grandkids and great-grandkids will have access to the gems of photography (and horrible snapshots) that we all take.
Storing photos on your hard drive is no solution. How often have you heard 'my computer died'? What would you do if you bought a new computer - how would you get those onto next year's model?
Storing photos on an external hard drive is no solution. Many people will argue with me on that one, but I was around when the 'Love Bug' virus hit. 'Love Bug' ate images, replacing them with copies of itself. I knew one attorney's office that lost 4 years of scanned records to the Love Bug virus because by the time they realized they'd been infected, they had already cycled through backups so the virus was on all their backups as well. Hard drives are subject to viruses, hackers, crashes and magnetic fields. Don't rely on them for more than a day - when you reboot tomorrow, that hard drive might be dead already.
I found myself needing to do some video production and editing and decided I'd take the hard way and do it all in Linux. It was a bit harder than I expected, but mostly because I'm doing weird stuff and had hardware issues.
First, I'll give you an idea of what software I'm using:
Oops. Well I didn't actually spam anyone... nor did I leave an open relay. Really, there was no spam that went out.
What did happen though was that I needed to switch physical servers with several web apps very quickly. Since the service sends out notifications at times, I installed Postfix and left the default config.
I happened to notice someone had a session open to www.gamerzcrib.com with something called 'Microsoft URL Control' as the user-agent.
I did a little research, and it appears to be a set of leech utilities written by Microsoft that more often than not are used to write e-mail address scrapers, referrer spammers, or utilities designed to break captcha's.
It got me thinking... first I have no published e-mail addresses except my own on the site so I wasn't worried about that.
In order to even VIEW forum posts related to my product, I have to register my product. No, I didn't say register for the forums - I mean enter a 'qualifying serial number'. After jumping through hoops what I find are several hundred other people who a) think it's too hard to configure and b) wonder where Vista VPN support is that Netgear has been promising for almost a year.
About 2:00 AM my cellphone got paged. My servers had been installed into the colocation center and powered on, and the first thing Nagios did was page me to let me know.
Now I can't go back to sleep!
I've officially launched a new website. GamerzCrib.com. It provides free website hosting for gamers and clans in such a way that helps them to organize their members. It also provides free forums for clans as well. And it does it all in a cool Web 2.0 sort of way.