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Finding the Right Solution to Save & Protect Your Photos & Image Files

March 28, 2014

Tags: Photography, Security, Backup, Archive, Arts & Letters Show

We chatted with Patrick Corrigan, the author of "Data Protection for Photographers" (Rocky Nook), about backing up and archiving image files and other data. Here's the recording of that Arts & Letters Show.

The Best Gifts
by Sally Wiener Grotta

December 17, 2011

Tags: Sally's entries, Lexar Media, Backup, Norton Ghost, HP Z800 workstation, USB 3.0, Optimizing computer performance, Sally's photography

My aunt Hetty was a remarkable woman – a combination of the aunties from Gigi and an Auntie Mame. I learned so much from her about people and life and living fully within this remarkable world of ours. I remember Hetty once chastised my sister when we were both very young, after Amy asked Hetty what she wanted for her birthday. "How can you not know what I want? If you listen to a person, you'll know exactly what it is she wants and needs. But it takes really paying attention to the other person."

Over the past month, I learned that (more…)

When The Photo Gurus Need a Storage Guru, Part I

July 10, 2009

Tags: Backup, Archiving, Storage, Backup strategy

Here in DigitalBenchmarks Lab, we have a whole slew of desktops, laptops and workstations. These are kept in rotation, so that our test systems are updated often with new units. Former test systems are pushed down the totem pole, to be used for business or personal purposes. The oldest, when they are retired, are donated to charity (after the hard drives are wiped, of course!). It’s a simple system that keeps the Lab running efficiently – as long as all the computers behave themselves.

What we no longer have is a state-of-the-art backup and archiving strategy. Like everyone else, our everyday work has kept us so busy that, before we knew it, our backup/archiving system had become outmoded. Knowing from experience that computers rarely behave themselves (Murphy’s Law with a vengeance), we recognized that the situation was a formula for disaster, if we didn’t do something right away. (more…)