I think SNL's Nick Burns series characterized people's typical views of Nerds pretty well: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/nick-burns/2786.
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I've been organizing my digital photos for almost 10 years now and have used a few different approaches. My primary computer is a laptop, which is no match for the hundreds of gigs worth of photos that I've taken over the years. I pretty much only have room on my laptop for photos from the past 1-2 years. I also have a home PC which has a 1 TB internal drive (which I added for less than $100). That PC is hooked up to my home network and has all my photos from 2001 onward. I usually take photos when I'm on the road, which is also when I have my laptop, so they always go there first. Here's my approach:
* Occasionally dump photos from camera to laptop when my memory card fills up
* Keep everything from the past year or so organized on my laptop
* When I'm home and connected to my network I use a free program called SyncBack (http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html) to synchronize what's on my laptop to the PC. SyncBack is great and is pretty powerful for a free program.
* Every so often I back up the photos on the home PC to a DVD
So basically, memory card overflows to laptop, laptop to home PC, and then that to DVD for archiving. Although I'm not sure I trust the DVDs for real long term storage, so I may make new ones some day.
For online storage & sharing albums with friends I use Phanfare (http://www.phanfare.com). I upgraded their unlimited storage which I think is maybe $80 or $90 a year. Their slide shows are great, because you can upload songs/mp3s directly from your home PC / iTunes to the slideshows.
It all works pretty well for me.
I can only hope that the right people in government see this and continue to help improve transparency in as many areas of government as possible. Added government transparency can only bring improvement.
On the other hand I don't advocate 100% transparency. To me it's the same reason why women don't reveal to everyone they're pregnant the instant they find out. Instead, once they decide they're going to have the baby and they have a good idea it's going to work out, then they let others know. I feel like government should have the same levels of privacy, but not much beyond that.