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Comment: My Approach (Score 1) 680

by 80's Greg (#34945858) Attached to: How Do You Store Your Personal Photos?

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.

Comment: Completely agree (Score 1) 299

by 80's Greg (#34825606) Attached to: Some WikiLeaks Contributions To Public Discourse

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.


Mozilla Rolls Out Firefox 3.6 RC, Nears Final 145

Posted by Soulskill
from the onwards-and-upwards dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla has shipped a release candidate build of Firefox 3.6 that, barring problems, will become the final, finished version of the upgrade. Firefox 3.6 RC1, which followed a run of betas that started in early November, features nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued Dec. 17. The fixes resolved numerous crash bugs, including one that brought down the browser when it was steered to Yahoo's front page. Another fix removed a small amount of code owned by Microsoft from Firefox. The code was pointed out by a Mozilla contributor, and after digging, another developer found the original Microsoft license agreement. 'Amusingly enough, it's actually really permissive. Really the only part that's problematic is the agreement to "include the copyright notice ... on your product label and as a part of the sign-on message for your software product,"' wrote Kyle Huey on Mozilla's Bugzilla. Even so, others working on the bug said the code needed to be replaced with Mozilla's own."

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parents 1224

Posted by kdawson
from the no-you-cannot-borrow-my-keys dept.
thesandbender writes "Ford is set to release a management system that will restrict certain aspects of a car's performance based on which key is in the ignition. The speed is limited to 80, you can't turn off traction control, and you can't turn the stereo up to eleven. It's targeted at parents of teenagers and seems like a generally good idea, especially if you get a break on your insurance." The keys will be introduced with the 2010 Focus coupe and will quickly spread to Ford's entire lineup.

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