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Comment Re:Face tagging? (Score 1) 86

This comment is very relevant, because *Picasa* is actually one of the few tools that can do facial recognition *without* uploading the results to "the cloud". I'm sure Google Photos (or whatever is replacing Picasa in Google's eye) will still do facial recognition in the cloud, but like you I don't see that as a good idea. Facebook etc. do this as well, and tie it to users' accounts.

Comment What I do (Score 1) 174

Several things make this possible, with everything available locally plus redundant offsite backups.

Get one or a pair of big hard drives. 4 TB drives are cheap. Various tests put 4 TB drives as a class as more reliable than 3 or 5 TB drives. If you get a pair, RAID 1 them, either with software raid or lvm. Put everything on there. I really like lvm, so that when one drive fails, or is close to failing, you can replace it and keep the whole collection intact locally. Hardware RAID is not necessary, and potentially *less* reliable, since its more complex to replace things. Consider making the volume slightly smaller than the drive to allow for slightly differently sized replacements. As newer drives get cheaper, get bigger drives. Every time I've had to replace drives, they've been twice as large, faster, and cheaper than the last time.

Files are organized by year/month-event. Use whatever format works for you, but definitely have some level of simple organization, ideally using a folder structure so you aren't tied to a particular tool to manage them.

Keep everything as it comes off the camera. I don't keep RAW files, but you should have room for plenty.

Use Crashplan for online backup. This is a moderate cost for all the computers in your house, but with unlimited storage. (If you don't have reasonable internet access to do this, you are stuck shuffling tapes or drives offsite, which is a royal pain). If you have friends with similar desires, you can (for free) use the software to back up to each other's computers, but you each need lots of free space.

Put all the pictures and videos on flickr. Flickr has a 1 TB limit for free. I've got 40,000 pictures and videos on there (almost 10 years worth) and have only gotten up to about 300 GB. Flickr may require some format conversion for video. I recommend getting familiar with ffmpeg and similar command line tools, use the open source flickr library (and language) of your choice, and script the whole thing. Once the pictures and videos are on flickr, put them into albums that mirror your folder structure.

Flickr also lets you share your photos with exactly who you want to share them with, relatively securely. The downside is that everyone needs to create a flickr (yahoo) account. You can also share by album with a link (slightly less secure). Services with better/more convenient sharing like google are significantly more expensive. But of course, you could keep a rotating set of pictures in google free storage and also keep everything on flickr as a backup.

If you have an android phone (I assume Iphone is similar) also let it have multiple automatic backups: There are a number of apps that will automatically sync all pictures to their service, including flickr, google photos, and many others. Pick one or two and let them sync everything. Flickr lets them be private by default, but you'll have the backup. Then also use FolderSync to automatically sync them to your computer, where they will also be backed up by Crashplan and be accessible on the computer directly.

Use any of a hundred tools to view the pictures at home. With a home network and a shared folder, kodi is great for showing them on the TV (pictures and video).

Good luck, and congrats on the kid!

Comment Re:No. "Theory" is not "hypothesis". (Score 1) 772

Repeating the statement that the word "theory" means something different to you than it does to the general populace does nothing to help your cause. In this case especially, using terminology that is different from the common use is what is preventing "Science" from reaching the masses.

We really need to come up with a better term than "theory" if we want people to understand what you mean.

Comment Flickr for Offsite Backup (Score 1) 499

You can very quickly generate a lot of data with pictures of your kids. I have on the order of 80 GB with two kids under 5.

You definitely want multiple layers of protection, both locally and remote. For remote storage of pictures and videos, Flickr can't be beat price-wise. It is *unlimited* storage for $25 per year. And you can always retrieve the original file, and there are tons of APIs and clients available.

It's also useful for sharing photos and videos, with a strong security model that lets you control who has access to pictures of your kids.

Flickr does have a 500 MB per video file limit for uploads, and a 90 second limit for playback (you can download the original longer than 90 seconds, but no one else can view more than 90 seconds), but splitting videos up can be scripted with tools like ffmpeg, of course.

The key, though, is to *always* have more than one accessible copy of the originals in different physical locations. (i.e. two hard drives in your house doesn't count)

I also use an online backup solution. Look for unlimited storage for a reasonable price. I settled on CrashPlan+ Unlimited for $50/year, but there are a lot of options out there, now.

Comment Not everybody runs servers for a living (Score 1) 878

Interpreted code is great if you can babysit all the deployments. Generally, when you have to actually ship software, the sooner you find the bugs, the better. It doesn't get any earlier than compile time.

I have made brief forays into interpreted languages, and always feel immense pain and frustration from the lack of a compiler.

Comment Re:Obligatory Open Source comment (Score 1) 260

It's still worthwhile if you aren't upgrading the OS. Replacing MOBO + CPU + RAM is still cheaper than replacing a whole machine. Keeping the case, power supply, drives, keyboard, mouse, monitor, etc. etc.

Motherboards have gotten so all-inclusive lately, and USB so ubiquitous, that expandability is generally moot. Unless you're gaming, of course.

Comment Someplace for the oil to go? (Score 2, Insightful) 347

Maybe they work like treads on car tires... let there be someplace for liquids to move *away* from to improve grip. Or, maybe having "with oil" and "without oil" surfaces that can be selected by varying grip allows gripping different types of surfaces.

Also, grip isn't the only thing hands do. Wiping or scrubbing with your fingers requires some level of abrasiveness.

I suspect that there may be a connection between building calluses and having prints. Possibly, prints are just the way we make "tough" skin that is more resistant to injury.

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