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New local and online backup option

Posted in Backup, Technology on June 16, 2010 by thomasrtucker

For all of you who have not started backing up your data yet, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. For all of you who are backing up your data, here’s a new and improved option. I stumbled across an article today on www.lifehacker.com named “Setup a Foolproof and Fireproof Automatic Backup Plan.” The article can be found here: http://lifehacker.com/5564957/set-up-a-foolproof-and-fireproof-automatic-backup-plan

Most cloud (online) backup solutions are a great option and highly encouraged. The problem with most online backups is they lack a local backup. Today, I found MozyHome now offers a combination online / local option.

Stop by, check it out and start backing up (local, online, and automatic)

Failure Is In Your Future

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on May 11, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Failure is in your future. I’m not talking about your skills or abilities in art or photography; I’m talking about your data. Yes, your storage IS going to fail. I say it over and over in hopes that you will backup your data and back it up regularly. Don’t think it will happen? Mine did this weekend.

Storage is cheap and there are some great solutions available today to help maximize and protect your data. The Drobo from Data Robotics www.datarobotics.com  and Windows Home Servers www.microsoft.com/homeserver   are examples of storage systems designed to grow and offer hot-swap hardware in the event of a failure. Even though all this new storage technology is great, you will still experience failures. This is why backups are so important. Allow me to explain.

New storage systems like the Drobo and Windows Home Servers, if equipped with at least two drives, have a data duplication feature that will store each piece of your data on both drives. The purpose duplication is to protect against a single drive failure. In the event of a single drive failure, simply replace the dead drive with a new one and the data is replaced from the good drive. Overall it’s a pretty good systems and a great first level of redundancy. Don’t let this fool you though; the primary goal of data duplication is to protect you against a single drive failure only.

What does data duplication not protect you from?

  • Multiple drive failures
  • Hardware failures
  • Virus / Malware
  • Natural disasters
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • You

Hardware failures can be something like a drive controller or motherboard failing. A drive controller failure is what happened to me this weekend and once the controller loses its information it’s gone.

Natural disasters, fire, and theft are pretty self-explanatory. That leaves malware and You. You or anybody with access your computer, including pets like cats who can step on the keyboard, can Intentionally or unintentionally destroy your data. You laugh but it happens.

So, get a Home Sever or Drobo, fill it up and with data and make a choice: backup or lose it.  You’ve been warned (again). If you are not backing up your data, you are going to lose it! It’s that simple. As a bonus, get a copy off-site.

Internet Marketing for Photographers

Posted in Photography, Technology, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 23, 2010 by thomasrtucker

As an emerging photographer and technology professional, I love the resources we have available today to help with our chosen hobby / profession. As I have stated before, I am addicted to podcasts. One podcast in particular, This Week in Photography, is like a drug to me. I can’t get enough. The latest episode (#145 Tag – You’re IT!) opened my closed eyes to Internet and social marketing.

Sure, I blog, I use Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. I love this stuff and use it daily. As I recently discovered, simply “using” social media is not enough. Social media is a tool and just like any other tool, if trained and used properly, can produce much better results.

Do yourself a favor, download TWIP episode #145 and listen to the guest interview with John P. I won’t go in to all the details; you need to hear this from the source. www.twiplog.com

Using what I learned yesterday, I can now Google Thomas Tucker and I’m third in the results. Prior to making the suggested changes I did not even show up on the first page of results. It works!

New Tools

Posted in iPad, Photography, Technology on April 6, 2010 by thomasrtucker

I’m so happy the iPad launched. Am I getting one? I don’t really know. Would I be happy with one? I’m sure I’d love it. What makes me happy is the iPad is just the start. We are going to see a lot of new devices that try to be the “iPad killer”. As a photographer, I really see the benefit of the iPad as a tool, as a digital portfolio. Oh, don’t forget all the cool apps that haven’t even been developed yet.

Is the iPad perfect? I don’t think anything is perfect. While there’s nothing like holding a real photograph in your hand, there’s something to be said for holding thousands. Bring on the iPad killers.

You’ve been warned

Posted in Backup, Photography, Technology on February 22, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Have you backed up yet? I know, I know, I keep harping about backup. Well, have you. Not just your good, high-end photos either. I know many photographers are concerned with their work but what are your family photos and snapshots worth?

A failure, corruption, something is going to happen! Not if but when. Not sure what to do or where to start, let me know and I can offer some tips.

And when you backup, make sure to have an on-site and off-site copy.

New Gear Announced

Posted in Technology on February 12, 2010 by thomasrtucker

zoomMediaPlus! – A mobile media products and applications company has announced the zoomIt. The zoomIt is a SD card reader for the iPhone / iPod. In brief zoomIt allows you to view, listen to, and share all of your photos, music, video and files on the go without the need to connect to your camera, Mac or PC.

It’s about time!

The zoomIt is expected to begin shipping in April 2010 with a retail price of $59.95. More info here: http://www.zoommediaplus.com/

Can does not mean we should

Posted in iPhone, Technology with tags , , on January 24, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Another iPhone story. Just because we can check our email while brushing our teeth does not mean we should. I have two minutes to kill every morning while brushing my teeth. So, I’m standing there with iPhone in hand. One of the few times I leave the water running since my cat decides she wants to watch. All of the sudden, the iPhone jumps out of my hand and lands in the sink. Spinning around the sink three times, like a basketball on the rim of the goal, each time passing through the running water. The iPhone was wet, top to bottom. I quickly dried the phone and looked it over. The phone was still working and appeared to be ok. The phone survived and the cat enjoyed the show. That was almost an expensive two minutes. Yep, I’ll still do it.

Back That Thang Up

Posted in Photography, Technology with tags , , on January 20, 2010 by thomasrtucker

Although I’m still fairly new to digital photography, I am not new to data, technology, and the potential problems associated with both. As a digital photographer, your data is critical. Errors, failures, and corruption happen. Don’t ask yourself if but when is it going to happen. It “is” going to happen, are you prepared?

Data backup does not have to be complicated but it can be confusing. I have come up with a pretty simple system that ensures data is backed up and off site.

*This is only one way, it works for me but might not be the best solution for everybody.

The system consists of the primary computer / hard drive, two portable hard drives, and Microsoft Sync Toy 2. Synch Toy 2 is a free application that will sync the contents from one drive to another. Sync Toy 2 and can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/synctoybeta.aspx

The process is simple; first sync the data from the main pc to both portable drives. You now have your data in three places. The next time you go to the office, take one of the portable drives with you and leave it there, locked up. Then, when you go to the office again, make sure the drive at home is sync’d and take it with you to the office and swap.  Continue this process every time you make changes to your data. This process ensures you always have your primary data at home, one backup at home and one backup off site. As your bring your backup drives home, they will be sync’d with the all the changes since last time.

Your off site location does not have to be the office, it could by your friends or parents house, the safety deposit box, etc.  Also, you could only use one portable drive but your only backup copy will be vulnerable while at home.

Questions or comments?