Thursday, November 11, 2004

Photo Overload

A colleague of mine told about an article in the New York Times yesterday about digital data and backups, and how format change ever few years it seems. This led to a discussion about Digital Photos. I currently have a 5 megapixel Camera which I bought in late January of 04'. The average photo size from that camera is between 1-1.5 megabytes, and I currently have about 1.5 GB of these - figure about 1000 pictures - in ten months time While we did have a new baby this year, we didn't go on a vacation, so as far as I can tell, 2 GB/year might seem like an adequate amount of new digital imaging to be added. That is, of course for the next couple of years, until I buy my next Digital camera, say in 2007/8 which will be at least, 10 Megapixels.

I am currently in the process of burning all of my pictures to CD - I will probably make 6 copies of each CD (why not, blanks are cheap enough) and distribute them as follows:
one set of 2 cds (one for use and one for safekeeping) to ourselves, my parents, and my in-laws.

As a backup plan, I plan on uploading all my images to at least two photo sites - but then, what happens if one of them goes out of business, or worse, starts to charge me for disk space?

And then, my CD-Rs are only good until that media are still pertinent - find me a new computer made in the last year that has a floppy drive? There aren't many.

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