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The Future of Digital Cameras?

Posted by on Oct 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Powerful Pocket Technology.  The lion’s share of photos taken today are on captured on phones because of convenience, size and portability.  Take a look at this upcoming camera technology and ask yourself if you have room in your pocket or...

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Mylio from Other Programs

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I get a lot of questions about how to best transition to Mylio from other organizing programs.  The thing to remember is that if your photos are not organized in other programs, they will not be organized well in Mylio.  Mylio will organize automatically using the metadata embedded in your digital files, but scanned photos have incorrect metadata so those files don’t organize well. Here’s some tips: Figure out how to only export one copy of the photo (don’t export by folders if you program allows you to have a photo accessed in a number of folders). Pay attention to the tagging or key wording, ratings, facial recognition and dates used in your program because Mylio will utilize that information as well to help you organize. Export in an organized fashion and have Mylio organize into folders – I use annual folders as a start so that I can break down my export into bitesized chunks for  “post import” Mylio organization. Be sure to have a back up of your original program’s data in case you want to go back, have an export problem or some other random issue (remember that you are working with computers – they will eventually let you down).  I always keep a current backup of the original files. I help a lot of people that have been using Panstoria’s Historian that want to use Mylio.  Below you will find a workflow for that transition.  I invite your comments. Historian to Mylio Happy organizing!...

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Cloud Backups Unreliable?

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in My Favourite Products | 0 comments

Cloud Backups Unreliable?

I read an interesting article recently that made me ask if my Backup system was working well for me and if I was happy with the cloud backup option I chose. Our family has seen it’s share of insurance claims with a house fire and a couple of floods so I really believe in having an offsite back up. In the early digital days, I used to keep a CD copy of my photos at a family member’s home but now using a Cloud based system is in theory a good alternative. But as I found out, you need to know your service and read the fine print. AND it shouldn’t be your only back up plan. If you choose a cloud service, understand how long it will take to back up your photos. Even if they offer unlimited storage, they may not get it backed up for months or even years due to their own self directed limitation on the account that you pay for. FREE accounts…worth every penny in my opinion. I have found that they data mine and sell my information to those that provide unwanted advertising and often it is difficult to get your photos back. Many of them ask you to sign away the rights of your photos but that information is buried in the fine print so it’s easy to miss. Forbes Magazine did a good article on this a couple of years ago…worth the read. Personally, I use 2 cloud based services. Mylio which has an annual subscription and Forever which I own outright. This is in addition to External Hard Drive backups that I have here at home. Both these cloud services will accept data until the back up is done so I’m only limited by my internet speed (internet speeds are faster when there is less traffic so I like to back up at night). Mylio backs up whenever it notices a new photo so it stays current which I really appreciate.  Forever, I have to remind myself to upload any additions I want backed up there but I like having an extra backup and because I own the space I can pass it on to my children. There are lots of options out there to choose from. I encourage you to read the fine print before placing your irreplaceable photos in their...

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Mylio – Photo Organization on Steroids!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015 in My Favourite Products | 0 comments

Mylio – Photo Organization on Steroids!

810 Billion Photos taken in 2015! It’s estimated that by the end of 2015, we (the world) will have taken just over one trillion photos with 810 billion photos taken this year alone. A number that I can’t even imagine. How are we ever going to manage our growing photo collections. With many devices taking photos, and syncing that produces duplicates but doesn’t back up properly. Will we lose our ability to pass on our photo history? Mylio: Your Photos Everywhere…All the Time…Organized! Watch for some upcoming Blog posts on this AWESOME app.  You can view it at www.Mylio.com but if you purchase it through me, you will get a BONUS 2 months.  Contact me for more...

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Forever.com is My Answer!

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in My Favourite Products | 0 comments

I’m a privacy fanatic. I don’t want my family’s identity compromised and I don’t want my information mined for targeted advertising. What I wanted was to share my photos and videos with friends and family and pass onto my great grandchildren (should I be blessed with some) without compromising my copyright and privacy. All this by a company that is in it for the long haul. I was pretty excited when I discovered Forever.com. It offered me all of those things and more. By purchasing my own Cloud storage, I can control it’s use and keep it private or share selectively. I can also authorize other account managers in my absence to ensure that our family’s history gets passed down. They will also take care of keeping my digital assets in an up-to-date format. Just look at the Forever Bill of Rights promise to us: Your Forever Bill of Rights You own your content. Forever. No advertising. No data mining. Selective sharing. Always. FOREVER.com rocks! March is Spring Cleaning Month at Forever. Receive 40% off of your new membership by clicking here and using code: SpringCleaning See more about...

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Portable Scanner Option

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A lot of people ask me about the type of scanner I use.  I’m an Epson fan when it comes to desktop scanners.  Particularly their photo scanner line.  I like their software, it is easy to use, even in the professional mode.  I like to ability to batch scan and to choose my resolution. I typically do all my corrections in Memory Manager so all the “bells & whistles” (like digital ice, dust removal, etc) don’t really interest me.  I like to have more control over my editing and I get much better quality scans if I don’t use the extra options on the scanner. Scan from your purse I used to pack my scanner and laptop with me when I went to people’s homes to capture their stories in photographs. Cumbersome and heavy – not to mention that scanners can be very temperamental when moved around.  But recently, I found a small portable scanner that has gotten me really excited.  It is very easy to use and does great quality scans without needing to be attached to a computer. It scans at 300 or 600 dpi very quickly, fits into a briefcase and comes with software that invisibly stitches scans of larger items together. The software is so easy to use – it does the stitching with the click of a button.  Every stitch has been perfect without my intervention.  I feel that the software alone is worth the price of the scanner.  This sweet little piece of technology has saved me hours of work in the short time that I’ve had it.  I highly recommend the FlipPal Scanner if you want quality, portability and something very easy to...

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