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MY DIGITAL LIFE – FILE MANAGEMENT AND MEMORIES OF A LIFETIME

December 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Technology

I’m on a time management kick. It’s the one thing you can’t buy. Yes you can buy love.

I’ve seen commercials for carbonite everywhere and always thought – nah.

I’m starting to rethink that.

In the last week I’ve taken the family to the Big Apple Circus, Ted’s Montana Grill (perhaps the best tasting food in New York), the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center, The batting cages at Brooklyn Sports and Party Center and of course the Playground again and again which is always rife with photo ops.

When I was a kid my parents had Super 8 film and instant cameras, or Polaroid. Later in my teens everyone started getting VHS and Hi 8mm video recorders. For the past 10 years everything, from listening to music, to taking pictures and recording video have been added to the cell phone. And with Google and Facebook it’s easy to share all that content with friends and family.

However I think back to what exists from my childhood and there are few pictures or videos. What an incredible gift that my kids will inherit, particularly my daughter who will see all this content predating what will be her memories of the events. The only thing is I (and everyone else) have/has a very busy life. And I have this commitment to blogging as well so there is not much time beyond the occasional mobile upload to making sure all these photos are somewhere that can be accessed later.

I used to email photos to myself and my lo-res 3gp videos but now, the Facebook and Picasaweb platforms have bulk upload capabilities.

All well and good. But even that takes a lot of time. I have so many photos on my phone. You see I’m an artist and take a zillion pictures in the hopes that a handful will be masterpieces and stand the test of time. My cut off is if it’s in focus and if the frame is good. If not, they are deleted (whenever I get the chance to comb through them all). So I’m going to look into this Carbonite platform.

In general my libertarian sensibilities preclude me from giving full access to my computer to a 3rd Party. However, I won’t have to manage putting all all that content on Facebook and Google just for the sake of knowing it’s online. I’ve paid for extra storage on Google however, Picasaweb still requires extensive management.

Maybe you can buy time after all?

Here’s a vintage clip of the Rolling Stones with Time is On Side from the early 60’s.

My Digital Life - File Management and the art of Buying Time

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