Or rather..trying to do so. Today is a day to stay in and begin on my 2014 project. What project you might ask? To organize the gadzillion images I’ve captured the past three years and reorganize them.
See, I’ve made a big mess of my files. Using both a desktop and a laptop, I have images one place and not another. With additional external hard drives I seem to have images triplicated, and sometimes not at all. So I’ve been pondering for a while on just how I might manage to make sense out of all the mess I’ve created.
Step one – try to get all of my files loaded onto one place. I looked into online cloud storage services like Dropbox, but I wasn’t quite sold on the monthly fees. The external hard drives are up to 2 Terabytes of memory, but I’m guessing I’ll need more room due to my duplication of files.
I started thinking that I would require my own server at home so that I can access my images from one memory bank from either the desktop or the laptop. But as a total non-geek, techie novice servers intimidated me.
Visiting Office Depot yesterday I discovered a new product on the market. This three terabyte WD My Cloud became available at the end of the year. For about $150.00 I could have my private cloud with secured access. The cost of of just a year’s fees with the online services.
This seemed like a brilliant plan and I began trying to get it set up today. With a new wireless router, it was easy to set up the WD My Cloud. Transferring my 30,000 + images from my laptop proved to be a lot more challenging.
It seemed that the cloud drive kept freezing up once it created the folders and didn’t want to upload the images to the drive. Although I could see them in the “network” section under my Windows 7 computer listing, the images wouldn’t show up on the drive. Then all of sudden the images started to upload. Don’t ask me why, I’ve learned not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
Now I’m waiting for…8 hours for them to upload to the drive. This reminds me of the time when I first purchased an iPod, I probably spent over 40 hours uploading each CD that was in the household library.
Perhaps I’ve bored you with techie stuff, but it’ll be fun to see how I manage to figure all this ‘stuff’ out. Perhaps I can help someone else out there that is struggling with digital memory issues like myself.
In between trying not to get frustrated with computer stuff, I received a notice that an American Pipit was seen at a nearby park. I had heard one on my last trip to Florida, but I have yet to see one, so officially a “lifer.” So I jumped in my car and headed to the park.
It was misty and cool out, with a foggy feeling. the white Fort Smallwood blended in with the fog along the Patuxent River.
Captured with my iPhone 4S as I had the beast already set up on my Canon 7D.
I’m not sure what it is, the past two days, the 500mm has been slow to focus, the images aren’t sharp. Is it the 7D? Is it that now the 500mm needs to be serviced? I promise !! I didn’t drop it.
The American Pipit was alone along the cold beach. She was sweet and darling. However one of her feet seemed stumped. Luckily it didn’t stop her from flying beautifully which she did shortly after my arrival.