Domino Effect: Restoring, Backing Up, Collecting All Those Scattered Data Pieces and Photos, Oh My!
When you read this, I'll be recovering from a full left shoulder replacement and a full list of new articles will have been prepared for the reading audience. But in the meantime, some gems from the past, like this one from Roberta McReynolds will also have been resurrected for your reading pleasure:
Kodak Instamatic 404, introduced in 1963; Camerafiend photographer, Wikimedia Commons
"Actually, at the risk of sounding paranoid, what I told him was that I was already entertaining the idea of backup gizmos for the first set of gizmos. Realistically, by the time I get that far another domino will have fallen and a new-fangled, more efficient, better quality something-or-other will have been invented, so it’s probably a moot point.
"I decided my first priority will be chasing down document files: essays, genealogy information, recipes, instructions for crafts, favorite quotes, letters, labels, addresses and all those oddball projects. There are far less of these than photographs. Some are even still stored on those outdated Zip-disks, back when I was upgrading from floppy disks. (Still own some of those and have toyed with the idea of using them as drink coasters.) When I replaced my first computer, it never occurred to me that one of those proverbial dominos had toppled and the new computer wasn’t equipped with a Zip-drive. What a shock it was when I held one of those disks in my hand with no slot to insert it! I ended up purchasing an external Zip-drive on E-bay to access old files.
"I believe that after I collect all those scattered pieces of data into nice, neat little labeled folders I'll have a real sense of accomplishment. I’m planning to reward myself with a decadent dessert.
"Next I’ll begin working on photos. I’m encouraging myself to be discretionary and avoid the compulsion to save everything I’ve ever shot since pushing the button on my first Kodak Instamatic camera during grade school. Who needs half a dozen views of the exact same flower? I know composition and quality well enough by now to select the best one (okay, maybe two). But it's the duplicated files on all those disks that will eventually drive me insane; haven’t I seen that one before somewhere, or did I just imagine it after weeks of looking at hundreds of photographs?"
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