Archive for May, 2015

Photo backup

May 30th, 2015, 5:20pm by Mike

Wondering what you guys do to back up and view your photos. I’ve investigated a couple of options, but not found anything that really suits our needs. 

Our needs:

  1. Upload 40GB (20k) photos currently stored in Photos for Mac (side note — Photos is OK, but not great, and not a meaningful upgrade from iPhoto as far as I’m concerned. Among other things, I hate that you can’t edit geotags, but I imagine that’s coming in some future update). 
  2. Allow our family to upload, download, and see the photos, via a single, shared account — ideally on our mobile devices.
  3. In the event of a catastrophic crash of our local machines, be able to redownload the photos easily (i.e., get them out of the cloud).

The options we’ve investigated:

  • iCloud Photo Library. We’ve actually gone ahead and authorized $3.99 per month for 200 GB. The biggest gripe is that it’s associated with a single iCloud account, and has no Family Sharing support (we’re all an iCloud Family here, which means we can all share music, apps, calendars, etc, but not photos). This is so ridiculous and such an obvious deficiency that I can’t imagine that it won’t be fixed soon. In the meantime, I can see all of our photos on my iPhone and iPad, and every new picture is uploaded automatically, but not photos that Joanie takes — and she can’t see them through her own iCloud account.  We’d set up w dummy iCloud account, but the Photos app doesn’t have its own iCloud connection, so it uses the system’s iCloud info — which is tied to iMessage, apps, etc — so that won’t work either.
  • Amazon Cloud Photos. It’s free for Prime members, which is good, but very rudimentary, and has the same issue with family sharing (we are a prime family, but cloud storage is by Amazon ID, and doesn’t understand families). 
  • I’ve thought about Flickr, OneDrive, and the new Google Photos, but haven’t tried any of these. 

I can’t believe it’s 2015, digital cameras have been mainstream for 15 years, and most people probably have as many photos as I do — and like me, would be heartbroken if anything happened to them, even though we really aren’t doing much with them. There is a huge opportunity for the company that gets this right first — but so far, I don’t think anyone’s nailed it. 

Any advice? 

Step Tracking with iPhone

May 1st, 2015, 2:58am by Kelvin

I just read Mike’s post on his Jawbone Up2, and I totally agree with his assessment– gamifying activity tracking provides a huge incentive. I’ve been using the built in sensors on my iPhone 6 to track daily steps and stairs for a while, and it affects where I choose to park, where I go to lunch, etc. Not surprisingly though, Apple doesn’t seem to play nicely with, but here’s how I stood in the past week. The Apple Watch adds another wrinkle because it factors in HR monitoring to compute calories burned. Obviously a more extensive review of that device warrants its own forthcoming post! 

I didn’t mean to splinter the conversation, but I didn’t see a way to add an image to a comment. Also I wanted to try out the new Word Press– pretty slick! 

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