On and off through the years, I’ve dabbled in the hobby of photography. (Even back before digital cameras were in vogue!) Particularly since the advent of smartphones with decent onboard cameras, I’ve been dealing with the decidedly first world problem of storing, organizing, backing-up, and accessing the tens of thousands of photos in my collection.
There were no good solutions. Downloading and organizing photos on external hard drives was my primary mode of operation, but that was getting laborious and required ever-larger hard drives through the years. I’ve gotten to the point where the moving of the gigabytes of photos from one hard drive to the next required transfer times of many, MANY hours. Of course, hard drives crash too, so I still needed to back them up some other way!
Over time, with the growing diversity of wireless devices that can take and view pictures (computers, multiple smartphones, tablets, etc.) it became clear that storing all the photos on one physical drive not only wasn’t the most secure but it also meant that it was a huge hassle to ever access them! (Pull out laptop, plug in hard drive, search for photos, transfer them/email them to the other devices, etc.) Moreover, with the huge number of photos in my collection now, it’s well nigh impossible to efficiently sort and search through them.
I said this was a first world problem, didn’t I? [Read more…]