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Hey All,

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to write a blog post for the website. I took a little bit of a break for the summer. Then I decided to travel to Russia for a few weeks in the Fall. Then when I got back I found out that I’m eligible to run the 2019 Boston Marathon!!

I’m really excited to train for this event - but it’s taking a lot of time and commitment. Unfortunately - that means there won’t be many updates around here until the spring. However, I’ll do my best to keep posting pictures here, on Instagram and Facebook from time to time. Until then though, I could use your help.

As you may know, the Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and is one of only six races to form the World Marathon Majors. Running the Boston Marathon is a big deal and I feel phenomenally lucky to be able to take part.

During the next few months, I'll be training hard to get in shape and complete this race. Over the course of my training, I'll be running somewhere between 900 - 1500 km to prepare for the big day. I'll be posting updates to my training progress on Facebook over the coming weeks.

This is where I need your help. As a non-qualifying runner I’m required is raising funds for a great charity: Easter Seals Camps. I've been given the goal of raising $2500 by race day! Please help me reach this goal by donating to this worthy cause.

Thank you for your support!

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Easter Seals Camp is a Life Changer - YouTube
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Over the past few weeks we’ve taken a looks at some cloud backup services (and some services that you shouldn’t be using for their “backup” capabilities). Since those posts were spread out over several weeks, this week’s blog entry is just a round up of those services that you can easily navigate to:

Google Photos

Flickr

Facebook & Instagram

Amazon

Dropbox

iCloud

OneDrive

500px

And just incase you’re wondering why we’re spending so much time discussing back ups - have a look here. If you’re here because you need help choosing a service, I’m not here to recommend a specific service. Everyone’s needs are different and unique - but I do have a few recommendations on the sort of things you should be considering here.

If you have any other services that you use and like, or if you have any other services that you’d like me to have a closer look at, please let me know in the comments.

Until next time, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

Feature Photograph of the Week - Old Factory

An old factory sits abandoned and crumbling.

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In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services today we’re going to take a look at a photocentric social-media/licensing platform: 500px. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.

Like the other social media platforms we’ve looked at, 500px isn’t really designed as a back-up service, however, it isn’t like the other social media platforms either. 500px seems to actually be a photo-centric social media licensing platform. In short, it’s what we all wished/thought Flickr was. That being said, let’s have a look at how it stacks up as a platform for cloud backup.

Free Storage Option: 2000 Images

Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 100,000 Images ($36, $60 & $240 per year depending on the tools you need)

Compression: Yes (See? I told you this wasn’t a backup service)

JPG Support: Yes

TIFF Support: Yes

RAW Support: No (Ahem!)

Device Support: I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Ease of Backup: Manual

Ease of Restoring: Manual

Privacy: Not bad considering that this is basically an online portfolio and social media platform for photographers.

Licensing: This service gives 8 different options on how users wish to license their photos on the service. None of which gives licensing rights or ownership to 500px. Kudos to them for giving users this level of control and flexibility on how their photos are used.

500px is a compelling service - but it really isn’t for backups.

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Feature Photograph of the Week - Caravan At The Edge Of The World

Landscape of Morocco’s Erg Chebbi at sunset. 

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In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services today we’re going to take a look at: OneDrive. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.

Aside from the concerns I shared about Amazon & Apple, Microsoft’s cloud storage is a good option from a privacy and support perspective.

Free Storage Option: 5GB

Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 50GB/$24 per year

Compression: No

JPG Support: Yes

TIFF Support: Yes

RAW Support: Yes

Device Support: Good across most devices - but ideal for Windows machines.

Ease of Backup: Automated

Ease of Restoring: Automated

Other Benefits: Integrates seamlessly with Windows.

Privacy: Not bad!

Licensing: Users retain licensing rights and ownership of their photos and files. (Yay!!)

Again, just wish that the pricing/storage options for this service were more competitive with other options we’ve looked at. 50GB for $24/year is very pricey and is too little storage to make this a viable long-term backup solution of photography. I think this service is really intended for business use isn’t really the best option for individuals.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at 500px.

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Feature Photograph of the Week - Misty Morning

Rocky island, floating in the mist

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In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services, today we’re going to take a look at: iCloud. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.

Aside from the concerns I shared about Amazon (that I also share regarding Apple) this is a good option...if you’re already in Apple’s ‘walled garden’ and don’t plan to back-up photos from anything other than your iPhone.

Free Storage Option: 5GB

Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 50GB, 200GB & 1TB / $12, $48 & $120 per year, respectively

Compression: Optional

JPG Support: Yes

TIFF Support: Yes

RAW Support: Yes

Device Support: Designed for Apple devices

Ease of Backup: Automated

Ease of Restoring: Automated

Other Benefits: Not limited to a photo-backup solution. Photos are available on all your devices.

Privacy: Better than most.

Licensing: Users retain licensing rights and ownership of their photos and files. (Yay!!)

Again, just wish that the pricing/storage options for this service were more competitive with other options we’ve looked at. 1TB for $120/year is not much if you wish to backup RAW files.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at OneDrive.

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Feature Photograph of the Week - On The Wing Of A Bird

The “Oculus”, designed by Santiago Calatrava, forms part of the World Trade Center site in New York.

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In keeping with our look at popular cloud backup services today we’re going to take a look at: Dropbox. If you need a primer on backups in general start here.

Free Storage Option: 2GB

Paid Storage Option/Annual Cost: 1TB / $129-$279 per year depending on the tools you need.

Compression: No

JPG Support: Yes

TIFF Support: Yes

RAW Support: Yes

Device Support: Don’t worry about it. It’ll work on your stuff.

Ease of Backup: Automated

Ease of Restoring: Automated

Other Benefits: Good for backing up just about anything.

Privacy: Great!

Licensing: Users retain licensing rights and ownership of their photos and files. (Yay!!)

Just wish that the pricing/storage options for this service were more competitive with other options we’ve looked at. 1TB for $129/year is not much if you wish to backup RAW files.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at iCloud.

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Feature Photograph of the Week - Morning Loon

A solitary loon on the water near Algonquin Park

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