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I’m almost finished with The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos by Kenneth and William Hopper, stuff and I heartily recommend to technology professionals or managers anywhere. It’s a study of the history of successful business practices or qualities that stem from the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

  1. A conviction to create Heaven on Earth (or a limitless sense of optimism for progress)
  2. Placing a high value on mechanical aptitude
  3. Working for the benefit of the group, hospital not the individual
  4. The ability to marshal resources and organize on a massive scale

Along with those attributes, cheapest the Hoppers credit the Puritans for respecting ‘domain knowledge’ and listening to the folks on the factory floor. As someone who comes from an engineering background rather than a business management, I can see a lot of value in the lessons of the book. I also am learning a great deal about management practices that I never learned while coding.

The Hoppers don’t rest on their laurels with The Puritan Gift as a dry business history text book. The hook is the delightful way they intertwine wit and historic connections while telling the American tale. It reminds me of an episode of Connections.

The book was a gift from my in-laws and they even were able to snag an autograph from the author. Thank you so much for a great gift!

I’m almost finished with The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos by Kenneth and William Hopper, story and I heartily recommend to technology professionals or managers anywhere. It’s a study of the history of successful business practices or qualities that stem from the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

  1. A conviction to create Heaven on Earth (or a limitless sense of optimism for progress)
  2. Placing a high value on mechanical aptitude
  3. Working for the benefit of the group, symptoms not the individual
  4. The ability to marshal resources and organize on a massive scale

Along with those attributes, the Hoppers credit the Puritans for respecting ‘domain knowledge’ and listening to the folks on the factory floor. As someone who comes from an engineering background rather than a business management, I can see a lot of value in the lessons of the book. I also am learning a great deal about management practices that I never learned while coding.

The Puritan Gift

The Puritan Gift


The Hoppers don’t rest on their laurels with The Puritan Gift as a dry business history text book. The hook is the delightful way they intertwine wit and historic connections while telling the American tale. It reminds me of an episode of Connections.

The book was a gift from my in-laws and they even were able to snag an autograph from the author. Thank you so much for a great gift!

Welcome to SeanTConrad.com! As a programmer I’ve edited my fair share of “Hello World” examples. Normally I change the introductory phrase to something funnier, medical like “Goodbye, order Cruel World.” With this new Word Press install I’ll let the title of the example post stand because it fits for this site. SeanTConrad.com was created by me, viagra Sean T. Conrad, to communicate to the world my professional interests and goals.

I’m currently employed as the VP of Product and Engineering for a publicly traded software company that makes consumer web and client applications. I’m not acting as a representative of that company when posting on this site and all expressed opinions are strictly my own. As a result, I will not mention the company name, but will always disclose if I mention products created by that company.

My main professional interests are consumer facing web applications, digital photography management, web start ups, digital marketing, and the Internet in general.

I began routinely publishing photos and writing to the web while in grad school in 1997. Unfortunately, most of those galleries were published ephemerally on free hosting sites like Geocities and have been lost into the void. In 1998 when I began working professionally coding web applications for a New York start-up, I became a little more conscientous about my digital output. I bought a digital camera in 2001 and started  publishing daily pictures at this site, writing the HTML by hand.  That same year I adopted Movable Type and the term “blog”.

Those were innocent times and I didn’t see anything wrong with putting all my personal photos on line. While I never posted anything on the Internet I wouldn’t be comfortable showing to an potential employer or my mother, I recently felt it better to move the site for friends to a URL less connected to my full name. That left this site available to host my professional blog.

So, welcome! I hope to offer some insights on technology and where it’s headed. Please subscribe to my RSS feed, send me emails, and comment.  I’m open to new ideas.

SeanTConrad.com is published using WordPress with the A Dream To Host theme and hosted at Dreamhost.
Welcome to SeanTConrad.com! As a programmer I’ve edited my fair share of “Hello World” examples. Normally I change the introductory phrase to something funnier, infection like “Goodbye, this site Cruel World.” With this new Word Press install I’ll let the title of the example post stand because it fits for this site. SeanTConrad.com was created by me, Sean T. Conrad, to communicate to the world my professional interests and goals.

I’m currently employed as the VP of Product and Engineering for a publicly traded software company that makes consumer web and client applications. I’m not acting as a representative of that company when posting on this site and all expressed opinions are strictly my own. As a result, I will not mention the company name, but will always disclose if I mention products created by that company.

My main professional interests are consumer facing web applications, digital photography management, web start ups, digital marketing, and the Internet in general.

I began routinely publishing photos and writing to the web while in grad school in 1997. Unfortunately, most of those galleries were published ephemerally on free hosting sites like Geocities and have been lost into the void. In 1998 when I began working professionally coding web applications for a New York start-up, I became a little more conscientous about my digital output. I bought a digital camera in 2001 and started publishing daily pictures at this site, writing the HTML by hand. That same year I adopted Movable Type and the term “blog”.

Those were innocent times and I didn’t see anything wrong with putting all my personal photos on line. While I never posted anything on the Internet I wouldn’t be comfortable showing to an potential employer or my mother, I recently felt it better to move the site for friends to a URL less connected to my full name. That left this site available to host my professional blog.

So, welcome! I hope to offer some insights on technology and where it’s headed. Please subscribe to my RSS feed, send me emails, and comment. I’m open to new ideas.

SeanTConrad.com is published using WordPress with the A Dream To Host theme, the Askimet plugin to prevent span, and hosted at Dreamhost.

The Puritan Gift

The Puritan Gift

I’m almost finished with The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos by Kenneth and William Hopper, seek and I heartily recommend to technology professionals or managers anywhere. It’s a study of the history of successful business practices or qualities that stem from the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

  1. A conviction to create Heaven on Earth (or a limitless sense of optimism for progress)
  2. Placing a high value on mechanical aptitude
  3. Working for the benefit of the group, internist not the individual
  4. The ability to marshal resources and organize on a massive scale

Along with those attributes, the Hoppers credit the Puritans for respecting ‘domain knowledge’ and listening to the folks on the factory floor. As someone who comes from an engineering background rather than a business management, I can see a lot of value in the lessons of the book. I also am learning a great deal about management practices that I never learned while coding.

The Hoppers don’t rest on their laurels with The Puritan Gift as a dry business history text book. The hook is the delightful way they intertwine wit and historic connections while telling the American tale. It reminds me of an episode of Connections.

The book was a gift from my in-laws and they even were able to snag an autograph from the author. Thank you so much for a great gift!

The Puritan Gift

The Puritan Gift

I’m almost finished with The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos by Kenneth and William Hopper, seek and I heartily recommend to technology professionals or managers anywhere. It’s a study of the history of successful business practices or qualities that stem from the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

  1. A conviction to create Heaven on Earth (or a limitless sense of optimism for progress)
  2. Placing a high value on mechanical aptitude
  3. Working for the benefit of the group, internist not the individual
  4. The ability to marshal resources and organize on a massive scale

Along with those attributes, the Hoppers credit the Puritans for respecting ‘domain knowledge’ and listening to the folks on the factory floor. As someone who comes from an engineering background rather than a business management, I can see a lot of value in the lessons of the book. I also am learning a great deal about management practices that I never learned while coding.

The Hoppers don’t rest on their laurels with The Puritan Gift as a dry business history text book. The hook is the delightful way they intertwine wit and historic connections while telling the American tale. It reminds me of an episode of Connections.

The book was a gift from my in-laws and they even were able to snag an autograph from the author. Thank you so much for a great gift!

Lessons learned from 13 failed software products

It seems like the main take aways are to listen to the users and that, somnology
yes, we do need marketing.

Beware The Astroturfing

Astroturfing” is a term that refers to generate fake grass roots effort by actually paying people to pose as everyday citizens. The term was coined by Lloyd Bentsen, the same gentleman who told Dan Quayle, “You sir, are no Jack Kennedy.”

In the Internet business, astroturfing mostly refers to posting fake comments, “I LOVE Brand X! – Joe Schmoe.” I’ve dealt with a few marketers who wanted to try it and I consistently tell them not too. There are many reasons, but the main one is, you will get caught. While your marketer is working for a paycheck, many forum moderators are doing it for the love, and thus will spend more hours trying to catch you than you can trying to evade.

Now there is another new reason. It’s against the law and you can be fined thanks to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. $300,000 for a few false comments is not chump change. I think the fines and anything else that discourages the practice is good for consumers and Internet businesses.

My Google Profile

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I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, this so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTML & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm Good <title> tags too.
3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.
4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.
5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.
6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.
7.) Join every social network you can as the site, create groups, get everyone you know to friend you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
8.) Get anyone you know with a site to link to your site. Here you go: An awesome gift idea, cufflinks with your kids fingerprints! FingerPrintCufflinks.com!
9.) Investigate an Amazon Store: the Individual account is transactional, while the professional is $39.99 a month. You could test for one month to see if it covers itself.
10.) Don’t astroturf (put fake comments on other sites) or send out form emails. Personalized emails to editors of shopping and gift blogs may get you a write up, though.

After all these are done and you’re selling lots of cuff links, consider Search Engine Marketing. You need to have good books and accounts. If you can determine your average profit per sale, you can use the Google interface to manage your spend to an Effective CPA for the percent return on investment you want. Jewelery, gifts, and kids are all rather pricey keywords, but you might be able to generate some traffic with some more long tail terms like “memento” or “french cuff.” You know, I think we should all get a beer to discuss SEM in person.
My friends Todd and Lisy are selling personalized cufflinks on line: http://fingerprintcufflinks.com. They send you a kit with a putty that allows you to capture your children’s fingerprints. After you return, information pills Lisy crafts a pair (or 3) cufflinks that forever capture your kids prints. Todd called tonight and asked me for some technical advice. I manage a tech team for a company that does a very large SEM (search engine marketing) spend, read which is not quite right for this company yet. I did jot down 10 quick things that they should try.

I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTM & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm
3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.
4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.
5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.
6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.
7.) Join every social network you can as the site, create groups, get everyone you know to friend you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
8.) Get anyone you know with a site to link to your site. Here you go: An awesome gift idea, cufflinks with your kids fingerprints! FngerPrintcufflinks.com
9.) Investigate an Amazon Store: the Individaul account is transactional, while the professional is $39.99 a month. You could test for one month to see if it covers itself.
10.) Don’t astroturf (put fake comments on other sites) or send out form emails. Personalized emails to editors of shopping and gift blogs may get you a write up, though.

After all these are done and you’re selling lots of cufflinks, consider Search Engine Marketing. You need to have good books and accounts. If you can determine your average profit per sale, you can use the Google interface to manage your spend to an Effective CPA for the percent return on investment you want. Jewelery, gifts, and kids are all rather pricey keywords, but you might be able to generate some traffic with some more long tail terms like “momento” or “french cuff.” You know, I think we should all get a beer to discuss SEM in person.
My friends Todd and Lisy are selling personalized cuff links on line: http://fingerprintcufflinks.com. They send you a kit with a putty that allows you to capture your children’s fingerprints. After you return, prosthesis Lisy crafts a pair (or 3) cufflinks that forever capture your kids prints. Todd called tonight and asked me for some technical advice. I manage a tech team for a company that does a very large SEM (search engine marketing) spend, medic which is not quite right for this company yet. I did jot down 10 quick things that they should try.

I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, information pills so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTM & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm
3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.
4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.
5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.
6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.
7.) Join every social network you can as the site, create groups, get everyone you know to friend you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
8.) Get anyone you know with a site to link to your site. Here you go: An awesome gift idea, cufflinks with your kids fingerprints! FingerPrintCufflinks.com!
9.) Investigate an Amazon Store: the Individual account is transactional, while the professional is $39.99 a month. You could test for one month to see if it covers itself.
10.) Don’t astroturf (put fake comments on other sites) or send out form emails. Personalized emails to editors of shopping and gift blogs may get you a write up, though.

After all these are done and you’re selling lots of cuff links, consider Search Engine Marketing. You need to have good books and accounts. If you can determine your average profit per sale, you can use the Google interface to manage your spend to an Effective CPA for the percent return on investment you want. Jewelery, gifts, and kids are all rather pricey keywords, but you might be able to generate some traffic with some more long tail terms like “memento” or “french cuff.” You know, I think we should all get a beer to discuss SEM in person.
My friends Todd and Lisy are selling personalized cuff links on line: http://fingerprintcufflinks.com. They send you a kit with a putty that allows you to capture your children’s fingerprints. After you return, capsule Lisy crafts a pair (or 3) cufflinks that forever capture your kids prints. Todd called tonight and asked me for some technical advice. I manage a tech team for a company that does a very large SEM (search engine marketing) spend, obesity which is not quite right for this company yet. I did jot down 10 quick things that they should try.

I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTM & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm Good <title> tags too.
3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.
4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.
5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.
6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.
7.) Join every social network you can as the site, create groups, get everyone you know to friend you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
8.) Get anyone you know with a site to link to your site. Here you go: An awesome gift idea, cufflinks with your kids fingerprints! FingerPrintCufflinks.com!
9.) Investigate an Amazon Store: the Individual account is transactional, while the professional is $39.99 a month. You could test for one month to see if it covers itself.
10.) Don’t astroturf (put fake comments on other sites) or send out form emails. Personalized emails to editors of shopping and gift blogs may get you a write up, though.

After all these are done and you’re selling lots of cuff links, consider Search Engine Marketing. You need to have good books and accounts. If you can determine your average profit per sale, you can use the Google interface to manage your spend to an Effective CPA for the percent return on investment you want. Jewelery, gifts, and kids are all rather pricey keywords, but you might be able to generate some traffic with some more long tail terms like “memento” or “french cuff.” You know, I think we should all get a beer to discuss SEM in person.
My friends Todd and Lisy are selling personalized cuff links on line: http://fingerprintcufflinks.com. They send you a kit with a putty that allows you to capture your children’s fingerprints. After you return, website like this Lisy crafts a pair (or 3) cufflinks that forever capture your kids prints. Todd called tonight and asked me for some technical advice. I manage a tech team for a company that does a very large SEM (search engine marketing) spend, no rx which is not quite right for this company yet. I did jot down 10 quick things that they should try.

I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, clinic so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTM & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm Good <title> tags too.
3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.
4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.
5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.
6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.
7.) Join every social network you can as the site, create groups, get everyone you know to friend you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites
8.) Get anyone you know with a site to link to your site. Here you go: An awesome gift idea, cufflinks with your kids fingerprints! FingerPrintCufflinks.com!
9.) Investigate an Amazon Store: the Individual account is transactional, while the professional is $39.99 a month. You could test for one month to see if it covers itself.
10.) Don’t astroturf (put fake comments on other sites) or send out form emails. Personalized emails to editors of shopping and gift blogs may get you a write up, though.

After all these are done and you’re selling lots of cuff links, consider Search Engine Marketing. You need to have good books and accounts. If you can determine your average profit per sale, you can use the Google interface to manage your spend to an Effective CPA for the percent return on investment you want. Jewelery, gifts, and kids are all rather pricey keywords, but you might be able to generate some traffic with some more long tail terms like “memento” or “french cuff.” You know, I think we should all get a beer to discuss SEM in person.
My friends Todd and Lisy are selling personalized cuff links on line: http://fingerprintcufflinks.com. They send you a kit with a putty that allows you to capture your children’s fingerprints. After you return, caries Lisy crafts a pair (or 3) cufflinks that forever capture your kids prints. Todd called tonight and asked me for some technical advice. I manage a tech team for a company that does a very large SEM (search engine marketing) spend, which is not quite right for this company yet. I did jot down 10 quick things that they should try.

I probably forgot a lot of obvious tips, so c’mon people, show me up in the comments.

10 Tips for Your Small Consumer Web Site: SEO, Buzz, and More
(in no particular order)

1.) Validate your HTM & CSS: Mostly good is good enough.
2.) Create good Meta tags: http://www.webspresso.com/metatag.htm Good tags too.<br /> 3.) Start a blog on the site. Many hosting providers have a one-click way to install it at yoursite.com/blog. Link it to it from all pages. Write one or two articles a week about how things are going. Write posts about how cufflinks would be great for St. Pat’s Day. Ask customers to email their photos and stories and post those. I recommend WordPress with the Akismet plugin for comment spam.<br /> 4.) Add http://google.com/analytics code to all your pages so you can see how your efforts are doing.<br /> 5.) Host all the customer pictures and site pictures on Flickr. Add lots of tags. Link back to the site in the descriptions.<br /> 6.) Post your product on eBay every week with the Buy Now option. Link back the site in the eBay description.<br /> 7.) 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It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.</p> <p>So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?</p> <p>The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.</p> <p>My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.</p> <p>So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.</p> <p>Here are my options:</p> <p>– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.</p> <p>– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.</p> <p>– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.</p> <p>This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.</p> <p>I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called <a title="Sweetcron" href="http://www.sweetcron.com/">Sweetcron</a> for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.<br /> <a title="Social techies unite!" href="http://newyorkcto.blogspot.com/2008/06/agile-and-social-developer.html">Blogger and CTO, <a href="http://buy-viagraonlineltd.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">psychotherapist</a> Jon Williams, <a href="http://buy-canadian-cialis.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">injection</a> wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social</a>. 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I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: WordPress, Drupal, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.<br /> <blockquote><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files. <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution. <p>So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.</p> <p>Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</p> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. <li><em>Viewing and the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave. <li><em>Viewing and the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all). <p>This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!</p> <p>Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.<br /> On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.<br /> One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://buyviagraonline-canada.net/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">women’s health</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.</p> <p>Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.<br /> <blockquote><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files. <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution. <p>So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.</p> <p>Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</p> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google. <li><em>Viewing and the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave. <li><em>Viewing and the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all). <p>This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!</p> <p>Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.</p> <p>On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.<br /> Welcome to SeanTConrad.com! As a programmer I’ve edited my fair share of “Hello World” examples. Normally I change the introductory phrase to something funnier, <a href="http://viagra-over-the-counter.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">online</a> like “Goodbye, <a href="http://viagraonlinewithoutprescriptionhq.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">ask</a> Cruel World.” With this new Word Press install I’ll let the title of the example post stand because it fits for this site. SeanTConrad.com was created by me, <a href="http://viagra-onlinewithoutprescription-ltd.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">stomatology</a> Sean T. 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In 1998 when I began working professionally coding web applications for a New York start-up, I became a little more conscientous about my digital output. I bought a digital camera in 2001 and started  publishing daily pictures at this site, writing the HTML by hand.  That same year I adopted Movable Type and the term “blog”.</p> <p>Those were innocent times and I didn’t see anything wrong with putting all my personal photos on line. While I never posted anything on the Internet I wouldn’t be comfortable showing to an potential employer or my mother, I recently felt it better to move the site for friends to a URL less connected to my full name. That left this site available to host my professional blog.</p> <p>So, welcome! I hope to offer some insights on technology and where it’s headed. Please subscribe to my RSS feed, send me emails, and comment.  I’m open to new ideas.</p> <p>SeanTConrad.com is published using <a title="WordPress" href="http://WordPress.com">WordPress</a> with the <a href="http://www.artofblog.com/themes/">A Dream To Host</a> theme and hosted at <a title="Dreamhost Hosting" href="http://dreamhost.com">Dreamhost</a>.<br /> One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://viagrafreepills.net" title="cialis" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">this</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. 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And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.<br /> <blockquote><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files. <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution. <p>So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.</p> <p>Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</p> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google. <li><em>Viewing the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave. <li><em>Sharing the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all). <p>This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!</p> <p>Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.</p> <p>On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.<br /> One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://cialisprofessional.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">health</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, <a href="http://viagra-forsale.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">tadalafil</a> passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.</p> <p>Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.<br /> <blockquote><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files. <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution. <p>So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.</p> <p>Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</p> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google. <li><em>Viewing the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave. <li><em>Sharing the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all). <p>This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!</p> <p>Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.</p> <p>On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.<br /> One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://viagra-online-pharmacy.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">try</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, <a href="http://cheap-viagra-pills.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">illness</a> passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.</p> <p>Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using <a title="DIM" href="http://www.alanlight.com/dim/Dim.htm">DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light</a> to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using TK.<br /> <blockquote><p><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> </li> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.</li> <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want. <p>Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</li> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.</li> <li><em>Viewing the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.</li> <li><em>Sharing the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market! <p>Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.</p> <p>On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.</li> </ul> <p>One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://pharmacyviagra.net" title="cialis" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">sildenafil</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, <a href="http://buycheap-cialisonline.net/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">pregnancy</a> passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.</p> <p>Unlike old photographs, <a href="http://cialisbuy.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">about it</a> digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using <a title="DIM" href="http://www.alanlight.com/dim/Dim.htm">DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light</a> to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using <a title="Exifer" href="http://www.friedemann-schmidt.com/software/exifer/">Exifer</a>. Both DIM and Exifer are free, but not designed for the technology neophyte.<br /> <blockquote><p><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> </li> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.</li> <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</li> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.</li> <li><em>Viewing the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.</li> <li><em>Sharing the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring. <p>On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.</li> </ul> <p>One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, <a href="http://viagraonlinewithoutprescriptionltd.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">pills</a> I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.</p> <p>At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.</p> <p>Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.</p> <p>I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.</p> <p><strong>Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0</strong></p> <ul> <li><em>Storing Photos</em> – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using <a title="DIM" href="http://www.alanlight.com/dim/Dim.htm">DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light</a> to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using <a title="Exifer" href="http://www.friedemann-schmidt.com/software/exifer/">Exifer</a>. Both DIM and Exifer are free, but not designed for the technology neophyte.<br /> <blockquote><p><strong>NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me.</strong> I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.</p></blockquote> </li> <li><em>Getting Photos Off The Camera</em> – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the <a href="http://www.eye.fi/">Eye-fi wireless memory card</a> to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.</li> <li><em>Backing Up The Photos</em> – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to <a href="http://flickr.com/">Flickr</a> and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called <a href="http://www.handybackup.com/">Handy Backup</a> for $30. It’s the only one I found that does <em>incremental</em> back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.</li> <li><em>Editing the Photos</em> – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using <a href="http://picasa.google.com/">Picasa</a> though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.</li> <li><em>Viewing the Photos</em> – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.</li> <li><em>Sharing the Photos</em> – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.</li> </ul> <p>This has been covered immensely in the tech news sources, <a href="http://buy-sildenafil-online.net" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">remedy</a> but last night an acquaintance once again asked, <a href="http://viagra-onlinewithoutprescription-ltd.com/" style="text-decoration:none;color:#676c6c">infertility</a> “What the hell is Twitter?” so I thought I’d try and commit a friendly response to paper.</p> <p>Twitter is a website that allows you to micro-blog. What is micro-blogging? Micro-blogging is somehow easily sending out sentences or short paragraphs to people who want to read them, as opposed to regular blogging, which is longer posts, photos, etc.</p> <p>Why would you want to do this you may ask? Well, it only works if you are followed and you follow interesting people. It can be a broadcast of status to friends “Trish: I’m so sick.” This is a common message on Facebook statuses, another form of micro-blogging. It’s an important message to receive if you care about Trish, but just noise if she’s a passing acquaintance.</p> <p>Other tweets (Twitter posts) are just open calls for attention or conversation. When you tweet that you liked a particular SNL skit, you are hoping a follower will chime and continue the conversation, thus creating human discourse and one tier of Maslov’s fulfillment.</p> <p>Professionally Twitter is a little more niche. Some tweets are from publishers who feel they have random domain insights and followers who want to read them. This could be a natural set-up for columnists with followings or consultants who want to espouse to support their brand. Like the personal messages, professional tweets are no good without an audience. It seems like a lot of these are people tweeting about new media to people in new media.</p> <p>One other mildly interesting aspect of Twitter is when you follow the tweets as a whole. It provides a chaotic, invalidated snapshot of a current moment, as seen recently during the Mumbai attacks. While it is not a reliable source, it is interesting as whirlwind of kneejerk reaction and rumor. I do not have time though to follow events so closely to be also interested in the conjecture, so I generally turn to CNN.</p> <p>Personally, I’m all done with Twitter, both reading and publishing. I liked the interface and I have quick thumbs. However no one who cares what I have to say is on twitter, or even knows what it is.</p> <p>The larger problem with Twitter is that it makes no money and it is really a commodity that can be reproduced on any website where people gather. For example Time could easily let Joe Klein, noted political columnist, post quick messages from his phone during a major address like the inauguration. A micro-blogger with a keen eye, quick wit, and really fast thumbs can provide a unique fly on the wall perspective of events closed to the public or to audiences not near a TV. The problem for Twitter is that Time could do that without using their software. 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