Archive for the ‘Backups’ Category
I was upgrading my iPhone software, and ended up wiping my iPhone with no backup. It was a blast from the past before sim cards, and iCloud. First thing to do when you have lost all your contacts is to keep breathing. If the incident happens at home or work, keeping a cool head will help. No need to take out your frustrations with your family or co-workers. Read More »
Your Data is About as Secure as a Candle in the Wind
Those of us who work in the industry have a pretty good handle on the uncertainty of computer data. If you ever get a chance to look at a hard drive in operation, this understanding will become fully entrenched. You’ll see a round disk spinning around at thousands of RPMS, and this tiny little metal thing twitching back and forth over it like a worm having a seizure, grabbing the ones and zeroes and turning them into pictures, music and letters on your screen, using some mysterious alchemy that might have befuddled Einstein.
According to a 2006 report from CNN, only 57 percent of computer users who store personal data on their machines actually back up their data. A later survey conducted by Apple indicated that only about a fourth of those users actually professed to backing up their data, with just four percent doing it regularly.
(What wasn’t reported was that another twelve percent actually thought the question had to do with plugged-up toilets, but we won’t worry about that at the moment.)
Only six years ago, 35mm negative and slide scanners were plentiful. All the major optical-electronics companies had multiple offerings for consumers and professionals. At that time digital photography was in its adolescence and, frankly, not as good as 35mm film output. Therefore, digitizing from film used to produce better pictures. Between then and now, digital photography has caught up with film and won people’s hearts and minds.
For the last few years Nikon has been a long-time holdout with a full line of negative / slide scanners, but now even they are not upgrading their offerings. Nikon’s decision is in line with what many other electronics companies have done–they no longer see film scanning as worth their efforts. Most people are not using film cameras now. Digital cameras are the new standard and are affordable and easy to use. If you are still using film, it is probably because you do not have a contemporary computer to manage your digital photos or have a huge investment in film-based systems.