Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Moving to the Cloud Part 1: Photos

Well, it's been a long time since I've posted. Without going into a lot of details, I've had a number of life changes in the last few months. Hopefully I can get back into blogging a bit.

One goal I've made for 2010 is to care a lot less about what, exactly, is on the fleet of machines and disk drives sitting around my house. That means moving content into the cloud. I decided to start with what is most important to me, namely, my family photos.

I was a pretty early adopter of digital photography, getting my first camera in 1997. So I have a lot of pictures. I've used Picasa for a long time (well before Google bought it), so it seemed like a natural fit to upload everything into Picasa Web Albums. And of course, there is a web API, so in the future, I can manage my photos with custom scripts and applications.

The Picasa fat client application makes the upload process incredibly easy. (I used the beta version for Linux, which now runs via the WINE emulator.) One thing I had to make sure to do was force it to upload the full-size images for each album, lest I lose some JPEG quality for more recent years' photos.

Another thing I had to do was upgrade my Google Account storage, because the free space wasn't going to be nearly enough. Conveniently, there is currently a deal to get a free Eye-Fi card with a year's worth of 200G of storage. I went for that. I don't really need anywhere near 200G just for my photos, but I will use some more of that space in future blog posts. And I can't wait for my new Eye-Fi card to arrive in the mail.

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