You have 10 seconds to find a photo of your dog on a beach in 2008

Can you do it? If you have your Smartphone and your Flickr app than you probably can accomplish that request.  I average about 200 photos shot on my smartphone a month. Now that I have no limits on storage I sometimes edit a photo and keep 5 versions of that photo.

Google will soon announce that you will have unlimited free storage ( in your original format ) for all your photos and videos. Amazon Prime Photo already offers unlimited storage for your photos.

I’m old enough to remember shooting photos on a film camera. Storing the prints in a shoebox and then never able to retrieve a photo that was more than 3 years old.

Run, don’t walk and get one of the 3 unlimited photo storage program/apps.

  • Flickr – 1 tb (500,000 photos) free
  • Google Photos – unlimited storage free
  • Amazon Prime Photos – unlimited storage ( $99 per year but includes other valuable services)

Oregon Flowers 2001

Oregon Flowers 2007

Cockatoo 2003

Cockatoo 2003

Sherwood Oregon 2006

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Olivia at Rockaway Beach 2004

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Get 2 GB Free Cloud Storage – Today 2/9/16 Only

It seems I always need more storage with several email accounts and a huge photo and video collection. Google is offering 2 gb of free storage by doing a routine security check on your google account settings. The check takes about 2 minutes to complete and is actually very helpful.  I found that several apps and games had access to my Google setting. I quickly eliminated those privileges.

Security Check

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New Year – Old Things Disappear

Last night, the batteries for my T.V. remote control died. I had no replacements in the house. I quickly realized that I could control my T.V., Roku and Amazon Fire TV streaming devices with my Nexus 6 Smartphone.

I started thinking what other parts of my life would be disappearing.

Checks– I haven’t written a physical check in over a year. Everything is paid for by cash, debit card or online payment

CD, DVD USB Sticks– My Macbook does not even contain an optical drive and I rarely purchase a DVD since most of my media is consumed via a streaming service (i.e. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video)

Books (Physical)  Ok. this is a sad one since I enjoy browsing in Book Stores. But, the truth is that everything I read is on a Kindle or in one of the cloud services.

TechCrunch has a powerful article on what they think will be gone in 5 years. You can find the article here

What do you think will be gone?

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Who Wants Free Unlimited Photo Storage?

A wise person once said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. That’s probably right but if you want to put up with Google’s tracking then you can use Google Photos for unlimited Cloud storage.

I actually use 3 services. I pay $24 a year for an unlimited Flickr Account and part of my Amazon Prime account provides me with unlimited photo storage. But, if you have google mail then you should be taking advantage of unlimited free photo storage. Every time I take a picture on my Nexus 5 smartphone the photo is automatically uploaded to Google photos for storage and editing.

How To Geek just posted a very informative article on unlimited photo storage

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Google Photos

Google Photos recently updated its desktop,Android and IOS app.  Google Photos is easier to use, has more capabilities and offers almost unlimited storage via Google Drive. A slight advantage over the IOS(Apple) app where you pay for storage over 5gb on iCloud. By no means is Google Photos a professional editor but for the casual Smartphone user this is a pleasant addition. The desktop version allow you to upload photos from your hard drives and sd cards.

I have two other redundant but very useful backup services. When I take a photo on my smartphone it automatically backs up to Flickr and Amazon Photos. 

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Flickr Revisited

Pop Quiz CTL subscribers. Where can you upload 1 TB of photos and videos and find a photo or album in less than a second. Answer: Flickr

The other day a friend asked me about a Moluccan Cockatoo. Not only was I able to provide him with photos and videos of our former bird. I was also able to connect him to discussion groups on Cockatoos. You can use Flickr for photo storage or photo appreciation but for the most cost effective way of finding your photos on any device then Flickr is your Go To Service

There is a free advertised supported version of Flickr. I have been a pro version subscriber since 2004 and I have 9000+ photos and videos stored. My annual subscription is $24. Below are some photos that have more than 500 views over the last 10 years.

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The Cloud Revisited

My wife and I returned from the U.S last week and I was able to travel to Oregon, Idaho and California without a computer thanks to the cloud. I could receive my email via the Google Cloud. I could retrieve my photos via the Yahoo Cloud, I could read my books via the Amazon Cloud and finally hear all of my music via the Apple Cloud.

Two years ago I advised new purchasers of computers, tablets and smartphones to buy as much memory as they could afford. Today, with the advent of free cloud services I tell people to buy the minimum memory configuration.

The following are the free storage available to any user.

  • iCloud (Apple) 5 gb
  • Google Mail And Drive 15 GB
  • Youtube – Virtually unlimted videos uploads
  • Flickr (Yahoo) a whopping 1 TB  (1000 GB ) of photo storage

There are other services like Dropbox, Pogoplub, Box etc that also offer free gigs of storage.

This blog is being stored on the WordPress Cloud.

Bottom line – take advantage of the many free, safe and reliable cloud storage systems to streamline your life.

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