Where Are Your Photos Stored From Last Year?

I snap about 200 photos per month. Everyday I get a message from Amazon Prime Photos of the photos I have stored from that date last year, 2015, 2014.

Today it was a special announcement since last year on this date we had friends from Oregon visit and I invited my Spanish teacher and her cousin’s family.

Can you find a photo you snapped on this day last year?

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Watching TV in Cuenca 2016

Last year at this time I wrote on article on this subject. So what has changed in a year? There are now 4 main legal streaming boxes:

  • Apple TV – Now in its 4th edition with voice control
  • Roku – Now in its 4th edition also with voice control
  • Amazon Fire TV – Now in its second edition with Alexa voice control
  • Android TV – The Google version with limited apps

There is a 5th alternative and its called KODI . First let me say that I don’t object to the non legal status of KODI since I often purchase bootleg DVD’s in Cuenca. Let me also state that I have limited knowledge of KODI. I do know in Cuenca there are KODI groups and some individuals that will handle the installation and support.  There are some safety concerns using KODI and this article does a good job of explaining it

The following are some paid subscriptions that are available to stream on the above boxes.

  • Netflix – Note the North American version is not longer available
  • Amazon Prime – No available on Apple TV
  • HBO Now
  • STARZ
  • Showtime
  • HULU

There is also DirecTV. 5 years ago I tried the service for 6 months. My experience was that it was expensive $40 + per month was limited in the quality of English programming.

My costs:

  • Puntonet 50 mb fiber optic service $60 per month +
  • Amazon Prime – $8 per month *
  • HBO – $15 per month
  • Strong VPN  $7 per month*

Note: * denotes other uses besides watching TV

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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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Amazon Prime $67 – Sept 25th (24 hours)

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Amazon Prime. I’m a bigger fan living in Ecuador and here is why.

  • Most expats depend on streaming TV services and Amazon Prime is one of the best with award winning original TV series like Transparent
  • Prime video offers thousands of videos and tv programs including almost all of the HBO first season series
  • Amazon Photo- I take a photo on my smartphone or iPad and it is automatically uploaded to Amazon Photo which offers unlimited storage.
  • Amazon Music- thousands of songs and albums for instant streaming when you have a wifi connection.
  • Two day free shipping on most products purchased from Amazon. Although they don’t ship to Ecuador I always have a friend I can ship to so when they are in the United States they can bring it back to me.
  • Kindle Lending Library.  One Kindle book free each month.

Now for less than $5.60 a month you can have a great service.

Sale starts at midnight 9/25 for 24 hours.  Only open to new members (Damn)

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Best Media Streaming Service

Presently, in Cuenca I am using the following hardware

  • Apple TV
  • Roku 3
  • Cisco E 2500 Router with Sabai firmware

And the following software subscriptions

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime
  • Hula Plus(Free Trial)
  • Strong VPN

My total subscriptions cost per year =$265 which comes out to $22 per month. With these services I don’t ever run out of movies and TV to watch. When I need to watch a movie or TV program that is not provided with these services then I rent it from iTunes or Amazon.

Below is a good summary of the available streaming services with a winner that I agree with.

And The Winner Is…

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