Category Archives: Technology

Synchronisation and “Lightroom encountered an error when reading from its preview cache and needs to quit”

29 August 2016 – I have updated this article – read right through to the end. A few weeks back the hard drive in my laptop started to play up. Web pages took a minute to open. Booting up took … Continue reading

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The clouds in my thinking over backups are clearing

Last year, 2013, I put together a presentation on how not to lose data, particularly for photographers. At that point I was advocating Amazon Glacier as an exceptionally inexpensive archival system in the cloud. Nearly a year later I came … Continue reading

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WordPress.com versus WordPress.org

Originally posted on Rachel:
Full disclosure first: I love WordPress.com and I want to acknowledge that I might be a bit biased for two reasons. Firstly, I blog at WordPress.com and secondly, I work for Automattic, the company behind it.  I work in…

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How would I cope with data-napping?

I was reading about ransomware – where you lose access to your data due to a nefarious application encrypting all your data. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by CryptoLocker – having to pay criminals in the hope of … Continue reading

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Stayed with Vodafone, should’ve gone with GiffGaff

Heather and I both have two plus year old Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile ‘phones. The two year deal was the ‘phone plus more minutes, text and data than we could use for about £25 per month each from Vodafone. Our … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Don’t lose data

I’ve been asked, informally, what I do about backups. It’s been suggested that I speak on this one night at the Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society. I’m keen on redundancy, off-site storage and keeping costs down. Were it not for … Continue reading

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Write once, read never

I’m keeping my write once read never (hopefully) data on Amazon Web Services Glacier offering. All my old psts and archived documents, zipped up,  come to 6GB – costing me $0.05 per month. I shall also archive my photographs there. … Continue reading

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Technology travails

It’s been a year of technology refreshes in the household. Heather’s five year old HP desktop PC gradually slowed down. Throwing an SSD at it did not help. We’ve replaced it with a Lenovo G580, a laptop – Amazon’s most … Continue reading

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How the Costa Concordia Will Be Raised

The technique for raising the ship is interesting, the reason it needs raising was fascinating.

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