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  1. Dear Daniel,
    I have read through all your room-mate pursuit, major change, weight loss, and future plans. I will continue praying for you as you seek where you will best fit in and that the right classes will have openings when you go to apply.

  2. I’ve known family members and even experienced photographers who have lost the photos on the memory card even before offloading them to a computer, and also those who have lost their photos from computer storage. Take a moment to think the time invested and the many beautiful memories you could potentially lose if your current photo catalogue were just gone. I feel my anxiety rising, just thinking about it. Ugh!Stuff happens, and if you do not have a coherent strategy for protecting your images form data loss, at some point, you will be the one to utter the phrase, “I lost my photos.” Here’s the strategy I used to mitigate the risks.Backup While ShootingMy risk mitigation strategy starts before I click the shutter release for the first image. I use two similarly sized SD cards in my Fuji X-T2, configuring my camera to store full-sized RAF (Fuji’s RAW image format) to both cards. If one card entirely craps out on me or if I accidentally format a card in the camera I’ve got all the RAW images safely stored on the other card. I never remove the second memory card from my camera.If your camera has two memory slots, even if each slot is a different storage type, there is no reason not to use this two-card arrangement to reduce the risk of data loss. Memory cards used to be quite expensive. My first digital camera was a Sony DSC-S70, a 3.3-megapixel camera with one storage card slot that used 128 MB Memory Sticks. That 128 MB Memory Stick barely held 36 JPEG quality images. Today, for the same prices, I fill the card slots on my Fuji X-T2 with 32GB Lexar Professional SDHC UHS-II cards that are super fast. I can store over 1200 RAW quality 24-megapixel images. If you get a low-speed memory card for the backup card slot, you may experience the slow performance of the camera during burst shooting. I recommend buying two of the same brand and type of card and buying the fastest storage card your camera can support.Local and Online BackupTime MachineHard-drives fail, computers get stolen, and there’s any number of ways a whole bunch of data can get lost.
    macOS Time MachineI’m a Mac so my backup strategy includes the built-in Time Machine as well as a third-party backup solution, Code42’s CrashPlan Pro for Small Business.Using Time Machine is simple. Plug in an external drive to the Mac and follow the on-screen wizard. Then forget about it. Time Machine automatically runs in the background doing its thing. Additionally, I used CrashPlan to backup the internal SSD of the Mac to an external USB hard drive.If the internal SSD fails, I can boot and run from the Time Machine drive until I get a replacement and ca recover from the Time Machine drive. If the Time Machine drive fails, I can recover from the CrashPlan backup. These multiple backups reduce the risk of a single point of failure. Time Machine is only used for data loss prevention on my Mac itself.CrashPlanIf I have the computers and the backup in the same place, then what happens if they both get destroyed by a fire or another disaster?
    CrashPlan Pro ConsoleLast year, I wrote an article detailing my backup strategy using CrashPlan PRO for Small Business. Nothing has changed for 2019, except that I now use a Fuji X-T2, and sometimes I import my images as Fuji RAF. I recommend reading that article for all the details.CrashPlan is a backup software that I installed on my Mac. It is highly configurable, lightweight and runs automatically in the background. I configured CrashPlan to backup when my iMac is idle and to use more bandwidth at night when my home network is not being used. The software is set to make local and encrypted cloud backups.I pay about $10 per month per computer for a subscription to their online backup. My cloud backup is configured to use 256-bit AES data encryption for data at rest, has no file size restrictions or additional charge for space. Since I have the encryption keys locally, neither CrashPlan or anyone else can read my files.I can control what files are protected, when, and how often. CrashPlan backs up my most recent files first, then makes sure I have a full backup at one destination as soon as possible before backing up to the other target.When I run into a problem, CrashPlan’s support staff are available by phone, chat, email. For recovery, I can restore via CrashPlans’ desktop app or web browser. I have a fast internet connection via Xfinity, so recovery times are not too time-consuming.In the recent past, CrashPlan offered a disk recovery option whereby they would ship an encrypted disk with a copy of my backup. However, the company recently re-organised to focus on small to medium-size business and shuttered the consumer arm of the company.All of my images are stored in an Adobe Lightroom Catalogue on a 5 TB external hard drive. CrashPlan’s backup software continuously creates copies of my pictures to another local 5TB external hard drive as well as encrypted copies to CrashPlan’s cloud service. A real-time file watcher checks for new files and file updates, and backs up changes every 15 minutes by default.That means I have three copies (two local and one in the cloud) of my images. The likely data loss is minimal. If one of the local drives fails, I can work off the other drive. With a quick trip to Best Buy or an Amazon.com Prime delivery, I can replace the defective drive.If both local drives fail (unlikely) or if my house floods, and electrical surge, or burns down in a fire, I can rest easy knowing that I can restore from cloud storage. No technology is zero risks, but it is highly unlikely that I would lose both drives and cloud backup. These multiple backups reduce the risk of a single point of failure.I use CrashPlan to backup all of my other files – my iTunes library (a separate hard drive from my Adobe Lightroom Catalog), home movies, financial records, etc. using a similar three copy strategy.
    CrashPlan PRO Notification EmailOne of the features of CrashPlan that I often forget about is email notifications. My wife doesn’t use her MacBook Air daily, preferring to use her iPad for most tasks. Sometimes she can go an entire week without using her MacBook, and when she does, she may only use it for a few hours.
    That means that often, CrashPlan has not had a chance to back up her MacBook. CrashPlan’s cloud service will send me an email notification.My wife also forgets to attach an external backup drive. However, CrashPlan will pick up where it left off the next time I plug in the drive. Compared to other cloud backup options, CrashPlan Pro for Small Business is an excellent value.I’m happy with CrashPlan for Small Business because it always works.


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  3. Daniel, for me, the idea is more akin to an actual inventory of technology I use in the present epoch than a materialistic list of possessions. My website is only 15 years old, but there are numerous technologies that I have used in my short 52 years of life on this planet. I wish I had had the foresight to document my early days with Windows XP, with Linux desktops and servers, etc. I have used and abandoned many technologies. I don’t have a visual record of my early childhood days of computing with Commodore VIC20 and Commodore 64 and Apple II. All gone.

  4. It was because of your exploration with Jekyll that I explored Hugo. It had the same benefits offered by any static website generator but it much faster at rebuilding sites than Jekyll.

    My WordPress blog is over 15 years old and after that many years of images I finally upgraded my hosting space to 50GB. I am currently at 20G of used space. I think you’ll see that 25GB of space is enough.

    I also started uploading smaller images, 960px wide. I think that’s large enough. My images are compressed using variable compression. I use the JPEGmini Pro plugin for Adobe Lightroom to analyse and compress my images.

    • Yes, I’m using 960px width for most of my photographs and using a plugin that works like JPEGmini Pro to minimize the file size without loosing the image quality. It runs automatically in the background when I upload a new image.

  5. I am able to do most of these things. I have Spotify and Apple Music. I don’t have “bring me up” music. It’s just music and since I share a home with three other people now, it’s all via headphones. Getting out of the house and walking or hiking has become more challenging given that national, state and county trails are now all closed. My father-in-law passed away last week a year and a day after my own father passed away.

    I am not in a mental space to be grateful for things that rightfully were already mine before COVID.

    It seems each day something else is taken away. Loss after loss after loss. It’s challenging to smile through all of that.

    • I understand your loss, Khürt. I think it was six months after my father passed away that I also lost my beloved uncle. Now almost a year and a half have passed and I’m grateful to be out of the fog of grief. I read your posts and other folks about the parks being closed off in your area. That’s truly unfortunate. Keep writing and sharing your pictures, I enjoy seeing them as I’m not able to get out as much with my photography friends to take pictures together.

  6. Daniel Brinneman pointed me to one of his posts from 2012 where he writes about his boyhood experience catfishing with his friends while living in West Africa. His story reminds me of some of the experiences I had living on the island of Bequia in the Grenadines. Dad accepted an opportunity from Barclays Bank, PLC1 to manage the bank branch in Bequia. We lived on the second floor of the bank building which was about 50 metres from the front door from a view similar to this one.Quite often my brothers and I, five to 7 years old at the time, would spend afternoons and early morning weekends days on the beach, racing up and down the sand, playing crickets, swimming in the warm Caribbean waters. Many times we would go fishing, using a net made with dried coconut palm branches. We would combine two braches, take them a few feet into the shallow water, and sweep down and then up and toward the shoreline. The small fish would panic and get caught in between the palm fronts and or jump onto the sand—easy peasy way to catch fish. We usually dumped them back into the water. But not always. Sometimes we would take them home and put them into a glass jar where they would be dead by the end of the day. Little boys are too ignorant to know the difference between saltwater and freshwater fish.After lunch, I watched the birds getting a late afternoon snack at the bird feeder. It took some patience, but, through the kitchen window, I managed to get a photo of this unidentified bird flitting between the branches.I’m having a costly week. All the beer that I had bought in December and early 2020 with the intent that, after I had recovered from my surgeries, I would have a beer party with my friends, is skunked. No beer parties until after state-mandated house arrest orders have been lifted off the residents of New Jersey. I poured three cans and bottles down the drain this week.I tried buying more good craft ales from the Bottle King, but I am annoyed by their sys. They don’t allow in-store shopping anymore. The manager insisted that the website and his inventory were updated. Thirty seconds after placing the order (and charging my credit card) he calls to say “we’re sold out”. But the website still shows they have it in inventory.
    In 2001, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Barclays Bank PLC finalized a deal to combine their Caribbean operations into a new company called FirstCaribbean International Bank. Share:TwitterFacebookTumblrEmailLike this:Like Loading…Related

  7. What a lovely photograph, Dan-and a very complex capture! Your photograph very simply epitomizes the warmth and heart of “Spring”!!!

  8. I get some SMS spam but a lot of spam calls. I have taken to just not answering my phone if i don’t know the number. The downside to that is that I often miss calls from job recruiters. Thanks for letting me know about Hiya and Call Control.

  9. I think the clock tower and steeple are interesting. I be interested in a seeing the details. Are there more churches like this in Vermont?

    I visited Burlington and Greensboro almost four years ago but I didn’t photograph any churches.

  10. Daniel, The photos are beautiful and the blog type descriptions. I liked seeing Tom; it had been a while. He’s looking good. And the other unique encounters and “finds” were great.
    I’m a follower now 🙂

    • Thank you for the comment and follow, Kristin. I have enjoyed reading these kinds of photo stories from other photographers. It’s a new form of reading similar to holding a glossy magazine only now it’s possible to manipulate the font and form to my liking. It has allowed me to put aside bad design and readability by using a medium that contributes to a more pleasant reading experience.

  11. I have a Minolta X-700 and I’m confused by the light meter app. The X-700 has a light meter so the light meter app is superfluous.

    Assuming you are manual choosing aperture and shutter speed, the shutter speed indicator will light one LED when the shutter speed matches exactly and two LEDs light if peed is in between. There is no green in the shutter speed display.

    Here is a manual for the X-700. Read page 33.


    I prefer reading to “watching yet another short movie with another person voice inside my head”. You can jump to page 33 on the manual to get to a specific point. Try doing that with video.

    I don’t understand this sentence.

    Then he explained how I could calculate aperture and shutter speed.

    I don’t know you want to do that. Set the aperture and the shutter speed. If you choose wrong, when you press the shutter biutton, the camera will beep to indicate that your combination is incorrect. No need to do math and you gain nothing by learning to do that.

    But I know from reading some film photography blogs that the film processing is $30 as a service and film rolls are roughly $7.

    Film processing is $5 to $7 at most places. If you want the negatives scanned to a high resoution file, the cost is $27-$30 depending on the type of film.


    All that stuff you wrote about apertures and shutter speeds and ISO is the same for any camera. Film or digital.

    The lower the number on a black and white roll of film (Ex. ISO 25), the less grain it has and the more smooth gradient of grays It has whereas the higher the number (Ex. ISO 400) the more grain it has, the grays are less and the contrast between objects is stronger.

    Sometimes that is true and sometimes it’s not.

    Lomography LomoChrome Turquoise is a low ISO high grain film: https://thedarkroom.com/film/lomochrome-turquoise/

    Kodak T-MAX 400 is a high ISO low grain film: https://thedarkroom.com/film/portra-400/

    ILFORD Ortho Plus is a low ISO high contrast film: https://thedarkroom.com/film/ortho-plus/

    The Darkroom has a handy film index with description and example in the gallery.


  12. That stream scene is SO beautiful. I have seen similar views with my own eyes many times in the past, having lived in NY and spent much time in VT and the New England states. You have captured it perfectly.

  13. I have to limit gluten (a little soy sauce is fine, a piece of fried chicken doesn’t hurt me, but a cheeseburger with a bun will leave my gut in knots for two days). But I also have to utterly eliminate alliums (onions and garlic) to avoid serious gastric distress. Gluten-free is challenging enough — though it is far better now than 10 years ago when I started it. But garlic/onion free is wicked hard. It makes eating out a total minefield.

    • Thanks for dropping by, Jim. Have you tried Korean-made pickled garlic? The strong taste becomes sweet like candy. Red onions become sweet when fried. My distress usually last four days with the tiniest amount of gluten, the size of a sunflower seed.

  14. I tried doing the above and it pulled in PHP 8. I ran

    sudo apt-get purge php8.*
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    sudo apt-get autoremove

    sudo systemctl restart apache2

  15. Hi

    Thanks for your explanation. I get this message:

    Cannot add PPA: ‘ppa:~ondrej/ubuntu/php’.
    ERROR: ‘~ondrej’ user or team does not exist.

    Was this updated?


    • Thank you for dropping by, Jan. The command I wrote should work as I used it for updating to the latest version of Ubuntu most recently. If you are receiving error messages in the terminal, look for their explanations in a web search.

  16. Looks like you have gained your Grandfather Carl’s and your Dad’s carpenter skills. Great job!!!

  17. Sounds to me like you’re missing it-and would like to re-establish your radio hobby again!

  18. Just like me. I have a 2m/440 ready to install in my Jetta. Have a couple issues to address like getting the rear seat to lay down so I can install it in the front top of the trunk. The glass mount antennas are still attached although they aren’t the best from what I hear. Maybe I’ll get to it soon.

  19. You are so much further ahead of us in Vermont. Our dandelions are just starting. Plan to mow lawn tomorrow for the first time.

  20. Your flowers are beautiful! But the first one on the right (1st row of pics) is not a Dandelion! It’s a wildflower called something like Joe Pye Weed. I will look it up and let you know its name. My father-in-law is an expert in wild flowers, birds, butterflies and moths! He has 16 different kinds of wild flowers growing in his wild flower garden!

  21. I learned some new things about Neal and you. Neal also landed in our field many times. Daddy always kept that area cleared for him to land. Excellent story!

  22. What a great time to be outdoors. Being there is a slave to me whenever I have that experience.
    Good on you

    • Thank you for dropping by, Robert. I was feeling like my creativity was going away because of being bored with my photography journey. Capture One Pro version 21 feels like a new tool after having used version 10 back in 2015 when it came with my Sony a6000 camera. It feels like a new tool because of masks and tooltips. It’s smoother than it used to be and runs fast, pleasantly.

  23. Nancy and I used to eat there almost once a week. A year and a half later we still miss it. In years past they used to sell citrus fruit by the case a few times a year in the winter. They also pressed cider and boiled down sap to maple syrup and candy. It certainly in some ways changed with the times, and in other ways refused to be other than an old New England building.

  24. Thank you for this – going to give it a try. Wondering if it works with other display options, assuming it will. I did try the choosing tags to insert images and didn’t have luck with that. I’m wondering if it needs to be in the album first. I don’t have any albums set up, only galleries. Off to experiment and try some more!

    • Lauri, I don’t know what you mean by other display options but this is still the same method that I’ve been using to insert single images from the galleries into my posts. It should still work with albums because albums are built using galleries. My photography page is a set of albums using a collection of galleries. I recently noticed that you don’t want to use apostrophes in the tag. Tags can have spaces and are separated from each other with commas.

  25. Daniel, you need to consider writing a book. You have a way of painting a picture for the reader.

  26. Wow Daniel! All of those pictures are absolutely beautiful. You certainly have an eye for the beautiful landscape that the Lord has provided. Thank you for sharing these absolutely mind blowing pictures of the glory of God. Can you imagine what pictures of Heaven will be like, and we know it’s going to be so much better than Earth, when pictures like this on Earth are seen? Thank you Daniel for taking the time to share with everyone the glory that the Lord has surrounded us with, right here!

  27. I’m so sorry you lost your “Korean Grandpa”, Dan. He sounds like a great friend and brother.
    But isn’t it wonderful to know he’s meeting your Dad in Heaven- and that you’ll one day see them BOTH again! I’m praying for comfort and peace for you and for Sang’s family.

  28. I’ve had my blog on WordPress for so long that I shudder to think what a job it would be to change platforms. But I have toyed with migrating my email newsletter to Substack. One feature missing with my email provider is the ability for people to freely read past newsletters, and for me to link to past newsletters, both of which Substack features.

    • I know what you mean, Jim. I’ve already been down that path many times before I finally settled with WordPress. Maybe there’s a “hack” to find a solution for that email newsletter deficiency.

  29. Daniel, Thanks so much for this post. This is exactly the solution I was looking for. Just tried this and it works well.

  30. Life saver, this really helped me update my WordPress to get all of my plugins working correctly after updating all of them.

  31. Nicely written. It sounds like you carefully manage the noise you let into your environment. I struggle with noise myself, which is why I stay home a lot. My home is quiet.

    • Thanks, Jim. Sometimes my earbuds are in just to silence the electrical noise by 70% even if no music plays. To calm my anxiety quickly, I avoid jagged sawtooth musical waveforms and listen to classical music meant for studying or focus. I search for classical focus on my music player and dislike any unhelpful songs. I prefer the pieces of Chopin over Tchaikovsky for these moments of relief.