Be vewy, vewy quiet. We’re hunting Woops!
In all of this digital rearranging of my life, there have been a few entertaining side effects and results. Luckily most are fairly obvious and easy to deal with. The monitors on my computer freezing and creating vertical lines was annoying, but with a fresh set of drivers from the PC manufacturer’s website, that problem seems to be over. Today, I noticed that my Flickr account had duplicates of several new images. After poking around for a while, I realized that I had enabled iCloud Photostream. This in combination with camera sync and two iOS devices created a loop that occurred each time I opened Camera Sync. After turning off Photostream, this problem is gone. I deleted the duplicate new photos, but the masses of old photos to organize in Flickr remain. This is just one of those things that I will have to dedicate a few hours or the equivalent in bits of time to grind away at and get in order. Too much at one time might just make me loopy!
I have not finished, by far, the process of unifying all of my photos, but the power of this one location is already evident. I have much work to do to create sets and collections to my Flickr photostream. As I looked back over photos from the past, this one stood out as a hazy dream of some time I was near water and boats.
In my endeavor to unify, simplify, and organize the many different scattered elements of my digital life (and some parts that are still analog), I keep looking for a great photo organizer. There are many options out there from iCloud to SmugMug. For now, however, I have settled on Flickr. Family members are already using it, so sharing is a no-brainer. I paid for the upgrade to access my original photos and download longer videos. I am currently uploading my iPhoto library from the mac to which I have been downloading phone camera photos for the last few years. After that, I will tackle uploading the years of digital photos from my desktop. First, I have to reconnect the external drive that stores all that info. I still only have monitors, keyboard, and mouse hooked up to my recently resuscitated CPU. I also shopped around for a good app to upload images directly from my phone to to Flickr. What I have settled on for now is CameraSync, an app that will automatically sync my photos to Flickr (one way sync). I will have to do some management from within the website now and then to put images where I want them in sets and groups in my photostream. This solution will have to do for now, and probably once I have done massive uploading, it will stay through inertia.
For now, I have made new photos available to family and friends, so if you want to see my photostream, send me a note to add you to my Flickr contacts.
I decided to add this photo as an example of my now downloading iPhoto library. There were some really good ironic placements of adds on the Boston T a few years ago. My favorite was this ad with the C.S. Lewis quote next to a Lowe’s or Home Depot ad about grilling.