Rethinking Google Photos

Earlier this year I pronounced doom for Flickr and Google. And while I may still use imgur for embedding photos in blog posts (maybe), I have changed my mind about Google. Here’s why… There are several steps in my typical photography workflow: Take photos Cull bad photos Make backup copies of photos * local drive * online Share photos * Social media * Blog post embeds My original interest in imgur came from the difficulty I found in pulling in pictures from Flickr and Google Photos.

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The Photo Sharing Service That Killed Google and Flickr

tl;dr The service I found for unlimited storage of and easiest sharing of embedded photo albums is, quite surprisingly, the service best known for ridiculous meme photos. I’m moving my 1⁄2 Terabyte of photos and videos there as you read this… That’s the bottom line. Now, to explain myself and how this incredible turn of events came about… A bit of background - Dixie and I quit our jobs and hit the road four years ago.

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Kill The Music Industry

Last night we finally got around to watching Alex Winter’s documentary Downloaded. Once you see it, you’ll realize how ironic it is that you can actually stream the movie online. It’s mainly about the history of Napster and the guys who started it, but from behind the scenes. For most of us, all we knew about the whole incident was what the music industry wanted us to know. Pirates were stealing money from artists, and they must be stopped.

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How My Wife Cured Her Type II Diabetes

Diet is just one letter away from die. For most of man’s existence it was all about staying alive long enough to have kids and keep the species alive. You ate what you could, when you could. We come from a long line of hunter-gatherers. At some point things shifted (at different times around the world) and we began settling down, growing crops and raising animals. And then a couple of hundred years ago we figured out how to mass produce staples such as flour and sugar and changed everything.

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How Not To Do Customer Support

Recently oDesk and Elance began completing their merger. The new site is called Upwork. As can be expected, there are glitches and resets. The first thing that caught my attention was when my email inbox started receiving a LOT more email notifications than usual. So of course I logged in to Upwork and went to the notifications page. Sure enough, every single possible notification was turned on. So naturally I attempted to customize these to my preferences, and that’s when the problems occurred.

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Favorite Tweets

I just ran across a really well-worded and humorous tweet on Twitter, and my first thought was to retweet it using the new ‘quote tweet’ feature on Twitter. Unfortunately that doesn’t seem to work on mobile platforms yet, so I went to my desktop and pulled it up on Tweetdeck.Twitter.com. I started to say something like “I want to frame this tweet and hang it on my wall” but of course I have no printer and my apartment walls are concrete, so…then I thought about digitally framing it.

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The Legend of CoyoTejano

OK, let’s be honest. There isn’t much of a legend. The nickname basically came out of some friendly banter with the workers at our favorite watering hole down here in ol’ Mexico. I’m a lifelong Texan (tejano in Spanish) and someone mentioned coyote and I combined them into one nonsensical word. It’s been my nickname there ever since. I’m experimenting with this whole ‘put your blog on GitHub’ thing. I’m currently using the static site generator Jekyll and the GitHub Windows client Hugo.

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