I have for the first time in 20 years of using computers paid dearly for a backing up hiatus!
Over 2,000 Australian dollars!
I typically do complete backups irregularly to external hard disks prior to overseas travel and do not normally bother for domestic travel.
After a change of machine and needing to shuffle files between the two I had irregular backups this past year.
While returning my laptop to a backpack style bag 2 months ago I was distracted and the laptop feel flat on its lid. The machine was powering down at the time it fell, which must have exacerbated the problem.
The disk head dragged across the platter creating a scratch that left the disk unrecoverable by “cheap” data recovery methods.
I found a company in Australia who specialise in this work...
I use Carbonite. They put a little green dot by the file when it has been backed up. It is great, I don't need to think about it at all, it always runs in the bg. It took a while in the beginning to back up the whole system but is now pretty seamless. I can turn it off at anytime if I think it is slowing things down, but don't really need to do this. I also have an external hard drive I backup to an a semi regular basis so I have a double back up. All the info for accessing my back up from Carbonite is in hard copy and I access with a user ID and Password. If ever I need to download all my files to another computer I would just go to my account and do so. I think it is $45 per year, I have it on an auto payment...
I wonder if anyone has had any positive experience with an online backup service? On that polls your machine and copies up changes constantly? I had been using the microsoft syntoy 2.0 which is extremely powerful. I had been using Robocopy and now Richcopy but to date needed to run it all through scripts. I understand the mac environment has some handsoff solutions that are unattended that work very well. I guess I'll keep looking.
Having travelled a lot in developing countries, I am always aware of camera security. I know of people who have been followed from the airport and had all their luggage stolen from them immediately before entering their hotel. I also know of people who have lost their cameras in the street. It is sensible to organise your travel from the airport to the hotel prior to arriving and plan all your routes and travel methods. There is nothing worse than being robbed while on holidays and needing to organise cancelling credit cards, etc from a foreign country I have had this unpleasant task once while in Bogota.
There is often nothing you can do to blend in however, you can make an effort not to stand out too much. I try and dress down when travelling and not to...
I typically travel to the same places these days for work however; occasionally there is a new city to explore. I have an evolving system of getting a feel for a place before arriving through pre-trip research.
These days it involves a series of websites saved as favourites and a couple of other routines:
* Develop a currency conversion system - normally for a few different scales - 1, 10, 100, and 1000. You can write this on a piece of paper and keep it on you but it does not take muck to memorise Currency converter
* Reading other travels experiences from real travellers rather than picture perfect travel books. All too often, you hear the answer to "how was it" as "not what the travel brochure...
All good tips:) My routine is similar to yours, so nothing much to add. I might note that on meeting locals, my habit is to talk to everyone. The shop keepers, the servers and cashiers at restaurants, people I am standing in line with. Even if I don't know the language, I have gotten use to communicating one way or another, with a big smile on my face. One of the best "tips" I ever got was from a local standing next to me on a ferry boat. We were admiring the view together and it turned out she was from the city I was visiting next.
Ever wanted to know more about what your CAMERA did to your photo? You know what YOU did but there was more? There is the basic metadata (EXIF-Exchangeable image file format, IPTC-International Press Telecommunications Council) exposed through tools like Lightroom but there is more that can be accessed.
There is a free tool written by Phil Harvey that extracts a lot more detail than you would otherwise see. I have played with this tool over the past few years and it has kept up with new camera versions and been well supported. I wrote a tool once which imported my whole collection into a database to see what lens I should buy next based on how I shoot with what I have - fun geekish approach!
Hi Gavril Circle of Confusion is a really useful for working out what F to use. Have a look at the website CoC. Once you know what this is for your camera you can create a depth of field calculator - have a look at this website DOF calculator
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