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Move Midnight to 3am
Not in reality, just in as far as photo and media organisation software is concerned.
Scroll down for the actual idea this is background waffle:
Im currently, while I wait for opportunity to knock, in the
throes of organising things that I simply cannot continue my
life without having such things organised once and for all.
Namely, my photos. Over the years my photo organisation
been subjected to being placed on various hard drives many
of which die, while also being backed up onto other
magnetic, optical and other media, in various states. If
anything, Ive suffered from over-backingup a bit, and will
often just squirrel away a disorganised dump of photos or
music or whatever, safe in the knowledge that its in there
Recently I moved my entire digital photo library
I have into one huge Apple Photos file. It is 548GB. This is
every photo I have, in digital form. Or so I thought. In fact,
because that file was moved twice in recent months, from
one Mac to another, but before that, from one hard drive to
another just prior to the original SSHD drive deciding lifes
too much to bear, and due to some pointless
for a short while of the preceding iPhotos software, some
portion of that library was externally referenced. Well, no
more. A chunk of it could not be found. On further
investigation, quite a lot of embarrassing chunks were
nowhere other than, in some cases, the form of previews or
thumbnails. The previews were good enough to use (the
thumbnails obviously not), which saved the day sort of, but
hundreds of photos were gone.
So, I went up into the attic, took down backup hard drives*
and filled a 5TB drive with everything I could find, and the
same with optical backups. Soon I had everything that was
everywhere, all in one place. Ive put all of that into one
brand new Apple Photos library (388GB) and stepped
both of them on two separate Macs, arms outstretched
reaching both keyboards, to see which one had stuff the
other did. By and large, the original one had a surprising
amount of missing content that was present in the newly
generated one, with hardly much vice versa.
Next step, make a duplicate of the new 388GB library and
prune it down. Ive lost a lot of metadata the way I
a lot of it, but also ended up with ridiculous amounts of
duplications, amounts of separate jpg+raws, huge amounts
non-chosen or originally rejected photos back in again, and
on. Ive been throwing almost everything out apart from a
select set, and thats been preoccupying my time a while
It occurs to me that theres lots of situations that cross
midnight (christmas new year birthdays celebrations
weddings etc) that then get treated as separate days. Quite
clearly, it all happened on the same day you stupid
Just because it went past midnight is no good reason to
separate it into a separate day, you idiot its the same
as far as anyone is concerned.
Heres the idea:
I suggest an option in software (photos, video production,
music production, etc) where you can set when the day
typically ends. I would suggest 3am as a default for sensible
use (although decades ago when I made a lot of my music
analogue synths, I was habitually realising it was 4am and
some of this can wait till tomorrow) (but I wasnt actually
using computers for it totally analogue sequencing). This
way the software wouldnt chop up an import that crosses
midnight into two separate events.
* I use hard drives as photo / audio / video archive these
fill it and stash it, occasionally powering it up to see if it
still reads, even less occasionally copying it all off,
reformatting it, copying it back on. I had a brief flirtation
with bluray for data but its too restrictive to take
||Might as well be adaptive, based on clusters of photo times
if several photos are taken around midnight, continuing to
5 AM, they're the same event; if you take several at 8 PM
and then some more at 2 AM they're probably separate
events. That's how iPhoto used to separate photos into
Events by day; I'm pretty sure it only did it by day, not by
time. Events is the feature I miss most from iPhoto.
||If you find a solution to the continuous dragging of data
around that you simply can't live without that doens't
involve somebody's cloud server somewhere, let me know.
||Join the Collective, [Ray]. All your (well, our) data, online, all the time. Go on, you know you want to ...
||// If you find a solution to the continuous dragging of
data around //
||I was hoping that the SD WORM cards that came out a
while back would catch on and get cheap. It looks like it
||It seems to me that it ought to be possible to make a
write-once system that is significantly cheaper than flash
memory, but it could be that there's no way to get it
cheaper unless it can be produced in huge volumes, and
until it is cheap, it won't be popular enough to sell many.
||I see that you can buy 1000 year archival DVDs and Blue-
ray disks from mdisk.com, but it's still cheaper per GB to
but 2 hard drives.
||Yep, and it keeps large libraries of media together
instead of splitting it across multiple handfuls of
opticals. I personally had doubts as to whether to
take SDXC cards or usb sticks seriously as dump
and stash storage,
terms of longevity and corruptibility and general
where on earth was this made and why was it so
cheap-ness (whats the proper word for that? Oh yes,
trust). For now, I think hard drives are the go.
||I would put it in the cloud, just as soon as Ive
winnowed down the half a terabyte of every single
photo Ive ever taken that I still have digital record
of, down to the 5GB that iCloud provides. Oh wait,
half of that is full of something I didnt put there
apps steal bits of it themselves. Okay, just as soon
as Ive whittled it all down to 2.5GB.
||Cancel Monday s entirely ?
||Surely you can do this by just setting your computer's time zone to "Buenos Aires"?
||USB drives, I've found, are unreliable - I've had a fail rate of
100% over 4 different drives over a period of 6 years. Ok for
moving things around and short term storage, but sadly
quite flaky beyond that.
||I've been keeping an old Apple Xserve 14 bay RAID drive
alive for the last 6 years with greater success - though
finding the power supply units prone to failure - I suspect
aging capacitors are to blame but a new PSU on eBay is
about £25, so not tried to get the soldering iron out quite
||Trouble is, this 2TB unit will ultimately fill up, and what
then? I'm sort of hoping that due to some kind of
seruptitious Moore's law equivalent, that by the time that
happens, I can archive onto a single HD drive that I can
store separately somewhere. I'd go SATA, just because
they're cheap, and are fairly easily mounted on older gear.
All that's needed then is a nice fire-proof, padded box to
keep them in and a sharpie-cataloging system such as
"1999-2009" or whatever. At £60 a decade, that's not too
bad. Certainly cheaper than any non-free cloud based
||Hotel reservations as well please.
||This past summer I was traveling late, and tried to
find a hotel on-line. After midnight, all of the hotels
stopped taking reservations for the day just past,
despite the fact that the night was far from over. It
took multiple phone calls to do what Expedia could
easily have done if the switch over happened at a
more practical time.