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Exploring Microsoft’s ‘OneDrive’ As A Viable, Long-Term Solution For My Photo Storage.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Where I stand with my 3TB (RAID 1) Drobo.


Click to access my original post from April 2017.


In 2017 I was not mentally ready to have all the photos I take, on a daily basis, stored offline, in the Cloud.

But, technology, needs and my attitudes do evolve. Having the 1 Gig Internet service, with 400MB uploads, is definitely a factor. Ironically, it was my 3TB Drobo getting jostled around during the 1G installation (on Monday) that got me evaluating my online options again. My Drobo going into ‘Data Protection’ mode for three hours to rebuild its storage image was SCARY. Got me thinking my long-term strategy all over-again. I know that trying to keep my photos local, on the RAID I (i.e., redundant-data/data duplicated) Drobo, is far from ideal. I really need to have the photos stored offline, in the Cloud.

I had looked at Google Drive, Google Photo and even Amazon Photo. There way of storing photos did not meet my needs! I store my pictures in folders per my criteria — NOT just the date on which they were taken. So, when I go on a trip I have a master folder for that trip. Then within that folder I have other folders my day, ‘topic’ AND camera! Yes, I always shoot with at least two cameras and I keep the pictures separate.

So, I need a very flexible folder scheme. OneDrive gives that to I. I tried creating some nested folders and uploading some pictures. Works. It seems viable. I still need to do more research.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge

I Get A ‘Drobo S’ 5-Bay RAID-Storage With 6TB Of WD Disks For My Photos.

by Anura Guruge


Click pictures to ENLARGE.


Click for the Amazon listing for a Drobo S. My computer guy sold me one of his previously used units for $200.





We all knew that at some point my incessant photo taking was going to take a toll on storage.

Since September 2016 I have taken nearly 19,000 pictures.

That comes to around 2,700 pictures a month — 90 pictures a day.

I was storing my pictures on my 600GB ‘D’-drive. The main issue was backing them up. I tried Amazon Photo. That was a sad joke.

Kind of realized that online, i.e., cloud-based, storage was too slow and messy.

That was when my OUTSTANDING computer guy, Shane Selling — also of drone fame — suggested I get a local RAID unit. After some research and consideration I realized that this would work and work well for my needs.

As it happened Shane, having graduated to a NAS-attached ‘Drobo 5N’, had a ‘Drobo S’ that he was no longer using which he was willing to give me for $200 — which was quite the steal. Thank YOU, Shane. He even delivered and installed it. He is very good. Outstanding.

He and I had first talked about getting two 2TB WD Black drives that would have given me 2TB of RAID.

At the last minute I ended up ordering two 3TB GREEN WDs for 3TB of RAID — the GREEN drives more energy efficient, but slower. The speed was not an issue since I don’t access the photos that often.

It has worked out. I have had the Drobo S working for about 2 weeks. So far, so good.

Very handy for I. Don’t have to worry about having to backup my files. Just store them on the Drobo.

I think the 3TB will meet my need for at least 3 years. Maybe more. In my life, 3-years is a lifetime. So I am happy with that.

Given that I have 3 unused bays, and the Drobo is genuinely plug-and-play I can easily up the capacity without any disruption.

I am real GLAD that Shane steered me to the Drobo. Just the ticket.

Hope this helps.


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by Anura Guruge

Buydig.com (My Preferred Camera Store) NO LONGER Selling ‘New’ Fuji Cameras!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and stare at in disbelief. buydig.com


As I have made very plain I see Fuji figuring prominently in my photographic future. Sometime this year a Fuji X-T1 (if a X-T2 has not been announced) will replace my much liked Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 as my main camera. Now that I am actively trying to part with my 3-month old backup camera, the Sony RX100 Mk II I have also been looking at a smaller Fuji as a backup, possibly in the X-E2(S) range. [More this week on the stupidity in the pricing of the X-E2s (the newer camera available in Feb. 2016) and the OLD X-E2, where the new camera is cheaper than the old.]

Since I, for the last 6 months, have tended to buy electronics from BuyDig.com rather than Amazon (though I am an Amazon shareholder and have Amazon Prime), I went over to BuyDig to check prices. I first thought I was missing something. It kept on saying they only had 4 Fuji cameras — those shown above. No X-T1, No X-Pro2, No X-E2 etc.

So I called and got my friend, chief salesman, cousin of the owner and entertainer-in-charge — the aptly named Ray Messiah. It is always fun to talk to THE MESSIAH. He confirmed that they don’t sell many Fujis and that he is not surprised that they don’t list any of the new Fujis. SHAME.

Of course I can get Fujis from Amazon or for that matter Cameta Cameras (who are also immaculate thought they do not, as far as I know, have their own Messiah).

Just wanted to share this. Not good when one of the leading digital online retailers (and that is what the ‘Dig’ indicates — digital) stop selling Fuji.


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by Anura Guruge

I Replace My ‘4 Year Old’ C-Drive With A Clone — Both Western Digital (WD) Blacks, Though I Went Up To 1TB.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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Click to access NewEgg product page for this 1TB Western Digital (WD) drive.

Click to access NewEgg product page for this 1TB Western Digital (WD) drive.


Click to access 'PC World' article.

Click to access ‘PC World’ article.


My main PC, on which I write this, is, indubitably, my most prized of possessions — not because of its intrinsic value (which isn’t that much) but because of its familiarity. I will readily confess, and Deanna will gleefully concur, I spend more time with this 4-year old PC than with anything else! I can’t help it. That I baby my PCs is well known within the family. IF I am having PC problems, I am not a happy camper. So, Deanna is more than happy for me to spend money to keep this computer humming since it stops me from mopping around. Now, it is not as if I don’t have backups. I have two, one more or less a plug-and-play replacement — but it is never the same.

This computer, give its workload, is getting old. It is 4 years old now and I have written 14 books on it! It is not a super computer. It is very much middle-of-the-road, though it has an quad i7, 12GB of memory & a high-end graphics card. I just like it because I know it — well, given that, on average, I spend at least 10 hours a day on it. I am a creature of habit. So, I have exact replacements of my keyboard and mouse — at all times. If one goes bad I replace it with another that is identical — and the first thing I do is go to Amazon and order a replacement. You can laugh. You can scoff, but how many PCs do YOU know on which 14 books have been written.

I have had LOTS of problems with this PC this year. Yes, these problems have shortened my life by at least 5 years, though that is not a big deal. None of the problems, though intensely traumatic to me, were serious. I had to replace my main 27″ monitor, three (yes, 3) cooling fans, a mouse and the power-supply. Given the age the next most vulnerable component was my C-drive — the boot disk with Windows 7 Professional. I have a D-drive too, which I use for data backup.  So it was agreed that I should clone my ‘C’ with a new drive.

So that is what I did today — with Shane Selling of Laconia, yes, the Hexacopter flyer, doing all the work.

I like Western Digital (WD). I have been familiar with them for 3 decades.

I had WD Black 750 GB drives. Now I got another BLACK, 1 TB drive. [It always has to be black. Do NOT bother with any of the other red, blue or green WD drives. In this instance BLACK is always the best.]

Shane cloned the 750 GB C-drive onto the 1TB new drive. Since it was block-to-block copying, the new 1TB still comes across as a 750GB. That is not an issue. I have lots and lots of free space. When I need the additional ’20GB’ I can extend the drive.

So, I write this using my new 1TB cloned drive.

So far, so good. Yes, of course, I have my old C-drive, literally in cotton balls. So, I can go back to that if something happens to the new ‘C’.

Yes, I know I might be tempting fate. Drives are fickle. I know that.

But, I am hoping I have some protection. As long as a I have a bootable-backup I am set.

Never worried about data. I have multiple backups — including ‘in the cloud’, online with Google’s amazing ‘Google Drive‘.

Of course you will be the second to know if I encounter any problems. The first will be Shane.

GoDaddy Is Driving Me Nuts. Bloody WordPress Blog Stopped Working Again.

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Anura Guruge


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>>July 26, 2013.

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I do my best to like GoDaddy.

But it is becoming increasingly difficult.

I now no longer use their damn File Folder. I used Google Drive — and JUST LOVE IT.

Yet again GoDaddy is giving me grief with my popes-and-papacy blog. This is beyond the pale.

Google Drive Is Rather Compelling. Easy To Use. A Few Missing Features But Very Useable.



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Anura Guruge


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Started using Google Drive …

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I have been using it EXCLUSIVELY this week. Have not even tried to access my old GoDaddy Online Storage! Created folders for all my active books on Google drive and uploaded the files. Pretty compelling. I like the interface. I just found that you can even drag-and-drop! Wow.

I am hooked. Don’t really see a need to pay for online storage if I can get 15GB free (for each Gmail account I have).

A few things that are inexplicably missing or are odd.

Though it has a really fancy preview capability and file description pane, there is no way that Google lets you see the file size! This is a known issue that has been repeatedly discussed. Don’t tell me to sort my size. That is not what I want. I like to see the size of the uploaded file since I tend to have a fairly good idea of how big a file should be. So a quick glance at file size can tell me whether the file uploaded OK — and maybe even that I uploaded the right version. Not a showstopper but rather strange to say the least. Appears that there may be a Machiavellian reason for this. This way you never get to see how Google is calculating your space used!

Another very strange but similar quirk. Doesn’t show the DATE that a file was uploaded. Just the time! I kid you not. Very bizarre.

I also have some concerns about security. But, is any Online Storage offering watertight?

But, for now, I am happy.

GoDaddy Online Storage Is Not Working For Me, So Started Using Google Drive Today. It Is FREE!

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Anura Guruge


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>>July 26, 2013.

>> New e-mail interface
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Spend well over 90 minutes with GoDaddy support on the phone and on e-mail on Friday trying to get MY Online Storage (i.e., File Folder) problem fixed.

Doesn’t look like it is going o get fixed. And as they repeatedly point out, I can still access my files and upload new files. So, as far as THEY are concerned this is not a bug. That I have to re-logon is not really their problem!

Deanna and Devanee have both been using Google Drive, with Google Docs to boot, for the last few months — fairly successfully at that, though they are still coming to terms with Google Docs. I steered them on this route because so that they can start using ChromeBooks when their PCs pack up.

So, I was the lone hold out using GoDaddy Online Storage — and paying for it too! I have been using FF for nearly a decade.

I still have a ton of stuff on there. But, I have quite a few months already paid for. So I will slowly move stuff to Google. Since what I mainly save are Word documents I don’t have that much volume. 15 GB, what Google gives you for FREE, should be more than plenty. I don’t think I even use 5 GB right now.

So just a heads up. It was pretty easy enough to get going. Since I use Chrome, and I stay logged on to Google, all day, it was a piece of cake. You have to hand it to Google. They really make it easy. Yes, it is easy to become a Google junkie.

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GoDaddy E-Mail: File Folder (Online Storage) Integration Problem Being Fixed.

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Anura Guruge


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This was multiple logon problem I reported on July 24.

Basically, if you used Online Storage File Folders, which is a paid service for storing files online (i.e., ‘in the cloud), you could no longer just get to it from your GoDaddy e-mail. Now you had to logon again. This was annoying.

So, with great reluctance I bugged my high-level contacts at GoDaddy. They didn’t understand the problem to begin with … since File Folders is not something that most corporate workers worry about. (They rely on somebody else to backup their files.) But, this evening I had a call to say that they reproduced the problem! Success. Now that they understand it they are going to fix it.

They have raised an internal escalation trouble ticket. This is good stuff.

I hate to bother them but they get things fixed. I think they appreciate that I am judicious in bugging them and am also very appreciative.

So, I will let you know. This, however, will only work with the current, i.e., ‘classic view’. When we are forced to use the new interface I will have to fight another battle. But, that is for another day.