No, not because the old ones are screwing up; I just need more storage. Here is what I am looking at:
A Western Digital personal cloud storage: 16 terabytes. Now you would be correct in asking why in the world do I need 1 terabyte of additional storage much less 16 (which is somewhat a silly question since one terabyte of storage is so cheap now; hell, the portable HDD I took to Paradiski had two terabytes). Well, it's pretty simple and it has to do with my photos. I take a lot of photos and have two cameras set up to take both a JPEG and a RAW image every time I take a photo. JPEGs are great for quick posting on the web or emailing to friends, but they lose a lot of detail and you can't really play around with them much in photo editing programs. RAW images have a lot more information so you can really go nuts on tweaking the look of the photo. The program I was using (not Adobe Photoshop) is pretty tedious for working with RAW images; I have preferred the MS Photo Gallery program for its simple interface: just enough to get the job done of rectifying any huge mistakes I make in my photos. The problem is Photo Gallery can't work with a RAW image but it can work with a TIFF image, and the other program will take a RAW image and convert and save it as a TIFF image. So I start converting and saving and all is good and well with the world when I notice with one image the file size. I think something is wrong when it is five times the original 24 megabyte size or 115 megabytes. That can't be right I think. I poke around on the internet and lo and behold, it is. It suddenly dawns on me I need more storage space when I check the folder of one camera for one average day from my Paradiski ski trip and it is 16 gigabytes of TIFF images (maybe 125 photos). My Paradiski trip folder is about 160 gigabytes but that includes video. So around 80 gigabytes of photos. Toss out ten gigs as non-RAW and I still end up with upwards of 800 gigabytes of TIFF images.
A lot of the "pros" out on the internet suggest only keeping the best photos and tossing the rest. I do toss out the really badly focused or tilted/jarred photos as well as the odd photo of my hand or some such shit, but I am loathe to toss out anything else. I love how I can take as many photos as I want in a day with my cameras and cull out the crap later; that's the beauty of digital photos. I don't want to be stingy in taking them because how else can I remember a lot of my life? My brain is no where near cabable of remembering all that stuff. The photos can help take me back to my trip so not cutting back on those.
Another problem is backing the darn things up. With such large files, where can I do that? I have been using Pogoplug for the last year and it works well but something else a bit cheaper may have to be used also. I have heard about Amazon Glacier storage service and need to investigate it. Ay carumba.
Here is a new stitch photo from my trip way back in April 2007 to St. Moritz and Zermatt. This is a PNG file and is a photo of the town of St. Moritz and the mountains behind it. The pano also is uploaded to www.photosynth.net; just go there and type in fbskier45 in the search box to find it and others.
Whoo boy, Typepad uploaded it. 35 megabites. Enjoy downloading this bad boy; need a fast connection.