Google Maps has added Satellite pictures! Or maybe they’re aerial photographs, I can never tell.
I used to love playing with Microsoft’s Terraserver, which has similar content. Google’s version is much more user friendly for browsing.
The pictures are a bit out of date, however. Looking at my hometown, it shows a bridge that was replaced at least a few years ago.
Because I’m a native son of Rochester, NY, I still read the local paper online now and then.
As the home of Kodak, the city has always had an interest in photography. Today there’s an article on the pitfalls and perils of digital image preservation in the home/consumer environment.
The issue of image loss is a big one. My brother ran into some Windows issues a couple years back and ended up losing almost every digital picture he’d taken. They weren’t backed up anywhere.
I’ve been paranoid ever since. I back up photos regularly on an external hard drive, distribute CDs of photo sets to friends, and now have uploaded the majority of my snapshots to Flickr. I think I’m safe, but you never know.
Think of it like a digital shoebox. I’ve got piles of ‘traditional’ pictures as well, and really should see about getting them scanned in.
One of the more cogent points in the D&C article is that digital photos have no inherent backup. Film at least provided negatives to derive reprints from should the worst happen.
The article also mentions the advantages of keeping your digital photos organized. Maybe I’m weird, but I actually quite enjoy organizing my pictures. But even so, I wish I’d started sooner. I did a major overhaul of my organizational scheme, which was haphazard at best, about a year go. In the process I discovered that my old camera had very often not recorded the correct date. So I wasn’t able to classify some of the pictures accurately. The best I can do is narrow it down to the year. But now that my scheme is in place, dropping new files into it is a breeze.
Digital preservation and standards creep like this always interests me. Will the JPEG format still be readable 50 years from now? If so, will the storage device they’re located on be readable?
I’d like congratulate New York state for passing the state budget on time. Why is this a cause for celebration? The last time it happened was 20 years ago.
1984. As this article says:
“That year, the Apple Macintosh computer was introduced, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated, and Soviet athletes boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics.”
And I was two years old. Puts it in perspective. Many years of those twenty the budget was late by at least half a year, if I remember correctly.
I just hope Albany doesn’t pat itself on the back for doing what is, after all, simply their job.
As a nice bonus, $4.5 million of library funding cut in years past has been restored!
Who says Librarians don’t have a sense of humor?
edit: the site had all kinds of april fools stuff up, obviously gone now.