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A Free Terabyte from Flickr

Whenever you receive an email about a ‘change of service,’ smiling is usually not your first reaction. That said, your friends from Flickr seem intent on giving you a tickle. The hard part is deciding how your left brain should respond.

Whenever you receive an email about a ‘change of service,’ smiling is usually not your first reaction. That said, your friends from Flickr seem intent on giving you a tickle. The hard part is deciding how your left brain should respond.

I got an email from Flickr last week.
It said, “Smile. The Flickr You Love Just Got Better.”

Oh?

Yahoo’s Flickr has just significantly upgraded its free account plan.
Before, they gave you a paltry storage limit of only 200 photos.
That’ll last you about fourteen minutes.

Now, the limit is a whopping 1 terabyte.

A free terabyte?!
Yahoo says that will get you over 500,000 photos.

I was a little dazed.
Didn’t know whether to smile or not.

Wasting $25 for Flicker Pro?
Before, it was a no brainer…
The old 200 photo limit clearly wasn’t enough.
So I’ve been shelling out $25/year for a Flickr Pro account, which gave me unlimited storage.
Problem solved, right?

But now… there’s the cool new ‘Free’ plan that makes the old Pro plan seems like an expensive downgrade.
A sudden dinosaur doomed for extinction.

(That said, dinosaurs aren’t so bad. My three-year-old ‘Indiana Jones’ has been teaching me how cool dinosaurs can be with his new T-Rex puzzle!)

This sounds like a SmackDown in the making between ‘Free’ and ‘Pro.’
How exciting!

Free is Hard to Beat
Unlimited is nice, but a terabyte is plenty of storage for all the photos you’d ever want to share.
Believe me, nobody wants to look at half a million of your photos online!
(yes, even mine)

But wait, there’s more!
Yahoo has juiced their free Flickr plan even further:

  • Before they gave you an upload limit of 300MB/month.
    Now, that’s unlimited!
  • Before, the maximum size per photo was 30 MB.
    Now, it’s 200MB.
    (But who really creates photos that large anyway?)
  • Before, you didn’t have full-resolution photo access.
    Now you do.
  • They’ve also expanded their video uploading and storage limits.
    (Though I’m not using Flickr for videos right now. I’ve got Vimeo for that.)

Legacy Flickr Pro
The Pro plan is no longer offered to new Flickr subscribers, but if you’re currently a Pro user, you can retain your legacy Pro account and get the following:

  • You’ll continue to have the same unlimited storage for your photos and videos
  • You’ll still get your detailed stats
  • You’ll be upgraded to the same photo and video size limits as the new free accounts.
  • And you’ll continue to have an ad-free experience

Deal or No Deal?
If you don’t think you need your Pro account anymore, Flickr is happy to switch you to a free account before August 20 and give you a prorated rebate.
(They’re so nice.)

So what do you really get for your $25 to stick with Pro?

For me, it comes down to the unlimited storage and the ban on ads.
And again, who really needs unlimited storage for sharing photos?

So, it’s the advertising.

Hmmmmm….

Selling Your Soul for $25?
Look, I get that Yahoo needs to make a buck, and putting ads on your photo galleries is one way to do that.

I’m not angry with Yahoo for wanting to commercialize my photo pages.
I’m just not that happy about it.

So when Yahoo gives you an advertising out for $25/year…
I say, “Take it!!”

Yes!! I’ll pay $25 to have my photos and galleries remain ‘ad-free!’

Freedom Comes with a Price
If you also want an ad-free experience like me, but you aren’t currently a Pro subscriber, it’s going to cost you more:

$49.99/year

Yup.

See, you should have gone Pro when you had the chance.
It stinks to have to pay twice as much, but it’s still worth it.

Doublr
Flickr also offers a new ‘Doublr’ account ,which gives you twice the storage of the new free account.

So that’s 2 terabytes for
$499.99/year

What??!!
Yes, it’s not a typo.
Not sure I understand the math here.

I’m paying $25 for unlimited storage, and some new guy is supposed to pay $500 for 2 terabytes, while his friend is getting 1 terabyte for free?

That’s just nutty.

Hey, how about 2 free Flickr accounts?!
That’ll do the trick.

What’s a Terabyte?
As a quick aside, I must mention that Flickr has a paragraph on its Accounts FAQ page titled, “What’s a Terabyte?”

I can’t tell you how happy I am that Yahoo feels the need to explain this.
Why, you ask?

The fact that Yahoo wants to share with you that a terabyte is a trillion bytes,
(duh!!)
helps me feel like I’m not shooting too low in my knowledge-transfer goals on my blog.

That said, I feel compelled to share with you this additional data, which I learned from a cool Cisco report.
(Time to put on your nerd glasses!)

  • 1000 terabytes – 1 petabyte
  • 1000 petabytes = 1 exabyte
  • 1000 exabytes = 1 zettabyte

(See… a terabyte is already so yesterday!)

Maybe one day, Yahoo will offer up a zettabyte of storage for free with their new Virtual Reality Flickr accounts… perfect for your newly installed holodeck!

The Dinosaur Plan is Better
Let’s recap:

Once upon a time, I used to happily pay $99/year for MobileMe, which included Apple’s wonderful photo and video galleries.
(R.I.P.)
Now in hindsight, 20 gigs of storage seem downright stingy.

A terabyte of free Flickr storage is just silly good!
Period.

But there are still the annoying ads.
$50/year is easily worth it to scrub those pesky ads off your galleries.

And $25 for unlimited storage (ongoing Pro subscribers only) is a downright bargain!

Yes, I’ve been designated a dinosaur by Flickr, but I feel they’ve actually handed me the deal of the year!

And if you were wondering…
Flickr has pledged to maintain the legacy Pro plan for existing users.
(Hee Hee Hee!)

Just be sure you’ve got a recurring Pro subscription…

Am I smiling, Flickr?
You betcha!

At Home with Tech – The Year in Review

How about 50 Tech Tips for my 50th post to kick off the New Year? Let’s begin!

How about 50 Tech Tips for my 50th post to kick off the New Year? Let’s begin!

We’ve covered a lot of ground this year!
And what have we learned in our quest to keep our digital gears spinning at home?
The trek is never over.
But the journey doesn’t have to be so confusing.

That said, it’s time for my year in review!
Here are my 50 tech tips to take with you into the New Year:

50 At Home with Tech Tips

What’s Your Backup Plan?
#1 – Technology is a Tool That Will Eventually Turn on You
That T-800 with your name is never far away.
So don’t get complacent.

It Got Cloudy
#2 – Happily, There’s Life After MobileMe
If you want to share your photos online, use Flickr.
For your home videos, use YouTube or Vimeo.
If you need to share some files, then go with Dropbox.

Date Night and the 42” Plasma
#3 – Without Planning, You Can’t Guarantee a Good Date Night Movie at Home
(Even with full access to Cable TV, Netflix DVDs/Streaming, Apple TV, Roku, and Blockbuster!)

My Mission for the Perfect Picture
#4 – Taking an Amazing Photo Is Often Just an Accident
Embrace your accidents! And keep taking lots of pictures. It’s free.
Statistics are in your favor.

The IT Guy is in the Doghouse
#5 – Don’t Try to Win the Battle with Older Tech
Your tech is only as strong as its weakest link.
Enough said.

Your Shoebox Vs. the Cloud
#6 – Print an Annual Photo Book of Your Life
Otherwise, your best photos will get lost in the quagmire of your photo glut.
Time is your enemy.

I Am a Road Warrior
#7 – When a Tech Door Closes, Look for a Window to Open
My cable company locked down its box, which shut off my mobile media viewing on my portable DVD player. Then, streaming cable content on my iPhone became available through services like HGO Go.
Go figure.

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
#8 – Just Because You Know How to Make Someone Younger in a Photo Doesn’t Mean You Should
My digital moral code says don’t mess with someone’s CDI.
(The Core Digital Integrity of a person’s image).

Please Rate This Product…or Else
#9 – No Product Ever Gets a Perfect Score Online
You’ve got no choice but to rely on Tech Group Think.

Is it Time to Stockpile Light Bulbs?
#10 – New Tech Light Bulbs Cost $50!
Thank The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
It says incandescent bulbs aren’t cutting it anymore and need to be 25% more efficient or else.
The solution? Pricey LED Bulbs.
The new darling ‘A Bulb’ by Philips launched with a steep $50 price tag.
Ouch!

The Art of Inaction, Part 1
#11 – The Tao of Total Tech Caution Says Don’t Upgrade Unless You Absolutely Have To
That also means never buy the first of anything.

The Art of Inaction, Part 2
#12 – Remember the Software Update Button
When you finally upgrade to a new operating system months after the rest of the world, don’t forget to immediately check Software Update.
Otherwise, gremlins will show up!

Parental Omniscience for only $24.95
#13 – You Can Have X-ray Vision Through Your Smart Phone
An Eye-Fi wireless memory card + a Flickr Pro account, + Flickr’s iPhone app = The power to almost instantly see photos of my lad’s adventures wherever I am.

Loving the Loser Light Bulb
#14 – Don’t Spend $50 on the Lexus of New LED Bulbs
Go with the runner up bulb for $15- Philips’ AmbientLED!

Joe and the End of Your World
#15 – If Your Coffee Mug Spills Near Your Computer, Game Over
Buy the HotJo Stoneware Wide Base Travel Mug.
(It’s pear-shaped!)

Living in the Amazon and Loving It
#16 – Amazon Prime Is the Best $79 You Will Ever Spend
Amazon to the rescue…
Every day!

Taming the Evil Work BlackBerry
#17 – It’s Okay to Turn Into a Pumpkin
Choose a time to stop responding to work emails on nights and weekends.
Everyone is supposed to catch some Z’s at some point.

Cancel the Cable TV Mutiny
#18 – 50,000 Free Hot Spots Coast to Coast
The cable industry announced it will share metro Wi-Fi services throughout the nation.
Now we’re talking!

Saying “Sleep Tight from 5,000 Miles Away
#19 – When Traveling Internationally, Keep Your Smartphone Connected on the Cheap with Skype
Buy a Skype Online Number plus a $2.99/month Unlimited US and Canada plan.

The Price of Staying Connected
#20 – Skype Video Can Work on 3G (4G) If the Signal Is Strong Enough
Bonus!

At Home without Tech
#21 – The Digital Sisyphus Always Looms
Do you fear being at home without tech?
Fear is a great motivator. And so is a deadline.
Do your Apple software upgrades or suffer the consequences.

Laptop Time Machine
#22 – Your Laptop Really Is a Time Portal!
The tether of your social media connections remains long after you’ve moved on.
Today’s younger generation will never experience completely losing touch with old friends for decades.

Remembering MobileMe
#23 – Life Isn’t Easy. Why Should Your Virtual Existence Be Any Different?
The marketing gurus say moving your email to iCloud is so easy even a child can do it.
I say you’d better have a child around to show you how.

I Sold My Soul to the Digital Devil
#24 – Final Cut Pro X Claims to End the Era of Pesky Transcoding
Yes, FCP X will grudgingly edit your camera’s native H.264 MOV files without you first having to transcode them.

High Tide at Grand Central
#25 – My Favorite New York Minute of the Day!

Singing the Blu-ray Blues
#26 – It’s Painful, but Stick with Blu-ray Disks
Here are five reasons:
-The downloadable copy
-The extras come with extra extras
-DVD Player, Say hello to VHS Player in the attic
-3D
-Owning atoms instead of bytes

The Joy of Shopping at Midnight in your Underwear
#27 – Unless You’re Out of Toilet Paper,
Online Shopping Is the Way to Go!

Who’s got time to waste traveling to the mall, hoping they’ll have what you need and then waiting in a long line?

GPS Jane
#28 – Garmin Nuvi Loses to My iPhone During Their GPS Smackdown
(Probably still holds true even after Apple’s ‘Map-Gate’ debacle)

Going Batty Buying Movie Music
#29 – It’s Almost Impossible to Purchase the Complete Soundtrack for
“The Dark Knight Rises”
I found at least five bonus tracks available across two sales channels.
Holy Complex Marketing Scam, Batman!

Five Tips to Rescue your Best Summer Family Photos
#30 – Brutally Choose Your Best Photos and Leave the Rest Behind
The more vacation pictures you bring home to clog up your computer, the smaller the odds are you’ll actually share any of your best photos with family and friends.
Your only chance is to quickly find the few gems and forget the rest.

My iPad Doesn’t Brake for Flash
#31 – Apple’s Mobile Devices Don’t Use Adobe Flash Player
Now, Adobe has removed its Flash Player from the Google Play store, which is the beginning of the end for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook owners.

My New Area Code Twists My Tech-Dentity
#32 – Skype Online Numbers Let You Choose Your Area Code!
Now, you too can be a New Yorker without moving out of the ‘burbs…

My Laptop Battery Got Pregnant
#33 – Don’t be Surprised If the Lithium-Ion Battery In Your Old Apple Laptop Turns Into the Hulk
Mine did. After some research in the X-Files, I realized I was not alone.

I Don’t Know How to Install my Wireless IP Camera, Part 1
#34 – This Journey Can Break Anyone’s Tech Zen
I had no choice but to continue on and risk ‘tech-tastrophe.’

I Don’t Know How to Install my Wireless IP Camera, Part 2
#35 – My Winning Tech Death Match Against the Foscam
Wireless IP Camera

(model FI8910W)

Ode to iPhone 5
#36 – My 4S Contract Says It’s Not Yet Time to Upgrade
Instead, write a poem!

Epson Multifunction Printer Vs. Multi-Talented Toddler
#37 – In the Hands of Baby McGyver, the Evil Power of the Penny Will Destroy Your Printer
Time to look for a new one on sale.

All I Want is to Have my Peace of Mind and Cloud Storage
#38 – You Need a Backup Cloud Solution
For total peace of mind you should create a copy of your precious home media offsite.
I went with the CrashPlan+ Unlimited one-year plan.

How to Rescue your iPhone Voicemail
#39 – Use an Old Analog Mini Audio Plug and Audacity Software
Rerecord your messages and save your visual voicemail onto your computer as AIFF audio files.

My Cable Box Blurred my Political View
#40 – Don’t Press the “#” on Your Cablevision DVR Remote Control. Ever.
Don’t lean on it. Don’t point at it. Don’t look at it.
You’re welcome.

How to Fix Your Broken Email
#41 – Use Connection Doctor
It will tell you if you’ve got the right incoming and outgoing mail server settings.
Then listen for the happy ‘Whoosh’ or ‘Ping!’

Fighting the Digital Darkness after Hurricane Sandy
#42 – MiFi Can Repair Your Broken Tech Bubble
If your smartphone has a signal, and you’ve got some power at home,
a MiFi mobile hotspot generator will get the rest of your tech back in business.

How to Lose Your Email while Upgrading from Entourage to Outlook
#43 – Moving to Outlook for Mac 2011 Shouldn’t Be Hands-Off
After loading it, you’ve then got to copy all your email over from Entourage!
And if you’re not careful, you’ll create unwanted duplicates from your mail server and then accidentally purge your entire email archive. (like me)
Check the settings first!

I Got Lost While on Safari 6.0.2
#44 – Safari Has Received Some Significant ‘Upgrades’
Get used to the Google URL OMNIBAR.

Best Digital Cameras to Capture Your Speedy Toddler
#45 – Buy Last Year’s Canon PowerShot S100 at a Great Discount
I also got the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens to upgrade my old Canon T1i DSLR.

The Beginner’s Guide to Editing Your Camera’s Video Clips
#46 – There’s Nothing Like a Deadline to Push Your Video to Completion!
Shoot some video. Edit it. And distribute the magic. All in one day!
I took the challenge and quickly created a little finished flick from my father-and-son outing to Stepping Stones Museum.

Holiday Gift Guide for Home Tech
#47 – Nine Winning Tech Gifts for Anytime of Year!

Blinded by the UltraViolet Promise in Your New Blu-ray Movie
#48 – UltraViolet Streaming Has Replaced Free iTunes Downloads on
Blu-ray Disks

This bait-and-switch has only further destabilized my commitment to physical discs.

What Photomosaic Software is Best?
#49 – Download cf/x Photo Mosaic v 2.0 for $29.99 From the Mac App Store
Become the new family Picasso!

#50 – Keep Blog Posts Short.
(I’m working on it!)

Happy New Year!
(And I wish you much ‘Tech Clarity’ in 2013!)

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