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On 6/9/16 10:14 AM, Karen Ackoff wrote:
> Gail, if you're lurking, some of this discussion regarding backups 
> might be good material for either our newsletter or journal. Thanks to 
> all for all the good info.
> K
> From my iPhone.
> On Jun 9, 2016, at 9:08 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask] 
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>> I agree, Emily and Michael, those are excellent ideas. Thank you all.
>> Very best,
>> Linda
>> ___________________________
>> Linda M. Feltner Artist, LLC
>> Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, President-Elect
>> (520) 803-0538
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>> On Jun 9, 2016, at 6:02 AM, Michael Rothman wrote:
>>> Hello Bruce, Emily, Linda, et al,
>>> For what its worth, I archive artwork with a “trifecta” method:
>>> 1. I back up the old fashioned way:  I burn a 8.5GB DVD disk (or 
>>> multiples thereof) once a month of all the projects I am working on 
>>> and periodically put them in my Safe Deposit box;
>>> 2. I upload active project files to Apple’s iCloud (I believe you 
>>> get 50GB space for $1.00 a month deducted automatically from your 
>>> checking account); and
>>> 3. I use external hard drives (e.g. LacIe 3TB or the like) and just 
>>> detach them from the system when they get filled up (putting in a 
>>> new External Drive just as the older ones are filled to the brim).   
>>> And/or, I do the following: When a small external WD drive is the 
>>> backup device, I can periodically put that into the Safe Deposit 
>>> Box).    Most of these External Hard Drive configurations last a 
>>> half a year or so per set up (my experience).   Then I swap them out 
>>> of my current system as noted above.
>>> I still do the bulk of my originally artwork "traditionally”.   
>>> That is, I use pencil and paints on various “corporeal media”.   
>>> While I scan everything for archiving and transmission to clients 
>>> anyway, if my studio were vaporized in a fire, all the stuff would 
>>> be lost. And I can’t afford to place my artwork in a fireproof 
>>> warehouse, so I reconciled to preserving digital and older 35mm 
>>> images of my output.   The issue is principally having access to 
>>> archived materials for relicensing use, having files that can be 
>>> altered with the minimum regeneration within a project, and 
>>> preserving some sort of legacy.   Of course we don’t live forever 
>>> anyway and we don’t know if our digital stuff will still be 
>>> readable in the next few centuries, so corporeal work (physically 
>>> present objects), made with archival materials, sold and dispersed 
>>> amongst friends, family, and paying clients may be the only way to 
>>> have a real legacy.  But who knows.  But for now, while we’re on 
>>> this surly planet, I think everyone’s suggestions have merit and 
>>> multiple data storage methods employed simultaneously would be very 
>>> sensible.    (Though Apple’s iCloud does work very simply and 
>>> efficiently, at least in an all Mac environment, in my view).
>>> Cheers,
>>> Mike Rothman
>>> On Jun 9, 2016, at 8:32 AM, Bruce Bartrug <[log in to unmask] 
>>> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
>>>> That would be a great service for new customers cloud customers, 
>>>> Emily.
>>>> I think your suggestion for both hard drive and cloud services a 
>>>> good one.  I would only use the cloud service for work in progress, 
>>>> though.  A google drive or such should suffice.
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