Joni and I had a great time at the company holiday part that was hosted at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Here is a photo that was taken when we first arrived to the event. In response to the Flickr storage conundrum, I have decided not to decide. The best photos will get posted on this weblog as individual or group photo posts and the larger sets will be still be loaded to Flickr. Without a rock solid method for photo archive management within Flickr, I am still struggling with how to manager content based on a longitudinal strategy.
Within my archives I have about 20,000 digital photographs that date back to 1998. They are all sorted chronologically by event. Over the years, I have trusted the Yahoo! owned Flickr photo sharing service. The Flickr photo service allows me to archive digital content, but it provides a very poor backup service. Extracting photos from my webserver requires a minimal amount of effort. Extracting photos from Flickr took about six hours of sustaining downloading using some basic Java scripts. I am going to have to make a decision about how to store photos online. I strongly dislike the idea of hosting a pure photo blog, but I am not sure of what the best mechanism for displaying 20,000 photos online would actually be. I’m sure at some point some answer will become obvious.