[olug] OT: Netbook options

webtrekker at cox.net webtrekker at cox.net
Wed Jan 6 00:54:31 UTC 2010

Hi All,
Thanks for all of the suggestions!  Looks like taking enough memory cards is what fits my budget the best.  My geek side really, really would like to get a netbook, but alas, common sense won out... I don't really need to show off the photos and videos until I get back, really was just looking for a "connector device" between the flash memory and a USB harddrive (for backing up).

I'm looking forward to seeing how the older laptops I shipped over last year are holding up ( I loaded them w/Ubuntu ).  

---- Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote: 
> > On Sun, Jan 3, 2010 at 8:49 AM,  <webtrekker at cox.net> wrote:
> >> I'm looking help on what my options are for a netbook.  The situation is I am heading to Ethiopia in 12 days to adopt our newest family member and don't want to lug my laptop due to weight and size, but would like have a way to transfer pics from my camera memory card to a secondary device (netbook hd or external hd).
> > 
> > Do you need to actually access the pictures during the trip?  If not,
> > $100 will buy quite a bit of storage space in memory cards these days.
> Regardless, when taking a hard-to-repeat trip, it's wise to backup
> your photos to a second medium as quickly as possible.  On my family
> vacations, I copy my photos to my laptop every evening, but don't
> delete them from the flash cards until after I get home & backup
> the laptop to a second spindle.
> You could invest in a portable photo backup device.  This is an old
> link, but it gives you an idea of what I'm talking about:
> http://photodoto.com/portable-photo-storage-buyers-guide/
> My brother, a semi-pro photographer, bought one before his honeymoon
> to Hawaii.  I never did ask him how it worked out, though...
> >  Depending on what your camera takes, I've seen 8GB SD cards for
> > around $20-$25 at numerous places, even local stores (Best Buy,
> > MegaMart, etc).
> Just be sure to use name brand cards.  I've had off brand cards go
> south on me, resulting in corrupted or inaccessible photos.  All
> of my cards are now Sandisk.  50,000 photos & never had any problems.
> Also, don't use cards which are too big.  Eggs & baskets, you know.
> If you're worried about theft, store the full cards away from the
> rest of your electronic gear.
> > That'll give you 64GB+, which will hold a lot of
> > pictures (unless you're using a digital SLR and shooting in RAW, in
> > which case you'll be hard pressed to find a flash-based option).
> I've got a 10 MP DSLR and I shoot RAW+JPEG.  I average about 475
> photos on an 8GB card.  I've got nearly 40GB worth of CF cards,
> and I've never filled them all at once.  I think the most I've shot
> in a week-long family vacation is about 1500 photos, or three 8GB
> cards.  I'd certainly want more if I was spending 12 days in Africa.
> Heck, I can fill an 8GB card in one good afternoon of shooting.
> Oh, and if you shoot that kind of volume, be sure you take extra
> batteries & a second charger of the correct plug type.  You never
> know how much access you'll have to power outlets.  In warm weather,
> I get about 2500 shots on four batteries.  At 5F, it drops to about 400.
> As an aside, If you're curious about my camera work, check out:
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/obi-wan-yj/
> http://www.jedi.com/obiwan/photo/
> -- 
> Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth                             obiwan at jedi.com
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>      Giver of all good things, so if I stand, let me stand on the
>        promise that You will pull me through.  -- Rich Mullins
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