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  1. Thanks, MDM. I wouldn't trust any of the small flash drives, but the SSD I'm trying now is different. It uses a USB3 cable and is encased in aluminum. It remains to be seen if they are prone to failure. Haven't been able to find any examples of that, so I plan to get a 1TB SSD which will suffice for my RAWs. Agreed that a larger collection would be expensive to back up on SSD.
  2. MDM, Do you have first-hand experience with portable SSDs failing? They have no moving parts, so very little power draw. I've had one thumb drive fail, but I read that they are different than the current offering of portable SSDs. The idea of spinning things seems more prone to me to fail, but I have little experience. My collection is small, and I recently realized I have no need for Tiffs, so my storage needs will be decreasing as I erase the Tiffs, keeping only RAW. 1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD is $350US here.
  3. Gary, There is another newish option to consider; portable SSD. The technology is the same as the cheap flash drives, but supposedly of higher quality and more durable. I'm trying a 240 GB PNY ($89US) and quite happy so far.
  4. Marianne, In the Customize window of DxO PhotoLab there is a "Local Adjustments" button, top right. After clicking that I tap with two fingers to see the tools. I'm not using many of them yet as I find no software to be easy, but they are useful tools. I now do all processing in one program, except for an occasional problem file. I purchased their FilmPack 5 that has many film types in it, and I access that most often through the standalone version. Some features from that are in PL (as a plugin?), but I've yet to do much with that. There are many helpful videos on DxO website.
  5. Thanks for the link to useful info. I'll be checking all optical discs; copying; then discarding. Glad that I stopped making them as well as no longer counting on HDDs. To the OP; I don't intentionally make more that 2 copies, one local, one remote.
  6. One copy to Photoshelter, another to portable SSD I keep near me. Had a few minor failures with CD/DVD, probably on me for not getting the right media. HDDs seem ok (I have two), but the mechanical nature of them is a concern. Don't know a lot about portable SSDs, but read that they are of higher quality than the cheaper flash drives.
  7. RM vs RF usage...again!

    No reds from me. Perhaps I misunderstood you some years ago when you kindly explained the history of micro stock to me on the forum where our websites are hosted. You explained the photo sharing that was started by designers and morphed into istockphoto. Then I thought you went on to say that the CDs being marketed at the time required something new in the way of licensing so the buyers could use the photos on them over and over. Seems I misunderstood. Where did RF license come from?
  8. RM vs RF usage...again!

    Only one of my last 24 sales was what I would call editorial RF, but sold as RM. I do agree that the old models are not working; they haven't since suppliers started marketing CDs full of photos, which required the invention of RF so those images would be useful to the buyers of the CDs.
  9. New Year, New Lens

    Robert, I bought this lens last year as a step in reducing the weight of my gear. Might not be as sharp at 300 as my prime, but close. Very happy with it so far, as well as the 16-35 f4 and 50 f2.5 compact macro that I carry. All were either used or refurbished from Canon. Hope I didn't pay to much and I will check the sale now, even though I have nothing on my wish list at the moment. Tried mirrorless but decided to stick with Canon 6D.
  10. I've had the Coolscan V and now 8000ED and I'd be surprised if any flatbed comes close. If I were to spend time scanning it would only be with a dedicated film scanner. Try the noise reduction in DxO's PhotoLab software; free trial available. It does soften the image somewhat , but you really have to try it to see. Sorry, it's been quite a while since I last did this.
  11. Can't really answer that question, but must point out that the recent FCC action is a removal of rules. Whether ISPs use the increased freedom wrongly is anyone's guess. Storage is entirely owned and controlled by Alamy, I would think, but don't know. Sorry to be too political, but this is really just a political issue, like the US tax code that's being changed right now. Change happens.
  12. Ian, I've tried to answer your original query. Corporations make money by having customers. Plenty of historical problems like robber barons, etc., but what Adam Smith called the 'invisible hand' still regulates better than people who can be bought off.
  13. Predicting the future isn't easy, especially with the new technology involved. In order to hazard a guess about this issue, one can look at a past issue, the fairness doctrine. It was supposed to ensure a balance in the world of broadcasting, but never did that in it's 35+ years of existence. Market forces prevailed. It's been gone for years now and I don't think all that missed.
  14. As the OP is interested in the impact on Alamy, rather than politics, here's my estimate. Net neutrality will follow the path of the Fairness Doctrine and soon be mostly forgotten. The effect on Alamy will be zero.
  15. The Cato Institute article referenced earlier states that the rules weren't fully implemented until May of this year, due to court challenges. If that is to be believed, (!?!) only the last 8 months have had the benefit of Obama's rules.