This post contains a few pieces of information I wanted to share with all who follow this blog. Nothing earth-shattering, mind you, just a few things I stumbled upon, about dogs and cats, and a couple of useful services. Enjoy what matters to you, ignore the rest.
Online storage has become a useful tool for various reasons and we all have some, like DropBox, Copy (alas shut down,) iCloud, and so on. They offer you a modest storage space which can be expanded if you bring your friends through referrals. But the starting space is generally small. Of course, Google Drive is available to anyone who has a Gmail account and starts at 15GB of shared space with mail, photos, drive.
Recently, I have stumbled upon MEGA which will start the storage space at a whopping 50GB! You can share files or folders with other MEGA users, and there is even a chat function among its users. If you want to stake out your 50GB, point your browser to their Web site at: https://mega.nz. Did I say that it has a high level of security, and there are extensions for Firefox and Chrome which make upload and downloads more convenient? There is no referral program to increase your storage capacity beyond referring to your pocket to get a paid version!
Another storage-related piece of information I would like to share is IRISTA. I am not sure how to pronounce the name, “ee-rist-ah” or “eye-rist-ah” but it is offered by Canon Europe and allows you to store photographs. The starting point of storage is 15GB, or that’s how I started a couple of years back when it was in beta version. You can store large size images, but the organization capabilities are minimal like reordering the photographs. But, it is eminently capable of displaying and sharing your photographs. I do not know if it is available only to Canon photographers or to anyone, but check it out at https://www.irista.com.
Dogs and Cats
Almost all photographers or photography fans know Edward Weston as one of the seminal figures in photography. He is well-known for his photographs of Point Lobos, dunes, landscapes, and nudes. But, did you know that he was a big cat fan and photographed many a cat to include in his vast collection of work? One of his cats is on top of this post and you may have seen occasional cat photos I might have included in a post featuring Sotheby’s photo auctions. If you like to see more of Weston and his cats, visit this post on the Website Cultural Cat. (The Web site mentioned is not available as of 12/31/2020.)
From cats to dogs, we are really enjoying Karma. He is a laid-back, cool dude; does not bark much (maybe yet!) and sleeps through the night. He is still fuzzy with puppy hair and has not had any grooming beyond combing we do. We are waiting for George to strip him, which is the dog groomers’ jargon for pulling his hair a clump at a time. It sounded too painful to me and I asked George how he handles them while stripping the dogs. To my surprise, he said, “oh, most of them fall asleep as I strip them!” I cannot wait to see Karma groomed and his beard fully grown and dangling below his chin. His eyebrows are growing although they are still a little unruly, going in many different directions.