Saturday, February 20, 2010

Automobile University

Photo by Frank Kendralla

Nearly 25 years ago, I listened to a speech by Zig Ziglar and he discussed the concept of Auto University. He proposed that if we listen to books and other educational audio items as we commute, the average commuter would gain the equivalent knowledge of multiple earned degrees throughout their career. I took his advice and whenever I am traveling (by car, plane, or foot) I am listening to something educational.

During the past two plus decades, I have listened to the dictionary on tape (before the CD and MP3 players), autobiographies, biographies, fiction, fiction based on historical truth, and everything in between. I lost count of the number of books I listened to ranging from best sellers by Zig Ziglar to Tom Peters to Dave Ramsey. There is no doubt I listened to hundreds of books over the years obtaining the equivalent of multiple earned degrees. I obtain my listening material from many different sources. If you are near a library, you can borrow books on CD to play in your vehicle. I purchase books from and iTunes. Podcast are one of my favorite methods to learn a subject.

If you enjoy talk radio, find a Podcast about a subject you enjoy and listen to it. Most Podcasts are free and without commercials. However, some do have sponsors but the ads are not obtrusive and usually educational. Rather than the typical commercials played during AM or FM radiobroadcasts.

I listen to many different Podcasts, ranging from Photography to Dave Ramsey (debt free living) to Dan Miller (life and work coach), to inspirational.

Prior to returning to school to obtain an earned graduate and post graduate degree, I listened to at least one hundred books and talks on the subjects I was studying. There is no doubt that this method of study and learning assisted me in finishing my masters and doctorate degree.

If you spend any amount of time commuting, running, walking, etc., consider adding audio books/Podcast to your mix of audio material.

Recently, I finished listening to the book “Outstanding” by John Miller. It is the third book I finished by him. My favorite and in the top ten on my list of recommended books is QBQ (Question behind the Question). I have both the audio and written form of the book QBQ. QBQ is one of the first books I always recommend to anyone who comes to me for advice about building a successful career.

Outstanding adds to John Miller’s previous books and builds upon the importance of customer service. Out of a rating of five, I give it a 3.5 and this is based upon the 5+ that I give to QBQ. It is a very good book but my first recommendation goes to QBQ.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Victory Family Church Rev 80s Mixer

I photographed this event on Feb. 13, 2010 and it was a great time. The teens and workers dressed up in '80's' clothes and danced to a DJ that taught them line dancing and some other fun 'safe' dance steps. There were some of the familiar songs and dances from wedding receptions as well as funny and interesting line dances. Below is a show that contains some of the images and dances.

Get out and enjoy the beauty and fun times of life.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Backing up is hard to do

Backing up is hard to do

Years ago, there was a popular song entitled “Breaking up is hard to do”.  Many believe that backing up is hard to do too.  However, if you do not back up, there is a day when you might lose critical and irreplaceable data.  It might be pictures, files, memos, or financial data.   An old saying states, “it isn’t if your hard drive will fail but when will your hard drive fail”.  If you have used technology for any length of time, there is no doubt either you or someone you know lost important files due to a drive crash. 

This might be the flash drive on your cell/smart phone or the hard drive on your laptop/desktop computer but hard drives crash and take valuable information with them.  Many folks use their smartphone as a camera and it contains important images and small videos.  Backing these files up are critical too.  Do not keep weeks or months worth of images on your smartphone without backing the files up to your computer or other online storage method. 

As a photographer, I use many different steps to avoid losing data.

  1. After the event, I immediately move the files to my hard drive
  2. The flash card is stored in a safe until the files are processed and backed up in two other locations.
  3. I do not reuse the card until the files are processed and backed up.  Flash cards are very affordable now and there is no reason to reuse a card until the files are backed up in multiple places. 
  4. I use backblaze as one of my backup solutions.
  5. A second online backup of my work is via my smugmug account, which hosts all of my images and serves as the portal for my printing.

Once the images are processed and backed up on a remote server, I burn a DVD of the images. 

Using two local hard drives and local backup software is another solution to the backup issue.  Many photographers use a DROBO for their local and remote storage needs.  Many different solutions can fill an entire book and web site and in future posts we will discuss rescue software and other solutions.  

Whichever method you select, do not neglect backing up your precious photos and other files.

“dr Frank”