For the last 8 weeks I have been working on 3 book cases for a customer.
Of course I forgot to take my good camera and the camera phone had to
White Oak solid wood and plywood. Clear Old Masters Gel varnish. Not a
bad varnish but needs to be wiped twice after each application rather
than the single time that I have been used to doing. There are probably
close to 250 floating tenons in the sides, face frames, and doors.
The customer has door pulls on order and I will return to attach them.
I hope to take much better pictures then.
Very nice Leon I can only hope to be half as good. I'll be able to get some
extra practice now, hurt my back and on Workers Comp. now can you imagine
66yrs. old and still trying to work. Have a good one.
Very nice. I wouldn't object to having those in my living room. I
wouldn't choose to have the front plywood panels be so much lighter
than the solid oak, but I can understand that someone else could
prefer the contrast.
Damnit, Leon.... don't make me come over there... =^0
You do all that beautiful work and you record your efforts with a
camera phone? Seriously, as we talked about as a passing comment at
Christmas, you should truly consider an album/portfolio of your work.
Same with Karl. He does a nice job with his job photos, but he has a
lot of nice pieces in his house, too. Stuff to be proud of.
I am rarely without a camera these days. I document so much stuff
that I keep one in the truck almost all the time. And with the newest
camera I scored a really nice wide angle lens, Li battery, and found
batteries and 16GB cards with work with it just fine at Amazon.
Camera + batteries and big cards was about $130 after a pile of
discounts. But you can get a nice camera for documenting your work
(*hint* hint*) for less than that these days.
I have been at this business too long and honestly look back at some
of my finished work and wish I had taken just 15 minutes (or less... )
to snap a few pictures for me to look at later.
A few years ago I had a client that let me design their molding
install patterns, their crown molding profiles (using existing stock)
from the base molding (wood molding wrapped around curves) to the
ceiling treatments. These well heeled folks were delighted at the
fact that their moldings looked like no other, like their large 4
piece chair rails, down to the custom window sills with little crown
moldings (and returns!) underneath them.
They were so happy with the work they paid me to stay and personally
paint it all. In the end, I am not sure who was more proud of that
work, me or them.
But did I take a picture? NOOOOOO...... dumbass. What a
That opportunity was there and gone quickly as they couldn't wait to
move their furniture in and hang their pictures.
Not only did I miss an opportunity for a sales tool, but to remind
myself that not all of the work I do isn't just same sh*t, different
On Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:59:20 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Same old question. If you don't have any pictures, did it really
happen? I went one worse, at least it was worse in my books.
Many pictures of my projects over the years. My computer died and so
(for the time being, did all my saved images and information). Dumb
ass that I am, I didn't have any of it backed up.
The sad part of the whole fiasco, is that I'm always telling friends
that they need to back up their information. Good advice. Me? I'm too
stupid to follow my own advise.
I have one avenue of hope. The information I had stored was on SCSI
drives, a standard which is just about obsolete. I just might, be able
to cobble together enough of a setup to run those SCSI drives and
recover my information.
Statement by Mr. David Friend, CEO of Carbonite:
"...Even though Mr. [Rush] Limbaugh has now issued an apology, we have
nonetheless decided to withdraw our advertising from his show. We hope that
our action, along with the other advertisers who have already withdrawn
their ads, will ultimately contribute to a more civilized public discourse."
"Carbonite, the Internet backup-security company, may be a good place to
securely store irreplaceable computer data, but it's not proving to be a
good place to invest irreplaceable dollars. The company, which went public
last August, has seen its stock dive 20 percent since Carbonite CEO David
Friend criticized Rush Limbaugh in the wake of the Sandra Fluke flap."
Some time ago, I decided to can Carbonite because I didn't think it was a
good system. Too slow and cumbersome to do big backups over the
internet, even at my than 25/15 Mbps (My FiOS is now 35/35). This was
long before the Limbaugh inexcusable outbursts.
Perhaps my (in some places vocal) withdrawal from Carbonite has caused
the sharp drop in stock prices, but, really, it could very well have been
that the stock price was driven up by speculation, and by now the bubble
had to burst.
IME, folks simply don't appreciate the difference between "offsite file
backup/storage", and using a cloud service like Carbonite to backup a
computer with the view toward "Restoring" it in case of a catastrophic
Two different uses, two totally different concepts ... I had no concern
with, and no unrealistic expectations of, how long it takes for an
initial upload to Carbonite, because it was configured to be done over a
two week period as a background task with low priority. All subsequent
file changes and additions are incremental background tasks done without
noticeably impacting my use.
ITMT, that computer was also backed up to a local device with the view
to a "Restore" in the event of the catastrophic failure of a component.
I would never consider relying upon "Restoring" a computer via Carbonite
alone, except as a last resort, absolute emergency measure, because that
is not what that particular storage methodology is good at.
For $4/months, "offsite" storage, via Carbonite, is cheap for my benefit
at ten times the price.
Many times the choice depends on basic ingenuity.
For example, if you can compress your precious data, you can send it to your
Gmail (or Yahoo or Hotmail) account as an attachement. Google, for example,
allows up to (I think) 8 gigs of email storage. You can sign up for 31 Gmail
accounts, one for each day of the month, and store 240 gigabytes of stuff.
Then, too, with 365 Gmail accounts... pretty soon we're talking terabytes!
I bought a NAS (Network attached storage) box to store backups and
multimedia files on. With 7.5 TB of storage (but reduced to around 4 TB
due to running the drives in RAID6 configuration), it cost around $1000.
That $4/month will pay for 250 months, or about 20 years of storage and by
that time you'll need more space than 4 TB. Hopefully Carbonite will up
the amount of space you can use without raising the price excessively.
1 TB is 4 250 GB hard drives. If you have multiple computers, it would
not be difficult to fill that space up.
I'm not thinking about a single backup here, but rather multiple backups
to a single machine. Plus, old back ups sometimes have to be manually
deleted (which can be a good thing), and each one takes up several GB of
The bare minimum data backup may only take a few gig, but with space as
cheap as it is (1TB for less than $100) why do just the minimum?
I have a 2 terabyte drive in my computer and 4x2 terabytes drives for
storage and backup in an external USB unit. And, I'll probably upgrade
the external unit to USB 3 at some point in the not too distant
Sorry Mike, but you appear to be out of phase, compared to many. You
can buy a 2 terabyte drive these days for less than $100.00. That's
just too cheap *not* to backup all your information.
We crashed (again) as a result of a lightning strike a couple of years
ago and took the hint. I purchased one of the small portable Seagate
hard drives that comes with automatic backup software. It spends most
of its life in our safety deposit box where it is retrieved about once
a month for update. Today, I would have likely just opted for one of
the now-cheap high capacity flash drives. I also use one of those
pretty regularly to backup files that are important.
Granted, this works well for us because our small town bank is four
blocks away and retrieving the drive is no big deal. But with the
drive at a remote location it is safe from fire, tornado, theft, etc.
While I still use media to backup files locally, a subscription to
Carbonite and, and free 50GB introductory offer to Box.com, backs up the
I've had to restore a few accidentally overwritten local files from
Carbonite in the last few months and it only took seconds.
And, I can access the files on both services from either my iPad, or
Would not do without the option in this day and age.
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