Finally completed Task A for Challenge 2: Prepare a comprehensive backup plan for your digital research files and a security plan for your hard copies and photos.
To sum up: I wrote a checklist for the monthly backups (flash drive, LaCie, and Mozy-type service for my genealogy program and genealogy folder plus uploading all new photos to a photo service) and a To Do list for centralizing and storing my hard-copy photos and documents.
I need to buy a good scanner and scan my photos. My photo albums, loose hard-copy photos, and old negatives could occupy an entire room all by themselves. The older family photos are all in the same waterproof container, but all the photos we have taken over the past 30+ years (plus some old negatives) need to be consolidated into one location better than they currently are.
I would like to solicit recommendations on the following:
1. A good scanner
2. Online data storage/backup service: Mozy, Google Docs, or ?
3. Online photo service: Flickr, Picasa, or ? (I have a Mac, if that makes a difference.)
Phew. Even thinking about all of this makes my head hurt.