Photos

Could I replace my external drive with cloud storage for my media?

Episode 1227

Joe from Austin, TX

Joe has a Mac Mini and he has been keeping programs on the internal drive and data on his external data drive. He wants to move all the data over to cloud storage, though. But he has about 160GB of data with movies, music, photos etc. Leo says that the amount of data he stores in the cloud will be limited by his upload speed. To get an idea of what his upload speed is, he could take his download bandwidth speed and reduce it by 75%, then divide that by the amount of data he wants to upload. It could take months.

How can I send a full resolution image in Outlook?

Episode 1225

Greg from Conifer, CO

Greg likes to send photos via email with Outlook and it always defaults to medium resolution. He wants to change it to a high resolution. How can he do that? Leo suggests trying to drag the image to the mail window and see if it downsizes. Another option is to avoid sending attachments altogether and send a link to the image online, like at Flickr or Google Photos. This is far more secure and he can have full resolution images online.

What's the best way to archive photos?

Episode 1218

Dave from Washington DC

Dave runs a photo lab and he says it's very important to print photos on archival material because most photo labs have pictures on a CD, which may not be able to be read in 10-20 years. Especially if they're burned discs. He agrees with Leo that the best long term solution is printing on archival quality prints. A basic one hour lab doesn't do that. Printing at home can be even worse. The heads clog up, and the paper is substandard, and the ink is dye based. Dye based inks have improved and some printers actually print archival quality images, though.

Is Magic Jack appropriate for a business phone line?

Phone

Episode 1210

Doug from Idaho

Doug has been using Magic Jack for his business. Leo says that's a good choice for smaller use, but it's important to remember that VOIP is always dependent on the quality and bandwidth of the internet connection. Also, there's latency as the packets often come out of order and must be reassembled. Leo uses a business solution, RingCentral. But for a sole proprietor, Magic Jack should work fine.

Is Google Photos really unlimited?

Episode 1202

Jonathan from Florida

Jonathan was watching Google I/O and he has to admit that Google Photos blew him away. Leo says that it is incredible that they have unlimited photo storage. Leo says Google has nailed it with unlimited storage of photos under 16MP. Anything above 16MP, it will either compress them slightly or it will give you 25GB to store photos at full resolution. But even with the 16MP compression, Google uses their own proprietary compression algorithms, and professional photographers say it's outstanding.

How can I save my iPhone photos online?

Apple iPhone 6

Episode 1198

Drew from Ventura Beach, CA

Drew has taken over 1,000 photos on his iPhone and he wants to put them online. Leo says that Google Photos is a brilliant solution for that. It just came out and he'll get unlimited free storage from 16 MP or less, plus video. He can also create folders and slideshows. Leo's going to do this for his trip. Drew can then share the collections via link, Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. iCloud can also do it through iCloud Drive. But he has to enable it.

How can I recover files from a Mac that won't boot up?

Apple FireWire to Thunderbolt Adapter

Episode 1194

Dennis from Grand Rapids, MI

Dennis has an old iMac from 2006 and he's having problems getting it to boot up. How can he move files from the old Mac to his new Mac? Leo says that there's a utility option called "Target Disk Mode." Press and hold "T" on startup and it'll put the Mac into Target Disk Mode. This means the Mac will appear as an external hard drive to the computer it's connected to.

How do I download my photos from Google Photos?

Episode 1194

Walter from Huntington, WV

Walter has used the new Google Photos app and he wants to know how to download photos from it. Leo says it's not immediately obvious, but in the share photo feature of the app, there's an option to save it to camera roll. It's in the lower left of the iOS app. Walter can also select multiple images and save them in the same manner. If he doesn't see it, then he's probably not given the app permission to have access to his photos. So go into the settings and enable that. Then it should allow him to save to the camera roll.