Thanks for the memories, Vincent!

My wife tells me not to go grocery shopping when I’m hungry. Hate to admit it but it’s not a typical old wives tale either because I am drawn to the junk food aisle when I’m hungry! I wonder if my uber WBVO editor will advise me not to pen an article when my emotions are running high … I guess I'll find out!

Recently our dog, Vincent, a 15-and-a-half-year-old mix of Rhodesian Ridgeback and German Shepherd, went to heaven. To honor his memory my wife decided to make a scrapbook.

In the old days it was just a matter of going through a shoebox full of photos to pick the pictures to use in the scrapbook. But when we got Vincent from the Lorain Animal Protection League, digital cameras were starting to replace our 35mm film-based cameras. I remember our first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 800, very fondly. It took great pictures and handled action sequences decently too. I have many shots from when our neighbor, a retired teacher, taught Vincent how to catch a Frisbee early on.

Printing digital photos back then meant owning an expensive photo-quality printer and replenishing photo-quality inks and paper, which became an expensive endeavor. Hence we didn’t print many of the digital photos but instead enjoyed those “Nikon moments” (sorry Kodak!) on computer monitors and email attachments.

So when we decided to go spelunking in our vast digital archive for 15 years of pictures to chose from, we ended up with a couple hundred pictures with Vincent in them. Although digital world tools have advanced over Vincent’s lifetime, printing a couple hundred pictures still do take a lot of consumables and is expensive.

However one just needs to remember that the internet, aka the cloud, has also given birth to new services over the years. In this case we are talking about services that will print pictures at an economical price point comparative to printing at home (by my estimates of course).

These cloud-based services with names such as Snapfish and Shutterfly, and photo departments of our local CVS and Walgreens pharmacies, have become synonymous with quality prints of your digital photos; the latter pharmacies have ridden the digital revolution and transitioned from 35mm film processors to digital photo printers quite effectively.

Not only do they print your digital photos, they make it simple for you to create photo books, aka scrapbooks of the digital world, with the same pictures you upload to their website. Whereas my wife is a real world scrapbooker cutting colored papers and gluing pictures, I actually prefer making these photobooks at the services' websites; no sticky mess from the glue either!

The best part? Whether printing digital photos or creating a photobook complete with captions, the finished products are delivered to your doorstep in the real world that you can actually hold and enjoy.

Tak Sato

Business and technology strategist/consultant with 25 years of experience. Holds Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science and MBA from Cleveland State University.

As founder of geek with a heart, "Hand-holding You in the Digital World", Tak helps Individuals, Seniors, Families, Small Businesses, Schools, and Non-Profits utilize appropriate technology in their personal and professional lives.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.07.2015