I’ve been using Flickr Pro for a couple of years now and I’ve always been really happy with it. With the newly added changes I think it has become more appealing for many people so I decided to dedicate this blog post to it. I hope it is useful to you.
What is the Flickr photo sharing service
Flickr is a photo sharing service that allows you to store, sort, search and share your photos and short video clips online. You can keep your photos private, share them just with friends and/or family or share them publicly. The service is accessible through the website, but also using apps for all platforms.
Flickr can also be considered a social photo platform because there are a lot of photographers sharing their photos and forming communities by taking part in groups and discussing and giving feedback on photos.
Last week’s changes to the Flickr service
Last week Flickr.com announced some major changes to its online photo service. The biggest changes are that:
- The service and website have been redesigned.
- Flickr Free accounts get 1 Terabyte of free storage, but ads are shown and there are no detailed statistics.
- Flickr Ad Free accounts cost 50$ a year. This gets you 1 Terabyte of storage, but no ads are shown and you get detailed statistics.
- Flickr Pro accounts will not be offered anymore. Existing pro accounts can renew or switch to free and get a refund.
For more information including pictures, take a look at their blog and their website:
Why you might want to use Flickr
Some of the reasons for using Flickr include:
- Easily viewing, uploading, searching and sharing photos and short video clips with all kinds of devices.
- Having an online backup of your photos.
- Participating in the community.
In the past I’ve seen many people who lost precious photos from PCs, smartphones, photo cameras and storage devices. Now with the free Terabyte of storage and app integration on all platforms (including WiFi photo cameras) losing photos due to broken/lost/stolen devices should be very minimal.
Keep in mind though that it is a best practice to keep multiple backups. Also you have to know that there is always a chance that photos will become visible if Flickr gets hacked or if they have a bug in their website even though you configured them as private. So if you are really concerned about this, don’t upload these kind of sensitive photos.
If you have a lot of other data to backup (non photos), you might want to take a look at other backup services like by example CrashPlan.
Comparison of account types
Flickr free account
- 1 Terabyte (1000 Gigabyte) of storage.
- An additional Terabyte of storage costs 500$ a year (doublr).
- Shows ads
- No stats
Flickr Ad Free account
- 50$ a year.
- 1 Terabyte (1000 Gigabyte) of storage.
- An additional Terabyte of storage costs 500$ a year (doublr).
- Ad free.
- Detailed stats.
Flickr Pro account (no longer available for purchase)
- 25$ a year or 48$ for 2 years.
- Unlimited storage.
- Ad free.
- Detailed stats.
Since the Flickr Pro account is no longer available for purchase. People who had a Pro account before before May 20th 2013 can:
- Convert their old Flickr Pro account to a Flickr free account and get a refund.
- Keep paying the old subscription fee of 25$.
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As I already wrote in yesterday’s post Apple – Notes / summary for the “Mac Integration Basics 10.8 Exam”, I’ve mainly been working with Microsoft products all my life. Since recently however, I’m also trying to get more familiar with Apple, Mac products and OS X and am trying to become certified.
One of the reasons, I’d never used Apple products before was because I never really deemed it necessary. Nowadays the number of Mac users seem to be growing and there is more demand for people with Mac / OS X knowledge.
As such my quest for knowledge and certification began. For me personally this meant:
- Using Apple online resources
- Reading books (mainly the great book Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Support Essentials. Before purchasing, you might also want to look for coupon codes as it might save you 30% off or more.)
- Watching computer based training (CBT) videos
- Working with OS X (thanks go out to my employer Open Line for providing me with a MacBook Pro, books and most importantly … TIME)
- Personally I didn’t think it was necessary to take a course at a training center, but some people might prefer this.
- Asking colleagues for help (thanks guys !!!)
- Making sure that I understood everything and if it wasn’t the case, look it up.
- Taking notes / creating this summary blog post that can be used as a reference if needed
- Testing my knowledge using test questions from Revise IT
I’ve taken the exam last friday and passed with 92.5%. Even though I think it was a pretty good score, I still had to make some educated guesses. This made me realize that there’s still a lot to learn and that getting more experience is important as well.
I also want to mention that I took the exam at LAI the training institute for IT professionals in Schiedam (The Netherlands). They were really kind, helpful and service oriented. The waiting area and test room were great and they even provided a pastry and all kind of drinks at no charge. This has been my best test taking experience to date, so keep up the good work guys.
I’m looking forward to attending the OS X Server 10.8 course at LAI the training institute for IT professionals at the end of March. I’ll try to create another blog post about this as well.
But now back to the important stuff, here are my notes/summary. I hope it is useful. If you find any errors or have any suggestions, please leave a comment.
Notes / summary for the “OS X Support Essentials 10.8 Exam”
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