“How to keep your old videos, music, and photos safe forever”

Francis Navarro, at Komando.com shares many smart and innovative tips for preserving your invaluable media. Follow along as Francis explains why you must digitally preserve all those special memories.


We all know by now that technology always marches on and media formats always come and go. If you’re like me, you probably have a whole library of old cassette tapes, vinyl records, photographs, slides, film and Polaroid snapshots gathering dust somewhere.



MAIL-IN PHOTO SERVICE (excerpt from KimKomando.com)

 

If you’re not very mobile then mailing your photos to a service that operates online may be a better option. You can send your photos or slides to services iMemories, ScanMyPhotos and FotoBridge; they mail you a DVD with all of your images and they return the original photos too.


iMemories is running a limited time offer that charges 49 cents per slide or photo. ScanMyPhotos has a prepaid box option; you pay a flat rate of $145 to digitize a box of photos and $196 for a box of slides. The box is 11″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″ and it can hold about 1,800 photos or 450 slides. FotoBridge has several different price points for packages that start at 250 photos or slides and goes all the way up to 10,000 photos or slides. It’s $99.95 to digitize 500 photos and $189.95 for 500 slides.


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Hurricane Harvey Leaves Texas Surprised and Reeling from Damage

Hurricane Harvey leaves Houston and the coastal Texas cities under water. As the cities braced themselves for the brunt of a category 4 hurricane, no one would have predicted that inland Texas counties would have experienced the worst of Hurricane Harvey. The death toll and devastating destruction is staggering.


The areas around Houston are covered in flood waters—a disaster few were prepared for.  Please were in shock and so much was ruined.



The trouble was a result of the mix of wind damage and a low saturation water tables.


Of course, this news hits us hard here at ScanMyPhotos. Unfortunately, the very nature of natural disasters is highly unpredictable—damage can happen at any place and at any time. Whether from wildfires, earthquakes or severe storms, there are no ways to predict the lasting damaging that reels families for years beyond.  Or, what about the tornadoes which touched down and tear apart roofs on homes? These freak incidents can and do happen.



This is why we take National Preparedness Month extremely seriously around here, and why we are year-round sharing tips on how to prepare for anything. The following articles provide information on how you can prepare for disaster today:


How to prepare your family to deal with an emergency or natural disaster



This page explains what actions to take when you receive a hurricane watch or warning alert from the National Weather Service for your local area. It also provides tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.


Are Your Family Photos Prepared For Any Disaster?


And, be sure to visit the following pages for resources and information:

Ready.gov

Amercan Red Cross

NOAA

FEMA



Let’s all take this time to prepare for the worst so that when the next natural disaster strikes, we can all hope for the best.

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How Are You Going to #GetItDone?

Thank you Real Simple Magazine. Its 12.5 million readers in June will learn how to revisit and unclutter their nostalgic photo memories, as the popular Time Inc. magazine recommends ScanMyPhotos.  We’ve been longtime subscribers to the magazine and recommend you do too. How to subscribe to Real Simple.


How Are You Going to Organize Your Home to #GetItDone?


The editors of Real Simple have dedicated this June to getting things done. Using the hashtag #GetItDone, they’re encouraging readers to finally tackle those projects that have been sitting on the backburner for days, months, and even years.
ScanMyPhotos.com was mentioned in this issue on page 127 because, let’s be honest, far too many of us are putting off digitizing the old box of print photos that’s collecting dust in storage.


So, in the spirit of getting things done, we are challenging our customers to join the Real Simple editors on social media and share pictures of their photo scanning project with the hashtag #GetItDone! Together, we can ensure our memories are moved from analog to digital and preserved for future generations to enjoy. Send us your old print photos today to get started.



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Turn Your Snapshots Into Digital Photos

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Turn Your Snapshots Into Digital Photos

 

 from Techaeris reported on ScanMyPhotos.com and tips for digitizing photos.

 

Excerpt

We take a lot of digital photos, and free online storage options for those photos are available all over the place. From Dropbox, to OneDrive, to Flikr, and even Google Photos there are loads of places to store all of the selfies, food pics, and other assorted photos that our phones and digital cameras have allowed us to easily take.

But what about your old family photos?  You know, the ones that had to be set up, taken on film, and developed? I’d wager that many of us (myself absolutely included) have a stash somewhere of photo albums, boxes of photos, slides, and negatives that are just sitting in storage, or collecting dust somewhere in your house. What would you do if those photos were suddenly gone?


That horrible possibility is ever-present. From flooded basements, to the wildfires that we’ve seen on the news, to the simple passing of time degrading the paper the photos are printed on there’s definitely a clock ticking on these photos. A digital backup is definitely a great way to avoid any of these disasters, and I’ve personally considered going through and scanning many of the photos that I have stored away but that is just a daunting task that always seems to get put off for another day (or in my case, weeks and months).


Thankfully there are other options. ScanMyPhotos.com is a service that does, well, exactly what their name says. The company has been in business for over 27 years and have really gotten the whole scanning thing down. They will handle your photos, slides, negatives, and even video transfer and photo restoration. Their most popular service is photo scanning and there are even a few different ways to handle that. You can simply walk into their office with some photos, walk out with scanned copies of those photos, and that will cost you $.16 per photo.

 

 
The best option is probably the pre-paid photo box. For $145 they’ll send you a USPS flat-rate box that you can fill with photos. You’ll be able to get roughly 1,800 photos in there which ends up at a cost of $.08 per photo. Simply box up your photos, send them in, and the team over at ScanMyPhotos.com will get to work.

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