Have you ever seen a virus?

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The picture to the right was taken by a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) of a bacteriophage preparing to inject its DNA into a bacteria. Viruses are not quite alive or dead, but these infectious agents prey on the living. We’ve assembled a rogue’s gallery of virus images from polio to SARS to rabies to the common cold. Why? We’re all worried about viruses this time of year. Might as well see what they look like!

The Best Ways to Archive Photos in 2018

In the bleak midwinter, our thoughts turn to “Where will my photos be in 15 years?” Well, maybe not, but perhaps we should consider the question because most of us give scant thought to protecting our photos until after a computer breaks or a house floods or someone passes away.

This dotphoto newsletter is devoted to various photo preservation strategies and examines the cost of each. Some combination of these techniques is probably right for you.

Backing Up your Photos Online
Naturally, we think online backup to the cloud is a terrific idea because it is historically the most reliable storage. However, the cloud has its problems. Most photo web sites downsize photos after a week and again after a year.  Facebook doesn’t work with anything over 100K, so your archived photos may be much smaller than you remember them. At dotphoto, we do NOT downsize photos.  dotphoto Club members get unlimited storage and the full size image up to 20MB, which is a very large photo.

dotphoto’s cloud storage is backed up across multiple data centers and is extremely secure, but we recommend that you also keep a copy locally because, well, it’s the Internet. For instance, just two weeks ago, Intel announced a security problem with all of its processors. That problem is probably patched by operating systems, but even fans of technology know that multiple backups are prudent.

Free Downloads of your dotphoto Albums
dotphoto Club and paid plan members can download their albums free at any time. Just go into an album, click on Organize and choose Download. We offer this service because dotphoto is a photo management service — not a photo printing service. We also happen to have the lowest prices on prints in the industry, but dotphoto takes a wider view of your photo needs.  More on free downloads

Value prints!
The dotphoto cart can handle about 1000 different prints at a time, and you can even add a message to the back of your prints. Shipping is free for Club members over $10, so 1000 prints with the Readers Reward Discount (the coupon code this week is BACKUP) would only be only $76 or 7.6 cents per print delivered. (This is even less than so-called “free print” services that limit charge over a certain number of prints per month and tack on huge shipping charges.)

Value booksValue books! (Sometimes less expensive than prints)
Many dotphoto books can include up to 154 pages, so, if you put 4 photos on a page, you’ll archive about 600 photos per book. With dotphoto’s SAVE49 coupon code for books, you’ll save $49 on every book order of $79 or more (premium books as low as $30), and you can split multiple books into multiple orders to use the coupon again. Depending on the choices that you make for your book — cover type, paper type, book size — you can get a better value and experience with a book. How to make a photo book

SD CardSD Cards
We stopped using CDs and DVDs years ago because the devices are getting increasingly hard to find. You may have a photo CD in the future, but nothing to read it with. SD cards are used in millions of computers and cameras, and SD cards fit neatly into storage boxes. If you don’t want to download all your albums, dotphoto offers a customized service that backs up your photos to SD cards and sends them by mail.  SD card backup info

A better way to share

iPhone 8, 8Plus, and X coversWhen I learned that Facebook When I learned that Facebook shrinks any photo larger than 100K, I realized that a better way to preserve and share my photos is to upload directly to dotphoto, and then share a few photos to Facebook.

That way, I preserve the full size of the original photo, and can crop or add text to it on dotphoto before sharing the smaller, edited image on Facebook.

dotphoto on your phone
dotphoto runs beautifully on a phone from your browser. Here is a screen shot showing a photo of a frozen fountain that I took last week in Atlanta. On phones, your albums and images appears under the main command bar, and can scroll up and down. To see a larger photo of the fountain, you would tap the thumbnail.

Add a dotphoto icon to your Android phone

Add a dotphoto icon to your iPhone

Three ways to share to Facebook from dotphoto

1. Most phones share dotphoto images directly to Facebook. Hold your finger on the photo (“long-tap”) to reveal sharing options including Facebook.

2. Use dotphoto‘s Share feature. In the image on the right, you can tap the share button at the bottom of the list to reveal green buttons that copy either a link to the album thumbnails or a link to the dotphoto slideshow. Copy the link of your choice, and paste the link into your Facebook post.

3. Copy and paste an image. On your computer, copy the dotphoto image and simply paste it into your Facebook post. Facebook will downsize the image on Facebook for sharing, but you will still have the full-size version on dotphoto.

The best photo collections of 2017

We’ve assembled some of the best photo collections of 2017 from sports, space, fashion, history, science and culture.

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National Geographic’s Best 57 Photos of 2017

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Time Magazine’s Top 100 Photos of 2017

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The History Channel:
How will history remember 2017?

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Vogue Magazine’s Best Backstage Fashion Photos

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NASA’S Top 17 Images of Earth from Space

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Tom Jenkins’ Best Sports Photos of 2017

When your photos matter

During this season of memories, it’s worth remembering that dotphoto saves your photos at up to 36 megapixels (up to 6000 dots on the longest side.) Unlike our competitors, we don’t downsize our Club members’ photos to small storage sizes, so you’ll be able to zoom into group shots or print clear photos years from now.
You can also download and backup your photos on dotphoto any time you want, which is difficult or impossible on most other services. How to download

dotphoto Club, Family and Pro members get free unlimited, high-quality storage and can manage photos in an easy album structure.

More on dotphoto’s storage policy

How our competitors think about your photos

As of 12/18/17, Facebook’s help section notes: “To avoid compression when you upload your cover photo, make sure the file size is less than 100KB.” This is a very small file for most dotphoto photographers. Most “free” photo sites severely downsize your images after a week and a year because their business models are based on printing or advertising. They are not designed to be services that care for your photos; they are designed to maximize advertising or printing, and they understand that your old photos will produce less revenue than your new photos, so they reduce their costs by severely reducing the size of your photos.

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Some of the customized gifts you can create at dotphoto:

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Happy Holiday Savings!