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Organize, Store and Preserve

It’s time to clean out the closet and organize and protect all of your collections of pictures in the proper containers.  You head to the closet and pull out the tub of old photos and uh oh…Pink Photos!  You waited too long and did not take the proper care of your developments.  With those findings, you begin to worry and now go check on some older documents and legal papers that need proper storing as well and you are nervous as to what you will find.  You go into your home office and pull the documents from the file cabinet and find them hard and discolored.  Once again, too late.  Don’t let this happen to you.  Use caution and protect your precious memories and important documents for…well forever!

Finding a reputable company with great references is sometimes time consuming.  So here is a great resource.  Century Photo is a company that has been in business since 1954 and is an industry leader for manufacturing products for organizing, displaying, and storage supplies.  Under the management of Bernard Findley, Century Photo offers over 1000 products to help you organize, present, and preserve your documents and images.  Take care of your prized and most important pieces by protecting them with the finest products.  Whether they are legal documents like birth certificates, insurance plans, business contracts, artwork, or even pictures of your Great Great Grandmother that you plan on passing down to your children, do not procrastinate and find out when it’s too late that these items have not lasted to be passed through the next generation.

Archival Excellance

When storing important pieces of work, information, documents, photos, disks, etc. you must carefully choose the right archival storage to protect this type of work.  These particular types of storage need high quality protection that will keep your pieces safe for years to come.  Libraries, Museums, Cultural Institutions as well as Photographers are all examples of businesses that need to take this task into serious consideration to preserve their work.

Storage of art for museums, film storage and the ongoing storage that libraries require are just a fe examples of work that is in ned of protection when ready to be archived.  If you or your company are searching for archival storage supplies, no need to search any further.  I found a little piece of information to share with you.  The best of the best are using a company called Light Impressions.

Light Impressions was established in 1959 and has the world’s largest variety of fine archival storage products along with presentation materials for negatives, photographs, artwork, transparencies, CDs, and documents.  Currently under the Management of Bernard Findley, Light Impressions markets their product online as well as in print catalogs.  To make sure they keep the highest of standards for the products they produce, Light Impressions uses a professional team of archivists, artists, collectors, and preservationists.

Knowing this company has done all the needed research to provie the best quality storage products allows businesses the comfort of knowing their items will be safe and protected for years and years.  Some of the most prized pieces depend on this.  Be sure to take great care of your storage and se the top of the quality line, best archival storage that is out there.

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Choosing the Right Storage for Application Data

What types of data you are dealing with? We will try to roughly classify them and divide into the following five categories. Naturally, this is not a comprehensive classification, but it will help us to understand the options and approaches we have to keep in mind.


Homogeneous data arrays containing elements of the same type
Multimedia – audio, video and graphics files
Temporary data for internal use (logs of various types, caches)
Streams of calculated data of various types (e.g. recorded video stream or massive computation results)
Documents (simple or compound)

The ways for storing such a data are as follows:

Files in file system
Structured storages
Archives (as a specific form of structured storage)
Remote (distributed, cloud) storages

Let us now discuss which storage mechanism will be the best suited for the types of data mentioned above.


Homogeneous data arrays


Homogeneous data arrays contain elements of the same type. Examples of a homogeneous data array may be a simple table, temperature data over time or last year stock values.

For homogeneous data arrays, regular files do not provide possibility for convenient and fast search. You have to create, maintain and constantly update special indexing files. Modification of the data structure is almost impossible. Metainformation is limited. There is no built-in run-time compression or encryption of data.
Relational databases are well suited for homogeneous data. They comprise a set of predefined records with rigid internal format. Main advantage of relational databases is an ability to locate data quickly according to specified criterion, as well as transactional support of data integrity. Their significant shortcoming is that relational databases will not work well for large-size data of variable length (BLOB fields are usually stored separately from the rest of the record). Moreover, keeping data in relational databases requires: a) use of specific DBMS, which limits severely portability of the data and of the application itself, b) pre-planning of database structure, including interrelational links and indexing policy, c) researching details of peak loads is required for efficient database development, which also may be a serious overhead.
Structured storages are somewhat analogous to a file system, i.e. storages are a specific set of enveloped named streams (files). Such storage can be stored at any location, i.e. in a single file on a disk, in a database record, or even in RAM. The main advantage of this approach is that it allows efficient adding or deleting data in an existing storage, provides the effective manipulation of data of various sizes (from small to huge). The storages represent separate units (files) and therefore can be easily relocated, copied, duplicated, backed up. There is no need to track all files generated by an application. Moreover, journal keeping makes it possible to restore content completely or partially, thus eliminating accidents or failures. The disadvantage may be relatively slower search inside these huge data arrays.
ZIP archives, as a specific form of the structured storage, can be used for storing homogenous data arrays, but only in case when the most of access is read-only. Standardized nature of ZIP format makes it easy to use, especially in cross-platform applications, but this format is not suitable for the data to be modified after packing, so adding and deleting of data is a time-consuming operation.
Remote and distributed storages are the next level of storage in which actual data location and data access are provided by specific layer used for encapsulating of access mechanics. In such storages data can actually be stored in databases or be distributed among different file systems, but the actual storage organization does not matter for an end-user. The user observes only a set of objects accessed through an API, or, as a variant, through file system calls. Good example is cloud storages. These types of data storages are to be used in large software complexes. Among other advantages one can mention unified data access without a need to think about actual ways how data are stored. Its disadvantages – they cannot be efficiently managed and controlled, and backup or migration of data is complicated.



Audio, video and graphic files


Storing a single (or several) multimedia files is simple. Complexities appear when you need to maintain a large number of files and want to perform a search across the multimedia collection.

Only very simple and sparse multimedia files can be stored as regular files. Even for an average home collection, simple file-based multimedia data storage becomes unmanageable very quickly. This is mostly due to size of these files, inability to handle any annotation, tags or metadata, and low speed of copying or relocation.
Relational databases are a dubious way of storing audio, video or similar types of data. RDBMS are not well suited for keeping large BLOBs, especially when it comes to storing video files of big size. Also each type of data requires it’s own table (due to different sets of metadata that needs to be stored). On the other hand RDBMS can be handy as they offer powerful search capabilities, which is very suitable for read-only collections.
Structured storages work perfectly well for storing of multimedia files when the storage supports metadata and fast search through them. If this search is not supported, structured storage becomes a variant of the file system.
Remote and distributed storages are among the best solutions when it comes to storing of video, music or similar data. Storage represents a single unit where all elements of a multimedia or video game can be safely stored. There is no risk of loosing a single but important file. Searches are fast and efficient if the storage supports tags and metadata.



Temporary data


Temporary data are generated by software on the fly and usually have a validity term. Most of updates are very frequent. In addition, such intermediate information should stay easily accessible, integral, and, in many cases, encrypted and secured. It is still possible to use regular files for these purposes. This approach will result in high resource consumption, there is no reliable way to control and enforce integrity of data and their encryption functions should be implemented by your software.

For a long time files have been used as a way of interim data storage. They are quite suitable for storing low-priority unsecured temporary data of insignificant size. Meanwhile, modern legislations of several countries dictate more careful and responsive treatment of interim data. As a result, regular file system becomes less suitable when issue of data security, vulnerability, and protection from tampering becomes paramount.
Relational databases are not usually used for interim data storage due to absence (as a rule) of clearly defined structure and interrelated nature of elements. Low speed of upgrade, issues of compression and security add to this unsuitability. At the same time, a relational database can contain interim data related to the database itself and its operation. Also a database can be used for some kind of data cache or for storing activity logs (journal files). RDBMS doesn’t suit well, if the data are required to be stored for a long term (years) and to be signed or encrypted.
Structured storages may be considered as an optimal solution when a large volume of interim data need to be stored, accessed, indexed and searched, compressed and encrypted on-the-fly. Structured storages may be build with anti-tempering functions, or, should the requirements be present, – provide an easy way for data removal or replacement. As always, such storages can be easily copied or moved without need for taking special care to preserve data integrity.
ZIP archives are rarely used for interim data storage. Fast (as a rule) interim data turnaround makes them impractical in most situations. An encrypted archive may be suitable for this type of data only when snapshots are to be stored for long time and need to be protected from loss or tempering.
Remote and distributed storages are used for interim data streams basically due to space considerations. They don’t provide speed or easy management and backup, often required for interim data.



Data streams


Large volumes of quickly generated data, such as output data feeds, need to be stored efficiently. Regular file systems significantly limit file sizes, necessitating design of specific handlers for data overflow at an expense of lost integrity and reliability. Since data of this type often contain privileged or sensitive materials, fast on-the-fly encryption is a must. The same applies to efficiency of data compressions, since, obviously, sizes of these data feeds are usually very significant.

Regular files are not well suited for this type of data. Quickly increasing file sizes require creating many intermediate caching files that need to be copied back. Even in case of careful designs, an amount of memory or media consumed tends to grow in geometrical progression. Handling, indexing, searching and encrypting data streams stored in regular files become a nightmare.
Relational databases pose almost exactly the same problems as regular files. Add to that inefficiency of database updates, rigid structure, and it can be seen that relational databases are among least suitable storage solution for streams of data.
Repositories may be used for data streams storage when requirements are present for security and low vulnerability at the expense of easy searches and fast retrievals. Data can be compressed, but fast and efficient searches become almost impossible.
Structured storages have advantages of security, integrity and efficient searches. Data storages are autonomous single-file units, which can be easily transferred or copied. Access is easy and efficient. Data streams kept in them can be encrypted and protected from tampering. Presence of thin partitioning provides another convenience for storage users: the storage will automatically grow with increase of data size.
Remote and distributed storages are well suited for streaming data and are commonly used in projects generating vast amount of data. Since such data are frequently analyzed by distributed system or clusters, the use of remote storages is the best fit. This type of storages provides easy, but well controlled data access and guarantee against illegal tampering or removal.





Documents are rigidly structured data type specifically designed to store human-readable textual or graphical information. Documents are one of the most common forms of information, produced and used in business and personal activities.

Files are the most common way of storage for documents. But when a concurrent access to documents is required, use of regular files is complicated. Since all the compound document structure is stored sequentially in a flat file, any document modifications require creation of a set of temporary files, which contain a subset of document’s elements to be edited. In addition, deletion of any elements from the document will not reduce file size automatically. To optimize the size, an additional document copy must be created and saved into yet another file. After edit operation is completed, the original file must be deleted. If this is to be done automatically by the editing software, the developer of this software has got another task to remember about.
Relational databases will work well for some types of documents and can provide fast and efficient indexing, search and retrieval – if there is an on-the-fly conversion to plain text is available. Databases suffer from the same shortcomings applicable to storage of homogeneous data arrays. Keeping data in relational databases requires a) use of a specific DBMS, b) pre-planning of database structure, including interelational links and indexing policy c) researching details of peak loads is required for efficient database development, which also may be a serious overhead.
Structured customizable storages are among the best choice when it comes to corporate use of documents. The main advantage of structured storages is that they allow efficient adding or deleting of documents or their parts to existing storage, provides an effective document access restrictions etc. Complex documents, that contain embedded images or other multimedia, can be handled easier by putting the text apart from the multimedia (doing this will reduce load/save time, make text search easier etc). Moreover, journal keeping makes it possible to restore content (completely or partially) after accidents or failures. One more benefit is possibility to store multiple editions or multiple alternative views of the data within one document. The disadvantage may be slower search, which should be implemented by using on-the-fly conversion to plain text.
ZIP files are used in some document formats such as Open Document Format to store document data. Most of the advantages, described above for structured storage, are applicable to ZIP file storage, but again, addition, modification and deletion of the information are time-consuming operations and sometimes require complete rewrite of the file. Also, ZIP file format doesn’t allow you to attach metadata to the entries inside, and ZIP encryption capabilities are limited (strong AES encryption is a recent addition to the standard and it’s not supported by many ZIP compression and decompression tools and libraries).
Remote and distributed storages are becoming widespread and popular. They allow easy collaboration during document creation and use, and remote but tightly controlled and secured access to them. Unlike homogeneous data arrays, the document usually constitutes one object accessed and modified in its entirety, and this makes document retrieval and management quite simple. The cons are the same as in previous paragraphs.



Suggested solutions


A simple rule use the right tool for the right job is even more important in the area of software design. Incorrect or under-thought data and information storage planning can lead to disastrous results.

For use of files you are faced with choice of file systems.
There is a wide choice of commercial database systems: Oracle DB2, etc. or open source solutions.
Repositories can be created by commercial and public archiving solutions, such as Zip, etc.
Examples of Structured storages include OLE Structured Storage by Microsoft (offers basic storage capabilities, i.e. no encryption, compression or search are available) or Solid File System by EldoS Corporation.
Remote storages are offered as can be designed with Solid File System OS Edition and Callback File System by EldoS Corporation, FUSE for Unix-based systems etc.

In any case, only the project developer knows exact requirements and understands all the technologies, their features and restrictions, and can make, therefore, an adequate choice of tools for successful implementation of his software project.

Eugene Mayevski takes a post of Chief Technical Officer in EldoS Corporation, the company that specializes in development of security and data storage components for software developers.

EMC Teams With Intel for Power-efficient Cloud Storage

EMC Teams With Intel for Power-efficient Cloud Storage
Intel is working with EMC to develop a more power-efficient version of EMC’s Atmos cloud storage platform, the companies said Thursday.

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Use an Electric Grass Trimmer : Maintenance & Storage for an Electric Trimmer

Storage and maintenance tips for taking care of an electric trimmer, inspecting the chord on the trimmer, checking to see it’s in working condition and making sure the guards are in place in this free landscaping video. Expert: teacherjon Bio: Jon holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and Human Sciences degree, with an endorsement in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Filmmaker: Jon Olson

Scrapbooking Idea's and Solutions – Storage Solutions

Crafters who are new to Scrapbooking soon realize that there seems to be an unwritten rule: ‘She who has the most stuff, wins!’

There is no real reason to have masses of supplies, although it is tempting with so many beautiful and creative products available today.  The temptation is often just too much, as I have found out the hard way.

This is when effective organization, idea’s and storage solutions comes into play.

There is a difference between organizing your scrapbooking supplies and storing them.
Arranging, categorizing and dividing help to organize your scrapbooking products and therefore help you to find what you want, when you want it.
Storing means protecting your scrapbooking supplies so that they are safe, protected and accessible.

Scrapbooking Supplies can be organized in many different ways, but an easy solution is to organize by product type.  This can be done by separating ribbons from fibers, beads from brads, and eyelets from snaps etc.  This will make finding any of them much simpler.  Organizing by color is another way, for example a box full of green fibers, beads and brads can make coordinating a green page a breeze.

The method or ideas you choose for your storage solution will be personal to you and will depend upon how you craft and the types of products you own.

Basic tools are used so frequently, that it is a good idea to keep them close at hand.  A tool roll or small toolbox from a DIY store is a great way of keeping everything together. A sturdy shoe box could be the perfect home for tools at no cost whatsoever.

Try to store pens horizontally, as this ensures the ink remains evenly distributed along the length of the pen. Cutlery trays work well to store pens, pencils, rulers and knives.  If wanting to store pens vertically, remember to stand them nib downwards to prevent leaks and drying out.  Pot plant jars work well for this method.

Stamps should be stored in clear plastic containers that hold the stamps flat, visible and protected.  Heavier wood blocked stamps need a more rigid plastic container.  All stamps should be stored out of direct sunlight to protect the rubber.

Store bottles of paint and ink upright to prevent spills.  A household spice rack could be the perfect home for a host of bottles.

For all your other stuff, investigate things like shoe hangers, glass jars and baskets.

Visit craft shops, as they often have the perfect storage solutions for all your supplies, but on the other hand can also be a little pricey.

Remember out of sight is out of mind, so keep things visible to remind you that you have them.

Having an organized craft space creates order out of chaos.  This in turn can help you to make more efficient use of the time you set aside for your scrapbooking.  After all, time is precious, and can be better spent doing what you are passionate about, rather than hunting through your stash trying to find what you need.

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Michel Maling
Passionate about Dancing, Scrapbooking and building a powerful online business to help others make their financial and personal dreams come true.

Workshop Storage — Opinions For Your Woodworking Tool Storage

Clutter is the woodworker’s enduring enemy. Whether your workshop is shoehorned into the corner of the basement or spread out in a two-car garage, it’s no doubt accumulates things at an astonishing rate: Lumber plywood, saws, saw blades, drills,drills bits,planes, clamps, chisels, files,grinders,screwdrivers,punches,wrenches,and hammers are just a few of the hand and power tools that must be conveniently available when needed-and out of the way when not.

Add to these the lumber scraps,locks,hings,screws,nails,spare parts,and containers half full of finishes–all sure to be invaluable some day very soon–and you may have the making of a monumental storage problem.

Adequate workshop storage should accomplish two goals: Tools and materials should be kept within easy reach of each operation, and the storage devices should encroach as little as possible on work space. No matter what your particular needs, you should find a number of storage ideas that conserve space. may find that proper storage not only provides more space.

In evaluating your own storage options begin by taking two inventories:one of your tools and materials and the other of unused space-corners, spaces under the stairs,between wall studs,below the workbench,and between the ceiling joists. Lumber and plywood are best stored on racks that prevent warping and water damage.keeping the wood ot of the way and easy to reach. Shelves ,drawers,and cabinets are the most convenient and economical spaces for storing tools. There are a variety of commercial storage devices on the market,but you can build a tool cabinet and inexpensively.Hardware can be sorted in drawers,subdivided into separate compartments or, for greater visibility,in glass containers. For tools like clamps that are used all over the shop,consider a wheeled rack.

No matter what devices and techniques you choose, you may find that proper storage not only provides more space and convenience,but conveys a sense of order and purpose that will make your shop an even more pleasant and productive place to work.

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Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressor Maintenance and Storage

Maintenance and storage tips for Campbell Hausfeld air compressors. Keep in mind that all repairs should be done by an authorized service representative. For more information, visit

Metal Storage Shed: Purchasing Your First Cordless Drill

Shed planning may include the purchase of new tools. If you have decided that a cordless drill would be an asset to your tool collection in your new workshop shed here are a few considerations to take into account.

Cordless drills are quite popular and there is a significant variety to choose from. Weight can become an issue with cordless drills because of the weight of the battery pack. When choosing the tool of your choice it is a good idea to assess the grip style. It should fit comfortably in your grasp. Make sure the switch and lock are easily accessed for safety and accuracy.

Higher voltage is needed for heavier drilling so take that into account when deciding. Most range from two to twenty four volts. It is better to purchase a drill with more power than you anticipate needing and you will never find yourself in a bind with too little power available.

Two speed gear selection with variable speed in each selection will provide options for drilling in different materials. For instance drilling into hardwood requires slower speed and more torque than drilling into soft wood which requires higher speeds. With some drills the speed will adjust automatically with type and density of the material being used. Also take into account the type of chuck supplied with the tool. It can be either keyed or finger tightened.

Batteries are obviously very important since this is what will drive the drill. How long will the battery hold a single charge? How long does it take to charge the battery when the charge runs down? Does the drill come with two batteries? You might want to look for a model that has a lithium-ion battery. These batteries are 25 percent lighter than NiCad or NiMH batteries which you will generally find powering battery operated tools. The lithium-ion battery also has more capacity which translates into longer run time per charge and these types of batteries can handle hundreds of charge/discharge cycles.

There are a number of manufacturers that offer the lithium-ion battery packs they are Milwaukee, Rigid, Black & Decker and Skil

Robert “Mac” McCormack is a cabinetry and furniture hardware expert who is an avid woodworker. Mac particularly enjoys helping others get started in their own home workshop. For more information about wood or metal shed planning and air tools visit Fast Easy Shed Plans.