I’ll make this quick, since I’d like you to take action rather than site here and read my blog all day.
Congress may pass legislation that could destroy the freedoms we’ve all enjoyed on the Internet, possibly killing your favorite Internet sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Flickr, SmugMug, and more. Virtually every site you know and love is vulnerable.
I’ve censored SmugMug’s logo all over our site today and linked to Mozilla’s excellent ‘Protect the Internet‘ page where you can quickly & easily take action and make a difference.
If you love the Internet, please do.
Go read over on Baldy’s (my father and SmugMug’s co-founder) blog for the details. Leave a comment there and who knows? You might have an iPad headed your way. :)
We have at least four birthdays here at SmugMug. I started working on the first lines of code for the project, which was decidedly not a photo-sharing site at the time, in October of 2001. Then in August of 2002, we decided to shift gears and build a photo-sharing site “as a side business.” Finally, we launched SmugMug and signed up our first paying customers in November of 2002.
But as far as the government is concerned, February 27th, 2002, is the day we were born. It’s our official incorporation date and probably marks the day I finally wore my father’s resolve down enough that he agreed to come on board. :) (Which, incidentally, is also the best decision I’ve made running this company).
So Happy Birthday SmugMug! You’re 8!
Here’s to many more profitable, independent, customer- and employee-focused years!
(This post was written at my old location. You’re now reading it at the new location. :) )
I’m in the process of moving my blog to hosted WordPress at WordPress.com. Much as I loved the flexibility of hosting my own blog (and the rest of the company), the upkeep required just isn’t worth the extra flexibility. So my customization will go away, which is sad, but I should have to spend less time managing all the blogs at SmugMug. Which might mean I actually blog more often again. :)
Here’s the new URL in ‘beta’ form: http://don.blogs.smugmug.com/
I should have redirects up shortly, so everything should work fine, but if your feed reader breaks or something, now you know why. :) Apologies in advance for any hiccups…
And, of course, I write more on Twitter now than I do on my blog. Follow me there if you want quickie goodies. Finally, I have a Facebook fan page up too. Feels bizarre to have a fan page, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to use Facebook how I want (only close friends as ‘Friends’, other people ‘Following’) without it, so here it is. My normal Facebook page is marked Everyone for my Wall and Comments, too, so you can feel free to check in there, but I’m just not equipped to Friend the hundreds/thousands of you who ask. Sorry. :(
I promise to seriously make an effort to blog more of the long-form technical stuff here – I have a number of requests for topics, chief among them being more Amazon Cloud stuff, more Sun Storage stuff, and more MySQL stuff. I’ll get to it at the new location – so see you there!
One of my all-time favorite services, Animoto, has teamed up with SmugMug to make truly epic professional quality videos from both your stills and your video clips. I’ve wanted this partnership since 2007, but Animoto’s had their hands full dealing with explosive growth, so it took us a little longer to sit in that tree together than we thought.
The really great thing about this is that it’s totally full-circle and tightly integrated. Find your favorite photos on SmugMug, send them over to Animoto right from SmugMug’s interface (look in the ‘Buy’ button), make a video on Animoto, and then export the video straight back to SmugMug.
It’s awesome, our customers love it, our customers’ customers love it, and I know you will to!
I was speaking with Eric Day at the developer conference, and I mentioned that Rackspace is wiling to employ full time developers for the specific purpose of furthering the Drizzle project’s mission. He suggested that I email you on this list becuase he expected there would be interest in this offer. If you work on the project now part time, and want to make it a full time job working exclusively on the Drizzle project, let me know. The Rackspcae Cloud believes in open source, and we want to do our part to make Drizzle a wild success.
So if this sounds like your thing, go do it!
SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files – JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 – but to date we haven’t been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras. For years our customers have been asking, begging, and pleading for us to let them upload their priceless archives. I’m happy to announce that day has come!
SmugVault is a new SmugMug product that lets you upload all the RAW, PSD, BMP, and TIFF files you’d like. And not just those – we’ll accept XMP sidecars, PDF files, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, video archives, and anything else you might want to store with your photos. What’s more, we’ll bundle your files together for easy, intuitive browsing and safe retrieval.
Thanks to an innovative new product from Amazon Web Services, DevPay, you only pay pennies per GB for the storage you actually use each month. There’s no huge fee with a maximum storage amount – it’s truly unlimited and pay-by-the-drink. Store one megabyte or one billion megabytes – we don’t care. Whatever works best for your workflow and archival needs, SmugVault can handle it.
photo by: Andy Williams
Compose a beautiful panorama out of 20 RAW files? No problem – upload your final JPEG and bundle all 20 RAW files with it, along with your Photoshop PSD containing all your layers and edits and the XMP sidecar detailing the Adobe Lightroom changes you made during the editing process. You’ll see just the single perfect photo on your SmugMug site, but with a single click, you have access to every component you’ve associated with it.
Don’t want to upload final corrected JPEGs for all the RAWs you shot at that huge event, but still want them stored somewhere safe and sound? No problem. Just upload the RAWs straight off your camera and we’ll store them for safe retrieval. Want us to generate JPEG previews of those uncorrected RAW files so you can browse your SmugVault visually to find that perfect shot? We’ll do that too.
Loving SmugMug’s new HD video features, but wishing you had somewhere safe to archive the original footage rather than the web-friendly lower bitrate copies? Not a problem. Just add them to your SmugVault.
Unfortunately, we hear about people losing their priceless memories to hurricanes, fire, and computer failure almost every day. We’ve always been glad we can simply help them get the JPEGs back – remember, your photos are yours, not ours – and I’m even more excited that we can now help everyone recover their priceless archives too!