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Eric Rogers
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Long time listener, first time caller. I wanted to share a near-disaster with iCloud Photos that prompted me to fix some bad backup habits...

For several months I've been using iCloud Photos and optimizing storage on my Mac and iOS devices, with about 13,000 photos. A few days ago I noticed many photos in the Sierra and iOS Photos apps had missing thumbnails or could not download the full images. I rushed to the iCloud Photos web app and found that the fulll-size and original images were missing there, too. That meant I potentially lost many photos from cloud and devices.

I had become lax in my backup habit and did not have a good back with the missing images. Crashplan had been backing up to a friends computer, but had stopped months ago without my noticing it.

I ultimately fixed this by disconnecting all devices from iCloud, creating a new Photos library on my Mac, and letting it download all the photos and full versions. The weird thing was that even though the photos downloaded from the cloud, they were still missing when I looked at them on the iCloud Photos web site. They should not have been recovered, but were. Finally I deleted all photos from the cloud and let them re-upload from the Mac.

Now I have a refreshed back habit that includes Time Machine on an external USB drive, Crashplan subscription that backups the Mac and the USB drive with Time Machine, plus automatic uploads to Google Photos and Amazaon Prime Photos. Finally, I also have some monthly recurring 2Do tasks for checking on the backups and for rotating the external USB drive between home and office.

Small business folks, if you are thinking about getting the +Google Fiber  new commercial service in KC, tread VERY carefully. I've been trying to get an office connected since February, and it is a hot mess. Their helpdesk and CRM systems are a disaster, they can't reliably track an order status across time or across departments. There is a chaotic mix of contractors. We have the fiber jack and all of the wiring and construction complete, but they won't turn the service on because their ticketing system has no record of the various contractors finishing the job. No one actually works for Google itself, so no one really has the authority or the desire to solve problems.

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Next MO River crossing due for replacement is the Route 92 Centennial Bridge between Leavenworth & Platte Counties. KDOT has not committed to including bike/ped, so your voice is needed next week to show strong public support. http://ow.ly/GZhh1

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"Repairing our roads, while adding abundant bikes lanes, is one of the smartest, most cost-effective investments we can make for the metro’s long-term well-being."

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We are running a crowdfunding campaign as part of fundraising for Phase 2 of Kansas City B-cycle - the country's only advocate-owned  bike share system .

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"Yes I am the cyclist you hit..This is not an NPR pledge drive announcer on your radio." (roughly quoted from Wait Wait Don't Tell Me)

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Phase of Kansas City B-cycle is coming this spring, and we are crowdfunding to add as many new B-stations as possible. Contribute to the campaign and help bring a B-station to your neighborhood.

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+Google Fiber is great, but their cabinets are destroying our sidewalks. This one is on Roanoke Road, just south of W. 39th Street. They left about 1.5 feet of sidewalk, which is a violation of local and federal law for accessibility. City policy is five feet. Federal ADA law is three feet. 
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Sign your child up for Saturday's first BLAST bike class at Southeast Community Center http://ow.ly/oWmbb @kcmoparks
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