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Let’s be honest: importing and managing personal media without relying on big tech software is a stressful, itchy, and exhausting process. I am constantly trying to make it as simple, quick, and reliable as possible, but I am having a hard time. Below I noted some some of my experiments and the steps I currently follow.



Basically #

  1. import everything in an isolated folder
  2. run DupeGuru (VIDEOS MANAGEMENT?)
  3. run exiftool



Transferring files #

Android #

The cleanest way to move files from an Android to a MacOS device is by using ADB.

  1. Connect the phone to the computer;
  2. Open the terminal and move to the platform-tools folder (I keep in Documents): cd Documents/platform-tools;
  3. Check if the two devices are connected correctly by running ./adb devices;
  4. Navigate in the phone directories ./adb shell, ls -al;
  5. once the path of the directories which contain the content that has to be copied on the computer has been noted, execute ./adb pull /path/in/phone /destination/path/on/computer;
  6. Done. This is how simple, neat, fast, and powerful this process is.


iOS #

I still haven’t figured the best way to transfer a lot of images from iPhone to MacOS. AirDrop is wonderful, but it cannot work with all of the photos and videos in my mobile gallery.


PhotoSync #

To save pictures from my iPhone to linuxplosion I use photosync. Here are the key steps I performed to set everything up:

  1. make a desktop computer remotely reachable via SSH
  2. Importing pictures automatically via SFTP
  3. I configured PhotoSync so that directories based on date are automatically created.
  4. I set a weekly reminder to make me start the import when Linuxplosion is scheduled to be on

🏗 WIP section 🛠

This section should contain a beautifull graph displaying the relations among this note and all of the others on tommi.space. Unfortunately, showing it requires great coding skills and I am still working on it.

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