I lost a ton of photos thanks to Sony..
by hrlaser - 2/20/10 10:30 AM
In Reply to: Never, Never, Never. by bigbear639
Sony ImageStation went away a couple of years ago.. I was using a VERY expesnive Mavica at the time, (saves to floppy discs).. and had uploaded MANY photo albums to Sony ImageStation, which was free.. I copied the floppies to a hard drive, or at least I thought I did, and then re-used the floppies..
Then Sony decided to pull the plug on ImageStation.. it was similar to Shutterfly, Kodak Gallery, and lots of similar, current photo sharing / storing / printing sites..
Sony DID give a few weeks' warning that "we're shutting down Sony PhotoStation, so if you want to save your albums, log-in and download them"..
Well, as John Lennon said, just when you're making other plans, life gets in the way.. I put it off and put it off and forgot about it, and then, by the time I remembered their cut-off date, I logged in and poof, everything was gone.. Sony ImageStation had erased everything.. nothing was transferred to some other outfit.. it was just wiped clean.. I lost all those photos, since I had re-used the floppy discs, and couldn't find them.. they might still be on one of my old old computers, maybe, possibly, perhaps.. but if a company the size of Sony can just pull the plug and wipe out everything..
Sure, I'm partially to blame for procrastinating and not downloading my photo albums before they took PhotoStation out behind the barn and put a bullet through its head.. modern life is complicated enough what with everything one has to remember..
Why did they shut it down?.. Why didn't they hand off the photos to another, similar online service?.. They never explained, and I could never find out whom to contact at Sony to find out..
I thought ahha! Maybe archive.org's wayback machine has a copy of ImageStation.. well, it does and it doesn't.. it has archives of the site, but not user-uploaded photos or albums..
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