Monthly Archives: June 2008

Our Trip to Mallorca, or: My First PicasaWeb Album (with F-Spot)

So we’re back from our vacation and I’ve even managed to organize the pictures taken on Mallorca. The program I picked for doing that (on my ubuntu Linux system) is f-spot. It has some oddities, but the general approach for categorizing loads of photos seems quite promising. Then I wanted to share the photos with a number of friends and took a look at the export modules for f-spot and between flickr and picasaweb, I picked picasaweb because I couldn’t reactivate my old yahoo account (nor did I get any reaction to my support request) and flickr has restrictions on the maximum upload amount per month which wouldn’t even have let me upload the pictures from this trip on one go. Picasaweb has restrictions on the maximum picture storage, but the current 1 GB seems to be a good start for me.

The upload went quite smooth, except for some odd server errors now and then which didn’t let me upload 400 pictures in one go. The upload would just bail out sometimes and a retry wouldn’t mend it. Restarting a new upload to the same album from the first picture not yet uploaded successfully, however, worked around that for me. Eventually, I uploaded the album in around 6 chunks.

The downside seems to be, the picasaweb slideshows do not work with wordpress.com, though there seem to be plugins for wordpress.org. But then, you can always do this:

Watch the pics here!

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I’m not a mere dreamer

When, in a previous post, I wrote that we don’t need free energy in the sense of extravagant theories around zero point energy, because I assumed we should be able to solve our energy problems with current and proven technology, I didn’t realize how real that idea was and how comparatively simple the solution could be, if the human race could just get its act together and agree that it really wants a solution.

Read about the TREC initiative’s Desertec Concept here.

Another blog post about it has some comments with alternative/additional projects.

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