Archive for the 'Flickr' Category

Goodbye Flickr and hello new domain

March 25, 2007

Well it looks like the time has finally come, Flickr has been getting more and more bloated and I’ve been using it less and less; the time has come to say goodbye.

The initial plan was to create a photo called flickr dump in my home folder and put all the images in there, then delete my account. The new plan is to combine the new domain I’m getting (hopefully be finalised in the next few days) with a hosting package, an open source image management application and then do the migration. Should be alot of fun!

I’ve been going through a bunch of images on my computer lately and sorting them to try and get some order. I was making good progress until I wanted to put files with the same name in the same directory. The solution to this is to write a script that will add a date time prefix to each photo and then retain the filename afterwards. This should also make searching easier if required at a later date.

I’m going to have a go at this tomorow night as it’s getting late, may be a good time to have a go at phyton!

News on new domain and image re naming script tomorow.

I should also add that doing the migration is a very low priority at the moment so will be keeping my Flickr account fot the time being. I don’t want to loose any of the linked images as they are there to be shared.

Another up comming project is to get a media center going in our lounge, this is something I’m really looking forward to and I’m leaning towards a Linux box with a media center app (havn’t had a good look at whats out) or an XBOX 360. Beauty of the Linux box is I can set up a DNS server as well, then again XBOX 360 is a rather nice console 😀

Also going to have a good sort through my categories tomorow, I’ve decided to use more generic ones to ease usability.

On the (sort of) subject on usability I’m working with a usability expert at work in the next couple of weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing what methodologies and techniques are used as I think It’ll be qutie useful. Regular readers of my blog will know I have a keen interest in GUI design and techniques. See my GUI category for previous posts.

Getting there!

September 1, 2006

I’m just finishing an analysis report for the organisation I’m doing my project for. The outcome will determine what path I take for the rest of the project. I’ve done research/ requirements report covering all aspects of the proposed system, alternative technologies and the implementation details. The documentation includes models such as an ERD for the relational database, and UML notation for the requirements gathering (use case), main processes and interactions (sequence). I have also included sample XML documents and schema files as well as the GUI prototypes. Its looking quite good!

This has mean’t I havn’t had much time to blog! I have managed to waste a lot of time at this site though!: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/info/use.htm

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Good ‘ol New Zealand 😀 Keep an eye out on my FlickR account, I’ll proberly post a few more up as I come across good ones.

Quite a while ago I was looking at getting into game development and came across The Media Design School. My interests since changed but I am still a subscriber to their email newsletter as I like to see whats going on in the local scene. The reason for bringing this up is that the latest newletter had a showcase of student work and I wanted to share Ricky Bok’s – Great Escape. Pretty cool!

YouOS and browser based desktops

July 9, 2006

I was browsing digg.com lastnigt and saw YouOS on the front page. YouOS is an experimental web based OS that can be run via your webbrowser and has its own file system and applications. This follows the same idea I expressed in an earlier post ‘Browser based desktops‘ Its an area that interests me greatly so I thought I’d have a play:

YouOS

It contains basic destop applets such as a Flickr rss reader, a webbrowser, process monitor, file explorer and shell. The shell is a javascript interpreter that has a set of shell type commands that can be performed.

I’d like to create an application for this service, not sure what!

Web2.0, another web revolution

May 18, 2006

My first experience of the internet when I was 12 years old or so; Hotmail had recently been released, Geocities/ Tripod pages were very popular, and Xoom were offering huge storage space. From then on the web went through a boom with page designs becoming very creative, automation, scripting becoming popular and e-commerce taking off.

I enjoy looking back on how the web has progressed since then and am very excitied about what the web2 services are enabling. Tagging and social networking are the key aspects being introduced with web2.0. I found this image on Flickr and thought I'd share it as is a very clever image of a "tag cloud" with tags representing what web2.0 is about. I understand this image is extremely popular and many readers may have seen it already 🙂

Password verification, Picasa and Dreamhost

April 25, 2006

As mentioned earlier something I have been wanting to do is create a password verification function for use in projects/applications that require a user to select a password. They way I will implement it will be in a function that returns an integer, say between 0-10 of password strength when given a password. This number can be used to indicate strength visually. I'm just noting some things down today and will have a prototype by the end of tomorrow 🙂 I'm going to make the prototype in Java but the logic will be able to be easily ported to any language, I have a Java based project coming up I will be able to use it in this.

Obviously just for a bit of fun and an indication, not at all intended to accurately gauge how strong a password is! Will post pics tomorow. 

I have spent the last hour or so adding labels to my photos in Picasa, much like tagging in Flickr. I havn't been using Picasa much recently but its a very good tool for managing a large amount of photos. My only real problem with it is in the right hand screen I would perfer an option of displaying images by name instead of thumbnails. On the topic of Google services, I will be adding my due dates for assignments to my Google Calandar tonight as well, I'm going to be organised this semester!

I have pretty much decided on Dreamhost for hosting and have thought of a possbile new name for my blog, just have to find a suitable theme now, I simply do not have the design abilities! I will create my own header from my photography though. 

Should be an action packed month, Hope it goes smoothly! 

Computer Art

March 14, 2006

I saw this on Slashdot sometime last year I think and came across it in my images folder. Sandy Smith uses old computer hardware to create structures of art. Check out her website.

Graphical User Interface Gallery A very good collection of user interface images from many different operating systems. The good the bad and the … really bad (well, maby not that bad!)
Microsoft BOB lives! Think I might have a play!

New Rims

March 13, 2006

The new rims I brought for my car arrived today, I’m very happy with them!

Might have to wait for some tyres though, I want an LCD!

First computer program

March 12, 2006

The first computer program I ever wrote went something along the lines of this:

10 PRINT “Hello World”

This was written on the VTECH Pre Computer 1000 my parents brought me. The pre computer was an educational toy for kids, it had text based games and a typing tutor but the coolest feature was it had a BASIC interpreter! This allowed the computer to be programmed in “PRE BASIC”, a very trimmed down version of the BASIC programming language. I still have the computer but lost the user manual so I’d like to find that on the net somewhere.

Also, I wonder if google will add more functional labeling to Picasa? If I click an image there is no easy way to view what labels are assigned to it.