I really enjoy taking pictures and uploading them to Flickr and I do believe that slowly but steadily I’m getting better. But I still take really bad pictures and have accumulated a ton of them over my lifetime. However, I still use Flickr as a photo archive and have no intention of deleting them. So over the next weeks, months, whatever I’m going to be making the worst offenders friends only. There are enough bad photos in the world without adding to their number.

And yes, I’m still procrastinating the job of uploading the pictures from Cornwall and Jordan! I was nearly there with Cornwall but the new Flickr uploader crashed out on me. Damn you!

Also, I’ve stopped downloads of my pictures apart for Friends & Family.

Sundown at Woking Station

Sometimes you just have to get lucky, and I certainly did with this picture. On my way to part of my birthday celebrations, a beautiful sunset and actually having the camera to hand all came together to make this lovely view of the much- (and rightly-) derided Woking Station and Centrium.

Well stone me… Actually don’t, but I am surprised.

When doing a random web search I was sent to this on , where I found one of my pictures from my Flickr account! Second Antwerp photo down, nicely tagged with my moniker and a copyright symbol on the picture.

I seem to recall some months back giving permission for them to use my image as long as I was credited and it seems they’ve kept their promise.

It does raise a question though… Can you copyright something to a pseudonym?

From Wired’s :

Photo sharing site has added a very cool new feature: geotagging. Flickr users can now attach specific place data to their photos, adding an extra layer of richness to the site’s folksonomic tradition. Besides, what’s content without a little context?
Flickr uses the geodata engine within Yahoo maps to add geotags to photos. Users can define privacy settings for their geotags (maybe to discourage the stalkerazzi?) and they can add geotags to individual photos, selected photos or entire photo sets. The
has a round up of all the new geodata features.
To add location information to your Flickr photos, go into the Organizr and click on the “Map” tab. After setting your privacy options, you can add place data to your pictures by simply dragging them onto the map. Everything’s Ajax driven and the tags are updated immediately.

Sounds like a nifty idea and I’ll be geotagging some of my pics to mess around. But I can’t really see it being that great a feature. The best news though is that Yahoo is still investing in Flickr, rather than just ripping out the tech and plugging it into Yahoo Photo.

Update: Well, I’ve had a go and it’s actually quite a fun feature seeing your images on a map. See .

Note though that I’ve made the geotagging visible only to contacts, so you’ll need to be logged in to see them. The maps are a little anglo-centric which is annoying for the tagging of all my holiday snaps, but I think I’ll persevere.

With a bit of luck we’re back to our normal blogging schedule, which means more regular updates than a whole batch of them once every week. There’ll still be a huge batch of updates to come from last week, not to mention a series of photos that I’ve still not uploaded to Flickr. Doing all of that is probably going to take me a couple of days.

Unlike last week, this time I’ll be blogging events in set order, but I’ll begin probably be working backwards.

Photos are a different matter, I’ve got old photos going back to the Pratchett signing.

This week’s schedule? Who knows for sure? Certainly not me. But I know that I’m in the UK at least for the next couple of days.

On a techy note, I’ll be trailing over the next few weeks, since gives pre-analysed web-traffic data in an undownloadable format.

A couple of interesting toys Ive found. The first one is the GMail Drive shell extension. GMail Drive is a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Gmail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium. [It] creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google Gmail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your Gmail account directly from inside Windows Explorer. GMail Drive literally adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag’n’drop files to.

Definitely a unique idea, though utterly pointless unless you have quite a fast net connection. My ideal implementation of it would be to have the shell extension work from a USB drive, that way you could have direct file access to everything youve stored in your Gmail account.

Dont have a Gmail account? Let me know, and if I know you, you can have an invite!

As for the other thing, its more of a clever technique rather than a toy. The idea is to use Flickr to store files using steganography. According to this article, Flickr isnt doing any checking for embedded files. The upside is that you can use your Flickr account for excess storage or covertly passing files. Im sure it wont be long before Flickr inhibits this though. Firstly, image file sizes will shoot up and secondly steganographic methods are used by organised crime groups who encrypt files, embed them in images and then send the images. The image looks identical and its possible to embed in such a way that the information doesnt show in an images EXIF tag. Voila, the encrypted file is invisible.

QOOP flickr Photo Printer

What a neat idea! If you have a Flickr account, QOOP will take the pictures of the sets you’re interested in and print them into a hardcopy, bound book for you. You can choose whether you want thumbnails, one, two or four pictures per page and the price is based on how many pages you’re going to end up with.

I’ve got another large batch of pictures to upload one weekend, but once I’ve done that I’ll be very tempted to do this. After all, for the 200 odd pics I have right now, it would only cost me $18 to have a permanent hardcopy of all those pictures.

Well, I managed to upload the pictures discussed in the last post to my account (link in the sidebar) and add the correct links to the last blog post. What I didn’t manage to do was install .

Firstly the bloody defrag of the drives took ages, and then I dithered around a bit because I wanted to make sure the repartition settings were correct. That bit of the install is a bit nerve-wracking, as if I get it wrong I’ll end up wiping my existing XP install and, even worse, all my documents. I may give it another go this evening once I’ve done a bit more reading around the topic. It’s all a bit daunting, I’ve only every done complete installs of operating systems where there was no risk associated.