Sunday, July 16, 2006
Friday, June 16, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Previously I'd updated Firefox and was now running Google Browser Sync, and had my Firefox session suspended from a Mac at work open on my Linux screen at home. Cool. We were on a roll - 2 Linux installs that worked, in short order, so we decided to push our luck and grab the Picassa binary.
All three apps were packaged differently - an .rpm,a tar file, and a shell script wrapped around some sort of compressed binary (ain't Linux grand?). Picassa, the .rpm, was about the easiest of the three (the home page made mention of using WINE and Mozilla), and I was a bit concerned about the dread dependencies, especially on a 64-bit machine, but Picassa just worked once it was installed.
It's a good idea not to tell Picassa to search your whole hard drive for photos - it found more than 20,000, mostly graphics associated with apps and help files. The good news is that Picassa's tree view of the file system made it easy to turn off the unwanted icons et al.
The picture is a b&w I snapped with my Leica 2 years ago while I was playing with USB import. It was toned and straightened in Picassa, then published to Blogger with a couple of clicks. Nice. And, free.
Friday, June 09, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Gallery 2 adds 6 more digital B&W images to the Photo section of my Google Pages site. 4 images are in-camera B&W, and 2 are RGB conversions. Adding photos, which is often problematic using browser-based tools (like the Web Objects tools that power .Mac home pages), especially when working with multiple images. Google's Page Creator works nicely, at least with 5 or 6 images on a page (and a simple layout). I'd love to see a tool that automates the creation of thumbnail galleries for Google Pages (and is accessible from a Mac).
Friday, May 05, 2006
To some extent, just shuffling things around may make the things I offer more diffuse and harder to find. But I also want to figure out the best ways to manage information that's important to me, to keep it secure and backed up, and to figure out how to reliably discover new and interesting things that may help me thrive in the interconnected world. Should be some more ideas on this in the near future... wheels turning...
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Picassa has a nice 'live' feel to it on a 2-year-old Thinkpad (not always the case with iPhoto, even on a dual-processor G5), and links to an app called Hello, that allows email and what appears to be peer-to-peer sharing. It also links to Blogger, thus the snap below. It has web-gallery export to a local folder, but does not appear to integrate with Google Pages (yet).
San Jose, CA (AP) Acrobat Product Managers (L to R) Rick Brown, Chris Gulker and Dave Stromfeld pose upon completion of Adobe Fitness Center Fun Run in a time of 24:13, which is an Acrobat Product Manager world record for a fun run on April 26 of 2006. (Missing from picture Rick Brown).
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Monday, April 24, 2006
This is interesting: I'm typing in a mini-app that popped up while viewing my Google page in Firefox equipped with a plug-in that shows blogs that refer to the current page view. So I can add this comment while looking at the page...
Read more at gulker.googlepages.com/
Thursday, April 20, 2006
This is partly out of curiosity: I'm interested in seeing how the Google spiders are dealing with content hosted on Google's own sites. A friend mentioned that my week-old Google page - with all of 2 low (and very low) flow links, is high in the results of a search for 'chris gulker.' But Google sitemaps isn't yet offering any stats for the new site, even though the blog linking tool in Firefox sees the links to the new site (from here and gulker.com).
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
The tools are simple and straightforward, almost WYSIWIG. Just click and type. There's an HTML editor if you want to go there, and easy-to-use tools to make links, format text and place images. Just enough to get most web pages built, and not fussy or bloated or hard to learn.
Now that I have a shell of a site, I'll try to find time to do some original content, just for these pages. I've begun an essay on censorship (will work on it this week, evenings) which will go up soon I hope. I might make it a work-in-progress essay, and you can watch as I get it into shape (or not... still deciding).
I also want to host a new portfolio of photos - shot just for the Google Pages site. I'm thinking I will do a portfolio of digital black-and-white - pictures that are shot in b&w in the camera (just like the old days of b&w film) rather than as RGB conversions after the fact. The real goal is to learn the Page Creator tools - they are like a lightweight version of APple's Pages product...
Sunday, April 16, 2006
How much of my computing life can I do with free, web-based software? Only missing things seem to be 'iLife' things like photo and music management...
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Friday, February 24, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Saturday, February 04, 2006
Now spouse Linda wants a blog, and I'm finally getting serious about moving gulker.com to a blogging service I can use anywhere, not just on my LAN (as Radio now limits me too).
So... I'll be poking around, changing templates and otherwise playing with yet one more Google app..