OS Quest Trail Log

The OS Quest Trail Log #4


New Ground

I spent my free computer time this week organizing my photos and moving them from iPhoto into Aperture. The one feature that has me into Aperture is the way it handles edits. The original photo is in Aperture once as a master and any number of edits can be made. Each edit is simply the settings that need to be applied to the master, not a copy of the photo. iPhoto has one edit per photo and the edit replaces the master for all actions (although the master is saved and can be restored). Multiple edits require making copies of the photos.

I also looked at online photo sites. Actually I looked briefly and then spent most of the time digging into Flickr. I like Flickr because of it’s ability to organize photos with tags, sets and collections and also give them various levels of access. I uploaded about 1,000 photos to Flickr but only about 20 of them are public. Another subset are available to Family and a whole bunch are private.

I also looked at Photobucket and Picassa Web Albums. Photobucket’s Album (sub-albums actually) structure seemed cumbersome to me. I also couldn’t find how to do (and view) tagging even though the upload tool I tried supported tags. Picassa Web Albums was also album oriented but supported tags. Flickr just seemed more flexible and a better fit for me.

I found out that I actually had the “Pro” account because ATT/Yahoo is my ISP so if you have ATT/Yahoo check your account page in Flickr. It was news to me.

More Upgrades and Patches

The upgrade/patch cycle continued this week.

WordPress 2.2.2 was released about 3 weeks ago and I finally got around to upgrading my blogs. One benefit of procrastinating waiting is that the Fantastico scripts (used by Bluehost) have been updated and can be used to quickly upgrade. It fixes 10 bugs including a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

iMovie ’08 (a.k.a. version 7) was updated to version 7.0.1. According to the update it “addresses issues associated with publishing to .Mac Web Gallery. It also improves overall stability and addresses a number of other minor issues.” I’ve yet to fire up iMovie ’08 but applied the update anyway. It was a 10.4MB download through Software Update for me on my Mac’s. No reboot is needed.

Pathfinder, one of my must have Mac apps, was updated from 4.7.1(385) to 4.7.2(389) awhile back but I didn’t get around to updating it until this week. It’s primarily a bug fix release.

I upgraded, iPhoto Library Manager to version 3.3 which added support for iPhoto ’08 and a few other things. I had been using version 3.2.5 to start the different iPhoto libraries I had, but I avoided using any additional features. I immediately used it to create a library and move photos from an existing library to the new library. I talk about my first use of iPhoto Library Manager here. It’s young and needs to grow, but I’m intrigued.

I also updated to Parallels 3 but already talked about that.

Links & News

  • Wakoopa – I usually find things that track me creepy. And at first Wakoopa fell into that category but I found I liked it and it wasn’t too much information, especially for a website like The OS Quest. Wakoopa is a Web 2.0 social site built around software. I signed up and installed their tracking software on my iMac and iBook so far. It tracks the software I use and sends it to my profile. Profiles can be public or private. I made mine public and it can be viewed here.

…about one of the great wonders of capitalism: It is driven by morons who are circling the drain, and yet. . . it works!

  • Saturday Was Pirate Day – In another shining example of how DRM helps us consumers Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage system suffered an outage over the weekend. Original reports said it may be out until Tuesday but it was back online after a day. There were numerous stories, here’s the one from Ars Technica. Customers trying to validate couldn’t and anyone who needed to re-validate couldn’t. If Vista can’t validate it goes into “Reduced Functionality Mode” (let the jokes begin).
  • MacToSchool is offering $300 worth of Mac software for $50. Worth it if the software is worth more than $50 to you.
  • Dean Robinson is the guy who designed the Redoable theme that I’m using for this site. He recently redesigned his own website and it’s worth checking out. He has some great web designs.

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