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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Only Dog Beds
3. Weekly Topic: Photo Sharing
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Video
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. August 1, 2007
As Howard and I were returning from our four-day road trip, I noticed that “No Reservations” is playing at our local theater. While I don’t know anything about the movie, its title struck me because that’s how we did our trip: no reservations.
We are “kidless” for two weeks, so we took to the road and hit Los Olivos, Pismo Beach, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and Montecillo (in Santa Barbara.) With the advent of cell phones and laptops computers, we made our driving plan every morning, and then called ahead for that evening’s hotel reservations. Even though it was the height of the tourist season along the California coast, I never had to make more than three calls to find a spot to sleep. Round trip we did about 780 miles and we out for three nights and four days.
Hope you are enjoying your summer days too! Your comments welcome at:
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
#2. Only Dog Beds
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#3. Photo Sharing
by Barbara J. Feldman
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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by a growing collection of unorganized digital photos. And, as camera resolutions improve, file sizes get bigger, and even emailing pictures to friends and family becomes nearly impossible. Each of today’s picks take a slightly different approach to sharing and managing digital photos, but all of them offer services for free, and provide some content filtering for families.
Flickr is an online photo management and sharing site that uses tags, contacts, groups and geo-mapping to organize photos. As for separating G-rated photos from the rest, Flickr asks users to categorize their own photos into three content safety levels: safe, moderate or restricted. Users can also set their search preferences to SafeSearch. As with most communities, policing is a public duty, so photos that are incorrectly flagged are usually reported. The free version of Flickr limits the size of each photo to 5 MB, your monthly upload to 100MB, and only provides access to resized images.
With one-click posting to MySpace and Facebook (and a handful of blogging platforms), Photobucket is the darling of the social networking crowd. Calling themselves a “creative hub,” each photo page displays a variety of HTML codes needed to post it elsewhere. Free accounts provide 1 GB of space for images and video clips, 25MG of monthly bandwidth, and a 1MB file size limit on uploaded photos. Photobucket has a no-pornography policy, but many will find Photobucket’s standards are not as strict as their own.
Picasa is both a tool for organizing photos on your computer, and a website for sharing and publishing photo albums. To begin, download the free Windows application, and let Picasa automatically find all your local photos and movies. The online component, Picasa Web ( http://picasaweb.google.com ), has a ginormous 20MG limit per photo, but your total free online storage is limited to 1GB. Additional storage, up to 250GB, is available for purchase. Although inappropriate images can be flagged, there is no formal mechanism for filtering your Picasa search results.
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#4. What Did We Miss? Submit or Link To Us
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#5. Note from a Reader
I enjoyed your tie-dye links. They reminded me of a comedy bit that always has made me laugh:
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#6. Related Video
How to Upload Photos to Flickr
#7. Quote of the Week
“Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us.” ~~ Oprah Winfrey, American television personality
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