Saturday, February 20, 2010

Don't use Picasa

Picasa is a piece of shit.

Not only was it not downloading videos from my wife's camera, it has APPEARED to be downloading them because it grabbed the thumbnails from said videos. And it deleted them all off the drive transparently even though it didn't download them.

Gee -- let's delete .MOV files that haven't been downloaded without any kind of warning. Genius.

I whole-heartedly recommend Windows Live Photo Gallery. Not only is it generally better, but it doesn't lose your data transparently. And it can plug into Smugmug, Facebook and any other service you want to upload to.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The "What are you doing?" wars!

Remember the cola wars? Many were left dead and maimed, neither side victorious after nearly a decade of intense fighting over the hearts and minds of consumers' love for sugar high fructose corn syrup water.

Well, 20 years later the wars companies are waging are the ever-so-lucrative "what are you doing?" wars.

We have 165 inane ways to tell our friends and the rest of humanity what we're currently doing. Today Google Buzz was announced (wasn't there already Yahoo Buzz?). And of course we've got Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, FriendFeed, Flickr, Yammer, Linked In added it not too long ago, Bebo.

But wait, there's more! Now you can constantly stream your location as well with Google Latitude. Using FourSquare, you can be the mayor of the BK Lounge!

I have no real point to this post other than finding this whole thing ridiculous. Is Twitter so lucrative that there have to be 85 different ripoffs of this idea?