T is 365 Days Old

That pesky leap day got in the way, he has to wait one extra day to be 1 year old!  It has been a year of many firsts, for T and for us.  Caring for a child is unique experience and is usually a lot of fun.  Anything that isn’t fun is usually forgotten quickly.

He is already an avid football fan, we are ensuring that he cheers for the right team!Christmas in Altona 2008

Like any son, he has a keen interest in whatever his parents are doing.

Christmas at Home 2008

As an added bonus, we have a picture of me on my first birthday.

Lincoln at his First Birthday

More pictures can be found at Flickr and we will try to post more often this year.

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jUploadr 1.1 Beta – My Extremely Lengthy Build Process

I finally managed to get jUploadr built. The instructions are short but it took me a long time.

Step One: Get a Java Development Kit

This was the easiest part. I didn’t have any problems but it went downhill from there.

Step Two: Get Ant

I didn’t have any trouble downloading ant, but I did have problems making it work. I had an error about not being able to find tools.jar, but I found the answer quickly. I added the apache-ant-1.6.5\bin directory to the path, set JAVA_HOME to the JDK I just installed, and set ANT_HOME to apache-ant-1.6.5. Everything seemed like it would be easy. Little did I know what was next.

Step Three: Get the Source Code AKA, My I-D-10-T Error of the Week

Now this one took me a long time. I tried WinCVS first. I thought I had it configured correctly, but it just wasn’t working and the error message didn’t mean anything to me. After half an hour, I uninstalled it and tried using TortoiseCVS. This time, I got a more useful error message. I saw that it couldn’t connect to the server which made absolutely no sense. I could ping it and I could browse the CVS tree, but Tortoise just didn’t work. After a few minutes of seeing this pointless error message, I finally realized that something else was getting in the way. It turns out that PeerGuardian2 was the culprit. I installed it earlier in the day and it was blocking the Tortoise. As soon as I stopped PG2, CVS worked perfectly. It took three minutes to download.

Step Four: Compile jUploadr

It took nine seconds to build and I finally had a compiled version of jUploadr. It was anticlimactic.

Once I have some time, I’ll try it out. I have plenty of pictures to test it with.

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Edit: Fixed the path names.

Thoughts on Zooomr so Far

I have been using Zooomr for just over a month now. Overall, the site is nice and it has some very interesting features. Portals were recently added and I really like the Geo-tagging feature. That’s how I managed to see some of the Sunflower Festival parade for the first time in many years (not that I haven’t seen a parade before).

There are many features that are not there yet but only two really bother me.

First of all, there is no bulk uploader to be found. Currently, photos can be uploaded in two ways, by e-mail and in an upload form. I have only tried e-mailing photos once, shortly after the 2.0 launch. Just two of the five pictures made it and it took two or three days. As for the form, it does work, but you can only upload a maximum of 10 pictures at once, selecting one file at a time and you can’t change the title at the same time. It’s a hassle. Now, having complained about the uploading process, I must add that jUploadr is currently in beta testing with Zooomr. I’m tempted to try building it from CVS.

And the second one? There is no batch editor. I would like to be able to update tags, titles, and descriptions without having to go to each individual photo. It is much quicker especially when you can’t set everything how you want during the upload process. I also have a tendency to decide how the photos should be tagged after the photos are uploaded. There are some people who have thousands of photos on Zooomr. They’re far more patient than I am.

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Pictures from the Icelandic Festival in Gimli, Manitoba

We were in Gimli for the Icelandic Festival, visiting with Tara’s family over the August Long Weekend. I finally posted some pictures of the fireworks and the parade on Zooomr today (I’m a little behind, I still have Nova Scotia pictures to post). The set from Gimli is here if you want to see more.

Fireworks 1

Fireworks 1 Hosted on Zooomr

After the Fireworks 1

After the Fireworks 1 Hosted on Zooomr

Parade 7

Parade 7 Hosted on Zooomr

 

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Another Zooomr Picture

I was experimenting a little with this picture. I put the camera on the ground to take the picture. I had no idea how it would turn out as it was sunny and I couldn’t see the display.

Peggy's CovePeggy’s Cove Hosted on Zooomr

I’ve been trying to get a pro account at Zooomr but it isn’t working for some reason. They are giving them away right now if you host a picture on your blog.

Edit: There we go. Maybe it didn’t like that I had a flickr picture in the same post.

Online Picture Sharing – Shall I continue beating a dead horse?

My wife and I recently went on a trip to Nova Scotia to visit my sister. Here’s a picture on the first day. I have many more, but I’m not sure where I’m going to post them yet. I have a flickr account, but I already have about 150 pictures there and don’t want to hide the Mexico pictures (I know, if I paid, the 200 picture limit wouldn’t be an issue on flickr but I don’t use it enough to justify the cost).

This one is located at Zooomr.com and I may put them all there. I like the geotagging aspect of zooomr and I’ll have to investigate some more.

Lighthouse at Peggy's Cove 1A Lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove 1A Hosted on Zooomr

I also like the trackback feature. I would like to know why this flickr picture has more than twice as many views any other ones.

Pop the Balloons!