Picasa

It’s funny how this blog gets inspiration. My previous post about Google Analytics came from a referral from my brother-in-law. Well, this post comes from a referral I made back to him just a few days later. If you have a digital camera, you’ll want to try out Picasa (also owned by Google).

Go to Google and download it . . . it’s well worth a try. You just set it and it scans the directories you specify each time it runs. You can then browse them (very quickly and smoothly). You can edit, crop, change levels, etc.

I just found a cool part of it today that lets you export files to Tivo for a slideshow. So, for instance, I mark great photos with the “star” option. That gives me a “starred photos” gallery. As time passes, that gallery grows and I can just export it to Tivo and watch it there through “Music, photos, and more”.

Picasa version one was ok, but then Google bought it and version 2 came out. One of the best organizers I’ve found. It integrates with photo stores too (Wal-Mart, Shutterfly, etc.). My wife loves it and uses it often. When she wants to order pictures, she just browses by month and, viola, there they are. She drags the ones she wants to a proofing bin and batches them all to Wal-mart one hour . . . what a beautiful thing!

Of course, the latest thing I like is that when I see a photo I like, I just click the email button and it uses Outlook Express (or Gmail or others you set) to send it.

For newbies or advanced users, I can’t find another organizer that comes close. Oh, and the timeline feature is interesting . . . lets you have a carousel of photos through a timeline. Not totally useful, but amusing.

Have fun,
LM

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What else, oh, Google Geniuses?

So, I run pretty decent statistics packages on my servers. You can get unique visitors and overall hits, average hits, etc. But, that’s always been a bit vague to me. I always wanted to know what’s happening to a certain page . . .

. . . and in walks Google. I had heard of Google Analytics for a while, but never really cared to look into it. A client wanted to use it, so he needed me to insert some simple code into pages to track things. My curiosity kicked in and I had to grab it (it’s free, don’t ya know!).

All you need is a Google account and a website. Google will give you the code to insert into your pages. Then, just sit back and watch the stats come in.

You might ask, “What does that mean to the average web surfer?”. Well, let me just tell you . . .

Let’s take my homepage at http://www.mooresites.com. I have the code in the end of that page. So, when I go to Google tomorrow it’ll give me some information. I’ve just scratched the surface, but it gives info like:

  • Page visits – how many folks accessed the page
  • Locations – right down to how many folks from a certain state visited that day
  • First time visitors
  • Returning visitors
  • Who referred them to your site
  • And the list goes on . . .

So, if you have a site with some traffic . . . this is cool stuff. Just grab a Google account and go for it. Thanks again, Google.

Did I mention all of the stats can be emailed daily, weekly, etc. in a number of formats?

Nice . . .

Junkies are cool . . .

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The beauty is that I don’t have to lift a finger. It’s all automated. I get an email when a purchase is made and Paypal gets the funds. Too cool.

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