Monday, August 24, 2009

Collaborating On Picasa, A Dutch Google Lesson

Collaborating On Picasa,
With all my tiny little knowledge of various languages (of which none are in professional capacity) I roam around different language web sites. Specially Google blogs.
One reason I visit them is to horn my language skills and another to learn many a tricks and tips with Google products.
Today I learned a bit of Dutch language and collaboration on Picasa! Which I did not know before.
If you are familiar with Google Docs sharing feature, you know that a bunch of colleagues could work on the same spreadsheet, adding their own columns or rows.
So up to now when it came to photo albums, we all had our own albums that we shared with family but not many worked on a single album, unless you wanted to share your account, which is not advisable, even with your family and friends.
Now Picasa has a collaborating feature that allow multiple people work together on an album. Let us say that a bunch of people went on a holiday together and took many a photos on their own. This group of people want to have a single album that every one can share. Yes it is possible with Picasa now.
The initiator creates and album and adds collaborators by inviting them by email;
Once the photos are in do not forget to use the "Add Name Tag" feature. It is wonderful way to locate the people you know!
Thank you

You can find more on Picasa Collaboration here.

Het Google-product blog: Samenwerken aan Picasa-webalbums

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Orkut Photo Albums Get Face detection

When I started working with face detection on my Picasa albums, I was thrilled and It was fun to discover how viral it was. You could basically get your family and friends to do the editing for you. Basically when one is recognized in an photograph that is shared, all the photos of that person get recognized.
In group photos, you might not know all the people in them but your contacts and family and friends do!.
So with Orkut getting this feature, you will be relieved of having to tag each photo individually, Orkut will try to recognize your photos as they are uploaded and to make the task even easier, there is an auto fill feature, just start typing the name of your friend and the the auto fill will complete the name.
Keeping the privacy in mind, only your friends will be able to tag you in their photos. Of course if you do not like or want it, you could turn this feature off.
I am for one looking forward to it.
orkut Blog: Face detection in orkut photo albums– photo tagging just got easier

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

iGoogle social! Go Social With Your Home Button

If you have set your home button to iGoogle (if not check it out as it provides most of the Google Services from one location and if you want more, there are gadgets galore which you could incorporate to your iGoogle site.) you will be able to god social with social gadgets for iGoogle.
The 19 social gadgets Google debuted today will make your homepage more useful and fun place to come when you fire up your browser.

If you're a game fan, you might find Who has the biggest brain?, Chess or Scrabble a way to show your expertness. You will be also be on the top of news and happenings with media-sharing gadgets from NPR, The Huffington Post, and YouTube. The social To-Do list gadget might make it easier to pu all these in to a manageable form.
Be social, Be nice, to somebody, even if it is yourself.

Official Google Blog: I scream, you scream, we all scream for iGoogle social!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Hiroshima, Never Again.

I have stood in front of this structure and weeped. This happened a long time before even I was born and far away from where I was born. But all the agony and destruction that I have witnessed ran across my mind. It was not easy to recognize that it was real. It was real that little children who had nothing to do with the war vaporized.
Not again, Never Again. Say no to Nuclear Arms, anywhere.
Recognize people for who they are! We are all the same, packaged in different colors and sizes :)