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Thing #6 + #7 – Photo’s and playing with pictures

December 7th, 2008

Oke, it is time to discover a photo sharing website on the internet: Flickr

I kind of like Flickr. I upgraded to an upgraded account, not long ago to be able to create more sets. Before this I tried myspace and hyves but I don’t like the other things that come with myspace. The best thing about Flickr is their API. Many other sites, like Netvibes, display one of the best photo’s on the front page. I love them! There are so many talented people out there who make the most beautiful snapshots .. it is yet an other way to enjoy life and expand my horizon. Seeing things through someone else’s eyes and perspective.

I don’t feel the need to play with the photo editor of Flickr as I know I don’t need it right now.
As of now, I have 25 pages with photo’s. Some are great but there is lots of weed as well.

I have uploaded a photo of a windmill on Froskepolle in  Leeuwarden to Google Maps somewhere in July 2008. It is fun to see my own photo on there but I am not so sure about Google’s agreement point 11 about content license rights. Obviously I do agree with their agreement, else I would not be using their services. But that is something for an other post perhaps.

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Thing #4 + #5 – RSS and finding Feeds

December 2nd, 2008

Who receives newsletters these days? ..ehm, well I still do but only few.

RSS is the way to go these days!

There is so much ‘stuff’ available and circling around on the internet. For example, there are tons of websites that discuss PHP related topics, design, houses, news etc. How am I going to stay up to date with the subjects that interest me most and how do I make sure that, at the same time, I won’t miss a thing? ..well.. I can visit each website daily for new info.. makes sense. But if time is important and you have not much left daily then consider RSS and Feeds.

Feed yourself…

A few pre historical sites don’t offer feeds these days, no need to worry about these sites. Find a similar site that does offer feeds. You know if a site offers RSS feeds as soon as you see a click able icon like this one (only the orange rectangle):

RSS icon

At feedicons.com you can find more RSS Feed icons. You’ll learn how to locate the RSS Feeds links on websites soon enough. Now you know how to locate RSS Feeds..lets add them to somewhere or something so we can collect and read them..

Read your feeds with a feedreader…

Next big question for those who is new to all this. How do you read all the feeds you come accross? You will need a piece of software for that: a feedreader (or feed aggregator or news reader). There are many different types of feedreaders: offline and online. Currently I am using the Windows Live Mail application to read my feeds (and receive mails).

So how to get the feeds in your reader: copy the link of a feed icon. In your feed reader, find a way to add a new feed. Paste the link and you are all set. Your feedreader will retrieve the latest feeds for you..

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