Picasa HTML templates and LPWDLPT

I recently contributed to a Picasa users group a list of cool free HTML page templates for Picasa. Read it and enhance it !

Other than this, until now, my Picasa HTML page template of choice was SimpleViewer. Very cool, but its main drawback is it’s not suited for more than 50 pictures. Above this figure, it brings visitors’ web browsers to their knees. Also, it uses Flash, and I favour DHTML / Ajaxish stuff when possible.

I then discovered Lightbox Photo Gallery and Slideshow, which is cool, but doesn’t resize images wich are larger than the browser’s display (or rather, it forces pictures to a small size, even if you instruct Picasa to make a page with large pictures).

So I decided it was time for me to make my own template. I discovered Lightbox Plus, that does the resizing job, and stuffed it into the aforementioned template; also added a download link under every picture in order to instruct newbies on how to download it. LPWDLPT (Lightbox Plus With Download Link Picasa Template) was born. Cool name, huh? 😉


and enjoy.

Feedback / bug reports / features requests welcome.

Virginia Tech massacre

Thank you guys. This is crazy that one of the most evolved countries in the world considers that guns can be sold that easily. Guns are not ordinary goods, for God’s sake! A retarded people going berzerk might kill or wound a person or two; give him(her) a gun, (s)he kills dozens. How many Columbines, Virginia Techs before things change?

There is a deep flaw somewhere.

I want my Zooomr free pro account

You may know Zooomr (description on Wikipedia), which is a cool alternative to flickr. Same kind of cool ajaxified interface, but with internationalisation already in place. These fine folk offer free pro accounts with 4Gb of storage, unlimited photos. One condition: host one picture on your account, then blog about it. I want a pro account, so I thought I could at least post a useful picture:


Dell laptop cable problemDell laptop cable problem Hosted on Zooomr

This shows what happens to Dell laptops U-shaped AC adapter cables after 18 months of use… This is to me clearly the result of a wrong product conception; so, as I have a 3-year next-day guarantee, I called Dell’s support in order to get a new cable. Unsurprisingly, they tried to convince me that, as I did not buy their “complete care” insurance, they wouldn’t exchange it. This “complete care” thingie is basically an insurance that covers accidents, even if caused by you (they promoted it with a picture of a spilled coffe cup on a laptop).
After a little struggling, they accepted to exchange it “exceptionally”. Sure, next time too hopefully. 🙂


Some weird, scary recipe:

What will step 3 be?

Thank you, Dubya. Can you spell miserable failure, again ?

Update: I’m so happy the Republicans lost the midterm elections, I hope that will help fix Bush’s mess. Maybe…

P.S.: I know no one will read this, but that makes me feel better… 🙂

Bored of freedb’s woes ? Here’s a cure !

Today, I’ll share one of the greatest secrets ever concealed. It makes you able to

  • use the freedb lookup function in your cd ripper, while
  • avoiding freedb’s crappy (euphemism here) data
  • and using MusicBrainz‘ good quality data instead.

How that, you ask ? Well, as per musicbrainz.org/doc/CddbGateway musicbrainz.org/doc/FreeDBGateway:

The mb2cddb mb2freedb gateway […] can be accessed using the following settings:

host www.mb.inhouse.co.uk freedb.musicbrainz.org
via http
port 80
path /~cddb/cddb.cgi

It should be just a matter of changing the host and possibly the path, as the other settings are standard for most applications.


Flickr Gamma: much less flash

Yes, not only is Flickr’s brand new layout (tagged gamma, ah ah! they can spell in greek) much richer in functions yet easy to handle, but the new Organizr is flash-free!! 🙂
Yeah, pure DHAJAXTML 2.0, baby! Impressive.
Oui ! non seulement la toute nouvelle interface (libellée gamma, oh les hellénistes distingués !) est plus riche en fonctions tout en restant intuitif, mais le nouvel Organizr est sans flash !! 🙂
100% DHAJAXTML 2.0 pur ammoniaqué ! Impressionnant.

undoclosetab for Firefox 1.5.0.*

undoclosetab by Dorando is a very cool extension that makes you able to recall a closed tab (obviously). Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for Firefox, out recently. So I repackaged the enhanced version by Turonah so that Firefox doesn’t cry.

Works for me. Try at own risk.

Download: undoclosetab 20060503.

Update, brought to you by davitof: Tab Mix Plus does the same, is Firefox 1.6 compatible, and has a wealth of other tab-related useful functions.