Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Geeky Stuff

Very quiet at the moment, working all hours for the taxman.

I was looking at a way of enhancing the Family Album so I could display photos on a map, like Panoramio does. I looked at a route of integrating the site with Google Maps, which would have been fine but which would have meant a load of development work. I figured that everything would just be easier if I could avoid development if at all possible.

I looked at a few ready-made solutions out there and ultimately bought a Flickr account. Ironically, the one thing Flickr is weak on is its map integration. It is based on Yahoo maps rather than Google maps and they just aren't as good (at least, the satellite images aren't - the actual maps are much of a muchness).

Whatever, this has involved embarking on a huge exercise for Geotagging photographs. I did buy a gizmo which supplies the camera with latitude/longitude data, but that's a real-time thing so can't be applied to photographs taken, say, five years ago. Plus, it uses GPS and trust me GPS is unreliable/unobtainable when you're surrounded by tall buildings. Plus, it provides just three bits of data - latitude, longitude and altitude. So, I supplement this by the use of the freeware application GeoSetter. This shows you a Google map and either reads the location from the image, or lets you drop an "x" to specify the location. You can flesh out the location from (55.123456N, 1.123456W) to Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, UK (for example), plus you can set loads of other tags such as copyright, contact, email etc. Very useful. Very geeky!

Not only that, then, but as well as tagging all my stuff I need to upload it onto Flickr. The way you need to structure stuff fortunately is similar to how I structure it already, but I'm planning on putting something like 20GB of hi-res JPEG files there, so that's going to take some time too...

So basically I'm wasting zillions of hours on this geeky exercise that, in all likelihood, no-one will ever give a monkeys about!

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