Eye-Fi is an SD memory card and a wireless card. The camera sees it as a regular SD card, but the card itself can wirelessly connect to a predefined Wi-Fi network and upload pics (JPEG only) to a folder on a computer or to a number of photo sites (not directly, but thru a gateway service provided by Eye-Fi).
Eye-Fi Modes
The sofware bundle includes a Eye-Fi Manager which is used both for downloading pics to the computer and for the various settings.

It would be really cool to be able to use the wireless connectivity to leverage services like for example PlaceEngine, which has an API, and automatically geotag the photos.

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October 23, 2006

Scripting News: 10/22/2006:

I’ve now had HD for about a month now, and it’s a life-changer. I know it sounds weird, but you look at the world differently. The Discovery channel has really jumped on HD, they have a channel called HD Theater that is at least partly a travelogue, they sent crews around the world to take pictures in all kind of exotic places. And you sit there with your jaw on the floor, the pictures are so vivid, they’re even more colorful than reality, and they take you places you could never go on on your own, to mountain tops, underwater in a manatee swamp in Florida. And even prosaic places are beautiful. Yesterday they had a camera on a cow farm in Vermont. No voice track, no narration, just the sounds of nature and cows grazing. Incredibly captivating. This is TV as a meditation medium. Very different and very interesting.

I don’t have an HD television, so I can’t say what you see on a HD screen.
But this post (and few others, less philosophical but equally positive, by Robert Scoble) made me think that High Definition may be one of the many (so-called) next-generation technologies to actually bring value to the user (the customer). And a technology for which creating new ad-hoc content may be worth.
Even better, the endless beauty of the millions of photos out in the wild of sharing sites like Flickr, may find its way into our living rooms and our idle times. For HD videos we should wait a little more, but the tide is mounting.


Improvements in technology do not always translate inot new value. Consider, for example, what Super Audio CD has done to improve or open new ways of enjoying music.
The analogy is not fair, though, as reproducing good music is not just a matter of having a good source: the chain from the player to the speakers and out to the acoustic environment of your listening room is long and perillous.

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Techcrunch » Blog Archive » Broadcast Photos To Cable TV:

“Imagine if you could watch your friends’ Flickr pictures or YouTube videos on a dedicated cable television channel.”

There’s no privacy for these shows, but the convenience factor for sharing these with people who want to view them on television is innovative.

The easiast way of convergence?

Search is not just search (i.e. to find your needle in a haystack) anymore: it is increasingly a process to skim the wild and affluent web. In other words, Search is used as a guide or an oracle “to look over or through an aggregate of things casually especially in search of something of interest.”

On O’Reilly Radar there is a post on the subject:

Google made a breakthrough in web search with its original idea of links as citations (i.e. PageRank), and they are still the undisputed leader in general web search, but they haven’t done as well in searching rich media. I think they have some things to learn from Flickr. More specifically, web search innovators all need to think through what makes results “interesting” for a given domain. I like what flickr has done in calling out “interestingness” as a quality worth searching for.

We need serendipity search.

Elevator Face photo by vidiot

UPDATE: Google has just announced the acquisition of Neven Vision to help improve its offer with Picasa. There is no other commitment to use the technology for improved overall search just yet.

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Not an easy task to properly frame and shoot a pic (of yourself) everyday.
I’d like to see more tools to automate this sort of image blogging.


A still version of a similar regular shooting effort is here.

Everyday's Face

[both via information aesthetics]

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I did not find yet a media sharing site that has the right blend of features I’d like to have to publish for my family and friends. Essentially, the balance struck between privacy and requirement to set up accounts is still cumbersome (not to me but to my ‘audience’).

Pongyow is a new “place for you to share your photos and stories with your friends and family around the world”.
I went thru the tour and what I liked most is

  • totally free, with unlimited storage uploaders for Windows XP and Mac OS X
  • Collaborate With Your Friends If your friend has a photo album of a birthday party, and you have an album of the same party, why not put them together? With Pongyow, it’s easy to create shared albums with your friends. All you have to do is give your albums the same name (and be linked as friends on Pongyow), and your photos will automatically be included in each others’ albums!

The features set is not spectacular and probably I won’t set up an account to give it a try (besides, I have many others already).

The share-by-name-among-friends feature is quite interesting to me; it may improve on the share-by-tag-among-all feature by limiting the explosion of contents in two ways:

  1. a name is likely to be more selective than a tag (or a set of tags, for that matter), and/or
  2. the pool the selection operates on is the network of friends rather than the whole, much larger community.


May 30, 2006

Allyoucanupload.com is a new service from Webshots for no-registration-required, free and unlimited (image size) photo (.gif, .jpeg and .png formats) hosting. In the FAQ there is no mention to bandwith limits (upload, like e.g. for the free accounts on Flickr, or traffic), but TechCrunch explicitly says that “there are absolutely no bandwidth restraints.”.
From the upload page, up to three files can be uploaded at a time. When the transfer is complete, eight types of HTML-like codes (i.e. formatted for specific online spaces) are provided:

Links to thumbnails
for a Blog or Website (ex., MySpace, eBay, Xanga, Blogger)
for a forum or message board (primary)*
for a forum or message board (alternate version)
for an Email or Instant Messenger

Links to original image
for a Blog or Website (ex., MySpace, eBay, Xanga, Blogger)
for a forum or message board (primary)*
for a forum or message board (alternate version)
direct link to image

By copying and pasting the code you can post the images on your online space. As for blogs, the FAQ only cites Blogger and TypePad.
Using the links provided for Blog or Website on WordPress works partially, probably because

[Wordpress] for various reasons, mostly related to your security, don’t allow people to post arbitrary code in their blogs. Unfortunately this has the side-effect of blocking some cool stuff.

In WordPress, every time you edit/save the post, part of the original HTML code provided by Allyoucanupload gets corroded, as you can see below (I had to change all the angle to squared brackets to avoid the code samples from being eaten away)

  • original
    [a href=”http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/viewimage?imageID=1878825463773209560″%5D%5Bimg src=”http://aycu04.webshots.com/image/1843/1878825463773209560_th.jpg” alt=”Free Image Hosting at allyoucanupload.com”/][/a]
  • after first save
    [a href=”http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/viewimage?imageID=1878825463773209560″%5D%5Bimg src=”http://aycu04.webshots.com/image/1843/1878825463773209560_th.jpg”/%5D%5B/a%5D
  • after second save and on
    [a href=”http://allyoucanupload.webshots.com/viewimage?imageID=1878825463773209560″%5D%5Bimg /][/a]
  • Strange behavior. Anyhow, the direct link to the image is provided e.g.
    and the direct link to the thumbnail, though not provided, is easy to build by changing _rs (real size?) to _th
    and so it is possible to post the image here on WordPress with some more manual efforts then just copy&paste. The test image is below.
    This image is hosted on Allyoucanupload.com

    I have tried to upload an AVI i.e. video file, and I got a format error message at the end of the transfer, after a long wait. So, they do check the format and the site cannot be used for hosting all kind of files (though I did not try to rename the AVI file to JPG before uploading; but that should not work either…).

    For some aspects, Allyoucanupload looks much like Bubbleshare (an inspired and free photo hosting and sharing site who pioneered – to my knowledge – the no-registration-required, multiple-files-upload, no-destination-site approach) with a much stronger hosting power and much simpler (poorer) services.

    Allyoucanupload.com is part of the CNET Networks.

    via TechCrunch

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