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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

Journal of acme (189)

Saturday April 09, 2005
02:19 PM


[ #24094 ]
For ever such a long time, I've hosted my photos on my website. I've toyed with online photo websites (both for work and for play) but I've finally decided that Flickr has enough critical mass of my friends that it's worth syndicating my photos there too.

So the actual technical bit wasn't too hard, I just used Flickr::API (and the Flickr API docs) and Flickr::Upload. I actually use tags on my photos, so that's handy. The small script I ended up with to sync the photos is made of up two main subroutines, one to decode the XML returned from Flickr and the other to upload a photo. It's just nice simple glue code.

But what's it like for users? Well, Flickr does quite a bit of metadata, so you can see my most popular tags, which I initially thought was a bit of a gimmick, but is quite neat. Also, I get to see the most viewed / favourited / commented photos, which is nice.

Recent photos you might like: An animated street crossing sign. A hot spring. An oh-so-cute kitten typing on autrijus' laptop. My shiny new PSP showing a Coupling episode.

I'm still not sure I'm happy about Flickr using Flash to show plain photos. Time for a Flickr Lite?

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  • flickr works without flash as it is. it just tells you things would be better with flash. which personally i doubt. ;)
    • I wish. If flickr worked without Flash, I would be able to view full-sized images.

      (For the purpose of argument, assume that I lump any web plugin that doesn't have an open source player in with "Flash", as I run Linux PPC and do lump all of those things together in the "Useless to me" category.)

  • In fact it's called lickr [].