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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Picasa Albums - How to download a photo to your Blog.

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Today, someone asked, on Blogger Help Forum, ... "How do you add/insert a photo from Picasa into a Blogger post?"

The Picture Upload Wizard does a wonderful job in giving you the options of uploading a photo from a number of sources - one of which is Picasa Albums.





It's as simple as choosing the Album your picture is in, then selecting that picture, and letting the Wizard do the rest.







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Friday, June 5, 2015

Picasa Albums - Some May NOT be Albums.



I love Picasa - not ! Still using the modern vernacular, I love having problems - not ! Picasa supplies me with challenges, every time.

Today I opened Picasa for the first time in years, in relation to question about Picasa, from the Blogger Forum. I noticed there was, what I presumed to be an album, called 'Instant Upload', which I have never heard of. One of the troubles with Picasa, I believe, is the fact that they access your computer and copy all photos, of whatever nature, and put it in Albums. You have to be aware of this and make sure you check the Visibility ! Anyway, I tried to delete this orphan album. Couldn't. No way. This is what happened ...






The resultant Google - 500 Internal Server Error was a surprise, too. I wonder why I got that. Oh, well, sometimes we mere mortals are lucky there are people like Tim Fisher, and his 'About Tech' website. So, is it a fault with Google, or a Driver on my computer? Another problem caused by Picasa, Google or both. Or, was it the 'album'?

see also: Picasa Albums - Changing the Viewing/Sharing Options.

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Picasa Albums - Changing the Viewing/Sharing Options

Location: Newcastle, NSW. Australia. Newcastle NSW, Australia


Today, there was an interesting question in the Blogger Forum about Picasa ...



Picasa is really tricky. They don't make things easy by their page design - at least for the novice blogger, or the veteran blogger, in this case. Also, beware the missing photo/images from your blog when you make albums 'Private', or 'Only You' visibility. By default, your images are visible to 'Anyone with the link', but not in Picasa Albums, or in the Google+ Photos profile. Only in your blogs. So, think about it, carefully.

What you have to do is :-

  • 1. Select (Click on) the Photo Album you want to change the Visibilty of.
  • 2. Click on any photo
  • 3. Select 'Album Properties' from the available options.
  • 4. Look at the bottom of the next pop-up and see in the lower left, the Visibilty Options drop-down menu.
  • 5. Make your selection.
  • 6. A warning pop-up will appear. Click OK, if you agree.
  • 7. 'Save Changes'.
  • 8. Note the little icon at the bottom of the Album on your 'Home' screen, has changed. Hover your mouse over it.


I've tried to present the above steps in photo form, for you.







If there's an easier way to do it, or an alternative way, I don't know it.


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Blogger Help Forum Helpers



The Helpers in the Blogger Help Forum are a varied lot of bloggers - just like you ! That's right ! Just like you.

I've written about the Help Forum before, and I'll write about it, again. I've tried to explain what the Helpers try to do, and, no doubt, will again. How do I know this? I used to Help on the Forum, as a Blog*Star/TC, and when my knowledge of blogging, and all it's issues, is refreshed, will again, I hope. It's also nice to know that Blogger hasn't completely forgotten my efforts ! Top Contributor Alumni ! I must have been voted in, secretly, as I wasn't blogging in 2014.



The term, Blog*Star, isn't used anymore, on Blogger, like it was some years ago, and is widely utilised in different areas on the 'net. Helpers who do a lot of work, are referred to as Top Contributors, or TCs. The best in my opinion, has always been the Nitecruzr. My old mate, Chuck, is the Nitecruzr, and has many years of experience in blogging, and Blogger. It's his advice that I seek. I'm sure there may be other TCs with similar knowledge levels, but it's Chuck, all the way, for me.



Looks like the old 'Grumpy 1' has still got it ... (what, I don't know)



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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Export Your Blog - another way to save the day!



Another way to 'save the day', is to Export your blog and keep the Blogger Atom Format, which gives you a .xml file, you store in a folder somewhere on your computer. It's another way to protect your blog, in the same way as backing-up your Template, or using software, such as HTTrack Website copier.

It's done in the Settings - Other screen ...



What does this mean?

Basically, you can keep a copy of your blog, in a safe folder, in case there's a problem. If you have a copy saved, you can then either set your blog up on another Blogging Platform (Service), or restore it to Blogger, by Importing that file.





Easy as, and your Blog is SAFE. Blogger says; "Don't worry, your blog will still remain on Blogger until you delete it" .

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HHTrack - Latest Version 3.48-21



If you are like me, you keep a back-up copy of your template (mandatory, if working on your template) , and nearly as important, a copy of your Blog. To do the latter effectively, cheaply and easily, I have always recommended HTTrack. The latest version of this software, is HTTrack 3.48-21.



It's nice to know all your hard work is safe !

see also: HTTrack - Website Copier - 1, and... HTTrack - Website Copier - 2.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Returning to Blogger - and Blogging ?



Having written my last post in April, last year, I took an hour, or so, today, to look over my sadly neglected blogs, and it showed me what I was missing.

I used to love blogging, and I had a few friends, none left, however, and I was getting familiar with the ins and outs of the HTML language of writing blogs. I also visited some of my old posts 'Edit Posts' screens, only to be dismayed by the mass of technical lingo that greeted me. It'll take a few weeks of solid posting to start remembering some of it. Then, again, I wonder if it'll be worthwhile, or if I still have the standard of interest required.

I need to find subjects to write about, I thought, so I visited Blogger Help Forum. It's funny, but the questions from bloggers aren't that much different from 12 months ago, and having once been a Top Contributor on the Forum, I wonder how some of the present TC's have continued to offer their 'wise counsel'. Same problems being reported. Ugh !

The New Blogger Help Center appears to have most of the answers, but I'll have to look at it, in detail.

Stay tuned.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Removing a Person from your Circles, via Google+ Screens.



Recently, I decided to stop Following several people who were in my Circles, on Google+. Why? Well, I thought that it was a total waste of time Following people who never contribute, or do anything, like comment.


This procedure is simple enough. It is done on the Your Circles screen.





Click on the Circle containing the person/people you wish to remove, and hover your mouse over the person. This highlights an 'X'.





Hover on the highlighted 'X' and a small pop-up will confirm who you've selected. Then click.





The icon of the person removed will also disappear from the screen.





The removal is now completed.





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Re-instating a Previously Blocked/Removed Google + Follower.



"Oh, my goodness, I have blocked the wrong person!"

This situation is often the case. No worries, however, as it is simple to correct. So, too, is Re-instating a Follower who has been removed from your circles.


Step 1 - The first thing you must do is navigate to the Profile of the person in question, which will appear like the following image.




Step 2 - Navigate to the bottom of the screen.



Step 3 - Click on the box which says 'BLOCKED".



Step 4 - Select a Circle to place him/her in.





NOTE: If a Follower has been 'Removed' from your Circles, he/she will need to be re-added to your Circles, as if he/she was a new Follower. Naturally, you can only Block, or Report, a Follower who is not a member of your Circles.


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Blocking, or Removing, a Follower in Google +



In May, 2013, I wrote a post on this very subject - 'Blocking, or Stopping, a Google+ Follower', and used my friend David, as an example. Well, things have changed slightly, and once again, with David as an example, the updated method is demonstrated.


Step 1 - Choose (mouse-click) the Follower you wish to Stop (remove from your circles), Block, or Report. You need to navigate to his/her Profile.





Step 2 - Click on the highlighted down-arrow symbol (see next image).





Step 3 - Choose the option you wish.





Step 4 - Finalise your choice, or action.




Easy as.

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