Apr 15

Did you ever wonder how you to view your digital photos without having to sit in front of the PC, or how you could let other people see some of your photos without having to log in to their PCs or their Expono account.

The answer is simple: Authenticated Media RSS

After signing up with Expono, you can do the obvious and upload some photos. But we give you another opportunity to use Expono.

Go into your Settings “Me” Arrow down and then look towards the bottom (in this page: My » Settings » Privacy). You’ll find “Authenticated Feeds Settings”.

You’ll find a Key and a URL example.
Copy this sequence from the URL:
/rss?ak=”Your key”

What to do with it
Find any album on Expono (while logged in) which seems to be available to you. It can be a friend’s or family member’s album or a public one. Paste the copied part of the URL including the key at the end of the album URL. Then copy the whole “new and longer” URL.

Then what?
Paste the whole copied URL into the Screensaver URL field, into your internet connected digital photo frame’s URL setting. Or if you are really good at it, enter the URL into your Wii Opera Browser URL field, run it fullscreen, et voilà, your TV becomes a huge photo frame with circulating photos.

This works on any expono user photo stream and album.

NB! You may see photos using this method, that are solely meant for your private viewing.

Apr 13

If you, as do I, have a dozen TABs open in your web browser you may have noticed that the browser from time to time takes shorter or longer breaks.

This is really annoying, especially if you have no clue what may cause this.

Another slightly annoying task is finding back to the Safari window which actually has your web service running. If you use more than one space and have Safari windows in more than one space, it is not trivial to find the correct Safari window via the Cmnd+TAB shortcut.

Luckily there is a solution for those of you on Mac OS X 10.5, using Safari. Install Fluid and make site specific browsers for your most important sites and web services (expono, gmail, facebook, etc.).

Actually, there is a solution for those of us on Windows too, but it is not as straight forward unless you use Google’s WEB browser “Chrome”, which grants each open tab an independently running process. More about that here.

What is this, you may ask. Well, a SSB is basically a new instance of Safari for each web service you would like to use. And the benefit is just that if any of them crashes, the others remain live and kicking.

In addition you get to start each and every one of them, by themselves, without even having to start Safari. They’ll have their own application icon in Applications and will act as if they were applications. If you use Quicksilver, a must for serious mac users, you just enter the name of the SSB and it starts without messing with any live Safari session.

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