Wednesday, November 21, 2007

User based feed in Picasa

Well I just figured out how to get a feed of user based feeds from Picasa. While Picasa makes it easy to get a feed of your photos out on the basis of a given album, there is no mention of anyway to get a feed out on the basis of a user, i.e. I want a feed of the latest photos by a user, irrespective of album.

Well the thing to consider is that the user based feed URL is of the form:

Hmmm... seems like an attempt to masquerade a get parameter as a URL. Let's try stripping the albumid and the album id (pun intended) from the URL

Sure enough! Works!!

Now, how to get the Picasa slideshow thingie to show this?

Lets see the code:

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="" flashvars="" pluginspage="" height="192" width="288"></embed>

What we have to do is alter the feed= part to something relevant... One way to do this is to URL Encode it... Not very eays to do unless I write some code... Alternately, just search for the feed URL at and pick up the part after q= from the URL

Finally, the end result, you can see on the right side of my blog :)

Now all I have to do if to upload some new photos to if this really works...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Whew... Well I suppose I am a bit late (sarcasm)

But I have just bought a domain. I am also about to change jobs and have put in my papers in my old one. Where am I off to? Well you will have to wait a bit later to find out about that :)

I haven't been blogging for some time, I will shortly be back to work on this soon.

I bought the domain via google apps, I never even saw any page from the GoDaddy registrar and google will even be nice enough to renew the domain on its own every year.

I get free mail accounts, chat, web pages, configured out of the box... Neat