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Flickr Goes Wider, Gets Faster with Redesign

Flickr is an image and video hosting website, a web service suit, and online community. In addition to being website for user to share and embed their personal photographs, Flickr is used by bloggers to host images that they later embed in their online content. Flickr is a nice platform of recognition for amateur photographers as their work gets viewed by thousands of people.

Flicker was developed by a Vancouver based company and was launched in February 2004. Early versions of Flickr focussed on a multiuser chat room called Flickr live with real-time photo exchange capabilities.

Some of the key features of Flickr not initially present were tags, marking photos as favourites, and group photo pools. Now Flickr has partnership with Picnik and has many more features of interest. Picnik is online photo editing application and a reduced feature version of picnik is now the inbuilt photo editor of Flickr.

Few days back Flickr unveiled the new face if itself. Flickr has gone wide-Both photo pages and the sites home page have been stretched out to accommodate users with wider screens. Photos now get 640 pixels of space which earlier was 500 pixels. The extra space helps in filling up the page in a more pleasing manner when viewed on a wide screen display. The size change also ends up benefitting videos as many of them can be played in their original resolution.

The recent changes released by Flickr are not restricted only to the looks though. Flickers Head of the product Mathew Rothenberg said that this update includes faster loading pages which frees the servers for other tasks than just getting the pages loaded to the users screen. As per the statements given by Flicker, now Flickr page loads 50% faster than before.

Flickr has also enabled the keyboard support for browsing through images. This support has always been there on Flickr but was disabled. Now users can use the right –left arrow keys to move front and back.

Another feature added is customised background of Flickr. Earlier it was a prominent white background but users can put any image of their choice there. Customised desktop feature of Flickr is an option of a newly added mode on Flickr called as “Light Box”. Another new option available in Flickr is slideshow, which presents automatic transition of all the images and videos at the same time.

Now Flickr has its own world map and users can tag the photos with the actual location where the photos were shot.

The new look of Flickr currently is available as an option for the members till the time it is being tested – Once tested it will be released permanently for a new look and feel.

How To Delete Pictures from a Hard Drive?

Photographs are essential parts of our lives. We all want to keep photographic memories of important and intimate moments that we treasure. Occasions such as a baby’s first step, first date, prom night, weddings, anniversaries and other occasions are times when we want to take out our camera. Modern devices have made taking pictures quite easy and sometimes we may find out that we have accumulated a lot of pictures on how computer’s hard drive or mobile phone.

A number of reasons however may call for you to delete or permanently remove all or some pictures from your hard drive. For one, pictures eats up a large portion of your computer’s memory and reducing or deleting them will help improve performance speed. If you ever have the need to delete pictures from your hard drive, here are the steps to follow.

Step one

For most computers, pictures stored in the computer can be found in the My Pictures folder. This is usually the default folder where pictures are stored after being uploaded from a digital camera or mobile device. The first step would thus be to access this folder by clicking “Start” from the desktop, then “My Documents” and finally “My Pictures”.

Step Two

To delete pictures individually, you simply have to right click on each picture and click “Delete” or press the Delete key on the keyboard. To delete 2 or more pictures at a time, simply press and hold down CTRL (control) key and then click on all the pictures to be deleted. Each picture file clicked upon will be highlighted and these are the ones that would be deleted. Clicking on any individual highlighted file will un-highlight it and remove it from the list of pictures to be deleted.

Step Three

After selecting the pictures to be deleted, simply right click on any highlighted files and the click Delete or press the Delete key on the keyboard. All the pictures you deleted are transferred to another folder, the “Recycle Bin”. These files have thus only been deleted from the My Pictures folder, but are still on your hard drive and would still eat up memory space. To permanently delete the pictures from your hard drive you need to empty your Recycle Bin. To clear out the folder, click on the Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin. Take note that emptying the recycle bin permanently deletes the picture files and so the action cannot be undone.

It is sometimes hard to delete pictures and lose recorded memories even though that would mean faster computer speed. To solve this problem, you can simply back up your pictures to a flash drive or an external hard drive before permanently deleting them from your hard drive. This way you can enjoy better computer speed and performance and still be able to retrieve your pictures when you need them.

Be part of HiTweetory And History

The US Library of Congress has acquired the database of the famous social micro-blogging service Twitter. According to their blog, the Library will now host tweets from almost 75 million tweeters across the globe. At least, all public tweets starting from the company’s launch since 2006.

A study published by RJMetric on Computer World Magazine last January 2010 shows that of the 75 million users at the end of a large number of the accounts are inactive with 40% of it not even sending a single tweet yet and 25% not having any followers at all. Twitter also adds up to 6.2 million users monthly.

Twitter, a social micro-blogging service, generates about 55 million tweets a day. Only a small percentage of its tweets are deemed private since it is popular for its public updates from the users themselves. The US Library Congress acts as a research arm for the Congress. It houses a collection millions of books, journals, magazines, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts. The largest library in the world, it is also one of the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

The Twitter and the Library of Congress collaboration have a big impact on sharing of information across the globe for research and preservation purposes. Although there would be a 6-month delay in the publishing of tweets in the archives of the Library of Congress, Twitter’s decision to donate their database to the public, gives the population an access to momentous events in the history. These include tweets pertaining to issues that delve on the politics, economy, natural disasters and even personal triumphs. The plethora of information that will be available will be a boon for researchers interested in the “vox populi”. Access to these data are however limited to internal library use, non-commercial research, public display in the library itself, and preservation.

On the other hand, Twitter’s tie-up with the Library of Congress should raise some eyebrows for security conscious users. The idea of their tweets being immortalized might be a bit daunting for users who would have regretted and will eventually regret some of their tweets. With tweets coming unedited like they are, there are bound to be some mistakes that will definitely find its way in the Library of Congress.

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