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Andrew Hill
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Lives in Astcote, Towcester, UK
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One more query about Picasa and/or Google Photos Albums.

I use Picasa Web Albums extensively on my web sites. I have a massive catalogue of hundreds of Corgi Toy model cars and when I take photos of each model that comes in or needs updated they are more or less instantly uploaded to a back-up folder where I can simply put them in an Album

That Album, in Picasa, has a simple to access bit of code to embed it in a web page using an iframe. Now that needs some serious updating so we can edit the frame a little and even choose some custom bits but let's put that to one side for now.

The big problem is that these albums do not appear on Apple's tablets or phones or, now I think of it, on Android devices either. That didn't matter in the good old days but now that so many people use their mobiles or tablets to view catalogue and information sites like mine I need a form of album display that works for them too.

I know I can create various types but they seem all to need to have to images loaded within the site somewhere. There is simply too many for that so I need a simple solution that can take the images already stored on-line and just display them like Picasa's iframe code does but in a way that will display on all devices.

It ought to be fairly straightforward and, like the Picasa solution, not require a massive amount of coding or heavy editing work. I have over 300 different albums to show so, whilst I accept I'll need to change the code for each, I am hoping I can do them by setting up one and then just changing a link for subsequent albums on other pages.

I hope I've expressed this fairly clearly and someone out there either can sympathise with me and say I am asking a reasonable question and, even better, someone may even come up with a neat solution.

Having said that, Google Photos or Picasa really ought to be leading the way and sorting this out now. 

Below is an example of a page that uses one of the albums I am talking about.

#Googlephotos   #Picasawebalbums   #Picasa #Album   #iframe   #newcodeplease   #help  
Andrew Hill has prepared a well-researched and interesting site covering Corgi Toys from 1956 to 1974. Here you should find what you need to know about these great models and maybe even buy a real one.
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My goodness, how confusing is Google Photos becoming?

I have just spent a good few minutes trying to edit a few Albums. If you click on Photos in the side bar you get a tiled display of recent items and a note pops up to say how nice it is, or something like that. Beneath that is the now familiar GOT IT. That is followed by TAKE ME BACK TO GOOGLE PHOTOS.

I thought that was where I already was but apparently that is not the case as the link takes me to a different view. Now I have various short bursts of images.

At the top is a menu and here I can find Albums at last although I have to admit that, having come here to write this, I cannot now recall where that menu was but I think it was under More.

Finally I am happily wandering around the Albums, showing as convenient little squares. Quite like Picasa's display (which is helpful as I tend to use Picasa a lot and similar interfaces can be a great help in lowering blood pressure I find).

I do the Album changes and would like to go back to another. Ah. No obvious link anywhere. I try Photos on the top menu. No. that has no obvious link to Albums any more. I try a few other places but give up.

The only way appears to be to dive back into the side bar menu, hit Photos, get the message and go back (?) to Google Photos (no I don't understand that bit either) and then find the More menu and *Albums once more.

Collections are here and there but they are not Albums. Perhaps they could usefully be.

Now there will be someone reading this who will say it is so simple; all I have to do is... I do hope so as in due course that little welcome GOT IT message will go and then I have no idea how to find my way around.

I don't know who runs Google Photos and I do appreciate that it is a tricky job to keep us all happy in this area but really this has been going on for so long now and needs some decent final resolution. Picasa worked - indeed still does work - brilliantly on its own. I fear that soon we may only have Google Photos, though, and that is worrying unless the people there really can get their act together.

#GooglePhotos #Picasa #Albums  #Lost  
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If you have a problem deleting PDF files
This may seem a silly little problem but it confused me for a while and may bother you one day. In the good old days if you wanted to delete a file you just found it in the folder and either hit the Delete key or found Delete on a right click menu. That see...
This may seem a silly little problem but it confused me for a while and may bother you one day. In the good old days if you wanted to delete a file you just found it in the folder and either hit the Delete key or found Delete...
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I was telling my postman about the 1d black anniversary issue last week and as he'd never heard of them I suggested we have a look through all the mail in his bag and see if there was one there. Not only were there no 1d blac...
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As John Steed, one of my childhood heroes.
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Have fun playing with the fractal tool on FractalFoundation.org's site.

http://fractalfoundation.org/resources/what-are-fractals/
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It's Learning, +Anthony Basiel , but not as we know it.

I'd love to do some research on Chaos in The Classroom if anyone would fund me. Pity funds dried up at Middlesex.
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At least you'll now know where Waterloo is.
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Hertfordshire, UK - Milton Keynes - Caddington - Abbots Langley - Kings Langley - Hatherden - Frensham - Bovingdon - Balerno - Kirkcaldy - Edinburgh - Anstruther - Frogmore - St Albans
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Writer | Web and Graphic Designer | Lecturer. E-learning consultant promoting plain English. Love 60s music photography and village life. The Respectable rebel http://ahi2000.com
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Still crazy after all these years but respectable when I need to be. Lecturing in web design pays the rent and available for hire to entertain staff who'd like to know about e-learning or using web tools in education. I also do Staff ICT skills assessment and training and graphic and web design for private clients.

Writer - novels and children's stories and articles on ILT, e-learning and education and, far more fun, entertainment and TV series!

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  • St Albans School
    1963 - 1970
  • Park Street School
  • Colney Street School
  • St Andrew's University
    Mathematics, 1970 - 1971
  • Middlesex University
    E-learning Management, 2010 - 2011
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From the outside you are unlikely to leap through the door with much enthusiasm as it all looks a bit drab and dusty but it you take a deep breath and dive in and go straight through to the restaurant area you'll find a very genuine welcome and décor that probably hasn't changed since the 1970s. But that's how Chinese restaurants are and this is clean 1970s. we even had the marble rotating centre thing which makes sharing dishes easy provided everyone heads in the same direction. The menu has both Peking and Cantonese items and we chose one of the pre-set menus with a bundle of additional items. Prawn crackers arrived at the table almost as quickly as we did. The rest of the food was considerably slower, though. That's not necessarily a bad thing and it was all very freshly cooked and sizzled nicely on arrival. As a group of five, three teenagers a 30-year-old and I'm not giving away my massive age, we'd decided just to share everything and asked that they just bring it all as and when it was ready, expecting a sort of continuous flow of food. We also thought we'd ordered two of the set meals and worried that they were tiny portions but it transpired we'd only been given (and charged for) one. As well as misunderstanding that bit of the order, our desire to have most stuff arriving together didn't seem to get heard either and there were quite long gaps between 'courses'. We thought they were just being slow but they were just waiting for someone to finish something and that someone was trying to make it last until something else came along. Chicken and egg. Or maybe a beef and oyster sauce situation. For all that, the elderly staff were like old Chinese mothers looking after us and you kinda didn't want to hurry them along. The dishes were all excellent and, once the main courses arrived, there was plenty, despite the single set meal, and all was good with the world. I particular noted that we were only provided with chopsticks which was a nice change to the boring spoons and forks most establishments now give people as standard. I am sure we could have asked for some though so if you're worried about your chopstick skills sending prawns down others' cleavages you'll be fine. It was a Monday evening, quite early and there was just one other table occupied so we were able to laugh and joke without worrying about disturbing anyone. For what we wanted it proved an ideal place. Good quality, reasonable price - about £16 a head in total - and I am happy to recommend it.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
OK, so it feels a bit like a place just for tourists to stop at but if you've been wandering around this fascinating area iy is as good as any a place to sit down. Watch the world go by for a while and the food and refreshments are fine. After days of dumplings I was quite ready for a taste of the West and a burger was very welcome. My partner had some great tasting soup and, of course, the wine and beer went down very well. Very clean and reasonably priced. Pleasant Australian-sounding staff.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Very clean and very tidy little cottage set in brilliant surroundings. Run by a lovely lady who is keen to please and very knowledgeable. Our rooms were beautifully furnished - maybe a little too quaint for me! The hot water was way too hot but maybe that's a device to prevent people using too much! Our visit was at the height of a heatwave and I spent more time sitting in the garden than in the rooms in a house built to retain not lose heat. Nice breakfast and good quality local produce. Tiny eggs - you may need to order two. Great home-made bread. No hesitation in recommending the accommodation. The beach is quite a fair 15 minute walk away and comprises solely very large stones. It'll be peaceful, though!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Just what I was looking for: a country pub where you could just wander in and enjoy good beer and plenty of home-cooked food. Plates full to overflowing. Hot and tasty. Calories galore. The place hasn't moved with the times but is all the better for that. It's clean and several nice fires kept us warm on a damp and chilly day. The barman will probably make you smile - if you're looking for a pretty blonde to serve you drinks then this may not be the place for you, though! I was delighted to see things like brass animals just sitting on a mantelpiece. In so many places anything of value would be either out of reach or behind glass. I just have to return for the sponge puddings. Good value, honest, unpretentious place.
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Atmosphere: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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Excellent food and refreshment and really reasonable prices. Simple seating and busy at peak hours but time it right and you can stay for a while quite peacefully. Nicely cooked grilled cheese and chips, tasty soup.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Comfortable little pub buried in a part of Hertfordshire even some locals probably won't have explored. Simple lunch menu available for our visit was quite adequate and dishes well-presented with good flavour. Beers seemed well-kept and house red excellent. No canned music - a pleasant change these days. Lots of respectable old ladies around. For simple, good value fare in peaceful surroundings, well worth a visit.
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