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Starting to zero in on what I think will be a good solution for managing the photos in our house. (Thanks +David Razloga +Matt Steiner and +Eric Souza for pointing me in the right direction.)

Here's what I'm thinking about:

* dedicated Mac Mini, running Picasa
* I have a 1 TB NAS drive that will house all photos; the Mac Mini will map a drive to the NAS and use that in Picasa
* installing Crashplan on our laptops, copy pictures from /Pictures folder to folders on NAS
* Picasa will monitor the NAS, and add new pictures to its collection as they are copied over.
* Picasa facial recognition will find faces of family members, making it easier to sift through the 50k images we have already, and find new images/faces as they're copied in
* For big collections, I'll create an album in Picasa; Picasa's default ability to sort by date will generally be enough.
* Will create a Google account dedicated to this purpose; Picasa will log in to that account and will sync all folders up to Picasa Web Albums. I'll experiment with sharing, but assume that I'll be able to share the entire collection with both my account and my wife's
* thanks to multi-login support in Chrome and Android, I'll have access to all of these images from any browser and on both of our phones

Since GoogleTV supports multiple accounts as well, I should be able to point the Gallery app to this dedicated account, which means I'll get a screen saver of nearly 20 years of pictures. (I may actually use the TV as the display for the Mac Mini, haven't decided if I want a dedicated monitor for this or if it's OK to park it in the TV cabinet.)
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It will be very interesting to see how the face recognition does at photos of kids at different ages.
 
How does facial recognition do at distinguishing between siblings that look alike? What about those same siblings at different ages?
 
One simple, beautiful, user experience.
 
Exactly. Can't believe this isn't more widespread.
 
My experience with iPhoto with facial recognition is it struggles sometimes (and I mean sometimes) to see differences between people in from the same family i.e. my daughter will get confused with my wife, or my wife with her sister. I'd like to see if Picassa works better. The other problem is you still need to mark them manually.
 
I have a ReadyNAS with several hundred gigs of photos on it. My experiences with Picasa on that have not been overly impressive, though not disastrous. Picasa has had a habit of corrupting its database, losing all my albums and such, but thus far I've been able to fix it by restoring a backup, but it's a pain. I'm not really a fan. It's also very slow when the photos are on a network volume, though that's not really Picasa's fault.

So for my primary organization I'm still using an ancient version of iView Media Pro, and continuing to look for alternatives.
 
I should add, I also use Photo Mechanic and a couple of custom Python scripts in my setup. So it's not really portable, nor particularly clean. But it has worked since about 2005, and if iView hadn't been bought by Microsoft and ruined, I'd probably not be looking for a new solution...
 
Tonight, I feel like I'm finally part of a recognizable (or, at least, soon-to-be-recognized) technical innovation. Woot!
 
I would like to do something similar but have multiple networked monitors display random images on them updating at set intervals
 
+Rick Klau How are you going to organize your photos on Picasa Web? I thought there was 1000 picture limit for Albums?

I have the same problem you (but nearly as many photos) and would love to use PicasaWeb but find the picture limit and lack of album groupings really annoying.
 
I'm an Apple fan, too. But Rick, that solution looks like a good one for you. I didn't care for Picasa's first attempt. It ran my Mac hotter than a griddle. But your Gateway seems to love it!
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