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  • 21st Apr, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Bicycle basket
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I've been happily using flickr since February to put my photographs online. It's been really great: no system administration headaches, lots and lots of fast bandwidth, and a user-interface that doesn't hurt to use. As well, the flickr system exhibits the same kind of network effect that LiveJournal does. Not too shabby, hmm?

Well, I now have two paid-up one-year accounts to give away. If you are interested in posting your photographs there, write a little explanation as to why I should be generous to you. I'll pick (at least) two comments I enjoy the most and gift those friends with a free upgrade.


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22nd Apr, 2005 03:20 (UTC)
all your pictures are belong to yahoo!
22nd Apr, 2005 03:28 (UTC)

I suppose they've got the bits on their hard disks. But I don't mind sharing, that's what I always do anyway.

Check out their awesome terms of use. Here's an excerpt:

  • We claim no intellectual property rights over the material you provide to the Flickr service. Your profile and materials uploaded remain yours. You can remove your profile at any time by deleting your account. This will also remove any private images you have stored in the system. However, by setting your uploaded images as "public", you agree to allow other Flickr users to view and share your images and you therefore agree to allow us to display and store them.
  • We encourage users to contribute their creations to the public domain or consider licensing their creations under less draconian terms than have become standard in most jurisdictions. Accordingly, we offer the ability to mark your content as belonging to the public domain or as licensed under a Creative Commons license.
  • Ludicorp undertakes to obey all relevant copyright laws, however misguided we may all judge them to be.
22nd Apr, 2005 07:26 (UTC)
They named themselves "Ludicorp"? That's awesome. I'm not a big Flickr fan, mainly because flash currently tends to crash my browser at work (I have the click-to-play-flash Firefox extension installed, so it's no great loss in general), but that goes a long way towards redeeming them in my books.

Or rather, it would have, had they not just been bought out. But if they hadn't been bought out, we wouldn't be having this discussion, so I wouldn't have known about the name. Oh, it's all so ironic, in an Alanis Morrissette kind of way.
22nd Apr, 2005 13:40 (UTC)
But their almost requirement for a proprietary software, Flash, really annoys me... given what it provides.
22nd Apr, 2005 15:23 (UTC)
I've had no trouble using flickr when Flash isn't available, so I'm sure it's not a particularly onerous inconvenience, if you want to use Free Software only.
22nd Apr, 2005 15:55 (UTC)
so why do they advertise it each time ?
22nd Apr, 2005 16:00 (UTC)
To annoy you.
22nd Apr, 2005 03:30 (UTC)
Kinda why I am leary to upload a great many images there... I am vehement about Copyright.
22nd Apr, 2005 15:22 (UTC)
I'm pretty vehement about copyright as well, but probably in a different way than you are.
22nd Apr, 2005 03:23 (UTC)
Because I am astonishingly cute, and because I'll cook for you (negotiations of menu to be arranged later) next time you're in town? I'd offer to cook for you in Montreal, but that may take a long while yet...
22nd Apr, 2005 03:53 (UTC)
Hey... I haven't had a chance to try Flickr yet. I carry my camera everywhere I travel. I've got a lot of photo's to share. As you may have noted, I can also share some of my fridge experiments.
22nd Apr, 2005 04:07 (UTC)
President Clinton, as part of his goal to increase technical awareness and interest in the sciences, asked the various major computer companies to cooperate in a large Multimedia publishing project. The general theme was "Elephants".

The piece from Apple was titled: "User Friendly Elephants and Their Friend, the Mouse".
IBM's: "How to Sell an Elephant to Someone Who Wants a Racehorse".

Novell's: "Connecting Elephants".

Borland's: "All Elephants Should Cost $99".

NeXT's: "Painting an Elephant Black".

Microsoft's: "Why You Should Buy Microsoft Windows".

Netscape's: "Old Elephant never dies."

Intel's: "Elephant Inside"
22nd Apr, 2005 05:49 (UTC)
Coz I'm awesome! And I take pictures of cats! And I was never a Hitler Youth!
22nd Apr, 2005 12:36 (UTC)
grammar girl
augh! Simon, I never thought to see you use a noun as a verb.
22nd Apr, 2005 12:41 (UTC)
Re: grammar girl
Hmm? Which noun was that?
22nd Apr, 2005 20:21 (UTC)
Re: grammar girl
A "gift" is a "present" (or a "talent") is a noun. You give someone a gift, you don't "gift" them a gift.
22nd Apr, 2005 20:49 (UTC)
Re: grammar girl
I'm not above verbing nouns like "access" or "network" or "cable".

But this is a case where I'm not coining a new turn of phrase. From the OED:
gift (gIft), v. [f. GIFT sb.]
  1 trans.   To endow or furnish with gifts (see chiefly GIFT sb. 6); to endow,
invest, or present with as a gift.
25th Apr, 2005 16:57 (UTC)
Re: grammar girl
The oed goes by common usage since language evolves, so I guess this monstrosity has been around long enough. I just can't stand this usage. So I guess it's not a grammar thing, just a personal dislike.
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