Archive for October, 2006

Now using Zenfolio

I’ve just signed up with Zenfolio. Flickr is good, but I was interested in finding a site which had 1) a system for organising photos more to my taste, and 2) allow me to create private collections of photos without forcing my viewers to sign up.

I discovered Zenfolio while looking at a review of Smugmug. These two seem to be the best on the market at the moment in the area that I’m interested. Zenfolio has everything a need, plus is cheaper than Smugmug at the moment.

Zenfolio has three concepts for organising pictures: Galleries, Collections and Groups. Galleries provide the basic unit for storing pictures, Collections collect links to photos from your own or other people’s galleries and Groups provide a means for organising with Galleries or Collections into folders or sub-folders.

The second feature that I needed is provided by the means to add a simple password to a picture, gallery, collection or group. This access settings can be inherited by items contained within.

Once the dns change is pushed though, you will be able to access my gallery directly via

I’ve only got a few things up at the moment, I’m still working on organising my photos and I’ve basically started using Zenfolio right now so I can share some private pictures of my new house with the family. In the next couple months I’ll be migrating much of my photo album onto Zenfolio.

In fact one of my planned blog entries is a discussion about how I use Bibble Pro and Picasa (at this stage) to organise my pictures and how I back them up to online storage.
If Zenfolio looks like something you might want to try, please use this referal code: 9SG-PW3-SXZ. Both of us with get $5 off.

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Rands In Repose: Trickle Theory

I use this method when I faced with a pile of paper on my desk to file:

My advice is: START. Iterate. Mix-it-Up.

Combined with this short story on how to get things done:

It went like this: one guy would cut and drag brush into the fire, another would cut trees down, and the third would trim fallen trees. This went on for a while and then they’d all switch. Now, drag guy was cut guy, cut guy was hauling wood guy and trim guy was stack guy. During lunch, I sat down and asked, “When do you guys switch jobs?””When we’re bored.”

Beautiful, beautiful Trickle Theory. How cool is this? If you’re working on an impossibly hard or impossibly dull task and you find yourself mentally blocked by boredom or confusion, stop and do something else. The benefits of stopping are stunning.

The absence of fear to failure is often the requirement for success when faced with impossible tasks. Becoming stuck is purely a signal that is time to stop and gather your experience with some reflection, maybe internally while you do something else.

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