How To: Import photos from your iPhone to your PC in 3 easy steps using Picasa


If you go searching on the web for the best way to import photos from your iPhone, most likely the answer you’re bound to find is iPhoto. Which is great if you have a Mac, but what about us PC users out there?

Well, as an admitted Google fanboy I have to say that Picasa handles importing photos from your iPhone just as well, if not better than iPhoto.

Once you have your iPhone connected to your computer just follow these three easy steps.

Step 1: Open Picasa and click on the import button

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If your iPhone was already connected Picasa will detect that as the correct device to import from.

Step 2: Confirm your device, choose which photos you want to import and execute

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Step 3: Enter your info

Enter a folder name and location and description of your photos. Also select what you would like to do with the photos once they’re copied onto your hard drive.
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That’s it! Rinse. Repeat whenever you want to grab your photos off your iPhone.

Also, if you’re not familiar with Picasa, it integrates perfectly with Picasa Web and allows you to flip a switch and sync your offline albums to your online Picasa account. No uploading necessary, it’s all done in the background for you.

Undercover Cops Chase Down Suspect on 14th Street


As I heard tires squeal and turned just in time to see a minivan come to a screeching halt on the east on the westbound side of 14th St, my first thought was, “oh no, not another struck pedestrian“. That thought quickly subsided as a swarm of plain clothes cops gathered around and took this guy down. It’s a pretty boring video, but it’s all I got tonight.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF77v0O6fuc

NYC Spends $1 Million on Typewriters for NYPD, Technology Surrenders


invisible_typewriterI’ve lauded Bloomberg in the past for his forward thinking initiatives such as GreeNYC and 311, but this is just inexcusable.

Not only did the City spend nearly $1 million on typewriters this past year, some of the models they bought retail for up to $649 apiece! You can buy a computer for $649.

Not only does this seem like a huge waste of taxpayer money, it doesn’t seem to be very green. Think about the amount of paper that could be saved every year not to mention whatever they spend on ribbons for these relics.

“It just doesn’t make sense that we can’t enter these [vouchers] on computer,” one cop told The Post.

When the typewriter ribbons run out, as they often do, officers say the search for a working machine turns into a scene right of the ’70s sitcom “Barney Miller.”

“We have to sneak around the rest of the precinct in search of a ribbon to steal,” a cop said.

The reliance on typewriters contributes to the slow pace of processing arrests, said Dr. Edith Linn, a retired NYPD cop and professor of criminal justice at Berkeley College in Manhattan.

“The system is hobbled by redundant paperwork, misused personnel, broken equipment, backward technology,” Linn says in her 2008 book “Arrest Decisions.”

At least Chief Wiggum is smart enough to type his reports up on his invisible typewriter. Now that’s green!

Changing the Structure of WordPress URLs without Losing Traffic or Google Juice


colon-slash-slashI’m on my way out the door, headed to my daughter’s first trip to Coney Island and the Circus, so I won’t go into all the reasons behind why I’m changing the structure of my URLs, let’s suffice it to say that I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while and, after quite a bit of research, it seems like the right move to make.

What change am I making? I’m merely taking the date out of my URLs. The problem is that I don’t want to lose all my outside links and Google traffic by changing my permalink structure. I already showed you how to migrate a WordPress site to an entirely new domain and redirect your URLs, this is just another quick customization along the same lines.

Old URL structure: http://jamespoling.com/2009/01/moving-your-wordpress-blog-to-a-new-domain-without-losing-your-incoming-traffic/
New URL structure: https://jamespoling.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/colon-slash-slash1.jpgmoving-your-wordpress-blog-to-a-new-domain-without-losing-your-incoming-traffic/

Step 1: Go into Settings > Permalink Settings and set up your custom permalink structure. It should look like this:
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Step 2: Either create or edit your .htaccess file on your server. (You’ll need an FTP client to access and upload this file).

    1. Inside your .htaccess file add this line of code
      RedirectMatch permanent ^/[0-9]{4}/[0-9]{2}/([a-z0-9\-/]+) https://jamespoling.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/colon-slash-slash1.jpg$1
  1. Upload your .htaccess file to your root blog directory
  2. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy

Image courtesy of jeffsmallwood Flickr

Email Full-Resolution Photos from Your iPhone


If you “Copy” photos out of your gallery and then paste them into the body of the email instead of the “Email Photo” button in the Camera app, you can email the full-resolution version of the photo.

In the gallery the first two images are screenshots of ways to copy images from your gallery and the second two images are examples of the resolution you get when you mail a photo and the full-resolution you get when you copy/paste a photo into an email.

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Note: There is one caveat to this which can be a little convoluted. It seems that copy/pasting a photo does some sort of mucking around with the exif data. If you save a full-res photo onto your computer the thumbnail orientation is off, 90° CCW. But if you open that same image on your computer it looks fine. However, uploading that to your WordPress site will show the photo as off 90° CCW as well. Thanks to Jon at Geek Stuff I figured out the workaround for this is to open the full-res photo with your image editor and just re-save it. Not the most effecient process in the world (and this may be a non-issue uploading to Flickr or PicasaWeb but it’s definitely an issue with WordPress) but at least it is an option to share your full-res photos with everyone via email.

Exit Strategy: iPhone App tells you where to get on so you're where you need to be when you get off


Exit Strategy NYC for iPhone, iPod Touch, Blackberry, Android(G1), and Kindle_1247021309643If you’ve ever taken the subway somewhere only to find out that you were at the front of the train and needed to exit at the back of the train, fret no more.

Taking the 1 train uptown to 28th street? Get on right behind the middle conductor. Need to transfer to the L at Union Square from the N downtown? Ride in the 1st car. Detailed diagrams eliminate the guesswork and frustration from your ride, making your subway trip easier and faster.

If you’re lazy, dumb, curious or all three then this app is definitely for you. This would be a cool, free iPhone app, but at a price of $1.99 I think I’ll take my chances and, heaven forbid, walk to the closest set of stairs.

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=5486616&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

The NYC Subway Just Got Faster. from Jonathan W on Vimeo.