In 2016 Google Killed Picasa, and there’s still nothing as good

These days all the huge tech companies want you to rely on them for every single thing you do. They use the cloud as the ONLY way to process, store, and share photos with apps like Google Photos, Apple Photos, etc…

But lets be honest here. None of those products are as good, as fast, easy to use, and convenient as Google Picasa was, not if you’re taking photos on things other than your phone that is.

I have a huge photo and video library on my computer from a wide variety of different cameras. I want to be able to browse through them quickly and efficiently, make changes, share, create photo albums etc, without having to hand all of my personal data over to Google.

I’ve gone though all the supposed ‘equivalents’ out there, such as:

  1. Digikam
  2. Shotwell
  3. Elementary OS Photos
  4. Windows Photos
  5. Google Photos (online)

And countless others, every single one of them fails in some way or another. In addition to all of them not doing what I wanted them to do, trying all of these different photo programs had left my photo library in a disorganized mess, divided into scrillions of subfolders, some with dates, others with album titles, others with seemingly meaningless titles, and no rhyme or reason to any of it.

So last Sunday I had enough and did a serious cleanup of my whole library. I did this by using the Dolphin File Manager and removed all of my image and video files out of all the zillions of sub-directories, then placed all images in one folder on an external drive, and all videos in a separate folder on the same drive. This took some time, but it was worth it. It not only cleaned up a lot of space (since I had a completely silly amount of duplicates), but I finally got all my photos and videos in a place where I can actually manage them.

The question still remains though, what do I use in place of Picasa? Well right now I’m going between about 3 different programs on my Linux PC. However, there’s still currently no good backup solution for Linux to google photos, so any pictures I want on the cloud must be manually uploaded. The simplest program is still Elementary OS Photos. It works okay, and has some features that I like, but almost none of the cloud backup integration works, and it cannot make web albums.

I use Gthumb to create HTML galleries for my site computerartgallery.com and still twiddling around with Digikam, mainly for tagging and cataloging video clips.

The bottom line is tech companies and developers are outright ignoring what users what for photo organization, and we basically had it with Picasa, now it’s gone. Yes you can still download Picasa and it will even run in Linux, but a lot of it’s features are broken now since it no longer syncs with Google’s cloud services.

What should a good photo manager do? Well in my opinion this:

  1. do not mess with directories, leave folders exactly as you create them
  2. scan multiple directories of your choosing
  3. basic editing features
  4. exporting photos and galleries in email and HTML

That’s really pretty much it. I have no idea why nobody is coming in to fill this simple need. I’m mostly writing this post out of frustration in hopes that someone with development skills will see this post and decide to take on the task.

Friday Drumming Playlist

So, I upload a ton of different videos to my YouTube channel, but some of my work I am most proud of is the stuff I’m playing drums on. So I thought I would put them in a playlist (sorted by popularity) for everyone to check out.

I have a lot of different stuff on here, from my work with drumming to Vocaloid, Super Mario Songs, Milkytracker, to just original songs and bands I’ve played with.

Check it out!

The Internet in 2019 is boring and predictable, but it doesn’t have to be

Have you been surfing the internet lately and thought to yourself, ‘this is soooooo boring’? I have too, but I think I know why.

The internet is not really the internet anymore, it’s like 3 or 4 websites, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and maybe Instagram, or TikTok, if you’re spending more time on your phone than the computer. And then a few ….. (ahem)…. more mature themed sites.

All everyone does now is open up one of the sites listed above, and scroll. Gone is the variety of the early days of the internet, when surfing the net, really meant you didn’t know what kind of stuff you’d find. People made their own personal websites filled with personal stories, ¬†animated gifs, vacation pictures, low resolution videos, repeated tile backgrounds or whatever else they wanted to put up. Things were not dictated by giant evil corporations like Facebook.

Social media and tube sties have taken the soul of the internet, homogenized it, prefabricated it, removed all of it’s unique features, and turned it what at best could be described as a formulaic and stale predicable landscape of click-bait, filled with ads that track your behavior to sell you more crap. Then at worst it could be described as a cesspool of propaganda, outrage mobs, AI generated algorithm-based content that makes you feel lonely, angry then finally apathetic.

I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed this, but search engines don’t even really work anymore. Google is the #1 search engine in the world, but it actually quite sucks at finding things online that don’t fit into any of the above descriptions. For example, I tried finding a website about low-res photography. I’m into these weird early digital cameras and toy cameras that take crappy photos, and I am more than 100% sure that websites exist specializing in this content. (I know because I run one myself). But if you search in google, site about low res photography, all of the results are….. well….. see below, it’s pretty sad.

This is the first page, but I went about 10 pages deep and still there was absolutely no result anything close to what I was looking for. There’s nothing but these “how to” results. Nearly all of the how-tos will also just link to a blog post with an embedded YouTube video, once again leading you back to the same place you’re trying to get away from.

There used to be a site called Stumbleupon, that actually was pretty neat and basically took you to random lesser-known sites on the internet. Sadly they now too has transformed into a crappy pinterest type site called Mix.

So how can you make the Internet interesting again?

For one, delete all of your social media accounts. Facebook especially. Delete it.. do it. It is horrible for all living things. Twitter too, delete it. I’m actually deleting mine this weekend. I deleted Facebook 2 years ago, Reddit a few months ago, still have YouTube (since I’m a YouTuber) but for each social media account I delete, the better I feel and the more time I have to explore things like 404pagefound.com which is an index of some of the oldest websites on the internet.

Then go to your email, look at your address book, and just start emailing people. Email them for fun. Say, hi. Ask how they are doing. Attach a few photos. Tell them what you’ve been up to.

Then go find some new websites, something you haven’t seen. Go to somebody’s personal blog and read a few stories. Build your own site and do it the way YOU want to do it. Make one for your pictures, one for your music, one for your writing, or combine them all to one. But don’t do it with a service like Facebook, Twitter, Or any of those, register your own domain name and create something unique.

Do you already have something like that? Send me a link in the comments. I’ll check it out. If it sounds like something you want to do, send me a link after you finish. Lets start making the internet fun again!

Some of the pages I’ve made that you can look at for fun are my Mavica FD7 Blog https://mavicafd7.blogspot.com/ and my internet radio station http://radio.demonicsweaters.com

The internet in 2019 could be fun and exciting again if people want it to be.

Happy Surfing!

New EP, Sandra’s Bullock – First release playing all electronic drums!

Sandra’s Bullock EP is the first release where I used an electronic drum set instead of an acoustic one and is the first EP I’ve released since Tracker Adjust. It’s on sale now for only $3! Or $10 with a free copy of Manasota 180g vinyl!

Track details:

Jungle Jim – Composed in Milkytracker and drums recorded in Mixbus. Samples are from my CT370, and Fairlight CMI. Custom created drum kit on my Alesis Nitro Mesh..

Ambient Park 2 – Produced with Garageband on my vintage iBook G4 using all Garageband synths with midi controller.

Lunar Landscapes – Made with Ableton Live 9 and Windows 10, Mothman Series VST synthesizers and Alesis Nitro Mesh custom kit.

The Transit – Produced in Rosegarden for Linux running on Elementary OS Juno, and many of my custom created soundfonts such as Sundrums, Kawai K1, Casio CT370, and the Fluid GM soundfont, as well as the Hexter DX7 Emulator for Linux, and Jack-Rack.

Sandra’s Bullock – Made in Garageband on my vintage iBook G4, drums are the Alesis Nitro Mesh with custom kit.

Anthill Recordings Mix Tape Vol. 1

Well, maybe it’s not a real ‘tape’ per se, but I wanted to make some mixes of the music on my YouTube channel, since it is interspersed within a ton of other content.

Some of the videos in here have very little views and were uploaded a very long time ago (one way back in 2010!).

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the mix. If you want to be included in a future mix, just let me know and send me your link!