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Google's Mac Picasa Uploader Installs More Without Asking

If you recently installed Google’s Picasa Web Albums Uploader you got a little more than you bargained for. Google took the liberty of throwing in a daemon or two that try to connect to the internet to update and do god knows what else. You can’t turn it off from the application and it runs even when the application isn’t. Google neither asks nor mention what exactly this little puppy does (unless it is hidden in the long license agreement that almost no one reads).

Want to get rid of it? I did.

You have two options:

  • 1) open up terminal and type sudo rm -dr //Library/Google/; sudo rm /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.google.keystone.daemon.plist; sudo rm /Library/LaunchAgents/com.google.keystone.agent.plist
  • 2) manually delete them.
    • a. click on your hard drive icon, open the library folder
    • b. delete the “Google” folder
    • c. open “LaunchDaemons” folder and delete the “com.google.keystone.daemon.plist” file
    • d. open “LaunchAgents” folder and delete the “com.google.keystone.agent.plist” file

I hate applications that check for updates without asking me. If you don’t hate that then you might be fine leaving the files in place, so long as it is just trying to look for an update to Picasa Web Albums Uploader…

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Update to Picased the WordPress Picasa Widget

Picasaed has been updated to version 0.4

picasa web iconPicasaed works pretty much the same as the Flickr Widget, but doesn’t use tables, because no one likes tables. It is all sorts of XHTML friendly, if that’s what gets your motor running. It doesn’t do anything fancy, it just displays X number of photos from a specific album. If it doesn’t work tell me and I’ll try to fix it.

Version 0.4

  • Picasaed now uses the thumbnail image (faster loading!)
  • photo titles are used when present
  • photos now link to album
  • images have proper alt tag now
  • optimized code

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Picasaed, the WordPress Picasa Widget has Been Updated

Picasaed has been updated to version 0.3

picasa web iconPicasaed works pretty much the same as the Flickr Widget, but doesn’t use tables, because no one likes tables. It is all sorts of XHTML friendly, if that’s what gets your motor running. It doesn’t do anything fancy, it just displays X number of photos from a specific album. If it doesn’t tell me and I might try to fix it. But no promises since I’ve wasted too much time on this thing already.

The changes aren’t drastic, but I like them. Picasaed now includes a random image function. The images also link directly to the image in on Picasa Web now.

It still needs a proper alt tag in the <img>, but it’s got something there for now so it will validate as XHTML.

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A Picasa Widget that Works

So I wrote my first widget for WordPress. I was hoping to never do that, I figured I would let others do the work for me. As far as I can tell there are only two Picasa widgets, and as far as I can tell neither of them work. So I had no choice but to build my own.

I’m calling my widget Picasaed, which isn’t a particularly good name, but at least it is a name. Picasaed works pretty much the same as the Flickr Widget, but doesn’t use tables, because no one likes tables. It is all sorts of XHTML friendly, if that’s what gets your motor running. It doesn’t do anything fancy, it just displays X number of photos from a specific album. I don’t even know for sure that it will work for everyone, but it works for me. If it works for you that is awesome. If it doesn’t tell me and I might try to fix it. But no promises since I’ve wasted too much time on this thing already.

The important thing to know is that there are no styles attached to the output, that’s up to you. You can use #picasaed for the main widget and .picasaed_image for the specific images i your CSS.

It does need a proper alt tag in the <img>, but it’s got something there for now so it will validate as XHTML.

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