The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Never show em how you make sausages…

Posted by Deliverator on October 27th, 2005

So far I have been very happy with Gallery. I started uploading pictures using Gallery Remote. I am getting some inconsistencies between the image rotation displayed in Gallery Remote’s preview and Gallery itself. I can rotate them once they are on the site, but it takes on average 15-30 seconds per picture to do it after the fact. I wish Gallery Remote had a bandwidth throttling feature, as it saturates my upstream pipe, making it difficult to do anything else while it is uploading. It does have the ability to cancel an upload midway through and resume at a later point, but it is no substitute. Another thing I noticed is that if you que a bunch of pictures for upload and exit the program, it wipes the slate clean. Gallery makes the process of creating web galleries much less painful, but the overall experience could be a bit more polished.

Played around with Blog Torrent last night. Blog Torrent is a bit-torrent tracker system that relies only on PHP and python. This makes it extremely easy to set up a tracker on almost any web server. Having a bit-torrent tracker allows web sites to offer large files for download without totally killing their bandwidth limits, especially if one of those files incurs the wrath of slashdot. The best part of Blog Torrent (in theory, ymmv) are the included plugins for Windows and Mac that makes the downloading files as simple as any other link. It’s all the power of p2p file sharing, without requiring the user to be a geek. Again, this is the theory. My contents most definitely settled in shipping. I was able to set up Blog Torrent easily enough and the software’s built in idiot checks all passed, but when it came to downloading the 2.3 MB pluggin, every machine I tried it on haulted after 1.9 and attempts to run the exe resulted in a failed integrity check. I tried reinstalling the software from scratch several times, redownloaded the set up files, checked md5’s, etc all to no avail. I am really not sure what the problem was. I even went so far as to download and install Broadcast Machine, a similar platform for content publication oriented for video, derived from Blog Torrent. I ended up having the same result with Broadcast Machine as Blog Torrent, busted plugin downloads. Sigh…