How to STOP the Incessantly Annoying Picasa Web Album Notifications!

GalleryIf you’ve wound up here, then I gather you too can’t stand the annoying Picasa Web Albums notifications on your Android device.

I thought I’d tried EVERYTHING but inevitably they return, and I have several Google accounts and as such, I get one notification for each of them. I have long since turned off all syncing options for photos, and numerous done a FORCE STOPs, yet these notifications persist, time after time after time.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve searched high and low on the Interwebs and tried everything you’ve ever read in every forum post, blog and comments… But theykeep coming back :(

Short of rooting your device and removing the Gallery app, or in some other way mod them from not appearing, here’s how I got rid of them. Continue reading “How to STOP the Incessantly Annoying Picasa Web Album Notifications!”

I wish I could just sync checked photos from iPhoto

iPhoto icon
iPhoto

An open letter to Apple; “Please let me sync just checked photos to my devices”

I have just posted this to Apple’s feedback section as a feature request. I know this is not probably something we will see, but at least I’m not just publishing this, I’m complaining in the right channels.

I love iPhoto, I really do. But it has some flaws. I work around most of them. But the most unforgiving flaw (as someone who takes a LOT of photos), is that there is no easy way to synchronise JUST the photos you want. You HAVE to create albums and smart albums, or use ratings. Even faces are no good, because it sync’s ALL faces of any selected person.

What iPhoto NEEDS is a checkbox list view (as in iTunes) where you can select any album, event, face or place, but only those checked items (within those lists) will be syncd. The way it is now, you must create an event for the photos, then create an album from the event that has JUST the photos you want. A lot of event/album/photo duplication (even if it is just an alias).

When I’m on the iPhone I want certain photos available. I want more available on the iPad, but I want everything available on the computer.

Can we please have a better way of managing these?

Thanks

NYE 2007/2008

Sydney Harbour Bridge - New Years Eve
Sydney Harbour Bridge - New Years Eve

HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2008

Day Zero – the plan

D-Day. (Dave’s Day)

The first day. It all starts today.

The day that all others are going to be measured by.

(Note to self: Today is the first day of the rest of my life.)

THE 7 P’s

“Prior Preparation and Planning Prevent Piss Poor Performance.”

I have no MASTER PLAN at the moment, but just some basic rules. And maybe a motto/mantra: Eat good and exercise regularly. Yesterday I was very motivated to do the exercise (probably because at this time I am not drunk or hung-over!). But after a night of celebration that feeling of superiority I had over my goal, has most certainly wained.

The hard part though is going to be the diet. I love my food. I love my blue cheese sauce. I love my bread, potatoes and pasta. I have a very bad habit of skipping meals and when I eat, I usually eat until I can fit no more in. I often have only 1 or 2 meals a day. Usually 1, NEVER 3. These are all things I am going to have to change:

  • Eat more regularly,
  • Eat smaller portions,
  • Eat a balanced diet, and most importantly
  • Eat in moderation

Then I am going to have to supplement my diet with exercise. (I’m sure that should be a 4 letter word!). I am very lucky to have a Gym at work, I just need to use it. I have a few mates at work who already use it, I am going to harness the power of peer pressure and advise them to MAKE me do it. Shame me into doing it.

With the exercise, I plan on doing something everyday – 7 days a week. At least 3 – 4 times a week, I have to spend an hour doing something… Running (Walking), Weights, (not) Swimming etc etc. Solid activities. Every other day can be something short and simple for 5 – 10 minutes. Push ups, Sit ups, Crunches…

Back to the 7 P’s. My fridge is not stacked for healthy eating at the moment. In fact, it’s hardly stacked at all. So today is going to be pretty light on (dietary wise) but tomorrow I will go out and purchase more goods. I will be taking the “low carb” approach for the first couple of weeks.

Now to kick this plan into action…

A few years ago…

me a few years ago
me a few years back

Yes, I have decided, it is now or never. I have never made a new years resolution before, but this year it’s going to be different. I’ve decided I’ve had enough of being fat and unfit. So this year, I am going to do something about it. Having been inspired by a few youtubers out there who have documented their journey, I’ve decided I am going to do the same.

A little about me: I’m just a normalish guy, 37 years old, Sydney (Australia) born and bred. 5’7ish (or just a shade over 170cm for us non-imperialists) and weight 105kgs (that’s 231lbs). I wouldn’t necessarily class myself as obese, but I am most certainly overweight. And I want to lose that weight. I’m a normal guy, with an almost normal job (but I work a 12 hour roster, and so this is going to be one of my greatest challenges: Maintaining a strict regime while working). I don’t smoke (and after tonight) only drink on those very rare special ocassions… Like birthdays, farewells and stuff.

But this all starts tomorrow :-)

You’ve heard it all before, haven’t you?

It’s not the new year yet, and we have one more night of celebrating before I go on my no alcohol binge (for at least one month) while I start trying to shed these love handles and other superfluous fatty over-hangs. Having a few drinks 2 or 3 or 5 times a week is going to be a thing of the past.

The Last Meal
The Last Supper

And so is a meal such as this!

For years one of my favourite meals has always been Chicken Kiev. That is, until I met Daniel, the international quisine chef at the Woolpack Hotel. This Sirloin with blue-cheese sauce is simply “to die for”

And if I had of kept eating it, I probably would die… But it’s soooo nice. Ahh well, A thing of the past now (I might have a commemorative
meal tonight – just so that the taste can linger for one last moment…)

After all, it is New Years Eve!

Dave.

Edit: In moving to the new site I thought I would revamp this a little. I had the best of intentions when I started this site, I really wanted to lose the weight, and for a good while I did. I dieted twice and on the second occasion I actually lost almost 20kgs. When I started the 2nd diet I was back to my original starting weight. Right now, I’m almost back to it again. In the last year I have been everywhere between 89.9kg and 105.5. I SHOULD do it again!