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Suggestions for converting old laptop into updating photo album and slideshow

elnino2783 1,840 570 December 23, 2015 at 11:17 AM
Hi everyone, I'm retiring an old laptop that was pretty underpowered even when it was new in 2007. I had it running Windows Home Server the past couple of years, but the 2TB hdd limit under the 32bit OS/CPU limit has pushed me to retire it.

Since it still works I want to make it into a constantly updating photo album/slideshow for my technically illiterate parents. The reason for doing so is because I don't post all my photos of my kids onto Facebook because I like to retain some privacy. But for my parents, I don't care if they see all the kids photos, obviously.

So my question is what setup I could use to make this possible. Basically I'd like to be able to take cellphone photos and just send them somewhere private that the laptop could then make a part of the album. There would be a minimum of 4 phones sending photos of all their grandkids, and then also random uploading of camera based photos.


Functionality I'd like to have, but would likely complicate things:
- A way to look at the latest photos updated (maybe even add usb buttons programmed for that specific function).
- another quick button for searching child specific tags if they want to find a specific photo

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Check out Google Photos. I'm not sure what kind of control you would need to have getting photos to the album, based on wanting to upload from four phones, but once they are posted on a Google Photos account your parents have access to they would be in date order. Google photos has a terrific search function that uses facial recognition to sort the photos by person, or other visual techniques to sort into places and things. All your parents would have to learn how to do is to turn on a browser that is logged into the Google account and has the photos page as its home page, and then learn how to click on the magnifying box to search for faces, etc.
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Many free image viewers (such as FastStone) have slideshow features with all kinds of options. You could set it up to run a slideshow from a single folder to which you sync your photos with a cloud service like Dropbox or an app like Sync [getsync.com]. With Sync, your files are not saved in the cloud, just synced directly.
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Quote from carmen617 View Post :
Check out Google Photos. I'm not sure what kind of control you would need to have getting photos to the album, based on wanting to upload from four phones, but once they are posted on a Google Photos account your parents have access to they would be in date order. Google photos has a terrific search function that uses facial recognition to sort the photos by person, or other visual techniques to sort into places and things. All your parents would have to learn how to do is to turn on a browser that is logged into the Google account and has the photos page as its home page, and then learn how to click on the magnifying box to search for faces, etc.
Thanks for the info, I added the app to my phone to check it out and it does have some nifty features.

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Many free image viewers (such as FastStone) have slideshow features with all kinds of options. You could set it up to run a slideshow from a single folder to which you sync your photos with a cloud service like Dropbox or an app like Sync [getsync.com]. With Sync, your files are not saved in the cloud, just synced directly.
Looks like a nice clean interface on FastStone. I wouldn't mind seeing that paired up with Google Photos.
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try the photo slideshow screensaver in Picassa
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