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Posted By: seashell

tacogirl blog - 02/10/08 09:36 PM

I have a new client and the client has a new computer for me. It's a Dell. I know nothing about these sorts of things. However, when I log on, my desktop has some info on the right hand side of the screen. One little box is for the current weather. One little box is daily news and the third box is a picture, which changes.

I first noticed a picture taken at dusk of a dock that had a palapa at its end, and nice low lighting regularly interspersed. I thought to myself, "that looks like a picture that could have been taken in Belize. I wonder where it is?".

Days went by and I started to notice that other pictures were coming up, many other pictures. I realized that I truly did recognize them, especially when I saw the picture of the guy trying to pull the bike out of the ocean at the end of a dock.

"For heaven's sake!" says I to myself. These pictures are all from tacogirl's blog. How they got there, I'll never know but I can't help but wonder if these pictures are coming up on computers all over the world. If so, the number of hits on tacogirl's blog must be just incredible.

Nice break for me too, many times a day . . every time I see these pics, I find my thoughts wandering off to Belize instead of being focussed on work, as I should be. smile It was bad enough before I had those pictures showing up. You can only imagine how it is for me now.

Good for you tacogirl!!!!!


Posted By: azbob

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/10/08 10:53 PM

OK TacoGirl, who are you really????? I want to know how to do that also. That would be great. My wallpaper is SP at sunrise and my screen saver is 20 pics off the AC web site. Alink of somekind to TG. Do we get that when we register at your site?
Posted By: klcman

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/10/08 11:54 PM

SS - What you are most likely seeing are "gadgets", a feature of Windows Sidebar - new with Vista. I suspect the slideshow viewer is an add-on. I've yet to find a way for the default slideshow gadget to access the web for images. It only displays those on the hard-drive.

Gadgets/wikis/etc been around for awhile. Mr. Gates just decided to add his own in the release of Vista.

Is your new client aware of your affinty for SP? wink





Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 12:02 AM

Yes!! Klcman that's it. It's Vista software. But how did the pictures from Tacogirl's blog get there? I've saved no pictures on the hard drive and they seem to be randomly selected. Also, there were existing pictures there, when I took over this computer, including the picture of the dock at dusk.

And yes, I believe my client is aware of my affinity for SP, but not because it has been checking out my usage. wink
Posted By: klcman

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 12:22 AM

Do us both a favor....ask your client's IT dude (or dudette).

As I said, I've yet to find a way to link web images directly. He/she either has or kindly downloaded them to the hard drive for your viewing pleasure.
Posted By: azbob

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 02:46 AM

KLCMan, Vista is the clue, but I'm not going there. OH well, I'll just log on to TacoGirl's site site when I want the images!
Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 05:33 AM

My client doesn't have an IT guy.
Posted By: deadserious

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 05:58 AM

It's called an RSS feed. All blogs have them and you must have clicked to subscribe to it.
Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 06:00 AM

Nope. Maybe by complete accident. Where would I find this RSS place to click on?
Posted By: deadserious

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 06:12 AM

There is usually a redish/orange icon on a blog that you click to subscribe. http://www.feedburner.com/fb/images/pub/feed-icon32x32.png is the icon on Taco-girl's blog, but there are other standards for the icon out there.

Sometimes the icon will have the text "rss" or "xml" in it too.
Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 06:40 AM

Hmm, well, I'll check when I'm next at that computer.

However, while I'm thinking of it . .seems to me some of the pictures were Jane's and so wouldn't be off of tacogirl's blog. I'll check into that too.
Posted By: tacogirl

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 05:10 PM

I am relatively low tech so hopefully tacoboy will read this and have an answer.

This blog was really started for friends and family to give them more than just emails - so glad you are all enjoying it smile
Posted By: deadserious

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 06:15 PM

you probably didn't expect to have as many friends as you apparently do...
Posted By: TacoBoy

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 06:30 PM

i'm guess that it's an rss feed of some sort, and that a widget has been set to display them on your desktop...

however, if it's just random Belize photos, it could also be something that just searches the web for 'photos of Belize' (or something) and displays anything that has keywords related to that...

just guessing here, but I imagine it's something along those lines.
Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 07:19 PM

That's the thing of it. As far as I know, I've never asked it to display Belize photos and I also don't think I pressed a widget. Maybe Vista reads minds?

Interesting, whatever it is.
Posted By: deadserious

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 07:29 PM

Maybe the widget you are using automatically subscribes you to rss feeds of the sites you visit.
Posted By: seashell

Re: tacogirl blog - 02/11/08 07:51 PM

There ya go! That might be the case.

However, I still want it on record that the dock at dusk scene was existing before I ever did more than log on to that computer.
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