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Photo gallery trouble

4th June 2007

The recent woes at Zooomr (mustn’t forget that it is spelt with three O’s…), have prompted me to ponder photo galleries. My own is a self-hosted affair with Perl doing the honours of reading and processing data stored in an XML file. It may seem a unsophisticated system but it has worked well and, apart from the matter of server administration, I am in full control. Yes, there is a development and maintenance overhead but I enjoy programming and scripting anyway; I just to find the time for it. If this is not your idea of fun, then using a service like Flickr, Zooomr or Photobucket is attractive so long as things don’t go awry as they have for Zooomr and all of the bad publicity and user frustration can’t have done Zooomr’s future prospects any good at all.

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