Picasa nothing for meWednesday, February 28, 2007 at 5:16 | Posted in computer, linux, ubuntu | 2 Comments
Picasa says it is going to scan all of the hard drive for pictures and when they say all of the drive it really means all of it. Including every picture in Ubuntu books and other software manuals that I have never consulted and probably never will. Picasa could of course be advised to skip those folders so that it would not spend time scanning them every time the software is started.
Another unpleasent surprise was that Picasa’s understanding of all the hard drive also seems to include other users. True, I tested and detected that it does not seem to scan files with restricted reading rights but the idea of poking other users’ folders as a default does not sound very healthy to me. Apart from myself, I have a user account in my system for visitors and one special guest whose company I have the pleasure to share occasionally. 🙂
I tried to run Picasa under the visitor user but it would not start. Apparently the reading rights only apply for the user who installed it. Alas, my guests could not scan my private files but I could find theirs. I am not comfortable with the idea.
All in all, there is too much to be adjusted with Picassa to make it work in my system the way I would prefer. And for what? Organizing and sharing pictures is fine but I have plenty of other software and web applications to do that as it is. All my important files are in the web and whatever I have forgotten on the hard drive is just lying there and waiting to be deleted.