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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Really good post on using an old P3 PC to build a DIY photo frame.  The writer’s method for building his mother’s unit is a Flickr slideshow script called Slickr.  There’s link to the software and easy to follow directions.  My biggest concern is heat, as usual, but, as he explains, punched holes in the foamcore to help with that.

The polished frame looks really nice. I’ve always thought of mounting mine to a wall, but the power cable dangling down the wall is discouraging.  I think the preferred use for many DPF’s is on a table top.

The DIY Digital Photo Frame | Popular Science.

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Five Designer Digital Photo Frames Lifework | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.

This post got me thinking about what makes a nice looking frame.  After some pondering, I derived two requirements: a beautiful presentation and a dynamic platform.

The frames shown on this post by one of my favorite blogs, Unplggd, are examples of beautiful presentations.  I noticed that many store bought frames are geared more towards presentation than platform options.  Although, this is starting to shift a bit – it’s this trend that drove me to DIY.

The platform should let you do what you want.  Just pictures? Ok, no problem. How about some weather widget? Yup, we can do that too.  RSS feeds? Of course!  The trick is getting all this to work seamlessly and functionally.  Maybe that’s why many frames adopt a basic approach the frames software.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for some nice frames, the post illustrates a few great options.  If you’re looking for a software with options, well, stick around. I’ll learn ya’.

Part of my interest in DIY photo frames is the openess of the idea.  A computer can do many things but we usually use them only for Facebook and Amazon.

If we set aside a workstation and turn into a photo frame, other possibilited begin to open up.  Music server, web server, email server, and, of course, photo frame.  That’s why I like this post.  The writer explains how to configure his Debian install to his specific needs.

He mention Qiv, which I haven’t heard of but will research more.  It sounds like a possible replacement to FEH on my laptop.

My only concern is presentation.  I prefer clean and minimal.  The computer shown in the post could easily be hidden or maybe mounted to the screen itself. Mounting wouldn’t be very “clean” but a small PC sitting on a table is distracting anyway.

Then again, to each his own.  I’m open to new and different ways of DIYing a photo frame.

DIY: Digital Photo Frame on Linux at Black God.

I tried Boxee on another PC for TV stuff and I became curious on it’s viability as Digital Photo Frame software. It’s great, if you have an iPhone, you can control it remotely including watching videos, playing music, and even displaying image slideshows. Definitely worth a try.