Jeff Sexton

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Google Photos Updated

Google Photos, on Android, had an odd bug. When in the Albums view, a search using the exact name of an album would sometimes search using image recognition and return many individual photos, and sometimes it would go directly to the album of that name. I never did find a pattern to it, but simply trying a couple times would get me to the album I wanted.

In the new update, as far as I can tell, they "fixed" the problem and now searches always use the image recognition method in all cases when it can. So... It's now no longer possible to find many albums, even exact names, if the name triggers the image recognition method. I can find albums with more unusual names though, if I know the exact names. For example I put numbers for dates in some album names.

I have read comments from some that "albums" are not a useful concept anymore. And that the search should do the job. I see the point, and that would be cool, but I have a few objections.

1) Object, person and place recognition, good as it is, isn't good enough so far - my watch pictures show up all over in some bizarre classifications.
2) Locations and dates are frequently wrong. Google provides no way to help the search out with meta data edits, tags or keywords.
3) Albums are a unit of permission when sharing photos.
4) No matter how good the search ever gets (and I expect it to get increasingly brilliant), it can simply never know my exact motives for grouping a particular set of photos and wanting to do something with that set later.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I didn't take any photos of the front leaf springs, so here are the rear ones, freshly made today. These are for my 1/8th scale  Pocher   Alfa Romeo  project. All individual steel springs, real nuts and bolts. They will get primed and painted shortly.

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