| The Shutterbug Awakes |
Well, it finally happened. After saving up for a year and spending well over a month on research and planning, I finally got to visit the exotic East over the Christmas-New Year break. And what a holiday it was! Great food, fun beaches, throbbing cities and enjoyable pubs all made it a holiday to remember.
Now, just in case you're wondering if you've accidentally stumbled into a travel site, let me get to the point. You see, along the way, I picked up a digital camera and used it to record the highlights of my trip. When I got back home, everyone (including my great-aunt Hilda) clamoured to see them. Since I'm a geek, the thought of distributing paper prints didn't even occur to me - I decided to post my photos to a Web site, thereby allowing all my friends and family members to easily get to them (important note: this plan also saved me some money, which was one of the primary reasons I liked it so much; after I got back from my trip, I barely had enough cents left to buy milk and bread).
I already had some Web space and a domain, so finding disk space to host my photos wasn't going to be a problem. What I really needed, though, was some software to help users navigate through my online photo gallery. A little research and lots of evaluations later, I realized this wasn't as easy as it seemed...
Sure, there were lots of free photo gallery packages out there, but all of them had problems: some had hard-to-use navigation, others required special third-party software (which my hosting provider wasn't interested in setting up for me) to create picture thumbnails, and still others were so complex to set up that I gave up after the first few pages of the instruction manual.
Then I found YaPIG, and the sun started shining again.
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