Blog entries from June, 2017

Finding backed up photos in Google Photos

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 10:25 pm

I don’t often take photos on my phone but when I do they are automatically backed up to Google Photos. As well as it being a backup it comes in handy every so often as it is a way to access the photo without copying it off the phone.

Every so often I clear the photos off my phone, incorporating some of them (usually just for future reference) into my photo collection (but not the section that Lightroom looks at). While the photos are no longer in the DCIM folder they all still exist as the backups in Google Photos, which I don’t want. When I look at Google Photos I prefer to only see the photos that I have shared in Albums.

Annoyingly there doesn’t appear to be a way to see all photos not in an album (this is trivial in Flickr and I am not going to get into the future of Flickr now…), despite it being a feature requested by many people over the years.

I have found an alternative that is also the better solution for my actual problem, you search for the following:


This is an undocumented feature (one of probably many) that does what it says…

Update March 2017: this no longer works :(

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Completing my parents NBN install

Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Remember how the Optus part of my parents NBN install was postponed for a few weeks? The install is now complete and their internet and phone are now provided by the NBN instead of Optus Cable.

It did not go smoothly.

What my parents have told me about the Optus contractors:

  • They plugged in the Optus router and went to leave without altering the phone wiring. This was the entire point of having them present, so my Dad wouldn’t sign off on the work.
  • After going away to phone their supervisor they said they would do the work except that they couldn’t access the Optus CAU as they didn’t have a ladder, my Dad showed them where one was in the garage.
  • Twice they tried to get a sign-off, but my Dad insisted that it be tested, both times the phone wasn’t working.

I understand they there there for most of the day, and eventually it was all working, but it shouldn’t have been that difficult.

I will go over sometime soon to have a look at it for myself and to tidy up the installation. At minimum shorten a long cable, but probably also mount the equipment to the wall to get it out of the way.

As for my place? The website still says July, but I expect that to change…

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