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However I found the file Picasa.ini in the folders it had checked for images. Before deleting these files I thought I'd do a search on G for it, (Picasa.ini), and I found a few sites that I could then access the image folders of.
Do you thing please are uploading this file as they upload the images and G might use this to index images faster/better?
The ini files will show how people organise their own collection of photographs. I did notice that Picasa phones home a lot too.
I'm not sure it's doing all this through the .ini files though. It would be slightly cynical of Google to predict that lots of these .inis would escape on to the web.
It ported me right into a police "confidential" directory of sex offenders. I'm pretty sure this info isn't supposed to be on the web, because it contains a little too much info (photo, charge, parole date, name of offender, address of offender, parole officer and PO phone #)....
which leaves me with the question: What the heck do I do with that info? Should I notify the police org in question that there's a gaping hole in their server?
In letting your fingers do the walking you could make a trip to the dark side pretty quickly. Fun and very interesting evening, but not for me. (Didn't realize how well I could structure a query. Must be learning something:)[\edit]
cropping, enhancing and rotating are all done via the picasa ini file not by editing the image files itself, if you delete the ini file the pictures you have rotated etc will appear as before.
Picasa's interface and speed is great, but because of this feature I got rid of it. I want it to do what I tell it without needing to 1) now only ever use Picasa to view my photos and 2) export all my changes each time.