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February 05, 2009

Windows 7 AFP RSS Photo Theme

Inspired by Mike Swanson’s post of his fantastic Windows 7 Themeafpopmlwin7 Pack from a selection of his wallpaper images and the already available Windows 7 Theme packs I have jumped aboard and gone a step further than Long Zheng’s post on RSS Powered Windows 7 Themes from Flickr users. The theme pack that I created uses a RSS feed of news photographs sourced from Agence France-Presse via Dave Winer’s FlickrFan project

There are a few things to note regarding the install of this theme pack in that a few extra steps are needed to customise your A foreign tourist takes rest at the slopes of Gulmarg, situated about 53 kms north of Srinagar on February 3, 2009. Gulmarg is the main ski destination in Indian Kashmir and hundreds of foreigners visit the slopes despite an ongoing insurgency in the region. AFP PHOTO/ Tauseef MUSTAFA settings for the RSS feed in getting updates more frequently than once per day, or you can leave the defaults to once per day as the AFP photo feed is updated quite often so I would suggest 4 hours is a good middle of the road option. The RSS feed can download in excess of 500+ images per day with image sizes ranging from 0.5Mb to 1.5Mb each you will need to take this into consideration.



Those of us here down under that have very limited download allocations per month I would definitely recommend not updating any sooner than every 4 times per hour, those in places around the world that have larger monthly download quota’s you can pick any setting you think that will not hurt your monthly download quota.

Firstly download the AFP FlickrFan themepack to your desktop and open it open it up (double click) and you will be presented with a popup window ‘Subscribe to RSS Feed’ and you should clickSubscribe to RSS Reed Enclosures  ‘Download Attachments’ and by default you are now up and running getting updates once per day. If you want the RSS feed to update more frequently open up Internet Explorer 8 and navigate to your ‘feeds’ folder (Favorites -> Feeds) and you will have a feed titled (http://feeds.feedburner.com/AFP-OPML-WIN7) and right click the feed and select properties and select ‘Use Custom Schedule’ and select how often you want the feed list updated, ¼, ½, hourly, 4 hours or daily and select how many items you want to store, the default is 200 and you can change this to a maximum of 2,500.


Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama well-wishers as he leaves the hotel in New Delhi on February 3, 2009, on his way to Dharamshala. Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was released from hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi after brief treatment for a pinched nerve in his arm, his spokesman told AFP. Spokesman Tenzin Taklha said the 73-year-old Buddhist monk had been rushed by air to New Delhi's Apollo hospital from the northern hill town of Dharamshala after he complained of discomfort. "His holiness was suffering from a pinched nerve in his arm and that must have happened because of some sudden movement or a wrong posture," Taklha said. AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA The theme is set to change your background wallpaper every 15 seconds as drinking from the firehose without changing the background so often you would not get to see many of the images.When you do see an image and want to know more about the image you will need to open up Internet Explorer 8 and navigate to the RSS Feed and view the description contained in the feed as overlaying this text directly onto the images is well out of my league of wizardry.

For more information on FlickrFan and the AFP photo stream read Dave's post A taste of FlickrFan, Om Malik's Introducing FlickrFan, Read Write Web's Dave Winer's new photo viewing software or Scobleizer's The MacMini HDTV revolution.

If you do not have Windows 7 or this RSS Feed is just too much to download you can view the same images at the AFP OPML site created by Dave Winer.

Thanks to AFP for supplying the images, Dave Winer and the FlickrFan project and Wordpress for hosting the images.

Posted by Stephen at February 5, 2009 03:06 AM

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