WordPress… you, too… show me the stuff!

Right. Do you remember when I said about images found in blogger blogs and how to download them in their full size. Yeap, that’s the one.

Getting images from wordpress blogs is much easier!

I have an example, this one:

I used this image in the live usb multiboot tutorial post. Its url is this one:

https://simplehacksnreviews.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/linux-usb.png?w=133

Just pay a little attention to the url. Filename and extension is quite obvious, so is… the width! That ?w=133 thingie. Its so easy now to just remove it from the url:

https://simplehacksnreviews.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/linux-usb.png

And you go directly to the full size!

Blogger …PLS… show me the stuff!

There are, if not millions, several hundred thousands of weblogs (commonly known in short as blogs) hosted under the Google’s Blogger (gobl for short).

Blogs have a long time since they were made available to the masses; in the meantime, content and media produced can exceed several TB (terabytes) and now, in every single second the content is of many gigabytes in capacity. We live in a busy planet ladies and gentlemen! Flow of information is so enormous and probably, only Chuck Norris can control it!

I don’t know about blogger, but wordpress provides 3 GBs of free storage for media with the option of increasing it giving a fee.  I guess gobl on the other side provides 3 GBs as well (competition… know what I mean?), of free storage and optionally increasing it, yet again, with a fee, but I also think that there is a way of having extra storage with some trick. However I am not going to say about this trick, because it is not in the scope of this article; google (search) is your eternal friend!

Ufff, enough with words already, show me the real stuff!

Yes, ok. So this post is written to teach you how to get full size images from blogs hosten in gobl. It’s quite simple actually, however there is one major factor that has to be kept in mind:

The author must, obviously, upload his/her images in full size. Less advanced users are more likely to upload images in full size in the early stages of their blogging authoring. If they are aware of the trick mentioned above, they will keep on uploading the images in full size, if not they will either seek an alternative image hosting provider like flickr or photobucket or they will just shrink their images and keep on using blogger’s hosting capabilities.

So in case you can’t download images in full size from some posts on, then its all over… we lost the battle! Unless the user change his/her mind…

Google being my eternal friend, he helps me find all the goodies! Ok, maybe not all, but certainly most of them out there. Let’s perform an image test search; term will be site:blogspot.com “seek no more”. Then to the images tab and image size larger than 2MP, here let me help:

https://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&client=opera&rls=en&channel=suggest&biw=1400&bih=883&tbs=isz%3Alt%2Cislt%3A2mp&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=site%3Ablogspot.com+%22seek+no+more%22&oq=site%3Ablogspot.com+%22seek+no+more%22&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=650033l653625l0l653902l14l14l0l9l0l1l958l1219l2-1.6-1l2l0

I chose one random image from the results, this one:

kvet.jpg

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OpfSWb9cyc4/TLWpnImVCUI/AAAAAAAAG-Y/CL0ujxe8m88/s1600/kvet.jpg

Yes as a matter of fact the url above points directly to a 2MP image and that’s because our search term filtered the ones smaller than 2MP. There are times, however, where the author has tweaked the url in his/her blog and point to a smaller version of the same image, like this one:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OpfSWb9cyc4/TLWpnImVCUI/AAAAAAAAG-Y/CL0ujxe8m88/s800/kvet.jpg

There are also smaller sizes, such as 400 pixels of width. You probably guessed the trick until now… url manipulation, particularly the s#### just before /kvet.jpg can do the trick. Now try by changing it to “s0” (s-zero):

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_OpfSWb9cyc4/TLWpnImVCUI/AAAAAAAAG-Y/CL0ujxe8m88/s0/kvet.jpg

And that’s a 3.1 MP of size! Sweet… and very easy!

Cheers!

Get flickr images in their full size easily

I get really frustrated when I go to some flickr photos and pages and see that the uploader has disabled downloading of their photos. While I find it lame because there is still a way of downloading them, even when they don’t allow it, it’s just some more steps that need to be taken and this wastes my valuable time!

Fortunately for us, HTML and javascript cannot stay hidden for very long time when someone starts looking at the page’s source. Yet someone else has the knowledge to go a step further and provide us a work-around. This work-around has a name… and this is greasemonkey!

imagebam.com

So what is greasemonkey? Greasemonkey is a Mozilla Firefox extension that allows users to install scripts that make on-the-fly changes to HTML web page content on the DOMContentLoaded event, which happens immediately after it is loaded in the browser (also known as augmented browsing). While initially targeted at Firefox browsers, greasemonkey scripts can run on other browsers, too, like Opera and Chrome. In this case I will examine installing the flickr greasemonkey script on Opera, my default browser:

1) Go the script’s page and click the link install (for Firefox/Greasemonkey/Scriptish users) or right click and save link as (for Opera users). Alternativelly right click this direct link and save it as flickr.user.js to the folder of your liking ie ~/greasemonkey/ (for Linux users) or My Documents\greasemonkey\ (for Windows users).

2) Go to opera:config#UserPrefs|UserJavaScriptFile and in the highlighted box type the path of the directory of the saved script. Alternativelly go to Preferences -> Advanced -> Content -> Javascript Options -> User Javascript Folder and click choose to navigate to the folder you saved the scripts.

That’s it! Reload the page now. You should see something like this:

imagebam.com

This script is awesome! Not only it bypasses pages and several clicks when all you want is to get to the point, it also saves you valuable bandwidth and time!

Consider this a supplement to my previous post for flickr images and the original pages.

Cheers

P.S. The last screen is actually borrowed from the script’s page. Normally I am not allowed to save it, because they disabled downloading. Yet as I said there is always a way to download the content, its just these further steps I mentioned.

Flickr photos and the original pages

The trick bellow is most likely already known to many flickr and in general internet users, but I like to include it on my blog for the surfing purposes.

Lets assume you found a random blog or website with images hotlinked from flickr. How lame it is not to provide a direct link to their flickr album, make things easier and simultaneously save bandwidth and time?

Go to the blog of your interest, right click an image and select Open Image. Example photo url:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4128/5024043804_af64df42f0_b.jpg

The 5024043804 is the image’s “global” id and it is unique to every photo. Now all you have to do is keep on a note this id and then append it to this url:

http://flickr.com/photo.gne?id=

Your url should turn into this upon appending the id:

http://flickr.com/photo.gne?id=5024043804

Doing the above and you will end up on this page:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightsinthedark/5024043804/in/photostream/

From this point on you can access the user’s other images and photostream. However this does not apply to private albums. Flickr is quite secure hosting service now and they have pretty much closed their security holes of the past.