One other tip - more relevant if you're not using a forwarding service though - I've found it's well worth paying for USPS Express rather than USPS Priority Mail for boxes as it's usually not much more money (often in the region of 5%) and is SIGNIFICANTLY quicker - we're talking a difference of 2-3 WEEKS, at least from the US to the UK and in my experience.
Also, some more general tips about buying things online here. Ordering from dealextreme (the non AU warehouse version) takes around a month or more to arrive. Ordering things from HK/Chinese based ebay sellers can sometimes take about the same time, or sometimes take less than a week. You can often find a AU based ebay seller with comparable items and a slightly higher cost if you need something more quickly. If you're buying media (blu rays + console games particularly), order from UK based sites (eg Amazon UK) since they're the same region as us, and you'll run into less problems, as well as them usually being substantially cheaper. DVDs should be region free though.
I'd also thoroughly recommend http://ozbargain.com.au/ where members share good bargains that they've found, in addition to the whirlpool forums mentioned previously
To me, although there's good OSS photo management software, there's really none I'm aware of that is able to work well with multiple machines. The easiest way to do this would be pick one of the photo managers that uses a database to store photo information, then you basically write the sync agent that pushes updates to one database(+ associated photos) to the others.
Would be a very useful project, and nicely database heavy. Am considering doing the same thing myself using digikam as a base if ever I find the spare time...
The issue with facebook is really rather simple.
Facebook's value for its investors is that it's a gigantic comprehensive advertising database where the marks *cough* I mean customers input all the data on their own. People put information into Facebook that they'd never tell someone taking a survey and you don't even have to pay someone to ask them the questions. Achieving this goal is basically top on Facebook's list of long term priorities, just as it will be on any other free social networking site which doesn't want to operate at a massive loss.
The conflict is that the users of facebook didn't sign up for that. They want and quite rightfully expect a certain level of privacy for the content they post on the site. You might argue that telling everyone about your personal life is the antithesis of privacy, but privacy is about your ability to determine your own level of disclosure, not having some specific level of disclosure which the older generations find appropriate.
Essentially the end result of all of this is that every 6 months or so, facebook tries to turn all the information it has into cold hard cash and shortly thereafter their userbase throws a wobbly and they have to back out.
And, well, that may be the case. However, if you look, there's been an ebb and flow to the quality of CompSci around the US over the last several years. I still do what I can to keep quality up. However, we do have folks who're more interested in making sure the kids are Microsoft compliant than in determining if they understand the Science part of Computer Science.
And, as a result, Farmville/Mafiawars updates on Facebook temporarily stop.
Nothing of value was lost.
"Falling in love makes smoking pot all day look like the ultimate in restraint." -- Dave Sim, author of Cerebrus.