ICE CREAM

We found a bug in our Android Ice Cream Sandwich. All we wanted to do was transfer photos from our camera to the web. But since we didn’t have Jelly Bean, the latest Android system, things didn’t go sweetly.

All over the web, we’ve seen similar complaints from people just trying to use Android’s  Picasa photo editor to upload photos. The message they get is: “Failed to retrieve account information.” There are fixes for this but they get complicated. Many require you to kill your account with LinkedIn, which is important to users who want to contact colleagues and look for work.

So we turned to “Google+,” once called the Facebook killer. Google+ claims to make it easy to upload photos in one swoop. But our results made us laugh. Google looked at 90 photos we’d taken recently and flagged 84 of them as “inappropriate.” We guess that means they were pornographic or offensive in some way. They were pictures of new snow, Joy’s 90-year-old aunt having dinner, and a woman’s club banquet. Pretty racy stuff. The screen message read: “There’s something about these photos that may not be allowed.” Maybe it’s because they were too boring.

On to Shutterfly, a leading photo site. A free app called “ShutterFolio Upload” lets you upload your photos all at once. It worked well, but we wanted the photos on our computer, not just on the Shutterfly site.  But like many commercial sites, Shutterfly doesn’t let you download photos in full resolution..

As our savvy readers will undoubtedly point out, you can also transfer photos to your computer using a data cable and then upload them to the web. But this is no good when you’re out and about without your computer. Anyway, we lost our cable and have ordered a replacement.

We tried emailing the photos to ourselves by tapping the “Gallery” app, then “select item” and choosing a bunch. But here we ran into Gmail’s attachment limits.

We next turned to Dropbox. Dropbox gives you two free gigabytes of free online storage space. But after it was running for a few days, our Bullguard anti-virus program found a Trojan virus that got to us through Dropbox. So we uninstalled it.

We finally turned to Google Drive, which gives you ten gigabytes of private online storage. From there, it’s easy to download photos back into your computer. Hooray, we got those racy photos back. (Ironically, the next day, Google+ stopped flagging them.)

We also used a free app called “Picasa Tool,” but were somewhat disconcerted by the ads, including one offering “chats with naughty girls.”  So you can have chats with naughty girls but no photos of old ladies having dinner.

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