Mom's no longer the innovator she used to be. She is using the original WebTV and has a color printer attached to it.
I've perused the ofoto and shutterflys, and they're pretty cool, but definitely oriented around selling you their prints. Ofoto, etc. will not present a page with just the picture on it, and I don't believe my mom (WebTV) has the ability to click right, print photo.
I've checked out hpphoto.com, and that has the new hp stodgy feel to it, but apart from that, it's just what is needed in many respects, including local tools (.exe) to edit photos quickly and a mass upload tool. But it is geared toward printing out photographs on (hp) printers using Windows. To print something out you get to install (ah, summer time and how I like my UPS, but I do wonder if someone just got fried somewhere) a little plug-in to Internet Explorer. Works great, except for WebTV, that funtastic little MIPs machine.
Yahoo and myfamily.com provide a solution of sorts, except that to keep any real amount of data on those sites gets pretty pricey pretty quickly and it's not real clear I can get as much space as I want anyway. I have a nifty Fuji 2800 digital camera that can take really bad avis that are just wonderful. They are really bad in terms of frame size and frame rate, and they can only be 60 seconds long, but they have sound, and it makes it trivial to capture video and pictures and that's wonderful. A 60 second avi is 10Mb though. Well mom can't watch that anyway on her WebTV, but everyone else can.
Probably the easiest thing to do is buy her a damned pc and pay for an AOL account. Easiest, but not really an affordable solution either, and I really don't want to become the AOL help desk.
It's usually at this point, I just return all the digital toys and go back to film, vhs, and Costco developing.
Is there no web site or service that is reasonably priced and that I don't have to write or build myself?
In the build-it-yourself department, there is the ACS of course. I've built my own custom photo module for ACS 3.2.5 in the past, and I've implemented Andrew Grumet's photo module for the ACS before, but I would prefer to do something 4.5ish.
What's the scoop then? I want to get mom all setup, but I do have a paying job and other responsibilities. For a quick "time to mom", should I: OpenACS 3.2.5 or OpenACS 4.5? Do the 4.5 photo album and photo album lite modules work with 4.5? Do they work with postgres?
Is there some prebuilt home photo server thing I can buy and install on Windows? Is there another photo website I should check out?