This is something worth knowing, particularly if you have subscribed to Picassa to process and store your photos, which I think you have to if you want to maintain past photos on Google Blogger, as I have done.
Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that if I ignore the Google pop-up which requires me to update to the latest version of Picassa, the next time I process any photos on my internal editing facility, they take an age to enhance, and once the process is complete, the rest of the computer slows down to an absolute snail's pace, if not actually freezing to the extent that I have to manually switch it off when it doesn't respond to a 'force quit' demand. If you use a Mac, then you will know the absolute sense of impotent despair that the whirling beach-ball inspires after 5 minutes of watching it.
About a year ago, I decided to stop using Picassa altogether, and went through the usual routine of trying to unsubscribe from it, but stopped at the last hurdle.
The last hurdle is a warning that although you do not have to use Picassa for your photos, if you unsubscribe from it at any time, then all of the photos you have stored on it will be lost forever. Effectively, it is saying, "Go on then, but just you see what happens!"
It then dawns on you that all the pictures that you have ever used on the Blog will probably vanish (or at least that is the threat), because they have been unwittingly stored on Picassa, and by subscribing to it you have given over the rights to them TO Picassa. Let's face it, did you actually read the terms and conditions before you clicked the box saying that you did?
It then dawns on you - or it dawned on me - that the reason that your family snap-shots are taking so long to process and bugger up the rest on the computer for about 20 minutes afterwards, is because Picassa is helping themselves to them online, whether you are going to use them for Blogger or not.
There is one solution to this problem which - because I know it works, has confirmed my fears about Picassa helping themselves with or without your permission - saves you from having to shut down the machine to get it to work properly again, and that is to switch off your router/modem whenever you process any photos imported from your camera.
That way, the only pictures that Picassa can lay their hands on are ones used for any Google application, which in this case is this blog.
It has taken me a couple of years of multiple attempts at reconfiguring my system, re-formatting the camera card and needlessly destroying dozens of personal photos before I worked this out.
Moral: Stay offline when importing or processing all your images.
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