"Picasa - 1 GB limit
"Flickr - 100 MB
"Photobucket - 1 GB
"Your mac mini - Unlimited!!!***
"Every other generic photo sharing site out there, some dumb file size limit and limited space and other non-sensical limitanions.

Wait...backup...you can use your mac mini and instead have as many as you'd like??


***Depends on the size of hard drive you actually install into your mac mini, and any other external hard drives you add, which inevitably costs money. Also, if your internet service is poor, don't expect great download speeds on the other end.

So, if you have some free space on your mac mini, and an internet connection that goes unused for too long, we can turn your computer into a free photo sharing computer.

If you haven't already, you'll need to create a webserver on your computer (soooo easy), and add the zenphoto pages. MAMP is the utility that brings mac like ease of use to a solid, well performing web server. Zenphoto will organize your photo according to one of the many templates you can get.

Download the following onto your mac mini or photo sharing mac:

Zen Photo

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Step 1: Install and configure MAMP

Ok, you've downloaded MAMP, now just unzip it (double click it) and then double click the .dmg file created by it. It should now mount, like all .dmgs, and drag the MAMP folder into the Applications alias conveniently provided for you.

In the MAMP folder you'll find all sorts of goodies, but you don't really have to worry about many. Just open up MAMP the application. You'll notice the red dots become green dots under 'Status'. You can stop them by pressing stop servers. After playing around with the start/stop, click on preferences:

Under Start/Stop, and for a dedicated server, uncheck 'Start Servers when starting MAMP', and likewise uncheck "Stop servers when quitting MAMP". Basically, we want to start and stop whenever we want, and never be pestered. Uncheck the other two options as well.

Under Ports, click "Set to default Apache and MySQL ports". This will make it more convenient for accessing your webpage, but you'll need administrator privileges to start the webserver. If you want to store your html documents somewhere other than the default then you can change the 'Document Root' under the Apache tab.

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