I finally got something working to download all of my images on Snapzilla. I prefer to get a backup copy of all of my images hosted at that site, because they are the largest ones that I have, and do not have any branding information on them (such as the blogHUD watermarks). Once all of these images are downloaded, I need to go through my cache and build up blog entries. I’ll need to compare my snapzilla snapshots with existing entries on my blog. If a post exists with the same name, and around the same time, then I’ll update my wordpress entry to upload the snapzilla image and reference it instead. If it doesn’t exist, then I’ll need to create a new entry.
It’s a bit of a lengthy process, but I feel like I’ve gotten over a big hurdle, and that is to simply take that first step. It would have been preferable of Snapzilla offered an API of it’s own or made use of the metaWeblog and Blogger API’s, but screen scraping my images works as well.
I set the program up so that it would wait half a second before it downloaded the next image. After it downloads an image, it displays it to me as a small thumbnail. It’s crazy as I was watching my whole life pass before my eyes. So many pictures had so much meaning behind them. I could remember the feelings and the situations that I was in. There were ideas behind the pictures that only I would know other than what I had written out with them already. It’s amazing how a flash of pictures like that can trigger so many flashbacks all at once.
In all there were 261 MB of images that I downloaded. That’s a lot of data. I have almost 200 MB in HTML files associated with each image that I need to parse out the metadata that goes along with each image (title, description, date, slurl, etc.). It looks like I have my work cut out for me.