So my parents are visiting family, and they wanted to show their picture collection to said family, but they forgot to bring the SD cards with them. No problem, I figured, I'll just set up an FTP server and they can view the folders as if they were a local drive, and download whichever pictures they want. Problem is, there is no way to view thumbnails in FTP, so there's no way for them to know which pictures to download.
Now I could just upload the entire picture collection to an online site that does do thumbnail caching, but as its 40GB of pictures, and I only have 100kB/s upload, that would take a while.
I could also start up an HTTP server with Gallery or some other PHP or SQL image thumbnail server, but that would take forever for me to remember how to set up Apache, and then PHP, and then Gallery, and then link it to my files.
So I figured the only problem with viewing thumbnails over FTP is that it would have to pre-download every file before it could generate a thumbnail for them; not practical, hence why it is not implemented in the FTP protocol. But since windows generates the thumbnails and stores them in a file called thumbs.db, it would be so neat if I could just generate the thumbs.db with the files on my local harddrive, then put that thumbs.db in the FTP server folder, and then let the thumbs.db be accessed on the remote end, instead of each giant file. But I don't think there's any way to do that.
So does anyone know of any quick and easy way to let them access their pictures, at 100kB/s, being able to pick and choose which pictures they want to see, without having to wait to download the entire collection? Maybe something like a contact-sheet generator, that would take all the pictures on my harddrive, and make one giant JPG contact sheet of thumbnails and their associated filenames that they could look at as like a "File Menu" (like a menu in a restaurant), and use the contact sheet thumbnails to figure out which ones to download?