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Monkeydad1969

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Photobucket dogging us out.
« on: July 02, 2017, 10:32:35 AM »
Well I see that any and everyone, including myself, who used Photobucket to post on the forums can longer view those pics.  Photobucket is trying to make us pay to post on third party sites.  Time to find another way.  I guess I'll have to load directly from my computer and just resize to make the correct kilobyte size or use Dropbox or one of the other online photo storage sites.

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Re: Photobucket dogging us out.
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 11:08:43 AM »
I have been paying for Photobucket for a few years now.... My archive was so large it ran over what you could get for free.... So far I haven't seen a problem.... If they come back and want a large fee increase I won't be able to afford it, I already pay $30 a year....

Imagine what my thousands of threads would be like if all the charts and pics suddenly disappeared?....  ::) .... I can guarantee you that I will NOT have enough time to migrate all that to another site and change all the links....  >:(

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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2017, 11:19:58 AM »
They have you go over to the site to pay for the P500 plan which is 300 for the year, and you can't select any other options, as of yesterday.  Just going to load all pics to my computer and my other sites I can store onto.  Then I'll just resize whatever I need to post.  But all my threads with pics are pretty much a wash.  Because I'm not going back thru them to repost, except for my very recent posts over the last week or two.   :-[

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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2017, 03:49:00 PM »
This brings up a question Joe? Does there need to be another donation drive?
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2017, 05:06:44 PM »
This brings up a question Joe? Does there need to be another donation drive?

For...what?  Besides, that needs to be up to Travis.

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Re: Photobucket dogging us out.
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2017, 05:08:58 PM »
I have a question about this.... Photobucket supply links specifically to be used for posting photos to Forums.... That is what I always use.... Have they now decided that links they supply you now have to pay for?.... or is "3rd party hosting" (which is what they are no longer allowing without significant cost) something different?....

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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2017, 05:12:28 PM »
mine gone too.  Heck with them
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2017, 05:13:52 PM »
I am not sure if they need us to pay because of data usage on their servers or if they just want to make money.  Seems almost the latter due to the plan they want us to use.

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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2017, 05:21:39 PM »
So I guess the question is what would it cost to host photo's on a server somewhere?  What does a Gig cost?  We will need Steve to look into it.

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2017, 05:53:16 PM »
Storing photos can be a real memory hog depending on the size allowed for each photo. The Guild is now using some of their allotted disc space to store photos, and we have to remember the more disc space used past the base amount, the higher the hosting cost. Perhaps more important is the bandwidth used. Hosting companies get bent out of shape when the ratio of bandwidth vs. disc space starts getting higher.

On my own site, my total disc space is under one TB (basic tier is 10 TB), but the bandwidth often exceeds 50 GB. I don't get charged most of the time, because my disc usage is low.

What I'm suggesting is, rather than donate to some other site to store airgun-related photos, pay the Guild!
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2017, 08:28:59 PM »
I'm puzzled by these Photobucket reports, as images I've put on their servers for use on a couple of US-based forums are still working just fine. Videos aren't, however. I only have a few very small video files there, nothing over 5MB, but it seems they've discontinued allowing linking for those. I'll keep checking on the images, and if they stop working I'll simply delete my Photobucket account for the useless thing it is. Mostly I host my own images on a private domain for forum use in Canada, as it gives me more control of my property. Guess I can just switch to that for foreign forums as well...
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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2017, 04:19:40 AM »
Gerard, you bring up another issue. One of the ways Alphabet (Google's and YouTube's parent) gets paid is by ads attached to videos. More and more often, you cannot skip past the ads, which should be telltale! Literally thousands of sites link to YouTube's site. Makes one wonder what will happen if and when Alphabet starts charging for the links?

Trivia tidbit: Alphabet's disc storage will surpass a yottabyte in the near future. That is: 1 YB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes = 1000zettabytes = 1trillion terabytes!
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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2017, 06:20:48 AM »
I'm puzzled by these Photobucket reports, as images I've put on their servers for use on a couple of US-based forums are still working just fine. Videos aren't, however. I only have a few very small video files there, nothing over 5MB, but it seems they've discontinued allowing linking for those. I'll keep checking on the images, and if they stop working I'll simply delete my Photobucket account for the useless thing it is. Mostly I host my own images on a private domain for forum use in Canada, as it gives me more control of my property. Guess I can just switch to that for foreign forums as well...

I think Photobucket backed down a bit. For a few days last week, all pictures linked to forums from Photobucket libraries were cut off and Photobucket was demanding a $300 a year subscription to make the links work. Now the links seem to be working again.

Unfortunately most of the pictures that I've linked over the years are thru Photobucket. I'm going to stop using Photobucket, whether they stick with their new subscription policies or not. The site runs very slow as it is and is a headache to navigate.

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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2017, 09:12:46 AM »
Slow, yeah, tell me about it. When I was checking into my account there the other day it took almost 20 minutes for my account page to load fully such that I could click their notification regarding changes to policy. Ads kept pushing through, as ghostly pop-ups and at least two pop-unders. Not really usable any more, at least for my old ExoPC tablet.

I've made only slight use of YouTube over the years. Think I have 8 or 9 videos uploaded there, primarily to share a few things with family or with forums. From Youtube's beginning it seemed obvious to me that the advertising model was not sustainable. For one, I refuse to watch ads there, have used an adblocking plugin since my first use of Firefox. Same on my phone; I use Android phones but have always rooted them and disabled ads right away. I've paid handsomely for the hardware and again abundantly for internet service, so it offends me that Google imagines I owe them my attention and screen real estate for their ads. I'm rooting and adblocking my wife's new phone today. Ads were one of the main reasons I abandoned television a decade ago. My time is too valuable to waste on someone else's sales pitches. So with this perspective, it has seemed that Google's business model is not endlessly sustainable. Surely the majority will eventually tire of such timewasters... or perhaps I give our species too much credit. Greed does seem the most potent of motives among us, so perhaps empathy for Google's greed, their imagined right to our time and money will win out?
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Re: Photobucket dogging us out.
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2017, 10:10:50 AM »
Are the hacked that's the same as Ransom ware is asking to set their hack free.  Just a  thought
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