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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 07-03-2017 12:36 PM 1179 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At this point I’ve posted a couple hundred blog entries on LJ besides a couple pages of projects. Learned this weekend that Photobucket is looking for $ to serve as host site for pictures used on a 3rd party site like LJs. What does that mean? Well, it means that there are hundreds of picture links in my early blogs that are now blocked.

It’s not that I think there are bunch of lurkers going back and looking at those entries, but who knows? It just pisses me off that a change like that gets made and trashes those blogs. I think there are better uses for my time that going back and rebuilding those blogs, so what to do now?

Really unhappy with Photobucket…

07 Jul 2017: First updated project to delete/replace PB links is Six Board Chest.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56501

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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TheFridge

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#1 posted 07-03-2017 12:53 PM

Ditto smit. I started using the img button awhile back just because PB was a pain to use.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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chrisstef

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#2 posted 07-03-2017 12:53 PM

That’s bogus.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 07-03-2017 01:37 PM

YES most pictures on T AND J’s forum are gone …since that was about the only option at the time …:<((

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Mosquito

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#4 posted 07-03-2017 01:49 PM

Yeah… Same thing happened to a friend with all of his case modding project log pictures too. I figured something like that would happen eventually. I didn’t think the strictly bandwidth cap approach would make it too far once they got enough active users and traffic where they could extort (that’s essentially what it is now since they’re demanding payment for you to continue using your photos, rather than being grandfathered in and only have new uploads subject to that restriction) SO dumb.

If you want control over your images (i.e. not handing them over to LJ to upload to Amazon), I’ve been hosting my own images on a domain that I’ve owned for about 10 years now. I can upload however I want, organize however I want, and share however I want. Only downside is you have to pay for web hosting anyway… upside is you have complete control over them to do whatever you want. Not for everyone, but an option.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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AnthonyReed

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#5 posted 07-03-2017 02:08 PM

Your blogs are a tremendous source of information, I’m sorry to see them diluted.

Moving forward will you be simply posting the images directly to LJ’s as you construct your blogs?

-- ~Tony

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Redoak49

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#6 posted 07-03-2017 02:26 PM

I guess I do not trust any web or cloud based picture storage. Who knows when they will close?

I do not trust my own computer as it could just decide to boom.

I do regular back ups using a portable drive. I have two 2 TB USB drives that I alternate. The life of one of these is maybe 5 years. So, every 5 years I need to replace 2 drives that cost about $100 each. That is a lot less than Photobucket.

So, how are you going to protect your photo and files. The Photobucket story is a warning to all of us to have a plan against the loss of pictures no matter how you store them.

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Rich

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#7 posted 07-03-2017 02:45 PM



I guess I do not trust any web or cloud based picture storage. Who knows when they will close?

I do not trust my own computer as it could just decide to boom.

I do regular back ups using a portable drive. I have two 2 TB USB drives that I alternate. The life of one of these is maybe 5 years. So, every 5 years I need to replace 2 drives that cost about $100 each. That is a lot less than Photobucket.

So, how are you going to protect your photo and files. The Photobucket story is a warning to all of us to have a plan against the loss of pictures no matter how you store them.

- Redoak49

It’s also a good idea to keep a set of disks off-site as well. If, God forbid, the house burns down, those disks probably won’t survive — even in a safe.

If you have Amazon Prime, their Prime Photos service offers unlimited uploads of photos for free. Upgrading to 100GB for video and files is only $12/yr if you need that. You can also create links for sharing your photos so you can paste them into LJ, or other forums.

I use a secure backup service called SpiderOak. Their security details are on their site if anyone is interested, but it runs in the background and uploads any new files it finds. It does versioning as well. When I signed up a few years ago, the unlimited plan was by invitation only. That might have changed by now, but I’m grandfathered into a $125/yr plan with unlimited storage. I’m sure there are other quality options these days, but I’m happy with their service, and it’s saved my butt a few times.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#8 posted 07-03-2017 03:14 PM

I have access to them of course, but there are almost 2,700 images there. Downloading to local storage is what I have to do… time to bail on that sh*t and delete the account entirely.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Ocelot

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#9 posted 07-03-2017 03:58 PM

Maybe if we ask nicely, LJ could come up with a global edit kind of thing that would allow you to re-host them without having to edit every post somehow.

Cricket?

-Paul

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papadan

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#10 posted 07-03-2017 04:06 PM

Photo bucket “lost” a whole lot of my pictures a few years ago, since then everything stays on my computer and my backup drives. I have never used the cloud for anything, I don’t trust anyone enough to put it all out there.

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Rich

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#11 posted 07-03-2017 04:26 PM


Maybe if we ask nicely, LJ could come up with a global edit kind of thing that would allow you to re-host them without having to edit every post somehow.

Cricket?

-Paul

- Ocelot

If only it could be that simple. The bad news is that there’s no way to do that. LJ doesn’t have access to those photos anymore, or else they’d be displayed. If you move them to another hosting service, there is no way to automatically link the old embedded photos from LG to the new ones.

The good news is that there is no time limit on the ability to edit those posts, so anyone who is motivated can still fix them. If you really want to preserve them, make a list, and do a couple a day, or whatever schedule fits yours. I can imagine how much work went into some of them.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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htl

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#12 posted 07-03-2017 04:27 PM



YES most pictures on T AND J s forum are gone …since that was about the only option at the time …:<((

- GR8HUNTER

I used PB for T&J but that site is visited so seldom by any one it’s not much help and their not wanting us to show off our projects there doesn’t make much sense to me.
I also didn’t like the way PB’s pop up ad’s worked, some of them were just plain scary to me.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 07-03-2017 05:40 PM

First batch downloaded, 1,365 pics going back to 2011.

Rich, not sure I have the appetite to redo them. Yes, there’s a bunch of work involved.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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mafe

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#14 posted 07-03-2017 08:29 PM

Sorry Smitty,
That sucks!
I will have to take a look at my old stuff also, think a had some there.
I have all pictures on my own host server, under my domain, like this I can also close up as I will.
Some how it is scary about the internet, that all data are so fragile.
If / when some day LJ is a bad business, all might be lost. Kind of sad I think, that so much shared knowlage are so easy to vanish.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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HokieKen

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#15 posted 07-05-2017 12:23 PM

I noticed this on some old blogs I had favorited. One specifically detailed a jig I wanted to copy. Guess I won’t now!

Smitty, you’d probably be surprised how many people do refer to old blogs on here. But, you’re right, it would be a lot of work to go back and update all of them. Maybe, just go through and see how many of the affected entries have been favorited and update those?

Either way, I’ve read many of your blogs and have found many of them helpful. I appreciate you taking your time to post them to share your knowledge. It doesn’t go unnoticed!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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