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#1 OFFLINE   Gus K

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 07:57 PM

Didn't know exactly where to post this.If you need a place to host some pics, screenshots etc., to link to try HERE, it's free for small bandwidth needs and works well.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 08:23 PM

Yeah I use that service too. Haven't had any problems yet.

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Posted 22 October 2003 - 09:04 PM

Gus,Sounds like a nice service. Thanks for posting the link.FYI: I have moved this topic to the Forum Feedback and Suggestions so folks who are looking for suggestions for things forum related, like hosting images for viewing on the forums, could find it more easily.  B)
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Posted 22 October 2003 - 09:16 PM

Perfect -- just the what I needed, thanks.
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Posted 27 October 2003 - 08:02 PM

thanks, gus k   :P watch this space for a different look   :lol:
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 01:16 PM

The free accounts no longer allow hotlinking. 1/3/04
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 03:22 PM

Drat ... but thanks for letting us know zlim :whistling:
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 03:26 PM

http://remtek.net doesn't allow hot-linking but you can put pictures up and "publish" them so if you post the url, others can view thumbnails and pictures. I'm playing around with this right now. (I don't remember the storage size).
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Posted 03 January 2004 - 03:38 PM

There are plenty of free web hosts that are good enough just for linking images to.A google search will turn up tons and there is a really good directory here.

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 10:15 PM

I was at Village Photos some while back and they pointed to http://www.ripway.com.  This is a good free serevice but you are limited to 3 (or is it 5)MB of total bandwidth per day.Seeing as I have a digital camera now and need to be able to post 1-5MB images occasionaly, I needed a bigger and more robust service.  I've experimented with some of them.  Currently, I'm liking http://www.fototime.com.  They give you 250MB of storage and 5GB of bandwidth/month.  First month is a free trial, then $23.95/year ($2/month for those who are math challenged :lol: ).

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Posted 03 January 2004 - 10:34 PM

Ibe, you might want to check out Ofoto

"From Ofoto TOS" said:

Ofoto provides free online storage of images to its members for an initial period of 12 months from the date you first upload an image to your Ofoto account. To maintain free storage, you (or someone you've shared an album with) need to make a purchase from Ofoto at least once every 12 months (the 12 month period will restart with each purchase). If you (or someone you've shared an album with) do not purchase any product or service from Ofoto for a period of 12 months, Ofoto may delete the images stored in your account. In addition, if your account becomes inactive for a period of 60 months, Ofoto may, at its option, terminate access to the account altogether (including deletion of any account information held by Ofoto). Ofoto may change this policy at any time, upon reasonable notice to you.

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 12:42 AM

Corrine, spoken like a true R-townian.  :lol:   But I'm not sure how one would use them for posting images to be used here, which I think is where this thread was going.  Do you have any suggestions?
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 01:07 AM

Well got a new free host that seems fine for now.  :thumbsup:http://www.walagata.com/And a newly hosted pic to settle the AMD vs Intel debate.  :w00t:  Posted Image

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 01:42 AM

Gus K, on Jan 4 2004, 12:02 AM, said:

Well got a new free host that seems fine for now.  :thumbsup:http://www.walagata.com/And a newly hosted pic to settle the AMD vs Intel debate.  :w00t:
You might want to use that site to test out this thread.  :D AMD wins hands down.  :)   Always does.
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 07:10 AM

Corrine, on Jan 3 2004, 06:29 PM, said:

Ibe, you might want to check out Ofoto

"From Ofoto TOS" said:

Ofoto provides free online storage of images to its members for an initial period of 12 months from the date you first upload an image to your Ofoto account. To maintain free storage, you (or someone you've shared an album with) need to make a purchase from Ofoto at least once every 12 months (the 12 month period will restart with each purchase). If you (or someone you've shared an album with) do not purchase any product or service from Ofoto for a period of 12 months, Ofoto may delete the images stored in your account. In addition, if your account becomes inactive for a period of 60 months, Ofoto may, at its option, terminate access to the account altogether (including deletion of any account information held by Ofoto). Ofoto may change this policy at any time, upon reasonable notice to you.
No, I used Ofoto in the past.  Lot of issues and problems with them (which might be expected since they are owned by Kodak, a company that is still trying to "get it").  Ofoto uploads were very slow.  Their upload assistant didn't work on my box.  They only support JPEG format photos.  They added a lot of registry keys.  If you or someone you share with doesn't buy a photo in a year, they say they may delete all your photos.  They don't specify any size or bandwidth limits anywhere that I could find on the site.Lastly, anyone you share with has to register first to look at your photos, something that I've found few are willing to do.  They couch this requirement as providing "benefits" but actually what it does is provide them with names and email addresses for marketing1:

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Requiring your friends to sign in Your friends will be required to sign in to view a shared Ofoto album. Requiring sign-in provides several benefits: You'll be notified when the album is viewed. They can more easily order prints of your photos. Your album will be stored in their My Friends' Albums section for quick future access. 


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Posted 04 January 2004 - 03:19 PM

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They couch this requirement as providing "benefits" but actually what it does is provide them with names and email addresses for marketing1:
Well I have registered to access pics of graduations and births and etc and have not received any SPAMs, ads, junk mail, or etc. from them in over 2 years.  What kind of stuff are your friends getting from them?

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Ofoto uploads were very slow.
I haven't personally uploaded pics as yet but of those that I know who have done so none has experienced any problems.  Have you checked your network connection's setup parms?  You might need to tune the MTU and RWIN values.  

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Their upload assistant didn't work on my box.
Might be an indication that you have a broken network setting or a corrupt dll somewhere.  Have you tried doing a refresh of your OS?

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They only support JPEG format photos.
I think that is a digital camera standard.  Anyone know of a camera that creates GIFs or PNGs?
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 07:03 PM

It's a rare (big) company that collects registration information and doesn't do anything with it (shrug).  I myself don't want to register to see other people's photo's and I don't want anyone giving out my email address or name to someone else so I can receive an "invite" from them.  A few months back, I was using Sony ImageStation for a while (talk about littering the registry with keys!).  I took some photos of San Francisco and the Oracle boat race on the SF Bay.  Very nice photos!  But only 2 people looked at them.  I found out later that registration was required.  I also heard from a couple of other people who refused to register to see the photos.  So I dropped Imagestation.Have you tried uploading 1-5MB shots on Ofoto?  It was slow for me when I tried this a number of times.  Perhaps they've fixed their problems.  I'd be curious to know.  There is nothing wrong with my network setup.JPEG is a lossy format.  In order to compress the size of the photo, bits are dropped. Every time you modify and save a JPEG photo, you lose more bits.  Sometimes this is critical, sometimes not.  If you are just taking snapshots, it generally isn't much of an issue.  If however, you are an amateur or professional photographer, then it is an issue.  Sadly, my camera only takes JPEG format.  Better cameras offer RAW/TIFF format (which are uncompressed and can often run 10-15MB in size for a 4-5 Mega Pixel shot).  I will sometimes take my JPEG photos from the digital and make them into PNG format, which is a lossless format.  Then I don't lose any further bits when manipulating them.  But the penalty is size.  PNG will usually be a little to a lot larger in size than a JPEG.

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Posted 04 January 2004 - 08:22 PM

Gus K, thanks for finding another hot-linking site. Since they have just added a 5th server for storage, I don't think they'll be disappearing any time soon.
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 10:48 PM

EdP, on Jan 3 2004, 11:37 PM, said:

Corrine, spoken like a true R-townian.  :whistling:   But I'm not sure how one would use them for posting images to be used here, which I think is where this thread was going.  Do you have any suggestions?
Of course!  :DI've never posted images on Ofoto, just viewed, which went very smoothly.  (I want a digital camera but am holding out for an OLED screen and the German SCHNEIDER-KREUZNACH VARIOGON Lens on the Easyshare DX6490.  Oh, yeah.  I'm also holding out for an extra $500.
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Posted 04 January 2004 - 11:11 PM

Here's a site that that will supposedly pick a sharing site for you based on criteria you choose:Online Photo Resource Guidehttp://www.andromeda...oto/albums.html

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 02:19 AM

ibe98765, on Jan 4 2004, 05:58 PM, said:

It's a rare (big) company that collects registration information and doesn't do anything with it (shrug). I myself don't want to register to see other people's photo's and I don't want anyone giving out my email address or name to someone else so I can receive an "invite" from them..... I was using Sony ImageStation for a while (talk about littering the registry with keys!). ....Have you tried uploading 1-5MB shots on Ofoto? .....JPEG is a lossy format.  .....
I don't like web things that require registration either.  For the reasons you noted earlier it's easy to understand your friends/family being leary of signing up for Sony's Imagestation service.  If you had indicated in your letters to those you wished to view your photos that the Sony site was safe to sign up for there might have been more viewers.  Then again maybe Sony was into sending out annoying SPAM, I don't know.   I do know that I trust oFoto at this point to a.) not send me SPAM and b.) not let everyone on the 'net view the family photos we've shared.  I can not speak for other services.I have not uploaded anything to oFoto myself.  But I have cable service so I wouldn't think it would be  a problem.  For those that I know that have uploaded pictures no one has indicated speed as being a problem and the quantities have usually been 2 dozen or more images at a time so if it was a problem I would have heard of it.Apparently the family members all have less than "better cameras" because everyone's pictures are in large JPEG formats which was fine for those of us with broadband service when they sent them out attached to emails but it killed those with dialup service.  The solution has been to use oFoto.  It works well for everybody in the family.BTW I do not work for Kodak, have never worked for them nor do I own Kodak stock.  >_<  Noone in my family works for them either.   :whistling:
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:11 AM

For what it's worth folks, I am willing to open up my server to members of SFNL. I don't have unlimited space, but for small pics, etc. I can set up a folder for each user and then upload the pics. I cannot setup FTP accounts, but people can just e-mail me with them.
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 05:21 AM

THe uploading problems I had with Ofoto were not related to my network (I have DSL).  They were internal to Ofoto and occurred frequently.  How about you try some uploads in the500k to 3MB range?  I'd like to know if they fixed their problems so I don't mistakenly keep 'dis-ing' them.It is a good point that you make about the benefit of an invite system hellping to prevent everyone on the net from looking at/stealing photos.  A pure link allows anyone to take what they want.  However, this causes a problem when you want to post photos and share with many people.  There is no way to know everyone's email address.  All I know is that I generally won't register to look at anyone else's photos but if I just absolutely had to take a look, I would give them false info anyway.  In fact, I have so many identities on the net that I sometimes forget who I really am... :)  >_<  :whistling:

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Posted 05 January 2004 - 01:06 PM

Gus K, on Jan 4 2004, 12:02 AM, said:

Well got a new free host that seems fine for now.  :thumbsup:http://www.walagata.com/And a newly hosted pic to settle the AMD vs Intel debate.  :w00t: (Image url suppressed by CM)
This one looked pretty good for small BW users like me, so I went ahead and signed up prospectively. I will try storing a few jpeg's there and see how it goes. One point ibe brought up r.e. the Kodak service Ofoto- can I now expect to get sold out now that these guys have my email, lots more spam hitting my pop inbox? My question refers to the spam possibilities from signing up for a free account with walagata, not the Kodak site. BTW the TOS agreement you have to accept with this service is positively draconian. 'You have absolutely no rights and we can do or fail to do pretty much anything we want.' Anybody have comments regarding either of these issues? (Including GusK_) BTW these guys are not requiring any sort of software installation in order to work. All you give them is your email and a user ID.
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Posted 05 January 2004 - 06:31 PM

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BTW the TOS agreement you have to accept with this service is positively draconian. 'You have absolutely no rights and we can do or fail to do pretty much anything we want.' Anybody have comments regarding either of these issues?
Since all they have on anyone is a username and an email address, they are protecting themselves. Did you read at walagata where some people posted phishing sites to get cc info/pw and whatever else they could entice out of clueless users? When they discovered those kinds of things of course they deleted them. The way people are sue crazy nowadays, they are covering their ass(ets). Suppose someone complains about a porn picture and they delete it. The person posting will hire a lawyer, say it isn't porn and try to sue for some ridiculuos amount.Suppose the server where my pictures are stored gets hacked and I lose everything? I'll keep a backup but someone else will try to sue.IMHO, the wording is to protect walangata from the actions of people who wish to sue.
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