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Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby RogerS » 08 Jul 2017, 05:29

selectortone wrote:It's all about ad targeting. That's how Facebook makes a lot of its money:

How Facebook tracks you across the web

more here

and here


Ah, right. You don't use Google then either ? Or most other free websites? Tracking your browsing history is nothing new nor exclusive to FB. Plenty of extensions or add-ons that block this.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby selectortone » 08 Jul 2017, 10:54

Yeah... I know. It's just the thing about them tracking me forever just because I clicked on one link that seems a bit insidious.

At the guitar store where I used to work we used to laugh at one of the guys who stuck blu-tac over the webcam on his iMac because he claimed that the FBI was watching him. That turns out not to be so far-fetched. Mind you I'm not so sure about his claims about the ruling class being 9 foot shape-shifting lizards... :D
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby selectortone » 08 Jul 2017, 12:47

(Forgive me if I'm teaching Grandma to suck eggs...) if you go to adchoices and scroll down you can see how many companies are tracking you - currently about 120 for me. (It might take a while for the table to fill up.) You can turn off individual companies (eg facebook) or scroll to the bottom of the table and turn them all off. Of course, they have all magically turned themselves back on when you check back afew weeks later, unless you religiously tell every site you visit not to place cookies on your device. Meh... life's too short....

This doesn't stop you seeing ads, they just aren't targeted at you specifically. (Like the Axminster one I see when I read the Bournemouth Echo online for example.)

Advertising is the engine that drives a lot of the internet so I don't want to knock it too much. It's starting to sound like I sit at home with a tinfoil hat on. Not really.... ;) :D
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby RogerS » 08 Jul 2017, 13:01

Thanks for that link...very interesting.

My pet hate is Google's sneaky continual 'phone home' when it checks for any updates etc without so much as a bye-your-leave. I keep nuking it but invariably it comes back.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 08 Jul 2017, 15:32

RogerS wrote:Thanks for that link...very interesting.

My pet hate is Google's sneaky continual 'phone home' when it checks for any updates etc without so much as a bye-your-leave. I keep nuking it but invariably it comes back.


What is google trying to update? I'm not aware of anything like this happening when I use google?

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby RogerS » 08 Jul 2017, 15:34

9fingers wrote:
RogerS wrote:Thanks for that link...very interesting.

My pet hate is Google's sneaky continual 'phone home' when it checks for any updates etc without so much as a bye-your-leave. I keep nuking it but invariably it comes back.


What is google trying to update? I'm not aware of anything like this happening when I use google?

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Precisely. The GoogleSoftwareUpdate agent does things very sneakily behind the scenes, without your permission and sometimes really slows down the computer.

EDIT: maybe it's only on the Mac
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 08 Jul 2017, 15:43

RogerS wrote:
9fingers wrote:
RogerS wrote:Thanks for that link...very interesting.

My pet hate is Google's sneaky continual 'phone home' when it checks for any updates etc without so much as a bye-your-leave. I keep nuking it but invariably it comes back.


What is google trying to update? I'm not aware of anything like this happening when I use google?

Bob


Precisely. The GoogleSoftwareUpdate agent does things very sneakily behind the scenes, without your permission and sometimes really slows down the computer.

EDIT: maybe it's only on the Mac


Yes just found this by googling - only affects Macs and possibly Macs that have had Chrome installed at some time.

This seems very strange behaviour for Apple. I can understand Apple forcing updates but allowing third parties to do it seems very un mac-like.

On a PC you can control auto updates, opting for OFF, or to be asked permission or automatic.
Is there something similar for Macs?

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Tusses » 08 Jul 2017, 16:02

lol .. I had to google that too ..

Wifey uses windows .. the "off" option for updates .. where is it ?

I still use linux , which is quite polite about asking what you want to update or not .... even if I just always click "whatever" .. and install the lot .. lol

FF updated the other week and broke flash :-( ..
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 08 Jul 2017, 16:21

Tusses wrote:
Wifey uses windows .. the "off" option for updates .. where is it ?



On my Win XP PC it is on the control panel and then under Automatic Updates

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Tusses » 08 Jul 2017, 17:18

9fingers wrote:
Tusses wrote:
Wifey uses windows .. the "off" option for updates .. where is it ?



On my Win XP PC it is on the control panel and then under Automatic Updates

hth

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Thanks Bob , but she's on Win 10 I think .. it usually updates when she wants to shut down !

I have a copy of XP in the workshop , to run the laser .. luckily it still works :-) .. dread to think when they say I need a newer windows :shock:

Most software usualy runs under Linux with a windows emulator .. not sure about the coms link though .. I ought to try !
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Tusses » 09 Jul 2017, 09:28

9fingers wrote:Google is your friend Rich.

https://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/stop-win ... g-your-pc/

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lol .. it's windows .. it doesn't hold that much interest for me . It was just that you mentioned it, I asked.
I'll get Wifey to have a look , ta
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby TrimTheKing » 09 Jul 2017, 10:11

9fingers wrote:Yes just found this by googling - only affects Macs and possibly Macs that have had Chrome installed at some time.

Bob


No its not, it's on Windows too. We had a real issue in work with auto update constantly polling in the background and slowing our proxies down due to the constant attempts to 'phone home'.

It downloads as part of many different Google apps including Google Earth.

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 09 Jul 2017, 10:19

Ah ! ok Mark.
I have gmail but not knowingly have any other google apps as such. I use google maps and search engine regularly but via a browser.
It may pehaps be an advantage of sticking with winxp that google does not try and interfere?

Further evidence of this could be that I am forever having to update flash player manually in order to use BBC iPlayer.

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Woodster » 09 Jul 2017, 11:49

I use an iPad and don't seem to get very many ads as I believe Safari blocks 3rd party cookies? I don't mind the few ads I do see if it keeps other stuff on the internet free. ;) As said they have to get the money from somewhere.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby TrimTheKing » 09 Jul 2017, 14:21

Yeah I think you have to actually download a Google app or suite for it be be installed, not just from using the search engine.

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Dalboy » 14 Jul 2017, 17:51

Has there been any progress on the adding photo's without using a photo hosting website. I know it is still early days yet but just asking
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 14 Jul 2017, 18:11

Dalboy wrote:Has there been any progress on the adding photo's without using a photo hosting website. I know it is still early days yet but just asking


We (Mark!) has had some success and we have something running on the test site but there is a snag to be overcome and a query has been raised with the support people of the forum software.
We would like to get it right rather than release a half baked solution.

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Dalboy » 14 Jul 2017, 18:59

Thank for that that is why I put it is early days as I know these things are not always the easiest or very quick in being able to set up.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Malc2098 » 07 Aug 2017, 20:55

Gents,

How's the image hosting issues going?

I'm making some dodgy progress on my 'shop build but can't share any of the visual fun with it at the moment.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby TrimTheKing » 07 Aug 2017, 21:22

Not great to be honest. I have worked out how to host the pics on the forum but there seems to be a bug in how it works meaning I cannot control the size of uploads (meaning anyone could upload unlimited file sizes, thus killing a thread), and the sizing of pics, due to the format of the page style we use on the forum, means that pics come with scroll bars which is horrible.

I am looking at other alternatives, one of which was to upgrade the forum software, but having looked into that the new version means none of the additions and tweaks I have made to the forum will work any more, and the style (the white background, page layout etc) is not compatible with the new software version!

I could probably tweak it given time but time I do not have, so I'm trying to find plug-ins to see if they will work...

I'm still on the case I'm afraid but it's not a simple fix... :(

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Malc2098 » 07 Aug 2017, 21:45

Thanks for the update.

I have a library that can show at a later date.
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Tusses » 07 Aug 2017, 21:50

it's a pain PB did what they did :-(
there are lots of quick pics I'd have put up on various forums, that I don't , because it just isn't that easy any more !
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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby 9fingers » 07 Aug 2017, 22:16

I've opened an account with postimage.org

There is no guarantee they won't do a PB at sometime in the future but chats with their admin people have been helpful and they seem genuine.
They do have plans for a modest premium a/c but so far have not got their payment handling working properly yet.

In the meantime it seems to work and easy to use.

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Re: Photobucket Fallout, Image Hosting, Possible solution

Postby Woodster » 08 Aug 2017, 17:32

Tusses wrote:it's a pain PB did what they did :-(
there are lots of quick pics I'd have put up on various forums, that I don't , because it just isn't that easy any more !


Agreed, I liked PB. Even posting links can be a PITA on some websites that requires opening another window and pasting in the link. Posting pictures is even worse. I've looked at several other image hosting sites but they aren't a patch on PB as far as I'm concerned. I'm just not bothering to post many pictures these days which is a shame.
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