Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The crud still creepth. Being the fool that I am, I made the mistake of taking some daytime cold medicine on an empty stomach. Not a good move, but now that I've had some food I'm feeling a bit better. I guess I'll try to bowl this morning, but only because I've missed so much lately for various reasons. We'll see if I make it through the morning.

Karen shipped her ms. off! Good for you! She's also asked me to explain hotlinking for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the term. Yep, I should have done so yesterday, but I was steamed.

Hotlinking is linking to an image or file on another web page and displaying it on your own. What happened is that someone was using a page from our New Orleans gallery as a background for their online journal. It got 65 hits over two days, which is more than this blog gets (sniff). Seriously, every time someone called up that page, it grabbed the image from my web site. That means that person is using MY bandwidth to display MY picture and they didn't even bother to acknowledge the source.

I replaced the image with this one. I renamed the old picture and though I'd fixed the link. Will do that later. But the point is instead of my picture, that's what they got. And I purposely chose the colors so their text wouldn't show up on their journal. Chris thought that was cruel, but that's what they get. This is the picture they used, for the record.

My next project will be to move all of the images into a different directory and watermark them. I'm also going to put up licensing terms. They won't be onerous; free for personal or educational use as long as they get permission and give credit. I think that's fair, don't you?

So folks, if you're hotlinking images on your web sites without permission, stop it. You may not realize it, but you're sucking up someone's bandwidth.

In other news, we may have ASP.Net 2.0 soon. This will be cool, and I'm already reworking bits of the site in anticipation.

One quick picture, then it's off to bowl.

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