December 22, 2006

Keeping Myself Entertained

It's the Friday before the Christmas holiday break here at work (next Monday and Tuesday off - woohoo!), and things so far have been... quiet. Oh, there's a flurry of chatting going on around the office, but not a lot of work happening. I have yet to receive any phone calls or emails. Bear in mind, I'm not complaining! It's my hope that today is stress-free and goes by in a flash.

My car is out in the company parking lot filled with wrapped Christmas presents and luggage. I'm not off to anywhere terribly exotic... unless you think Sherman Oaks fits that bill (though some of you from Simi might be inclined to think that way). My brother Kevin and his wife Cindi are flying up to Calgary (in Canada! Do they celebrate Christmas in Canada??) as I type this, and they're leaving their 12-week-old labrador puppy in the care of Erik and myself for 7 days. {{shakes head}} Silly people!

I should be able to leave work early in order to get over to their apartment, get settled in (the puppy is with other friends of theirs until tomorrow morning, which is a nice reprieve), and then head to what should be a fantastic dinner in celebration of Erik's grandpa Burt's birthday.

But in the meantime I'm here at work. Waiting. Counting down the hours. I have done at least one useful thing this morning, however. I logged into my web hosting account to check my stats. See, since I've started updating my MP3 of the Day, I've been a bit worried about going over my allowed bandwidth every month. MP3s are fairly large in file-size for a little site like my own, and downloads can really add up. I'm not really too worried about it, because I have a healthy perspective on the low, low readership I maintain, but it never hurts to be enlightened about usage.

I noticed that one of the photos on my site has been getting a LOT of hits. Like, thousands! That's pretty strange. Here's the popular image. Nothing really exciting right? Well, according to Yahoo! image search it's the 4th most popular image when you search for the term "music". Neat! The problem? People are using them on their sites and linking to them from my site directly. That means that whenever someone looks at their site, my bandwidth gets used. Sneaky, huh?

I can't fault them too much. Web newbies often do so without even understanding the implications. Basically, it's a no-no. I'm not going to link to those sites which are committing this "webcrime" against me (for fear of attracting even MORE bandwidth usage), not yet at least. No, see, I have a sneaky idea of my own.

What I'm going to do is change the name of the linked file so that it no longer is attached to those websites (change it from "music.jpg" to something like "musicscreen.jpg"). And I will create a new image on my site with the existing "music.jpg" filename. Thus the image that shows up on their site is no longer the original, but whatever I decide to have it display. Hee hee hee. This is where the fun begins.

I don't want to be too severe. I know that, historically, some sites that have fallen victim to the image-jacking have replaced the photos with something vulgar, like pornography. But it's the season for good cheer. Not pornography. And I think I'll just put something up that helps, um, EXPLAIN the error of their ways... and it will have a very, very small file size.


posted by julie at December 22, 2006 09:31 AM


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