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  1. bonanzadriver

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    I just noticed that all of the images I've posted since being here (all hosted by photobucket) are now not available.

    They've discontinued and 3rd party image sharing for the free accounts and now demand $100 a year for such a service.

    So, here's my gripe and frustration with this entire process.

    It seems as though most all of the pipe forums all require such an arrangement in order to post a picture on their site. (pictures only postable from a company like photobucket, imujr or wherever.)

    The other forums, like the aviation one I'm on, allow you to upload a picture directly from you computer, tablet or phone. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.

    Back to the photobucket bitchin, I'm pretty disappointed that they decided to change their terms of service and make em retroactive, meaning that instead of on a "go forward" basis they stopped it entirely and now have basically made what is most likely hundreds of photo's posted, a complete waste of time.

    Rant off.

    Back to work

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    Never use those sites, just upload from my local drive. The same can be done here at pipemag, more info is here,

    http://pipesmagazine.com/forums/topic/how-to-upload-to-and-post-pictures-on-the-pipes-magazine-site

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    EDIT - Forget what i said below. Dropbox does not work!
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    If you do plan to pay for a service, a more generic service like Dropbox or Google drive may be the way to go. I pay for Dropbox, and it keeps my important documents in order across multiple devices.

    I was not sure if I can host a picture in Dropbox - So, here is a test

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    The site's album is a good option, though I still like Imgur.com- Photofuckit has been shite for a long time.

    Images hosted here can be full sized if you remove the pixel limitation, -600x360 or whatever numbers appear, but keep the .jpg, making sure you're not leaving any spaces in the URL.

    I know that you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
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    Interesting.

    My images, hosted on photobucket, are still visible. I'm not paying them a dime. This is bizarre.

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    Mine have gone *sigh*

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    why is posting photos here so difficult?
    on other forums there is a tab add photograph ,you click on it select upload from pc or url ,select required photo .upload job done
    on here its a PITA it puts me off adding photos to any post.I just post that one elsewhere

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    My photos are still there, but I dislike the site.

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    Testing to see if my free account still works.

    I see it, can you guys? I am not sure what they mean by 'third party linking'. Odd...

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    OK, I'll be curmudgeon: You get what you pay for.

    The business model for free photo hosting has always been wobbly. If you have photos on a "free" site, please be sure that you have them backed up on physical media. Online (now called "cloud") storage is nice for convenience, but it isn't backup and it isn't an archive. It's safety is subject to the whims of someone else.

    I have untold TB's of photos and videos stored online for my clients. I pay for that storage, but I still don't trust it as the sole repository of my work. Everything is backed up on site in duplicate.

    So FWIW, I have all of my forum photos on a service called Fotki. They have a number of plans, mine runs about $50 a year. Fotki has been reliable. My client's work is on PhotoShelter, that runs me $50 a month, but it's a much more robust, feature-laden service.

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    Interesting. I've been using a server the Russians have been using...... it's in a friend's closet

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    Well, now it looks like images are showing. But, that was a big enough warning shot for me that I'm shutting down my Photobucket. This morning, every photo showed the warning instead of the picture. I have over 2,000 images hosted there, but that format is way too glichy to pay for the service.

    I'm sure Photobucket will be a memory in short order. Does anyone remember "Webshots". Back in the early 2000's, they were the chosen photo hosting sites. They dropped the free service and went fee only. Now, no one mentions them.

    Al

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    Here's another from Nevada Blue's album. It is relevant as the hydraulics would make a good tobacco press.

    I simply copied the URL obtained by the Control click, Mac, or Right click Windows method.

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    Isn't that a neat pic? The fellow sold the old machine recently. I am glad I got the pics.

    I use Flickr now, but again, it it a free site and subject to disappearing. I too have multiple backups onsite here. My poor iPad has 23,000 pics on it now.

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    My account is being held hostage as well!

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    I deleted my photobucket account because it got to be a hassle just to view what I had on there. Too many ads randomly popping up.

    I am glad we have a good admin and responsible moderators.

    Heave to you dark colored ship under sail! Prepare to be boarded!
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    I just deleted 2,100 photos and my account. Adios Photobucket.

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    Glad to see people waking up to life.

    If you do not own the hosting, you have zero control, no matter what the initial contract says.

    Of course, Google will ignore you, because they want total control.

    The best strategy is to bail on the internet entirely and to denigrate it and mainstream programming in general.

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    I use an external hard drive to work in tandem with the one built into my PC so theoretically I should never lose any pictures or documents.

    As far as this site is concerned I always use the 'My Album' feature that comes with membership of the forum. Once sussed out it's a breeze to use.

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    I also like Imgur. And it gives me an excuse to re-post this photo of one of my favorite smokers....
    And, yes, if you don't have your photos on drives you control, you don't really have 'em.

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    So far, all my photos are still showing up here. But I'm guessing the days are numbered on that. So basically there are three paid plans, the highest paid being the Plus 500 which gets you 510 GB of storage, and the only one that will allow you to post your photos elsewhere. They are charging $39.99 a month for that service.

    No thank you, Photobucket. I can understand Photobucket wanting to make money on their site, but they could have included the hosting option on any of those plans. I even would have paid the 5.99 for one plan or maybe even 9.99 for the other to be able to continue using the site as I have for years now. But only including the ability to share my photos elsewhere with the highest paid plan? Nope. I think it's a crap move by Photobucket. They won't get a red cent from me.

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    I spent a few hours over the last couple of days downloading all of my photos from pb and then uploaded em to Imgur.

    Wish I'd used them to begin with.

    Much faster and easier to use than pb was.

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    I've never used Imgur. Can you separate photos into separate libraries? On Photobucket I had a separate library for my pipe related photos.

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    Anthony,

    from what I'm gathering you Can separate them, But you need to set them up before you import them. Pretty difficult to set up different albums once you've imported em.

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    I do like imgur. Simple to upload and to post. Hopefully they won't go the way of Photobucket. And you can set up albums of photos there. I don't have much of a presence, so I don't know if any fees kick in when you're using a lot of disc space.

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    Postimage has separate albums. But, Photobucket had sub-albums as well, which was handy for organization.
    For all of it's warts, Photobucket had the most features if you store a lot of photos. And ease of copying and posting a lot of links.

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    ^^^^^THIS!^^^^^

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    Even deleting my account was riddled with annoyances. Pop up ads would block the "delete" photos button.

    I deleted my account. I was a member since 2005. We had to break up though.

    I've joined Imgur.

    I wouldn't mind paying a few bucks to have a service like this.

    Should imgur charge a small fee or offer a small plan, I'll support it.

    I also made my very first meme... It was fun.

    Here it is:

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    I deleted my account last week, but in looking at an old photo thread here, some pix were still showing. I clicked on one to find all of my pix were still there. I had to delete every album individually to zap them.

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    I'll put in another plug for Fotki.

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    I followed your link Woodsroad and looked at their plans. Although I'd much rather be able to have a free plan like what I was using with Photosuckit, as anyone can see in the link I provided below, their plans are much much better. It would take years to reach the price of 1 year on Photosuckit's plans.

    Photosuckit's 500 GB plan will cost $399.00 per year. Compared to Fotki's 1 Terrabyte (which is double the Gigabytes) costing $370.00 for... wait for it... 5 years! 5 years and still paying less than Photosuckit's plan with half the amount of storage.

    I doubt I'll need that much and I might just be willing to pay for one of Fotki's lower plans just so I can tell Photosuckit to well... suck it.

    https://secure.fotki.com/payment/view/

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    I keep all my photos on my computer, backed up to external hard drives. Imgur and Postimage I use only for hosting photos I want on a website to share with others. (mostly here at this moment).

    Pissbucket has been going down hill for a long time, but this really was an a**hole move.

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    I use https://picload.org
    Uncomplicated and free for my needs. I think you can also make a free account to make albums and stuff.

    Photobucket did just shoot them out of competition with this crap. Who on earth would pay money for uploading pictures, when it's free everywhere else? If you can't link them on other side the whole thing of uploading is totally pointless.

    Chapeau, people amaze me again and again. They have a sensor for unerringly choosing the worst option available

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    Nothing is forever, but any site that offers free photo hosting will be on a much more fragile footing than a paid hosting site. Storing image files is expensive, and unless they can find a way to turn a buck on either your photos or the eyeballs that look at them, they are going to go belly up sooner rather than later.

    All of those long-winded YouTube pipe videos are essentially subsidized by cat videos.

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    TANSTAAFL

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    Facebook photos are probably the most enduring, you can't get rid of those, even if you want to! (but not very convenient for bulk storage)

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    True enough. Some sites are able to get by with ads. Nothing is forever except death and herpes.

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    True enough. Some sites are able to get by with ads. Nothing is forever except death and herpes.

    Not even herpes, once the sun goes supernova and atomizes the Earth.

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    I still use imgur - works great, hell i was even paying for it - then they went all free.

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    I just deleted my Photobucket account.

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