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Broken Links: An Apology
« on: 10 July, 2017, 09:34:36 am »
Just an apology for the profusion of broken image links you'll find in my posts as of today, including a lot of the art comp stuff. I'd been using Photobucket but, as discussed elsewhere, they want you to upgrade your account for the privilege of being able to link to your own images and, better yet, if you don't then they will retroactively break the links to all your old images, too.

The cost of preserving your linked images? $400/yr.

You read that right.

So I deleted my Photobucket account this morning and told them why. Frankly, I hope they go bankrupt.

But I'm very sorry for the number of broken links this is going to cause in my posts here.
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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #1 on: 10 July, 2017, 10:26:33 am »

The cost of preserving your linked images? $400/yr.


That has to be the greatest concern about shifting everything to the cloud.  How long will it be before those cheap(ish) storage deals start to become more and more expensive?  Once the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft have moved us all away from local storage they could well have us over a barrel. 

I'm a little concerned that I'm channelling my inner tin-foil hat wearer.  Then I remember the new paedo/stalker feature on snapchat and remind myself that I most likely can't imagine the worst that some of these guys can do.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #2 on: 10 July, 2017, 01:28:23 pm »
IMGUR is pretty good, Jim, if that's of any use to you? You can use their service without signing up as well.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #3 on: 10 July, 2017, 02:03:47 pm »
IMGUR is pretty good, Jim, if that's of any use to you? You can use their service without signing up as well.

I have an account with them that I'd forgotten about, so I'll use them going forward. I don't have time to salvage the hundreds of images on Photobucket, sadly. In theory, I should still have copies of everything saved down locally, but in practise, I don't think I have…
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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #4 on: 11 July, 2017, 11:15:15 am »
Same here.
I had upgraded to the ad-free account because the adverts and the crashing shockwave plug in were driving me mad. So my image links will stay good until the end of 2018 apparently. But I'm not going to go from paying a couple of dollars a month to $400 a year.
So I am switching to Imgur as well.
Which sadly means that all the podcast cover images in my Mega City Book Club thread will eventually stop working which is annoying.
And they've lost another paying customer.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #5 on: 11 July, 2017, 11:32:43 am »
Oh… that's cheered me up. I've just discovered the option to bulk download my Photobucket library, which is chugging away now, just ahead of the account's automated closure, so I can at least stick stuff back up at Imgur to provide a working link for stuff like my blog.

Sadly, I can't fix the links on this forum, because I can't edit old posts to amend the image link to a working one. If anyone finds a post they desperately need to see the image in, post a reply to it (so it comes to the top of the forum) and I'll see if a kindly mod will update the link for me.
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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #6 on: 11 July, 2017, 11:36:08 am »
That has to be the greatest concern about shifting everything to the cloud.  How long will it be before those cheap(ish) storage deals start to become more and more expensive?  Once the likes of Google, Apple and Microsoft have moved us all away from local storage they could well have us over a barrel.
It depends on their motivation. With Apple, the aim is to get people to buy more shiny things, and add convenience, while also plumping up the services bottom line. So there's a balancing act there, and the company's recent knifing of pricing suggests they'll continue to be miserly at the low-end but reasonable elsewhere. Outside of Apple and the other majors, I suspect desperation will be what leads to Photobucket-like pricing. (Soundcloud is in a similar space. Its annual 'pro unlimited' pass is absurdly expensive, and yet there's no useful mid-point. The 'pro' option is basically an upsell combined with a joke.)

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #7 on: 11 July, 2017, 08:24:45 pm »
Just deleted my account also. You want how much? Sod you photobucket, or maybe you want me to pronounce it photo-boukaaay.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #8 on: 12 July, 2017, 04:20:00 am »
"just ahead of the account's automated closure..."

Is this across the board - on just in relation to your own account?

I'm feverishly sorting out my PB account at present - I'm hoping I've got plenty of time to download everything, etc.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #9 on: 12 July, 2017, 06:11:14 am »
"just ahead of the account's automated closure..."

Is this across the board - on just in relation to your own account?

Sorry for any alarm there -- when you ask to delete your account there's a 24-hr delay before it actually goes. If you haven't deleted the account, nothing should happen.
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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #10 on: 12 July, 2017, 11:03:24 am »
Ah, right you are.  Thanks for clarifying! :)

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #11 on: 12 July, 2017, 02:22:47 pm »
Is this a rolling change because mine still seems to be working as normal? Maybe they'll get to the 'W's soon! I have only used 28% of my bucket so is it only high volume users they are targeting? I appreciate they can't provide a service for free forever but $400 is a joke. The uptake ill be a small fraction of 1%.

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #12 on: 12 July, 2017, 02:28:58 pm »
I've only used 4%, but I'm getting the upgrade message now :)

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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #13 on: 12 July, 2017, 02:37:41 pm »
Is this a rolling change because mine still seems to be working as normal? Maybe they'll get to the 'W's soon! I have only used 28% of my bucket so is it only high volume users they are targeting? I appreciate they can't provide a service for free forever but $400 is a joke. The uptake ill be a small fraction of 1%.

Can't be anything to do with usage — I was only on about 6%.
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Re: Broken Links: An Apology
« Reply #14 on: 12 July, 2017, 03:21:05 pm »
Maybe it's the low users they are after!