Well Just String Me Up by My Snarglies!

In my previous post “The Witching Hour”, I committed an internet no-no. I hotlinked. Now I know ignorance is no excuse, but it is a reason. Well come to think of it, that phrase is abused by people who make up inane rules and then rain on your parade if you didn’t read the latest memo.

This is My picture - taken with MY camera

Had to look up “hotlink” on Google to properly understand my transgression. Oh, am I allowed to say Google? It is copy righted probably. Even I, the nitwit hotlinker should understand. OK, I used an internet search engine that rhymes with Schmoogle. Let us leave it at that.

Wikipedia definition of hotlink: Inline linking (also known as hotlinking, leeching, piggy-backing, direct linking, offsite image grabs) is the use of a linked object, often an image, from one site by a web page belonging to a second site. The second site is said to have an inline link to the site where the object is located. It also steals bandwidth…I think. No telling what I did at 4:00 am. Evidently, I turned into a criminal sitting on my patio.

Oh…my….GOD. I didn’t even know I was capable of doing all that. What I thought I was doing was sharing a pretty picture and crediting the website. But no, it is a heinous act. What gets me was the image was replaced with a message. “Stop hotlinking dear friend, upload the image to your server.” First of all I am not their dear friend, and they are not my dear friend either. Not now or ever, we never even met. In Texas we just call that “tacky” and say “well bless you heart.”

I guess it’s a sad commentary that this evil hotlinking is so rampant that someone came up with some testy little robot software that posts nasty-grams on unsuspecting baby blogger sights like mine. I stand corrected. I sincerely apologize to all for my vile transgression and will never ever never hotlink, look at or have anything to do with the lovely pictures I found on this website. As soon as I figure out how I did what it was I wasn’t supposed to do.

15 responses

  1. Heavens! Hotlinking? Eating bandwidth? Now I’m worried. I don’t know if I’ve ever done it, but I usually just stick to my own images or public stuff from Wiki if I need an illustration to break up the text a bit.

    I think you can use Google – but then again, who knows?

    1. Ha Oyeni! You hit the nail on the head! I was wondering if I had ever done this. Trinity you are hilarious! I love this post! I am wondering if you ever figured out how to do this again? (I mean just for the sake of knowing what not to do…)
      I don’t know about Texas, but I know in the Southeastern US, when someone says “Bless your heart.” in that certain way, what they are really thinking is “You are sooooo stupid…”
      Anyway, I like your blog and I’m following it now. Hope to see you around mine sometime too.

  2. Fight the power, young lady!

    1. Of course! Everyday! 🙂

  3. Wierd. I wouldn’t know how to hotlink either. For “elitist programmer boys” read “Nerd” (with unfeasibily think thumbs, probably) . 🙂

    1. Well evidently you don’t have to know HOW to do it – to do it. Could be said for many pickles I’ve been in over the years, including the conception of my children

  4. Bless their tacky hearts.

    1. LOL yes, God bless them every one.

  5. Okay, I had no idea this how you should do it. How does one know that? I always give credit, but I didn’t understand this other part. Sorry you had to deal with this craziness.

  6. Is it a bad sign that all of this confuses me? I mean I don’t know that I understand the transgression even having read the definition. Yikes! Clearly, it’s easier to do “wrong” than I ever realized.

    1. I think what I did was copy and paste the picture into my post instead of “save as” onto my desktop and uploading it. I thought I was doing the right thing by crediting the owner of the picture. Didn’t realize I was stealing bandwidth. Hell, I stopped doing that years ago 🙂

  7. How bizarre! Better you ‘steal’ their photo??? Grrrr… But you ought to know by now that this is just a funny old world and there will always be someone along to confound you.

    You can hotlink to my photos any old time you like…

    1. Yes, one could conclude that ‘stealing’ the photo is the better option. Thank you, Ms. Titirangi. I like your pictures better anyway!

  8. Smug,confusing and snarky.It gives the impression you took something copyrighted,then it advertises it’s webpage.Pretty slick.Did you put that there as a p.s.a. to all your devoted followers,while it had nothing to do with the entry,maybe you were sleepy?I was under the impression hotlinking happens when I least want it to,a comment gets highlighted and links to something for no reason.Gotta go back to sleep,it’s 4 a.m.!

    1. OH it’s an all an evil plot by elitist programmer boys to prove how technologically superior they are to us pudding-for-brains bloggers. May the next pizza they eat give them a thousand zits! Gasp…what if that is an ancient Babylonian curse. I hope I didn’t steal it.

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