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.
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.