Well ladies and gentlemens. I got my hand slapped for committing an internet atrocity called hotlinking on a post from a few days ago. The Witching Hour. Turns out the picture wasn’t even owned by the website that crabbed at me. They were ticked off that I stole their bandwidth. Sounds really uncomfortable, like a virtual wedgie or something like that.
Really liked the picture so I purchased it. With my very own plastic money. A 9 by 12 matted print which will hang in my bathroom. I can have a good laugh looking at whenever contemplating my sins while soaking in a bubble bath.
The artist of the picture is Jason Engle and his work is available at http://jasonengle.deviantart.com/ I love Deviant Art.com pictures. Some of it is dark and very much not mainstream. This is the picture that caught my eye.
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.
I’m a woman of a certain age living and loving in Texas. Can’t get real specific because I’m a work in process. I Like to read sci-fi, steampunk and historical fiction, travel all over the planet, stay home on rainy days, go shopping in the middle of the night, and stay be in bed when I should be doing something.