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Old 02-03-2006, 08:45 PM   #1
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I need image hosting help and ideas!

Okay, you computer literate people....get your thinking caps on....

First of all, let me tell you that I'm on dial-up still. No laughing!!!

I've used photobucket when I sell on ebay, but each time I've always only needed one photo, so it doesn't take that long. But, now that I have many things to sell, I have dozens of photos to put on there. Each time I try, it will maybe load one of the 19 I attempt, and then, many times it's only loaded half of the photo. I tried another host, pic something or other, but it won't load any at all. The worst part is it takes at least 10 minutes for one photo. Any ideas/help would really be appreciated!!!

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Old 02-03-2006, 09:53 PM   #2
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Hmm.. Taking 10 minutes to upload one photo, bad packets and aborted sessions sounds a lot like line noise to me. Call your local phone company and ask for digital line filtering.

As for eBay, why are you hosting images on a 3rd party server instead of uploading them to eBay with your listing?

When we moved here in 1990 I owned a BBS (Bulletin Board System - Note: a BBS is NOT a message board or forum) so when we had the phone installed we had 2 lines, voice and data. I told the installer that this line was going to be for the computer and he said he would put a digitial filter on it to eliminate line noise. It worked great until the Internet came along in 1993 and killed all the BBS's ha ha. Come to think of it, that filter is still on that line to this day even though we've since moved to Cable.

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Old 02-04-2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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I tried ebay image hosting - it won't take at all!
I forgot to mention that after the little progress bar finishes and goes to the "done" screen (can you tell I'm a computer moron?), the screen is completely white. grrrrrr! As for the phone company, I think the only upgrade they'd do is give us their dsl that they want us to switch to. Unfortunately I did a year long agreement with aol, which won't be up until August.

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Old 02-05-2006, 06:24 AM   #4
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I have to laugh at this one. I, too, still have a dial up service. I'm about to go cable, but the cable guy can't get here until the 22nd. Meanwhile, the dial up service is really messed up, and while for some reason I can recieve literally 30 ads for viagra, and a dozen bits of garbage my freinds feel I need to have forwarded to me, I cannot send out an email at all (the connection goes down). Yet I can somehow do this and other commercial transactions (i.e., I can order things on-line). I simply cannot say "hi" to my friends. Life is weird. I may actually sit down and write a couple of letters!
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:19 AM   #5
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It just hit me (sorry it didn't hit me earlier but I haven't worked with land-line modems in some time) but there may be a way to fudge this by extending the TTL (Time To Live) property of the individual packets.

Download a program called PPP Boost and follow the reccomendations. Here's a brief explaination of a packets TTL property taken from the included Readme file:

"The TTL parameter is the Time To Live counter for a network packet. Basically, this is the number of network routers that a packet will cross before giving up and deciding that the destination machine does not exist. It does not directly affect performance but the rapid growth of the Internet and the increasing use of firewall and proxy servers mean that the Windows default value of 32 is no longer large enough to reach every machine on the net. The PPP-Boost recommended value of 64 is more than enough and there is no gain from increasing it further"

If you have a defective node between you and the backbone changing the TTL and MaxMTU of your packets might help. (the web is supposed to automaticly route around bad nodes but it may just be overloaded or not bad enough to be noticed yet).

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Old 02-05-2006, 10:27 AM   #6
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raven, what was the name of your bbs?
back when dinosaurs used ms dos, i used to connect to the lica-limbs bbs (long island computer association, long island mail box system)
a co-worker was the computer weenie for it.
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Old 02-05-2006, 10:57 AM   #7
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raven, what was the name of your bbs?
back when dinosaurs used ms dos, i used to connect to the lica-limbs bbs (long island computer association, long island mail box system)
a co-worker was the computer weenie for it.
LOL! Uh, we used to spell "Computer Weenie" S.Y.S.O.P. LOL!!

Disclaimer: For you kiddies out there, this was computer life before anyone had ever heard of the Internet.

I used to run The Scoreboard BBS. I was originally on GT network before switching over to Telegard. (Remember when all E-Mail was handled by the FIDO Net?). I used to go offline for maintenance from midnight to 1:00 am and that included downloading the network mail packets ha ha.

The reason we went down so early is because all the rest of the boards around here went offline at 3:00 am and WE had the whole night-shift of J.B. Hunt getting on to play Trade Wars LOL! SO we had more activity between midnight and 6:00 am than the other boards had during the daylight hours

I was digging through some ancient backups before I remembered that the BBS was packed up to an old external tape drive before it went off the air in 1997 ha ha.

I wish now I could remember my old FIDO node numbers.

What's funny to think of now-a-days is that I opened that old board on an Atari 800 and the WHOLE board was run from a single 360k Percom Floppy Disk drive in 1988. About a year later I had scratched together enough junked parts to build my first real computer, an IBM 286 with 1 meg of memory, a 20 meg hard drive and 2400bps (baud) modem. It's funny to think that I was in hog heaven with that system back then ha ha ha (especially since most systems were still running 1200 baud).

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Old 02-05-2006, 01:52 PM   #8
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ummmm....if I download the ppb boost, will it be understandable instructions for those of us who have no idea what the last two posts said? I mean, I think I could read chinese a bit better....!
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ummmm....if I download the ppb boost, will it be understandable instructions for those of us who have no idea what the last two posts said? I mean, I think I could read chinese a bit better....!
Hee hee yeah it'll give you reccomended settings like:

MaxMTU ______ (Reccomended 4824). You can just type 4824 into the box and hit enter.

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Hey Jkath, this is another approach... can it be that your images are too big? Do you use digital camera? If you do, many of the original sizes of the image taken by digicams are enormous. I use photobucket, too and they say each images must be 512kb or less. They will automatically resize them, but if you try to upload multiple oversized items, I can see some hick ups can easily occur. And even if they manage to do it it can take a long long time, also long long time to load it each time when they are trying to be opened on certain computers. For a showing on web, especially for the purpose of ebay etc. the pics don't need to be of a top notch quality... if you have a photoshop, use a "save for web" function under "File", then you can dramatically shrink the size of the picture. (of course if you look at them very very closely some quality will be lost, but for a casual viewing on the web, this will suffice). It will be worth a try!!
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