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Old 07-17-2017, 10:35 PM   #251
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I'm still not clear on what PhotoBucket just did.

Is it Kidnapping...or simply Extortion.

they basically made it to where you have to be a paying customer to be able to use them as a host for your pictures..

i suppose reightfully so because everytine someone views a thread, their briwser hits Photobucket;s server and bandwidth to laod said picture..

photobucket places a lot of advertisements on their album site.. originally photobucket didnt do linking (way back when).. and were simply a place (before instagram and facebook ..) where you could upload pics form your digital camera to their site.. and you would give out the URL of your "bucket" to peoiple to come view your pictures..

of course the viewer saw all of the advertising content.. and advertisers gained 'clicks' to their sites as a result..

enter facebook, mysopace, instgram, tumblr, snapchat, etc.. people simply used Photobucket as a means to stuff pictures so they could link to them on forums... (photobucket likely had hoped that forum viewers in the past would also view a person's complete bucket throgh the photbucket site)..

reality is the only person seeing the ads was the account owner.. so PB is stuck pushing out megs and megs of data and not gaining any ad-clicks from it... this equals bad business...

so they raised their prices a LOT.. *AND* with SHORT WARNING... made it so no one's pictures would show up on forum posts unless they were paying members.. HIGH PAYING members... thats the uproar..

the forum owners have decided to disallow any posts to contain PB links even by paid members... I have a big issue with that... as i should have the CHOICE to use whoever I want.. if i pay for said service let me use it...

so let me tell you what will happen.. imgur is going to do the same thing.. they cant survive giving away free bandwidth forever either.. the lack of net neutrality is going to make this situation worse too.. as bandwidth providers can pick and choose the type of content they charge higher and lower rates for..

the only way free services function is when people buy stuff from all of the little ads we see (and hate).. analytics are real... as a software designer.. (in the telecom world)... information sells.. so that means an advertiser will want to see exactly how much $$ he is making from posting that little add on imgur, photobucket,facebook, etc... if that ad isnt gaining him profit.. he gonna cancel it...

many ad buyers cancel and either you go under or you raise your prices..
a price hike has an initial "i hate you" knee-jerk reaction... some of the knee jerk is going to be people rush out and buy paid subscriptions for $100 a year (no you dont need the $400 plan).. so their pics show up. .. others will just hate on them and say "cya".. and of course thousands of forum posts are now lost in many forums because the PB accounts were all but abaondoned.. in one of my jeep forums, a member who had over 2000 pics posted.. died 4 years ago... his PB account remained... and all of his informative posts are long gone.. there is really no way to access that account and even pay it...

so its a bold and gutsy move by PB that may have enough community disdain to finish off the company....

nevertheless.. if im not allowed to post PB links from my PAID account.. I'll cancel PB.. and all of my forum posts here will be lost.. because i damn sure dont have time to go back through and fix all my pictures...

sure i can switch to a new method for my new ones... and likely will.. or i could just quit posting 'How-to' style threads....

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Old 07-18-2017, 07:56 AM   #252
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Well of course I'm not affiliated with and cannot speak for the forum ownership/management, but I'd view it a little more charitably.

A significant chunk of the forum's value was unfortunately built on the foundation of a 3rd party: photobucket. When PB decided to "take their ball and go home" by disabling images shared by free members, that significantly undermined the value of the skoolie.net site. It makes some sense that the skoolie.net ownership might say "hey, it was our mistake to allow this situation to grow as it did, but going forward we don't want any more of the value of our site depending on the good will of others."

Perhaps it's painting with an overly broad brush to disallow all new photobucket links. But maybe there isn't a reliable way for the forum to determine which PB links will work (paying PB member) and which won't (free PB member). Forum members who are free PB users could become frustrated "why aren't skoolie and PB compatible?" not realizing it's their free PB status that's at fault. And even if the PB member were paying at the time a link is entered, they could stop paying PB in the future -- those images would then break and that would undermine the value of skoolie.net too.

So no, I don't really like it. But I'm sympathetic to skoolie.net ownership perhaps feeling burned by PB and deciding to protect against pain in the future from what may well be a dying image hosting service.
How about "user beware"? There's no guarantee that ANY server is going to stay operational indefinitely. All any host has to do is migrate a server and all of the old links will be broken. If that happens to a post of yours,it sucks but suck it up buttercup, go move your photo somewhere else. Skoolie need not block them. At best they should post a warning in a sticky, "If you use the free version, PB won't allow hot linking.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:09 AM   #253
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bob - I AGREE.. freedom of choice..

MORE than once over the years i have had a FORUM that migrated their server to a new software or such.. and guess what all the pics that had been uploaded to said forum somehow got lost.. in that cases guess what.. those forums said "use a 3rd party hosting service.. dont upload to our servers.."..

so thats what I have done for years.. I hate broken forum linls like everyone does.. i dont know the best way to fix it... servers / bandwidth / software cost money.. it just does.. I build systems for a living... I spec servers and write software and audit installations.. its expensive...

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Old 07-18-2017, 09:37 AM   #254
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I guess I must have missed the part where this forum "banned" any PB links. I agree with Chris, that is just making a bad situation worse. They will be punished enough for their slimy actions by those they screwed over. No need to further punish the "screwees".
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:06 AM   #255
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I guess I must have missed the part where this forum "banned" any PB links. I agree with Chris, that is just making a bad situation worse. They will be punished enough for their slimy actions by those they screwed over. No need to further punish the "screwees".

when you try and link a PB image now you get this...
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And now the forum will get more traffic/post's from people that repost things that have already been posted , because its lost.
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bob - I AGREE.. freedom of choice..

MORE than once over the years i have had a FORUM that migrated their server to a new software or such.. and guess what all the pics that had been uploaded to said forum somehow got lost.. in that cases guess what.. those forums said "use a 3rd party hosting service.. dont upload to our servers.."..

so thats what I have done for years.. I hate broken forum linls like everyone does.. i dont know the best way to fix it... servers / bandwidth / software cost money.. it just does.. I build systems for a living... I spec servers and write software and audit installations.. its expensive...

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Old 07-18-2017, 12:56 PM   #257
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bob - I AGREE.. freedom of choice..

MORE than once over the years i have had a FORUM that migrated their server to a new software or such.. and guess what all the pics that had been uploaded to said forum somehow got lost.. in that cases guess what.. those forums said "use a 3rd party hosting service.. dont upload to our servers.."..

so thats what I have done for years.. I hate broken forum linls like everyone does.. i dont know the best way to fix it... servers / bandwidth / software cost money.. it just does.. I build systems for a living... I spec servers and write software and audit installations.. its expensive...

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And now the forum will get more traffic/post's from people that repost things that have already been posted , because its lost.
Or less traffic for being a bunch of censoring fascists.
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:57 PM   #259
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94 degrees out with a dewpoint of 73 {starting to feel like houston}

and I decided that my A/C just wasnt cutting it.. oh it cools but sure didnt seem cold.. esp up in the front seat...

so I took it apart.. like everything I do.. if something doesnt work the way I want it to I take it apart to see whats up..

YUK is what I found... who designs stuff like this.. the cover of the A/C is the drain pan.. Ok thats alright.. but the air is SUCKED across the coil and then out the vents.. and theres no weather stripping on the case or on the unit itself.

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the coils are Nasty dirty. I dont think they ever cleaned them!

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cleaning the coils the 100% correct way would be to take the unit out of the bus and to powerwash the coils.. t odo it insde the bus can be done too.. and thats what I did.

get your coil brushes out... and find the one thats the correct size for your coil fins...

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when tyou use these.. dont jam them into the coil and pull down.. start at the top and lightly and partially lay the brush against the dirty part of the coil and pull down.. if the dirt is stuck, spray with soap and water to loosen it.. the trick here is once you start the dirt.. you then attempt with your gloved hand (bare fingers at own risk on sharp metal).. to roll the dirt up like a snowball.. and as much of it as you can at a time.. you dont want to push it into the fins.. I was able to get some large pieces off..

** NOTE - I accidentilly deleted the pics for the next parts off my phone.. GRR!! **

I then used an air hose to blow from the front and help push out any dirt that I pressed into the coils..

next I weather-stripped around the metal edges with a nice rubber (not foam) strip.. this way the fans suck air through the coils..

put it all back together and turned it on.. Much better!!

NEXT!!

I put the gauges on the freon lines and noted that the needles did a lot of jiggling.. which generally means liquid going through the lines.. there should never be liquid refrigerant close to the compressor.. and a little oil is normal but wont look like my needles did..

so I did a complete recover-pull-down and purged out 8 OUNCES!! of non condensables.. which included oil, Dye (lots of it) and apparently some other substance.. not sure but it stayed liquid.. even after all that I still have a good amount of oil going through the lines..

vacuumed it down and recharged with 7 lbs and 4 ounces of 134A (fresh - i have no idea if what I recovered was contaminated so I used new)..

Wooah!!! even on this hot day im staying cooler in the front driver seat than I have since I got the bus..

at this point I may not need a second unit in the dash.. i may just run a ceiling duct from the rear up to the front ..

#NoMoreSweat!

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Those coils reminded me to ask you a question...


...are you running any kind of fluid cooler with your new Allie?
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