Getting Revenge On Bandwidth Stealers

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I'll bet that graphic comes down very fast.

I had a similar problem some time ago. I run several webrings and one ofrepparttar problems that constantly occurs is ring member sites link directly torepparttar 133591 graphics on my own host. They do this even thoughrepparttar 133592 rules ofrepparttar 133593 ring clearly state this is not allowed.

This left me with a dilemma. I didn't want to damagerepparttar 133594 beauty ofrepparttar 133595 ring by putting out a "stop stealing" graphic, but since I am paying for my own bandwidth I wanted to reducerepparttar 133596 load. I also didn't want to removerepparttar 133597 image as I don't like 404 errors (I get an email for each and every one).

After repeated emails torepparttar 133598 ring member site didn't work I was left withrepparttar 133599 choice of removingrepparttar 133600 images or removingrepparttar 133601 site fromrepparttar 133602 ring. The later option would still have leftrepparttar 133603 bandwidth being stolen (sincerepparttar 133604 ring member probably would not removerepparttar 133605 graphic).

What I wound up doing is creating a very optimal graphic with just 2 colors. The barest minimum graphic. It still looked okay, but was clearly notrepparttar 133606 best graphic forrepparttar 133607 ring. The file size ofrepparttar 133608 image was less than 1k which removed over 1mb a month from my bandwidth usage.

I know none of this isrepparttar 133609 ideal solution. It can be a royal pain to examine server logs, send email and change image names. However, if you've got a big offender it can significantly reduce your bandwidth utilization.

Additional Information

Bandwidth stealing Bandwidth stealing isrepparttar 133610 linking to images or scripts from another site without permission, thus using that sites bandwidth without compensation.

How to tell if your bandwidth is being stolen Want to find out if someone is stealing your bandwidth? Here are some ways you can tell.

Sins ofrepparttar 133611 internet- Bandwidth Stealing This sin costs hosts millions of dollars a year - and often you don't even know that you did it!

Htaccess file - Redirect You can redirect visitors to other pages usingrepparttar 133612 redirect function of htaccess.

HTML tag reference guide -

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Microsoft's Licensing Model (sigh)

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Now, withrepparttar impending release of Windows XP andrepparttar 133590 release of Office XP, it has, believe it or not, got even more confusing.

Take a deep breath and see if you can follow this. We purchased some 500 copies of Office 95, which we upgraded to Office 97, then upgraded to Office 2000. We looked carefully at Office XP and quickly decided we did not want to install it on any of our systems. We are happy with Office 2000.

However, we might want to upgrade torepparttar 133591 version of Office following that, or evenrepparttar 133592 one after that (Microsoft seems to be releasing a new version every couple of years). Inrepparttar 133593 past, we would simply pay an upgrade fee to go from wherever we were torepparttar 133594 new version.

No more. Now, we have to purchase what is basically upgrade insurance by a particular deadline (it was September but this seems to have been moved to February). We also have to pay to upgrade everything to Office XP atrepparttar 133595 same time. If we do not do this, we will wind up paying over 200% more if we decide to upgrade at some point inrepparttar 133596 future.

Okay, so Microsoft is forcing us to pay now for a product which we may or may not want inrepparttar 133597 future. Personally, I believe they know that Office XP is not a product which most people want - in fact, I don't know of any system manager anywhere who is even considering upgrading torepparttar 133598 new version. Why not? The user interface is significantly different (requiring retraining),repparttar 133599 performance is poor (requires more hardware to operate) andrepparttar 133600 benefits TO THE USER are completely nonexistent.

It gets worse. We have decided to go ahead and getrepparttar 133601 upgrade insurance and upgrade our product on paper. However, we definitely do not want to install Office XP on any machine at any time. Thus, we simply want to makerepparttar 133602 purchase to retain our rights to upgrades inrepparttar 133603 future.

We are allowed to installrepparttar 133604 older versions as much as we want underrepparttar 133605 terms ofrepparttar 133606 license agreements as long as we purchase enough licenses ofrepparttar 133607 new version to cover it all. So we went to purchase Office XP Professional, then found ourselves in an interesting position.

We originally boughtrepparttar 133608 Professional edition because we wanted Publisher. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to remove Publisher from Office XP Professional (in fact, they have also removed Frontpage - no huge loss considering that Frontpage XP is not an improvement over 2000).

This introduced lots of confusion intorepparttar 133609 picture. After much study and hours of phone discussions with Microsoft, we determined that we could install Office Professional 2000 with Publisher for each ofrepparttar 133610 Office Professional XP licenses that we purchased. If, however, we did upgrade to Office Professional XP, then we would need to purchase one additional Publisher license per machine.

It would be so much easier if we could just purchase 500 licenses for Word, 500 for Excel and 500 for Publisher. We would be happy to purchase a maintenance agreement forrepparttar 133611 whole mix. We don't need Access or PowerPoint, yet due torepparttar 133612 way Microsoft has it all structured we have to purchase licenses for them. Sigh.

Now I have to go figure out how to upgrade and license my Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines. It's enough to make me look intorepparttar 133613 mirror to see if I have any more gray hairs.

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