Getting Revenge On Bandwidth Stealers

Written by Richard Lowe

Well, you've discovered that someone is stealing your bandwidth. You've sent them a polite email (if you can figure out an email address) and perhaps even a less than polite message. They keep stealing your images, your sound files, your videos and even your zip files. What do you do now?

One thing that is very common is to replacerepparttar graphics image with something else, something which boldly says "stop doing this". I've known some people who use pornographic images or include swear words. I would not recommend these actions, as they are unprofessional. A simple "This person is a thief" or "this website is stealing bandwidth" or something to that effect is fine.

Don't worry about how big you makerepparttar 133591 graphic - it will show up just fine onrepparttar 133592 offender's web page. If they did not include high and width tags,repparttar 133593 graphic will show as is, otherwise it will be distorted - but who cares?

Remember to fully optimizerepparttar 133594 graphic image. A GIF with eight colors is perfect, and a JPEG image compress by 50% to even 80% is great. This reducesrepparttar 133595 effect ofrepparttar 133596 bandwidth stealing by loweringrepparttar 133597 size ofrepparttar 133598 image that's being stolen.

Let's say you have an image that's 50k in size and it's being stolen. The web site that's usingrepparttar 133599 image is displaying it 100 times a day. That's 5 megabytes of stolen bandwidth per day! If you can create a new graphic and optimizerepparttar 133600 image to, say, 5k, you reducerepparttar 133601 effect to 500k of bandwidth instead of 5mb. In addition, of course, sincerepparttar 133602 person stealingrepparttar 133603 bandwidth will hopefully stop doing it, then you may eliminaterepparttar 133604 problem all together.

You can even reducerepparttar 133605 graphic to a simple 2 color 1X1 pixel image if you want (although that will not displayrepparttar 133606 rude message). This may be your only option ifrepparttar 133607 webmaster still does not removerepparttar 133608 link to your images.

Oh yes, there is another important piece to remember. You have to changerepparttar 133609 name ofrepparttar 133610 graphic that your own pages are using. Otherwise, of course, your pages will show that you are a thief, and that's not what you want.

Let's say you are using a graphic called "mine.jpg" and it is 127k in size. Several sites link to that graphic. You go to each of those sites, getrepparttar 133611 webmaster email address from each, and send a polite letter asking them to removerepparttar 133612 link. You are ignored (which is oftenrepparttar 133613 case). A harsher email is not only ignored but one ofrepparttar 133614 webmasters responds with a nasty email.

So you go ahead and rename "mine.jpg" to something like "mine2.jpg", then create a new image which is only 2k in size (just 4 colors) which says "This webmaster is stealing graphics. Please ask him to stop".

Microsoft's Licensing Model (sigh)

Written by Richard Lowe

One of my biggest, most important responsibilities in my day job is ensuring that we have purchased all ofrepparttar software licenses that we require. It's my job to ensure that we are 100% legal at all times - which fulfills one of our corporate goals to be a completely ethical company.

Most companies make it very simply for me and my staff. If I want to license Norton Antivirus, all I need to do is countrepparttar 133590 number of machines on whichrepparttar 133591 product is to be installed, write up a purchase order and callrepparttar 133592 salesperson to orderrepparttar 133593 product. It worksrepparttar 133594 same with Conversion Plus, Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, WinZIP and any ofrepparttar 133595 other hundreds of products that we require to keep our company in business.

You would think that Microsoft would want to make it easy for people like me to give them money. I know that if I were in their shoes that's what I would do.

I should stop for a minute and explain that I love many Microsoft products. Windows 2000 (server and professional) are very solid, well-thought-out operating systems, andrepparttar 133596 Office 2000 suite is easilyrepparttar 133597 best inrepparttar 133598 industry. Internet Explorer is far superior to Netscape and has been for several years now, and Visio 2000 is one ofrepparttar 133599 most versatile flowcharting tools available anywhere.

Unfortunately, purchasing and licensing Microsoft products is nowhere near as pleasurable as using their office suite. My god, they make it so difficult to purchase licenses that I've often considered (especially recently) switchingrepparttar 133600 entire company to Unix and WordPerfect just to simplify my life.

Okay, let's takerepparttar 133601 Office suite of products. In a sane world, you would do this one of three ways:

- You could just buy everything (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and so on)

- You could purchaserepparttar 133602 "base" kit, then purchase additional licenses forrepparttar 133603 pieces that you needed. For example, spend $75 onrepparttar 133604 base, then add $40 for Word, and perhaps $10 for PowerPoint, and then don't purchase Access. This could all be done with a licensing key.

- Just purchase each piece separately.

Naturally, Microsoft didn't choose any of these methods. What you have instead is a number of "suites", each a different mix of products. For example, if you just need Word and Excel, you could purchase Office Standard. If, onrepparttar 133605 other hand, you also need Access, then you need to purchase Office Premium. To make matters even worse, depending upon how many of each product you want to purchase you can use different discount scales.

It's enough to make one pull his hair out in frustration. But wait, it gets even worse withrepparttar 133606 operating systems. You want Windows 2000 server, then you need to purchase a license forrepparttar 133607 server, a license for each workstation (Windows 2000 Professional) and a Client Access License (CAL) for each workstation that needs to access a server. And, of course, depending upon how many of each you buy you get a different discount scale.

Oh, we're not finished yet. You also haverepparttar 133608 choice of ordering Backoffice, which contains many ofrepparttar 133609 server products sold by Microsoft. It may (or may not) be cheaper to get one Backoffice license than, say, an Exchange license, a SQL license and a Windows 2000 server license. Then you've got to remember if you purchase Backoffice orrepparttar 133610 separate products for your server in order to purchase either Backoffice CALs orrepparttar 133611 individual CALs for each product. And, of course, each product has it's own discount scale depending upon how many you purchase.

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