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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2017 04:56 pm
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Just to put in my $0.02...
I use Firefox on a Linux platform (Ubuntu) to the extent possible.  It seems it is impossible to completely divorce oneself of MicroSoft.
I rarely have problems, tasks are not interrupted by unnecessary messages from MicroSoft (and other software vendors), and I have much better control over all of my applications.
Linux really isn't any more difficult to install and operate than Windows. Kind of. It is different. The operating system itself is "Open Source", meaning there is no fee for the license, and there is a ton of great Open Source (yes, that is a formal license agreement) software including office suites, photo editors, CAD, just about anything you might need.
Most files generated in Windows can be opened and edited by Linux based applications.  So you don't lose access to past information when you make the switch.
I manage a water district and we just abandoned the "industry standard" SCADA software (Wonderware, commonly referred to as "Underware"), which is Windows based, and opted for a Linux based application with which we are absolutely delighted.  
There are several "distributions" of Linux.  I prefer Ubuntu, but others may lean to Red Hat based distributions.  You DON'T pay your money, but you do get to choose.
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It's probably an issue at my end but as it doesn't happen with other sites I thought I'd out the problem and see if there are any answers.

Looking back over the Updah Creek thread, several of my photos have inexplicably become very large whereas they weren't when posted. I've also noticed that in at least one case, a photo that is posted is totally different to the one that is supposed to be there and is not even one of mine, the imposter being some Far Eastern fishing person!

I've tried to delete and repost my photo but it keeps coming up as the fake photo. I'm using Windows 7, Firefox and Flickr as the photo host and working on a laptop.

The issue seems to be peculiar to FreeRails so any observations would be most welcome.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2017 05:34 pm
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Hi Doug.


Mmm ... Yes, this does seem like a very strange thing indeed !


All I can say is, that I have not seen, or had reported, in the last 7-months, anything whatsoever that even slightly resembles what you've noticed.


The reason that Freerails provides Members with totally 'unlimited and FREE' photo-hosting, is quite simply because 3rd-party outside photo-hosts are NOTORIOUS for creating problems with serving photos in peoples Threads.


Missing photos are the 'normal' problem, I'm sure we have all seen the repeated 'missing photo' boxes, on numerous Threads, on numerous Sites, whilst on the web.

This is 99.9% of the time, either the photo-host screwing up the users links, or the user themselves, moving or deleting their own photos, normally accidentally.


The other common problem is extremely slow loading times, from poor quality photo hosting.

My general observations are that Photobucket is one of the worst in this respect, and I have noticed extremely poor loading times from many many others including 'Flickr', at my end as well.

Photos hosted on the Freerails server, generally have absolutely STELLA loading times !


As far as I am aware Doug, there is simply NO WAY that the Links to display your photos on Freerails, could possibly be changed or altered in any way at this end.

Certainly not replaced with a Chinamans !


If you have tried deleting the 'Chinese fishermans' photos & reposting what you hope to be 'your' photos & the same photos reappear, it seems to me that it is 99.9% certain that 'Flickr' have somehow screwed up your photo-hosting & who knows, the 'Chinese fisherman' is probably, right now, looking at photos of country and western loving loggers.


As for photos 'changing size', the only thing I can say is this again points to the fact that somewhere along the line 'Flickr' have screwed up the actual size of photo that you have chosen to be served by their Site.

There is no way that Freerails can change the size of the photos, which in the first instance are Posted fine, and then days later appear to have changed.

It looks as though the 'Flickr' links & database are simply serving up total garbage in not only the size, but also who's photos you are actually getting !


I will have a look at this Doug, really as a curiosity, as I have no doubt that there is nothing I can do about it at this end.

So a couple of questions.


What size ---x--- in pixels photos do you Post on Freerails ?

I'm guessing from what I've seen, when your photo-hosting is working correctly, that they are 800x--- something.


Second question, can you direct me to 'the worst possible case' of this happening, ie. what Page is it on ? so I can have a look at what is appearing to you as wrong.


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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2017 06:24 pm
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Sounds like another great fishermans tale to me


I just caught the worlds biggest ever fish



I didn't get a photo though !


:f:


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 Posted: Sat Mar 18th, 2017 07:51 pm
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Si, the most recent example of a "fat photo" is in post 125 on page 13 and is titled l (7) and shows the underside of my turntable. All photos since this one have remained at the posted size which you rightly surmise is 800 x something but there are quite a few earlier ones that have bloated.

The fishy fisherman appears on page 11 in post 107 as j (0) about half way down but I've just discovered that if I reduce the correct photo size to 640 x something or less and re-post it I can delete him and the proper photo can be posted in his place. Weird or what!

Changing the photo titles doesn't make any difference but I'll change the size of this example to get rid of the fishy smell when you've had a chance to see what I'm talking about.  However, if it's not an inconvenience for the forum, I don't propose to go back and find and alter all the others so affected but I'll keep a close eye on what happens in  the future.

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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 07:28 pm
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Hi Doug,
I has a look though your whole "Updah" thread yesterday at about this time and couldn't find any "fat photographs. - everything appeared to be lined up OK 
This was with Chrome as the browser and in Ultra viewing schema. I couldn't find anything "fishy" either.
"Curiouser and curiouser" as Alice would say..
 



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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 07:47 pm
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That's very interesting John. I wonder if it's just me that's seeing things the way they seem to be and some incompatibility between Firefox and the forum or Flickr. I've just looked at the thread using Chrome and I get the same problem so if anyone else reads this and cares to look, I'd be interested to hear what you see.



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Hi Doug.


It's not always possible to guess these things.

But guessing or fault-finding is about hunches !



It is possible that 'Flickr' received complaints about files being mixed up generally.

If they investigated this & found there was a problem, they could have reverted to an earlier backup of their files/links, before the problem existed, & this backup could now be running.

Therefore the problem you saw, is now fixed.



Why is it possible that YOU may be seeing the problem still ?

Precisely how this may be implemented in your computer & browser is unknown...

...but, your computer may be holding 'cached pages' on its hard-drive.



These pages may get deleted automatically after a set time, or when the allotted 'cache space' is filled.

The computer may well also store some data about 'cached pages' for longer, if say they are regularly visited ones, ie. Updah.



Also photos stored on your hard-drive may well be found & loaded by your browser, BEFORE they are loaded from 'Flickr', as this method loads your pages faster.

The 'fat photos' could be larger copies of the same photo, which have the same file name as the 'clone' you uploaded to 'Flickr'.



You could try emptying your browsers 'cache' & see if the Chinese Fisherman is still angling Updah Creek ! ;)


:brill:


Si.


Certainly very fishy ... better get back to the Mystery Machine and tell Shag & Scoobs !



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Si, thanks for the input of which, being a computer numpty, I'm afraid I understood squat! I've replaced the fishy fisherman by deleting him and posting the slightly smaller sized "real" photo and that now seems OK but the bloated photos still appear. I guess I could go to each,and replace it with a smaller sized version which I may do in due course.

As for clearing the browser cache, I've heard the expression but haven't a clue how to go about it. I use CCleaner(free version) on a regular basis to clean up much of what I generate in useless space takers but that doesn't cure the problem. If I send the old laptop in to my local tame gurus for a service, I'll raise the issue with them and see what comes of it. Thanks again Si and all who commented.



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Hi Doug.


On Firefox.

Go to PREFERENCES in the main Firefox menu.

Then go to the ADVANCED section.

Then go to NETWORK on that menu.


That is where the 'cache' options are.


You can see how much data is 'cached'.

The Apple I am on today, has A LOT 'cached' at present ... 350 MB


You can manage how much 'cache' you allow there, if you wish.

You can also EMPTY CACHE using the button there.


I would do that.

The 'cache data' just speeds loading generally.

So if you EMPTY CACHE nothing important is lost.

The 'cache' will just fill up again, as you surf the net.


You may have a LIMIT set there already.

Or you may just have a big, ever expanding 'cache'.


Give it a go !

Might just drown that fishy Chinaman. ;)


:moose:


Si.


'Cleaning' is a different thing to 'cache'.



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