impressive.net uptime, bandwidth, photo leechers

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impressive.net passed a year of continuous uptime a few days ago, woohoo!

   gerald@mr-burns:gerald; uptime
    04:10:59 up 372 days, 14 min, 11 users,  load average: 0.04, 0.06, 0.07

Its web server has averaged over 1 million http hits/month in
the last year, about 17.5 GB of data served per month. Not bad
for recycled hardware with a DSL connection in my basement.

I recently noticed that a lot of people have been embedding my photos
on their sites, and checking the logs more closely, the large version
of this photo alone has been responsible for 11.5 GB of bandwidth
usage so far this month (out of 24.6 GB total):

   http://impressive.net/people/gerald/2002/02/14/15-26-28-sm.html

The top recent referrers to that file are:

#referrals   site

  3947 http://groups.myspace.com/users1561233  (THE HAPPY STONERS!)
   569 http://members.migente.com/flymorena/
   238 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=peterx04
   223 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=i_love_aladdin
   222 http://members.migente.com/Niche2380/
   183 http://members.migente.com/Bella_Caguena/
   166 http://www.livejournal.com/users/kourtney__x3/
   159 http://www.xanga.com/private/home.aspx
   159 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=krazyJiLLerz
   135 http://www.neopets.com/randomfriend.phtml?user=cotton_bouqet
   108 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31737&item=8161070648&rd=1
   103 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31737&item=8160318712&rd=1
   100 http://forums.audiworld.com/other/msgs/3435291.phtml
    99 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=Hangloose19x
    96 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=PiNk_PiXiE_32
    92 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=justanyothergirl
    72 http://www.livejournal.com/users/scoolio/friends/
    68 http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=summer_wave13
       ...

Though I generally like to share things with others, my poor DSL
line can't take this any more. (why are all these people using a
937 KB file as their web page backgrounds!? Crazy kids.)

So I'm going to have to smack down the leechers like Joseph did
on his site a couple years ago. http://goatee.net/2002/06#_13th
Anyone who embeds that file will now be served this instead:
http://impressive.net/people/gerald/site/copyright-violation.jpg
(pretty lame for now; I may update it to something more entertaining.
If I get really ambitious I could serve custom images to each
site, e.g. the happy stoners could be served one that said
"sorry for harshing your buzz, dudes, but...")

Also, the mountain biking videos on this page have eaten up 5 GB
of bandwidth so far this month:

   http://impressive.net/people/gerald/2001/09/15/bromont.html

so I just password protected those.

There are also many referrals from searches on images.google.com,
etc. (huh, that palm tree photo is currently the #1 and #2 result
of a google image search for "palm tree". Maybe all that
unauthorized embedding resulted in extra googlejuice.)

I think I'm also going to update my photo pages to exclude the
medium and large versions of each photo from search indexes.
(the small ones would still be indexed)

--
Gerald Oskoboiny <gerald@impressive.net>
http://impressive.net/people/gerald/

Re: impressive.net uptime, bandwidth, photo leechers

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On Tuesday 18 January 2005 04:23, Gerald Oskoboiny wrote:
> I think I'm also going to update my photo pages to exclude the
> medium and large versions of each photo from search indexes.
> (the small ones would still be indexed)

I hated to do it, but eventually I told google not to index my images any
more. Bandwidth was just too high. And while I appreciated a nice comment
or usage every once in a while, that was .1% of the otherwise puerile usage
on stupid message boards.

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