August 28, 2006

Bandwidth Problem

Apparently there is/was a bandwidth problem around here. Photos weren't showing up in the post below this one. Can you see them now? My browser cached everything, so I can't tell if the problem has actually been fixed. Someone please verify for me that the pictures are visible. Or not. Thanks!

(I had to use a third-party server because Movable Type broke and I can't upload photos to my own server. Tech Support hasn't been able to figure out why yet. Sigh.)

If you tried to view the photos earlier and still can't see them, try clicking Refresh. If that doesn't work, I need to know so I can work on this problem some more...

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 28, 2006 05:21 PM

Michael, I can see the photos just fine. The real problem is (and always has been) that your webpage loads very slowly because, I assume, of your posting so many photos.

If I may suggest a solution, go to

For a modest fee you can easily make neat slideshows with your many pictures and dazzle the heck out of your growing number of fans here at

Good luck, dude! :)

Posted by: Marc S. Lamb at August 28, 2006 05:43 PM

I see them just fine Michael.

Posted by: Dawnsblood at August 28, 2006 05:44 PM

Things are fine to me. Photos are worth the wait.

I would rather not have a slideshow, since part of your style is mixing photos and text (and I like to consider some photos longer than others).

If you had time or paid help you could use thumbnails which led to larger photos, but your resources are limited.

Posted by: David V.S. at August 28, 2006 05:49 PM

sometimes they show, other times no, at the moment I do not see them'

Posted by: steve at August 28, 2006 05:50 PM

Hm. Could you tweak the website so it only shows a few inches of each article by default, and we have to click to open the article to see the rest?

About half the time I come to your site by someone else's link to a specific article. If I then check the main page to see what else you wrote it wastes your bandwidth since I have no need to see every photo from the already-read article a second time.

Posted by: David V.S. at August 28, 2006 05:51 PM

Didn't see them yesterday, do see them today, as said before: Invaluable. Thanks.

Posted by: Ed at August 28, 2006 06:17 PM

Michael J.T.

Check this TAG out, It will allow you to size image and click to original larger one.
Allowing page to load faster.

Width n Height are adjustable, Border will create a visible frame around Image
alt will show description text on mouse over.

Posted by: at August 28, 2006 07:42 PM

Opps, Chech your E=mail

Posted by: at August 28, 2006 07:46 PM

Opps, Check your E-mail

Posted by: Jfly at August 28, 2006 07:49 PM

Sorry about the TYPOs. I suffer from a bad case of Happy Fingers

Posted by: at August 28, 2006 08:03 PM

Pictures show up fine for me.

PS: Check your email.

Posted by: bad vilbel at August 28, 2006 08:17 PM

Michael, note only are the pictures posting great, they LOOK great. You definately know how to narrate.

Posted by: Paul MacPhail at August 28, 2006 08:34 PM

I see 'em. They look great.

Michael, you can clear your cache to see for yourself if they are really up. In Firefox:

Tools->Options->Cache->Clear Cache Now

In IE it's something similar.

Posted by: Yafawi at August 28, 2006 11:18 PM

I see the pix without any problem; I also saw them yesterday. You do an amazing job of documenting and reporting on what you see; I've become a big fan! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: sallyo at August 29, 2006 09:08 AM

I see the pix without any problem; I also saw them yesterday. You do an amazing job of photographing and reporting on what you see. I agree about not using a slide show; I like the mix, too. I've become a big fan! Keep up the good work.

Posted by: sallyo at August 29, 2006 09:09 AM

I can see the pics now, but they do load kinda slow, and I have DSL. But they are worth the wait, and I like the way you put pics in with print. I hope that doesn't change. :-)

Posted by: Renée C. at August 29, 2006 10:10 AM

The photos are there today. They weren't there yesterday but I retrieved them all one at a time.

To do so under Internet Explorer, right-click on the missing-photo button, click on Properties, capture the address of the photo (3 clicks will do it), copy it, then close out and paste it into the address box on the browser. In my setup, the photo shows up in a new tab, but when I revert to your blog, it is in the right spot.

Laborious, but it works.

Posted by: Linc at August 29, 2006 11:45 AM

Michael, the photos show up fine now but did not show up yesterday due to a "bandwidth exceeded" -- I'm sure this was all Glen Reynolds' fault, as he linked to your site yesterday (an 'Instalanche').

Posted by: Henry Bowman at August 29, 2006 11:53 AM

linc: I only get placeholders denoted by [AD] for the more recent photos. Right clicking to get properties only brings up a generic link and not a specific file reference.

Posted by: polemicist at August 29, 2006 03:47 PM

Ok, so the slideshow idea wasn't so good. The next best thing would be to limit the number of posts allowed on the main page (before they are archived). Right now you have posts from as far back as Aug. 17. All these, now, older photos are loading everytime you visit the site, and slowing down the server.

Perhaps just 3-5 days of posts would be a better idea? Just a thot.

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