My webcam is back up.

I only took it down as I was away on holiday and somehow it stayed locked in my drawer for 4 months.

Anyway, it’s back – see


Not blogged for a while so here’s a short update.

  • Bought my digital camera eventually, it’s great, see a photo of it.

  • Went on a three week trip to the US and Canada, went to Washington (the State) and British Columbia, photos are being scanned already.

  • Am hacking on a new version of photodb, fixing lots of the long-term problems with the code-base etc. This will delay the holiday photos being uploaded for a short while.

    Um, I think that’s it, more later…

  • Thief stopped

    Having mulled over various options, I came to the conclusion that asking the poster to give me credit was pointless.

    Nobody had viewed that post in 8 days or so, and I knew nobody was likely to now.

    I chatted to a friend and he talked about blocking access with Apache.

    We looked at the Apache site and eventually found this (you have to scroll to the bottom of the page).

    It’s called Prevent Image Theft and it basically allows you to prevent people accessing a file if the referrer wasn’t from your site.

    Appplying this config change to my images completely blocked my photo from appearing on his post while not affecting my site at all.

    It’s not a perfect solution but it works in this situation.

    Stop thief!

    I decided to look at web stats for my photo sites today.

    I found I was getting an awful lot of referrals from a particular site so I looked into it.

    It turns out that someone on a bulletin board has linked to one of my photos from their post. Everyone who views the post is pulling data from my site, but no credit is given to me.

    This to me is in violation of the usage terms for the photos on my site.

    Although I suppose it could be argued by some that it’s not in violation as the image is still on my site.

    Anyway, what do I do?

    • Remove/rename the image?

    • Replace the image with something else (something funny, or even insulting/offensive)

    • Contact the poster and ask him/her to give me credit

    • Report it as a violation using the "report abuse" link on their site

    • Put my site URL on all the photos as text

    • Do nothing

    I’ll have a think about it and will post more when I decide.

    Site update

    I made a few updates to the site.

    • I added a blog.

    • The CD list now has a count of how many times I played a particular CD.

      The last one played is on the front page too.

    • The site navigation is a bit neater with sub-menus within certain sections.

    • Also, I made some structural code changes which make adding new stuff to the site far easier.

      More info on that later for the more technically inclined.

    Let the blogging commence

    I have added a blog to the site.

    Also known as a weblog, if you’re not into that whole brevity thing.

    Anyway, this will be the place where I waffle on endlessly about random crap.

    Stuff I expect to waffle about may include:

    • Programming & other techie stuff
    • Football
    • Something really interesting that happened to me the other day
    • Work
    • Things & Stuff


    Zion National Park, Utah, click to see more photos of Zion Photos

    Finished off the photos for my trip to USA last year, and did a mini-site for a trip to Scotland I took.

    I also gave all three photo sites a face lift.