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timecruncher



Age: 67
Joined: 23 Dec 2008
Posts: 456
Location: Louisville, Kentucky

PostPosted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: photo posting problems Reply with quote

I seem to have irregular luck posting photos hosted on my own server. I use the above protocol:

[img]http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime&Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg[/img]

Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. There isn't any consistency! Suggestions? Ideas?

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Mr. Linsky
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Joined: 16 Apr 2007
Posts: 5071
Location: BRENTWOOD, CA. - WOODMERE, N.Y.

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

T. C.,

I know that most people will say that I'm "the greatest thing since sliced bread" when it comes to posting pictures - and I do depend very heavily upon them to support my essays.

However, I really don't know what I'm doing, and it's a near miracle that I'm able to move them around at all!

I use Photobucket as my on line server which isn't too bad until they start tweaking it and then I have to try to learn it all over again.

The only thing I can do if it will help you is to try to explain to you what I do;

If I find a photo that I like on the Internet, I transfer it to my 'Picture Manager - I can also download photos from my own camera to my Picture Manger.

When I'm posting and need a particular image, I bring up Photobucket and click on 'Upload Images & Videos' which takes me to my Picture Manager automatically.

I select the image and click on 'Open' and that will transport it to Photobucket wher I then copy the URL and carry it to the post and paste it appropriately - that's when it works!

There is one problem with Photobucket and, I would imagine, all other such services;

If you don't use your Photobucket account within a ninety day period all your posted images will disappear from your posts and a flag replaces them indicating that the account has been voided - this is because they actually support the images.

So, If I happen to go away on a long vacation, all of my work will disappear!

I only wish that some day BusTalk will adopt a method by which we can post directly from our computers without a 'middle man'.

I hope that I've been of some help to you.

Regards,

Mr. 'L'
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HwyHaulier




Joined: 16 Dec 2007
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Location: Harford County, MD

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timecruncher -

Above my pay grade with this computer tricks question? I did enter (below), using Copy and Paste directly into a new browser window.
Clicked on the new window, and immediately had your photo.

http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime&Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg

What's it all mean? Who knows? Sounds like the rather rude behavior of "Angelfire" sites, if one doesn't pay monthly dues to AOL...

.................Vern.....................
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RailBus63
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you're doing it right ... I'm not sure why the photos are not consistently showing.

You're also welcome to start your own member page in our BusTalk Galleries, of course.
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ripta42
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played around with it a bit. I think the [img] tags in BBCode have a problem with ampersands. Using HTML works.

Code:

<img src="http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime&Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg">


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timecruncher



Age: 67
Joined: 23 Dec 2008
Posts: 456
Location: Louisville, Kentucky

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think what I'll do is check with son #3 and see if he has something blocking the posting of the url to 'zeke the server.' Its actually his server, but it is actually in our house and on my dsl account.

Anyway, that's a Lextran Thomas-Dennis-Diamler SLF200 (not well-liked anywhere that I know of, but not nearly as useless as an Orion II), backbone of Lextran's fleet, along with some Novas, Gillig low-floors, a handful of silly-looking "trolleys" and a couple of cutaways. This is a little bus sytem that has doubled in size and tripled ridership in the past two years and is experiencing growing pains.

Oh yeah - and now the Timecruncher hisself is working on fixing their schedules. I love my work!!

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RailBus63
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The wheels on these buses just look way too small its like they ran out of regular bus tires and had to put car tires under it!
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dsevil



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Location: Louisville, KY

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bear with me...

It has to do with the ampersand (&) in the filename. When the ampersand is part of a filename, replace it with %26 in the URL. In the future you generally want to stick with the following characters:

0-9 A-Z a-z _ - .

Explanation is below. I'll try to not get too technical unless absolutely necessary. Wink

Most punctuation characters (other than the underscore, hyphen, and period) have a special meaning in some context: in URLs, online bulletin board software, and/or somewhere else. Using them as-is, outside of whatever special meaning they have, is generally not guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Sometimes your browser messes it up. Sometimes another tool, such as the forum software, will mess it up.

Generally when you have special characters as part of a file or directory name you can use it in a URL by replacing any special character with a % sign followed by---I can't say this without getting technical---its two-digit hexadecimal ASCII value.

& (decimal 38 in an ASCII table) becomes %26
space (decimal 32) becomes %20

Code:

[img]http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime&Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg[/img]


[img]http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime&Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg[/img]

Code:

[img]http://zeke.mine.nu/~timecruncher/Lextran_342_Lime%26Loudonl_02-27-10A.jpg[/img]




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