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Jun 162015
 

I have this problem that I just noticed, but it appears to have been going on for a few years now (you’ll see the screen grabs I have show files back in 2011). And it is happening on most, but not all, of my WordPress sites.

Images are being mysteriously copied into a new upload folder every month and usually within the first week of the month only. The files are my images (.png, .gif, .jpg) simply copied from older posts and placed into the new month folder within the uploads folder. These files are usually named with a generated long string of nonsense.

I cannot figure out why they are being copied, what is copying them (recently did a fresh file upload on a few of the sites and it seems to have triggered images to be copied — so I am thinking whatever the issue is it is either in the database or within the plugins or themes) or how to stop them.

The following 2 screen shots show what is happening. I am seeing files like this:

wp-content/uploads/2015/06/5a99c3482bae9bc04c1436069268e8d3.gif

wp-content/uploads/thumb-cache/5a99c3482bae9bc04c1436069268e8d3-997aeff6453019fefbf7230f9dafeba8-125×125-75-nocrop.gif

Odd Images appearing in uploads folders

Odd Images appearing in uploads thumb-cache folders

When I try to google my issue I get tips and hints on making sure WordPress and Suffusion (the theme I am using) are creating multiple image sizes. I have already turned them off on most of my sites, but as you can see in the image below the multiple images are all named  from my original file name but the added files are random file names.

Multiple image sizes and oddball image files

 

Like I said I have since turned of Suffusion’s multiple images so now I am only getting three different files sizes when I upload an image. This is not the issue for me. It is the five to twenty copied images being added to the uploads folders every month (and apparently to the thumb-cache folder). I cannot be the only person out there that is getting these (So I Googled: wp-content/uploads/thumb-cache/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/ and I’m not alone in this).

So if I am not alone in this, why am I the only one out there trying to stop my hosting service from blowing up with multiple copies or multiple images every month?

Does anybody out there have a solution for this?

Oct 142012
 

Do you know what the term “black hat” means. Would you understand it if it were used in a footnote of an article you were reading? Most likely not.

Black Hat is a hacker term for someone who violates computer security.

I was recently appalled by an article about SEO tactics that were so incredibly WRONG it had me seeing red. The article in question is titled: How To Trick Bloggers Into Linking To You and it reads like a DIY kit to SEO via images, Even though the author states the article is a black hat situation (kind of off handed at the end of the article), the article itself would get any photographer angry.

Two things that the article tells people to do (THAT THEY SHOULD NEVER EVER DO) is…

1) use Google image search to post images to your website/blog (stealing images violates copyright laws and is, well, just plan WRONG).

2) use Google’s image search to find blogs using those images then go to the site and claim them as yours (holy crap that is just so wrong I cannot even put it into words).

The article in question reads like a How-To-Guide for folks looking to increase SEO via back linking. Back linking is good this article and all it suggests is not.

The guy that wrote it is the one who developed Triberr (a good tool for bloggers), but this article really undermines his integrity if you ask me.

So basically, just don’t trust anything you read over at DIYblogger.net.

Sep 222012
 

Abby on my PC

Ever come home to find your cat on your PC? I don’t know why but mine have always been draw to it. Abby here always had to be on my lap or in this case on my laptop, whenever I worked on my computer.

But cats walking across a keyboard can actually be dangerous.

Not for the cat, but for the files on the PC.

I don’t know how many times she turned off my wifi just by hitting the right combo of keys. She even closed programs making me lose the file I was working on.

In this photo you can see she has brought up the task screen. Who knows what could have been deleted or reset on my PC!

Thank goodness I never lost any vital files (like all my photos of my kitties) or I would have been heartbroken.

Surdoc has the solution (and not just for us cat owners either). Get 30 GB of free online backup & storage for all your important files. Just use the promo code: CATPROOF to get your fee 30GB of backup storage now.

Here is a handy infographic with tips on how to cat proof your PC.

Cat Proof Your Computer

 

May 022009
 

Pets on the interwebs. Search any social network on the internet these days and you will most certainly find a bunch of pet lovers. Search MySpace, facebook or Twitter just a little harder and you will find the pets that belong to those very same pet lovers. Yes, there is a growing number of pets who blog or have their own web pages, and they connect with each other on these social networks.

Take my big boy Boris for example. I blog about him quite often, what is he does, his new toys, etc. When we first got him I even started a blog about his care and growth. Then we both got sick and the blog fell to the wayside. Recently I started dealing more with facebook and Twitter (as MySpace is yesterdays news) and found myself one night setting up accounts for Boris. So now you can follow the exploits of this kitty cat across the web via his blog (he took it over how), twitter and facebook.

I will continue to write about him here, as he is just too darn cote not too (besides he tends to ignore the fact that he has three older sisters who don’t play on the web — you know how it is for us older folks).

Mar 202009
 

Are you old and like to write sceince fiction stories? Then check this out.

“The Speculative Literature Foundation is offering a grant of $750 to any writer of speculative literature of 50 years or older at the time of application who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant money.”

Pretty sweet deal. Alas I have a few years to wait before applying. 😉

Apply here: SLF Older Writers Grant

thnx Boing Boing

Mar 042009
 

Last month (Feb 4th) Facebook changed their terms of service to state that users content would be stored, not unlike email, and, here’s the kicker, that Facebook had rights to your content. So by uploading images, videos, stories etc you were giving Facebook rights to use your content in any way they saw fit. If […]

Feb 032009
 

I recently signed up for Twitter after hearing about it for a rather long time from all my techno geek friends. (You’ll see whataslacker’s Tweets over there on the bottom of the right-hand column there.) Basically it is micro blogging at its best. You type a 140-character post, or tweet, and it goes out to […]

Aug 202008
 
Make Money Using Others Sites

I just stumbled on this site that lets you make money simply by using their website. YouSayToo.com Sign up, write your blog posts and reap the benefits of their adds. The more popular your content the more money you make. Might be a nice side blogging opportnity for some. at least it is worth a […]