This morning while checking my e-mail I received a notice saying that I was close to exceeding the bandwidth of my free Photobucket account. OK. That's cool. I can have some time to check out options of what I want to do, and if I want to upgrade and for how much and...DING! I receive another e-mail from a concerned reader telling me that all my images are gone from my blog and in its place is this:
Well Jeez! Thanks Photobucket for giving me some time...not. I note the time on the "warning" e-mail from Photobucket was sent late last night. Apparently between 8PM last night and 8AM the next day I exceeded my bandwidth and the just put this up in place of all my images on my blog. They were holding my pictures hostage! I do understand I was using this service for FREE so I should be happy that I could store so many images since 2009 for no cost at all, right? Right. It's just, 12 hours is not sufficient time to get something in motion to solve this problem. Especially when those hours happen near my bedtime and while I'm sleeping. Oh well I fixed the issue this morning once I was able to get to a computer, but my images won't show up for another 6 hours!!! It still irks me that some of you a greeted with the image above for 6 hours or more.
That lead me to think about all the "free" stuff I enjoy on the web. Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, countless blogs. I think the days of "free" internet are slowly fading away. Even now on Facebook if you want to have a post on your fan page seen by all your fans, you have to pay. If you care about such things on Twitter, you can pay to have Twitter promote your post to show up in thousands of feeds. Gmail is free now, but you get ads across your screen related to the content of your messages. Gmail is reading your e-mail! How much longer before they start charging a fee based on the number of messages you have in your account?
I'm not complaining, mind you. This is a capitalist society (in America) and the web is slowly turning that way too. I'm just being cranky I guess. I liked being able to read the New York Times for free on line. That ended quickly. I liked to be able to watch TV shows on line, until some networks and Hulu, Netflix, etc. got the bright idea that people would pay to watch "free TV". Heck TV isn't even free any more. They got rid of the analog signal over the airwaves and switched to digital. Now you need a special box just to get the basic channels.
I'm starting to sound like a crotchety old woman. "Back in my day we didn't have to pay for high bandwidth!" "You kids get off my lawn!" "Slow down! This is a neighborhood!"
On To The Poll!
1. Lip Of The Day? - Chanel Allure Extrait De Gloss in Troublant. This My Lips But Better gloss is the perfect neutral lip for days when I just don't have time to fuss with picking a color and a liner and being precise with application.
2. Fill in the blank with a beauty item: "I'm totally obsessed with _________ right now." - I could say NOTHING. I'm a little burnt out on beauty right now. But If I had to answer I would say, finding a good leave in conditioner that doesn't make my hair greasy.
3. What is your favorite soup? - Having been sick for almost 3 weeks I had a lot of soup to eat. Chicken mostly and I'm over it! My favorite soup is Lobster Bisque!
4. What makeup application technique would you like to learn how to do or improve upon? - Tightlining. I suck at it. I get watery eyes from it and it never looks right.
5. What was the last thing you ate? - Belvita Breakfast Biscuits. Yummy and filling!