Some time ago, I generated a Gravatar for myself, a Globally Recognised Avatar. It’s simple, it has become free some time ago, and it’s easy. The idea behind Gravatar and its sidekicks is that you want to have something recognisable on the web, no matter in what forum or on what blog you are posting. On the internet, that’s done using an avatar: An image or a photo you choose to depict yourself. Without a similar service, using an avatar on multiple sites means registration on every site you want to post (which isn’t bad, mind you) , and uploading your chosen image to all of them.That’s not so hard, unless you start changing avatar image every few weeks or months (as many people do). Then you almost need an accountant to keep track of what you have been uploading where, and the fun is soon lost.
Enter Gravatar.com . A nice idea, that simply links an image to an e-mail address.
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It must have been one of those days…
It was one of those days I must have felt a bit overconfident. When you read why I think so, I’m sure you’ll all agree. Surfing on the forums of the GarageGames web site, I came across some posts by artists that wanted to share their work with the world. To do that, they were using free hosting sites, among them GeoCities, that impose restrictions on the daily amount of data your site sends over the network. I can understand the GeoCities decision, as they don’t want to host half of the world’s pirated software on free sites. Limiting the distribution of files in this way is a very efficient way for GeoCities, but it kind of limits the usefulness of the service for people wanting to distribute their assets.
I recently changed hosting company, and they provide me with next to unlimited storage space, and tens of gigabytes of data traffic each month. At the moment, my usage doesn’t even come up to 0,1 percent. One could state I still have some capacity left. So, I decided to contact some people and propose them to host their files, and to build a site around it. I figured it would take me a few hours and I would be done.
Oh boy, was I wrong…
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