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And it will...yes, it will, too. This whole "selling access to your own photos back to you for oh, just a mere $399" is simply their end game to recoup enough lost money in operating costs to fund severance packages for their already overwhelmed and beleaguered employees trapped as they are in a chaotic and disorganized workplace so they can lay everyone off and just shut down, already.

That's my wild guess - perhaps wishful thinking on my part, but hey, after the painful hours of work I endured to painstakingly replace images on my other blog so they could never ransom them again like they did the night I began that process (for some reason they stopped ransoming them not more than a few hours after I bitched about them doing so on the front page of that blog, but I kept replacing them by uploading dupes to Wordpress and relinking them in each post by hand, anyhow), I surely deserve to indulge in whatever flights of fancy I desire.

Oh, but how I digress...I specifically want Photobucket to go up in one big fat burst of orange flames because once they finally deleted the account I replaced the images on (and I have no idea when they deleted it because I haven't been online to check up on the MM side of my life in about a week) they began running ads on the error page that now stands in place of my account, like so - and of course it's an "error" page because they'll never admit their ransom plan has failed spectacularly and we're actually "deleting" our accounts in hordes.

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I've used this browser for roughly 12 years, about the same length of time I used Photobucket before deciding I'll have to dump it, too (only halfway through that process; I've already deleted one account - though after the two day wait they impose to delete it, they still haven't, so I'll probably have to slug that out with them sometime soon - but I haven't worked with already-downloaded pictures yet from the other).

But between Firefox turning into Chrome, Photobucket turning into a high-priced art gallery and LJ turning into a Soviet spy weapon (that I was never going back to anyway, but forgive me while I indulge my sentimentality) and all the sites I've used or hung out at that either morphed into some alien form or went down or out of business over the years, the web as I once knew it increasingly no longer exists. I mean, I hate Wordpress, so that doesn't even count (but another 12 years, intermittently, wasted on it.)

But Firefox, above all else, is killlllling me. The other night I said WP's "PHP-from-hell backend" slowed Firefox to a crawl? Yeah. Until it was like steering an 18 wheeler uphill with no automatic transmission in the snow for seven hours (my arms actually hurt from this when it was all said and done; even my stomach muscles got a workout): I couldn't scroll without pulling and pulling down, couldn't copy and paste without waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for each tiny operation to complete, and I'm making hundreds of them as I'm working with literally hundreds of pictures and it's not even occurring to me to switch to another browser because I automatically blamed Wordpress. Because Wordpress.

If the world ended tomorrow? Wordpress. And it actually is the only site I'm on that changes Firefox from merely "slow and dodgy, uncooperative, stubborn, too difficult to use" into "just impossible, this is ridiculous".

So I got on tonight and Firefox was acting the same way while loading up and then while using Google and then while checking my email as it was on Wordpress the other night and I'm like, wait a second...it's not Wordpress, I'm not even logged in, their page is not even open in my browser, so it must be fucking Firefox. I checked my add-ons and had five "not compatible with multiprocess" messages when my browser won't even run multiprocess (e10s) because Mozilla has disabled it. Fucking hell.

So I flat out removed two of the offending add-ons, which lost me one of my favorites - DT Whois - and MeasureIt, which stopped working when e10s rolled out about a month ago, so that was no loss because Firefox has already killed it. I restarted Firefox and while it still feels slow by say, Chromium standards, which are insane (as is my connection, but that's impossible to tell if my browser isn't fast enough) I'm using it. And not being tormented by it. Yet.

But I had to be tormented for hours the other night over another site ransoming my images. Then it turned out the site I was being tormented on was not at fault, it was Firefox, and the reason Firefox was tormenting me was over add-ons incompatible with e10s, when my browser doesn't even support e10s, which has already led to the untimely death of one of my favorite add-ons because Firefox is killing compatibility on purpose in order to turn itself into Google Chrome. Does that even make any sense? Yet that's how it all went down. It's just...

I was not prepared to make the rant above until I actually did; the whole reason I even opened this window was to post the following image with the comment that Firefox has literally thrown itself at Google's feet to make the switch from their style of browser to the competition's:

Firefox uses web dialog boxes to bow and scrape toward Google

The full text of the web dialog box I got at The Add-On Bar Restored (another incompatible add-on) with emphasis mine:

Some add-ons ask for permission to perform certain functions. Since you’re in control of your Firefox, the choice to grant or deny these requests is yours.

Please note this add-on uses legacy technology, which gives it access to all browser functions and data without requesting your permission.

No, motherfuckers, you've got that all wrong, so let me fix it for you: It uses your technology which you never coded to ask for our permission, which you then chose to abandon instead of improving it - and in doing so abandoned us as well - for the great white locked-down Google way.

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Update, 7-24-17: in working with images on my other blog tonight I discovered Photobucket has write-protected ransomed images so that even if the method described below works for you, you can only view ransomed images in your browser. Once you download them, they're not viewable on your computer. They also cannot be viewed if you upload them elsewhere. As I say in the post following this ETA, download your albums. Images in downloaded albums were not write-protected - at least not "as of a few weeks ago" when I grabbed my albums.


As I said to Andrew Ducker, it's slow and awful, but until Photobucket disables the ability to use this trick, if you have a copy of Firefox to travel to the image(s) in question, it works even if you're not logged into Photobucket, but does not work on images with the word "album" in the URL, only on images with the word "gallery" in their web addresses.

Which I learned only after my profile meme got ransomed sometime this week, which I caught on to just minutes before posting this. Photobucket images on my blog might be gone now, too, but I don't have time to check.

For Photobucket URLs with the word "gallery" in them, only...

  1. Right-click the ransom badge in your post (for expediency's sake, I'm linking to Andrew's images for testing, so you can try the steps out yourself, as I had no ransom badges of my own when I began this)
  2. Right-click the ransom badge on the Photobucket page you're brought to
  3. The original image has now become visible
  4. Right-click the image and click "Save as" to download (see ETAs at top of post and below for more info) Screencap away - lotsa gotchas, though, if you go this route
  5. Once you follow the above steps, hit your browser's back button. The original picture (not the ransom badge) will show up on its Photobucket page and the post it was added to.

These steps have only worked for me so far in Firefox latest (version 54.0.1) so they might not work in other or older browsers. They do work in both Firefox's regular and private browsing modes. Using Opera with adblock results in a shocking Photobucket directive to install an anti-Adblock script called BlockAdblock, aka FuckAdblock, and links you to a site that I won't share because Web of Trust gives it such a low rating. "Photobucket teams with FuckAdblock" needs to be my next post title, as that's kind of news in itself.

ETA, 7-26-17: Using Chromium (like the barebones version of Google Chrome, which I had to use tonight to deal with Wordpress's PHP-from-hell backend burning up Firefox) the above steps not only won't work, but clicking "Save As" will result in downloading Photobucket's actual ransom badge.

As for other ways to access Photobucket images, Fix Photobucket and the photobucket embed fix app are both dead. You can spam me in the comment section with any apps, tools or websites that actually still work, but I'm quite picky and will try to check a tool before I publish any comment on it. Comments initially will stay screened.

ETA, 7-26-17: [personal profile] killerweasel has found a script via Twitter which, if you own a Wordpress-based site, replaces the images for you. From their web page: "PhotobucketScraper is a script to download all images to your server in the original folder structure." For website owners, this or a similar plugin might be the best way to go.

Downloading Photobucket Albums

Edited on 7-24-17 to add: download your albums. See instructions at next link. See Update at top for more info.

I've had no problem downloading Photobucket libraries, but there are reports that a few people have been unable to. If you don't block ads that could be one reason why; the page basically never finishes loading and will load one ad after another (up to a dozen) which locks your browser up and slows everything down while you're trying to access images, download libraries, or even copy and share file links.

Some people claim Photobucket's mobile site is much faster. There's also a Photobucket app that's said to load up even quicker than Photobucket does on the Web.

As for moving Photobucket albums to a new image host, you might want to skip moving them to imgur. Imgur's ToS prohibits creating libraries that have already been linked to from other websites and will resize images on direct link, making them basically useless.

You might not want to bother with TinyPic, either, because it's already owned by Photobucket.

So I can tell you what others have suggested and what I'm doing: others mainly suggest getting your own domain name and a hosting plan to host images yourself. From what I gather, self-hosted image libraries (not some roll-your-own solution like adding them to posts, or buying a Wordpress-hosted plan) involve buying or at least adding a separate tool or utility to the backend of your website.

Other ideas include using a free Blogger account, then creating individual posts (Blogger allows up to 10 images per post). Kind of awkward...then there's free Wordpress, which along with Dreamwidth's hosting, is what I use for some of my images. Free Wordpress has 3GB of free storage space, and individual posts are automatically created for each image. These posts aren't displayed publicly nor are they indexed by search engines, and you don't need to know their addresses since you can find all your uploaded images in the Media Library.

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For days I've read that it's the latter, only for it to possibly turn out to be the former. Interestingly, neither website says where they get their information from, so if not for users posting locked-out black badges like this one I'd wonder if I should tsk-tsk about "fake news".

The only thing I can say is both things seem to be true: Photobucket's ToS says (emphasis theirs): "The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting" but this might not necessarily result in a ransom situation for any free user - though at any moment it certainly could, considering "free user" does not compute to "light user".

With Photobucket tossing word salad with such impunity, I've downloaded my albums - a measly ~60MB for images on both blogs (I don't use Photobucket for personal image hosting, so at least there's that) because when web hosts of any kind - blog hosts, image hosts, whomever - "get funny", and by "get funny" I mean do strange, unexpected, and quite sudden things without notice, it's almost always presage for a disaster.

And given any notice at all (and/or any time to act upon it) I don't f*ck around, so I downloaded them. My next "someday" project will be rewriting blog image links after I upload them either here (Dreamwidth has its own image hosting) or Wordpress.com (which much to my eternal chagrin, hosts my other blog, but also offers a few gigs of free media storage).

Oddly enough, images hosted on Wordpress might load faster than they do from here; I think I'm seeing this when I test on pingdom.com for how long background images take to load (they take forever coming from either site, where the web's definition of "forever" is more than two seconds and Google's is more than one, but before I decide DW is slower, I'll need to test again and actually note each site's speeds).

I have to File 13 my Photobuckets, though: PB's been impossible to visit for well over a year without on-page memory use clogging up the pipes; they changed how images are accessed so hotlinking's impossible (the so-called "direct link" brings you to a web page instead of the actual image), and I have three image hosts (four, if you count images I shove off onto accountless imgur uploads because I don't ever want to see them again; in that respect, imgur's literally my online trash can).

For now I divide image hosting between two Photobuckets, Wordpress.com (which hosts images on both blogs via just one WP account) and Dreamwidth. I don't think there's space on DW to move all my blog images here, so they'll probably go on WP, or stay split between DW and WP. Which is...I'm considering moving Anti-AOL to hosted Wordpress just to use a plugin to rewrite all the image links. After roughly 10 years of moving around online MM Itinerant Blogger style, done that, got the t-shirt, so spare me.

Though of course it would save money, if not improve my character, to just rewrite all the links myself.

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Between that and this my blogs have almost no pictures or videos on them at all.

OK...May I present you with...Frankenmodem!

If I had any brains I would have snapped a picture of it: the cover is off, the back is off and the circuit-board is completely exposed, but now that all of the outer-casing is gone, by golly, it works. Why it didn't work with the casing on is one of those modern mysteries I'll probably never solve, but hey, at least stripping the casing off has saved us $80.

We have two computers...

We actually have over 10 but most of them are for parts and "experiments" since they don't work, or they don't work that well, and the funny thing is, the Internet on my computer was kicking out on every other page except Photobucket, which didn't load at all. So sometimes I could Google, but sometimes I couldn't and sometimes LJ would load, and sometimes not.

By the time I closed Firefox I had 30 tabs open and out of them 15 never loaded. Meanwhile the other computer across the house (directly connected to the Internet, while mine connects through LAN) was loading every website that wouldn't load on mine like a champion. Today we had no Internet at all.

Taking the modem apart and just jiggling everything seemed to fix the problem.

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So I got email from Photobucket this morning saying, "Look, sucker, why don't you just pay us $25 a year and we'll stop plastering ads all over your pictures?" I hate having my arm twisted. Fuckers.

Just as I was about to start a new blog with the working title of "Anti-Photobucket" I scrolled down aimlessly, trying to come up with a working subtitle, like "Ads on our images SUCK".

As my eyes adjusted to the footer text, which was very small, they almost popped right out of my head: turns out I could have a free Pro account if I would just upload a photo into the corporate sponsor McDonald's account.

Want to get a free three month subscription to Pro?

Experience all the great features that Photobucket Pro has to offer --for free! Get a complimentary three month subscription by uploading a picture into this group album.

You are just one upload away from your free pro subscription. Upload here.

Hmmmm.

I had to go back a few years to find a photo I've already put on the Web (to protect my privacy I always choose photos that are already out there and/or at least a year out of date - my bullshit about not having more recent photos is pretty much just that) but I found another one and sent it to McDonald's.

Now I have two free Pro accounts, one for this blog, one for the other one.

Three months of free Pro service will end on Dec. 16th, but no, I won't buy myself Pro accounts for Christmas (unless I hit Lotto or marry someone rich), nor will I ask anyone else to (in case no one noticed, I have receipt of virtual gifts disabled on both blogs, and no Paypal link exists for me on the Net that anyone can find).

This gives me three more months to figure out what to do with hundreds of photos that will have ads plastered all over them again if I don't do something.